Saturday, February 25, 2017

Swananda – Workshop on Stress Management

Vivekananda Kendra Training Institute of Excellence conducted a two day work shop on Stress Management – “SWANAND” in Pune on 11th & 12th February, 2017.
The workshop was attended by 34 Executives and Professionals from institutions like Infosys, TCS, Thermax, Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Aker Powergas, Cencept Information Techonology, Sidel India, SAP Parts.
The workshop was conducted under the guidance of Ma.Hanumanthraoji, All India Treasurer of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari. The concept of Happiness ( Ananda ), Recognitions of Stress, Awareness of Stress, Know Thyself – Manage the Stress – Yogic way, Vision of Oneness, Yoga Way of Life were discussed delivered in the workshop by Ma.Hanuji. Besides the theory, practice session for Asanas, Breathing Exercises, Relaxation Technique, alongwith some Games were conducted during the workshop.
The workshop was concluded by Ma.Vishwasji Lapalkar, Prant Sanghatak, Maharashtra. He explained various service activities of Vivekananda Kendra all over India and appealed for active participation of all in the activities.
The Swanand workshop was conducted for the first time in Maharashtra.

Maths Workshop at Sree Ramakrishna Ashram, Kayamkulam - Kerala

Swami Bhuvanatmanandaji Maharaj, the President of Sree Ramakrishna Ashram, Kayamkulam invited the workers of Vivekananda Kendra Thiruvananthapuram to conduct a one day science-Maths workshop for the hostel students there. Swami Bhuvanatmanadaji inaugurated the workshop at 8.30am on 18 Feb 2017. Soon after, students were organized in two groups. Kum Athira conducted science workshop for one group and Kum Nidhika conducted maths workshop for other group. Susri Lalita didi co-ordinated the whole workshop.

Students learnt to make different working models of science and maths. Concepts like multiplication table, addition, subtraction, place value etc were taught through various games. Patriotic songs, stories and games from Kridayoga were the part of the workshop.

Not only students, even Swamijis and Brahmachari of the ashram took keen interest in the workshop. President Swamiji in his concluding speech suggested Vivekananda Kendra Workers to conduct similar workshops for the students on regular basis. 40 students from class IV to X from various districts of Kerala participated in the workshop.

Yoga Satra in Palakkad

A 10 days’ Yoga Satra was organized in Narayaneeya Guruvayoorappa Ashram, Puthanur, Palakkad District, Kerala by Vivekananda Kendra, Thiruvananthapuram from 5 to 14 February 2017.  Smt Renuka Antarjanam, (wife of the founder - Narayaneeya Guruvayoorappa Ashram) inaugurated the Satra on 5th February 2017 at 3pm.  Satsanga for the participants of Satra by Sri Keshava Namboothiri (Founder - Narayaneeya Guruvayoorappa Ashram) was very educative. Smt Santhamma from Palakkad had organized the Satra. Kum Nidhika from Vivekananda Kendra Thiruvananthapuram conducted the yoga sessions. 6 women benefited from this Satra.

Vivekananda Jayanti Celebration Bangalore

On the holy occasion of Swami Vivekananda Jayanti, Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari, Vidyaranyapura, Bangalore branch conducted Arise Awake Swadhaya Examination on Incidents from the Life of Swami Vivekananda at 1. Regency Public school 23 students, Govt High school, Narsipura- 50 students, St. Philominas English school- 94 students, Govt High school Jakkur - 60 students , Shabari English School- 38 students. Suma Public School, Bhuvaneshwari Nagar 44 students. And in all schools Youth awareness Camp also conducted. Sri Srinvasaiahji, Nagara Sanchalak,  Sri M R Gurumurthi, Saha Nagara Sanchalaka, Sri Mohanlalji,  Sri Satyanarayanji, Sri Suresh Kumarji , Smt Veena  and Smt. Ratnamma involved in this activities.

Yoga Satra:  Yoga Satra conducted from  20.01.2017 to  29.01.2017 at Regency Public School, Vidyaanyapura. 60 people attended in this yoga satra.

Vivekananda Jayanti celebrated on 29th January at Regency Public School. 90 people attended the celebration. Sri Prahaladji, Founder,  OM Yoga Pratistana was the chief guest and Sri Srinivasaiahji, Nagara Sanchalak briefed the  Kendra activities and importance of the Day.

पटनामें योग सत्र का अयोजन

विवेकानन्द केंद्र कन्याकुमारी शाखा पटना द्वारा योग सत्र का आयोजन केंद्र कार्यालय 162 पाटलिपुत्र कॉलोनी में दिनांक 06.02.2017 से 15.02.2017 तक सुबह 7 बजे से दस दिवसीय  योग सत्र का आयोजन किया गया। जिसमें अधिक से अधिक संख्या में जन समूह द्वारा भाग लिया गया।

योग सत्र समापन के अनुभव कथन में डॉ.ह्रदय कुमार वर्मा जी ने बताया की योग हमारे जीवन का भाग होना चाहिए। जिस प्रकार खाना-पीना, सोना-जागना हमारी दिनचर्या का भाग है उसी प्रकार योग भी हमारी दिनचर्या का भाग होना चाहिए। अनुभव में एक बहिन सहभागी ने बताया की योग करने से हमारे जीवन में काफी परिवर्तन हुआ और कहा की हम इसका नियमित रूप से अभ्यास करेंगे साथ ही साथ योग के बारे में अपने साथियों को भी बतायेंगे।

योग सत्र के समापन में केन्द्र कार्यकर्ता राहुल किशोर राय ने केंद्र की विभिन्न गतिविधियों के जानकारी दी साथ ही उन्होंने सबको नियमित योग का अभ्यास करने के लिए बताया और उन्होंने  बताया की ये 1-2 घन्टे की प्रक्रिया नहीं है ये निरन्तर चलने वाली प्रक्रिया है साथ ही ये हमें जीवन जीने की कला और पद्धति सिखाता है उन्होंने केंद्र से जुड़ने के लिए आवाहन किया।

Vishwabhanu December 2016 - January 2017

Community participation helps in forest conservation efforts

Community participation with support from NGOs and the forest department has triggered successful conservation efforts, as witnessed in many ecologically sensitive areas across the world. In parts of North East India also, local community involvement has enabled the scripting of positive environmental stories, according to Dr Biphuti Prasad Lahkar.

Speaking on the topic ‘Contribution of Local Communities to Conservation,’ in a Sanskriti Anveshak lecture of the Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture (VKIC) here recently, Dr Lahkar pointed to protected areas in western Assam in particular and revealed how tribal communities are now helping preserve the Manas National Park and neighbouring reserve forests.

“Once a community identifies with a forest, and realises its value for them, they make efforts to protect the flora and fauna therein,” he said.

It is, however, a challenge to motivate the communities to do that. It may take years before local people become aware about their dependence on a forest, before they can comprehend the ecosystem services they receive from a land or water body.

Dr Lahkar, who has been working in the Manas landscape for Aaranyak for close to two decades, first stepped inside Manas to carry out research work for his PhD on the grassland ecosystem of the national park. Gradually, he came to understand the need for its protection, for which he realised that community involvement was imperative.

Manas was devastated during a violent phase in which armed extremists carried out massive tree felling inside the park, decimating vegetation that had evolved over hundreds of years. Rampant poaching obliterated the tiger and rhino population. forest department infrastructure was burnt down.

In its aftermath, the young zoologist faced difficulties in building ties with members of the local Bodo community. He started interacting with some of the youths, who he trained in wildlife observation. The boys, in time, became fully equipped to act as guides to visitors and researchers. Some of them were encouraged to form an ecotourism society, a first for Manas National Park.

Dr Lahkar and his team have been doing capacity building for local communities in dozens of venues around the National Park.

Referring to the present environmental situation in Assam and the rest of the North East, Dr Lahkar said much remains to be done in areas such as conservation of sacred groves, preservation of seeds, watershed conservation, rescue and rehabilitation, and solid waste management, among others. These issues could also be better addressed with the collaboration of government agencies, NGOs and local communities, he added.

Free Operation Camp at Sonari

The Free Operation Camp organized by Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari in association with Dept. of Health and Family Welfare, Charaideo district and Remote Area Medical Corp.(RAM), Knoxville, USA concluded successfully on February 18, 2017 at Sub Divisional Civil Hopital , Rajapukhuri, Sonari. During the weeklong camp 42 patients were operated by the NRI and Indian Doctors for various diseases like Gall Bladder Stone, Appendicitis, Inguinal Hernia, Hydrocele etc.Out of them there were 25 female, 15 male and 2 pediatric patients. In OPD 107 patients were treated. 28 free Endoscopies were done by the NRI Gastroenterologist and out of them 2 were colonoscopies. Dr. Gangadhar Maddiwar, Dr.Vinayak Kulkarni, Dr.Anuradha Kulkarrni , Dr. Manoj Kulkarni and Dr. Krishna Dehpande from USA and Dr. Satish Tatawar from Chandrapur, Maharastra participated voluntarily in this camp. One ENT surgeon Dr.Archana Ranade from Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata joined the surgical team for two days and she conducted 5 major ENT surgeries. Patients from Charaideo district of Assam and Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh got the benefits from this Free Operation Camp.

Earlier the camp was inaugurated on 13th February 2017 by the Deputy Commissioner of Charaideo district Sri Bibekananda Phukan attended by eminent personalities of Charaideo and Sibsagar districts. He thanked Vivekananda Kendra and RAM for the noble initiative to conduct such a multispecialty operation camp in this remote and sensitive border district. The Hospital Management Committee of Sonari Hospital felicitated the visiting doctors team with Assamese traditional Gamocha.

The mobile medical of Vivekananda Kendra conducted seven screening camps in various places of Longding and Charaideo for one month to find poor and needy patients for surgeries. 78 patients registered their names in these camps and out of them 42 were operated in the operation camp. Rests of the patients were medically treated.

It has to be mentioned that the Free Operation Camp in collaboration with RAM completed ten glorious years and we operated 596 patients so far without any complications. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

बिलासपुर में राष्ट्रिय युवा दिवस

"स्वामी विवेकानंद जी ने कहा था मुझे 100 युवाओं की आवश्यकता है और आज हमारे सामने हजारों युवा हैं अब समाज में सकारात्मक परिवर्तन का उत्तम समय आ गया है; युवाओं को सही मार्ग दिखाने की आवश्यकता है मैं आज इस स्थिति में हूं इसके पीछे सही मार्गदर्शन ही है" यह उद्गार बिलासपुर कलेक्टर श्री अन्बलगन पी ने विवेकानंद केंद्र कन्याकुमारी शाखा बिलासपुर द्वारा आयोजित स्वामी विवेकानंद जयंती पर व्यक्त किए l इस अवसर पर मंच में कलेक्टर महोदय अम्बलगन पी. ; संघ के मा. काशीनाथ गोरे, तथा विवेकानंद केंद्र के डॉ प्रतीक शर्मा, डॉ देवरस, डॉ ओम माखीजा व डॉ उल्हास वारे थे l अतिथियों को डॉ माखीजा द्वारा विवेकानंद के विचार लिखित फ्रेम से सम्मानित किया गया । संघ के काशीनाथ गोर जी ने कहा स्वामी जी अनेक लोगो के प्रेरणा स्तोत्र है जिसमे स्टील बनाने वाली टाटा कंपनी भी शामिल है l समस्त कार्यक्रम का नियोजन नगर संगठक बिलासपुर मा. कुलदीप जी द्वारा किया गया, उल्लेखनीय है कि विवेकानंद केंद्र कन्याकुमारी की बिलासपुर शाखा सन 2013-14 से सक्रिय है एवं विवेकानंद जयंती के अवसर पर विवेकानंद उद्यान कंपनी गार्डन में शहर के मध्य उद्घाटन कार्यक्रम का आयोजन किया गया था; जिसमें विवेकानंद केंद्र के प्रान्त सम्पर्क प्रमुख उल्हास वार जी; नगर संगठक कुलदीप जी; नगर प्रमुख गौरीशंकर जी; व्यवःथा प्रमुख भरत पखमोडे जी;विस्तार प्रमुख डॉ संजय आयदे जी तथा विवेक पांडे जी; लिडबिडे जी; नगर व्यवस्था प्रमुख आशुतोष शुक्ल आदि की प्रत्यक्ष तथा अप्रत्यक्ष रूप से कार्यक्रम को सफल बनाने में विशेष सहभागिता रही l मुक्त वि.वि. के कुलसचिव राजकुमार जी; केंद्रीय वि वि के प्रो एस एस ठाकुर जी; पुजारी जी व नगर के अन्य नागरिक भी काफी संख्या मे उपस्थित रहे l उद्घाटन कार्यक्रम के अंत में कलेक्टर अम्बलग्न जी व काशीनाथ जी ने विवेकानंद केंद्र द्वारा आयोजित "चलित रथ" का उद्घाटन स्वामी विवेकानंद जी के प्रतिमा पर पुष्पार्पण करके किया । यह रथ बिलासपुर नगर में भ्रमण करते हुए कार्यक्रम स्थल पर पहुचा जिसमे उसलापुर; नेहरू चौक, तिफरा कालीमंदिर; रेलवे स्टेसन, हेमुनागर, राजकिशोर नगर, देवरीखुर्द आदि स्थानी पर गया l इसके अतिरितक स्थानीय कार्यक्रम के प्रमुख स्थान मंगला, पारिजात कॉलोनी,सरकंडा,पुराना बस स्टेण्ड,मंदिर चौक,कोनी,चौबी कालोनी, बहतराई, गुरुघासीदास केंद्रीय विश्वविद्यालय, साइंस कॉलेज, आईटीआई कोनी, कोनी थाना परिसर, कोटा आदि स्थानों पर पुष्पर्पण के माध्यम से मनाया गया । बिलासपुर में विवेकानंद केंद्र के नेर्तित्व में सभी छोटे बड़े कार्यक्रम कुल मिलाकर 51 से अधिक जगह विवेकानंद जयंती मनाई गयी |

पुष्पांजली ,रैली ,भाषण,प्रतियोगिता,रथ कुल 51 कार्यक्रम मनाये गये जिसमे कुल उपस्तिथि 5582 ।

1) बिलासपुर :33-2452

2) पेण्ड्रा ,गौरेला : 8-330

3) मुंगेली : 4-2050

4) पथरिया : 2-400

5) कर्गी रॉड कोटा : 3-300

6 ) रायगढ़ : 1-100

कुल कार्यक्रम :51 - 5582

* स्कुल - 17

* कॉलेज - 03

* विश्वविद्यालय - 02

* छात्रावास - 02 .

* रैली। 02

* विवेकानन्द रथ 02.

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti Celebration in Guwahati

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti was celebrated in Guwahati on 12th jan. Cycle rally and grant Shobha Yatra was organized on this occasion on different places.

Non - Residential Yoga Certificate Course in Guwahati

Vivekananda Kendra guwahati started NRYCC(Non - Residential Yoga Certificate Course)2ND BATCH, frm 16th of Feb . Venue- VK Panbazar. Time 6.00am to 7.30am.

संस्कार बिना शिक्षा अधूरी : "बनो और बनाओ" युवा नेतृत्व कार्यशाला सम्पन्न

रायपुर, फरवरी 05 : विवेकानन्द केन्द्र कन्याकुमारी, शाखा रायपुर की ओर से रविवार को युवा नेतृत्व कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया गया। यह कार्यशाला "बनो और बनाओ" इस थीम पर केन्द्रित थी। युवाओं को सम्बोधित करते हुए विवेकानन्द केन्द्र के कार्यकर्ता लखेश्वर चन्द्रवंशी ने कहा कि शिक्षा व संस्कार दोनों ही मनुष्य जीवन का आधार है। संस्कार के बिना शिक्षा अधूरी है। इसलिए समाज में शिक्षा युक्त वातावरण की निर्मिति करनी होगी। चंद्रवंशी ने आगे कहा कि स्वामी विवेकानन्द ने संस्कार के लिए Be and Make (बनो और बनाओ) का सूत्र दिया है। स्वामीजी ने Be and Make कहा है, लेकिन कई बार हम इसे Be than Make समझ लेते हैं। यह ठीक नहीं। बनने और बनाने की प्रक्रिया साथ-साथ होती है। उन्होंने युवाओं से आह्वान किया कि वे नगर के विभिन्न स्थलों पर संगठित होकर संस्कार वर्ग चलाएं जिससे कि बालकों के शारीरिक, मानसिक, बौद्धिक, भावनात्मक और आध्यात्मिक विकास हो सके।

इस कार्यशाला में चपलतावर्धक, तितिक्षावर्धक, बलवर्धक व एकाग्रतावर्धक मैदानी खेल का प्रशिक्षण दिया गया। इस अवसर पर केन्द्र के नगर संगठक बलबीर कुशवाह ने वीर सावरकर व मदनलाल धींगरा के प्रेरक जीवन प्रसंग को कथाकथन के माध्यम से प्रस्तुत किया। आयोजन की सफलता के लिए देवेन्द्र नगर गर्ल्स कॉलेज की प्राध्यापिका डॉ.मनीषा गर्ग तथा स्थानीय कार्यकर्ता प्रेमानन्द साहू, नंदिनी तांडी, देवश्री साहू, अखिलेश नामदेव व नमन शुक्ला ने महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाई। कार्यशाला के दौरान केन्द्र के सहनगर रूपेश अवधिया, सहव्यवस्था प्रमुख विष्णु महोबिया, नटवरलाल टाक प्रमुखता से उपस्थित थे।

Vivekananda Kendra Chinchwad celebrated Rathasaptami

Today on the eve of Rathasaptami Vivekananda Kendra Kanyakumari Br.-Chinchwad and Arogyam Yog & Therapy centre conducted a Surya namaskar Yadnya wherein around 100 people participated. We all did 108 surya namaskar's and the total team effort was of 108 surya namaskar's. 50 students from the Samrasta Gurukulam School Chinchwad had come to attend the program apart from the Arogyam yoga students. It was a very unique and wonderful experience. After the event our guest of honor Mr. Jayan Kulkarni felictated the successful student who passed the YIC- Yog instructor course from S-VYASA institute. He then spoke about importance of Surya namaskar and Samarth Ramdas Swami. He stressed upon the importance doing regular Surya namaskar which help us achieve good health both mentally and physically.

VKIC Foundation Day Celebration 2017

Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture (VKIC) celebrated its 21st foundation day on 31st January 2017 at WM Auditorium, VKIC. The main highlight of the program was the conferring of VKIC Sanmaanee award 2017. Every year VKIC honours a person of repute who has been tirelessly working for the promotion of indigenous faith and culture on its foundation day. This time the award was conferred on Srimad Shyamananda Brahmachari of West Garo hills. The Award carries a citation, memento, shalleng chadar and a sum of Rs 25,000.

In his welcome address, Dr Parimal Chandra Bhattacharjee, (Director Research Advisory Council, VKIC) stated that the objective of VKIC is to find the commonalities existing within the different ethnic communities focusing mainly on the cultural aspect of the communities. VKIC works with the belief that “Cultures nurtures Unity”.

Srimad Shyamananda Brahmachari, this year’s VKIC Sanmaanee in his acceptance speech shared his experiences of taking up the task of working for upliftment of people of various communities belonging to Hajong, Koch, Garo and Rabha communities. He made an appeal to the people to support him in his struggle to retain the indigenous faith, traditions and culture of the various ethnic communities. He said that lack of education and employment opportunities were compelling people to forsake their ancient beliefs, culture and heritage.

The Chief Guest of the Program Prof. Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe made a power point presentation on, “Innovation: Key to India’s Transformation”. In his presentation Prof Sahasrabudhe, currently the Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), showcased the rich innovative spirit and skills prevalent during ancient times and had stressed the need of encouraging “Innovation” among the younger generation of today. He also highlighted the steps taken up by the government of India towards this end with steps like, an e-initiative for citizens to participate in innovative programs. He however added that the ambience of creating an innovative atmosphere lies with the people and not just with the government.

Earlier on, as part of the foundation day celebration, a panel discussion on the topic, “Development through Culture” was held on 29th Jan 2017. Shri Kashinath Hazarika, Former Chairman, North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi) moderated the session; Prof Kalyan Das Honorary Associate Director VKIC, Dipankar Mahanta, Member of Executive Council, VKIC and Dr. Manjit Das, Associate Professor, Bodoland University were the main speakers of the day. The panel discussion was held with the intent of understanding how north east region - rich in human, cultural and natural resources - can march ahead ensuring sustainability of sensitive ecological chains. It also sought to understand the locality specific production spaces, their inherent behavioural and cultural characteristics, the initiatives and the institutions and how all would interact to ensure sustainability and wellbeing of all. 

VKPSP Annual Report 2016-2017