Arya Samaj (“Noble society”) is a movement that promotes values and practices based on the infallibility of the Vedas. It is not a separate religion by itself, but rather aims to ensure that all human beings lead a righteous life in accordance with the ‘Vedic’ principles. It was founded by Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati in April 1875 as a secular movement, more to unify like-minded individuals (irrespective of caste, creed, religion, gender) under a common umbrella. Vedas are universally accepted as the oldest scriptures (known to be present since beginning of mankind) and are in a way a ‘User Manual’ prescribing how human beings should lead their lives. All ‘religions’ followed across the world today are only a few thousand years old. They emerged relatively recently considering that humans have existed for more than a million years. The word ‘Hindu’ indeed was coined only about 3,000 years ago (referring to people living towards the East of the famous river ‘Indus’). Arya Samaj thus propagates the message – ‘Back to Vedas’, which is based on core values of Knowledge, Equality & Recognizing One Supreme Force, i.e. God. Arya Samaj also recognizes that there are multiple interpretations of the Vedic texts, some of them directly in conflict with each other. Swami Dayanand Saraswati therefore outlined certain key aspects which form an integral part of the Vedic philosophy.
Learning at D.A.V. Boys Gopalapuram is not restricted to ensuring academic success alone but preparing students to take on the global challenges without compromising on “their character their cultures and above all their Indianness.” D.A.V. Boys Senior Secondary School situated at Gopalapuram, Chennai is the first branch of the D.A.V. Group of Schools managed by Tamil Nadu Arya Samaj Educational Society which is registered under the Societies Act. It was established in 1970 and is affiliated to and fully recognized up to the class XII level by the C.B.S.E. New Delhi With a highly qualified, competent and dedicated faculty, D.A.V Boys Secondary School has carved a niche for itself in the academic domains of the country. It currently has around 95+ teaching staff and student strength of around 2600 boys.
Education is a mission to reset the standard of the society and at DAV we consider ourselves to be blessed as we deem it a chance to greatly impact a large number of young minds in the right direction.
Mrs. Chitra Raghavan started her illustrious teaching career in the year 1992 as PGT in Physics. An M.Phil in Nuclear Physics, from the University of Madras, her first stint as Principal was for a period of 9 years before she joined D.A.V. Boys Gopalapuram in the year 2005 as PGT (Physics). With her signature teaching style of systematic and rigorous schedule, learning by doing and experiential learning method, she has always encouraged students to give their best and the best they did give – with an impressive record of 87% of students scoring A1 and A2 on an average in Class XII Board Examination in Physics, every year. She is a visionary who believes that ‘The Child is father of the Man’ and the values and personality a child develops in his formative years, mould his mettle and escort him for the rest of his life.