The Chandigarh Kendra was founded on July 16, 1979, under the aegis of Shri Jai Sukh Lal Hathi, former Governor of Punjab & Haryana.
The main activity of the Kendra is centered around its three schools, DRA Bhavan Vidyalaya, Bhavan Vidyalaya (Junior) and Bhavan Vidyalaya New Chandigarh.
Bhavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh, was established on 17 July 1983, with 62 students and a team of 6 dedicated teachers and today is considered to be one of the premier institutions, not merely in the region but also at the National level. At present, the combined strength of all the schools under this Kendra, from Pre Nursery to XII is 3022, with a total of 141 teaching and non-teaching staff.
NEWS & EVENTS
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, the school took a bold and inspiring initiative to raise awareness about mental health issues by organising a Cyclothon - Pedalling for Positivity on October 8, 2023. This event, led by passionate and socially-conscious students from Classes 6-8 and their teachers, aimed to raise awareness about mental health issues, reduce stigma, and promote the importance of physical activity for mental well-being.
Several activities were incorporated to engage and educate participants and the general public at the final destination—Dhanas Lake. Students performed a Nukkad Natak to depict the challenges individuals face due to mental health issues and the importance of seeking help. This was followed by a yoga session that emphasised the importance of holistic well-being and mindfulness in maintaining physical and mental health. The students encouraged the bystanders and morning walkers to join in the yoga exercises.
Mr. Vijay Pal Singh, a distinguished Physical Education teacher at the school, was honoured with the coveted ‘Tricity Educator Award 2023’ in recognition of his innovative teaching methods and unwavering commitment to excellence. The award ceremony, hosted by Red FM 93.5, took place in Chandigarh and was graced by Shri Dharampal IAS, Advisor to the Administrator, UT Chandigarh, who presented the award.
With over a decade of teaching experience, Mr. Vijay Pal Singh has consistently nurtured sporting talent among his students while simultaneously enhancing the sports infrastructure at his school. His dedication has not only elevated the standard of PE but has also profoundly enriched the lives of countless students. Mr. Vijaypal Singh’s outstanding contributions extend beyond the field of sports. He has initiated various cyclothons in cities across India and abroad, promoting physical fitness and environmental awareness.
Under his expert guidance, students have gone on numerous expeditions, including a visit to Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in 2018 and the Dandi March site in Gujarat, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019.
As an environmentalist and avid cycling enthusiast, Mr. Singh has organised unique events such as the ‘Desert Safari’ in 2021 as part of the Aazadi ka Amrit Mahostav, ‘Tour de Himachal’ as part of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ to Shimla, and the recent MAITREE 2023 Cyclothon to Kathmandu, Nepal.
A prodigy in Mathematics, Abhinav Khetan of Class 10 has won a galaxy of awards and brought accolades to the school.
Abhinav Khetan was selected as a member of the top six teams across India by Enumeration 2023 ‘Pravega’, IISc Bengaluru, for the final round to be held in January 2024.
In All India Open Mathematics Scholarship Examination conducted by IPM (Institute of Promotion for Mathematics), Pune he shone bright by achieving AIR-1 and a cash prize of Rs. 15000.
He also achieved AIR-2 and won a cash prize of Rs. 2500 in NMTC (National Maths Talent Contest) conducted by Association of Mathematics Teachers of India, Chennai. He also participated in INMO (Indian National Mathematical Olympiad-2023) conducted by Homi Bhabha, Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) on behalf of the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and was selected for IMO TC.
He made his mark in various Olympiads like SOF IMO by winning the first position and a cash prize of Rs. 8333. In MTRP (Mathematics Talent Reward Programme) conducted by ISI (Indian Statistical Institute), Kolkata, he bagged AIR-1 and a cash prize of Rs. 2000.
Smt. Anupma Khanna, an outstanding educator, was conferred the prestigious ‘Teacher Par Excellence Award 2023’ by the International Institute of Hotel Management and International Hospitality Council London at DCM Young Entrepreneurs School, Ludhiana.
Smt. Anupma Khanna, TGT Mathematics, was felicitated by IIHM in a grand ceremony for her exceptional effort in redefining the teaching-learning process, thereby empowering the students to excel in Mathematics. This award is a well-recognised accolade presented to educators who have made exceptional contributions in the field of education.
In the special Teachers’ Day Awards ceremony at Ludhiana, Smt. Anupma Khanna was awarded a shield and merit certificate. With nearly 30 years of dedicated service since April 1993, Smt. Anupma’s commitment to holistic student development and ethical values has earned her respect within the education community.
Bhavan Vidyalaya Chandigarh celebrated Teachers’ Day with great enthusiasm, honouring the teaching fraternity for their enduring legacy and impact on education.
The School Cabinet organised a special programme in the school auditorium to create a memorable day for their guiding lights—the Teachers.
The foot-tapping Punjabi folk songs and fun games organised for the teachers instantly lifted the spirits of the audience.
During this event, the outgoing Bhavan’s Old Student Society (BOSS) President, Ms. Richa Gupta, was thanked and appreciated for her selfless service to her alma mater. The new BOSS President, Mr. Keshav, received a warm welcome. On this momentous occasion, the prestigious Kulapati Munshi award for the best teachers were presented to Ms. Sangeeta Kakkar and Ms. Anjali Dadwal by Shri R.K. Saboo, Chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chandigarh Kendra. Continuing the tradition of gifting a book to each teacher, this year, he presented Wings of Fire authored by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The eventful day culminated with dance performances by the stars of the day—the Teachers— and a sumptuous lunch.