International Day of Education

Understanding the importance of education in the development of the individual, the family, the country and the world, the key goal of Somaiya Vidyavihar Education Trust has been building institutions that enable the means to realize it. We believe that be it in urban or rural areas of the country access to education must be matched by the quality of education

On December 3rd 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to observe 24th January (starting from 2019) as the International day of Education, to celebrate the role of education in development. The resolution demonstrated the world’s political will towards providing quality education to all and achieving sustainable development by 2030.

It only reiterates the premise on which Somaiya Vidyavihar was founded.

The vision of our Founder

ज्ञानादेव तु कैवल्यम्

Knowledge alone liberates.

Resonates in the vision of UNESCO

Our vision is to transform lives through education, recognizing the important role of education as a main driver of development and in achieving the other proposed SDGs. We commit with a sense of urgency to a single, renewed education agenda that is holistic, ambitious and aspirational, leaving no one behind.

DSC_0040Knowledge alone liberates. Liberates from the cycle of poverty, by improving health outcomes, promoting gender equality, environmental sustainability and building peaceful and resilient societies.

Also, to liberate one from the attachments that bind us to small-mindedness. Knowledge also provides opportunities. To make a life lived more meaningful. In the service of one’s family, one’s community, one’s society, country, and indeed the world.

DSC_0021 (1).JPGUnderstanding the importance of education in the development of the individual, the family, the country and the world, the key goal of Somaiya Vidyavihar Education Trust has been building institutions that enable the means to realize it. We believe that be it in urban or rural areas of the country access to education must be matched by the quality of education.

Robotics 2016 Sakarwadi (37)Towards that goal, Somaiya Vidyavihar Education Trust has invited global and national experts in various aspects of education to strengthen our education system and respond to contemporary challenges in education keeping in mind the underlying principle of holistic development of the student.

 

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Our work in educational development from pre-school to higher education is aimed at contributing towards the higher goal of human development.

 

 

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As we celebrate our 60 years, we must commit ourselves further to this vision.

The role that we play as educationists is of greater importance in today’s times as the world sees challenges never imagined before.

 

By

Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai

Provost Somaiya Vidyavihar

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2018 the year gone by!

We continued building infrastructure for our institutions.

Infrastructure designed to incorporate being in touch with nature in our daily lives. Infrastructure that contributes to the development of our students and society.

Institution building is central to our service to the nation. 

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We continued building infrastructure for our institutions.

Infrastructure designed to incorporate being in touch with nature in our daily lives. Infrastructure that contributes to the development of our students and society.

Institution building is central to our service to the nation.

First among equals

Sangeetha, a class VIII student of K J Somaiya English Medium School, a school of Somaiya Vidyavihar in Rural Karnataka, not only participated in the National Mathematics Olympiad, she came First, competing with a whopping 65,000 competitors from across India.

Very few girls who have just turned 13 can tell you what they want to do in their life. If they live in a rural area, the probability is even less. But defying all the odds, one such girl is Sangeetha. If you ask her, she will say, “I want to study in the IIT”.

For a girl in rural India, life does not give you many choices, to show your talent to the world. Sangeetha, a class VIII student of K J Somaiya English Medium School, a school of Somaiya Vidyavihar in Rural Karnataka, not only participated in the National Mathematics Olympiad, she came First, competing with a whopping 65,000 competitors from across India.

The winning did not come easy. She first attempted the exam when she was in seventh grade and then again in Grade Eighth. Sharing her happiness with everyone, she says, “It was a great opportunity for me, and I got to learn a lot from it.”

This achievement is the result of consistent hard work for months everyday secured her big change in life. She had attempted the same exam in the previous year, but unsatisfied with the result, she gave it a shot once again.

Mr Sachin Hossati, her Maths teacher who guided her, says “She came to me with questions every day. For 1 to 1 ½ hour daily she studied various mental ability questions as well practised solving previous year’s papers”. Sangeetha’s positive confidence does not mean the journey was a fairytale. In the beginning, she had a hard time coping up with the level of complexity. But staying true to herself, she fought the fears with the help of her family, who always believed in her. Her father, Anilkumar, says, “She is a self-independent and a hardworking kid, who never required any motivation from us”.

Sangeetha is now more assured of her positive future than she ever could have been. “I thank the School Authorities, the Principal and my Math teacher for their tremendous support. I was overwhelmed when I knew I won. The unexpected recognition for my effort gives me a sense of confidence. This prize has encouraged me to work even harder and to strengthen my desire.”