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Chinmaya Vidyalaya Boarding SchoolFacilities and Programs to shape the life of students :
The basic living unit of students is the dormitory, managed by a resident house master, who is also a faculty member. He/she is always available to students for personal counseling and guidance. Being a co-educational school, separate Hostels exist for boys and girls. A full time Matron/Warden is also available in each hostel to look after the welfare and needs of the students, who are nurtured and groomed through love, affection and persuasion instead of harsh methods.
- Spacious well-ventilated dormitories with a lot of natural light.
- Common bathrooms for each dormitory fitted with all ultra-modern facilities.
- Abundant hot and cold water for bathing.
- Comfortable beds with Coir foam mattresses and pillows with adequate bed linen.
- Wardrobes for each student.
- Spacious common rooms equipped with televisions, music systems, reading materials and number of indoor games.
- The entire student body is divided into four houses to encourage house spirit and healthy competition. Each house is guided by a house master.
Spacious and fly proof dining hall. Faculty members dine with students and supervise their eating habits and table etiquette. What a boarder misses most when away from home is good food. This is also the parent’s prime concern. We pride ourselves on the quality of food we serve. Nutritional value of food is the basis for catering to the children's taste. Fruits and milk from a rich supplement to the daily diet. The students pray to God for giving them food etc. before taking their meal.
The interior of the dining halls and dormitories are beautified by the students. Special care is taken for having hygienic conditions in the hall. The students are given instructions to eat everything in proper proportion.
Solar Water Heating system
We all are very much aware with the term ‘global warming’ and its effects and how it is affecting the nature and our day-to-day lives. The school has taken the initiative to minimize its effects as it is our social responsibility to preserve our country and our planet earth from the adverse effects of global warming. The school is using Solar energy to heat water to minimize its effect and to fulfill the needs of the students staying in the hostel. The school has spent about Rupees one million on this project.
Pure drinking water is a need of students to keep them in perfect health. To provide pure drinking water to the students, the school has installed ‘Reverse Osmosis’ System in the hostel.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and is a place not only to cook food but also to eat and socialize. The hostel kitchen is a homely kitchen with all modern gadgets. We try to give the kitchen and dining hall a feeling of home which is a challenge that requires much effort and consideration to ensure that students don’t feel home sick. The students are served with hot, fresh, healthy & nutritious food. Moreover, the students are given motherly love and affection.
All workers in the kitchen wear neat and clean uniform and caps. The entry of the students and staff is not permitted so as to keep hygienic conditions in the kitchen. Special care is taken in cleaning and drying utensils. After cooking the food, the floor of the kitchen is cleaned with a disinfectant.
Sports And Games
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Apart from academics the school also lays emphasis on overall development of the students. Sports and other co-curricular activities are also given importance. Our school plays a vital role to encourage students to play a variety of sports. The school has ample space and good infrastructure as far as sports activities are concerned both indoor and outdoor. Various sports activities are undertaken in the school and qualified Physical Education Instructors supervise the children. Students are encouraged to take part in inter-house and inter-school competitions. Sports activities undertaken at present are Horse Riding, cricket, Volleyball, Hockey, Lawn Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis, Yoga, Basketball, Football and Athletics. All games/sports are played under the supervision of trained Instructors. The School has been holding state level and inter -state tournaments in various sports.
The school has well equipped Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Geography Laboratories with latest equipment and materials. The students are given practical experience to understand the basics of science. The interior of the laboratories is done with captions of scientists and their biographies. This is with a motive to inspire them to develop a scientific bent of mind.
“Books are a man’s best friend”
Library is one of the most vital requirements of any modern educational set up. The School has a well stocked Library with more than 8000 books and every year the School goes on adding more books. The School Library is designed to meet the future needs of the changing pattern of education and contains latest books on all subjects. A variety of newspapers and magazines are subscribed.
A student’s inborn talent is developed by qualified music teachers. The students are taught Indian Music and classical Dance. The students are also taught how to play different instruments. The school orchestra plays on different occasions in the school
The school has built a beautiful “Yajyashala”, acting as a spiritual laboratory. There is a great need of keeping the mind of the students happy and peaceful. Yajya (hawan) is performed by the students thrice a week with the chanting of vedic mantras in the morning hours. It purifies the environment and helps in the formation of clouds. It makes the students happy, decent and spiritually strong.
The School has in its’ precincts a Maa Bhagwati Temple. The students go to the temple & pray for their better future, also it gives them peace and inner strength.
Books And Uniform Shop
For the convenience of students there is a books and uniform shop within the school compound. The students can purchase books, notebooks, stationary items, toiletries and uniform from the shop.
The school canteen serves snacks and juices to the students. The canteen does not serve carbonated drinks. Care is taken that eatables are cooked under hygienic conditions and placed under cover. The canteen is kept neat and clean.
Students get first-aid in the school in the event of sudden illness or accident. The Director of the school Dr. Sunil being a qualified physician himself, looks after the health care needs of the children. In addition basic and emergency health care facilities including an ambulance are available at the university medical centre.
In order to have a systematic working of the School, the whole School community is involved in preparing the School Planner. The School Planner covers all aspects of School events and it is notified in the student’s diary. This helps everyone to plan their own programs well in advance.
Academic planning plays an important role in the growth of the students. The subject faculty meet often to devise innovative methods of teaching and to select teaching aids to make the lesson easy and enjoyable. The syllabus is decided by the teachers, term wise and special assignments are prepared. Reference books are available for teachers and students in the School Library.
The faculty of the Vidyalaya has its special character. Each faculty member is both a teacher and a scholar, an expert in his/her own field. The Vidyalaya has full time highly qualified teachers, who have extensive teaching experience in their respective fields. Each staff member also imbibes the Vidyalaya culture and ethos, which is the thread that binds the entire teaching fraternity of the Vidyalaya. A teacher not only imparts instructions through regular teaching periods, it also engages students in a variety of other activities, whether it is to conduct school morning assembly or other school activities (like school publication, sports, etc.) Teachers are provided with orientation programs from time to time for the development of analytical skills. All the faculty members work with great zeal.
For ideal teaching, the teacher student ratio should be kept low. It helps the students and teachers to have close interaction. So the school has kept the teacher-student ratio at 1:10.
Special Classes For Weak Students
We give extra coaching to weak students after school hours, based on their needs. The special classes are arranged for them in various subjects. The subject teachers give personal attention to students to make up their deficiencies.
Special Classes For Bright Students
Special guidance classes are arranged for the bright students. They are given difficult assignments to solve. The teachers help them whenever they find any difficulty in solving the assignment. These classes are arranged to ensure that not only do they improve in their respective subjects but also general knowledge which helps them in tests and interviews. These classes are generally held after School hours.
In the present world, it is very difficult to live without computer knowledge. The School lays emphasis on computer education from classes I to X. In classes XI to XII, Information Technology is one of the optional subjects. The School computer lab is well equipped with latest computers. The students are encouraged to use the internet.
House system is a service-cum-training organization.
Its aims are:
- to promote the welfare of students.
- to improve student-teacher relationship.
- to impart citizenship training.
- to encourage self-discipline.
- to arouse greater school spirit.
- To impart training in the skill of management and leadership.
The school has been divided into four houses- Gandhi, Raman, Tagore, and Vivekanand. The houses perform the following duties in rotation:
- Manage the morning assembly.
- Write news and a thought for the day.
- Explain the thought in a small speech in the assembly.
- Check the late comers.
- Help to maintain order during recess.
- Look after the general cleanliness.
- Check the student’s uniform.
- Organise, conduct and arrange different activities as per activities schedule.
The school helps the child develop his/her capabilities and inborn talents to the fullest for which co-curricular activities/hobbies are organized in the school during the session. Some of them are:
- Dramatics(English & Hindi)
- Folk Dances
- Painting (free hand)
- Indian Music
- Indian Dances
- Clay Modeling
- Poetry Recitation
- Paper folding
- Block printing
- Painting with leaf and lady fingers
- Paper layering and pasting
- Fabric painting
- Tie and dye
With a view to fit moral education in the School system of education, the School endeavors to enable students imbibe the sublime elements of our culture and civilization. Stress is laid on the universal aspect of Indian Culture and students are introduced to the rich spiritual heritage which transcends the narrow limits of cast, color, language and creed. Emphasis is laid on the theoretical one and all the academic and co-curricular activities go a long way to create an atmosphere in which the students imbibe, though unconsciously, the time honored values of life which we cherish the most.
A working day at the School commences with the morning assembly. Resonant with Vedic Mantras, the morning assembly atmosphere exercises a very ennobling influence on the minds of the students. The school choir lends its grace and solemnity by singing devotional and patriotic songs. Short talks are given on a variety of subjects such as personal hygiene, good manners, social service, great lives and important happenings in India and abroad. The assembly is conducted by the students by rotation. They are trained to organize the assembly. This is going to help them in later life. From time to time, the school arranges lectures by distinguished guests and specialists. They give useful information for future pursuits.
It is said about India that it is a country of festivals and in India ‘Everyday is a celebration’. Every festival has its own importance. The festivals give us joy, happiness and enthusiasm. Festivals give the right concept and appreciation of our diverse culture. Celebrating different Indian festivals shows that our roots are still embedded in the Indian Heritage. We still follow our customs, rituals and culture. The School is committed to pass on the Indian culture to the young generation. Every year we organize various cultural programs in the school. The students are told about the importance of every festival. The teachers motivate the students to participate with full energy. There are many occasions when all the students come together to celebrate not only our differences but also what we have in common. All these activities encourage our students to come together in a spirit of harmony and celebration. The school celebrates its annual function every year. The students organize a cultural program on the occasion and prizes are given away by the Chief Guest. The school invites important dignitaries to be the chief guest of the function. Some of the dignitaries who have graced the occasion are:
- Shri.Vishnu Kant Shastri
Governor, Himachal Pradesh
- Shri. Subhash Meharia
Union Minister of State, Govt. of India
- Dr.Suraj Bhan
Governor, Himachal Pradesh
- Shri.Subodh Kant Sahay
Union Minister of State, Govt. of India
- Justice Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje
Governor, Himachal Pradesh
- Shri.Veerbhadra Singh
Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh
- Lt.General Milan Naidu
Vice Chief, Indian Army
National Service Scheme
“The life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.”
Students at every stage of education should be associated with some form of social service. The motto of N.S.S. is “Not Me, But You:” This expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service. This program is to inculcate social welfare thoughts in the students. NSS provides the students an opportunity to understand the community they work for, understand themselves in relation to their community, identify the needs and problems in the community, develop among themselves social and civil responsibility, apply their education in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems, develop competence required for group living and sharing responsibility, gain skills in mobilizing community participation, acquire leadership quality and democratic attitude, develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disaster and above all, to render service to the community while studying in an educational institution, to arouse conscience among students, to provide them with an opportunity to work with and among the people, to engage in creative and constructive social action, to enhance knowledge of ourselves and community through confrontation with reality. The school has adopted a village Nauni to meet the above mentioned objectives. Every year 50 students participate with full enthusiasm. They will work in the village for 10 days under the supervision and guidance of program Director Mr. Sushil Kumar. The students who participate in the scheme get an extra 2% marks in the examinations which helps them in getting admission to colleges.
Sahodaya School Complexes Competitions
The CBSE Schools of the state (Sahodya Schools complex) organize various events in the state. We have been picked to organize tournaments in cricket. All CBSE schools of the state send their teams to participate in this competition which we organize every year.
Teachers Day Celebration
India has been celebrating Teacher's Day on 5th of September every year since 1962. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was one of the most distinguished diplomats, scholars and teachers of India, apart from being the first Vice President and the second President of the country. As a tribute to this great teacher, his birthday is observed as Teacher's Day across India. Teachers day celebrations are undertaken to commemorate the teachers for their efforts. By having celebrations on Teacher’s Day we convey the message that we care for our teachers. Celebrating Teacher’s Day is a recognition of the devotion with which teachers undertake the responsibility of educating a child. On this day students dress up like their teachers and attend classes acting like teachers. As the day passes students perform activities. This goes a long way towards creating an understanding between the teachers and the students. Apart from being the day when the students give recognition to the teachers hard work, this day also enables a healthy interaction between students and teachers. However simple the celebrations may be, students reflect the fact that they care for their teachers. The teachers organize a cultural program on this day which gives them the opportunity to show their talent. The teachers are also rewarded for their services to the school.
As it is said “Health is Wealth”. In order to keep the students healthy, Yoga is followed in the School. Yoga is the ancient technique to keep the body physically, mentally and spiritually balanced. The students are given demonstrations to learn various yogic asanas. They perform these exercises in the morning, because ‘well begun is half done’, so if students start out their day with yogic exercises they’ll have a less tiring day and will remain active throughout the day.
It is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the reflexive, "thinking" mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Meditation often involves turning attention to a single point of reference. It is a component of many religions, and has been practiced since antiquity. It is also practiced outside religious traditions. Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual or psychophysical practices that may emphasize different goals—from achievement of a higher state of consciousness, to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind. The students are trained to meditate and technique of doing so is taught. This will keep the students calm and stable. This will enhance their learning abilities and concentration which as a result will help the student secure good marks.
It is celebrated on the14th of November every year on the birth anniversary of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime minister of India after independence. It is celebrated on this very day because of his special love and affection for children. The day is marked with lot of activities. Childhood is all about innocence and playfulness. It is about joy and freedom. Celebrating Children’s Day is about giving children the right to enjoy and grow into healthy and educated citizens of the country, and we teach them to be responsible citizens. Various competitions are organized. The winners are suitably awarded. The School recognizes that every child is born with unique gifts, our mission is to develop each student by providing an inspiring environment.
The School has a lush green campus. It is our responsibility to keep the environment free from pollution and make this world a better place to live in. The School holds the responsibility to make the youth responsible citizens. We teach the students the benefits of tree-plantation and encourage them to plant trees for making the environment clean and green. We plant trees every year. The School community is involved in the process. Students plant trees in and around the school campus.
‘Save trees, save earth’
Counselling Of Students
Taking into consideration the emotions of the students, their counseling is done from time to time by the teachers, wardens and house-masters, to help them cope with stress. In student counseling we guide them about self awareness, goal setting, time management, problem solving, coping with emotional stress, positive thinking etc. Constant Counseling is done by the school in order to make them better students who can face challenges of life with courage and boldness.
Birthday is the start of life. It’s like a new beginning. We all celebrate birthday as a part of our arrival into this world. It’s an important day in our life. In India birthday is as important as other Indian festivals. It gives us an opportunity to thank the almighty for sending us into this beautiful world. The School celebrates the birthday (of both students and teachers) in a very traditional manner. The School organizes special ‘hawan’ on the birthday of the students and the teachers. The Chinmaya family prays for their bright and happy future and blesses them for their success. Special parties are organized to celebrate their birthday.
Respect For Parents And Elders
Now-a-days we find that the family structure is weakening day by day. The respect for parents and elders is decreasing. We want that the students should respect their parents and elders. They should seek their blessings and guidance. They are allowed to communicate with them on fixed days by phone or internet. We ensure that they must write a letter or send a card to them on their birthday and marriage anniversary. It helps close bonding with their parents and elders.
The School organizes frequent visits to places of knowledge like museums, industries, educational institutions, historical places etc. We believe in providing an all around experience to the student for total development of his / her personality. The students are supposed to submit their experiences of the educational trip. The best report of the student is rewarded.
The School brings out a ‘Newsletter’ once in a year. It helps the students to do creative writing. It acts as a media to inform the parents of the various activities taking place during the session. It also helps them to know about the participation and performance achieved by his/her ward in various activities in the school.
The School is affiliated to The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
The students of the School have been appearing in the CBSE Board examinations since 1993-94 and the results have been excellent and improving every year. It is all due to the hard work put in by the students, teachers and parents.