CHENNAI: At the 51st Foundation Day of Kendriya Vidyalaya group of schools, a commemorative postage stamp and a ‘First Day Cover’ was released, on the CLRI campus recently.
Alumni, teachers and principals had gathered on the occasion to share their experiences about the school. “It is a remarkable institution. Not many schools emphasise the spirit of nationalism like KV,” said Dr Hiramalini Sheshadri, an alumnus of the school. She added that at KV, everyone was equal. On the controversial language debate of German and Sanskrit, Sheshadri praised the linguistic beauty of Sanskrit language that is even being recognised abroad and forgotten in India. “For students who find Hindi difficult, Sanskrit is often the favourite option,” said Mervin Alexander, Post Master General, Chennai region, who was present at the release of the stamp. Alexander, who is long associated with the school as a parent, spoke of the ethical values that students learn from the school. “We are very concerned about the value system, and we do our bit by making it part of our curriculum and not a separate subject,” said S M Saleem, Deputy Commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sagathan, Chennai.
The stamp was released by Alexander, who spoke of the speciality of commemorative stamps which are printed only once, unlike regular stamps, and are thus very unique and can be a collector’s item. The release was followed by cultural programmes by students of KV and CLRI.