Activity Report for 2014-15

Dear Alumni members

On behalf of VMAA Committee, it gives me immense pleasure to summarize for you, the various activities that were held during 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015

The Activities held during the year 1 April 2015 to 31 March ending 2016,will be provided to you in due course

Group Medical Insurance for Teachers & Staff

VidyaMandir Alumni Association has been providing Medical Insurance for teachers, staff & retired teachers of the school. The Group Medical Insurance was instituted in the year 2002 and this benefit to the teachers and staff has been continued and provided for over 10 years till date.

During the year 2014-15, in all 20 claims amounting to Rs 5.15 lakhs were settled in favor of teachers and staff ,by the insurance company, under the Group Medical Insurance Policy.

In this connection, on 23 December 2014, VMAA organized a meeting in which, executives from United Insurance Company Limited and Heritage TPA (Third Party Administrator) explained in detailed the scope of insurance cover, procedures for submission of claims and other information.

Many teachers, both retired and presently working, actively participated in this presentation. Questions raised were answered, and this clarified the doubts.

VMAA shall continue with its efforts to periodically add to the Corpus Fund, so that we are able to meet the insurance costs (premiums).

Annual Alumni Induction

On 20th June 2014, the VMAA, organized a meeting to welcome and induct new set of Alumni to the existing 5,500 plus members.

This meeting is held every year to allow VidyaMandir students, who will be leaving the School after completion and passing out of the School. At this meeting, Mr. V. Kamesh, Vice – President, VMAA welcomed the new set of Alumni and explained the  various activities of VMAA, the benefits  of net working with Alumni members across the various batches and the support extended by VMAA  in this regard.

From the School, the School Principal and Vice Principal openly acknowledged the support extended by VMAA in various initiatives of  VidyaMandir School.

Gautam Memorial

The Annual Gautam Memorial Double Wicket, Inter-School Cricket Tournament is organized by VidyaMandir Alumni Association, in memory of Late N.Gautam , an alumnus  of  1984 Batch. He was a talented cricketer, whose progress beyond the Ranji Level was cut-short, when he succumbed to cancer in the year 2002.

The VidyaMandir Alumni Association organized the Annual Gautam Memorial Double wicket Cricket Tournament at Marina grounds on 28th June 2014.

Mr. V. Sivaramakrishnan and Mr.Sunil Subramaniam, well known cricketers, inaugurated the tournament.

In all teams from 8 schools participated. The final match was played between St. Bede’s  High School and Santhome High School. Due to heavy down pour, the final match could not be completed, and therefore St. Bede’s and Santhome High School shared the winning Trophy.

Mr T.A. Sekhar, former test cricketer was the Chief Guest, and MrViji Santhanam, Chairman ,VidyaMandir School Management Committee ,the  guest of honor gave the valedictory address.

The tournament continues to get good response from the Alumni and from the participating schools.

Vidyavaibhavam

Vidyavaibhavam, a two day culture show was organized on 16th and 17th of August 2014, at Music Academy. Many leading and well known VM Alumni came forward to   voluntarily and generously perform   on this occasion. They made us and the School proud.

Alumni members willingly contributed towards the Group Medical Scheme Corpus, and also to support students admitted to VM School under RTE Act.

We thank each and every Alumni who has contributed and made the Cultural Event a success.

Students  admitted  under RTE

VidyaMandir Alumni Association has in the recent past been very active in establishing close links with VM Alumni members across the batches. In August 2014, as part of Vidyavaibhavam celebrations, VMAA, the Alumni association received donations of Rs 15 Lakhs towards the corpus, with specificrequirements to apply the interest there from to support the tuition fees for students admitted under RTE Act.  Commencing with effect from 2015-16, the annual interest earned from this corpus will be applied to  pay the School fees for  students admitted under RTE Act.

Annual Get together

The Annual VMAA get together was held on 27th December 2014, at Madras Race Club.  Taking the cue from Vidyavaibhavam, all efforts were put in by the Committee to ensure that the get together receives a good response. Food was ordered from the popular Eden restaurant and a Music band was also asked to perform. The climate was also favorable and the rains did not spoil the evening!

However, the response was not encouraging, as many Alumni members did not turn up (even though some of the groups had confirmed to make it).

We still believe that the Annual get together event should be continued and that with the Portal launch, communication is expected to be more pronounced and effective.

We request each and every Alumni member to join us, at least during the annual get together.

Penn Nalam

VidyaMandir Alumni organizes  Women Health for the Teachers.

On November 14th, the teachers of VidyaMandir Senior Secondary School, Mylapore assembled to listen to experts talk on a subject which interests and reassures most middle aged women.  A team from Penn Nalam, an NGO “run by women, for women “,  based in Mandaveli,  Chennai,  had been invited  to the school premises to address  the teachers on healthcare in general , and methods of early detection of certain types of cancer.

prevalent in women. It was a highly interactive session, well received, and enhanced the awareness of the audience substantially. Mrs. Uma Balasubramaniam initiated the interactive sessions.

The talk was organized by the VidyaMandir Alumni Association (VMAA) of the school, as a part of its ongoing initiatives in contributing to the school, the teachers and staff.  MrsRajalakshmiSriram from VMAA Committee welcomed the team from Penn Nalam and the teachers.

Inter School Volleyball Tournament

This year the tournament was held in the premises of  VidyaMandir School between the 21st and 23rd of November 2014. Totally there were 19 entries in the boys group and 13 entries in the girls group.

Mr. Rajesh Rao, Director WoodlandsGroup of Hotels and VM Alumni 1985 Batch, inaugurated this year’s tournament.

In the boys’ group, the final was played between AJS Nidhi School of Alandur and Don Bosco school, Perambur. The match was a hard fought one, but finally the school from Alandur ended victorious indirect sets. The team from Anjugam Higher Secondary school finished in the third place.

In the girls’ group, the final was played between Presidency School, Egmore andDAV School, Gill Nagar. The final was a one sided affair and it was a virtual cakewalk for the girls from the Presidency School, Egmore. The team from Guntur Subbiah School finished in the third place.

VMAA Web Portal

During the year 2014, VM Alumni Association initiated and resumed the subject of development of VM Portal. Earlier, substantial work was done by Dr Sandeep and few other members. It has been always VMAA’s desire to have a robust, friendly and interactive portal, which will help VM Alumni members to touch base with their own classmates and other VM Alumni members.

The portal   is expected to be fully developed and become live in a month’s time. Once the portal becomes operational, we expect to make changes and add morefeatures, depending on the user feedback.

Soon, the portal will be made available for VM Alumni to login and register

In order to ensure, we update the VMAA database, with correct information, each VM Alumni will be requested to follow the registration process and complete all the other requested information.

The success of the portal will be in the hands of the VM Alumni, and the Committee looks forward to their sharing the contact details, so as to ensure effective connect and communication.

Conclusion

VMAA has been putting forward its best efforts to organize various activities for the Alumni members and the School, teachers and staff.

However, it may be said that we are far from achieving our objectives, which is to bring into ” VMAA Library- Database”, each and every VM student ,who has passed out from the School, irrespective of the fact whether he /she has been in the School for a few years or has completed the entire Schooling at VidyaMandir.