CURTAIN RAISER: 50 YEARS OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE 2015
Approaching the 50th year of its journey of academic excellence in 2015, Asan Memorial Association, had its curtain raiser of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations on Sunday, July 27th 2014. It was the vision of Sri. A. K. Gopalan Chairman & Founder Secretary with few other friends who were eminent literary figures and those deeply interested in public affairs decided to start and establish an independent memorial to Mahakavi Kumaran Asan in the city of Madras. What started as a small temporary shed has now bloomed into established and successful high-quality educational institutions that cater to the basic, vocational and higher educational needs of the children of malayalees and non-malayalees in the city of Chennai, under the stewardship of Sri. A. K. Gopalan fondly called AKG.
The inaugural function of the Golden Jubilee Celebration was held at the auditorium in the Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School campus, and started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the guests on the dais and a prayer sung beautifully by the school students. The Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour for the evening were his Excellency Dr. K. Rosaiah, the Governor of Tamilnadu and Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization respectively.
The function had the welcome speech addressed by Sashi Kumar, Chairman, Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee while Dr. C. K. Revi, President of the Asan Memorial Association, presided over the function. "The Association has been giving the Asan Smaraka Kavitha Puraskaram and we are instituting a new award for journalism this year," he said. This was followed by Mrs. Shyamala Jayaprakash, General Secretary's introductory speech on the various scholarships that has been initiated. The evening concluded with a light music program.
Commemorating this special occasion, the new AKG Public School was launched at Pallikaranai, Chennai. The committee with a defined plan will be celebrating the Golden Jubilee with a host of events throughout the year 2014-2015. Onam Celebrations, education and literary seminars are among the many events planned.
To mark the 50th Anniversary, the association have initiated the Asan Golden Jubilee Merit-based Education Scholarships and the A K Gopalan Navathi Scholarship, in honour of its Founder, for school students based on economic need worth Rs. 50-75 lakh. They have also introduced awards including an Asan National News Media Award for Best Editorial Contribution with Social Relevance. It would look at journalistic work that has a transformative value in the print media in English and Indian languages. The nominations are expected to be received by February 2015 which is 2 months before the presentation of the award. The award will comprise a plaque, a citation and a cash component of Rs. 1,00,000/- and will be presented in April 2015 to coincide with Kumaran Asan's birthday.
Press Meet - Asan Golden Jubilee Celebrations
21st Annual Day Celebration
Asan Memorial Matriculation Higher Secondary School celebrated their 21st Annual Day on 18th January 2014, in a grand manner at the Ammu Swaminathan Auditorium in the Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School campus. Mr. Sailendra Mamidi, IRS Commissioner of Income Tax from Chennai, was the Chief Guest for the occasion.
The program started with a prayer song. Mrs. Nina Gopalkrishnan, Executive Committee Member extended a warm welcome to the gathering. Principal Ms. Sunitha Vipinchandran presented the annual report highlighting the achievements of the school and the students. Meritorious students in academics & extra-curricular activities and teachers were felicitated with prize distribution by Mr. Sailendra Mamidi. Release of the school magazine was done by our Executive Committee Member Mrs. Nina Gopalkrishnan. Prelude to the evening cultural programs, the school pupil leader proposed the vote of thanks and the finale was marked by the students singing the National Anthem.
Pongal Day Celebrations 2014
Pongal celebrations at Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School kicked off with plenty of activities.
A Kolam Competition was conducted for the Students, Parents and the Teachers. Following this the female teachers showcased their talent in a singing contest and the male teachers in Uri Adi contest. The day was filled with lots of fun and everyone participated in the activities with lots of enthusiasm. The GM of the ASAN Group of Educational Institutions gave away prizes to the winners.
A K G Navathi Celebration
January 5th, 2014 marked the 90th birthday of founder secretary Sri. A.K. Gopalan fondly called AKG, an exemplary visionary and educationist. Asan Memorial Association Chennai, founded in the year 1965 under the stewardship of this great visionary has done real proud to the memory of Mahakavi Kumaran Asan, a great Teacher, by establishing and successfully running several high quality educational institutions that cater to the basic, vocational and higher educational needs of the children of malayalees and non-malayalees in the city of Chennai. The quest which began in the year 1966 continued relentlessly adding fresh ones seeking the nice areas in the field of modern educational systems and is still on the move. This vibrant and methodical association's contributions in the socio cultural field also are widely acknowledged.
The function "A K G Navathi Celebration" was organized by Chennai Malayalees in honor of Sri AKG at Sri Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall; Chennai in recognition for his decades of outstanding achievements and for providing relentless service in the field of Education. Many Eminent personalities from different spheres of life like Politics, Poets, Media, Social Thinkers, Educationalists, Industrialists, other Social and Cultural contributors, felicitated, shared their long time association and paid their tributes to Shri AKG who dedicated his life towards the promotion of Education, Social Values and the betterment of the Society on the day. The day long celebrations started with a Seminar on 'Social Values and Identity Crisis in Today's Political and Cultural Scenario', a documentary on the life and times of Shri. AKG and ended with a Musical 'Karuna' which was based on the works of Mahakavi Kumaran Asan.
The NCC Air Wing unit @ Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School organized an event in E-Waste and launched the waste management program to spread the awareness about E-waste and the need to recycle.
The Chief guest for the event was Mr. Anantharaman Mani, Co-Chair, Young Indians. The other guests in attendance were Mr Rathinam T, Vice President of TES-AMM (India) Pvt. Ltd, India and K.Sankara Narayanan, Chief Officer 1(TN) AIR SQN NCC.
The event focused on educating the students on
How to handle e-waste
Hazards of e-waste
Materials Not Acceptable for Recycling
How they affect our environment
A Collection Bin has been setup at the school where the cadets dropped off electronic items considered to be e-waste motivating other students to promote the initiative of disposing Electronic waste. This facility of the collection bin can be used to dispose of your unused electronic equipment.
Seen in the pictures below are
Mr. Anantharaman Mani
Co-Chair, Young Indians
Mr Rathinam T
Vice President, TES-AMM (India) Pvt. Ltd, India
1(TN) AIR SQN NCC
Mrs. Jalaja Devi
Asan Memorial Sr. Sec. School
Smaraka Kavitha Puraskaram
Traditional pookalam competition held on 6th sept 13
Date:6th September, 2013
Venue: Asan Memorial Senior Secondary School Premise
The students are exceptionally good at sports and games and have played matches at the zonal level. They have participated in various "competitions" and "cultural activities" organized by the city schools and have won prizes in oratorical, painting and quiz competitions.