Tuesday, March 29, 2011

His presence bestowed crowning glory of World Maths Day

With H.D.H. P.P. Swamishree’s Divine presence in Atmiya Vidya Mandir during first week of March. The fear for math was subtracted, enthusiasm added, blessings divided and success multiplied!!!!!

Basking in the glory of His ever flowing blessings and grace, students of Atmiya Vidya Mandir are being benefited by the activity based learning; hence bringing laurels in various competition has become a customary feature but this time it is exceptional glory added to AVM’s hall of fame. Our students participated in the World Maths day contest among 1.3 million students from 212 countries correctly answering about 430 million questions participants worldwide and students of Atmiya Vidya Mandir have bagged myriad achievements in solving the Maths puzzles on line.

World Maths Day is an international mathematics competition. It is celebrated during the first week of March every year as a means of celebrating education and helping young children develop their numeracy skills. This year, more than a million students had registered online to be part of the celebrations at mathletics. This was a truly unique world event and through this, Maths Department at Atmiya Vidya Mandir explored a fantastic way to promote numeracy amongst the children. Past results of the same competition show that students have made commendable leap in their calculation speed and accuracy in their mental arithmetic skills and had lots of fun in the process.

The top 10 students in each age group (4-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18) answering the highest number of questions correctly will receive Gold Medals. Every student who completes 60 games or more will receive a digital Platinum Award Certificate. The top 50 students in each Age group (4-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-18) will receive a printed Gold Award certificate.

The endearing fame of the game is as follows:

Age group 4 to 7
Team Aryabhatta secured 2nd rank in the world.

Age group 8 to 10
Team Ramanujan secured 6th position in the world.

Age group 11 to 13
Team Newton secured 3rd rank in the world.

Age group 11 To 13
Team Pythagoras secured 10th position in the world.

Other groups: Archimedes, Fibonacci, Euclid, Bhaskaracharya and Fermat also made good scores and they are all in the Top 50 worldwide in their respective age groups.

The Math Department has left no stone unturned for ensuring such vertical growth of students in Mathematics. The official coordinator of this event, Prabhumagna Sir along with other math teachers slogged indefatigably for the students to win this contest.

Calculation is an art but it’s also a matter of accuracy and every participant showed amazing concentration and invincible aptness to perform at their peak. Math plays such a fundamental role in the game that elite the calculation speed combined with accuracy to give them a competitive edge”, said Prabhumagna sir and other math teachers collectively, while sharing their experiences of this event. The winners and participant students’ joy knew no bounds when they achieved this worldwide fame by winning this contest.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Post HSC Admission Announcements 2011-12

For Attention Of: Students who/or parents whose child is taking the 12th Board exams this March/April (2011).

Below are admission announcements based on the 12th Boards for undergraduate/post-graduate degrees from Nirma University in Law and from DA-IICT for various technical courses. Both Nirma University and DA-IICT are among the top-ranking academic institutions at a national level in India.

Nirma University - Institute of Law - Admission Announcement 2011-12
Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology
Admission Announcement 2011-12

Extracted from The Times of India.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Exam hues and wholesome Holi at AVM

Attention !!! Those who feel that exam fever has completely taken over fun and that the festive spirit is missing among the student fraternity, here's a reality check. Holi was celebrated in Atmiya Vidya Mandir with great zest and verve. With promising loads of entertainment, the AVM family was all set to make a splash in the riot of colours coupled with guffaws and giggles with a pinch of 'unbarred fun' this Holi. Enhancing splendor of living with a zing of Indian Culture and traditions, a time to spread joy, color and love into the lives of our dear students.

A classic embodiment of renewal in nature, the spring festival of Holi came as welcome respite from the searing heat this weekend. Whether the students savored casual elegance or organized chaos with versatility, a HARMONY of colors and style was sure to daub all Atmiyans.

The holy fire

A holy bonfire for Holi was lit and rituals of traditional Holika Dahan were performed .To offer prayers and witness this ceremonial bonfire, all elders, teachers, house masters, Didis and others members of Atmiya Vidya Mandir were gathered behind the Swimming pool site. A small cultural programme was arranged to mark the grandeur of the festival. Shekhar Sir, Ramakar Sir and the team of sports teachers had arranged some games for the students. A noteworthy combination of Bhagatji Maharaj’s birthday on the same day added much piety to this celebration. Bharat Sir explained the students, the cultural and traditional significance of this day. More than this, there was a huge wall of colours, which was specially set up for the teachers to get amused by sprinkling colours on it to mark symbolic holi.

After the pujan of Thakorji, the holy fire was lit and everybody’s face was lighten up, much with enthusiasm than the orange flames of bonfire. Following the Hindu tradition, students walked around the holy fire to get rid of all vices of body, mind and soul through the heat of the holy flames and they rejuvenated themselves.

Click on the pictures in the above slideshow to view all the pictures.

Dipped in hues of love

With a fun-cum-festive environment paramounting, the invigorating Holi created the perfect flavour of fits of fun. The air laden with colour, joyous shouts of students, house masters and teachers and herbal colours added much charm.

Lending spatter and splash of gulal on the solemnity of strenuous study schedule of exams, the faces of young students painted in red, orange, yellow colours, teachers and house masters were running here and there being chased by delighted students with colours, some of them were trying for cover to save themselves from getting drenched while some of them targeting their friends with colour-filled balloons, this was the expression of colourful extravaganza. Hardly was there any one, who was spared of having been plunged into the mud-water-pool, specially created for this FUN UNLIMITED!!!!!!!!!

Students were also informed about the legends of these festivals and they also realized the other fact that they should not use the colours containing harmful chemicals to smear on their near and dear ones. Thanks to Shekhar Sir and his team members to increase awareness, however, the mud-water puddle and the handy water hose doubled the fun.

The fact remains with this reality check that this Holi lent different heights to the student-teacher relationship and the celebrations had more to do with colours of joy. The devotion and gaiety marked the festival though the approaching final exam grilled the fun.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Newsletter for January and February 2011

Dear Parent,


A warm and very happy new year!

“In their voice, we hear the blended note of a million cuckoos…
In their words, we find the message of eternity…
In their thought, we feel the pulse of the progressive world…”

They are our children – our most valuable assets. Childhood is the reminisce of the best of the times and in our school, it is our constant endeavor to make this forming stage a wonderful period in their lives.

Atmiya Vidya Mandir is guided by the vision of H.D.H. P.P. Hariprasad Swamiji to make a profound difference in the lives of children by empowering them to attain their full potential through pursuit of knowledge, acquisition of skills, development of character and self esteem, and recognition of their rights and responsibilities.

Developing Language Skills
In Atmiya Vidya Mandir learning happens in a fun and enjoyable way. Activity based teaching creates interest in subjects which promotes better and broader understanding of the topic especially in practical terms. In order to make English language learning a rewarding and delightful experience, Class VIII students were trained and guided through a Role Play Interview Activity in which they assumed roles of world renowned successful personalities. They participated in an interview round playing the role of an interviewer and interviewee. Learning to write a Persuasive Text became an amusing experience for these students through yet another activity ‘Take Them With You’ where they discussed, shared their point of view, prepared visual promptings and slogans, and sequenced their ideas through an interactive approach to be proficient in writing skills with communicative language use.

Math Week
Maths Department of Atmiya Vidya Mandir had organized Maths Competition and even celebrated the Math Week arranging many activities in the form of puzzles, quizzes, wall of Maths, question a day etc. These activities were all about "figures and numbers" concerned with the knowledge of measurement, properties, relations and quantities. These included theoretical or applied studies of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and calculus. Students of I to XI were driven by the Math Mania during Math Week. Lack in calculation speed and accuracy were meticulously targeted and tampered by all math teachers during Math week. Now no student of Atmiya Vidya Mandir dreads math class, or finds it boring.

Celebration of Heritage Day
CBSE declared Heritage Day was celebrated to offer an opportunity to raise students’ awareness concerning the diversity of the world’s heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as to draw attention to its vulnerability. Students prepared posters and slogans on a number of monuments and Indian heritage to protect, preserve and propagate them. They also took an oath to protect the monuments in and around their community. It was an added part of their general awareness in becoming a responsible citizen.

Students’ excursion
The humdrum of Atmiya Vidya Mandir is jam-packed with study and co-curricular activities, the study schedules and rigorous discipline relayed by lots of jollity merriment. Students of Std VI and VII had a gala time having a trip to Vasna farm and Kankaria. They were charmed by this pleasure trip and enjoyed the time by roving around, singing, eating and being together. It proved to be a pleasing excursion with a lot of fun and frolic refilling enthusiasm and zeal in them.

Value integration
Education at Atmiya Vidya Mandir is not just about the knowledge of books and syllabi, but it extends its connotations to more than all these. The house wise assemblies continued to inculcate and upholding the cultural and ethical ideals, demonstrating the tenets of values and morals to the children.

This time Satyam House members, through thoughts of the day and speeches inspired the students to acquire courage to speak the truth, to accept mistakes, to wear the natural self, to dream big and to face the failure positively.
Shivam house’s seven habit campaign turned to be transforming and striking as students imbibed these habits of being proactive, goal oriented, positive, synergized, understanding and progressive.
Sundaram house made efforts to inspire the students to serve others according to their individual capacities which in turn give a sense of fulfillment and meaningful life.
Suharadam House explained different ways of offering devotion to the God and various forms of reunion with the almighty. It was an attempt to inspire them to acquire devotional attitude towards every work, every time. Thus, the morning and evening assemblies continued to serving the very purpose of developing a strong mind and character.

Republic day celebration
In order to churn patriotic fervor and raise responsible citizens who can become the pride of the nation, we celebrated Republic day with much grandeur and zeal. It was a remarkable occasion, where celebrational mosaic was studded with lots of activities. Though the flag hoisting and parade were the main ceremonies, various activities spill over the football ground and the children saluted the national flag and renewed their pledge to be loyal to their country and family and contribute to make India a developed nation.

A giant stride
Examination stress and anxiety was brushed aside with long hours of studies and 24x7 tutorials by teachers, in and around the school campus as students of Std XI appeared for final exams. In the month of February, the school has added another feather in its cap with commencing regular classes for new academic session of STD XII with Science and Commerce streams.

Closing ceremony
The valedictory cum felicitation programme was organized for the student council and winners of creative assemblies and soft board display materials. 12th February was a very special day in the AVM calendar. The closing ceremony was held for the co-curricular activities for the academic year 2010-11. Throughout the year, the various associations namely the Literary, Science, Math, Social Studies, Art, Sports and Music rendered numerous competitions that raised the bar for the students to accomplish beyond academics. Suharadam House was judged to be the winner house at the association competitions with Sundaram House walking away with the honors in creative assemblies and Display Boards. Satyam House remained par excellence in Sports. It marked the whole session as progressive and being magnificently facilitating the children to flourish with their inherent talent in every sphere within a short span of time.

AVM Family grows
AVM crown has recently been adorned with some precious jewels to enhance the glitter. The induction of three academicians and eminent members in Atmiya Vidya Mandir family who crossed the length and breadth of the world to be instrumental in the realization of Swamishree’s vision for the school.

The first eminent member is Dr. Vijay Patel, the new Principal of the school, who has an unparalleled academic and professional qualification and profile. Dr Vijay Patel is an Alumni of IIT Mumbai and a topper in MSc Physics (1994) from the same institute. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Stony Brook University, NY, USA where he subsequently held both research and academic positions over the past 10 years. As a research professor of physics he has been teaching introductory physics and labs to undergraduate students at Stony Brook University, for over 10 years. As a senior research scientist he was the Director of the nano-fabrication facilities at Stony Brook University. His research has spanned in superconducting electronics, quantum computation, and hybrid CMOS nano-electronic structures.

Another significant member who joined the AVM family is Dr. Ashish Patel, the new Vice-Principal of the school, who is yet another scholar with unmatchable academic history and professional qualification. He is MS and PhD in Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, U.S.A. His research work is broadly in the areas of covert channels, steganography, steganalysis and detecting hidden messages in the digital media over the internet. He has been teaching data structures and algorithms and multimedia security courses to undergraduate students since 2003.
Another added member in AVM family is Mrugesh Patel who has a degree in Bio-Technology.

A welcome ceremony was organized to greet them with a warm reception. The very presence of these new members will definitely foster a sense of unanimity and accordance to envision Swamishree’s motive behind this school. With these added flares in the torch, we stay committed and inspired to take very meaningful strides towards the fulfillment of sublime and noble objectives of Swamishree’s Vision.

Preparation for World Math and Spelling Day
Shaking off the winter sloth, Atmiya Vidya Mandir geared up for a high-voltage weekly schedule, as students and teachers were on their toes striking the key boards to make a rhythm to beat and hit. Along with the paper-pen revision in the classrooms, the computer labs are usurped to arm the students for the upcoming world-wide-war of numbers, calculation, speed, accuracy and spellings. Students and teachers of English and Math departments are engrossed to break their own records of last year.

Thus, a new awakening in the year 2011 made His vision clearer when preceding 2010 has been an eminently remarkable year in many ways filled with fun, frolic and moments that deserve to be cherished.

New Year is the time to unfold new horizons and realize His vision more clearly, to rediscover the strength and faith within us and our children yet to rejoice in simple pleasures and gear up for new challenges.

With many more such events and happenings to come, we strive to update you through http://blog.avm.edu.in. Wish you the heartiest and best wishes for the New Year.

With Warm Regards

Atmiya Family

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spell bee stings AVM students

By a hair's breadth of the prestigious victory of World Maths Day, AVM students are all once again set to triumph with word power during yet another world wide event of World Spelling Day. The anxiety; the excitement; the preparation; the determination and the Spelling Bee! This year, Atmiya Vidya Mandir holds this intriguing event for students of different age groups to participate in the World Spelling Day.

The English Department of Atmiya Vidya Mandir have put their heart and soul to equip the students well enough to battle accurately with a speedy competitive spirit for the spell bee competition. This all began in classrooms as all English teachers posed word after word to their students in order to determine the nine students from each class who are declared official participants.

Aspiring bee winners are encouraged to study everything from etymology to definitions and pronunciation to be top in the winner’s list.

Participating in this World Spelling Day, students are challenged by a series of words, with the spelling difficulty adapted to their skill level. The more words they get right, the higher their score will go, on a scale from hundred to many thousand. They are competing with many other spellers worldwide, and keep track of high scores.

With streaks of correct answers serving as tiebreakers, students are well tuned in a rhythm with their swift movement on the key board as soon as they listen the word through headphones.

Further the competition builds self confidence and helps them to reach their full potential. The game and activity based nature of the competition ensures the students rapt attention and neutralizes their aspirations for winning games.

The Spell quizzer are fortunate enough to have Swamiji’s blessings with His divine presence which is the real origin of enthusiasm for drumming up (spell) bee spirit which is that of real participants and real winners. Here comes the list of participants and the sweetening tang of winning the (spell) bee.

The present updates are as follow:

Age Group: 4-7 years
Team: Robert Frost Rank: 32nd

Age Group: 8-10 years
Team: T.S Eliot Rank: 2nd
Team: Wordsworth Rank: 22nd
Team: Shakespeare Rank: 44th

Age Group: 11-13 years
Team: John Milton Rank: 5th
Team: Robert Browning Rank: 9th
Team: Tagore Rank: 24th
Team: Sarvanaman Vidya Mandir Rank: 26

Age Group: 14-18 years
Team: Dickson Rank: 2nd
Team: Oscar Wilde Rank: 22nd

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Being at the top of numbers & 2 hours 50 minutes more to go!

Amazing feat and an even amazing challenge of competing against the best in the world!

Age Group 11-13
Newton at the TOP
Pythagoras on 6th
Euclid on 17th
Sarvanaman Vidya Mandir Team on 18th

Vishesh Mistry of Team Newton is on 89th position worldwide at the moment!

Age Group 14-18
Archimedes 6th
Fibonacci 13th
Fermat 26th

Age Group 8-10
Ramanujan 5th
Bhaskaracharya 26th

Age Group 4-7
Aryabhatta 6th

Its an extremely thrilling experience for all at Atmiya Vidya Mandir, you could debate who are more excited - students or teachers.

And almost 3 LONG hours to go...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Speeding Math-O-Meter At Atmiya Vidya Mandir

The final countdown began and the students dived into the whirlpool of numbers and calculations to mark a victory at World Math’s Day. Having gingerly started, it set out to first build concepts thoroughly before moving on to the essential drill and practice accentuating to this world-wide number race.

The competition, opened to students, 5 to 18 years of age, covers all four facets of math - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The age-appropriate problems are set up as one-minute games with a 20-second break in between.

(For more videos of World Maths Day 2011 at Atmiya Vidya Mandir, visit avmchannel)

The spirit is buoyant and the mood is upbeat, the sparkling flashing eyes are glued to the monitors and fingers racing amongst themselves landing at the right keys. Their swiftness on the key boards, rapid-reckoning and exactness in answering is just amazing. The Math Department of Atmiya Vidya Mandir are no less than robots conquering fatigue and pacing with time, hats off to Prabhumagna Sir and his team. All Maths teachers are being along with the participants to boost up their spirit. Praiseworthy is their teaching and commendable is the learning from student’s side.

The zeal and enthusiasm soared manifold as the arena is sanctified with the divine presence of P. P Swamiji as if the seraphic design is offering the victory to these young mathematicians.

With such extraordinary combination of Swamiji’s presence and virulent fervor of Mathematics the students of Atmiya Vidya Mandir are all set to reach at the top.

In flashback, in 2010, for the very first time in the history of Atmiya Vidya Mandir, among 56,000 schools and about 2.4 million students participated from 236 countries, Class 8 Team secured 11th position worldwide and 1st in India, Class 5 Team secured 42nd position worldwide and 4th in India and Class 6 Team secured 50th position worldwide and 5th in India. Last year, individually, Suraj Patel (Class 8) secured 59th position in the world and 5th in India in the age group 9-13.

But this year's updates so far are stunningly amazing and prestigious:
The success journey has been already started as the present scores of different age groups are as follow:

This year's updates...
About 32500 schools are registered worldwide, with over five million learners from 238 different countries participating.

Worldwide position of the students' teams of AVM at the time of writing this blog:
Age group: 4-7
Team          Rank
Aryabhatta    9

Age group: 8-10
Team              Rank
Ramanujan         2
Bhaskaracharya  9

Age group: 11-13
Team          Rank
Newton         3
Pythagoras    5

Age group: 14-18
Team            Rank
Archimedes   10
Fibonacci      14
Fermat          20

Overall, worldwide, so far there have been more than 280 million total correct answers and its still counting... About 18 hours more to go.

Stay tuned!