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The celebration of Sadhana Diwas happened in a unique way in VKV Raga this year. As the schools are not yet opened due to the Corona Virus issue and the students are not with us, so the event was celebrated taking the teaching staff and their children as participants. A total of two programmes were conducted:

QUIZ COMPETITION for the teachers based on the life and works of Swami Vivekananda, Bhagini Nivedita and Mananeeya Eknathji. The agenda of the programme is as follows:

  • Three Omkaras and Om Sahanavavatu...together
  • Poem Recitation on Eknathji by Smti Seema Mishra Didi
  • Programme Geet, ‘Hum Anuyaayi Eknath Ke....’ lead by Seema Didi and followed by the rest.
  • Speech on the Importance of the Day – Sri Gama Singh
  • Quiz Competition – Lead by Sri Trilochan Goutam
    Shantimantra – together

The quiz competition was very interesting and inspiring for the teachers to learn more about the lives and works of these great souls of Maa Bharati. The competition was conducted through PPT display. The participants of the competition were Sri Raju Mishra, Sri Prabhakar KG, Sri Pintu Das, Sri Shiva Kant Dubey, Su. Madhuri Baitha, Su. Rashmi Rekha Das, Kr. Ashutosh Mishra and Kr. Arpan Goutam. Sri Gama Singh was the Time keeper while Smti Seema was the Scorer.

WEBINAR on Sadhana Diwas by VRMVK, Kanyakumari: Sri Trilochan Goutam, Principal of the School, attended the Online Programme conducted by Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari. The programme started from 6 pm onwards. It was a very useful programme for the Karyakartas of the organisation. The experiences of this unique Online Webex Meet was shared with the rest of the staff next day, i. e. 20/11/2020

Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya Raga celebrated the Universal Brotherhood Day on 11th Sept, 2020 in an informal way this year. Due to the pandemic, we could not keep any formal programme for the public as we did not get permission from the District Administration.

We all Staff, Teaching, Non – Teaching and their family members attended the Online Webinar organised by Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation from 10 am to 11:30 am.

Then we all were graced by the auspicious visit of Mananeeya Rupeshji and Sri Pema Norbu Thongchiji with two of our Alumni. After lunch, we had an interaction and discussion session with Rupeshji and Thongchiji on the Topic, 'Message of Universal Brotherhood as mentioned in the letter by Mananeeya Nivedita Didi.'  We all were asked to share at least two points that we found while reading the letter. Some of the points shared by the staff are as follows:

  • Our Sanatana approach is Inclusive, while the approach of the Western world is Exclusive.
  • We beleived in the universal co – existence of all in the universe but the Christian and the Islamic worlds believed in their exclusive existence only. This has created bloodshed and fight among the humanity.
  • Universal Brotherhood does not mean rejection of the others, but we have to shed light on the truth and bring them to the mainstream, 'Assimilation and not rejection' as Swami Vivekananda says.
  • The World Parliament of Religions was organised to proclaim the Superiority of Christianity over all other Religions but Swami Vivekananda's message made that effort futile. The world had to accept the Universal Tolerance of the Sanatana Dharma.
  • Conversion brings dissentions and not Brotherhood.
  • The Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari is a perfect example of Universal Brotherhood as envisaged by Mananeeya Eknathji Ranade.

VKV Raga celebrated the Great festival of SreeKrishna Janmashtami with much enthusiasm and fervour amid the pandemic.
The festival of Janmaashtami was celebrated by the staff with family members on the 12th of August, 2020. The parents of our students came to collect their progress reports and do re admission of the wards during the day. So the festival celebration was planned in the evening.
All the staff members gathered in front of the Shiva Temple at 6 pm. First the programme of Dahi Haandi breaking was conducted in which the participants were the sons of our staff Sri Trilochan and Sri Raju Mishra. Afer that, a Bhajan and Kirtan Session was organised inside the temple. All staff members sang one bhajan each including Assamese Naam by Su. Rashmi Rekha Das. The programme was concluded with the Kendra Prarthana at 7:30 pm. Prasadam was distributed at the end of the programme.

This year, the celebration of Rakshabandhan (on 3/8/20) was done in a different way. Every year, teachers used to escort groups of students outside. They used to visit govt. Offices, bazaars, general public etc and used to tie Rakhis to them. But due to the Corona Pandemic, our Raga town is in lockdown upto 4th August. However, the present staff celebrated the festival with as much gaiety and happiness as before.

Today (that is 3rd of Aug. 2020) being the last Monday of the Holy month of Shravana and also Poornima (Shravana Purnima or Rakshabandhan), it was decided by all the staff that we should perform a Shiv Puja. So, before the celebration of Raksha Bandhan, we conducted the said puja.

  • All staff members took to fasting till the Puja was over. All materials were arranged for Shiv – Puja. Sri Raju Mishra, Junior Teacher of the school conducted the puja and did it with all formalities and tradition. The atmosphere was very pious and calm. For the Prasad and other materials needed for the puja, the staff members arranged themselves. It was a very enlivening to see the atmosphere choked with fresh dhoop and fragrance. Due to lockdown of whole Raga town, we couldn’t call or invite any of our students and parents. So the programme was attended by all 13 staff members and some family members. The puja was concluded around 12 noon.
  • After the Shiv Puja, we celebrated the festival of Raksha Bandhan. Sri Om Prakash Upadhyaya anchored the programme. First of all, Sri Prabhakar KG highlighted the importance of the day. He narrated some events from our epics and history behind the legend of Raksha Bandhan and how this festival has wider meaning now. He said that it is the duty of human beings not only to protect each other, but also the plants, animals, birds, other creatures of nature etc.

Smti Seema Mishra tied the Rakhi to Swamiji first. Then all three didis tied rakhis to all brothers. The brothers also tied to each other. The bond of love and protection of each other became more vibrant.

The most important aspect of the celebration was tying of Rakhis to the trees and plants inside school premises. The principal Sri Trilochan Goutam first tied Raksha Sutra to a tree. Then other teachers did the same to other trees and promised to protect the nature so that the ecological balance is maintained for the sustenance of human life on earth.

A bhajan /Kirtan programme was also organised at 6 pm in which all teachers and family members sang bhajans/kirtans and concluded with Shiv Aarati and Kendra Prarthana.

Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya Raga celebrated the festival of Vasant Panchami or Saraswati Puja with much fervour and enthusiasm. To mark the occasion, following were conducted:

  1. The programme started at 10 am positively. The importance of the Day was highlighted by Sri Abhishek Tiwari. He told the mythology the celebration of Saraswati Puja and its importance in the life of students.
  2. The Puja was performed by Sri Kailash Tiadi. He led the mantras and followed by the students and the teachers.
  3. Then followed the Saraswati Bhajans by Students.
  4. Finally, Saraswati Mata Aarati was sung led by Sri Abhishek Tiwari and followed. Tika was put on the foreheads of all.
  5. To conclude the celebration, finally Principal addressed the students and blessed all. He motivated the students to make a promise to themselves that from that day onwards, they will concentrate all their attention in their studies. He specially wished best of luck to the students of classes V & VIII who are going to appear in the APSB Examination w. e. f. 12th
  6. Then Prasadam (Porridge, prepared by Bhaiya) was served to all. Children looked happy and satisfied.

VKV Raga celebrated 71st Republic Day in a befitting manner. A total of three programmes were conducted to mark the important National Festival:

  1. Prabhat Pherry: A prabhat pherry was started exactly at 6:30 am from school to Yada Market and back to school again. All students from classes III – VIII took part in the procession.
  2. Unfurling of Tricolour at School: After the procession was over and the students returned to school, the Tricolour was unfurled by the school Principal Sri Trilochan Goutam in front of the Prayer Hall at 7:00 am followed by National Anthem. He also gave a short speech. He spoke about the sacrifice made by our freedom fighters and revolutionaries for gaining freedom from the alien rule. He further highlighted the efforts of the Constituent Assembly headed by Sri BR Ambedkar in preparing the Constitution. He asked the students to do something for the Mother India so that they can bring fame and glory to their parents, society, state as well as for the nation. Sweets were distributed to all.
  3. Participation at General Programme: The school also participated in the General Programme organised by the District Administration. A total of five groups of students took active participation:
  • Band Troup: Boys
  • March Past Troup : Boys
  • March Past Troup: Girls
  • PT Display: Boys and Girls
  • Science Exhibition: By VI – VIII Students

The DC, Kamle, Sri Moki Loyi was the chief guest while other important officials like SP, DDSE, HoDs of different deptts etc. were also present.

A Parents’ Meet for the parents of classes V & VIII was conducted today, i. e, 14th Jan. 2020 from 12:30 pm onwards. The meeting was conducted to discuss important points regarding the State Board Examination 2020 for the classes V and VIII and other school related issues.

The meeting started with three Omkaras and the holy chant of Om Sahanavavatu....It was followed by the School Patriotic song for the session 2019-20: DESH HAME DETA HAI SAB KUCH, HAM BHI TO KUCH DENA SIKHEN.. led by Class VIII girls and followed by all. Sri Kailash Chandra Tiadi, welcomed all and requested the parents to stay till the end of the programme. It was then followed by Result summary anf feedback of the recently held Periodic Test II. The class teachers of Classes V and VIII, Smti Priyanka Tiwari and Sri Rajiv Muang presented the result summaries and overall feedback of their respective students taking into consideration academic performance, attendance and participation in school programmes. It was now the turn for the parents to share their experiences and suggestions with respect to their ward. Three parents shared their experiences:

  • Sri Rotom Tuluk, Hostel Warden of Private Hostel: He gave the report of all the hostellers of his hostel. He reported their performance in the Periodic Test II and requested the other parents to come to the school and hostel to enquire about the progress from time to time. He further added that the performance of Classes I – V is better than that of Classes VI – VIII. He also praised the committed work of the school authority in trying to improve the academic performance of the students. He concluded by saying that the school is doing its best for preparing the students for State Board Exam and all parents must know all about it before their children sit in the said Exam. He thanked the school for conducting this parents meeting.
  • Sri Loyom Taba, F/O Kr. Yomnu Taba, V: Being a teacher himself of a Govt. Primary School, he explained in detail about the new State Board Exam for Classes V and VIII and asked the parents to pay special attention to their wards as less than a month is remaining for the exam. Praising the efforts of VKV Raga in this aspect, he said that the school authority is going in the right direction, as he has observed. He request the school authority to conduct re – exam for those students who do not qualify in the final examination. But, he said, some parents are unaware of the new system and later complain to the school. He further requested all parents to be in touch with the school and must come to such parents meeting whenever called.
  • Smti Yami Golom, M/O Km. Nanicoli Golom, VIII: She was very sad at the performance of Class VIII in general and her daughter in particular. She requested the principal to conduct remedial classes for these two classes in Maths especially so that the performance can be improved in the annual exam. She encouraged the present children to work hard and ask their doubts to the teachers so that a better outcome is obtained. Only then, they can give happiness to their parents as well as to the school staff. 

Finally, Principal Sri Trilochan Goutam addressed the parents and responded to their queries. He stressed the following points:

  • Remedial coaching in Maths would be started from the next day for Classes V and VIII. All parents were requested to send their children to these classes.
  • He expressed his concern at the low attendance of some students and asked the parents to pay special attention to it and send the children regularly.
  • Parents should come to the school frequently to enquire about the progress of their wards.
  • He also requested all parents to submit the State board Exam Fee of Rs. 750 each student to the school as soon as possible.
  • Information regarding non- admission for Boys in VKV Sher hostel was also given to the parents of Class VIII while the procedure for girls’ admission would be as usual. However, boys can approach VKVs Vivek Vihar, Nirjuli and Chimpu for admission in Class IX if they get accommodation in the Private Hostels. So all parents were asked to look into the study of their children for this month so that they can score good marks to get admission in good schools.
  • The parents were also informed about the New Admission for the session 2020-21 and were asked to inform their friends and relatives about the same.
  • All students were motivated to study hard and bring good marks in the upcoming exam.

Then the Principal offered vote of thanks to all present and hoped that the same kind of attendance and support would be expected from the parents in the future. He further requested all parents to have strict vigilance on the study of their children in this month so that a better result is obtained for all.  Before concluding, Km. Madhuri Baitha, the anchor, shared a story of how an earthen pot can erode a stone if kept on it for a long time. The story is related to the life of Acharya Panini, the greatest Sanskrit Scholar. Through this, the students were motivated to work hard and follow the maxim of the tortoise who defeated the hare in a race. Finally, the meeting was concluded with Shantimantra at 2:00 pm.

After the formal meeting ended, an OPEN HOUSE was also kept in which all parents went through the answer sheets of their respective children in the second periodic test. They all promised to look into the study matter of their children. The OPEN HOUSE concluded at 2:30 pm.

VKVs are known in the country for their man – making and nation – building education. A variety of programmes, academic and non – academic form the core of educational structure of the Vidyalayas. One of the most important celebrations of the schools is the Samartha Bharat Parva that culminates with Swami Vivekananda Jayanti.

VKV Raga celebrated the event in a magnetic way. Following are the details of these celebrations:

1. Samarth Bharat Parva: The Parva started from 25th Dec 2019. Though it was a holiday, all the teaching staff along with family members, organised a flowers offering programme on the feet of Bharat Mata. Then after evening prayer, a Swadhyay was conducted for the teaching staff on the topic “Contribution of India to the World” by the Principal Sri Trilochan Goutam. Some of the points discussed in the Swadhyay are the following contributions of India to the World:

  • Concept of Zero to mathematical calculations.
  • Ayurveda and Yoga.
  • The first University of the world: Takshashila Viswavidyalaya
  • The games of Chess and Snakes and Ladders etc.
  • Formulae and identities of Trigonometry.

Then, from the next day onwards, that is 26th Dec, 2019 the students of classes VI – VIII presented seminars on the various topics related to India’s contribution to the world. The seminar presentation was House wise. So a total of 8 papers were presented in the morning assembly. Besides this, the students of classes IV – V presented poem recitation in the assembly. The poems were all written by Indian poets only. And, in this celebration, the teachers too participated. They spoke on the topics like Contributions of Eminent Personalities such as Freedom Fighter, Scientists, social activists etc. The 18 – days long celebration of the Parva was very fruitful and full of wisdom. The celebration culminated with Swami Vivekananda Jayanti on 12 Jan 2020.

2. Swami Vivekananda Jayanti cum National Youth Day: Swami Vivekananda Jayanti was celebrated in an even more enthusiastic and befitting way by the school. Week long preparations were carried out to make the celebration perfect. A total of two special programmes were conducted:

  • General Exhibition: As suggested by Sri S. Muralidharan Sir, we conducted a General Exhibition on various topics like English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Games and Sports, Disaster Management, etc. The models and charts were prepared by the students of classes IV – VIII. It was very attractive for the parents and the Chief Guest. They were very happy to see it and praised the works of our students.
  • Talent Show: After the general exhibition was over, a talent show was presented by the tiny kids of Classes I – III. The talent show started with the welcome song, “ Desh Hame Deta Hai Sab Kuchh, Hum Bhi To kuchh Dena Sikhen...” and concluded with the Bharat Mata Arati. The show was very much liked by the parents as their small kids acted in Ganesha Dance, Fancy Dress Display, Mime, Rhymes, Action Songs, Local Traditional Dance, GK Presentation, etc. The talent show went on for more than 2 hours but the parents and well wishers were not contented. They wished that more and more such programmes by kids should be conducted frequently by the school.

The celebration was very successful and encouraging to our children. The Chief Guest was Sri C. Chukhu, APCS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kamle District. He was very happy to be a part of the celebration as he joined office on Dec. 2 2019. In his short speech, he exhorted the children to go for more and more such activities. Quoting Swamiji’s thought, ‘Each soul is potentially divine,’ he said that the work of teachers and parents is to create such environment so that they can manifest this divinity. He also related some incidents from his student life and told how he faced obstacles in getting good education during those days when good schools and colleges were not available at that time. Praising the work of VKVs in the state, he advised the parents to extend full support and cooperation to the school in times of need. Not only that, he expressed unhappiness at the way Raga public keep the town and its surroundings. He said that the Town area is dirty and needs to be cleaned by the residents from time to time. He also interacted with the teaching staff and said that whatever help the school needs from the administration, he would be happy to render.

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