OUR BELOVED GURU
Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati was a profound thinker, philosopher, spiritual teacher and one of the greatest masters of Vedanta. He was born on August 15, 1930, in Manjakkudi, a small village on the banks of River Kaveri in Tiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu.
Though deeply rooted in the richness of Indian tradition, Pujya Swamiji was contemporary in his thinking and approach to the issues of the day. His impeccable logic, brilliant analysis, erudition, precise use of language, and humour made him a renowned and sought after teacher of Advaita Vedanta.
Pujya Swamiji’s benevolence and empathy extended to all civilisations, and all cultural forms that helped bring positive change in the lives of thousands of people. He strove to preserve, nurture and appreciate the diversity of human culture. His influence in India and around the world was enormous.
He was the founder of AIM for Seva, Swami Dayananda Educational Trust, Arsha Vidya Research & Publication Trust and Arsha Vidya Gurukulams in India and USA. His vision continues to be upheld and propagated through these organisations.
Pujya Swamiji firmly believed that the youth of our nation should receive value education and cultural validation. He advocated that education complemented with cultural outlook would bring in self esteem and confidence in an individual. Only someone who is taught to respect the richness of his or her roots could grow to become a self confident individual. It is self confidence and self esteem that impel a person to contribute towards and participate in the prosperity of his or her nation.
Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati was posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian awards given by the Indian Government
AIM for SEVA
The All India Movement for Seva (AIM for Seva) is a pan-Indian, non-profit registered charitable trust, founded by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati in 2000. Our founder understood that the challenges of accessibility and affordability were limiting children in rural India from going to school – which he uncovered during a conversation with a tribal woman.
Thus, AIM for Seva’s journey began with the goal of enabling children from impoverished rural and tribal areas to have the same advantages as children of means and, therefore, every opportunity to develop their full potential – and of the nation. The first Chatralayam (free student hostel) was set up in 2001. Today, AIM for Seva is spread across 15 states and 133 projects that include Chatralayams, schools, a college, vocational training centres, residential facility for differently abled adults, healthcare facilities, community development initiatives and sustainable living projects. (For more information, visit www.aimforseva.in)
The Swami Dayananda Saraswati Vidyalaya, a unit of AIM for Seva, was established in 2019. The school began with ———-students and has classes from Lower Kindergarten to Class VII. Student strength stands at 232 students, with the students coming from 34 villages in 6 districts. Adjoining the school is the AIM for Seva Dharam Kirti Dogra Chatralayam for Boys and Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls. (For more details about the complete support provided for students at the Chatralayams, please visit www.aimforseva.in.)
The school campus is spread over 5 acres, and has 27 classrooms, a computer lab (with 26 computers), a full-fledged science lab (which can accommodate 30 students at one time), a library with …………….. books and a playground. Well-ventilated spacious classrooms equipped with comfortable furniture help create the right atmosphere for the children to learn. The provision of school buses and vans helps in terms of safe transport for the students.
The members of the teaching staff are well qualified and trained according to the norms of the Board of Education of Madhya Pradesh. Ably guided by the Principal, Ms. Debjani Dutt, they encourage the child to question, explore and learn. At the Swami Dayananda Saraswati Vidyalaya, we regard schooling as a means to enable the acquisition of knowledge, development of skills and the search for understanding.
The Swami Dayananda Saraswati Vidyalaya established on 18th February 2019 started its first academic year on 24th June 2019. A co-educational institution, the Swami Dayananda Saraswati Vidyalaya is modelled as a K-12 school. It will be expanded in stages, with the primary school getting functional in 2019-2020.
To inspire and challenge young minds to develop into caring and committed individuals who strive for excellence in all they do, and pursue lifelong learning.
To stimulate inquiring minds and spark enthusiasm for discovery and exploration.
To focus on all aspects of student development : Academic, Intellectual, Creative, Social, Physical, Ethical and Emotional.
- To provide a curriculum that integrates the philosophy of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati and the pedagogy of integrated, value-based education.
- To flourish as a model of academic excellence.
- To provide education that is experiential and transformational in character, rather than imparting knowledge and skills alone.
- To encourage unity of thought, word and deed.
- To develop an active social conscience in students and the inclination to render selfless service to others.
- To select competent teachers who strive to be exemplars of human values.
Each person has five obligations enjoined on him or her as a member of humanity. Such practices help you grow into a mature, caring, responsible person. The five obligations are
- Respect for God
- Respect for parents and elders
- Respect for teachers
- Respect for people
- Respect for nature and all living beings
We believe that self-confidence is developed in a child when he/she understands and appreciates his/her tradition and culture. It is, therefore, our commitment to bring about this transformation by providing a caring and supportive environment. We follow a process of guidance and learning to help the child to grow and transform from being a consumer into a contributor.
The school campus offers a learning-friendly environment with a blend of functionality and contemporary aesthetics.Use of CCTV surveillance system, wide corridors and stairwells, fire prevention system, and deployment of security personnel are among the several safety and security measures taken by the School to ensure a safe campus environment.
The spacious, well-ventilated and bright classrooms provide an environment that is conducive for learning. Every classroom has audio-visual facilities, public address system, display boards and ergonomically designed furniture.
The school has spacious, well-equipped Science Laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology and general science. The use of models, specimens, displays, charts, learning kits, and audio-visual equipment help the teachers to demonstrate, validate and establish various phenomena, and encourage the children to easily understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts.
The Mathematics Laboratory has a variety of concept-specific learning kits, charts, games, puzzles, patterns, and so on to initiate children into logical thinking, reasoning, analysis and inference, thus building concepts from abstract to concrete. Use of these resources to teach mathematics helps children to relate patterns, discover properties and internalise concepts.
The School has two air-conditioned Computer Laboratories with high-speed broadband connectivity and audio-visual facilities. All computers have the required configuration and software to support children’s learning and the effective delivery of the curriculum. The computer labs provide for an individual workstation for every child.
The Primary School Library and Senior School Library are air-conditioned, and Internet browsing facility is provided to enable students to access online educational resources.
The libraries have a vast collection of books that include fiction, non-fiction, biographies, encyclopedias, story books, picture books, dictionaries and reference books on various subjects. The libraries have large number of journals, periodicals, magazines and newspapers, as well as digital resources. The libraries hold special events from time to time, which include celebrating Authors of the Month, Library Week and Book Fair. The primary school library has a specially designed colourful story-telling area.
The Music Room has a variety of musical instruments, both instrumental and vocal, for Western and Indian music. The Dance Studio provides an excellent space where students can explore various dance forms such as classical, western, contemporary and folk.
The Art Room is a spacious facility with a dedicated workshop space designed to invigorate the imagination of young students and motivate them to use various mediums and explore different forms of art through paper art, craft, clay modelling, wood carving, metal embossing, mural making (by recycling waste), sketching and drawing, and painting on glass, fabric, canvas, earthenware, wood, bamboo and other surfaces.
Two theme-based Activity Rooms with educational toys, equipment, learning resources and audio-visual facility help pre-primary students develop gross and fine motor skills through various activities like role play, storytelling, picture talk and coding activities. Students also learn concepts through various theme-oriented puppet shows.
The school has a dedicated Counselling Centre to provide personal and group counselling to students. The Centre serves as a safe space for students to discuss their academic, social, emotional and behavioural concerns.
The Atrium is an expansive space that serves as a venue for school assemblies, meditation and yoga, exhibitions, events and celebrations, performances, indoor games and various co-curricular activities.
The Multipurpose Hall is used for activities such as guest lectures and panel discussions, debates and elocutions, quizzes and recitations, workshops and presentations, meetings and orientation programmes.
The pre-primary section and primary section have their exclusive Outdoor Play Areas, with age-appropriate, colourful play equipment, which facilitates the development of motor skills in the students.
The school has a well laid out, lush green playground, a multipurpose court and an indoor sports complex. These facilities are used for providing coaching to students in various sports and games such as football, athletics, basketball, lawn tennis, volleyball, table tennis, chess and carrom. Apart from organising regular physical education classes, these facilities are also used for providing specialised coaching to students in various sports and games.
The Medical Room is well equipped facility to provide first aid and attend to any medical emergencies. Students who are unwell are attended to by a qualified and experienced nursing staff and visiting doctor. The Medical Room has beds for students who are unwell.
The School has a well maintained, dedicated fleet of buses with required safety measures (including CCTV surveillance, first aid kit, fire extinguishers, seat belts and communication facility). The bus crew, including bus hostesses, undergo regular training on road safety, safe driving, student safety, first aid, health and hygiene, punctuality, communication skills, and so on.
It has been our commitment to provide best-in-class quality education, infrastructure and opportunities for the students. In line with this commitment, we have established hostel facilities exclusively for boys and girls (from Class 3 onwards). Presently the hostel can accommodate 100 students at a time. The hostels are located within the school campus. The surroundings are well maintained and the hostel is enclosed by concrete walls. Round-the-clock security is provided to ensure the students’ safety.
The food is planned with the children’s nutrition in mind, and is prepared in a healthy and hygienic manner. Special consideration is taken into account regarding the cleanliness of our mess and we ensure that our kitchen is sparklingly clean through regular maintenance. The spacious dining hall ensures that the children have sufficient space to enjoy their meals with their peers.
The Swami Dayananda Saraswati Vidyalaya (Unit of AIM for Seva) aims to fulfil an important goal envisioned by our Founder – encouraging children from rural India to pursue education. Located in Padali village, Khargone District, Madhya Pradesh, Swami Dayananda Saraswati Vidyalaya has made a big difference in the region.
By providing access to good education and other facilities, the school management hopes the students will become leaders of tomorrow and contribute to their communities and country.
– Swami Aishvaryananda Saraswati
Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji used to say that VidyāDānam, the gift of knowledge, is the greatest of all dānam, because it helps to convert a person from the level of a consumer to that of a contributor. AIM for Seva was established with the aim of helping children from rural and tribal parts of our country, especially those who cannot afford schooling, to gain access to proper education with Indian samaskaras (values).
After Pujya Swamiji attained mahasamadhi, I took a sankalpa to fulfil my Guru’s vision in the best way I could. With his grace and blessings, through AIM for Seva, we were able to establish Swami Dayananda Saraswati Vidyalaya in Padali village, Khargone district.
The best part about the future is that we can shape it today. Apart from nourishing children, and training them with specific skills, we can shape their personality through inculcating moral guidelines. This will ensure not only the welfare of the human community but also of all the living creatures in our environment. This, I believe, is the true aim of education.
We sow a seed today and it blooms into a huge tree giving fruits, oxygen and shade. We, at Swami Dayananda Saraswati Vidyalaya, sow the seeds of positive habits, constructive thoughts and compassionate actions in the minds of children of today so that they may bloom into admirable contributors in all spheres of life.
This is certainly the teamwork of gurus, teachers, trainers and parents. We all shall together strive genuinely to realise this dream.