On the birth centenary of Swami Vivekananda, on 12 Jan 1963, leading industrialists and social reformers like late Lala Hans Raj and Dr. Suraj Prakash founded Bharat Vikas Parishad. It is a service oriented, non-political, socio-cultural voluntary organisation, dedicated to development and growth of our country in all the fields of human endeavor.
Bharat Vikas Parishad conducts annual competition in singing national integration songs in four categories – Sanskrit, Folk Songs, Hindi, and Regional Languages – for school children studying in classes 6 to 12. Last year, class 6 children of Shree Bharathi Vidyalaya won first prize at state level in Regional Language song. These children are in class 7 this year and the little angels have won first prize at state level in all the four categories, in the competition held on 30th September. The children will now represent Karnataka at national level competition scheduled at Hardwar in November and at Ahmedabad in Jan 2013. Considering that about 1,800 teams participated at various levels in the competition, and children up to class 12 competed, this is a great achievement, making the school very proud.
The children were trained by Mrs. Girija Hegde, the Principal, and Mahesh Moodigere, the music teacher. In the photograph, they are the fourth and the third from left, standing in front row. Love and appreciation from these two teachers matter more to the children than other awards.
Shree Bharathi Vidyalaya is a small school with 600 children with modest tuition fees and great culture. The school’s showcase is brimming with cups and shields won by children in inter-school sports and cultural events for the last ten years since the school started. When the first batch of class 10 wrote public exam three years ago, Deputy Director of ISRO announced cash award of Rs. 1,000 to every student scoring first-class. He ended up giving the award to every student. The trend continues.
Behind the success of the school are two key figures. Girija Hegde, the founding Principal of the school, has nurtured it to be a very fine institute. Face of every child in the school lights up when they hear Girija’s name; parents are confident that she is at the helm; management is happy having a trusted leader as the head of institute. She sings and dances with the children, nurses their wounds, soothes their stress, and lifts up their spirit. This she does apart from being an excellent teacher and a leader and dear friend to other teachers. She is supported by Mr. UN Bhat, a great manager, who empowers those who take up responsibly and sets ethical and efficient framework to ensure progress of the institute in a dignified path.