A brief Report of Conference titled “T-R-A-N-S-F-O-R-M” held in Delhi NCR region on Wednesday, 30th January, 2013
T-R-A-N-S-F-O-R-M – a conference of educationists was held at the Delhi Chinmaya Mission, Lodhi Road, on January 30th 2013 with over100 principals and senior teachers of leading schools participating in the two hour programme as part of the national movement – Transforming Indians to Transform India (TITI). It began with a short introduction by the CHYKS to TITI and the Chinmaya Mission Yuva Kendra – throwing light on the role of the teacher-student relationship and the relevance of the teacher in shaping the students’ moral and ethical values, so important in today’s modern society.
Swami Nikhilananda, Acharya, Chinmaya Mision Delhi – in his welcoming note to the participating educationists, gave a wonderful example of a father giving his son a large torn world map with the request to fit in the pieces! To the father’s amazement the boy finished the task within minutes! On being asked how he did it, he simply replied that he joined the pieces of a picture of a man on the reverse side and the world map got fixed automatically! Fix yourself and the world fits into place!
Swami Chidrupananda, Acharya, Chinmaya Mission, Noida, took the audience through the seven levels of transformation mentioned in the book and encouraged all to read and discuss it with their students. He mentioned the absence of national pride in the hearts of the young; the increase of aggressive and insensitive behavior; how ‘career-knowledge’ was given more stress at the expense of ‘life-knowledge’; how the system trains the young to be like everyone else losing the need to be unique. He asked the members of the audience to encourage national pride in their students and inculcate the intense desire to transform. This in itself would gradually lead to actual transformation at all levels.
A question and answer interactive session ensued whereby certain doubts and apprehensions faced by the educationists in implementing TITI were cleared. Interesting issues were discussed like introducing the book in libraries and making it a part of the educational curriculum in schools. A video presentation on the vision of the TITI movement was shown. Another clipping was presented in which eminent people like Swami Tejomayananda, Worldwide Head, Chinmaya Mission and Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who served as the 11th President of India, were shown speaking about the movement. The success stories of the TITI programme were also shown by way of visuals. Teachers and principals of Delhi who have actively taken this movement forward in their respective institutions were honored by Swami Nikhilananda. In conclusion a CHYK member explained the methodology of filling in the forms for the quiz.
The conference concluded with tea and snacks. It was a successful event in which over 50 Delhi schools were represented.
Launch at Noida with District Magistrate, Shri M K Sundaram
Chinmaya Mission Noida launched ‘Transforming Indians to Transform India’ Quiz on 2nd September 2012 at Arun Vihar Community Centre, Sector 37, Noida.
The Chief Guest for the evening was Shri M K Sundaram, District Magistrate of Gautam Buddha Nagar. Lt. Gen Bhargava was a special guest. He along with Col. K K Puri, President, Chinmaya Mission, Noida and Swami Chidrupanandaji, Director, All India Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, North Zone were on the dais. Principals and heads of reputed schools and colleges and also a few corporates attended the function. Apart from them, members of Chinmaya Mission Noida also were part of the audience.
The programme began with an invocation. Shri Sandeep Sehgal, Secretary, Chinmaya Mission, Noida welcomed the guests. The TITI promotional video was projected on two big screens on either side of the dais. The huge applause at the end of the video was evidence that it was very inspiring and touched the hearts of everyone present there.
The programme continued with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the Chief Guest, Swamiji, Col. Puri and Mrs. Indu Sachdeva.
Chief Guest lighting the lamp
This was followed by the book launch by Mr. Sundaram. He also spoke about the importance of every Indian awakening and contributing to the country’s progress. Then special guest Lt. Gen. Bhargava spoke for a few minutes stressing upon the point that if everyone does what they are supposed to do, our country will progress. After that, Swami Chidrupanandaji gave a fiery speech – he lamented that most Indians today have no pride in their country and its glorious heritage. He said that patriotism born out of in-depth knowledge of our culture is true patriotism. He encouraged everyone to gain in-depth knowledge about India’s culture and traditions. This would not only make them patriotic but also make them sensitive towards entire humanity. It is only through transforming ourselves can we think transforming the country we inhabit.
Official Book Release at Noida
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks presented by the Col. K K Puri, President of Chinmaya Mission, Noida and finally with the singing of the National Anthem.
The organizers were happy that they were able to generate awareness about the TITI quiz and the urgent need for individual transformation leading to national transformation.
Book Launch in Dehradun on 16th September,2012 by Swami Chidrupanadaji.
The Transforming Indians to Transform India Movement was successfully launched in Dehradun on 16th September,2012. The book was Launched by Swami Chidrupanadaji along with the Vice-Chancellor of Uttarakhand Technical University, Prof. D.S. Chauhan. Br. Dev Chaitanyaji of Uttarkashi ashram also graced the occasion.
More than 1100 registrations were done yesterday itself after the launch. TITI movement is hoping to cross the 5000 mark easily in Dehradun with the principals and heads of institutions committing towards the movement.
Swami Chidrupanadaji filed everyone with enthusiasm and motivation with his crisp talk highlighting Gurudev’s Vision and explaining the movement.The Vice-Chancellor also spoke about how this movement will help the youngsters and how it is so relevant in today’s time and age.There was extensive media coverage as press and photo journalists attended the launch.
In the end we just want to thank Pujya Gurudev whose blessings made all this possible and all the acharyas and other TITI members for their inputs, help and guidance.
Principals’ Meet at Maharshi Patanjali Vidya Mandir, Allahabad
A Principals’ meet was held at Maharshi Patanjali Vidya Mandir, which was an initiative taken up by Chinmaya Mission, to make the Indians aware of their rich and golden culture and heritage, through the book- Transforming Indians to Transform India.
The meet was attended by the Principals and teachers of various schools, members of Chinmaya Mission and the MPVM Samiti . The honorary secretary Dr. Krishna Gupta, Treasurer Sri Ravindra Gupta, Sri Yashovardhan Gupta graced the occasion with their presence.
The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp followed by an inspirational song presented by the students.
The Principal of the school Smt. Sushmita Kanungo welcomed the august gathering. The Chief Guest for the day was Mr. S. Devadas, Regional Officer, CBSE, Allahabad and the Guest of Honour, Dr. Shivani Chaturvedi, wife of Mr. Devesh Chaturvedi, Commissioner, Allahabad. The other guests included Ms. Indrani Gupta, Principal Golden Jubilee, Mr. Jagdish Khatri and the Principals of Sanskar International School, Sri Mahaprabhu Public School, Tagore Public School, Bethany Convent, Dev Prayag, S.M.C. Ghoorpur etc.
A Power Point Presentation by Ganga Gurukulam was about the various achievements of India in different fields like Science, Indian Economy, Agriculture and Technology.
Mr. Neeraj Agarwal briefed about the TITI programme and introduced it as a Patriotic National event for students & their families. The objective is to bring all the Indians together, so that each one contributes his bit to transform India. He said that Indians know about their National Anthem, National Song, National Bird, National Animal and National Flower but which is our National Book ? Transforming Indians to Transform India is ‘THE BOOK’. A national quiz will be organized, seminars & rallies will be held to make the Indians know about the Real India. He opined everyone to ’Think Big’ and that is the key to Happiness.
There have been people whose lives have inspired & motivated the Indians, who have transformed India and they are Swami Vivekanand, who has taken India from weakness to strength, Rani of Jhansi – to fight the oppressors, Swami Chinmayanand – to provide knowledge of the Geeta to individuals, Mahatma Gandhi – to attain political freedom, Dr. Kalam – to revive India’s scientific progress, JRD Tata – to recognize India’s industrial sector to compete globally.
The book deals with various transformations like patriotic, physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual and through these, developing a universal outlook, in every citizen.
The Honorary Secretary of the school Dr. Krishna Gupta dealt with the objectives and contribution of Chinmaya Mission and Swami Chinmayanand Ji Swami Ji has touched the minds & souls of millions through his ideologies and his knowledge of Vedanta. He was a powerful orator who could influence and transform the young minds as well as matured minds. His legacy is being carried by the Chinmaya Mission. The latest in this row is the TITI program.
The purpose of TITI & Education is the same. It is a journey towards enlightment & transformation. It is a continuous movement and everyone should join this movement and make it a success.
The Guest of Honour Dr. Shivani Chaturvedi in her speech told her personal experience while going through the book Transforming Indians to Transform India. She appreciated the content of the book related to the monuments of India, historical figures of the country etc. which would be very beneficial for the students in knowing more about their country and feel proud to be Indian.
Mr. S. Devadas, in his speech appreciated the concept of TITI. He said that when there is so much of chaos, insecurity and the condition of the society is becoming pathetic, it is our glorious past that can bring a change in the society if only one knows about the rich Indian past.
The vote of thanks was extended by Mrs. Alpona Dey, Principal MPVM – Ganga Gurukulam.