Tribute to (late) Shri. V.V.Srikanthaiah – the first Principal of our school

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He is no more with us, but will always remain in our hearts

The Alumni Association of Kendriya Vidylaya, ASC Centre (South) Bangalore regrets to inform all its members that Shri. V.V. Srikanthaiah, the First Principal of the School is no more with us.

He passed away at his residence in Rajajinagar, Bangalore on Sunday, 20th September, 2015 at the age of 86, leaving behind his wife, Smt. Ahalya, who was also a PGT in the School, and a daughter and a son, both of whom are married and well settled.

After completing B.A and B.Ed from Mysore University, he had his M.A (English) from Benaras Hindu University and subsequently achieved his ‘Diploma in Language Teaching’ from Birmingham, UK, on Commonwealth Scholarship.

Shri. Srikanthaiah started his career as Senior Teacher in Gandhinagar Higher Secondary School, Bangalore from 1954 to 1961. During this period he worked closely with Shri. M.P.L. Shastri, an eminent Educationist, and was very popular amongst the students, Co Faculty, non-teaching staff and the Management.

He joined ASC Regimental Children’s School, Bangalore, in 1961 as its Head Master. When this Regimental School got converted into Central School [now known as Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV)], he was selected and appointed as the school’s first Principal, in June, 1963, at a young age of 34. He guided the school in its academic and co-curricular activities up to July 1967. Incidentally, Central School, ASC Centre(S), Bangalore, was the first Central School in Karnataka and one of the first 5, all over India.

Even at that time, dating back by more than half a century, starting of Science club, Literary Club, participation by students in Science exhibitions, inter-schools debate and speaking contests, are testimony to his vision, innovative ideas, enthusiasm, interest and zeal to ensure that every department of the school improved.

He introduced the “David Horsebourogh” style of Italic Writing in the school.

With a view to inculcating the habit of writing and developing editing skills among children, he had, while in KV, ASC ,Bangalore, introduced a fortnightly Manuscript Magazine named GIRIMALLIKA , a collection of articles, short stories, poems, essays and drawings and paintings, contributed by the school children and edited and published by a Student Editorial Board.

Sound mind in a sound body – he encouraged sports and games for both boys and girls. When our school entered the BT Ramaiah Shield Inter Schools Cricket tournament, he took pains and arranged for cricket boots from a Sports Shop, for the 15 members of the team, on instalment basis (Rs.10 /month, for 10 months).

After his transfer from our school, he served as Principal of a number of other KVs across the length and breadth of the country.

From 1974 to 1978 he was posted as the Principal of KV Kathmandu, Nepal. This was a diplomatic posting. During this tenure, he started the new School campus and developed the school to be one of the best schools in Kathmandu.

Shri. Srikanthaiah was not only an innovative Academician but also an able Administrator. His efficiency and effectiveness as Principal, at various KVs was duly recognised and he was promoted as an Assistant Commissioner in the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS). In due course, he was elevated as Deputy Commissioner (Training).

He introduced many a training program for teachers and students alike, developed a “Minimum programme for Kendriya Vidyalayas” to effectively administer the schools and arranged training programmes at various levels including those for the Principals. Just before his retirement from KVS, he conducted a 40 day training program for the newly selected Principals, focussing on teaching and school administration and covering many other related areas. He was instrumental in implementing the concept of TQM (Total Quality Management) in KVs.

As an administrator he had a number of achievements in the Academic and Literary fields too.

  • he extended the “David Horsebourogh” style of Italic Writing to all KVs,
  • introduced methods and provided means to make English teaching effective, especially for Primary school pupils by developing listening, speaking, reading and then writing skills.
  • ensured the setting up of various clubs such as dramatics, literary, cultural, and Science clubs, in every KV.
  • was primarily responsible for developing various subject curricula (especially English, SUPW, and Social Studies).

At the end of an illustrious career he retired from KV Sangathan as Deputy Commissioner, on 31st May 1988.

Even after his retirement he remained young, energetic and active. He was the Principal of New Horizon School, Indiranagar, Bengaluru and Widia Poornapragna School, Nagasandra, Bangalore for brief periods. Continuing his quest for improvement and innovation and with a view to sharing his knowledge and experience in the academic and administrative areas of Education, he took up a number of projects, post retirement. These included the setting up of 2 Public Schools –viz. TVS Public School, Tumkur (near Bangalore) and Seshadripuram Public School, Yelahanka, Bangalore. He was very active in the field of education till his 80th year.

A very strict disciplinarian and a teacher, par excellence, he always had the welfare of his students upper most in his mind.

The very first batch of students of Central Schools, who passed out XI std in 1966 (there was no XII std then) had difficulty in getting admission to Degree classes in the colleges since XI std of CBSE, New Delhi was not recognised by them. I was one such student. When I and other classmates of mine brought this difficulty to the notice of Shri. Shrikanthaiah, he swung into action with lightning speed, took up the matter at the highest level in the Ministry of Education, Government of India and saw to it that we all were admitted to the Degree courses of our choice without much delay. That was his dedication and commitment to the cause of education and level of interest in the welfare of his students.

During his entire service, whether in KVs or other schools, he was very popular with students and staff alike. He was always proactive and wanted to try out new ideas with a ‘childlike’ enthusiasm.

A man so noble, a man who has left his deep imprint on each and every student of his, a man who worked incessantly for the improvement of education system, is no more with us, today. But he will ever remain in our hearts, guiding us from his abode up in the Heaven.

We express our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and pray God, Almighty, to give solace and peace to the departed soul.

Contributed by: B. Raghavendran, Ex Student, KV, ASC Centre (S), Bangalore – First batch of XI std (1966)

Photography talk on 4th July by Venkatesh Katta

On the 4th of July 2015 Mr. Venkatesh Katta a Bangalore-based photographer who is also the Co-founder and director of Toehold Travel & Photography addressed the students of 11th & 12th and gave an overview of careers in photography.
Mr. Katta covered the following topics during an hour long visual presentation.

• An overview about photography
• Becoming a photographer
• Various genres of photography
• Job opportunities in each of the genres
• Career Roadmap
• Qualifications
• Challenges
• Colleges and Institutions that teach photography

Mr. Katta believes photography is not only a medium of visual communication, but also a social catalyst that enables him to experience diverse cultures. He enjoys several genres of photography with equal élan,but wide-angle and panoramic landscapes top his list of loves.

We from the Managing committee of the Alumni association extend our heartfelt thanks to Mr Venkatesh Katta for giving the students a meaningful insight into this profession

Speaker Venkatesh Katta planting a sapling

Speaker Venkatesh Katta planting a sapling

Speaker Venkatesh Katta being introduced. Principal and our alumni association President Ms Meenal Cavale too can be seen

Speaker Venkatesh Katta being introduced. Principal and our alumni association President Ms Meenal Cavale too can be seen

Venkatesh Katta of ToeHold.in  giving his talk on photography as a career

Venkatesh Katta of ToeHold.in giving his talk on photography as a career

Mrs Joan Lamb – former English teacher – Primary Section passed away on the 28th of September 2015.

Thank you Ma'am.

Thank you Ma’am.

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Former Principal Sri Srikantaiah passed away in September 2015. May his soul Rest in Peace.

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Student Feedback from Ian Faria talk

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The students of KV ASC share their experience about the motivational talk they had on January 3, 2015. This event was held in the school campus and was organised by the KVASC Bangalore Alumni Association. Read more at: http://www.careerindia.com/news/we-are-the-future-of-our-country-say-kv-asc-students-013530.html

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India’s leading executive coach Ian Faria gave an electrifying talk & pumped up our students. We would like to thank Ian & his team for doing this at no cost for us.

The alumni association paid for the transport bus & snacks. About 150 kids attended.05-1420451625-kvasc 1623659_10152910406796826_115732158168398066_n 1959955_10152910406461826_6602183150756710545_n 10519203_10152910406046826_39331177319337747_n 10885417_10152910406621826_9087565141659922602_n 10888487_10152910404936826_6944168435522667226_n

Notice for Elections to the Management Committee to be held in school premises on Jan 24, 2015

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Executive Coach Ian Faria to address KVASC students.

KVASC Alumni association is having an event on Jan 3, 2015 for our students.

In a world that is getting more and more specialized, myriad options emerge for the young professional. Numerous new options make the choices more complicated.

What should one do to prepare for a world that is no longer black and white, but a thousand different colours? Is there something that students can do, to stay abreast of the curve, if not ahead of it?

Ian Faria is one of the country’s leading Corporate Trainers and Executive Coaches. He will shed light on what can be done to create a strong foundation so that the road ahead becomes clearer.

Attend this amazing session and bring clarity to your life. It will enable you to understand what lies ahead and how to make important decisions about tomorrow’s world.

Life Coach Ian Faria

 

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Quiz Competition for students of IX , X & XI on Saturday 25th January at 1230 hours.

Dear Alumni Members,

 
Pleased to inform you all that KVASC Blr AA is organising a Quiz Competition for students of  IX / X & XI on Saturday 25th January at 1230 hours.
 
Mr. B Raghavendran would be the Quiz Master. The programme will last for about 2 hours.
 
You are all invited.
 
warm regards,
 
 
Hon Gen Sec
KVASC Blr AA
 
Ignatius John