Chinmaya Vidyalaya Emblem
|Type||Group of Schools|
|Purpose||To offer children a value-based and holistic education|
|Region served||Mainly India. Also Trinidad|
|Headed By||Swami Tejomayananda|
|Main organ||CCMT Education Cell|
|Parent organization||Chinmaya Mission|
Chinmaya Vidyalayas are a group of schools operated by the Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT), founded by a spiritual leader late His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda and currently headed by Swami Tejomayananda. There are more than 80 such schools in 12 states across India and one outside in Trinidad. These are regular schools registered under the state and/or national system providing education to students from Kindergarten to standard 12 (Higher Secondary School) Education. They emphasize the learning of scriptures.
The Vidyalayas (Schools) aim to offer children a value-based and holistic education, which paves the way for the Integrated Development of the physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual aspects of the personality, enriched by knowledge of Indian Culture, a feeling of Patriotism and a Universal Outlook. The goal is to mould children into young men and women of moral strength who can face the challenges of modern life with a smile and make a difference in the world by their positive contribution. The Vidyalayas strive to give a practical and judicious combination of academic excellence, extracurricular pursuits, character building and personality development.
The resounding success of the Chinmaya Vidyalayas through the Chinmaya Education Movement has been primarily due to its unique vision of offering academic education complemented with spiritual knowledge. This has been made possible through the distinctive foundation programme of learning - the Chinmaya Vision Programme (CVP) - which was formulated, developed, and implemented by the CCMT Education Cell.
“The present Indian education system is a strange method by which the knowledge from the textbook of the teacher is transferred to the notebook of the student without either of the minds being involved,” observed Swami Chinmayananda. Was it not possible to infuse modern education with ancient Indian educational principles to form a holistic yet relevant system of study, best suited to the needs of today? This was the thought that prompted the great Master, Swami Chinmayananda, to initiate his experiment in education. The myriad experiences from his school, college, university, and professional life profoundly influenced his perspective of the ideal education.
The ‘Chinmaya’ experience of education started off as an ‘experiment in education,’ matured into the ‘Chinmaya Vision of Education’ and concretized as the ‘Chinmaya Education Movement.
Don't just invest on the child, also invest in the child. 'Investment on' gives outer prosperity. 'Investment in' ensures inner unfoldment and lasting prosperity. True education is 'investment on' the child complemented with 'investment in' the child. - Swami Chinmayananda
The Chinmaya Vidyalayas are affiliated the Central (CBSE, ICSE, etc) or State Boards of Education, guaranteeing high quality education. They have excellent infrastructure with up-to-date equipment, which enables effective teaching. Schools in the rural areas cater to the needs of the local people.
Chinmaya Vidyalas' motto is "Keep Smiling" - Inner equipoise expresses as a smile outside. The Chinmaya Vidyalaya prepares students with an inner equipoise to face all challenges of life with a smile.
Emblem and Flag
The image on the information box above is the emblem of Chinmaya Vidyalaya.
The lamp in India always represents Knowledge. The mythical swan is said to have the ability to separate milk from water. The swan in the emblem represents the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, matter and spirit. Knowledge helps us make the right choices and reach the highest.
Inspired Principals, dedicated teachers, supportive management and cooperative parents head these institutions.
Chinmaya Vidyalayas are schools with a difference for they have unique holistic vision programmes that create students with a difference. Chinmaya Vidyalaya teachers have been distinguished with grand honours for their mastery in the art of teaching, through which they have enriched young minds with a love of learning and life.
On the left is the flag of Chinmaya Vidyalayas.
Yellow depicts a positive outlook or vision of life. The hand gesture of jnana mudra represents knowledge of life and its purpose.
The tricolor symbolizes love for and pride in India's and its culture.
The globe stands for a universal outlook.
Keep Smiling reminds us to face all challenges of life with a smile.
Gurudev's eternal presence and blessings are characterized by his signature OM.
CCMT Education Cell
The CCMT Education Cell is the governing body of the Chinmaya Education Movement, and is headquartered at 'Chinmaya Gardens' in Coimbatore, India. It was created to monitor, integrate, streamline, upgrade, standardize, and facilitate the efficient and effective maintenance and growth of all Chinmaya Educational Institutions.
Chinmaya Vision Programme
The Chinmaya Vision Programme (CVP) is a comprehensive education programme that integrates the best of Indian culture and Vedantic philosophy with academic learning. CVP aims to nurture all Chinmaya students to be successful and humanitarian world citizens, who adopt and breathe a holistic vision of life-one that allows them to face life and its challenges positively and dynamically, while always generously giving back to society in myriad ways.
Since its inception, in 1996, CVP was rolled out to Chinmaya Education Institutions (CEIs) across India. Through almost 200 seminars, the program has spread to 2,000 other schools and colleges across fifteen states of India. It has also crossed the shores of India — the Sri Lankan government is supporting the integration of CVP into their system.
The Chinmaya Vision Programme is not just a positive-attitude inducement programme, an autosuggestion to make the world feel good, despite what it seems to be. It is a holistic vision to see life and the world as a whole and to know the place and importance of each part of the jigsaw puzzle of life and the world. It is to appreciate and give more importance to the unifying essence underlying all the differences. It also means properly understanding the filters through which we see the world and cultivating a positive attitude in facing life.
The Four Aspects of CVP
- Integrated Development (physical, mental, intellectual, and spiritual development)
- Indian Culture
- Universal Outlook
The CBSE, which has the highest number of quality schools around the country, has recognized CVP as a worthy educational program and recommended it in its ‘Value-Education Handbook for Teachers’. In fact, the recently introduced Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) covers most aspects of this program, except Spiritual Development and Indian Culture.
CVP has indeed raised the professional calibre and personal value of the Chinmaya institutions, making them noteworthy academic and spiritual forums of modern day. While the child is of course the focal point of this programme, CVP also takes into account and methodically addresses the vital roles of school management, teachers, and parents.
Swamini Vimalananda is a member of the Educational Cell and is the Director of the CVP, which has a holistic approach to education. She has introduced the programme in over 2500 schools and colleges in India through various seminars and workshops and is actively involved in its implementation in all the Chinmaya Educational Institutions.
First Chinmaya Vidyalaya
Swami Chinmayananda was on his first global tour. The queen of Vengunad, Radha Devi, was the president of Chinmaya Misison, Kollengode in Kerala. There was a request to start a school. A part of the palace was offered and so the Chinmaya Education Movement (CEM) was flagged off with the inauguration of a nursery school on May 20, 1965, with royal patronage by Shri KPS Menon (ex-ambassador to Russia). The Chinmaya nursery school, as expected, grew and Swami Chinmayananda himself inaugurated the primary school on June 17, 1969, in a separate building near the palace. It has over time become a higher secondary school and is considered the best in Kollengode, with 555 students, a staff of thirty-seven, and a wonderful structure and infrastructure.
Growth of Chinmaya Vidyalayas Over the Years
In 1966, Swami Chinmayananda first mentioned in a casual conversation that Chennai should have a Chinmaya Vidyalaya, and the first of the seven Chinmaya Vidyalayas was inaugurated in October 1968 by the famous Bharatanatyam dancer Rukmini Devi Arundale. These Vidyalayas are considered amongst the best in this metropolitan city.
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Within the next twenty-five years, between the mid-sixties to 1980, twenty-four more Vidyalayas were established all over India, with eleven in Kerala, five Tamil Nadu, two each in Karnataka, Jharkhand and Odisha, one in Andhra Pradesh and one in the metropolitan city of New Delhi.
Constructed in 1979, CV Delhi educated its first students in a small building, shifting later to its present site of nearly four acres in the sophisticated South Delhi suburb of Vasant Vihar. It was Swami Jyotirmayananda of Chinmaya Mission Delhi, with his sweat and toil, which brought together man and material and forded through the political corridors of Delhi to give concrete shape to this Chinmaya Vidyalaya.
Between the years 1980 to 2013, more than fifty Vidyalayas were set up all over India. A notable one is the Chinmaya Hari Har Vidyalaya, Ellayapalle, in Andhra Pradesh. Started by Swamini Sharadapriyananda, a dynamic lawyer, Gandhian and freedom-fighter turned sannyaasini and one of the senior-most disciples of Swami Chinmayananda, her passion was to serve the poorest of poor, giving them not only material succour but also spiritual solace. Today (end 2012) there are the 80 Chinmaya Vidyalayas with over 75,000 students all over India.
Chinmaya Vidyalaya in Trinidad
Swami Chinmayananda first visited Trinidad in May 1965. A Chinmaya Mission centre was established by Swami Prakashananda (a native of Trinidad) in 1997. He realized that the local education completely lacked spiritual and cultural values and decided to do something about it. The first Chinmaya Vidyalaya outside of India was inaugurated in 2003.
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List of Chinmaya Vidyalayas
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Bokaro
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kannur
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kozhikode
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Rourkela, Odisha
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Vazhuthacaud
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Tirupati
- Chinmaya International Residential School
- Chinmaya Mission College, Kolazhy
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kunnumpuram, Thiruvananthapuram
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Attukal, Thiruvananthapuram
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Naruvamoodu, Thiruvananthapuram
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kattakkada
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kollam
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kollengode
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kolar,karnataka
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Begumpet, Hyderabad
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kilpauk, Chennai
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Anna Nagar, Chennai
- Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Virugambakkam, Chennai
- Mananam, Series (2012). Manifesting Divinity. Chinmaya Mission West. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-60827-010-1.