Antaranga June 2022

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Antaranga December 2021

Joyous December
Health & Hygiene Workshop by Smile Foundation for High School Girls
Better India Interaction with our students
Preparations for restarting Anjana Science Club Activities
Christmas Celebrations
Visit by Dr. K. R. Raveendra & Team
Closure of Smile Foundation’s Swabhiman Project
December 08 : Smile Foundation Workshop on Health & Hygiene
Mrs.Reba Daniel, a woman-health expert from BirthVillage, Cochin ( conducted an interactive session for our high school girls on various aspects of growth and development, gynaecological issues and concerns of growing girls. 

14 December  : Interaction of CAL students with Better India

Our 20 Climate Action Laboratory students interacted with Better India, the E-platform that shares success stories of achievers of various fields in India. Our students shared their experiences as students of Salesforce Climate Action Lab., (CAL) and how impactful the entire program has been in shaping his/her personality. They also demonstrated clarity on how they would use this learning in their lives.  The program was coordinated by Smt. Kiranmayi, Program Manager of Philanthropy, Salesforce.

24 December : Christmas Celebrations

Christmas Celebration was organized on 24th December with the usual enthusiasm. All students came to school wearing colourful clothes. The Christmas tree in front of the prayer hall was decorated beautifully with glitters and flowers.  A crib was made by our 9th-grade girls, who also organized an event in the afternoon with primary and middle school children singing Christmas carols. Head Master Sujay sang Kannada Carols using a keyboard.  As usual, the highlight of the event was children and staff receiving

Anjana Science Club

Saturday Science Activity: A student platform for promotion of scientific temper among middle-school and High School students restarted its activities. Any Science Activity, however simple, creates a lot of excitement and enthusiasm among children. A group of middle school students have tried to germinate Ragi, Mustard and Beans in plastic trays to understand the germination process.

Visit : Prof. Dr. K. R Raveendra, Bangalore Medical College & Team

28 December 2021: Dr K. R Raveendra, MBBS., MD Professor, Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Sri. G.N Narayanaswamy and Sri. Vijaya Prakash visited the school.  Baby Kayal is curious to understand the conversation between the professor and our Head Master Sujay. It was a meeting of four 1978 classmates of Sri Ranganatha High School, Kalkunte for Channa Raju, Raveendra, Narayanaswamy and Vijayaprakash

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Antaranga November 2021


Important Activities and Events of the Month
Karnataka Rajyotsava
Negotiation Skills for Girls: Training Session
Our School and Students Feature in COP26 Climate Summit
Smile Foundation – Invited Talks by our Teachers
Chess Training Week & Children’s Day
The highlight of the Month
Anjana School features in United Nations Cop26 Climate Summit


Climate Action Lab, a programme developed by to nurture and support a generation of future leaders and environmental campaign groups. Through a range of projects that combine science and technology, students develop a wealth of skills useful all their lives.  The project initially developed in Davos was extended to three locations around the world. We are extremely happy that Salesforce found Anjana School an ideal location for CAL (India). The project focused on three important environmental issues – monitoring air quality, studying wildlife by imaging and soundscape recording and analysing microplastics in waterways.  In spite of students staying away from school due to frequent covid-induced lockdowns, our students were able to contribute meaningfully to the project, guided by a young team of teachers and volunteers. Apart from gaining precious knowledge through these activities, the experience they acquired through regular interactions with their peers at the other three CAL labs was more precious and this would positively impact their lifestyle choices and their career progression.

The unique learning platform trained students to develop ownership and responsibility for their Climate Action Lab, experiencing full processes from the setting-up and deployment of equipment as well as monitoring and analysing the data they acquired and drawing meaningful conclusions.  They regularly shared their findings and discoveries with both local and global communities. With the real data at their hand students were able to plan their actions to invoke changes through building awareness and also contribute to the existing global collaborative environmental science research platforms.

November 01 : Karnataka Rajyotsava Celebrations

Anjana celebrated Karnataka Rajyotsava in the backdrop of demise of popular Kannnada cine actor Sri. Puneeth Rajkumar and also the covid restrictions imposed by the department of public Instruction. Children got a chance to engage in cultural activities after a long wait of nearly 18 months. The program commenced by observing a minute of silence as a mark of respect to Sri. Puneeth Rajkumar followed by hoisting of Karnataka flag by our Patron Sri. Srinivasa Palepu. Children and teachers sang Kuvempu’s Nadageethe and other popular Rajyotsava songs. Senior students highlighted the importance of the day by recollecting the events that led to the formation of Karnataka state. Children eagerly waited to witness several dance events by their friends dressed in typical karnataka colours. As always, the stage materials, prepration, costumes and makeup were taken care by the teachers with the help of support staff. It was a simple-yet- a-GRAND event.

Negotiation Skills /Art of Communication

Leadership training involves children learning to communicate effectively.  The art of negotiation becomes necessary in solving disputes amicably. A trainer from Smile Foundation conducted a three-hour session for our girl students on the art of communication and Negotiation for an effective and harmonious way of solving disputes

Orientation of Staff : Smile Foundation Initiative

Our Teachers Sreenidhi and Arun provided training to teachers of Smile Foundation-supported schools on teaching science using a hands-on approach or  Activity-based learning and using appropriate technology in classroom teaching.  Both Sreenidhi and Arun have a wealth of experience in these emerging areas having used these techniques extensively in their classrooms. The highlight of their talks  was that all the presentation material they prepared and shared with their audience was based on their own learning and experience

Children’s Day 2021

14 November: Children’s Day: A week-long training session culminated in a Chess Competition for all grades on Children’s Day. Medals and Trophies were distributed as prizes to the grade-level winners and the champions at the school level (primary and High School). Kruthika of 9th Grade was the school champion.

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Antaranga October 2021


Important Activities and Events of the Month

  1. Gandhi-Shastri Jayanti Celebrations
  2. Navaratri Celebrations –Gombe Pradarshana  
  3. Mask and Sanitiser Distribution by Lam Research
  4. Premanjali Gratitude Day Celebrations
  5. Primary School Reopens after Covid
  6. Salesforce Volunteering
  7. Smile Foundation – Scholarship Program Meet
  8. Nandini cow and her calf donated by Sri. Sridhar


Schools opened for Grades 9 to 12 on August 23 and students of Grades 6, 7 and 8 were allowed to attend physical classes on September 6.  Finally, Primary School Children entered the school after a gap of 18 months on 25 October. The school is operating all its grades adhering to all the Covid regulations imposed by the Board of Education. It is heartening to note that attendance in all the grades is more than 90%. 


The month started with celebrating the Birthdays of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahaddur Shastry. Headmaster Sujay led a team of teachers and students to sing favourite songs of Gandhiji. Headmaster in his talk highlighted the qualities of two great leaders relevant to all ages.


NAVARATRI CELEBRATIONS COMMENCED ON 6TH OF OCTOBER with arranging of traditional dolls, called Golu or  “Gombe Pradarshana”.  Mr Anantraman lead the team of teachers and students for chanting and a set of traditional Bhajans


Brahmi School observes the Birthday of Philanthropist Sri. Late K.T Narayan’s Birthday as Gratitude Day. It has been a practice to honor a Retired Teacher on this occasion and perform Gopuja. Dr Channa Raju highlighted the contributions of Premanjali Trust towards our educational programs and Food Program initiated by Sri. KTN.   

Sri. S.N Vijayasarathi (SNV), Retired Headmaster, Sri Ranganatha High School, Kalkunte in Rural Bangalore was our guest of honour for the occasion this year. Our children and teachers were beneficiaries of his words of wisdom.


Mr. Sebastian and Team of Volunteers from Salesforce visited the school for a day of volunteering and engaged children of 6th and 7th grade in Fun Games, Life skills Training and Chess & Carom Training Sessions.  The team also held a drawing/painting competition for the children and donated a set of indoor and shuttle badminton sports items to the school


Smile Foundation organized a workshop on Cyber Security for our High School students and Teachers

It is heartening to see children of all grades back in school from 25th October

Nandini and her baby boy are the new members in our Goshala.  This Gir family was gifted to our Goshala by Sri. Sridhar and facilitated by Sri. Satish Paladi

With gratitude we thank

Parent Council , Team of Teachers and Support Staff


Anjana Vidya Kendra School,  Desapandeguttahalli, Kalkunte Post, Bangalore – 560067,  email: Ph:9448584569 WWW.BRAHMI.ORG

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From a AVK Teacher…..

I , a happy teacher at Anjana, like to share my views about ‘WHY ANJANA IS DIFFERENT?’

  • Most of the schools prevail in a concrete jungle. Even my schooling was done in one of such a ‘jungle’. When I entered here, I was wonder-struck! I couldn’t believe my eyes. A school in the cradle of Mother Nature. Fascinating flora flavored the whole environment. If a person visits a place like this once, he / she would feel rejuvenated at least for a couple of months. And such a place is going to be my workplace! The very thought of it delighted me. This delectation is continuing forever to all the people present here. If I have to express this in a few words, I would just say that ‘Anjana is a paradise on earth!
  • I do still remember that my schoolmates and I just merely existed as students in our school life.  But here, I found that each and every child is living its life as a happy student. The students are not just having the education but experiencing it! For instance, a lesson about germination is not taught using the blackboard and a chalk in the class room but with seeds and soil in the garden. And that is Anjana!

  • Our school constantly takes efforts in building a healthy society by caring the health of each and every student. Not just mid-day meals are given here but 100% balanced diet has been provided to all the students. Valuable greens are cooked often to compensate for the nutritional needs of the children.

  • The values of our rich tradition and culture are transitioned to our children through celebration of festivals and events. All children participate actively and by that they understand the core reason as well as value in celebrating the festivals of our soil. We celebrate all festivals in our school. Kids feel happy to do Aarthi to Jesus on Christmas day.

I had just mentioned four reasons as answers to the question, ‘Why Anjana is different?’ but there are plenty of other reasons as well. When other institutions pat their own shoulders and declare their students as ‘Best students’, I would definitely say that our students are ‘Blessed students’!

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Namaste, everyone. We would like to share the updates and events in 2021 at AVK school in this newsletter.


The biggest lesson learnt in this year is to show gratitude as much as we can to others to make this world better place to live. Covid pandemic has taught us how important it is to cherish the meaning of life. Schools play a vital role in teaching right values like empathy, humility etc., and how to lead a meaningful life in this ever-changing world.

In BRAHMI, we have made a mission for ourselves to work on blending value education with traditional board syllabus for our AVK students. Suggestions and inputs for constructive changes are welcome to make the mission journey more impactful!

Class snap before pandemic hit us!

We tried our best to continue the process of progressing at Anjana in 2021 amidst the pandemic crisis mainly because of the confidence and blessings of noble people like you. We are grateful for having consistent supporters and volunteers who are shaping up the future of next generation rural kids.


APTIV dedicates Solar plant to School

A 15Kva – 10kWp Solar Hybrid Inverter installed by IIEC, providing continuous power supply to all our computers and vital installations including lights was dedicated to our school as part of the CSR initiative by APTIV Technologies, Bangalore. Our hearty thanks to Mr.Shyam and Mrs.Reeshma from APTIV who were the root cause of this initiative. This event was a part of the restricted School Republic Day celebration in Jan 2021.

SCIENTISTS @ ANJANA    – Climate Action Lab


CAL session

                                                                                                                                                               Salesforce, one of our CSR partner has set up the Climate Action Lab in our school to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’ 13th goal (i.e.) Climate Action in early 2021. Our school is one of the four places where such labs have been set up. The other three are in Tokyo (Japan), California (U.S.) and Davos (Switzerland). With able support of Ms. Kiranmayi of Salesforce and Mr. Ch Venkata Naga Sreekanth, consultant faculty , few selected students are involved in this program.

The purpose of this program is to educate the students about climate action issues and also about the wildlife around them. In this course of study, students learnt about latest technologies involved in wild life photography and also about testing pollutions. The team would comeup with a campaign to be given to local representatives to bring about a change and the same would be presented at the World Economic Forum that will be held in Davos.


The Corporate Social Responsibility Team at Lam Research India had distributed nutrition kits to improve the immunity of our school children. When the pandemic hit and schools had to close during the lockdown period, these nutrition kits played good support role in maintaining the students’ health and nutrition.


Smile Foundation did various camps and empowerment programs using our Campus targeting needy people in and around AVK school as part of Swabhiman program. A medical camp was organized people in and around our school on 31st July.  A training program for empowering women entrepreneurs on 26th July, 12th & 13th August and 13th & 14th September in our campus.

Guidance and Awareness Training Programs on Self Image, Goal Settings and Time Management was attended by AVK students who are beneficiaries of Smile foundation scholarships on 26th August and 17th & 18th September.


In collaboration with Philips, a teacher training program was conducted for 10 weeks on Saturdays for improving their communication and interpersonal skills. This program commenced on 17th April and extended up to 19th June,2021.


Schools have become flowerless gardens without the children who are the blood circulation of all the educational institutions for most of days in this year

It is not wrong to say that we have lost one academic year especially for rural institutions like us as we are not highly effective in this pandemic due to constraints like rural connectivity, economy etc though we tried our best within possible limits and options.

Based on the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) given by Karnataka State Government’s Education Department, our school was reopened to the students from VI grade to X grade at start the 2021. But due to second wave, when government announced the lockdown again, the children had been retained back at home. We struggled to reach our rural students by using the possible latest technologies amidst many inevitable challenges but with moderate success. We started online classes to our students of all grades from 5th of July . Teaching primary children was much challenging but our teachers tried their best. Finally, we have restarted physical classes voluntarily again from Oct 2021 and following as per state government Education department instructions.

Celebrations in AVK:

Many kind-hearted souls and institutions continues to support our operations which helped us to continue with our journey of learning & celebrations despite many challenges. We tried to capture some of those visits in photos & words here:

SRI VIDYA HOMA: Mrs. Karpagam & team visited our school for performing the homa. Mrs. Karpagam, who is a well-knowledged yoga practitioner and trainer, also conducted  a yoga-nitra session for our teachers.

MOUNAACHARANAE: Mr. Hari & family visited our school for having a prayer for the departed soul of Smt. Jayanthi (cine actress), one of our patrons.

75TH INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION:  Mrs. Reeshma & family and Mrs. Nitya & family made the simple celebration a bit grand by their presence. The pandemic abolished an awesome celebration of this great day but still our guests visits made it special.

We tried our best to capture most of the happenings in school and as always could not fit in all visits & events in school. Please visit us and help us to shape the future lives.

THANK YOU all again for being with us and appreciate your active & constructive inputs to make our journey more joyful and rewarding for everyone!

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Happy Deepavali – 2020!

Wish you all happy and colorful deepavali 2020 from AVK Team. Thanks to our teacher, Ms. Sukanya, please find the yearly updates from AVK campus and will be posting newsletter on quarterly basis going forward…..

            NEWSLETTER OF ANJANA VIDYA KENDRA – November 2020

Namaste, welcome to our latest newsletter!  This edition is about sharing news regarding the school and the students in the year 2020 and also about sharing the spirit of giving a holistic education. We value our relationship with you and looking forward to your involvement with us in the years to come to make it as a role-model school for the rural children.


In Feb 2020


Thirty three SSLC students (17 girls & 16 boys) of our school had written the board exam amidst Corona challenge. We achieved 100% results again in the board examination with 8 distinctions. We are determined to continue this achievement in the forthcoming years too.

@ SSLC exam centre


School operations were shut-down in mid-march as per instructions from education department. All other classes (1-9) were auto-promoted without any examination this year due to pandemic restrictions. 


CORONA – The hardest challenge to the world. But we encountered it bravely focusing on TEACHERS’ EMPOWERMENT.  Our teachers were back to school in the second half of May, 2020 (by following all the terms and conditions as specified by the government rules) Our teachers were empowered by the latest techniques of teachings. Some of them were as follows:


       All the teachers were introduced to the next level of teaching – The Online Classes! Through webinar from EducationKnot, experts tutored our teachers to handle the online classes.

POWER – POINT PRESENTATION                     

         All the teachers were taught to do the power-point presentation.  Weekly once, the teachers exhibited their presentations among themselves.


       The primary teachers were trained to teach the method of reading for the primary children using phonemics. This method gave a different dimension of teaching ‘How to read in English?’


      Our School founder, Mr.Channaraju had started this class for all the teachers to improve their English and communication skills. Along with the communication skills, the interpersonal skills were also focused in the class.


      We reached our students, who were left isolated in their homes, by whatsapp classes. These whatsapp classes were found to be very effective for all the students.


       We had started online classes for the students of 9th and 10th grade. We’re able to reach our students through advanced level of teaching. These online classes proved the beautiful saying- ‘One should never be limited by challenges’.

Online session in Digital classroom by HM


        The staff children were given special coachings by our teachers. Not only in the areas of curricular activities but also in the areas of extra-curricular activities. For instance, songs of various languages were taught to the primary level children. Crafts were taught to these children for their skill development. They are provided with milk in the mornings and lunch.


We continued to celebrate major festivals in school both in pre and during corona period by following social distancing.

              DATE                EVENTS , FESTIVALS AND CELEBRATIONS
 14TH JAN, 2020 PONGAL FESTIVAL – In our school, we’d celebrated Pongal by preparing the traditional sweet –Pongal and also by performing pooja for cows.
 26TH JAN, 2020 REPUBLIC DAY – We’d celebrated the Republic Day in a grand manner. The celebration became vibrant by the presence of Prayas Team and Shri.AjaySreshti & his family.
 1ST FEB, 2020 TEACHERS’ RETREAT – Teachers were given a rejuvenating trip to Somnathpur, Thalakad, Gagana chukki and Barachukki waterfalls.
 5TH JUN, 2020 WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY – We’d celebrated World Environmental Day by planting saplings. Our old students gifted coconut saplings to the school.
 31ST JUL, 2020 VARAMAHALAKSHMI FESTIVAL – We’d celebrated Varamahalakshmi Festival in our school in a simple but traditional way.
 11TH AUG, 2020 KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI – We’d celebrated Krishna Janmashtami by doing special pooja for the idol of Lord Krishna.
 15TH AUG, 2020 INDEPENDENCE DAY – We’d celebrated the Independence Day in a simple manner. The celebration became fulfilled by the presence of Prayas team and Shri.Shaam & Smt.Grishma.
 21ST AUG, 2020 GANESH CHATURTHI – We’d celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi by doing special pooja for the idol of Lord Ganesha.
 31ST AUG, 2020 ONAM FESTIVAL – We’d celebrated Onam by designing the pookalam in the traditional method which is followed in Kerala.
 5TH SEP, 2020 TEACHER’S DAY – We’d celebrated the Teacher’s Day in a simple manner. Our old students gifted flowering plants to the school and the teachers.
 14TH SEP, 2020 DONARS’ VISIT – Shri.Istarth and Shri.Shamanth from Anthill Creations presented 72 boxes of ‘Play in a Box’ – a new dimension to indoor games.
 2ND OCT, 2020 GANDHI JAYANTHI – We’d celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi with a lot of reverence to our ‘Father of the Nation’.
 15TH OCT, 2020 VISITORS FROM SMILE FOUNDATION – The co-ordinator Ms.Bendita along with Shri.Jitendra came to our school and interacted with our teachers on the ongoing activities of the school.
 22ND OCT, 2020 GRATITUDE DAY – Gratitude is the greatest of all the virtues in this world. In our school, we celebrate 22nd of October as Gratitude Day every year for the remembrance of our patron Late Shri.K.T.Narayan’s birthday.
 17TH TO 25TH OCT, 2020 NAVARATHRI FESTIVAL – We’d celebrated the Navarathri Festival by arranging ‘golu’ in a traditional method.
 1ST NOV, 2020 KANNADA RAJYOTHSAVA – Kannada Rajyothsava was celebrated by hoisting the flag of Karnataka and by singing Naada geethe.

Hope this letter helps you to be aware of happenings in Anjana. Going forward, will share these information on quarterly basis.

We would like to thank all the volunteers, the well wishers and the donors who had given generously of their time and energy towards helping the school to progress even in the challenging period of Covid – 19 – The pandemic. We are looking forward to your involvement and suggestions for improving all the areas which lead to our students’ development.                                               

Happy Deepavali and advance wishes for a bright 2021 ahead!

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Way to go into ’18

Salesforce QTC are the usual suspects at our campus and this time we have thrown a new challenge to them, which is to build a hut for nursery  plants. This assignment involves both mental and physical work. It requires to tickle the grey cells to come up with optimal dimensions for the hut. Though the location was chosen by the expert committee at the campus, the planning and execution was a combined effort of Salesforce QTC and Anjana.

Stage 1:

  • Identify the right baboo
  • Trim the projects
  • Transport to the location through human chain
  • Dig pits to drop the cement poles.
  • Place the supporting poles at appropriate location/distance and
  • Tie the bamboo to the poles
  • Prepare the structure.


Salesforce steam had to pause for stage 2 and post lunch they induled in the usual tasks of spending time with the motherless calf and attended to mundane tasks related to cow farm and spending time with the veggies.


Stay Tuned for Stage 2.

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Breaking News: Salesforce team is Hāʻawiing hard on tuesday in Bangalore?

No it is not Fake news. Salesforce believes in work hard and hāʻawing hard.


hāʻawi: giving in hawaiian language.


Yes Salesforce was hāʻawiing on a bright Tuesday morning at one of their favorite volunteering spot. Mentoring, engaging kids through sports, framing, cryptography all happening @ one place.

Bitcoin, cryptocurrency etc. are the buzzwords and salesforce gave a glimpse of the same to our students.


Composite move: Salesforce do get their hands dirty in coding, this time they got dirt on their hands with organic farming. Maneuvering manure on a 4-wheel Push-Kart was the highlight. Digging their way through the pile of composite, transporting to the kart though human chain and getting to the the bed for the veggies, all happening in synchronously. Curious, take a look at the pictures.


Sowing time: Getting the farming bed ready for sowing. This Salesforce is doing it for the 3rd time and now they have got the idea on how it works.

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Guru Nanak Jayanti with Gurus, New Lab, Experiments, sports etc.

Another milestone by Salesforce QTC team and this time on Guru Nanak Jayanti. Last time when they were here it was Diwali with plants and this time Guru Nanak Jayanti with Guru’s and Children. On this auspicious day, Salesforce QTC Volunteering team spend time with 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade kids in giving them “Gyan” on real life experiences and how one has to deal with challenges that are not taught in class room but faced by them in real life.

Engaging with Kids: There is nothing noble than donating time for the education of a child and I am very grateful for Salesforce team engaging kids and giving them a different perspective of real world scenarios.



Learning by doing:  The new New science Lab was inaugurated with the support of Global spirit and TCS. On the day of inauguration, Gurus and Children demonstrated one chemical reaction and coule of physics demonstrations.


Organic Farming: After a day long with budding flowers, the children of Anjana, Salesforce QTC team shifted gears to budding seedlings. They wanted to get their hands dirty and they have got what they have asked for. This time they planted cabbage and chilli seedlings/saplings.



Diwali Organic Farming Status: Efforts put in by Salesforce QTC during their last volunteering has started bearing fruits or veggies. Below images show the growth on the organic beds worked upon by the Salesforce QTC team.


Another milestone for Anjana Kendra and Salesforce together and many more to come.

Stay Tuned

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