Anandanagar: Umanivas Rarh School Underway
Can you imagine spacious classrooms with plenty of light and ventilation which have an abundance of all kinds of educational material on shelves for the children to use, which have tables and chairs and enough space to assemble, sitting on the floor? Can you imagine a child-friendly learning environment which stimulates the child’s curiosity and wonder? Can you imagine a class teacher who facilitates the classroom flow, whose main role is observing and helping children individually when needed, or drawing the whole class into a fascinating lesson?
This is what the new Rarh School will be about in the rural setting of the ancient land of Rarh – ‘the cradle of civilization’ as Shrii P R Sarkar names it. He further said, that once in the hoary past these people were perched on the summit of civilization … nowadays they are neglected, yet with glowing eyes of hope to be again uplifted and feeling the Supreme Benevolence giving them their rightful place in the garland of today’s humanity.
In the architecture and school environment we would like to incorporate the art and style of the local people’s dwellings in their mud houses… let this school be ‘their school’ – an extension of the best in their cultural life.
The proposed Rarh School will serve 300 children from Nursery to Standard 4. After Standard 4 the students are absorbed by the nearby successful Umanivas High School. The present Rarh Hostel where the Rarh School is now crammed in will continue to serve as a hostel for children from remote areas where there is no transportation to schools.
We are fundraising for the construction of this new Rarh School which will be located in the spacious adjacent Kanchan Compound . We hope for your generous contribution of this noble endeavor of a model school at our global headquarters.
Vishalgarh, Tripura, India
Tripura School Building
On 31st January, a beautiful four story newly constructed school building was inaugurated. The total area of this building is 15000 square feet. The building was constructed with the help of local members of Ananda Marga and public support. The inauguration programme included Kiirtan and collective meditation.
The public response was overwhelming. About 1500 people attended the programme. The total number of students is 700 including 150 newly admitted students. During the inauguration a beautiful cultural programme was also organised.
Dr. Shambhushivananda was one of the key note speakers at the International Conference on Spatial Decision Support Systems for UN Sustainable Development Goals organized by The Department of Geography, Kalindi College, New Delhi, India in collaboration with DST Govt. of India. The two-day event was held on 1st and 2nd Feb 2017. Following the event Prof. Santosh Kumar of NIDM (National Institute of Disaster Management) also invited Dr Shambhushivananda to speak at his institute on the subject of “Resilience”.
The Department of Commerce of Ramjas College, Delhi University invited Dr. Shambhushivananda to speak on “Neohumanist Economics” on March 23, 2017. See speech included in this issue.
Dr. Shambhushivansnda was the guest of Kalindi College (Delhi University) where he gave a key note inspirational speech on “Moving towards Millenium Development Goals” at the international conference.
Dr. Shambhushivananda also addressed another interdisciplinary group at Delhi University on March 28, 2017. Here, he is seen with the dean of social sciences, faculty and selected students after the talk on “Self-Realization”.
Yoga Meditation & Human Values courses have been approved by the Board of Studies in Biotechnology for Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in Rajiv Gandhi Institute of IT & Biotechnology, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune. The course was designed with input from AMGK (Ananda Marga Gurukula) and inaugurated by Dada Shambhushivananda, Chancellor, AMGK. Yoga Acharya Dr G D Sharma, current director of RGI of Bio Technology, Bharati Vidyapiitha in Pune has been conducting the course himself so far and has trained others to lead the course.
A class on Enlightened Leadership was conducted by Acharya Shambhushivananda Avadhuta at the Naya Gaon Meditation Center , behind PGI Chandigarh on February 5, 2017
On Feb 15th, Dr Shambhushivananda also held a memorial lecture on the subject of “Human Values” for over 250 faculty and students of NITTTR in Chandigarh.
Talk On “Coping with Stress through Meditation” was given by Dr. Shambhushivananda at the ICICI bank’s zonal headquarters in Chandigarh on March 22, 2017.
Dr. Shambhushivananda was the invited special guest at the
Annual Samskrta Day Celebrations at the PL Auditorium of Punjab University on March 2nd, 2017. He was honoured by Prof. Shankar Jha, the Head of the Dept of Sanskrit and spoke on the occasion on “Role of Samskrta in the Modern World”.
Dada Shambhushivananda visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Mr. Isuru Codippily and taught meditation to several interested persons. Iishvara Deva has begun spiritual lifestyle training in Neohumanist philosophy.