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A remark from a nine year old newly admitted hosteller of a winter vacation school appeared to be a bolt from the blue, making me contemplative. During my interaction with the students in my visit, the bright smart boy spelt out his view to my question “Why does your class have less number of girl students and more number of boys?”-  He said with a grin, “Girls are meant for washing the clothes, carrying the small children and cooking the food, not for school”.  Classmates of him seemed to chime his view.  I looked expectantly towards the girls for prompt assertive answers. They were sitting silently, wondering how one should respond to such remarks. 

On contemplation, I concluded that the boy partly reflected the opinion of the society- merely expressed out what he witnessed in the society.  We need to have conscious efforts to develop positive attitudinal changes in the society. Recently our state has been in news for the wrong reasons for misdoings of certain miscreants against the minor girls. We have greater responsibilities to re- establish the greatest ideals of our country. It is said “Yatra Naryastu Pujyante, Ramante Tatra Devta”– where the woman are worshiped, God resides there. I feel the need of extending the activities to reach out to the maximum people. The work of educating the masses is not linear but it is simultaneous. It is a happy thing that the schools have planned Dampati Sammelan, Kishori Vikas Shibir, Matrupooja etc to work in this direction. We need to have many more such programmes like seminars, pledge taking, arranging the lecture sessions for the elites etc. I am eager to listen from you all about programmes planned by you to meet such dire need.

The bygone month witnessed a plethora of programmes. Let me give a brief outline of those for the information of all:-

Sports coaching Camps: - VKV- Itanagar, Yazali, Dado, Jirdin and Roing conducted 10 days coaching camps with a view to give exposure to various skills and rules of different games and sports. The coaching camp targeted the students of class VI to VIII except in VKV- Dado.  In addition to this, students were also trained in Rope Malkhamb, PoleMalkhamb, Yoga and March past. The details are given below.

School

No
of students participated

Dignitaries
Gracing the Occasion

Inaugural
function

Closing
Ceremony

No
of coaches present.

VKV-
Itanagar

147

Shri.
D.K.Dinglow , Director Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of
Arunachal Pradesh

------

6

VKV-
Roing

250

Shri.
G.B.Chetry, SI, CRPF

Shri.
Marte Koyu , Principal, DIET

6

VKV-
Yazali

170

Shri.
S. Chakroborty, Head of Project, NEEPCO, Yazali.

Shri.
Mohan Kumar, Senior Manager, NEEPCO, Yazali.

6

VKV-
Jirdin

144

Col.
Sri K.P.Singh, 44
th
BRTF, Aalo

Sri
Kento Ete, Ex-Minister,

5

One such camp has also been planned in VKV- Vivek Vihar in the third week of August. The reports from the schools exhibit that there was much enthusiasm among students and parents appreciated the efforts of the schools in giving maximum exposure to the students in various fields.

School visits:

I could visit the schools of the Kameng cluster namely Seijosa, Nivedita Vihar, Bana, Wessang, Shergaon and Tawang along with the Cluster- in- charge and Education Officer. The schools are performing well and enthusiasm of teachers is worth appreciating. There are many things to cherish: the prayer session and discipline of students in Tawang, the team spirit of VKV- Shergaon, the study atmosphere of EMRS Bana etc are some of those. The performance of former VKVians is also worth mentioning. We have visited the Library run by Shri. Rinchin Norbu - alumnus of VKV- Shergaon in Tawang.  He is known in entire Tawang for his Service bend of mind without compromising his professional life as the Livestock Inspector in Animal and Husbandry Department. We could also meet Shri. Pem Norbu Thungdok, DySP, an another alumnus of VKV-Shergaon, now holding the charge as SP of Tawang.

Guest lectures  in Nirjuli:

Shri.Y.D.Thongchi, Chief Information Commissioner and Dr. Sunrendra Singh Ghonkrokta, IAS, Secretary Home, Labour, Science and Technology, Government of Arunachal Pradesh visited VKV- Nirjuli and addressed the students. Shri.Y.D.thongchi illuminated the students on the RTI scenario of the Arunachal Pradesh and Dr.Surendra Singh on the need of hard work for the success by quoting personal and other various examples.  Guest lecture programme is gaining momentum in VKVs as the Principal and the school team have understood the need of presenting a good number of people as the role model in front of students and also giving maximum exposure to the students in different topics.

Admission of Kum. PinkyVeo:

Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari has decided to sponsor Kum. Pinky Veo the alumnus of VKV- Jirdin and the honorary teacher of VKV- Nirjuli, to fulfil her dream of completing B.Tech in Civil Engineering. She has got admission in PSN College in Nagercoil near Kanyakumari. Let us all wish her all the best.

Rige Shiba - first Arunachalee to be selected for British Museum training:

Rige Shiba the alumnus of VKV Tafrogam has been selected to participate in the six weeks International Training Programme (ITP) for Museum Professionals at the renowned British Museum from August 12. She has been a curator at HH Maharaja Sir Jiwaji Rao Scindia Museum, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Shiba is the first Aruanchali to be selected for this rare honour, and has qualified after a tough selection procedure by a committee of British Museum curators and experts. Congratulations to her.

Participation in the Regional Orientation Workshop for the 7th National Teachers’ Science Congress:

11 science teachers namely Sri. Prasanta Puzari, VKV Jairampur, Su. Rupa Debnath, VKV Jirdin, Sri Krishna Tamang, VKV Kuporijo, Sri Yanglem Doren Singh, VKV Niausa, Sri Ashok Singh, VKV Oyan, Sri Vinod T. Kothawade, VKV Roing, Sri Laishram Dhanachandra Singh, VKV Shergaon, Sri Lakhi Nath Handique, VKV Sunpura, Sri K. Jaisankar, VKV Itanagar, Sri Rajib Prasad, VKV Ziro and Sri Amar Vinayak Patil, VKV Yingkiong attended 2 days Regional Orientation workshop in Guwahati on 4 & 5th of August 2013. The Regional Orientation Workshop for the Region III was conducted for the states of West Bengal, Bihar, 8 NE states and A&N Islands by Bharat Jan Vigyan Jata (BJVJ), at Srimanta Sankardev Kalashetra.  The participants are expected to be the resource persons for their respective District towards the participation of more teachers in the 7th NTSE. They are also expected to send their entries for their participation in the NTSC to be conducted in New Delhi.  We all are eagerly waiting to hear from them.

NSS seminar on National Integration:

The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of VKV, Itanagar conducted a seminar on the topic, ‘National Integration: Challenges and Solutions’ at the school on 6th July 2013. Attending the programme, NSS State Liaison Officer Dr. VN Sharma encouraged the students to involve themselves in social service and stressed on imbibing moral qualities, like dedication, discipline, cooperation, brotherhood by students.

Twenty higher secondary level students enthusiastically participated in the seminar and shared their views on the key theme.All the participating volunteers took NSS pledge led by Shri.Uthaman V.N., Programme Officer. 350 students and 20 teachers attended the three-hour-long programme.

 
Workshop for Accountant:

A one- day workshop was organized on 9th July, 2013 to streamline the annual accounting system and also to prepare the plan for the current financial year 2013-2014. All the accountants and store keepers attended the workshop. Shri. Arun Raj Singh Shekhawatji, Administrative Officer, VKVAPT and Shri. Krishna Kumarji, Cluster-In- Charge, Lohit and Tirap Cluster guided the participants.   Shri. Arindam Bhattacharjee, Accounts Officer, VKVAPT assisted the team to conduct the workshop.

Griha Samparka in connection with SVSSS:-

Most of the schools have done Griha Samparka as a part of SVSSS. The students, Staff and Ayojan Samiti members actively participated in that. The statics are reaching in Admn. Office.

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