CHIREC International School, the New Age school which set a benchmark for holistic education in Telangana State, celebrated their 30th Anniversary at Shilpakala Vedika on 3rd October 2018. Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Hon`ble Vice President of India, graced the occasion as the chief guest. He was accompanied by the dignitaries, Home Minister of Telangana, Shri Naini Narshimha Reddy, our Founder Director, Mrs. Ratna Reddy, and the chairman of Shri Shakti Group, Mr. D. V. Manohar.
The evening began with Swagathanjali, a vibrant invocatory dance ballet by CHIREC students, welcoming the Hon`ble Chief Guest. Swagathanjali wove together four dance forms to depict the essence of CHIREC International School, and was choreographed by National Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, Ms. Deepika Reddy.
A short film about CHIREC was unveiled, depicting CHIRECs diverse journey. From its inception to laying the foundation stone, the film showcased the rise of CHIREC as a pioneer in holistic education, with a program that balances academics with extra-curricular activities. The video captured the true essence of CHIREC when it displayed multitude of student`s activities in sports and education.
Mrs. Ratna Reddy, Founder Director of CHIREC International School, addressed the gathering by talking about her journey and excitement to look forward to CHIREC`s coming decades as the school establishes itself in the hearts of many parents and students as one of the most innovative schools in the country. She discussed some of CHIREC`s plans, including the upcoming 9.5-acre international campus with state-of-the-art sports facilities. To encourage and foster innovation, Mrs. Ratna unveiled CHIREC Innovation Hub (C-Hub), a first-of-its-kind innovation hub in Hyderabad for students to design, experiment, build and invent novel solutions to the world`s problems.
Mr. D. V. Manohar, Chairman of the Shri Shakti Group, spoke about Mrs. Ratna`s endeavours in curating CHIREC at every step, spanning decades. He invited the Hon`ble Chief Guest to unveil the Veni Rao Foundation, a charitable trust in memory of the late parents of Mrs. Ratna Reddy and Mr. D.V. Manohar. On behalf of the Veni Rao Foundation, the Vice-President distributed scholarships to meritorious candidates to recognize their academic achievements. These students, whose family income is less than Rs. 10000/- and have secured more than 85% in their qualifying examinations, hail from across Hyderabad and Rajahmundry.
The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu took to the stage and said that India is quickly becoming a global leader and lifting millions out of poverty and added that the country requires skilled youth to accelerate the growth process. He addressed the audience and stressed on the need to teach students the diverse culture and heritage of India. He expressed his disappointment when he underscored how students are memorizing and reproducing texts, thus hampering their intellectual growth.
The Vice President suggested that educational institutions and policy makers must take steps to reduce the burden on students. He said, “I feel that the overall education system from school level to higher education should be completely revamped to ensure our institutions churn out ideal citizens. First and foremost, the syllabus at the school level must be drastically cut to reduce the load on students. The time spent by students in school should be divided equally between the classroom and play field.”
Shri Venkaiah Naidu talked about how CHIREC grooms its students to be leaders who will change the global landscape in a positive way. He also applauded CHIRECs eco-friendly initiatives incorporated into the routines of the students by integrating the environment and sustainable initiatives throughout the school through academics, management, policies, and community activities.
The Vice President was presented a pencil sketch of himself by a CHIREC student.
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