The Heartfulness Learning Centre and Lalaji Memorial Omega International School Win All-India 2nd And 8th Ranks For Students Happiness Quotient
A grand award ceremony was recently held at The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences, Gurgaon wherein Education World India School Grand Jury announced the school rankings for 2022-23 and honoured India’s Top 10 schools by Education World Awards for High Happiness Quotient Schools in the Jury’s rankings for this academic year. Hyderabad-based The Heartfulness Learning Centre (THCL) bagged all-India 2nd place and the 1st place in Telangana state and Hyderabad city in terms of High Happiness Quotient of students while Lalaji Memorial Omega International School stood 1st in Chennai city and Tamil Nadu state and 8th in India. The school won under ‘International Day Cum Boarding Schools’ category.
Shri Himanshu Gupta, IAS, Director Education, Government of Delhi; Shri Bhavin Shah, CEO and Director Education World; Shri Dilip Thakore, Managing Director Education World, Smt Summiya Yasmeen, Managing Editor, Education World and Shri Gyaneshwar Sarin from the Heartfulness Education Trust were among the dignitaries present. The event was attended by over 758 school Principals including Ms Bhavna V S, Principal and Ms Sreelekha G, Admin Manager of The Heartfulness Learning Centre; Mrs Bhavani Murthy, Principal of CIS/IB streams and Mrs Sujatha Kumar, Principal of CBSE stream of Lalaji Memorial Omega International School apart from Heartfulness volunteers who were also present at event.
Speaking on the occasion the Guide of Heartfulness – Shri Kamlesh Patel ‘Daaji’ said, “We must keep education relevant to the needs of the time. These needs change with every generation and thus too should education so that the generational gap does not progressively widen. It is the responsibility of both the parents as well as educators to nurture a kind of culture – and especially the culture of interest and observation which form a cyclical chain. We need to reach out to children and make them learn through experiments.”
Ms Bhavna V S, Principal, THLC said, “Education does not come from books alone. It also comes from experience. In the modern context education has become the basis for making a living. But at THLC we ensure that it’s not only about livelihood, but that education gives our students the strength of character, balance of heart-mind-and-soul and a sharp intellect. We have intertwined our academics with Heartfulness’s meditation practices, and you can see how happy our students.”
Mrs Bhavani Murthy, Principal of CIS/IB stream at LMOIS said, “We have reached a milestone with this award. Happiness does not come from running after material things. Education needs to be redefined in the modern world. Our curriculum has tried to achieve that by inculcating in our students the means for happiness at an early age.”
“This is a momentous occasion for us in terms of setting an example for the happiness quotient. Through the Heartfulness practices, our students have learned to strike the balance between academics, value system and thought-processes early on – something everyone strives for inherently but does not know how to. At LMOIS we have given our students the right tools for this,” said Mrs Sujatha Kumar, Principal of CBSE stream at LMOIS.
At least 14 parameters were considered to evaluate the school rankings that included teacher welfare and development, teacher competency, infrastructure, cocurricular and sports, parental involvement, academic reputation, curriculum and pedagogy, internationalism, mental and emotional well-being services among others.
The Heartfulness Learning Centre and Lalaji Memorial Omega International School have ensured that their students’ happiness levels are always high. The important signs of upfront happiness among students include physical health, good food, conducive environment and participation in indoor and outdoor activities. The school envisages a complete balance of the heart and mind in students. It promotes high level of confidence in how students speak and act. It trains the students to be emotionally balanced even when confronted, show willingness to share thoughts and matter and be open to participate in both academic and co-scholastic events. The school’s secret ingredient to achieve that consistently has been to ensure social and emotional connect, assimilate, accommodate and appreciate with love.
The Heartfulness meditation practice play an important role by enabling body and mind function in unison with the heart. An inner calm that encompasses contentment, commitment and compassion in the mind and courage with clarity in action is result of a student that practices Heartfulness meditation which constitutes 20% of the schools’ LSA, VBSE, Value integrated in scholastic curriculum.
The award ceremony closed with the unveiling of Pujya Daaji’s latest book that has been abuzz – ‘The Wisdom Bridge’ by the chief guests which was soon followed by distribution of the book for all the attendees by the event sponsors.