Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Kochi the first Kendra in the state of Kerala was started on 17th August 1970 and was formally inaugurated on 9th September 1970 by the late Hon'ble former Vice President of India Dr. G S Pathak. Having begun in a modest rented building, the foundation stone for the Kendra's own building was laid by the late Hon'ble former President of India V V Giri on 2nd February 1972.
Situated in the heart of Kochi city at T D Road, Ernakulam, the majestic three storey building houses the offices of the Chairman, Hon. Secretary cum Hon. Treasurer, Director, Chief Finance Manager, Deputy Manager, a Book division, Accounts Department, HR Department, Education & Research wing, Civil Department, Sardar Patel Sabha Griha (air conditioned auditorium with seating capacity of 650), Conference hall etc.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi one of the largest Kendra of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has achieved enviable growth during the last 50 years with several educational, social and cultural institutions having been set up in and around Kochi under its aegis.
At present, the Kendra manages:-
Bhavan Kochi now has nearly 1000 teachers and staff on its roll and has more than 15000 students. All these institutions are functioning very well and recording excellent performance in education. Our seven schools have links with schools in the UK to promote international outlook in addition to conducting national and international student exchange programmes.
Social activities have also been high on the Kendra's list. Bhavan's Mahila Vibhag, since inception, has contributed for the upliftment and empowerment of the under privileged. Reviving Indian Culture and sowing its seeds in the youth of today is yet another facet of the Kendra, being achieved through Kalabharati, various cultural programmes etc.
NEWS & EVENTS
The folk art form ‘Kakkarrissi Nadakam’, which was very popular in Kerala during the 18th century, was staged at the Sardar Patel Sabhagriha, Kochi, on September 29, 2023. Jointly organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra, and Infosys Foundation as the 16th Cultural Outreach Programme, the play was staged by Pranavam Theatres, Kottarakara. The rustic folk drama, which served as a vehicle for social criticism, was a novel experience for the audience. It basically revolves around the story of the pilgrimage to Earth undertaken by Lord Shiva along with Goddess Parvathi and Goddess Ganga, all the three disguised as the rustic ‘Kakkalan’ and ‘Kakkathis’ respectively.
Sri Thamarakkudi Harikumar, the director of the play, acquainted the audience with the nuances of this art form. The play was also staged earlier in the day at Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Girinagar.
Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Girinagar, reached out to students from the underprivileged sections of the city through a ‘School Bag Gift’ drive as part of the Community Outreach Programme for the academic year 2023-2024. The school provided 352 new school bags with various study materials to all the students of Government LP School, Girinagar, Kizhavana Parambu LP School, Thevara, Ponnurunni Sanmarga Pradeepam School and Ponnurunni Government LP School. The student volunteers organised a Quiz Competition for the students and prizes were awarded to the winners. The exchange of gifts and the various entertainment activities and games that were organised brought immense happiness to the children, leaving lasting memories.
Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Eroor, flagged off the novel Multisport Fest for Teachers 2023-2024 (Phase I) at the school premises on October 6, 2023. The Sports Fest, aimed to revitalise and rejuvenate the educators, was attended by teachers of all Bhavan’s Schools of Kochi Kendra. The Chief Guest of the day, Director, Sri E Ramankutty applauded this unique idea of organising an event solely for the teachers. There were 13 events in which 20 teachers from each school participated. Prizes were awarded to the outstanding performers in different categories. As the events concluded, Bhavan’s Adarsha Vidyalaya, Kakkanad, bagged the first position; Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara, secured the second position and Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Girinagar, secured the third position.
Kochi Kendra organised a function on September 29, 2023, at Sardar Patel Sabhagriha to honour the Principal and the team of Teachers and Staff of Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Girinagar, for winning the “Kulapati Munshi Award for Best School” for the year 2022.
The Kendra also honoured Ms. Mini S Nair, Teacher, Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Eroor, for her work on the famous Kathakali artist Kalamandalam Gopi (Gopi Ashaan), titled ‘Gopi Ashante Manodharma Aattangal’ during the function.
C A Venugopal C Govind, Chairman, presented the memento and certificate to Ms. Sreejyothi N, Principal, Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Girinagar, for winning the “Kulapati Munshi Award for Best School” for the year 2022.
Smt. Usha K, Education Officer, offered felicitations.
Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Eroor, was the venue for the Two-Day Capacity Building Programme on critical and creative thinking conducted by the Centre of Excellence, Thiruvananthapuram, CBSE, on September 29 and 30, 2023. The resource persons were Dr. Susan George, Principal, St. John’s School and Smt. Ajeena A P, Vice Principal, Navy Children School. Smt Ceemol Mathew (Faculty, Department of Physics), Smt Anupama Usha (Faculty, Department of Computer Science), Smt. Jinu Anoop (Faculty, Department of Malayalam), Smt Suja B S (Faculty, Department of Mathematics) of Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Eroor, attended the workshop.