On the 15th June the Teachers meeting was held at Gandhi Mandapam at 3pm. Sri. D. Paulraj Secretary gave introducing remarks about the activities of the previous years and how an increased focus is given to improve the working of the Ashram towards its ideals.
On 14th June team from Apollo Hospitals from Madurai came for a discussion at the Ashram. The Apollo Hospitals, Madurai volunteered to have a health survey for the Ashram school children, Teachers and Ashram workers. They plan to see everyone and provide a health card. For any illness identified suitable guidance and help will be given. They suggested group insurance to all. This is a very laudable service offered by the Apollo Hospitals. The Ashram is indeed grateful to this gesture and the scheme is to be inaugurated in August this year.
Following this Prof. R. Venkataswami suggested the importance of renewing the activities of the Ashram in its role of doing constructive activities in the villages.
A village can be adapted and the Ashram team consisting of teachers and students can visit the village on every Sunday and focus on the following activities.
- Total sanitation
- Lavatory for each home
- Cleaning the village with self help groups.
- Antenatal care
- Nutritional advice
- Medical help with voluntary doctors
- Cleaning common place like temple by the team
- Cultural programmes.
On 13-06-05 the Founders Remembrance day was observed. It was started with morning prayer at Gandhi Mandapam at 6am. Later at 9am the entire Ashram community gathered at the renovated Samadhi of the Founder Sri. G. Venkatachalapathy. We had a Bhajan for 30 minutes and Sr. D. Paulraj and Professor R. Venkataswami remembered the great qualities of the Founder and exorted the teachers, students and Ashram workers to emulate the good qualities of the founder. Later relay spinning was started at the Ooliar illam. This is the first building built in 1941 by Sri Rangaswami Chettiar of Bodinaickenur in Madurai District. This was renovated and inaugurated at 10am on that day with a prayer song composed by the founder. Later in the evening at 4pm the entire ashram community assembled at the auditorium. Sri. Paularasu a Gandhian constructive worker from kanyakumari addressed the gathering and gave a very stimulating talk on Mahathma Gandhi with this the relay spinning ended.
The students of the school participating in the Bhajan
ribbon to mark the inauguration
inside the building
addressing the students gathering
On 12th June the old students of the Gandhiniketan Ashram School met for the first time and decided to form an Alumni of our school. They decided to meet once a year on Gandhi Jayanthi day (October 2nd) and do some constructive activities. This is an important even in the history of the school.