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RAMAKRISHNA MISSION VIVEKANANDA UNIVERSITY NEWS


Annual Newsletter of the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Vidyalaya Campus, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641 020, India. January December 2012 Faculties of Disability Management and Special Education, and General & Adapted Physical Education and Yoga

GENERAL EVENTS
Gurupuja was celebrated this year on 1 January 2012, the first Sunday of the year, and thus coincided with the holy Kalpataru Day. Swami Atmapriyananda, Vice-Chancellor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Belur Math, Kolkata, presided over the flag hoisting function in the morning. Rev. Swami Somanandaji Maharaj, a senior monk, inaugurated the Cultural and Educational Exhibition, and delivered the benedictory address. Swami Abhiramananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, delivered the inaugural address. At the public meeting held in the evening, Swami Atmapriyananda delivered the Presidential Address on the topic, Kalpataru Sri Ramakrishna, and Sri So. So. Me. Sundaram, renowned speaker, Madurai, spoke on the topic, Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. Earlier that day, Sengottai Sri S. K. S. Harihara Subramaniam and party rendered Nama Sangeerthanam and Selvi R. Vishnupriya, Salem, sang devotional songs. The students of various institutions of Vidyalaya performed traditional dances and a drama on Aadi Shankaracharya. The daylong event concluded with a classical veena concert by Sri Rajesh Vaidhya and party. Around 45,000 people were served cooked food in the Annadanam and more than a lakh attended the function the whole day.

Gurupuja

Gurupuja - Speech

General Events.........................................................1 Award......................................................................6 Sports......................................................................6 Extension / Outreach Activities................................7 Visitors.....................................................................8 Appointments..........................................................8 Department / Association Meetings, Training, Seminars, Workshops, Visits And Student Activities............................................................8 Thesis Undertaken by Students..............................13 Publications...........................................................13 National And Regional Events................................14 Current Strength (2012-2013)................................14 Rural Development Work.......................................14 Unesco Chair in RKMVU, Coimbatore Campus.......15 Swami Vivekananda Ratha Yatra............................16

CONTENTS

Gurupuja - Exhibition

Gurupuja - Exhibition

Gurupuja - Cultural Performance

Gurupuja - Book Stall

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Gurupuja - Bhajans

Gurupuja - Audience

A list of the titles of the exhibits put up in the exhibition hall by our various institutions is as follows: Institution Theme College of Arts and Science (Aided) Recent Developments in Electronics College of Arts and Science (SF Wing) Co-operatives for Weaker Sections College of Education E-Commerce in Education and Childrens Art Show Gandhi Teacher Training Institute Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Mission Industrial Training Institute Electronic Automatic Controls Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development Recent Trends in Agriculture Maruthi College of Physical Education Fitness for All Dept. of Civil New Techniques in Civil Engineering Dept. of Mechanical Small Scale Industry Need for Self-employment Alternative Sources of Power, Energy Saving Polytechnic Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Technique, and Wheel-chair Automation College Information Technology Dept. Mind and Brain Games Community Development Scheme Skill Training Programmes Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University Faculty Educational Technology for the Disabled of Disability Management and Special Education Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University Faculty Indian Traditional Physical Activities and of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga Kalaripayattu Swami Shivananda Hr. Sec. School (English Medium) Science in Daily Life Swami Shivananda Hr. Sec. School (Tamil Medium) Scientific Cognizance T.A.T. Kalanilayam Middle School Science in Everyday Life Vidyalaya High School Lives of Azhvargal The jayanti celebrations of the Holy Trio were held with the usual devotion this year also. Bhajans by students and monastic members, followed by Homa was held in the traditional way. In commemoration of the National Youth Day, which also happens to be the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a rally was organized by Maruthi College of Physical Education on 11 January 2012. Around 2400 students from Vidyalaya and neighbouring institutions participated. Swami Abhiramananda delivered the Youth Day Address. Sri M. Lakshmanan, Inspector of Police, Periyanaickenpalayam, flagged off the rally. As part of the celebrations, various literary and sports competitions were conducted for school and college students. The 63rd Republic Day was celebrated on 26 January 2012. Around 1000 students from various institutions of the Vidyalaya participated. Swami Abhiramananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, hoisted the national flag and delivered the Republic Day Address. Inspector Vinod Sirohi and Constable V. Karthikeyan, CTC-CRPF, Coimbatore, participated in the celebration and acted as judges to select the best marching contingent. This year, the rolling trophy was won by Maruthi College of Physical Education. The Vidyalaya Foundation Day was celebrated on 3 February 2012 at the GKD auditorium. Swami Abhiramananda presided over and felicitated the following three alumni members for their outstanding contributions: Sri C. Devarajan, Erode; Sri V. Balasubramanian, Coimbatore; and Dr. M. A. N. Loganathan, Bhavani. The AVAA Newsletter was

National Youth Day - Rally

National Youth Day - Rally

Republic Day - Flag Hoisting

Vidyalaya Foundation Day

Republic Day - March-past

Vidyalaya Foundation Day - Speech

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released by Swami Abhiramananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, and the first copy was presented to Sri Krishna Jagannathan, Tamil Nadu State Joint Coordinator, Dharmarakshna Samiti, Chennai, who later delivered the Dr. T. S. Avinashilingam Memorial Endowment Lecture. Swami Abhiramananda delivered the Benedictory Address. The function concluded with a cultural programme presented by the students of Vidyalaya High School. The Unified Play Day was held at our facultys premises on 17 February 2012. Special and normal children, 445 each in number, participated in the march-past. Psychotherapy, Physiotherapy, Play Therapy, and Art and Kolam Therapy stalls were inaugurated by invited guests. Swami Abhiramananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, presided over the function. Sri K. Nageswara Rao, Commissioner of Income Tax, Coimbatore, Sri T. Rajendran, Chief Educational Officer, Coimbatore, Sri P. Ponnaiah, Addl. Chief Educational Officer (SSA), Coimbatore, were the guests of honour. This year again, the event was as successful as in the previous years. The Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya Academy of Competitive Exams (RMVACE), a joint venture of the Vidyalaya with Swami Vivekananda Foundation, a voluntary organization, and Samkalp, New Delhi, was inaugurated on 22 July 2012. The purpose of the academy is to provide coaching, training and guidance to students who aspire for a

Unified Play Day

RMVACE - Inauguration

Unified Play Day

RMVACE - Inaugural Address

Unified Play Day

RMVACE - Presidential Address

Unified Play Day

RMVACE - Audience

Unified Play Day

Unified Play Day

Unified Play Day

Unified Play Day

Unified Play Day

Unified Play Day

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career in the Civil Services. More than five hundred students from various colleges in Coimbatore participated. Smt. Hema Karunakaran, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police (L&O), Coimbatore, presented the Inaugural Address. The Keynote Address was delivered by Sri C.V. Gopinath, Sr. DDG and former Ex. Officio Addl. Secretary, Govt. of India. Sri Santosh Taneja, Founder, Samkalp IAS Academy, Delhi, delivered the Special Address. Swami Abhiramananada, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, delivered the Presidential Address. Sri A. Senthil Kumar, Founder-President, Swami Vivekananda Foundation, was present as the Special Guest. An interactive session was arranged in the afternoon to facilitate the aspiring students to interact with Sri D. Jeysundar, IAS, who emerged

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successful in the recent civil services exam. Following this, Sri Santosh Taneja and his team conducted a counselling session for the participants. More than a hundred students got their names enrolled in the academy on this occasion. The 66th Independence Day was observed on 15 August 2012 at the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalayas Maruthi College grounds. Around a thousand students from the various institutions of the Vidyalaya took part in the Independence Day Parade. Swami Abhiramananda hoisted the national flag and delivered the Independence Day Address. Inspector (GD) Sri G. Ramakrishna, and Inspector (GD) Sri Amit Kumar, served as judges to select the best marching contingent. This year, the Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga, RKMVU, won the rolling trophy. First-year students from the Vidyalayas Gandhi Teacher Training Institute, Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development, Industrial Training Institute, Polytechnic, and the two faculties of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, numbering 573 in all, participated in the Vidyarthi Homa conducted on 16 August 2012 at the indoor stadium. In commemoration of the 175th Birth Anniversary of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna and the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a full-length Tamil Feature Film titled Ramakrishna Darshanam was launched on Friday, 17 August 2012, at the Venkatakrishnan indoor stadium. The film is produced by Sri G. N. Dass, G.N.D. Vision International Private Limited, Singapore. An old student of the Ramakrishna Boys Home, Ramakrishna Mission, Singapore, Sri G. N. Dass has produced this film in a spirit of total devotion and on a non-commercial basis. Students from all our institutions and the general public came in large numbers to watch the film. The film is already being screened in theatres in Chennai and is likely to be shown in theatres in Coimbatore shortly. The annual Swami Vivekanandas Chicago Address Recitation Competition was held for students of all the institutions of the Vidyalaya and the faculties of the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University on 10 September 2012 this year. Abridged addresses of Swami Vivekananda culled from his

Independence Day

Independence Day

Vidyarthi Homa

Swami Vivekanandas Chicago Address Recitation Competition

Vidyarthi Homa

Swami Vivekanandas Chicago Address Recitation Competition

Ramakrishna Darshanam Full-length Tamil Feature Film

Swami Vivekanandas Chicago Address Recitation Competition

Ramakrishna Darshanam Full-length Tamil Feature Film

Ramakrishna Darshanam Full-length Tamil Feature Film

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Lectures from Colombo to Almora, besides his two famous addresses delivered at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, were selected for the recitation, and the competitions were conducted in English, Tamil, and Hindi. Preliminary rounds were held at the respective institutions during August and the first week of September. At the institutionallevel, three prizes worth Rs. 1,000, Rs. 750, and Rs. 500 in cash and books were awarded to the top three students of each institution in each language category. The first prize winners from each institution again competed for a special prize at School-level, Higher-Secondary/Post-Matric-level, and Collegelevel at the function held on 10 September 2012 and the best reciting-student from among them were each awarded a special prize of Rs. 2,000 worth of cash and books. Swami Abhiramananda presided over the function and distributed the prizes. He also inspired the audience with his speech on the significance of Swami Vivekanandas Chicago Addresses. Thenmozhi, BEd (MR), and Shesharao, DEd (VI), both students of the Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education, won special prizes in the English and Hindi categories of the College-level and Higher Secondary/Post-Matriclevel respectively. The renovated two-storey Monks Quarters Annexe and the Dining Hall behind the Central Office of the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya was inaugurated by Rev. Swami Somanandaji Maharaj on 10 September 2012. Many monastic members including heads of various branch centres of Ramakrishna Math and Mission from all over India visited the faculties during their visit to the Vidyalaya between 17 and 22 September 2012 on the occasion of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsas idol consecration function held in Ramakrishna Math, Coimbatore, on 18, 19 and 20 September 2012. The Seventh Convocation of the Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education and the Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga, RKMVU, was held at the Venkatakrishnan Indoor Stadium on 5 October 2012. Swami Atmapriyananda, Vice Chancellor, RKMVU, delivered the Welcome Address and Swami Abhiramananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna

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Mission Vidyalaya. Coimbatore, delivered the Introductory Address. Sri V. V. Bhat, IAS, Secretary to Government of India and Member (Finance), Atomic Energy Commission, Space Commission & Earth Commission, delivered the Convocation Address on the topic Science and Technology in the Service of the Disabled. In all, 168 students of FDMSE and 257 students of FGAPEdY were awarded degrees and diplomas. Sri T. V. Sunish was conferred the doctorate degree on this occasion. In order to cater to the growing need of medical service to a population of around 8000 students and 2000 staff members and their families in the Vidyalaya besides a large number of underprivileged people residing in the surrounding area, the dispensary of the Vidyalaya was revived with an with effect from October 2012. A function was held on 10 October 2012 to inaugurate the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya Charitable Dispensary which is located in the renovated premises where the Balwadi was formerly functioning. Besides regular general consultation, the dispensary also offers consultation by specialists on Sundays for the following: Orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics,

Seventh Convocation

Seventh Convocation

Seventh Convocation

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsas Idol Consecration Function

Seventh Convocation

Renovated two-storey Monks Quarters Annexe

Renovated Dining Hall

Renovated two-storey Monks Quarters Annexe

Renovated Dining Hall

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cardiology, gynaecology, diabetes, skin, asthma, dental, eye, ENT, general surgery, etc. On an average, around 150 patients have been visiting the dispensary for consultation every day. As part of the medical services, a series of medical camps were held. A Dental Camp was organized in our indoor stadium in association with Vivekananda Dental College, Tiruchengode, on 30 October 2012. Around 4000 students and staff members of the Vidyalaya attended the camp. This was followed by a free Diabetic Camp on 25 November 2012 in the indoor stadium. Around 300 people attended the camp. An Asthma Camp was held on 30 December 2012 and around 200 patients benefited. Kalaimagal Vizha was celebrated from 16 to 18 October 2012 at the indoor stadium. As in every year, the programmes on the three days focused on literature, music, and drama, in that order. Sri Krishna Jagannathan, Tamil Nadu State Joint Coordinator, Dharmarakshna Samiti, Chennai, inspired the audience with his speech on the topic Vallamai Thaarayo on 16 October 2012. Smt. Sriranjani Ramkumar and Selvi Sruthilaya Ramachandran rendered devotional songs of Bharathiar, Papanasam

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Sivan and Periyasamy Thooran on 17 October 2012 and on the following day, students from various institutions of the Vidyalaya enthralled the audience with an exciting cultural performance depicting Indian culture, tradition, and folk arts. The threehour presentation included many folk and traditional dances by the various institutions, and dramas titled Mahakavi Kalidas by students of Vidyalaya High School, Gurudeva Sri Ramakrishna by students of the College of Education and Gandhi Teacher Training Institute and Dasavataram by students of the Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education, RKMVU.

Charitable Dispensary - Inauguration

AWARD
Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education Dr. A. T. Thressiakutty, Professor, was awarded the Bharat Jyoti Award: A Glory of India for her contribution to the field of mental retardation. The national-level gold medal award was given to her in New Delhi on 4 May 2012 by Hon. Dr. Bhisma Narain Singh, former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Assam.

Charitable Dispensary - Patients waiting area

Charitable Dispensary - Consultation

SPORTS
Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga Five students trained in our Tennis Academy secured various positions in the Tamil Nadu Statelevel Soft Tennis tournament held at Salem on 17 and 18 February 2012. Two of them were selected for the National-level tournament to be held in Karnataka.

Charitable Dispensary - Eye Test

Kalaimagal Vizha - Speech

Charitable Dispensary - Laboratory

Kalaimagal Vizha - Songs

Kalaimagal Vizha - Drama

Charitable Dispensary - Pharmacy

Kalaimagal Vizha - Drama

Kalaimagal Vizha - Dance

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The faculty team secured the runners-up position in ball badminton in the Tamil Nadu/Pondicherry Statelevel Inter-physical Education Tournament held at Annamalai University, Chidambaram from 23 to 25 February 2012. In athletics, N. Kulanthaivelu, II DPEd, secured the third place in the 200m running event. M. Kamaraj, I DPEd, secured the second place in the 77 kg. category of the Weight Lifting Championship jointly organized by Erode District Weight Lifting Association and Erode Arts and Science College on 24 February 2012. This has qualified him to compete in the state-level weight lifting championship. S. Venkatesh, II DPED, won the first place in the National Kudo Competition (55 kg category) organized by the Coimbatore Kudo Associattion on 31 March 2012 and 1 April 2012 at Maradur Sports Ground, Karamadai. The National Sports Day was observed by the staff and students of the faculty and those of Maruthi College of Physical Education on 31 August 2012. On this occasion, the 11th Dhyan Chand Sevena-side Hockey Tournament was organized. Sri R. Ramakrishnan, Hockey Coach, SDAT, Coimbatore

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District, was present as the chief guest. M. Praveen, I DPEd and P. Karthikeyan, II BSc, won the first prize in the 60 kg and 70 kg categories respectively of the All India Martial Arts Championship 2012 organized by Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development and Tamil Nadu Sports Foundation Society, Kanchipuram, on 27 and 28 October 2012. P. Karthikeyan won the third prize in the 73 kg category of the XXII Tamil Nadu Junior State Judo Championship organized by Soldiers Judo Club on 3 and 4 November 2012 at JJ Basketball Indoor Stadium, Chennai. M. Kamaraj, BSc (Physical Education), won the second place in the 69 kg category of the Namakkal Weight-lifting Championship held at KSR Educational Institution, Tiruchengode, in October 2012. The event was organized by Namakkal District Weight-lifting Association. A Sports Meet was organized on 30 November 2012 to mark the International Disability Day which falls on the 3rd December every year. Disabled students from various institutions participated in the meet. Winners were awarded prizes.

FGAPEDY - Tennis Academy

FGAPEDY - National Sports Day

FGAPEDY - Students as officials or referees

EXTENSION / OUTREACH ACTIVITIES


Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education Jan. Physiotherapy 16 Ortho 6 Play Therapy 27 Speech Therapy 27 Low Vision/ Remedial Teaching Unit 27 Guidance & Counselling 2 Braille Unit 3 Sign Language 1 Total 109 Service Feb. 16 8 27 27 27 2 8 1 116 Mar. 15 7 28 25 27 5 1 108 Number of beneficiaries (2012) Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. 15 15 15 15 15 15 8 9 2 2 5 3 28 28 28 28 28 28 25 25 25 16 20 20 27 27 27 28 27 28 1 1 3 2 1 3 10 5 8 17 6 6 2 4 1 113 117 105 103 114 100 Oct. 15 9 28 20 31 15 1 119 Nov. 15 6 28 20 31 17 117 Dec. 15 21 28 20 31 6 1 122

FGAPEDY - Students as officials or referees

Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga Students, sometimes assisted by staff members, served as officials or referees during various sports events held in other institutions. One such event was the Sports and Games Meet organized by the Red Cross Society, Coimbatore, on the occasion of the

World Disability Day at PSGR Krishnammal College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore. In association with Maruthi College of Physical Education, the faculty observed the National Youth Day by organizing Rural Sports Coaching and Tournaments in handball and volleyball for children of government schools on 15 and 16 October 2012.

FGAPEDY - Rural Sports Coaching and Tournaments

FGAPEDY - Rural Sports Coaching and Tournaments

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Around 1000 students from 23 government schools participated in the events. Swami Abhiramananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, presided over the valedictory function and distributed the prizes.

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College of Physical Education presented a variety of programmes that included yogasanas, lezim, gymnastics, kalari, silambam, tableau, and pyramid formation. Students of the Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education presented a dance-drama in Indian Sign Language titled Vande Mataram. Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education A joint meeting of the two faculties was conducted on 3 January 2012 in FDMSE to discuss the current status of Ph.D. Swami Atmapriyananda, ViceChancellor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University; Swami Vidyanathananda, Dean of Research, RKMVU; Swami Abhiramananda, Administrative Head, FDMSE, RKMVU; Swami Anuragananda, Asst. Administrative Head, FDMSE, RKMVU; Dr. G. Palaniswamy, Controller of Examinations; and Dr. M. Chandramani, Dean, FDMSE; Dr. N. Muthaiah, Principal, SRKV College of Education; Dr. VST. Saikumar, Principal, MCPE; and some staff members of the faculty attended the meeting. In collaboration with the National Institute for Visually Handicapped, the faculty organized a fiveday training programme (Post-Primary level) from 4 to 8 February 2012 on the title Teaching of Algebra and Geometry to Visually Handicapped Children. Thirty teachers who are trained in teaching children with visual impairment participated in the programme which was also attended by the students of the faculty. Dr. S. Rajaguru, Associate Professor, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Education, delivered the inaugural address. Swami Anuragananda, Asst. Administrative Head and Sri Abhishek Kumar Srivastava, Asst. Professor, FDMSE, visited New Delhi to present a project on Sign Language at the Ministry of Human Resource Development on 22 February 2012. The faculty organized a 5-day training programme titled, Orientation in Braille in English and in one of the regional languages. The programme was sponsored by NIVH, Dehradun, from 3 to 7 March 2012. In all, 47 persons including the teachers of inclusive schools, teacher trainees, volunteers and parents participated. Dr. Radhabai, Associate

FGAPEDY - Rural Sports Coaching and Tournaments

VISITORS
Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education Dr. S. Venkatesan, Professor & Head Department of Clinical Psychology, All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore, visited as a guest faculty member to deliver a speech on Guidance & Counseling for Parents of CWSN.

FGAPEDY - Rural Sports Coaching and Tournaments

Other visitors to the faculty included students and staff of Violet Matric. School, CBE; Mrs. S. Lakshmi Raj, MSc (Agri), Joint Director of Agriculture; students and a faculty member from the Dept. of Social Work, Hindustan College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore; and students from Avinashilingam University and KG College of Nursing, Coimbatore.

Annual Day Celebration

APPOINTMENTS
Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga Dr. A. Needhiraja was appointed as Assistant Professor with effect from 13 August 2012. Dr. A. Needhiraja

Annual Day Celebration

DEPARTMENT / ASSOCIATION MEETINGS, TRAINING, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, VISITS AND STUDENT ACTIVITIES
The Annual Day celebration of the two faculties was held on 30 March 2012 jointly with the Maruthi College of Physical Education. Swami Abhiramananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, presided over the function. Prof. R. Rangasayee, Director, Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai, was the Chief Guest. Sri G. E. Sridharan, recipient of the Arjuna and Dronacharya Awards and also the coach of the Indian volleyball team, was the Guest of Honour. The students of the Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga and Maruthi

Annual Day Celebration

Annual Day Celebration

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Professor, Dept. of History, Govt. Arts College for Women, Pudukkottai, was the chief guest for the inaugural function. Dr. A. T. Theressiakutty, Professor, served as a resource person for a CRE programme held from 5 to 7 March 2012 at KVM College of Special Education, Cherthala, Kerala. The preliminary meeting of the Cognitive Science Research Initiative (CSI) entitled, Executive Functions in Preschool-aged Indian children sponsored by the Dept. of Science & Technology was held on 13 March 2012. Swami Anuragananda, Dr. T. Srinivasan, Psychologist, Coimbatore, Dr. M. Ramprasad, Physiotherapist, Mangalore, Dr. S. Alagesan, Professor, FGAPEdY, Sri Giridharan, FGAPEdY, and Mrs. Parween, Asst. Professor, FDMSE, attended the meeting. Dr. A. T. Theressiakutty, Professor, delivered a lecture at NSS Training College, Ottappalam, Kerala, on 16 March 2012, in a UGC-sponsored national seminar on Children with Learning Disabilities Growing up with Hope and Dignity. The faculty, in collaboration with NIVH, Dehradun, organized a 5-day training programme titled, Making Adaptations in Science Curriculum for Visually Impaired Children at Post-Primary Level from 24 to 28 March 2012. In all, 25 people including in-service teacher trainees and teachers of inclusive and integrated schools attended the programme. Dr. Elizabeth Lavanya Pappi, Asst. Professor, Dept. of History, Govt. College of Arts and Science, was the chief guest. A five-day residential training programme on Inclusive Education for project officers and IE coordinators was held in the faculty from 17 to 21 April 2012. In all, 18 IE co-ordinators, 4 special officers and 10 project officers from different districts of Andhra Pradesh participated. Sri B. D. V. Prasatha Moorthy, State IE Co-ordinator, Rajiv Vidya Mission, Andhra Pradesh, was the chief guest for the inaugural function. Mr. David Baine, author of the famous book Handicapped Children in Developing Countries, and an international expert in special education, whose books are recommended as reference books by RCI,

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New Delhi, has graciously donated 63 books to the faculty. He has also kindly consented to the facultys wish to translate the books into the local vernacular languages. Around 300 mathematics braille books in Telugu for I Std. and around 500 braille books for II Std. were despatched to 23 districts of Andhra Pradesh in July 2012, as part of the APSSA Rajiv Vidya Mission Scheme. Dr. M. Chandramani, Dean, FDMSE, attended an international conference on Higher Education at Nehru Group of Institutions, Coimbatore, on 19 July 2012 and gave a talk on the same topic. Three visually impaired BEd students participated in the 6th State-level Chess Tournament organized by Ugam Trust and Lions Club, Pollachi, on 24 August 2012. Dr. Ravindra, MD, PhD, Siddhartha Medical College, Bangalore, visited the institute on 25 August 2012 and delivered a lecture titled, Brain and Behaviour. Children of the therapy units won many prizes in various sports events organized by Karunya University, Coimbatore, on 27 August 2012. Ms. G. Poongothai, Asst. Professor of the faculty, attended a five-day workshop on Standardization of Dataset for Indian Sign Language Corpus at Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH), Mumbai, from 10 to 14 September 2012. The workshop was sponsored by Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. Prof. (Dr.) Sushma Sharma, Expert in Visual Impairment, Dr. Varsha Ghatoo, Expert in Hearing Impairment, and Dr. Preeti Verma, Expert in Mental Retardation, Rehabilitation Council of India, visited the faculty for an inspection on 3 and 4 October 2012. Dr A. T. Thressiakutty, Professor of the faculty, visited the Dept. of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College, Chandigarh, as a resource person for a workshop organized there on 15 and 16 October 2012 on the topic Vocational Curriculum Development. On this occasion, she also reviewed the research work done by PhD scholars from New Delhi and Chandigarh who are registered with the faculty.

FDMSE - 5-day Training Programme on Making Adaptations in Science Curriculum

FDMSE - 5-day Training Programme on Making Adaptations in Science Curriculum

FDMSE - 5-day Training Programme on Making Adaptations in Science Curriculum

FDMSE - 5-day Training Programme on Making Adaptations in Science Curriculum

FDMSE - Prizes won by Children of Therapy units in Karunya University


Dr A. T. Thressiakutty served as the resource person for a workshop on Counseling for Parents and Learning Disability organized on 22 October 2012 by DARE, a welfare centre for special children run by Tata Tea and Beverages, Moonar, Kerala. Staff members Mrs. S. Parween, Asst. Professor,

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and Ms. K. Dhanalakshmi, in-charge of the Low Vision Unit, attended a Trainers Training Course on PreEmployment Life Skills for Persons with Visual Impairment from 29 October to 2 November 2012. The event was organized by Enable India, Bangalore, in collaboration with UDIS Forum, Coimbatore.

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District, Kerala, on 7 December 2012, Dr. A. T. Thressiakutty, Professor of the faculty, was invited to preside over the valedictory function and distribute the prizes. As part of the Vivekananda Study Circle, Bhagavad Gita classes were commenced on 16 December 2012. The classes will be held every Sunday. To mark the inauguration of the classes, Swami Abhiramananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, and the Administrative Head of the faculties, conducted a guided meditation class and delivered a talk on the importance and relevance of Bhagavad Gita. Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga Sri S. Sivasankar, a staff member, served as a resource person in a refresher course for physical education teachers held at Ooty on 3 and 4 February 2012. The event was organized by the office of the CEO, Ooty. Ms. T. T. Janaki, Yoga instructor, attended a programme titled Rebirthing Retreat at Puri, Orissa, from 18 to 20 February 2012. Students of the faculty, guided by Sri R. Giridharan, Asst. Professor, conducted a sports competition for the physically challenged students of the Vidyalayas College of Arts and Science on 29 February 2012. Dr. S. Alagesan, Professor, delivered a lecture on the topic Identifying Sports for Persons with Disabilities on the occasion. Dr. S. Alagesan, Professor and Head of the Faculty, served as a Resource Person in the International Conference on Sports and Nutrition held at Avinashilingam University, Coimbatore, on 8 and 9 March 2012. The Maruthi College of Physical Education, in association with the Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga, RKMVU, organized a UGC-sponsored National Seminar on Impact of Physical Education in Developing Wholesome Personality Among Student Community on 16 and 17 March 2012 at GKD Auditorium. Swami Abhiramananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, presided over the function and delivered the benedictory address. Ms. P. Vijayakumari, Chief Inspector of Physical Education, Chennai, the chief

FDMSE - Two-day Orientation Programme on Teaching Mental Mathematics to Visually Impaired Children

FDMSE - Two-day Orientation Programme on Teaching Mental Mathematics to Visually Impaired Children

A two-day orientation programme on the topic Teaching Mental Mathematics to Visually Impaired Children sponsored by NIVH Regional Centre, Chennai, was held on 30 November 2012 and 1 December 2012. Forty teachers participated in the programme. Dr. N. Muthaiah, Principal, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Education, was the chief guest. Br. Pradeep, Asst. Administrative Head of the faculty, and Sri P. V. Srinivasan, Lecturer, NIVH Regional Centre, Chennai, distributed the certificates to the participants. As part of the observance of International Disability Day which falls on 3rd December every year, the faculty organized a progaramme at the GKD Auditorium on that day this year. Br. Pradeep, Asst. Administrative Head of the faculty, presided over the function. Ms. Anjumkhan, Asst. Professor, Dept. of English, Avinashilingam University, and Ms. A. Gugapriya, Coimbatore District Cooperative Central Bank, spoke on the occasion. Prizes were distributed to children of therapy units and disabled persons working in various institutions of the Vidyalaya for their participation in various events. In an Inter-Special Schools Cultural Meet organized to mark the International Disability Day in Idukki

FDMSE - Two-day Orientation Programme on Teaching Mental Mathematics to Visually Impaired Children

FDMSE - International Disability Day

FDMSE - International Disability Day

FDMSE - International Disability Day

FDMSE - International Disability Day

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guest of the function, delivered the key note address. A total number of 142 delegates participated in the seminar. The following experts acted as resource persons in the seminar on various themes. 1. Dr. K. Murugavel, Professor, Department of Physical Education, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 2. Dr. K. Suresh Kutty, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Education, Kannur University, Kerala 3. Dr. Ch. VST. Saikumar, Principal, Maruthi College of Physical Education 4. Dr. S. Alagesan, Professor, Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga, RKMVU 5. Dr. PJ. Sebastian, Professor, Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Chennai 6. Dr. Amsa Natarajan, Principal, Sarada College of Physical Education, Salem 7. Dr. C. Arumugam, Assistant Professor, Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Chennai Swami Anuragananda presided over the concluding function held on 17 March 2012 and delivered the valedictory address. The feedback obtained from the delegates was compiled and resolutions passed to facilitate sending the same to relevant statutory bodies. Sri M. Sinivasan, Asst. Professor, attended a UGCsponsored National Workshop on Statistical Software Applications in Physical Education and Sports Science Research organized by the Dept. of Physical Education, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, on 18 and 19 March 2012. Dr. P. J. Sebastian served as a Resource Person and delivered a lecture on Training Technology in a National Seminar on Modern Trends in Sports Management held at Ayyanadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi, on 21 March 2012. He also delivered a keynote address in the National Seminar on Physical Education, Sports and Fitness Approaching the 21st Century held at Alagappa University, Karaikudi, on 22 March 2012. In association with Special Olympics Bharat Tamil Nadu, the faculty organized a Community Coaches Training Programme (Level II) on

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7 June 2012. Forty-two candidates participated in the programme. Dr. Paul Devasahayam, Area Director, Special Olympics Bharat Tamil Nadu, Dr. M. S Nagarajan, Dean of the faculty, Sri G. Arumugam, and Sri K. Prabhakaran, National Trainers, Special Olympics Bharat, served as the resource persons. The Special Project Sports Meet was conducted by the students of Diploma/PG Diploma in Special Olympics on 8 June 2012 at the Venkitakrishnan Indoor Stadium. Thirty-four special children from various therapy units of the faculty, T.A.T. Kalanilayam Middle School and Prasanthi Special School, Coimbatore, participated in the event and won many prizes. Dr. J. Paul Devasahayam, Area Director, Special Olympics Bharat, Tamil Nadu, was the chief guest. A one-day workshop on Chess was organized by the Maruthi College of Physical Education, in association with the Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga, RKMVU, on 13 July 2012 at the GKD Auditorium. Sri K. Rajasekar, Kids Chess Academy, Madurai, served as the Resource Person. Students of the college and those of Swami Shivananda Higher Secondary School attended the programme. Dr. S. Alagesan, Professor and Head, acted as a resource person in the Pilot Training of Physical Activities and Yoga held on 13 August 2012 at Chennai. The event was organized by State Council for Education Research and Training, Chennai. A National-level Workshop on Employer-based Curriculum Designs in Physical Education was organized by the Maruthi College of Physical Education on 18 August 2012 at the GKD Auditorium. Swami Abhiramananda inaugurated the workshop and delivered the benedictory address. Besides 42 external delegates, 138 students from Maruthi College of Physical Education and 145 students from the RKMVU, FGAPEdY attended the workshop. Dr. PJ. Sebastian, Professor, RKMVU, FGAPEdY, Dr.

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FGAPEDY - National Seminar-Impact of Phy.Edu.in Developing Wholesome Personality Among Student Community

FGAPEDY - National Seminar-Impact of Phy.Edu.in Developing Wholesome Personality Among Student Community

FGAPEDY - Community Coaches Training Programme (Level II)

FGAPEDY - One-day Workshop on Chess

FGAPEDY - One-day Workshop on Chess

National-level Workshop on Employer-based Curriculum Designs in Physical Education

National-level Workshop on Employer-based Curriculum Designs in Physical Education

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K. Chandrasekar, Professor, Department of Physical Education, Madurai Kamarajar University, Dr. P. Samraj, Professor and Head, Department of Physical Education, Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Dr. S. Alagesan, Professor, RKMVU, FGAPEdY, Dr. M. R. Srinivas, Principal-cum-Chairman, Bangalore University College of Physical Education and Dr. V. Gopinath, Professor, Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Annamalai University, acted as resource persons. Dr. P. Chelladurai, Professor, Ohio State University, Canada, delivered a guest lecture on 30 August 2012 on Sports Management.

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Ex-FIFA Referee, served as the resource persons. Students and staff members of Maruthi College of Physical Education also attended the workshop. A National Workshop on Career Oriented Curriculum in Physical Education was organized on 2 November 2012 at the GKD Auditorium. Swami Abhiramananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, and Administrative Head, Faculties of the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, delivered the benedictory address and Dr. G. Kishore, Principal, Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Thiruvananthapuram, delivered the inaugural address. Dr. A. Pushparajan, Secretary, Maruthi College of Physical Education, delivered the keynote address. Resource Persons from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu participated in the workshop. In the concluding function, Dr. R. Elangovan, Registrar i/c., Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Chennai, delivered the valedictory address and Brahmachari Pradeep, Asst. Administrative Head., Faculties of the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, delivered the benedictory address. Students and staff of Maruthi College of Physical Education also attended the workshop.

FGAPEDY - Leadership Training Camp

FGAPEDY - Leadership Training Camp

The annual Leadership Training Camp at Poondi was held from 6 to 12 October 2012 for all the students of the the faculty and those of the Maruthi College of Physical Education. A workshop on Officiating and Coaching in Football was organized on 19 October 2012 at GKD Auditorium. Dr. R. Subramaniam, Associate Professor, Dept. of Advance Training and Technology, Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, Chennai, and Sri P. Baskar, AIFF Referee Instructor,

FGAPEDY - Leadership Training Camp

FGAPEDY - Workshop on Officiating and Coaching in Football

FGAPEDY - Workshop on Officiating and Coaching in Football

FGAPEDY - National Workshop on Career Oriented Curriculum in Physical Education

FGAPEDY - Workshop on Officiating and Coaching in Football

FGAPEDY - Workshop on Officiating and Coaching in Football

FGAPEDY - National Workshop on Career Oriented Curriculum in Physical Education

FGAPEDY - Workshop on Officiating and Coaching in Football

FGAPEDY - National Workshop on Career Oriented Curriculum in Physical Education

FGAPEDY - National Workshop on Career Oriented Curriculum in Physical Education

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A State-level Workshop and Referee Examination on Athletics was organized by the Maruthi College of Physical Education on 8 and 9 November 2012. Students of the faculty also attended the workshop. Dr. S. Sivasankar, Asst. Professor, served as a Resource Person in a Translation Workshop on Co-Scholastic Teachers Guide organized by DIET, Udumalpet, at Aliyar, Coimbatore District, from 22 to 24 November 2012.

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Dr. P. J. Sebastian, Professor, served as a Resource Person in the 4th Annual Research Congress held at Karpagam University, Coimbatore, on 30 November 2012. He also served as the chairperson for one of the technical sessions. A National Workshop in the form of a Follow up Special Board of Studies Meeting was held on 15 and 16 December 2012. Resource persons from various universities and colleges of physical education participated and offered valuable

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suggestions following their review of the existing syllabi for Physical Education courses. The meeting was presided over by Brahmachari Pradeep, Asst. Administrative Head of the faculty. As an outcome of the meeting, it was resolved to request the Tamil Nadu Government to implement Careeroriented Curriculum and to have an uniform pattern of syllabi for DPEd, BPEd, MPEd and MPhil courses. It was also resolved to present a copy of the resolution to the Hon. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and to the Chairman, NCTE.

THESIS UNDERTAKEN BY STUDENTS


Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education Sri T. V. Sunish attended the PhD viva-voce examination on 15 September 2012. Dr. S. Rajaguru Associate Professor, College of Education, who was his guide and Dr. Premavathi Vijayan, Head, Dept. of Special Education, Avinashilingam University, who was the external examiner, attended the viva besides staff members of both the faculties, PG students and a few experts. Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga, RKMVU PhD viva-voce examination was conducted as detailed below: Scholar J. Kavitha, MPT T. Karthikeyan, MPT External Examiner Title of the Dissertation Date Dr. Vijesh P.V, Effects of Physiotherapy and Motor Activity Training Programme Physiotherapist, Sri Chitra Tirunal on Performance of Softball Throw Event of Special Olympics and 11 July 2012 Institute for Medical Science, Trivandrum Neuromuscular Coordination of Children with Down Syndrome Dr. M. Ram Prasad, Principal, Srinivasa College of Physiotherapy, Mangalore Effect of Slump Stretching with Static Spinal Extensors for the Management 14 July 2012 of Non Radicular Low Back Pain among Non-active Sports Persons

Dr. C. Arumugam, S. Sivasankar, Effect of Play Activities on Psychological Variables and General Motor 1 Sep. 2012 Professor, Tamil Nadu Physical Asst. Professor of the faculty Asst. Education and Sports University, Chennai Ability Components of Intellectually Challenged Children S. Akila Suriya Kanta Paul Dr. K. Jothi, of Adapted Yogic Practices on Selected Anthropometric Physiological 1 Oct. 2012 Asst. Professor, YMCA College of Physical Effect Psychomotor and Hematological Variables of Children with Down syndrome Education, Chennai Dr. K. Jothi, Survey on Facility, Programmes of Physical Education and Job Satisfaction 1 Oct. 2012 Asst. Professor, YMCA College of Physical A on School Physical Education Personnel in Northeastern States Education, Chennai Influences of Conventional Training Programme with Ladder Training and Plyometric Training on Selected Physical Fitness, Psychophysiological and 23 Nov. 2012 Skill Performance Variables of College-level Badminton Players

Dr. G. Ravindran, Sri M. Srinivasan, Professor and Head, Dept. of Physical Asst. Professor of the faculty Education, Annamalai University, Chidambaram

A PhD Progression Meeting was held on 27 October 2012. Dr. K. Murugavel, Professor & Director, Dept. of Physical Education, Bharathiar University, Dr. M. Ram Prasad, Principal, Srinivasa College of Physiotherapy, Mangalore, Dr. VST Saikumar, Dr. PJ Sebastian and Dr. S Alagesan served as the Doctoral Committee Members. Seventeen PhD scholars (seven in Physical Education and 10 in Physiotherapy) presented their progression of research work.

PUBLICATIONS
Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga A Research article by Dr. N. Kumar entitled Effect of Selected Yogic Practices and Physical Activity on Haematalogical and Physiological Variables among College Students was published by Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, Maharashtra, in their quarterly journal, YogaMimamsa.

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Celebrating Swami Vivekanandas 150th Birth Anniversary (1863-2013) NATIONAL AND REGIONAL EVENTS
S. No. Name of the Staff Member

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Rural Development Work - Announcement of schemes in Sri Bharathi Nagar

Rural Development Work - Sri Bharathi Nagar to TAT Kalanilayam & back

Details of Seminar/ Paper Presented / Address Venue Date Conference/Workshop delivered / Served as Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education National Conference on Persons Mrs. S. Parween, Empowering G.R.D College of 24 Aug. Delivered a talk with disabilities Asst. Professor information and through 2012 Com- Science munication Technologies Mrs. A. Sudha, GRD College Asst. Professor Seminar on Various of Arts and 13 Oct. Served as a Resource Person (Special Disabilities Science, 2012 Education MR) Coimbatore Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga Mannar Delivered the keynote Dr. P. J. Thirumalai 10 Aug. Address on Physiological Sebastian, National Seminar Naicker College, 2012 aspects of Training, Nutrition, Professor Madurai Recovery and Performance Department Programme A Sri R. Giridharan, 14 and Unified of Social Work, Welfare for Assistant Seminar 15 Dec. ChildrenProgramme Bharathiar with Various Professor 2012 Disabilities University

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Rural Development Work - Sri Bharathi Nagar Cultural Programme
RKMVUs Faculty RKMVU Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education RKMVU Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga Total Strength 118 330

Rural Development Work


Started in the year 2002, the Swami Akhandananda Integrated Rural and Tribal Development Scheme undertaken by the Vidyalaya continues to render various services to the economically backward residents of Arivoli Nagar, Jeeva Nagar, Samanaickenpalayam, Netaji Nagar, some hamlets in the Palamalai hills, and surrounding villages. The Rural Development Programme at Sri Bharathi Nagar, a rural area located around 8 kms. from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, which was begun earlier this year after a consolidated survery, is progressing very well with the combined efforts of the extension service departments of all our institutions. Following are the highlights:

Rural Development Work - Sri Bharathi Nagar Distribution of Deepavali Cloths

Rural Development Work - Sri Bharathi Nagar Distribution of Blankets

Around 100 children from this locality were admitted to our T.A.T. Kalanilayam Middle school in Stds. I to VIII in June 2012. Six more were given admission in our Swami Shivananda Higher Secondary School. The children are provided to & fro transport in our school bus, breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and tuition. Q Children of the locality are given training in sports and games during weekends. Q A one-week NSS camp was organized in the village in September 2012 by the Swami Shivananda Higher Secondary School students. Activities included tree plantation in the locality, ground preparation and overall cleaning of the village. Students interacted with the villagers on different relevant topics.
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Rural Development Work - Sri Bharathi Nagar Milk Distribution

Rural Development Work - Sri Bharathi Nagar Medical Camp

Rural Development Work - Sri Bharathi Nagar Multi-purpose Hall Inauguration

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Vocational training in tailoring was imparted to 32 women of the area by the Industrial Training Institute in association with the local Panchayat under the scheme of women empowerment. Many of these women have secured jobs in garment factories. Q Five Self-help Groups have been formed, each comprising 15 women. These groups meet weekly once for their transactions. Q Disabled persons were identified by the Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education, RKMVU. Their rehabilitation is being planned.
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occasions in a fitting manner, the residents also celebrated their local Angallamman Temple festival from 4 to 7 June 2012 and a Thiruvilakku Puja on 3 August 2012 with the support of staff members from the institutions of the Vidyalaya. More than 100 women participated in the Kuthuvilakku Puja. It was a joyous occasion for the whole village. Q The Multipurpose Hall for conducting various activities such as balwadi classes, weekly medical camp, weekend tuitions, etc. was inaugurated by Swami Abhiramananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya on 1 November 2012.

Sri G. Srinivasan, Mentor, Coimbatore Builders and Contractors Association, was the Guest of Honour. Sri A. Arivarasu, President, Gudalur Panchayat, and Sri K. Nagaraj, Councillor, 18th Ward, Gudalur Panchayat, were the Special Guests. Q Deepavali clothes were distributed to the children in the age group of 4 to 14 years. Q As part of our agricultural assistance, the Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development had organized distribution of drumstick seedlings, poultry and cattle to few needy residents.

UNESCO Chair in our RKMVU, Coimbatore Campus, in the area of Inclusive Adapted Physical Education and Yoga
Science started from this academic session at our Narendrapur Faculty Centre. His areas of research include ergonomics/human factors engineering, work physiology/sports physiology/time motion analysis in sports, evaluation and development of mobility aids for lower extremity handicapped, electromyographic studies on man at rest and work, physiological responses of athletes during game and in laboratory conditions and biomechanical analysis of posture using 3D motion analysis system Dr Goswamis credentials are highly impressive and force platform. A member of many national and and he is presently coordinating our academic international professional affiliated institutions, Dr. programmes in the Department of Sports Goswami has served as the Scientific Officer of the The Chief of the Section for Higher Education, UNESCO, has confirmed Dr. Asis Goswami the creation of a UNESCO Chair in our Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University in the area of Inclusive Adapted Physical Education and Yoga, the first of its kind in this area in any higher education institution in the whole of Asia. Dr. Asis Goswami, has been appointed the Chairholder for this UNESCO Chair. Following the Union Governments initiative to celebrate the momentous occasion of Swami Vivekanandas 150th Birth Anniversary by constituting a National Implementation Committee (NIC) under the Chairmanship of Honble Union Minister for Defence and as a befitting tribute to the great sage and scholar, the University Grants Commission has requested all higher educational institutions to organize various events such as State-level and National-level Essay Competitions, lectures on various topics under the caption Vivekananda Lecture Series, bringing out a special issue on Swami Vivekananda in the journals, and honouring Swami Vivekananda in all ceremonial functions organized by the institutions during the course of this year. As such, UGC has sought for the active and wholehearted participation Dept. of Physiology, Sports Authority of India and was instrumental in setting up the Neurophysiology Laboratory, Dept. of Sports Physiology. He is a recipient of Dr. S. R. Maitra Memorial Oration Award given by the Physiological Society of India, Calcutta. Besides a number of papers published in national and international journals, Dr. Goswami has ten books and monographs to his credit. It is highly prestigious to have a UNESCO Chair in the University. Glory be to Swami Vivekananda for adding this prestigious feather on his Universitys cap on the historic occasion of his 150th birth anniversary.

UGCs call to higher educationAL institutions


of the educational institutions in organizing events as a mark of honour to Swami Vivekananda. Undoubtedly, this is a great occasion to pay our tributes to the great patriot-saint of modern India. Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya appeals to all educational institutions to utilize this historic occasion and organize events befitting the occasion.

(An extract from a press report on a function held at Swami Vivekanandas ancestral house in Kolkata) It is impossible not away to the poor (who gathered under his window a momentous decade for India, with the births of to feel overwhelmed sill) all objects of daily use kept in a room. It is in this Rabindranath Tagore (1861), Vivekananda (1863) while sitting in the very courtyard that he played a game of kings with and Mahatma Gandhi (1869). I had a desire to be on courtyard of the his friends. Born to lead, he was always placed on the this sacred soil. I feel blessed to be able to pay my ancestral house of throne by his peers, who were his ready subjects. homage to a great visionary and great humanist, the Swami Vivekananda The President, the Governor, the Prasar Bharati President said. here (Kolkata). Atop CEO and senior monks of the Ramakrishna Order Swami Smarananandaji, Vice-President, this two-storey had gathered there to pay homage to him. Mr. Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, said building in north Mukherjee said Vivekananda would continue to the sesquicentennial celebrations should be an city, a century and half ago was born a man whose be relevant as long as civilisation continued. occasion for spreading Vivekanandas ideals. We contributions to humanity are yet to be clearly He was relevant then, now and will continue have to see how his ideals on education and the uplift understood. It is in a room in this house that the to be relevant. of women can be fulfilled. Swami Prabhanandaji, reformer defied the social dogmas of those times. Pointing out that one of his greatest contributions another Vice-President, said while India had made It is from this house that the child Naren was to transform a society which had lost self- progress, Vivekanandas ideals had to be followed for (Vivekanandas pre-monastic name) one day gifted confidence totally, the President said 1860-70 was tackling the several negative aspects of growth.

Vivekananda relevant forever, says Hon. President of India Sri Pranab Mukherjee

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Swami Vivekananda Ratha Yatra


In commemoration of Swami Vivekanandas 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations, the Swami Vivekananda Ratha Yatra will be organized by the Vidyalaya in coordination with the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Chennai, the Ramakrishna Mission Boys Students Home, Chennai, and the district coordinators nominated from among the other branch centres of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in Tamil Nadu and the private centres. The Ratham is scheduled to commence its journey from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, on 13th April 2013 and reach Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, on 8th January 2014 after travelling through the various villages and towns of Tamil Nadu spreading the life and message of Swami Vivekananda. At the Bhav Prachar meeting held on 13 October 2012 in the Vidyalaya, tentative schedules were drawn up.

Schedule of Vivekananda Ratha Yatra in Tamil Nadu


S. No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 District Nilgiris, Coimbatore Erode Coimbatore Tirupur Karur, Namakkal Dindigul Theni Madurai Virudhunagar Tirunelveli Kanyakumari No. of Tentative Schedule days 60 April and May 2013 3 4 10 5 11 9 22 12 6 6 1 3 June 2013 4 7 June 2013 8 17 June 2013 18 22 Jun 2013 23 Jun 3 July 2013 4 12 July 2013 13 July 3 Aug 2013 4 15 Aug 2013 16 - 21 Aug 2013 22 - 27 Aug 2013 S. No No. of days 12 Tuticorin 6 13 Ramanathapuram 6 14 Sivagangai 9 15 Pudukottai 7 16 Tanjore 6 17 Tiruvarur 4 18 Nagapatinam 2 19 Ariyalur 1 20 Trichy 4 21 Perambalur 3 22 Cuddalore 10 23 Pondicherry 2 District Tentative Schedule 28 Aug - 2 Sep 2013 3 8 Sep 2013 9 17 Sep 2013 18 24 Sep 2013 25 30 Sep 2013 1 4 Oct 2013 5 6 Oct 2013 7 Oct 2013 8 11 Oct 2013 12 14 Oct 2013 15 24 Oct 2013 25 26 Oct 2013 S. No 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 District Villupuram Namakkal Salem Dharmapuri Krishnagiri Tiruvannamalai Vellore Kanchipuram Tiruvallur Chennai Total Duration No. of days 10 7 5 4 2 5 4 18 8 11 282 Tentative Schedule 27 Oct 5 Nov 2013 6 12 Nov 2013 13 17 Nov 2013 18 21 Nov 2013 22 23 Nov 2013 24 28 Nov 2013 29 Nov 2 Dec 2013 3 20 Dec 2013 21 28 Dec 2013 29 Dec 8 Jan 2014

Speaking from a chariot in the Gita fashion It gives a zest to the speech and strength to what I am going to tell you We want to work out great things in India For that I require your help Spread ideas go from village to village, from door to door, then only there will be real work. - Swami Vivekananda

For more details, contact:

Swami Abhiramananda, Administrative Head, Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education & Faculty of General & Adapted Physical Education and Yoga, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya Campus, SRKV Post, Periyanaickenpalayam, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641 020 | Phone: (0422) 2697529 | Fax: (0422) 2692353 e-mail: fdmedu@gmail.com, fgapedy@gmail.com | Website: www.rkmvucbe.org, www.vihrdc.org, www.rkmvu.ac.in

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