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.
At DAV, we aim to provide our children holistic
education, focusing on the four Cs - Communication,
Collaboration, Creativity and Critical thinking.
Known for our academic rigour, we are deeply conscious about ensuring that our children grow up as ardent patriots, develop a strong spiritual framework, are service-oriented thus developing a sense of compassion and learn to enjoy sports though all of them need not become great players.
We take pride in the ancient gurukul system and believe that teachers are truly special - आचार्य देवो भवः| We may not have the best of modern infrastructure (some aspects by conscious choice and some due to genuine constraints), but we are proud to have the best of teachers.
We envision our children evolve into empowered individuals who can contribute to the world as leaders, overcome the challenges of life through spiritual strength and guide themselves, their families and societies to peace and happiness.”
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.
We take pride in the ancient gurukul system आचार्य देवो भवः| and we are proud to have the best of teachers.
Students are taught that ‘Gyan Pravaha’ which means ‘sharing of knowledge’ is the key component to success as they learn best when they teach, and so commit socially to live what they teach.
My message to the student community is to dream big, bring your vision to fruition by executing it with passion, hard work and discipline so that you remain happy and contented forever.
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.
In her words, “A teacher can never tell where his or her influence stops – it can affect eternity. We, at D.A.V., believe that every child is unique, special and needs an individual approach, no similar to another. A child’s growth is not in measure of his curricular performance or co-curricular excellence, but is in a holistic development that guides and supports him for the rest of his life. The attitude he carries with him determines the altitude he reaches in life.
Do not educate a child to be rich, educate him to be happy. So, when he grows up, he will know the value of things, not the price. We, at D.A.V., strongly believe that gratitude is a quality that must be nurtured in every child as he grows so that he learns to count his blessings every single day. To achieve these objectives, the journey we undertake is long and comes with its own challenges, bends and turns and the role of a parent in this journey is also indispensible.
To raise a child who is comfortable enough to leave you means that you have done your job. They are not ours to keep but to soar high on their own. In this, I believe that parents and teachers are allies who should work together for the fulfillment of their common objective – well being of the child. A parent is equally responsible in fostering morality in a child as a teacher is. A child should appreciate what he has, realize how blessed he is, utilize the God-sent opportunities in a productive manner and reap the benefits. The bent of the mind of a child, his abilities and inclination must always be given foremost priority while taking crucial decisions in his life.
In conclusion, with the grace of the Almighty, blessings of our founding fathers Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati and Mahatma Hansraj and many other torchbearers of the egalitarian principles of our school who have led the mission and vision of D.A.V. till date, the never-ending trust and support of our parents, we march forward towards greater glory, farther destination, to continue this responsibility of producing patriotic and responsible citizens of our nation.
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