Alumni Day was celebrated in our Sri Ramakrishna Math Vivekananda Centenary Girls’ Higher Secondary School on Saturday, on the 27th August 2016. The function began at 03.00 pm with a Prayer. This was followed with a Welcome address by Smt. K. Meenakshi and speech by the Headmistress. School students performed a Dance.
A Powerpoint presentation highlighting the development of the school from the day of inception in 1962 was shown on this occasion.
Around 62 old students participated. Cultural programmes were performed by the old students. Many old students shared their views and experience recalling their old days. Some of the views expressed by them are narrated below.
Smt.Charumathi (1985 Batch) now as an Architect by profession mentioned that she learned discipline from our school which she is following till date.
Smt. Sasi Priya, 1989 batch said she has visited foreign countries, and very grateful for this school for having shaped her character.
Another student from 1993 batch said that the English taught in this school is on par with CBSE standard. In those days if the poems are very tough, the teachers used to teach songs with Raga so that it will be easier to memorize.
Santhanalakshmi who was helped by all teachers and the Management said she has joined TCS, one of the best IT companies because of the good education and encouragement received from this school.
Thilagavathi, 1971 batch said only this school teaches Man-Making Education as prophesied by Swami Vivekananda. She advised the students to give equal importance to Tamil language and quoted a few couplets from Thirukkural and from other Tamil EPICs which taught the discipline needed for our day to day life.
Smt. S. Parimala I.P.S (1992 Batch) addressed on woman empowerment. She advised the students to stand erect with full confidence and face all the challenges of the day without any fear and to utilize the opportunities available in every sphere. She further said when she was in this school the teachers encouraged her to participate in all competitions and that she stands excelled in all fields because the teachings and encouragement were given by the school.
Selvi. S. Deepika (2015 Batch) said that her parents were not in favour of sending her for Higher education and that when she scored more than 1000 marks in Plus 2, their parents scolded her. Sri Ramakrishna Math arranged for free education and because of the assistance extended by the Math including the supply of books from Math Library to pursue her Higher education, she is standing before everybody as a student of Engineering which she never dreamt of. She became emotional while expressing her gratitude to the Math.
Selvi. Bhavani another student said during her school days she was taken care of by the Teachers, that Mrs. Rajam, Class Teacher used to feed her and some other teachers arranged for her other expenses. With the financial help from Aanandam Trust arranged by the Math, she was able to study in one of the prestigious colleges in Chennai city, Meenakshi College. She was selected for a job in Campus selection and she has landed as an employee of an IT company today.
Selvi. Jayashree, 2012 +2 Batch, doing graduation, spoke about her College. The teaching faculty in her College doesn’t have any interaction or closeness with us [Students], like our School. In our College, many of my friends know about Swami Vivekananda, but none knew about Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother Sarada Devi. It is our duty, having studied in this School, to tell them about Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother and their teachings.
Likewise, several students expressed their gratitude and retired teachers were very happy to be a part of such a Management like Sri Ramakrishna Math. Smt. Santhakumari Retired HM blessed all the children to realize their dream with blessings of Holy Trio.
Swami Srividyananda, Secretary while addressing the gathering said the school is being run on the ideals of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. Sri Ramakrishna respected all ladies called them as Sakthi. He practiced what he preached and worshipped her wife Sri Saradadevi as a shodashi, as Mother Kali. Holy Mother wanted the ladies to get an education and blessed all the girls students of school started by Sister Nivedita. Swami Vivekananda said the only solution to our National Problem is to give education to women so that they will take care of their own problems. Now in India lot of opportunities are there for the girls to shine in life in any field either education, sports, music etc. The 3 ladies who have won the recent Olympic games were a shining example for the present students. He advised the students to work hard and come up in life.
All the participants including past and present students, teachers were very happy to return back to their sweet old days in a family atmosphere.
The function came to an end with a Vote of thanks by Smt. R. Premalatha and singing of National Anthem.