The Kendriya Vidyalaya family, which runs a vast network of schools that provide quality education across the country, on Monday celebrated 45 years of yeoman’s service in the field of education.
The occasion was marked by the inauguration of an auditorium that was christened after the late scholar-President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan at the Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) No 2 school in the Delhi Cantonment area. Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, who presided over the function, also presented the Incentive Awards-2008 for outstanding contributions towards education to 50 KV teachers who came from the length and breadth of our country.
Earlier called Central Schools, these institutions came into being in 1963-64. They were later renamed Kendriya Vidyalayas and are overseen by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan (KVS). “When the Kendriya Vidyalayas started off in 1963-64, they consisted of just 20 regimental schools,” explained KVS Commissioner Ranglal Jamuda.
Today, the KVs, whose alumni and alumnae include actresses Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen, Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore and India’s first astronaut Rakesh Sharma — Sharma and Sen had studied in the Capital’s KV Janakpuri — number 981, including one each in Moscow, Tehran and Kathmandu.
“What is special about these schools is the fact that no matter which part of the country you go to, you are bound to find a KV there, perhaps even without searching for one,” the HRD minister, who is also the KVS chairman, said before giving away the Incentive Awards. The awards ceremony was followed by a number of cultural presentations.