In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth. She finds a remote grass field near a strong-flowing river. This seems a safe place. Suddenly labor pain begins. At the same moment, dark clouds gather around above and lightning starts a forest fire. She looks to her left and sees a hunter with his extended bow pointing at her. To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her. What can the pregnant deer do? She is in labor! What will happen? Will the deer survive? Will she give birth to a fawn? Will the fawn survive? Or will everything be burnt by the forest fire? Will she perish to the hunter's arrow? Will she die a horrible death at the hands of the hungry lion approaching her? She is constrained by the fire on one side and the flowing river on the other and boxed in by her natural predators. What does she do? She focuses on giving birth to a new life.
The sequence of events that follows are: - Lightning strikes and blinds the hunter - He releases the arrow which zips past the deer and strikes the hungry lion - It starts to rain heavily, and the forest fire is slowly doused by the rain. The deer gives birth to a healthy fawn. In our life too, there are moments of choice when we are confronted from all corners with negative thoughts and possibilities.
We too, in our work place face so many challenges. But having strong faith in what we do and focusing entire energy in the ‘Punya Karya” we can overcome all the obstacles one by one. The just ended month was eventful and also posed some challenging situations. Let me write down the highlights of the happening of the September for the information of all:-Children’s Film Festivals: - We could organize a unique programme in collaboration with Cine Darbaar (A Welfare Society working in the field of art & culture having the Head office at Delhi) which is the empanelled agency of Children’s Film Society of India (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting). The programme named as ‘Traveling Players’ was conducted in VKV- Nirjuli, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar, Ziro and Yazali from 1 st to 6 th September 2014. Screening of films, conducting competitions like review and quiz and interactive sessions were the highlights of the programme.
Participation of Principals in 5 Day Leadership Training Program: 6 Principals namely Shri. S.C.Dixit, VKV- Itanagar, Shri. Panchanan Tripathy, VKV- Nirjuli, Shri. K.Jayashankar, VKV-Jairampur, Shri Ananda Mohan Mishra, VKV-Ziro, Shri. Ashim Kumar Banik, VKV Shergaon and Smt. Reena Sivadasan from VKV Tafrogam attended a Leadership Training Program organized by CBSE from 14 th to 19 th September 2014 at Kaziranga University, Jorhat. The Program saw the presence and guidance of many CBSE officials and experts from diverse fields among who the notables are: Shri Vineet Joshi, Chairman, CBSE; Dr Sadhana Parasar, Professor and Director of Training and Research, other Resource persons of CBSE and many other Principals from different schools of North East. Many important topics like Accreditation and Quality Enhancement in Schools, Collaborative Management, Holistic Education, Motivational Leadership and Teacher Education, Flip Classroom, Leadership Styles- Role and Competencies, Assessment of Speaking and listening, Capacity Building through Visual Medium etc. were covered.
CCE Master Trainers Workshop: A 3 days ‘CCE – Master Trainers’ Workshop was held at VKV Jairampur from 22 nd September to 24 th September, 2014. 42 selected teachers attended the workshop from 29 Middle, Secondary and Higher Secondary VKVs, out of which 7 are Principals. Sri Satya Prakash Verma from ‘Vidya Institute of Training And Development’, Meerut, an empanelled agency of CBSE, was the Resource Person. The workshop, dealt with three aspects of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE): Concept of CCE, Life Skills and Values & Attitude. Held on the eve of ‘Mananeeya Eknathji Janma Sati Parva’, which is scheduled to bestarted from November, 2014 onwards, the workshop will definitely help to consolidate and strengthen our academic performance. These selected teachers after training in this workshop, are expected to conduct workshops in their own schools and neighborhood schools to give impetus to the evaluation Programme.
Illustration of Textbooks by VKV Teachers (Resource sharing with Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh): Two of our Fine Art teachers namely Sri Titan Dey and Su Popy Dutta were deputed to illustrate the textbooks of EVS Graded Reader for Class I and II prepared by SCERT with the guidance of experts in a five days workshop from 8 th to 12 th September, at SCERT Auditorium, Itanagar. Both the illustrated copies are getting finalized and will soon go to print.
Celebration of Teacher’s Day: All the VKVs of Arunachal Pradesh celebrated Teacher’s Day in a grand manner. Many students of VKVs like Ziro, Itanagar, Nirjuli, Basar etc participated in the Essay Writing Competition conducted by the Ministry of Human Resource, Govt. of India on the occasion. In addition to the regular programs, maximum number of schools made arrangement to screen the speech and the interactions of Sri Narendra Modi, honorable Prime Minister of India.
Large number of VKV students and staff watched the Program telecasted on TV. Celebration of Universal Brotherhood day: All the VKVs of Arunachal Pradesh celebrated Universal Brotherhood Day in a befitting manner. Students presented various programs which were witnessed by large number of parents and well wishers. Many dignitaries also graced the occasion in many VKVs. Term I Exam and midterm Break: Students of VKVs have appeared in the Summative Assessment-I from 19 th September to 26 th September and have gone for the Mid Term Break up to 5 th October.
Activity of Snehavardhini, Nirjuli: - Snehavardhini unit of VKV- Nirjuli conducted an Orientation meeting of women of NEEPCO colony in which 110 women participated. Activities of Snehavardhini, talk on Mananeeya Eknathji and Vivekananda Kendra, programme planned for Mananeeya Eknathji Janma Shati Parva, question and answer etc were the important activities of the programme.