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
As part of the outreach programme of the school, a new initiative ‘Naam Onnu - We are One’ was introduced by Bhavan’s Varuna Vidyalaya, Thrikkakara. The aim of this project was to help people in need and to spread joy and happiness among the less privileged. The students of different classes contributed generously to the cause. They brought pulses, grains and other essential items. Onam kits were prepared which contained these 25 items and an ‘Onapudava’.
Under the supervision of the ward councillor, Shri Ibrahim Kutty, these Onam kits were distributed to the needy families around the neighbourhood of the school. Shri A. J. Peter of Germia Bertoni Palliative Care Unit, Ochanthuruthu accepted the Onam kits on behalf of his institution. These kits were also distributed at the Ambadi Seva Kendram, Thrikkapuram, Kottuvally and also at the General Hospital, Ernakulam.
Bhavan’s Kochi Kendra and Malayala Manorama jointly organised the Ramayana Parayana Competition at Sardar Patel Sabha Griha, Kochi on August 12, 2022.
There were two categories of competitions for those between 10 and 18 years of age and those above 40 years of age.
In the children’s category Ganga Hari of Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Girinagar won first place and in the Senior Group, Seetha Rajashekaran bagged the honour.
Director Shri E. Ramankutty distributed the cash awards and certificates to the winners. A Special Jury Award was given to Jaya Pushpan.
The traditional art form of Kerala, Koodiyattam was staged at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium on July 27, 2022 as part of the cultural outreach programme jointly organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra and Infosys Foundation.
The aim was to introduce traditional art forms of India to the present generation and enhance the enjoyment of Indian arts among the youth. The initiative intends to be a platform for art forms that are on the verge of extinction and promote them.
The Koodiyattam was presented by Moozhikulam Nepathya, one of the renowned Koodiyattam centres of Kerala. The story ‘Jatayu Vadham’ was depicted through the performance. The performance was led by Margi Madhu Chakyar and Dr. Indu along with nearly ten other artistes.
A memorial lecture ‘Rameshwaram to Rashtrapati Bhavan’ - a tribute to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra on July 27, 2022 on the virtual platform. The resource person Prof. Ambat Vijayakumar, Emeritus Professor, CUSAT gave a detailed presentation on the inspiring life of Dr. Kalam and his invaluable contribution to strengthening India’s defence and space capabilities. The lecture gave an insight on his life journey from Rameshwaram to Rashtrapati Bhavan and how he dedicated his life to make India strong and prosperous.
The lecture was live streamed for the students of all the seven schools of the Kochi Kendra. A poem penned by Smt. Sathidevi, former teacher of Department of Malayalam, Bhavan’s Adarsha Vidyalaya, Kakkanad and recited by Shri Manjummel B. Mohanan, along with a virtual presentation depicting the milestones in the life of Dr. A.P.J. Kalam, formed part of the event.
The Bharat Sevak Samaj Award ceremony jointly organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Kalabharati, and Bharat Sevak Samaj, (a national development agency promoted by the Planning Commission of the Government of India) was held in the Sardar Patel Sabhagriha Hall on June 27, 2022.
Five eminent people who have done commendable work in various departments of BSS were honoured and felicitated.
They were: Sri. E. Ramankutty, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Kochi Kendra; Smt. P. Vijayambika (Rtd. Dy. Collector), Swathi Sangeetha Sabha, Palakkad; Dr. C. P. Unnikrishnan, Faculty Head, BSS Cultural Mission Diploma Courses (Dance), Sri K. P. Rajmohan Varma, Coordinator Kalabharati, and Smt. Divya C. A., Natyagriham School of Dance & Music, Mahe and Pondicherry.
BSS Cultural Mission in association with Bhavan’s Kalabharati, Kochi, also gives Merit Awards for talented students who have excelled in Diploma Courses (Music, Dance, Painting) initiated by BSS Cultural Mission and Ernakulam Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan(in Bhavan’s Kalabharati), a recognised fine arts learning centre.
Kochi Kendra Director Shri E. Ramankutty distributed the Merit Award and Certificates to the students who were the toppers in Kerala and secured high scores in BSS Music, Dance and Arts: Smt. Veena Subramanian, Medha Lakshman Rao, Hridya Ramaswamy, Niranjana Subramanian, Manuel K. Mathew, Pranav Manoj, Sriram, Adithya Narayanan, Nila Prabhakumar, Saraswathy A. Arya and Aryavrinda V. Nair.