It was an enriching experience for me to participate in the Indigenous Faith Day celebrations and also to address the huge gathering at Seppa on 1st December. After my address one of them proudly said that “We Janjatis are not ‘backward’, we haven’t been ‘left behind’. We chose to live on our land, in our own ways. We have unique cultural practices which are to be nourished and protected” It reminded me of the saying that “Diversity is Divine Will”.
As educators we need to stand for nourishing the rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh: the dawn lit mountain, which is also termed as ‘Gateway to serenity’.
There are many encouraging information to share with you all about the functioning of our schools:-
VKVians make clean sweep in State Level Children’s Science Congress:
That was the heading given by a popular daily of Arunachal Pradesh. The news items goes “ITANAGAR, Nov 20: The projects of Lishant Tasar of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya (VKV), Nirjuli was adjudged the best in the State Level Children’s Science Congress held at Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, IG Park, here with two days programme on November 19 and 20”.
Tatop Taten of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Oyan, East Siang and Shoubhick Bhattacherjee of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Roing stood second and third respectively”
Read more: News Round-up November 2015
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.
Read more: News Round-up September & October 2015
SPEAKER: B. RADHA DEVI, JOINT SECRETARY, VIVEKANANDA KENDRA VIDYALAYAS, ARUNACHAL PRADESH TRUST
“Snehavardhini” of VKV Nirjuli conducted Vimarsh-II on the topic “Bharatiya Nari” on 27th September 2015. There were 140 mothers were present for the programme.
It was conducted to deal with the status of Indian women and the manifold dimensions of women’s role in fostering various aspects of family and social values. It aimed at enlightening women to liberate them from the preponderance of social stigmas, which women are victim to and as a result stymied their progress.The programme was conducted as a part of the yearlong celebration of Mananeeya Eknathji Ranade Janma Shati Parva(MEJSP).Vimarsh-II was attended by 135 mothers . The participants were greatly benefitted by the edifying speech of Su. Radha didi , who expatiated on the numerous facets of “Indian Women, Family and Society,” citing wide range of empirical and didactic allusions. The cruces of the value points of Radha didi’s speech are highlighted below:
Women are the embodiment and epitome of tolerance and virtuosity. They need to be emancipated, relaxing the imposition on their mobility by elevating their status through education.
Mother is not a worker. She is an expression of magnanimity in the form of Tyaga and Seva.
Woman is like water. She takes the shapes as per the situation and bears the responsibility of unification and reconciliation in all matters of the family.
Atma is one and it has got no differences.
Women need to be buoyed up to stand on their own feet to unfetter them from all social restraints. Education is the only instrument which can bring about better exposure of women’s outlook to life.
Adi Sankaracharya’s argument on Advaida , he took the judge as the wife of the opponent. Women have such knowledge and quality.
female can make the family one. Our ancient traditional values need to be inherited and carried on to strengthen the bondage of family and to avert any unfavourable elements which threaten this bondage.
Our culture is unique. A small family contributes to the whole world. A mother sees with a vision and thus the family unit becomes successful.
There was a lively interactive session after the address of Radha didi in which the participants put forward some pragmatic problems which they encounter in their daily life. The queries and doubts were clarified by didi. In the epilogue, mothers placed a request to incorporate both fathers and mothers in such programmes to make it more effective.
We have organized Vimarsh of MEJSP programme in our campus on 28th September 2015 to have an interaction on two topics - Dharma the soul of India and Seva and service. Sri. Ganesh Dhungana welcomed the guest and introduced Eknathji and his works. The main speaker of this programme was Sri. N.Negi, Senior teacher, Higher Secondary school raga. He spoke on the topic Dharma : the soul of India and explained various dharma that we need to practice. He also made it clear that Dharma has no connection with religion. Sri. Padmanabhan, Principal, VKV Raga handled the topic Seva and its Indian concept. He spoke about Indian concept of Seva that focuses on Nation-building, and Vivekananda Kendra works for creating a new generation who make it practical. The programme was started at 3:00pm and was over by 5.00.The programme helped us to get new five well-wishers and supporters of VKV
Sri. N. Negi spoke on the topic Dharma : the Soul of India.
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The celebrations of Sri Krishna Janmastami, Ganesh Chaturti were conducted in the school level on 5th and 17th September respectively.
A Puja was performed on Janmastami. Different houses displayed their "Jhankis" in their best manner.
On Ganesha Chaturti, prayers were offered by performing puja. The next day immersion of lord Ganesha took place. All staffs and students 258 members took part in the celebration.
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Nyishi Elite Society president Bengia Tolum and NHPC Subansiri project Executive Director Rakesh jointly inaugurated a VKV school with hostel facility in presence of VKV Arunachal Pradesh Trust, Director, Dr. Joram Begi and other dignitaries at Dollungmukh under Lower Subansiri district today.
Speaking on the occasion, VKVAP Trust joint secretary Radha Devi, highlighting the role of VKV disclosed that 33 VKV schools are imparting quality education in the state at present.
On the occasion of Mananeeya Eknathji Janma Shati Parva , in a very tremendous atmosphere Virmarsh was conducted in VKV Kuporijo’s school prayer hall. It was commenced on 16th Sept.2015 at in the presence of 22 parents. Sri Jumli Ligu, Nagar Pramukh, Arun Jyoti, was ascended the chair as a chief guest. In this respect, the following topics had been jotted down.
1) Dharma :- The soul of India.
3) Bharatiya Womanhood.