The Karuna Club activities of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kilpauk branch for 2012-13 was inaugurated on June 23, 2012 in the school campus. Select students from Std. VI to Std. VIII were inducted to be the members of the club.
The young members of the Karuna Club were made aware of the need for preserving the eco-system (conserving plants and animals) around us as part of our social responsibility. The slogans of the club are ‘Live and let live’, ‘Serve with a smile’ among similar others.
The event began with a Karuna Prayer followed by pledge by the club members. The principal of the school Mr. C. Sathyamoorthy welcomed the guest and the members. He put forth a few ideas which the school can implement such as avoiding usage of leather items (shoes, belts) and planting saplings.
The Club aims to work and propagate social values by participating in competitions and rallies. Other activities planned include promoting vegetarianism, saving animals and giving them a safe habitat. Each member of the Karuna Club took an oath to plant one sapling and monitor its growth. Teachers in-charge of the Karuna Club, Ms. Vijaylakshmi and Ms. Jyoti Sahoo played a vital role in organising the day’s programme.
The dignitaries present on the occasion gave many thought provoking ideas. Mr. Padam Kumar J Tatia, President, Karuna International – Chennai called for active participation by all and advised them to be the messengers of peace and develop compassion in hearts for deprived ones. Mr. A. R. Shantilal Nahar gave a few tips on becoming world-class student, emphasising on the needs to develop good listening and observing skills. There was active inter-action and several queries raised by the students, which were addressed by the speakers. Prof. B. Ramachandran conducted a quiz programme on History of War and Peace. Ms. Edith Beluah gave a speech on showing compassion to all living beings.
Asmitha Kotari of Std VIII detailed the activities by the club members during the previous year 2011-12. Prizes and certificates were awarded to students who interacted well and for those who answered correctly in the quiz competition. Master Swaraj, a member Karuna Club presented the vote of thanks.