Pune: Sadhu Vaswani Institute of Teachers’ Training (SVIOTT) organized a two-day seminar “Thought Bubble – A Confluence of Ideas and Learning”. It was held on 3rd and 4th of April 2015 at Sadhu Vaswani Mission, Pune.
Mrs. Anu Aga, Director, Thermax was the Chief Guest. The Seminar started off with prayers offered at the Samadhi of the Founder, Sadhu Vaswani. The lighting of the lamp, welcome address by the principal, opening remarks by the Chairperson Mrs. R A Vaswani and CEO General Israni and address by the chief guest were the highlights of the inaugural ceremony. The Principal gave the annual report of the Institute, highlighting the micro teaching sessions, value education classes and practical sessions that include imparting teaching to slow learners such as cerebral palsy children.
The seminar sessions were conducted by experts in their fields who took the effort to make them meaningful and interactive. ‘Tools for Effective Learning’ by Mrs. Bindu Patni, ‘Science is Fun’ by Dr. Arvind Gupta, ‘Celebrating Mathematics’ by Mrs. Charu Matai & ‘The Art of the Teacher’ by Prof. Randhir Khare were the highlights of the seminar.
The sessions were interspersed with short educational video clips and exhibits of the handmade teaching aids display by the SVIOTT students. The students learnt important values along with many modern techniques of teaching with aids.
The participants also saw the multimedia technological marvel ‘Darshan’ which has been awarded as the top museum in India by Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Awards.
The Chief Guest, Mrs. Anu Aga, in her speech stressed the need of teachers who were passionate. Re-iterating Rev. Dada’s message that teachers are sculptors, she said, “Intellect does not teach, human factor does.”
Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani in his message said, “Our great founder, Sadhu Vaswani, after whom this institution is named, believed profoundly that education is not the filling of a bucket, but lighting of a fire. If education does not lead us from the darkness of fear, prejudice, greed and ignorance into the light of peace, joy, serenity, compassion, humanism, faith and love for all creation, then it is not true education at all. The ultimate end of education is not knowledge but action. Education must not be merely academic or abstract. It must not merely aim at stuffing the students with information acquired from dead books or a set of sterile moralities and superficial values. True education should equip the students to cope adequately with life, with what lies ahead of them so that they may become worthy participants in the adventure of life.”
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