Kolkata Kendra
Visionaries for Tomorrow : VII All-India Conference of Principals
Bhavan's Shikshan Bharati, Mumbai, hosted the conference along with Bhavan's Kolkata Kendra held at Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, Salt Lake City, Kolkata. The conference was inaugurated by Hon'ble Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal. The event was graced by Swami Suparnananda Maharaj, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark, Kolkata, Shri Rakesh Saxena, Director, Bhavan's Shikshan Bharati; Justice Chittatosh Mookerjee, Chairman, Bhavan's Kolkata Kendra; Shri Prasun Mukherjee, Executive Vice Chairman, Bhavan's Kolkata Kendra; Dr. (Mrs.) Anindita Chatterjee, Advisor, Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, and Smt. Subhra Chatterjee, Principal, Bhavan's Haldia.
Dr. G. V. Subramanian, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kolkata Kendra, Dr. Rekha Vaisya, Principal, Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir, welcomed the guests and principals of Bhavan's schools. Justice Chittatosh Mookerjee, Chairman, Bhavan's Kolkata Kendra, projected the theme of the conference.
Shri Keshari Nath Tripathiji praised Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and its services under the leadership of its President Shri Surendralal Mehta. He also stated that it is the job of the principals who guide the faculty to bring the children, who are the assets of the country to serve its motherland. An educational environment must be created to make the children understand that they are the builders of future India.
The first session was started by Dr. B. M. Hegde, Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mangalore Kendra, on the topic "What is Education? Are we illiterate?" Many other good speakers held forth on different topics of the conference.
During the second day session Shri Rakesh Saxena, Director, Bhavan's Shikshan Bharati,
Shri E. Ramankutty, Director, Bhavan's Kochi Kendra, Smt. Jaya Jacob, Coordinator, Bhavan's Research Centre, introduced the Bhavan's Research Centre which has spread its activities throughout India. The first edition of its News Letter was released by the Governor Ms. Alokananda Roy sharing her experience on how to manage mental stress even with prison inmates through therapeutic effect of dance. There were 13 other speakers including Shri Sherief Mohammed, Hon. Secretary, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Pathanamthitta Kendra spoke on developing social consciousness among students.
As part of the cultural programme, the principals were taken on a ride aboard the "Mayurpankshi", a Zamindari style boat to Belur Math along the Ganga highlighting the history, art, food and architecture of Bengal. An Audio Visual programme paid tribute to illustratious Sons of Bengal through a pageant, music and dance. The traditional weaves of Bengal were delightfully presented through a 'Fashion Walk' and traditional 'Bengal wedding by the Haldia Bhavan's school and the Kolkata Bhavan's school enchanted the audience with a magnificent display of the famous folk "Chau" dance with masks, a rendition of Bengal's classical dance form the "Gauriya" and ended with a powerful dance of Goddess Durga as "Shakti".
After a short, valedictory function the conference which started with Bhavan's Prayer and Bhavan's Anthem on the first day ended with National Anthem on the last day.
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