Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools

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Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools
Location
Andhra Pradesh, ASSAM, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu, Karnataka, KERALA, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh
India
Information
Type Co-educational
Motto "Unfolding Full Creative Potential of Every Students"
Established 1983
Founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Chairman Girish Chandra Varma
Staff 5000+
Grades Kindergarten to Grade 12
Number of students 100000+
Affiliation Central Board of Secondary Education, and State Boards
Information Maharishi
Website

Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools (MVMs) is an educational school system founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and established in 16 Indian states.[1][2] It has 148 branches in 118 cities, with 80,000 to 100,000 students and 5,500 teaching and support staff.[3] It is said to be one of the "largest chain[s] of privately owned, public schools in India".[1] MVM Schools are managed by a registered educational society called the "Maharishi Shiksha Sansthan" under the chairmanship of Girish Chandra Varma.[4] MVMs is also affiliated with the New Delhi Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).[5][6][7]

Campuses[edit]

MCEE School Campus at Bhopal

The central offices for MVMs are located on the Maharishi Centre for Educational Excellence (MCEE) campus in Lambakheda, near Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.[8] Regional Offices are located in Allahabad, Haridwar, Jabalpur, Kurukhestra, Guwuhati, Hyderabad and Bhopal.[8] The MVMs have locations in Ratanpur, Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh are reported to include on-campus housing for teachers and students as part of their in-residence school program.[8] In 2009, MVMS celebrated its 27th year in operation.[9] The Lucknow campus was founded in 1984.[10]

Bhopal[edit]

The Maharishi Center for Educational Excellence in Bhopal is said to be the first K-12 school in the Maharishi Vidya Mandir School system. As of 2000, the school had grown to include 500 to 600 students.[6] Maharishi Vidya Mandir Ratanpur is a senior secondary CBSE affiliated school with hostel facility in Ratanpur, Bhopal, India.[11] and its principal is S N Rai.[12] In July 2013 five of its in-residence students drowned in the Betwa river while on an unsupervised outing. The school warden admitted to negligence in granting permission for the outing which was intended to be a trip to a "coaching institute."[13]

Borsajai[edit]

This school's Eco Club is a member of the National Green Corps program and is also recognized by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.[14] In December 2009, the school conducted a "National Pollution Prevention Day". The school and the Eco Club organized an all-day program which included competitions, films and exhibitions, all with an environmental theme. The Eco Club also conducted a "cleanliness drive" whose purpose was to collect all the polythene packets from around the school and, with the support of school authorities, the Eco Club declared their school campus a “no polythene zone”.[14] The event was attended by Purnima Devi Barman, who is an environmental educator from Aaranya. Barman gave a presentation on the endangered animal species of Northeastern India.[14]

Hyderabad[edit]

Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Hyderabad is situated in the Kondapur area of Hyderabad on 7 acres of land.[15] Vasanthy Parasuraman is the Principal of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Hyderabad.[16] Vasanthy Parasuraman, the Principal of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Kondapur, Hyderabad, received the CBSE National Award for Teachers in 2010.[17][18]

Others[edit]

MVM School at Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh

In 2009, a student at the Maharishi Vidya Mandir School of Silpukhuri, Guwahati took first prize at the State Level Science Fair and received the "best state child scientist award".[19] In December, the school celebrated the mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan in conjunction with Abacus, a children's math society. Speakers included, Ranjana Choudhury, retired chairman of the department of mathematics at Handique Girls College and Indira Bordoloi, the director at Handique Girls College.[20] In 2010, an MVMs student received recognition at the Eastern Indian Science Fair at the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum in Calcutta for inventing a method of creating low cost candles from Nahar seeds.[19]

The Maharishi Vidya Mandir School located in Hosur was created in June 1983, and began with three teachers and 85 students. It is reported to have grown to 150 teachers and 4,600 students. The campus consists of 60 acres (240,000 m2) near the edge of the town of Hosur. It has 110 classrooms, some laboratories, a library, an audio visual center, and a computer lab with Internet. The school accepts students up to the senior secondary level.[21][dead link]

In 2010, the school hosted a presentation by A.S. Pillai, the CEO of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.[22][23]

In 2011, parents of students at the Yamunagar school protested a proposed move to a new school building on a dangerous highway.[24] That same year, teachers from a Maharishi Vidya Mandir School collaborated with teachers from the USA under the Teachers’ Achievement and Excellence Programme of the US State Department and International Research and Exchange.[25]

In February 2012 a class 6 student from Maharishi Vidya Mandir in Chetpet, won the city finale of the HDFC Life Spell Bee, India Spells 2012, a competition jointly held by The Times of India and Horlicks.[26]

Academics[edit]

MVMS follows the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) course pattern and the normal curriculum of Hindi/Regional Language/English medium public schools. The academic program also includes the practice of Transcendental Meditation and the study of the Veda and the literature about the Veda.[3] In addition, Sanskrit is considered a compulsory subject for students at MVMS.[3] The goal of Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools is to provide an educational program which allows the students to feel at home with everything and achieve success.[27]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Extracurricular activities at MVMS include yoga, arts and crafts, chess, dance, music, handball, table tennis and creative writing.[28][29][30] In 2009, 36 students from two of MVMS's schools participated in a five-day learning program at the space centers in the cities of Houston and Orlando, USA.[31] In 2010, a cultural centre was inaugurated at the Silpukhuri branch school.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Official MVM web site
  2. ^ Maharishi International Official Web Site
  3. ^ a b c [Ekikrat web site [http://ekikrat.in/Maharishi-Vidya-Mandir Ekikrat web site]].  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Brahmachari Girish (Dr Girish Varma) Chairman of MVMs
  5. ^ Sulekha web site
  6. ^ a b K-12 Education web site the-lower-school
  7. ^ Adigloo web site
  8. ^ a b c Official MVMS web site
  9. ^ The Hindu, December 29, 2009
  10. ^ Official web site for Lucknow campus
  11. ^ MVM Ratanpur Hostel Facility
  12. ^ Ganguly, Rageshri (July 8, 2013). "New members of Sahodaya elected". Times Of India. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ Staff writer (July 10, 2013). "Betwa drowning case: Warden admits to negligence". Times of India. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c [The Telegraph, Calcutta India, December 15, 2009 [http://www.telegraphindia.com/1091215/jsp/northeast/story_11860193.jsp The Telegraph, Calcutta India, December 15, 2009]].  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ MVM Hyderabad Website
  16. ^ MVM Faculty List
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ [2]
  19. ^ a b Assam Times, Low Cost Candle, Jayanta Kumar Das, January 23, 2010
  20. ^ The Telegraph, Calcutta, December 29, 2009
  21. ^ MVM Hosur web site
  22. ^ Central Chronicle, India Would be Superpower by 2010, Pratiska Kshirsagar, January 13, 2010,[3]
  23. ^ The Hindu, DRDO Developing Acoustic Sensor
  24. ^ "Shifting of school protested", Times of India, May 16, 2011
  25. ^ "Programme" The Telegraph, Calcutta India, June 9, 2011, Retrieved March 18, 2012
  26. ^ "TIME 100 Persons Of The CenturyClass six student heads to Mumbai for India Spells 2012". The Times of India. February 27, 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  27. ^ Maharishi's Programmes In India web site
  28. ^ "U-13 cricket" Snippets, The Telegraph, March 2010
  29. ^ "Maharishi Vidya Mandir H.S.S." Young World, The Hindu, December 29, 2009
  30. ^ "Pradhan, Rishideep bag chess title" Assam Tribune Online, May 17, 2011
  31. ^ "Young World, Reaching for the Stars" The Hindu, November 30, 2009
  32. ^ "Safura cultural centre inaugurated" Hindustan Times August 27, 2010

External links[edit]

  • Official MVM Schools Facebook Page [4]