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2017 Events:

Ashram Opening Day-12.10.2017

Our Gandhi Niketan Ashram was established on 12th October 1940. On that day it was opened by Sarthar Vetha Rathinam Pillai on request of our founder G.Venkatachalapathy Ayya. We remembered that day today. The special prayer was conducted in Manimandapam at 6.00 pm. Our Ashram Governing body member Dr.V.Ragupathi Ayya,  all the hostel students, teachers of both primaryand higher secondary schools, staff – central office participated in the prayer.

Our Ashram President Prof.R.Venkataswami Ayya talked through skype. In his talk he remembered the day October 12th 1940. He told that today is a holy day. Many great leaders like Rajendra Prasad,  Vinobaji, Abdul Kalam  have come here. Our founder G.Venkatachalapathy ayya was a teacher. He started our Ashram for the betterment of the villages.He also told Vivekandar’s thought “I can break the mountain.” He remembered the sayings of former American president John.F.Kennadi . “ What have you done for the country instead of What the country has done for you?”. Our Ashram was started 77 years back. It is growing and will grow many centuries because of everyone who is working sincerely for this institution. So, everyone must have strong faith and determination to develop our institution.

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Morning special prayer at Manimandabam
Floral offering

We paid a floral tribute in our Founder’s Samathi at Shanthivanam.

The public meeting was started in the auditorium at 9.00 AM. Smt.V.Radha Akka Secretary, Gandhi Niketan Ashram welcomed the gathering. In her welcome address, she remembered the builders of our Ashram Sardhar Vedha Rathinam Pillai, Vaithia Natha Iyer, N.M.R.Subburaman (Madurai Gandhi) etc. Ramachandran and Soundaram Ramachandran named our Ashram as Gandhi Niketan. When our founder G.Venkatachalapathy Ayya went to prison for freedom movements, his wife Smt.Meenakshi Ammal looked after the Ashram. Our founder wished to offer best education with discipline. So, Everyone must serve for it.

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Speical Address by Er.R.V.Duraisamy, Sankara Ashram, Courtralam

Er.R.V.Duraisamy Ayya,  Sankara Ashram Courtralam delivered special address. In his talk he told that today is the birth day of our Ashram. It is the birthday of every one. Gandhiji shifted from Sabarmathi to Vardha to remove untouchability, poverty and ignorance. For this he created 18 Constructive plans.

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Special Address by our Ashram Member Mr.Kanagasabapathi
Vote of Thanks by our HM

Sri.Ganaga sabapathi, governing body member talked about our founder G.Venkatachalapathy Ayya. He asked the students to follow our founder’s noble qualities such as

i) Don’t find fault with other. First correct our mistakes. ii) Do the work with dedication iii) No discrimination of caste, creed or religion

Sri.V.Veeraraj, Headmaster, Gandhi Niketan G.Venkatachalapathy Higher Secondary school, delivered vote of thanks.

Trip to ISRO Exhibition – 07.10.2017

We went to Nagerkovil Thiruvangore Hindu College to visit the Space Expo conducted by ISRO on 07.10.2017. 48 Girls, 63 Boys along with 10 science teachers under the leadership of our School Headmaster went there in Two buses.

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Our Students, Staff with our old student Mr.Maniraj Technical Asst., ISRO
Our School HM, Teachers and our students in Exhibition Centre
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We saw the achievements of ISRO, the models of PSLV, GSLV, the models of Cryo Engine, Vikos Engine, parts of the Rockets. We watched a film about Mangalyan. Sri.Maniraj of our school old student, now working in ISRO, Mahendragiri helped us in making all the arrangements.

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Evening Community Prayer at Gandhimandabam, Kanyakumari

GANDHI JAYANTHI – 02.10.2017

Gandhi Jayanthi was celebrated on 2nd October 2017. A special prayer was conducted at 6.00 A.M. in our Gandhimandabam. All the hostel students, the primary and Higher Secondary School teachers, Central office staff members participated. Our Ashram Governing Body Member Dr.V.Ragupathi talked about the history of our Gandhiji statue. This Gandhian statue was made by Clara Queen, England. It was installed by Dr.Rajendra Prasad in 1956. Gandhiji had the quality of Love they neighbor. The teachers and students should proud to serve in this institution.

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Morning Prayer and Relay Spinning at our Gandhimandabam

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National Flag Hoisted by Our Ashram Secretary Mrs.V.Radha

After the prayer Relay-Spinning was conducted by our central office staff. Our Ashram Secretary Smt.V.Radha hoisted our National Flag in Rajendra Prasath square at 8.30 AM.  We all went along the procession with slogans in the main streets in Kallupatti.

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Gandhi Jayanthi procession in T.Kallupatti Streets

We all gathered in our Auditorium at 10.00A.m. The meeting started with the prayer. Smt.V.Radha Welcomed the gathering.Prof.R.Venkatasami ayya president delivered message through skype in his talk he told that our institution was started only for spreading the Gandhian principles. He also explained the Gandhian thoughts “ Cleanliness is Godliness”.“ Truth is God” and”self help is the best help”. We should adopt Gandhiji’s Village Service, Education, Job opportunities to the youth, awareness in avoiding Tobacco and Drug. He remembered Vivekanandar’s principle “Be good, Do good”.

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Welcome address by our Secretary

Dr.V.Ragupathi, Governing Body Member, Gandhiniketan Ashram delivered presidential address. In his presidential address he told that we are Gandhiji’s children, because we are doing the Gandhiji’s duties of cleaning, Prayer and importance of Vocational Education. Gandhiji’s and buddha’s statue were erected everywhere in the world.

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Presidential Address by our Ashram Member Dr.V.Ragupathi

Special Address by our Ashram Member Smt.P.Thilagavathi

Smt. P.Thilagavathi, Governing body Member talked about the childhood of Gandhiji. She advised the students to follow “Workship to God, determination parental affection and Truth is God” from Gandhiji’s life.

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Speical Address by our Ashram Member Sri.Kanagasabapathi

Vote of thanks by our HM V.Veeraraj

Sri.Kanagasabapathy, Governing body member talked about “Lal Bahathur Sastri”. He was the Second Prime Minister of India. He raised the Slogan “Jai Javan, Jai Kissan”. He started the white and green revolutions. From sastri we learnt “Get strength when defeated, be simple while getting triumph”. Our Hr.Sec School Headmaster Sri.V.Veeraraj thanked all. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.

Navarathiri Celebration-21.09.2017-29.09.2017

Saraswathi Pooja- 29.09.2017:

Saraswathi Pooja was celebrated in our school auditorium on 29.09.2017 at 9.30 AM. The function started with Bhajans by Sri.Ramanisekar and his groups. All the Students, teachers of both Primary and Higher Secondary schools and the staff members of central office participated in the function.

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Special address by our Tamil Pandit Mr.G.Thangamudi

Sri.G.Thangamudi our Hr.Sec.School Tamil Pandit delivered special talk about Navarathiri and its importance. He explained the spiritual actions of Goddess Parasakthi – whom celebrate with poojas for first 3 days(in the Nine days Navarathiri Pooja), Goddess Mahalakshmi-whom we pray for the next 3 days, Goddess Saraswathi – we put poojas for the last 3 days. After that prasadam was given to all.

Golu:

This festival is generally celebrated  every year with little difference. Before the celebration  starts , the preparatory  works  such as arranging idols ,decorating  steps,adding a new touch were made. Every single time ,we were more conscious in the design , decor  and the Golu concept. Added to this a Park and a zoo were  created as extra fun items  for the children.There were many new items   with the tradition in which ‘mulaippari’ is the special one. The idols like Astalakshmi , a saibaba and  sri Krishna as new arrivals to the golu which were contributed by teachers.

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Navarathiri Golu at our Ashram

Though Our golu has its own set of dolls about 500 in number but the popular items are Dasavataram set, the chettiar set, karthigai pengal sets to mention  a few. Even children placed their books in the golu for blessings of knowledge from goddess saraswathi.All the nine days  of the navaratri  is celebrated with tamil tradition . Each day starts with a Special  bhajan  in which Songs are sung related to devi, the Goddess.The lamps are lit and the hall is adorned with kolams.

DSC_0090The golu is visited by all  the school children from  level  1 to 12 std  based on their schedule. Furthermore, they are sitting  in front of the golu and offering  prayer and reciting slogas. The traditional aarathi is led by a senior teacher Mr .Ramaniseker. Variety of prasadham is offered daily in the golu and it is distributed for students and teachers.The pooja  of each day  makes  the entire function  extremly  successful and fruitful. Headmasters ,teachers and other staff members are also joined in the celebration.The 9th day of navarathiri is quiet significant in our Ashram as it is Saraswathi  pooja.

Bharathiyar’s Remembrance day and Vinobaji’s Birth Day Celebration-11.09.2017

Bharathi-Vinoba Day was celebrated in our School Auditorium on 11.09.2017. In the meeting all the students and teaches of both Primary and Higher Secondary school,  Staff-central office participated.

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Welcome address by our Secretary Mrs.V.Radha

The meeting started with the prayer. Our Ashram secretary Smt.V.Radha welcomed the gathering. Our Administrative officer Sri.M.Nagarajan honored the chief guest, Sri.Sundar Raj, Vice President, Sarvodaya Mandal, Vadipatti. The chief guest in his special address talked about Vinobaji’s simplicity and sacrifice. He burst all his certificated in order to participate in the freedom movements. He was the founder of “Boomi Dhan”. He collected almost 4,00,000 acres from land owners and distributed to landless people. First he started this “Bhoomi Dhan” movement in pochampalli at Telungana. Sri.Ramachandra Reddi sponsored 100 Acres. Vinobaji also motivated the Low creativity prohinition Act.

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Specail Guest Address by Mr.Sundararajan,  Vice President, Sarvodayamandal, Vadipatti

Special Address by A.P.Alagarsamy MA., M.Phil., Phd.,  Agriculture Scientist

Our Founder G.Venkatachalapathy ayya was very much interested in singing Bharathiyar songs. Through Bharathiyar has written spiritual songs also. Bharathiyar is no more, but still he lives through his songs.
Dr.”Murungai”, A.P.Alagarsamy M.A., M.Phil., Phd., who has been awarded six National “Murungai Scientist Awards” talked about his experience with drumstick farm.Our Hr.Sec. School HM Sri.V.Veeraraj thanked all. The meeting came to an end the National Anthem.

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Teachers Day – 05.09.2017

Teacher’s Day was celebrated in our Ashram on 05.09.2017. The meeting started with prayer in Gandhhimandapam. All the teachers of both Primary and Higher Secondary School participated. Prof.R.Venkataswami Ayya, Our Ashram President gave teacher’s day message through skype.In his talk he told the importance of relationship between teacher and student. He remembered the education system which was followed by our Indians. Before Independence our British Government sent Mekkalae to identify why the Indians are very skill full?  Mekkalae made a study and identified that Indians were very brilliant because of their education system. So, we could not corrupt them. If we reform the Indian Education System only we can change them. From that day onwards our system collapsed.

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Special Address by Our School Best Teacher National Awardee-2016 Mr.N.Ramanisekar, BT Asst.

But our Institution is established by a good teacher Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy Ayya in order to create best students from village area. Teachers must have faith on their work. Then only we must shine like Ekalaivan, Sri.Krishnar and Thronachariar. Teachers only have an opportunity to create best society. Everyone should take their duty as national service. On behalf of our Chairman, Sri.M.Nagarajan, our Administrative Officer offered momentum to all the teachers.Evening meeting was held at 3.30 P.M. in our Auditorium with all the students. The meeting started with the prayer “Guru Brahma”. Sri.V.Veera Raj, Headmaster welcomed the gathering and wished all teachers. Selvan.Gnanadas Gandhi, XI-A Sang “Aasan Vazhga” song, Selvi.Muthulakshmi, XII-A Student talked about the noble profession – “The teacher”.

Sri.N.Ramani Sekar, B.T.Asst., delivered “Teacher’s day speech”, In his talk he told that teachers are the second parent. They should be the role model to the students. Teacher’s day is created in the remembrance of “Aasiriar Jothi” – Dr.Radha Krishnan”. He explained relationship between teacher and students through the epics.

Parasuramar     –           Karnan

Dhronar           –           Arjunan

Vasistar           –           Ramar

Smt.R.Vaigai, P.G. Asst., Tamil thanked all. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.

Primary School:

Every year,Teacher’s day is celebrated on the 5thof September in our school. In order to  admire and  give acknowledgement to all the teachers, the school on the occasion of  teacher’s day  , wished the  whole teaching community and paid  tribute to philosopher,an outstanding teacher and India’s second president, Dr.Radhakrishnan.Moreover, the headmistress   expressed his  life,academic and political career and service.On teachers day children honoured and made their teachers to feel special by ‘thank you’note , a short letter and colourful  drawings. Besides,the school  hailed this day as an opportunity to take a moment and thank the teachers  in our lives, the ones  who imparted knowledge and guided us.

Vinayagar Sathurthi – 25.08.2017

Vinayagar Chathurthi was celebrated on 25th August 2017 in our School Auditorium. Dr.V.Ragupathi Ayya, our Ashram Governing Body Member, Sri.M.Nagarajan, our Ashram Administrative Officer, Sri.V.Veeraraj, our School Headmaster, all the Teachers, Central Office Staff and Students took part in the function.

Sri.Ramani Sekar  and his group conducted “Vinayagar Bhajan”. Smt.P.Latha, B.T. Asst. of our School delivered Special  Speech about Vinayagar. She described about “Aaru Padai Veedu” of Vinayagar.

  • Thiruvannamalai – Allalpoom Vinayagar, Viruthachalam – Aalathu Pillaiar Thirukadavur – Kalla Vinayagar, Madurai – Chithi Vinayagar, Kasi (North) – Dheetcha Ganapathi, Pillaiyarpatti (South)    – Karpaga Vinayagar, Thiruvathavur – Kolla Pillaiar. She explained the meaning of “Ganapathi”. ‘Ga’ means ‘Gnanam’       ‘na’ means ‘mothagam’      ‘pathi’ means ‘Thalaivan’. Prasatham was distributed to all.
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Vinayagar sathurthi Celebration at our Primary school

Vinayagar sathurthi celebration at our Hr.Sec.School

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Kids  came with  the idols of  their  favourite God Ganesha  to celebrate the popular festival “Ganesha chadhurthi. Students were told to make ganesh statues by using clay.Celebration started with traditional lamp lighting and aarathi. Students and teachers not only prayed the God but also sang songs and  chanted slogas. Mrs .Parimala  headmistress, narrated the story of   Lord Ganesha and also spoke about the festival and it’s significance. This festival came to an end with students submerging the idols of ganesha in the pond.

Independence Day – 15.08.2017

We Celebrated 71st Independence Day on 15.08.2017 in our Ashram. The National Flag was hoisted by our Governing Body Member Dr.V.Ragupathy Ayya at 8.30A.M. After that we gathered at Independence Day Silver Jubilee Memorial Pillar at our School premises. We took Oath for the integrity of our nation. Then students went on a procession along the main streets of T.Kallupatti, raising the following slogans “Jaihindh, Vande Madharam, Bharath Mathaki Jai” etc., The procession with band attracted all.  Our Ashram President Prof.R.Venkataswami Ayya witnessed all the activities through skype.

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National Flag hoisted by our Ashram Member Dr.V.Ragupathi

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Independence day Oath by our students in Independence Silver Jubilee Stone area

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Independence day rally in Kallupatti Streets

Independence Day meeting was conducted in our Auditorium at 10.00 A.M. Dr.V.Ragupathi Ayya presided over the meeting. Sri.V.Veeraraj, Headmaster, Gandhiniketan G.Venkatachalapathy Higher Secondary School welcomed the gathering. In his Presidential Address, Dr.V.Ragupathi Ayya told about the importance of patriotism. He told that our institution was started in 1940.

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Special Address by our Ashram Member Dr.V.Ragupathi

We got Independence in 1947. Between 1940 and 1947 Seven years – during this period our Institution served as the field to prepare the freedom fighters.  In 1942 our founder was arrested in our Gandhi Mandapam at midnight for the participation in Quit India Movement. He told the students that our founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy Ayya was the main part of the freedom movements in our area. He talked about patriotic songs, “Vandematharam” and “National Anthem”. “Vandematharam” says about natural resources of our country and “National Anthem” describes about the feeling of Patriotism, Unity and Natural Integration. So we must inherit the above feelings. That is the pledge we should take on this special day. After that “ Kolattam” was performed. Smt.R.Parimala, Headmistress, Gandhiniketan G.Venkatachalapathy Primary School proposed vote of thanks. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.

 

 Usilampatti Educational District Level Sports Meet- 11.08.2017

Usilampatti Educational  District Level Sports Meet was conducted on 11.08.2017 in our school. All the Physical Education Teachers and many Headmasters were present in the function. The function started with prayer at 10.00 A.M. Sri.V.Veeraraj, Headmaster, Welcomed the gathering. Then Flag Hoisting Ceremony began.

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Welcome address by our HM V.Veeraraj

National Flag hoisted by

Sri.R.B.Udaya Kumar, Minister, Revenue Department

Olympic Flag hoisted by

Sri.K.Veera Ragava Rao, I.A.S., Collector, Madurai

School Flag hoisted by

Dr.V.Ragupathi, Managing Committee Member, Gandhiniketan Ashram

Ashram Flag hoisted by

Sri.N.Mari Muthu, Chief Educational Officer, Madurai

District Flag hoisted by

Sri.Rajan Chellappa,M.L.A.,  Madurai North

Usilampatti – A Zone Flag hoisted by

Sri.M.Raja, President, Olympic Association, Tamil Nadu

Usilampatti – B Zone Flag hoisted by

Sri.M.Sengathir, Regional Inspector of Physical Education, Madurai

Usilampatti – C Zone Flag hoisted by

Sri.S.Murugesan, D.E.O., Usilampatti

Usilampatti – D Zone Flag hoisted by

Smt.V.M.Gayathri Rani, Inspector of Matriculation Schools, Madurai.

            There was a beautiful March past by our School Students and all the participants of sports events from various schools. Sri.R.B.Udaya Kumar, Minister was honored by their salutation. Sri.B.Neethipathi, M.L.A., Usilampatti lighted the Olympic Torch. The

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Dr.V.Ragupathy, Governing Body Member, Gandhiniketan Ashram honored all the guests

Presidential Address by Madurai District Collector Mr.Veeraragava Rao IAS

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Revenue Minister talked about the importance of individual skill and values. Sri.Veera Ragava Rao., District Collector, Madurai was very much impressed by our School Campus, consisting of lot of trees. This atmosphere makes the students mind fresh and active.

Sri.R.B.Udhayakumar declared open the sports events. The students encouraged the competitors. The events were very interesting and everybody enjoyed and encouraged.
Prof.R.Venkataswami Ayya, President, Gandhiniketan Ashram witnessed all the activities through skype.

108th Birth Day Celebrations of our Founder and 77th Annual Day Celebrations of our Ashram

 30.07.2017

Our founder’s birth day and our Ashram’s 77th annual day was celebrated on 30.07.2017. The special prayer was conducted at 6.00 AM in Gandhi mandapam. In the prayer our ashram President told us how Gandhiji became ‘Mahatma’. Many leaders followed Gandhiji only because of his greatness. We are all combinations of good and bad. We should identify our negative thoughts and come out of them. Gandhiji substituted his negative thoughts. Then he became “Mahatma”. Vivekandar told “God is in every human being”. But in God’s mind is in one or two great persons. We must have inner feeling and work with involvement to develop our ashram. That is the real tribute to our Founder.

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Morning Prayer at Gandhimandabam
Special Meesage by our President      Prof.R.Venkataswami

At 8.45 AM Sri.P.Rejendra Cholan, IAS., Managing Director, Bangalore Electricity supply company, Bangalore hoisted our Ashram Flag. At 9.00 AM Nama sangeerthanam was conducted by our Gandhi Niketan Ashram group. We paid a floral tribute at founder’s Samadhi.

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Ashram Flag Hoisted by Our Old Student Mr.Rajendracholan IAS
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Annual Day meeting started at 10.15 AM with prayer. Prof.R.Venkataswami Ayya President, Gandhi Niketan Ashram Welcomed the gathering. In his welcome address he told that “Today is a day that should written in Golden Letters”. He asked our Chief guest G.R.Swaminathan to create a judicial revolution. He honoured Rajendra Cholan the only IAS from our school. He also insisted the students that many Rajendra Cholan should come out.

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Sri.M.P.Gurusamy Ayya President Gandhian memorable foundation, declared opened the portrait of Tmt.Meenakshi Ammal wife of founder G.Venkatachalapathy ayya. He shared his great moments with Meenakshi Ammal. She supported his husband in all the ways. When we thought about Shanti Niketan Tagore will come in our mind. When we thought about Gandhi Niketan Ashram we remember G.Venkatachalapathy Ayya. He expects many Kumarappa’s Meenakshi Ammals and Ko.Ves from this holy place.He congratulated Sri.M.P.Gurusamy Ayya President, Gandhi Museum for the publication of more than hundred books. He was Gandhian Encyclopedia.

After President’s welcome address Sri.N.Shanmugasundaram Treasurer presented the Annual Report. Dr.V.Ragupathi Governing body member read the felicitations of great members like President lakshmi Mills, Coimbatore. Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Kanniyakumari, India Piston, Aparajitha Foundation, Tamil Nadu Gandhian memorial foundation, Sarvodaya Sangam, Tuticorin and Sri.Manivel, old student Director of Aeronautical Engg. Etc.

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Ashram Annual Report Presented by our Treasurer Mr.N.Shanmuga sundaram,

Read the Felicitations by Dr.V.Ragupathi

Honorable G.R.Swaminathan Judge of Madras High Court delivered Founder’s memorable oration. He appreinated the qualities of our founder G.Venkatachalapathy Ayya and our Chairman R.Venkatasami Ayya. He insisted the students must adapt their qualities in life. He remembered the sayings of Raja – Rao – Indian English writer and Mariam Mirza Khani an Iranian genius in Mathematics.
Raja Rao described about the holy spirit of India, in his book “Khantha pura” Similarly our Ashram is a holy place because most of the great leaders printed their foot in this soil. Mariam, Mathematician had the quality of never going for low hanging fruits. So, he asked the students to aim high. He also appreciated “dhoti culture” in our ashram.

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Chief Guest Address by Mr.Rajendra Cholan, IAS, Managing Director, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company

Our guest Rajendra Cholan, IAS Managing Director, Bangalore Eleclricity Supply Company told that teachers are the ladders, students should climb on the steps of ladders very carefully. Individuality, Self – Confidence, Dedication hard work and determination are the tools to become an IAS officer. Every one must have courage on their mind. Like our founder G.Venkatachalapathy Ayya and our Ashram President Dr.R.Venakatasami Ayya, we should do service to the society. That is the real to our Ashram.

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Then our Chairman honored the army leaders who were passed away on war. We should thanks and solute for their Sacrifice. He honoured Sri. Ganesan Family from Usilampatti and Sri.Sundarapandi family from Thirumangalam.

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Vote of Thanks by Smt.P.Thilagavathi                                                               our Governing Body Member 

After that prizes were distributed to Academic Rank Holder’s Winners in various competitions.Smt.P.Thilagavathi, Governing Body member delivered vote of thanks. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.

Cultural Festival-28.06.2017

As a part of our Anniversary we celebrated the cultural festival on 28.07.2017 in our school Auditorium.  The cultural programmes were started with the prayer. Our Ashram Management Committee Member Smt.P.Thilagavathi inaugurated the function. In her talk she told that students should show interest in curricular and co- curricular activities. Our founder G.Venkatachalapathy ayya was very much in reading “Thirukural” and “Bharathiar Songs”. In our cultural programmes we must perform programmes based on Thirukural, Bharathiar songs etc. Students can rereal their individual skills if they participated in the cultural programmes.

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In the function Sri.M.Nagarajan, Administrative officer, all the teachers all the students and parents were also present. The students of our primary school performed the following cultural items. Kannan pattu, Kollattam, Tamil drama and group dance. Smt.Uma Maheswari, Smt.Vijaya Rani and Smt.V.Muthumari  Sang   jointly.

            After the break the programmes of our higher secondary school began. Bharatham, Kollattam, Aerobics, Kavadiattam, Karaham, Mimeshow, Tamil Drama, English drama and Thappattam were also performed. Bharathiar songs were sung. A large number of parents and students appreciated and enjoyed the programmes.

Science Exhibition-26.07.2017

On 26th July 2017 Science Exhibition was conducted under the president ship of Dr.V.Ragupathi, Governing body member, Gandhiniketan Ashram. In his presidential address he pointed out the importance of participating in the science exhibitions. It will help the students to create new things.

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Dr.S.Pandiarajan Professor, Devangar  Arts and Science College, Aruppukkottai inaugurated the Science Exhibition. In his inaugural Address he told that we should crate interest in science through the inventions displayed in the exhibition like this.

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Inventions Displayed in the Exhibition by the Students 

Yoga Day- 21.06.2017

       We Celebrated Yoga Day in our Ashram on 21.06.2017. All the teachers participated in the programme. Higher Secondary School Boys and Girls assembled in their respective areas in the ground. The Programme started with the prayer. Sri.V.Veeraraj, Headmaster, Gandhiniketan G.Venkatachalapathy Higher Secondary talked about the importance of Yoga. If we do Yoga daily it will increase our concentration and memory power.

            He asked the students to take Oath that we should practice Yoga daily for the  development of body and mind. After that students started doing the following Aasanas.

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Padmasana, Patchi Muthasana , Vajrasana, Yoga Muthrasana, Pujangasana, Thanurasana, Utkatasana, Pathahusthasana, Aegapathasana, Thrigona Aasana, Arthachakra Aasana and Surya Namaskar. The Commands for Aasanas were given by Sri.Lakshmana Kumar, Physical Director and Smt.Tamil Elakkia, Physical Education Teacher. Our President Prof.R.Venkataswami Ayya observed all the activities through skype. The Yoga Day came to an end with the National Anthem.

Primary School:

The   International yoga day was celebrated on June 21 2017, in the school premises.special assembly  was held for the entire school  in which the importance of yoga  was explained among the children.  Mrs R.Parimala the headmistress addressed the yoga ‘s rich history  in which the father of yoga  Mr. Patanjali’s   great contribution towards yoga was told to kids. Later the message on yoga day   given by our Honble prime minister Mr . Narendramodi  was conveyed  for the whole school.   A team of people from central office participated as guests.Later students of fifth standard  performed different aasanas and suryanamaskaram under the guidance of  yoga teacher Mrs Vijayarani.

Kamarajar Birthday-25.07.2017

Our school celebrated the birthday of Thiru K Kamaraj, the former chief minister of Tamilnadu by organising some events.our teachers and kids showed more interest and took the whole function  in their hand.This celebration  was held  in our open air theater under heavenly sky and trees.The programme started with special prayer . A senior teacher  Mrs .Kanagavalli, welcomed everyone. At first , the portrait of  Kamarajar  was offered by floral tributes.A student from fifth standard ,disguised as Kamarajar and expressed his life and service.

Mrs.Parimala, Headmistress, delivered her special address about kamarajar’s life, Simplicity and revolutionary schemes and  contribution towards education. This was followed by a song by teachers Mrs  Uma Maheswari  and  Vijayarani.   The vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs . V. Muthumari. This is an occasion to get more information about Kamarajar and his selfless service to  the poor. Besides,it helps  children to improve their thoughts towards  service.

Founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy’s 48th Remembrance Day – 13.06.2017

Founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy’s 48th Remembrance Day was observed in our Gandhiniketan Ashram on 13.06.2017. A Special Prayer was conducted at 6.00 A.M. in our Manimandapam.  In the Prayer Dr.V.Ragupathi Ayya, Governing Body Member, Smt.V.Radha Akka, Secretary, all the teachers of both Primary and Higher Secondary Schools, Hostel Students, Staff- Central Office and some retired teachers participated.

            After the Prayer Dr.V.Ragupathi Ayya delivered Remembrance Day Message. In his talk, he told that our Ashram was started only for the development of Village Industries by our Founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy. Our Founder was called upon in 1947 by then Chief Minister Sri.O.P.Ramasamy Reddiar to serve as the Secretary to the Rural Development Scheme. As Secretary he did many Constructive Works in Villages. Everyone must think the purpose of why he started Ashram. We should follow the services of our founder. That is the real tribute to him.

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            At 9.00 A.M. “Nama Sangeerthanam” was organized by our Ashram Group. Then we all paid a floral tribute to our Founder at his Samathi. In the meantime “Relay Spinning” was going on.

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The Remembrance Day Meeting was started at 10.00 A.M. in our Auditorium. Smt.V.Radha Akka, Secretary, Dr.V.Raghupathi, Smt.P,Thilagavathi and Sri.Kanaga Sabapathi, Governing Body Members, Our Cheief Guest Dr.V.Alagirisamy, Associate Professor, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai , Our Administrative Officer Sri.M.Nagarajan, all the teachers, staff of Gandhiniketan Ashram and all the students took part in the meeting. Sri.V.Ragupathy, Governning Body Member welcomed the gathering. The special address was given by Dr.V.Alagirisamy, Associate Professor, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. In his address he told that our founder loved Gopalswami Malai and his school in Gopinaickenpatti. He became true disciple of Gandhiji only because of his mother.  Buddhar, Jesus and Gandhiji were became the great personalities only because of their mothers.

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At the age of  18 our founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy was very close to Narayanasamy Nadar the disciple of Vallalar and Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai the devotee of Gandhiji in Gopinaickenpatti. Our Chief Guest also remembered the great people like Natesan Chettiar, Alagarsamy Naidu, Velu Chettiar and Krishnan Servai who donated almost 45 acres to our Ashram. Our founder’s aim is “Service to the Poor is the Service to the God”.

            Everyone of you should be blessed to study and work in this school run by the Ashram. We have to follow his principles. That is the best way to remember him.          Smt.V.Radha akka, Secretary, Gandhiniketan Ashram delivered Vote of Thanks. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.

IN SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAMME 30.05.2017

The training was conducted on 30th May 2017 for all the teachers of Gandhi Niketan G.Venkatachalapathy Schools in our Gandhi Mandapam. The training started with prayer.     Our President Dr.Venkataswami Ayya addressed the gathering through skype. We should accept this training with open mind. We should implement all the best in our duties.

            Sri.Kanaga Sabapathy, our Ashram Management Committee Member and Director, Entercon started the training programme. He told that teachers should play a democratic role in the classroom.

            He divided our teachers into seven groups. He asked the group members to select their leaders and he named the groups. He also asked the teachers to bring objects according to the order of alphabets. The teachers participated in it with team spirit.

            After that he explained the difference between the words job, work,  profession and service.

            Job means what we do for money;

            Work means we have to do

            Our duties willingly or unwillingly;

            Profession means Governing regulatory bodies

            and Service means doing our work with dedication.

            He recollected the good qualities of the teachers from the last years training given by him. That is

  • Worship
  • Self Confidence
  • Faith in Teaching
  • Faith in Students
  • Faith in Learning

He explained with Video Clippings. He dealt with some real experiences and stories also. All the teachers involved in activities like children. It was very interesting.

            After the Lunch Break he described 8 types of intelligence. They are

  • Social Intelligence
  • Linguistic Intelligence
  • Academic Intelligence
  • Analytical Logical
  • Mechanical Intelligence
  • Kinesthetic Intelligence
  • Aesthetic Intelligence
  • Math Intelligence
  • Naturalistic Intelligence

Every student has different kinds of talents. We must bring the best of everyone. We must prepare the students everyone. We must prepare the students not only for exam but also to face real life.

            He also explained about five beliefs.

  • Belief in Learning
  • Belief in Learner
  • Belief in Profession
  • Belief in Self
  • Belief in God or Supreme Power.

If any teacher thinks he or she can make the class pin-drop silence. It will not be success. It will make the students just fear. We should make the students to respect the teachers spontaneously.

He conducted a game with different kinds of balls. He raised four questions to the teachers.

  • What are the difficulties and challenges that you have faced?
  • What are the strategies that you have include?
  • What are the skills exhibited in this game?
  • Compare this game with classroom climate.

We all discussed in groups and gave our suggestions. Students have their own barriers. We must make the students to come out of the barriers. Then only they can achieve in their life.

            Sri.Kanaga Sabapathy described about his own education system, that is “Vidhaigal. A next generation Education System”

            He shared his own experience in school days. He stressed the importance of feelings of the students. We wish everyone to like us.

                        Everyone Likes

  • To be successful
  • To be appreciated
  • To prove their talents
  • To get recognition
  • To feel good about them
  • To achieve Results
  • To Compete and Win
  • To Socialize with others
  • To have fun

But now-a-days all the students do not have opportunities to have above likes in this education system.

He expressed his views about the objectives of “Vidhaigal – his own Education System”.

  • Healthy competition
  • Self discipline
  • Rewards and recognition
  • Fun based learning
  • Active participation
  • Collaborative Learning

He also talked about “Challenge Box method”. Through this game the following matters are discussed.

  • Must be a master in that lesson.
  • Tough Questions
  • On the Spot Answer
  • To engage bright students

If the teachers do their duties. Sincerely without ego, they can solve any problem with regard to the students.

The motivation programme ended at 4.45 P.M.  Our Primary School Headmistress Smt.Parimala  gave vote of thanks.

All the teachers participated with interest and enjoyed the training programme.

FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATION – 28.04.2017

            Foundation day was celebrated in our Gandhi Niketan Ashram on 28.04.2017. The Special prayer was conducted at 6.00 AM in Gandhimandapam. In the prayer all the teachers of both Primary and Higher Secondary School, Staff – Central office participated. After the prayer our Ashram Chairman Dr.R.Venkataswami Ayya delivered Foundation Day message through skype.

            In his talk he told that today is a holy day, happiest day. This Institution was started only for the purpose of spreading the principles of Gandhiji. This was the place where many leaders sat. Now our Institution is 77 years old. Everyone should think for the betterment of the Institution. So, today is a thinking day. All should work for the development of the Students, Village people and farmers. Everyone must know the importance of self – Reliance

            After that we paid floral tribute to our founder Sri.Venkatachalapathy ayya at his Samathi, Santhi Vanam.

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GANDHIJI (SARVODAYA DAY) AND DR.J.C.KUMARAPPA’S REMEMBRANCE DAY – 30.01.2017

We observed Gandhiji and Dr.J.C.Kumarappa’s Remembrance day on 30.01.2017. Today is M.K.Gandhiji’s 69th and Dr.J.C.Kumarappa’s 57th Remembrance day. A special prayer was conducted in our Gandhi Mandapam at 6.00 A.M. In that prayer Sri.V.Ragupathi Ayya, Governing Body Member all the teachers of both Higher Secondary and Primary Schools Staff, Central Office took part Sri.Ramani Sekar  and group sang communal songs.

            Ashram Chairman Prof.Dr.R.Venkataswami Ayya gave special message through skype. He told that Dr.J.C.Kumarappa was invited by our Founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy to our Ashram in 1955. We are all gifted to work in this Ashram because this Institution is blessed by Gandhiji. This is the place where Dr.J.C.Kumarappa spent his last five years. So Ashram is a holy place on that aspect also. Our President shared his memories about Dr.J.C.Kumarappa. When Dr.J.C.Kumarappa was admitted in Medical College Hospital, Chennai as a doctor he had met him. Dr.J.C.Kumarappa served the Society a lot. He stressed the importance of Basic Education.

            In our Ashram we have Kumarappa Kudil, where he lived. It has been renovated as Musuem. From this we can understand the detailed life about Dr.J.C.Kumarappa.

            All people particularly the persons who are working here must know about both leaders and read the books about them. That is the real tribute to them. After that we went to Shanthi Vanam and paid a floral tribute to Dr.J.C.Kumarappa.

            There was a public meeting in the Auditorium at 9.00 A.M. Dr.V.Ragupathi, Governing  Body member Gandhiniketan Ashram welcomed the gathering. He insisted the national integration.

            Sri.Salamon Victus,  Professor, Theological College, Madurai delivered Special Speech. In his speech, he told that Gandhiji and Dr.J.C.Kumarappa’s thoughts are very essential today. Both the leaders are not burned they are sowed. They led a simple life. Simple life brings satisfaction. They practiced what they preached.

            Gandhiji’s non-violence principle was adapted by Martin Luther King (Junior) and Nelson Mandela. They fought against the Caste, Colour and Creed differentiations, Ecological and growth Economy with Dr.J.C.Kumarappa’s principles are the policies adapted by Italy also. Students must also adapt the noble qualities of these leaders and follow them.

            After that Students took Leprosy awareness Oath. Sri.V.Veeraraj, Headmaster, Gandhiniketan G.Venkatachalapathy Higher Secondary School  thanked all. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.

Mattu Pongal(15.01.2017)

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Youth Day(Swami Vivekananda Birth Day)- Sports Day  12.01.2017

Our school Annual sports meet started with prayer at 8.30.A.M on 12.01.2017 Thursday. Our Headmaster Sri.V.Veeraraj Ayya welcomed the gathering. Then flag hoisting ceremony began.

National Flag – hoisted by Smt.V.Radha Akka secretary Gandhi Niketan Ashram, T.Kallupatti.

Olympic Flag – hoisted by Smt.A.Kalaiarasi, Ececutive officer, T.kallupatti Town Panchayat

Ashram Flag – hoisted by Sri.R.MuraliRaj, MBBS, Medical officer Primary Health centre, T.Kallupatti.

                There was a beautiful March past by our students. Smt.R.Malarvizhi Bsc, Inspector of police, T.kallupatti was honoured by their salutation. She lighted the Olympic torch and declared open the sports events. The students encouraged the competitors. At the end a competition for gents throw the ball to make the stump fall, and lucky corner for ladies staff. They were very interesting and every body enjoyed.

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                The sports day function started at 4.00PM in our auditorium, with the prayer. Our Headmaster Sri.V.Veeraraj Ayya welcomed all. Sri.S.Lakshmanakumar, Physical Director presented the annual Report.

                Smt.V.Radha secretary Gandhi Niketan Ashram Delivered her presidential address. In her talk she told that we should not give importance to cricket. We must encourage the heritage sports. Parents and teachers should create and encourage the interest of the students in sports.

                Dr.Sathiyavan, Rtd.professor, Madurai Medical college, Madurai blessed and congratulated all the students. Dr.sangumani MD,DM. professor, Madurai Medical college, Madurai delivered special speech. In his special address, he told that our Ashram is T.Kallupatti’s Diamond stone. Now-a-days diseases are increasing. Because we are not spending time in our physical exercises and games. If we play well, the concentration power will raise high. Today is vivekanadar’s Birthday. Vivekandar told “the person who is always ready to work is really a richman”.

                Our chief guest also insisted about the importance of punctuality, self – confidence, affection and success. He congratulated and distributed the prizes to the winners. Smt.S.Abiramai, Assistant headmistress thanked all. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.

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Dr.J.C.Kumarappa’s 125th Birth Anniversary Celebration 04.01.2017

            We Celebrated Dr.J.C.Kumarappa’s 125th Birth Anniversary in our Ashram. There was a special prayer in Gandhimandapam at 6.00 A.M. In the prayer all the Teachers of both Primary and Higher Secondary Schools, Central Office Staff and Hostel Students participated.

            Sri.V.Ragupathi Ayya, Governing Body Member, Gandhiniketan Ashram delivered special message. In his talk he told that Kumarappa was born on 4th January 1892 in Thanjavur in a Christian family. He studied Economics in Colombia University, Newyork-where Ambethkar studied. He worked as an Auditor in London and Bombay.

            After that he made research on “Reasons for Poverty”. He was the editor of Gandhiji’s magazine Young India. Dr.J.C.Kumarappa worked as the Chief Secretary of Village Industries.

            Dr.J.C.Kumarappa was in touch with our founder Sri.G.Venkatachalapathy in 1944. He stayed in our Ashram from 1954 to 1960.  Dr.J.C.Kumarappa was the main person who established Gandhian Statue in our Ashram.  This famous statue was declared opened by Rajendra Prasad only. Because of Dr.J.C.Kumarappa we have Gandhian Statue in our Ashram. Dr.J.C.Kumarappa was the true disciple of Gandhiji. We should remember him and follow his Principles. That is the real tribute to him.

            After his talk we went to Kumarappa Kudil. We paid floral tribute to the great leader.

            We conducted meeting at 9.00 A.M. in our Auditorium under the Presidentship of Dr.V.Ragupathi. Governing Body Member, Gandhiniketan Ashram, T.Kallupatti. The  meeting started with the prayer. Sri.V.Veeraraj, Headmaster, Gandhiniketan G.Venkatachalapathy Higher Secondary School welcomed the gathering Sri.Balasubramanian @ Pamayan, an Organic Agriculturist delivered special address. In his talk he told that Gandhiji considered “The farmer” as his master. Dr.J.C.Kumarappa considered “Gandhiji” as his master. So, Dr.J.C.Kumarappa used to say “The farmer is my master’s master”.

            He worried about the suicides of the farmers now-a-days. That is because of the usage of plastics, pesticides and Scarcity of water.

            We should follow Dr.Kumarappa’s Principles in agriculture that is “Thaimai Economics”. This will help us to protect our Land. He asked the students to read the books of Dr.J.C.Kumarappa and enact the drama of interesting life incidents of Gandhiji and Kumarappa.

            Tmt.Parimala, Headmistress, Gandhiniketan G.Venkatachalapathy Primary School, thanked all. The meeting came to an end with the National Anthem.