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National Education Day, November 11

National Education Day is an annual observance in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India, who served from 15 August 1947 until 2 February 1958. National Education Day of India is celebrated on 11 November every year.

About Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

Bharat Ratna Maulana Azad died on February 22, 1958 as Education Minister of India. He was a great Nationalist leader, a staunch Congressman, a firm Gandhite and had been to jail several times. As a lieutenant of Mahatma Gandhi, the statement said Maulana Sahib injected in the public life of the country a new favour.

He was the embodiment of the spirit of freedom and unity beyond distinctions of caste, creed and communalism. His intense patriotism, his capacity for sacrifice, his dedication in the service of the country is shining examples for the people of India to follow.

He was a pillar of strength to the Congress ever since he joined the organization. Whether as President or as a member of the Working Committee, Maulana Sahib’s voice was the voice of an indomitable fighter for the country’s freedom and its unity. Those who remember the days of the Muslim League agitation are aware how Maulana Sahib stood four squares against communalism.

As one of the leaders of the Indian freedom movement and after the attainment of freedom, as one of the architects of new India, Maulana Sahib brought to bear upon his task qualities of leadership which will leave their impress for a long time to come.

A savant philosopher, statesman, politician and administrator, Maulana Azad was an institution in himself. He worked for the country till the last breath of his life and died serving the people of India.

He was in the revolutionary movement from his earliest youth. He tirelessly worked for India’s emancipation and unity. Apart from his political activities which were those of a statesman, he was a great Muslim divine.

His commentary on the Koran is a monumental work. He was an eminent scholar in Persian, Arabic and Urdu. His studies in Eastern and Western philosophy were wide and varied. His knowledge of history, especially Islamic history, was profound. He will ever remain fresh in the memory of his countrymen.

I knew him, in the words of Pandit Nehru, as a “bridge” between the cultures of the East and the West, as the man who magnificently spanned in his person the gulf between the past and the future. It is after a travail of centuries, that a culture develops its characteristic values, attitudes and ideals and same times they suddenly find an artistically perfect expression in a human personality—in a Leonardo de Vinci, or a Goethe or an Abraham Lincoln or a Tagore or a Gandhi.

Azad was cast in the same kind of mould and was a gracious product of the Indo-Semetic Culture which had ripened during the last thousand years.

But he was more than a mere summation of the best in the past—its courtesy, its tolerance, its mellowness, its feel for spiritual values, its sensitiveness to humanism. He also represented, in his person, a creative leap into the future, because he had assimilated into his inherited riches some of the best values and attitudes from the culture of the West — its objectivity; it’s scientific spirit, its intellectual integrity, its sense of justice, its concern for the common man.

To some extent, we of this generation are all products of this cultural interaction, but in no one that I know of has this fusion been so beautifully blended into an integrated pattern as in Maulana Azad. Without any English Education, without speaking or writing English, he was as easily and effortlessly at home in Western Culture as in Eastern or Islamic Culture.

[Courtesy: yourarticlelibrary.com]

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Vigilance Awareness Week

The Vigilance Awareness Week is observed every year from October 31 across India to promote probity in public life and achieve a corruption free society. The observance of week commenced with pledge taking by public servants in the Ministries, Departments, PSUs, Banks and all other Organizations. The 2016 theme of the week is “Public participation in promoting integrity and eradicating Corruption”. During the week, several functions will be organized by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to create awareness among the people about the corrupt practices as it adversely affects the development of the country.

The staff of KV Adoor took the Vigilance Awareness Week Pledge on 31/10/16.

Kendriya Vidyalayas in Ernakulam Region

The Kendriya Vidyalayas are a system of central government schools in India that have been instituted under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It comprises over a thousand schools in India and three abroad.

The system came into being in 1963 under the name ‘Central Schools’. Later, the name was changed to Kendriya Vidyalaya. All the schools are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Its objective is to educate children of the Indian Defence Services personnel who are often posted to remote locations. With the army starting its own Army Public Schools, the service was extended (but not restricted) to all central government employees.

A uniform curriculum is followed by these schools all over India. By providing a common syllabus and system of education, the Kendriya Vidyalayas are intended to ensure that the children of government employees do not face education disadvantages while their parents are transferred from one location to another. The schools have been operational for over fifty years.

The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, which literally translates to ‘Central School Organisation’, oversees the functioning of these schools and has its headquarters in New Delhi. The administration of this body is based on levels; the chairman of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan is always the Minister of Human Resource Development of the Government of India, and the deputy chairman is Minister of State of MHRD. The real working power lies with the Commissioner of KVS; there are additional commissioners to accompany Commissioner in the administration of KVS in different fields. The head of a KVS region is Deputy Commissioner accompanied by an Assistant Commissioner. There are individual principals of every KV administering the school.

As of March 2016, there were 1128 schools named Kendriya Vidyalayas. Kendriya Vidyalaya is one of the longest chain of school in world with 1125 schools in india and 3 operated in foreign.[2] A total of 1,209,138 students (as of 30 September 2015) and 56,445 employees were on the rolls (as of 1 September 2013). These were divided among 25 regions, each headed by a deputy commissioner.
(from Wikipedia)

The Ernakulam Region started functioning in April 2012. There are 37 Kendriya Vidyalyas in this region.

Book Review: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi is the story of how a teen-aged boy and a Bengal tiger survive a ship-wreck. The boy is named Piscine (after Piscine Park, Paris). His father is a zoo-keeper in Pondicherry. When the government acquires his land he decides to move his zoo with all the animals to USA in a ship. Then the ship-wreck happens and Pi (the boy has shortened his name from Piscine) and the tiger are the only survivors. The rest of the story is about their struggle for survival for 30 days.

I liked this book because the author has written the story in an interesting manner. This book has got the Booker Prize.

Reviewed by: Vinayakan S Kumar, VII-C, Shift I

International Day of the Elderly

The International Day of the elderly is observed on October 1 each year.

On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of the elderly and the day was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991.

The day is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.

The composition of the world population has changed dramatically in recent decades. Between 1950 and 2010 life expectancy worldwide rose from 46 to 68 years, and it is projected to increase to 81 by the end of the century. It should be noted that at present women outnumber men by an estimated 66 million among those aged 60 years or over. Among those aged 80 years or over, women are nearly twice as numerous as men, and among centenarians women are between four and five times as numerous as men. For the first time in human history, in 2050, there will be more persons over 60 than children in the world.

With this in mind, enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is clearly required. Just as important, however, is the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society if adequate guarantees are in place. Human rights lie at the core of all efforts in this regard.

Info courtesy: Wikipedia and UN website