Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini Reaching New Milestone…

Bhagawan’s pet project announced during the 85th Birthday celebrations, Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini, that aims at integrating values in an innovative way into the school curriculum, got a big fillip last week as its newly developed comprehensive web application was offered at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet on August 25, 2012 in Prasanthi Nilayam.

In a function organized at the Double Decker Auditorium, adjacent to the Book Trust Building, the CEO & Managing Director, TCS Ltd., Sri N Chandrasekharan handed over the project to Sri K Chakravarthi, IAS, formerly Secretary and serving Trustee with Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.

Speaking on the occasion, Sri Chandrasekharan called it a ‘great blessing’, recalling the day when the Chief of the Tata empire Sri Ratan Tata had asked him to look into the possibilities of the project. Reassuring TCS’s continuous support to the Vidya Vahini project, Sri Chandrasekharan reminded his team of the crucial task ahead to ensure feasibility factor of the web application, ensuring convenient easy handling of the same even in the remotest part of the country, helping teachers who are not adept in using such technology.

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How to use technology to teach changeless values, asked Sri Chakravarthi speaking on the occasion deliberating on the project. Values are taught and caught; teachers are to teach and it is the duty of the student to catch the teachings in the right spirit. Echoing Sri Chandrasekharan’s views about the daunting task ahead in ensuring feasibility of the project, Sri Chakravarthi also stressed on the importance of ensuring comfortability of the last person at the remotest part of the country.

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Paying gratitude to Team TCS, Sri Chandrasekharan, Dr Santosh Mohanty, Global Head, Business Intelligence at TCS and couple of others were felicitated by Sri Chakravarthi on behalf of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Active members from Team Vidya Vahini were also felicitated on the occasion.

Giving a ringside view of the entire project, Dr Mohanty called the project a continuous journey, where many milestones have been achieved and many more milestones are going to come  in future; we are moving in the right direction, concluded  Dr Mohanty, thanking Team Vidya Vahini and his own team mates for their dedicated support.

Ms Vishnupriya Sharma who rallied together the entire team on the project front, meeting timely requirement from Team TCS, spoke next, giving a glimpse of passion the team has imbibed for the project. Beginning with a mention of the tips received from Bhagawan, as to how to go ahead as a united team, Ms Vishnupriya listed out various steps and levels of efforts taken in various areas, especially in introducing and adapting technology in various schools in a planned and systematic way.

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Next to come was a guided tour demo of the project, done effectively by Sri Hariharan from Team Vidya Vahini.

Earlier, the programme commenced with an introductory speech by Sri Satyajith, the Project in-charge from Prasanthi Nilayam.  Welcoming the dignitaries, senior officials and all assembled during the occasion, Sri Satyajith briefed the evolution of the project from the time of its inception, as willed and blessed by Bhagawan. How Bhagawan, the Prime Force behind the project, instilled the much needed confidence in him during the days of inception, with His most simplistic practical approach was also lucidly narrated by Sri Satyajith.

Cultural Programmes:

If Vidya Vahini is Bhagawan’s solution to the present times in the field of education, marred with erosion in values, the world can breathe a sigh of relief as the expanse of Vidya Vahini is ever expanding bringing in steady progress in the field, as was previsioned by Bhagawan.

On the 25th August evening, marking the occasion of the dedication of the newly developed Web Application by the Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., three schools, under the Vidya Vahini scheme staged an hour-long cultural presentation, of twenty minutes apiece, at the Sanctum Sanctorum in Prasanthi Nilayam.

The first presentation was by the students from Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Visakhapatanam, which is in its 27th year of inception. The presentation exposes the flaws of modern day educational system, that is more quantitative than qualitative, that puts ‘quantitative’ pressure on the students to excel than instilling passion in them. Perfection comes with passion and not with pressure, declares the presentation depicting the story of girl by name Amrita, who was under severe pressure from her father for not scoring a near perfect 10, despite here excellent performance. The presentation ended with a wise and learned teacher, attending to the hapless girl, airing greater hopes bringing in Vidya Vahini as today’s answer to devalued modern educational system.

Next to come was ‘Kolattam’, a folk-dance form from Andhra Pradesh offered by the student of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Vidyalayam, Nandigama, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh. Dancing vibrantly to the tunes of a couple of popular Telugu devotionals, these students, in typical attire, with headband and anklets, enthralled the audience with their quick, quirky, rhythmic, synchronised movements graced with great team spirit.

The third and final presentation was a scintillating musical offering by a group of girl students from Sri Viswa Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Vandalur, Tamil Nadu. Presenting rich talent, singing paeans to Bhagawan, this bunch of students incited round of applause from the audience, in appreciation of their graceful musical display.

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