I have heard an anecdote of a boy who happened to cogitate at the people who are restless and unhappy. One day he asked his grandmother about it. She replied “It is not possible for life to make a selfish person happy, whatever temporary satisfactions may come along. But...” She added, “Life can give you joy if you live for the joy of others,” The teachers who comprehend this may become more selfless which help them to be affectionate and working beyond the comfortable frontier. The unselfish teacher becomes a model to the students and his/her footsteps are followed by many.
There are many activities which happened during the month of September & October that reflect such unselfish endeavors of teachers, parents, well-wishers etc.
One such example is the inception of VKV Dollungmukh. The untiring works of a few namely Er.RatanTebin, Er.KinaTamik, Shri.MagaTasso, VKV Alumnus have taken lead to materialize the dream of the local populace of Dollungmukh to set up a VKV there.
Inauguration ofVKV Dollungmukh: The 34th VKV of Arunachal Pradesh was inaugurated in Dollungmukh on 28 September 2015.Shri BengiaTolum, Nyishi Elite Society president and Shri.Rakesh, Executive Director NHPC Subansiri Project jointly inaugurated the VKV in the presence of Dr. Joram Begi, Director of all the VKVs of North Eastern Region & Trustee of VKVAP Trust, other dignitaries, a large number of well-wishers, officials of NHPC and parents. It was encouraging to see the enthusiasm of people who have assembled there. NHPC is committed for the creation of infrastructure under its CSR scheme.
Varsharambha Ceremony of VKV- Dollungmukh: - The first Varsharambha Ceremony of VKV- Dollungmukh was conducted on 30th September Sri.Unnikrishnan.P.M, Education Officer, VKVAPT, Shri.Rudra Prasad Dhungana from VKV- Banderdewa and I could be part of the Varsharambha. A good number of parents attended the programme. The team under the leadership of Shri R.Murugan and his team are set to make a big difference in the area with their selfless work. The school is having class I to III with 72 Students in roll. Out of 72, 26 (boys) students are hostellers.
Glimpse of Vivek Kiran Activities :- The unique service project namely ‘Vivek Kiran’ undertaken by VKVAPT in collaboration with Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust for strengthening the formal education system of Kimin circle saw varied activities during the last two months. Some of them are 5day residential camp for Anganwadi workers wherein Smt. Sulabha Kulkarni and Smt. Meghna Paranjpe from Jnana Prabodhini, Solapur Maharashtra guided the participants; Health checkup in all the Anganwadis, covering 750 students; Science camp for Government school teachers, setting up of a resource centre at VKV Sher etc.
Chintan Baithak of VKVAPT: A Chintan Baithak was organized by VKVAPT from 12th October to 15th October at Dibrugarh. Administrative committee members, Cluster in charges, VKVAPT core team members, one the senior Principals were participants in the same. The meeting was facilitated by Dr. Ajit Kanitkar, a well known management expert from Pune, Maharashtra. Mananeeya Nivedita Didi, all India Vice President of Vivekananda Kendra participated in the Baithak on 13th& 14th October for a short duration. The Chintan Baithak took stock of the works of VKVs in the last more than 35 years in terms of present context in order to chart out a roadmap to be followed to remain as a premier educational institution contributing to the development of Arunachal Pradesh. Various topics were dealt with in the Baithak by brainstorming, sharing of experiences, group discussion and presentation, case studies etc.
Workshop for Principals: A five day workshop for selected Principals of various VKVs of Arunachal Pradesh was conducted in VKV Nirjuli from 25th to 29th October 2015. 18 Principals and 3 cluster- in charges attended the workshop. The workshop was designed to provide updated inputs in order to equip the Principals with skills to execute diverse roles effectively. Sri Aravind Gore, an eminent teacher trainer and academician from Maharashtra was the main resource person. Sri Pravinji, Secretary VKVAPT was present in the inaugural ceremony. All the members of VKVAPT core team, Cluster In charges were present in the entire program. The training event was marked by activities tailor-made to develop various skills.
Prachodaya Shibir: The Shibir for the high achievers studying in Class IX in different VKVs of the state was held in VKV Itanagar from 29th to 31st October. A total number of 159 students (62 Boys and 97 girls) from 21 secondary and Higher Secondary VKVs attended the Shibhir.
The Shibir had a good beginning with the apt inauguration program in which Shri Mige Kamki, Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex & Dr.T.P.Sasikumar, former Scientist, ISRO & ADRIN attended. Organizing team was moved by the enthusiasm & receptiveness of the participants throughout the Shibir.
The sessions by Dr. T. P. Sasikumar, exposure visits to nearby localities and institutions, interview schedule with the alumnus of VKV Shri. Kaling Tayeng, IAS & Swami Vishveshananda Maharaj, talk on Physics by Dr. Anuradha Panigrahi, Associate Professor, DN College, Itanagar were some of the highlights of the programme.
Dr. T. P. Sasikumar covered myriad of topics relevant to the students and motivated them to have higher Goals in life. Some of the other activated like Swadhaya and presentation of the topic selected from ‘Spiritualizing life” a compilation of Mananeeya Eknathiji’s lectures, Yogasana, Pranayam, Prayer sessions etc added the value to the high achievers camp.
Reaching out to the neighborhood schools: - Many VKVs conducted personality development Camp namely Sadgamaya for the students of neighboring schools during the Mid Term Break. Altogether 959 students attended the camp in various VKVs. The students were exposed to the routine life, inspirational lectures,Games, Group discussion etc. VKVs Amliang, Sunpura, Jirdin, Balijan, Nirjuli, Yazali, Tafrogam, Jairampur, Banderdewa conducted the camp. We are yet to receive report of some of the schools.
Career information Program: A career counseling program was arranged in VKV Roing and Nirjuli with the help Sri.S.Majumdar, Faculty, Cost and Management Accountancy, Kolkata. The students were exposed to the world of work and the role of account related studies were dealt in the programme.
Vimarsh Conducted: In continuation to the Vimarsh series which has been taken up as a part of the yearlong celebration of the Mananeeya Eknathji Janma Shati Parva, many VKVs conducted Vimarsh on different topics in the month of September. VKVs Jairampur, Koloriang, Kuporijo, Raga, Roing, Nirjuli, Amliang, Ziro, Sunpura conducted Vimarsh during the last two months. Mananeeya Nivedita Didi, Vice President of Vivekananda Kendra was present for Vimarsh in Nirjuli on the topic of Dharma.
Major Celebrations:-Universal Brotherhood Day, Krishna Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthy were celebrated with great enthusiasm in all the VKVs. During the Universal Brotherhood Day celebration “SPIRITUALIZING LIFE” a compilation of Mananeeya Eknathji’s Lectures, was released by the Chief Guest, Sri. Mohesh Chai, Hon’ble MLA at VKV Tafrogam and he spoke on Mananeeya Eknathji’s life and message and contribution for the Man Making and Nation Building following the footsteps of Swami Vivekananda. While expressing his gratitude to Vivekananda Kendra for its selfless contribution through VKVs and Arun Jyoti project for Arunachal Pradesh, he remembered all the workers who were and are tirelessly working to develop the state.
Pride to Arunachal Pradesh:- Kum. Toyir Kamgo and her friends of VKV Jirdin were selected to participate in the Expo Science, Mexico an International event which is scheduled at Tampico City, Tamaulipas, Mexico from 6th to 9th December, 2015. The selection for the event was based on the performance of them in National Children Science congress 2014 conducted in Bangalore. Km.Toyir Kamgo had presented their group’s project entitle "Impact of Firewood Collection on Weather and Climate in Jirdin Village, West Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh. Let us cheer them up!
All said and done well, however, an important reminder to make here is about the need of busy academic activities in the coming months for the early completion of syllabus to earn enough time for revision. Please see that not a single stone remains unturned and not a single student remains unattended. Let all our children excel.