There is an artist in everyone of us and we all have the basic ability to contribute something to the world. Among the arts, music is considered special as it builds an inner discipline besides being the language of global harmony. Such an art has been included in the curriculum of Calibre Academy.

Calibre Academy launched a music university on July 19 in its premises. It was began by Brhaddhvani, one of the premier music research and training institutions.

Through this venture Calibre Academy hopes to bridge the gap between the demand for music education and the supply of a highly accomplished musical faculty with a structured and systematised syllabi in musical training at the child's primary source of learning (his / her school).

The guests of honour at the inaugural function were M.S. Viswanathan and Vaijayanthimala Bali. Mr. Viswanathan said, “Music is losing its luster in our country. It is a sea and one has to be a student all the time. I am happy that the school is fostering interest among students in the subject.”

Ms. Vaijayanthi Bali said, “Art should be considered as an offering. Prayer and devotion is needed for attaining it in its fullest capacity. Carnatic music inspires the mind, body and soul. By launching this programme, Calibre is laying a strong foundation of music in its children. I am sure they will successfully do this without tampering the basics of the art.”

Y.G. Mahendra who also addressed the gathering said that it was most appropriate that it is being launched in the presence of stalwarts such as MSV and Ms. Bali.

Madhuvanti Arun, correspondent of Calibre Academy, says that children will not just learn the basics of music but also the history and have a thorough theoretical knowledge. The syllabus will cover Indian music, Western, folk and so on.

The subject will be made compulsory from class VII onwards. “Music is as important as any other academic subject. The move made by our academy is to help children appreciate and enjoy music by infusing it into the system from an early age,” added Ms. Madhuvanti.

Music classes will he held between 2.15 and 3.15 p.m. everyday. Thus it will be made as an integral part of the curriculum without disturbing the regular schedule of academics.

Robotics lab

Robotic class was also launched at the Calibre Foundation recently. The Foundation is promoting innovative thinking by exposing the children to the knowledge of the principles behind the automation in Robotics. Dr. Satheesh, Ph.D. in Robotics Engineering from IIT Madras, has designed the syllabus in such a way that student's skills in science, technology, design, engineering, math, teamwork and communications are enhanced through the use of Robotics.

Basic principles

Students will be taught the basic principles involved in Automation and Robotics by relating the theory to what they see and use in their day-to-day life, starting from the ATM machine to the modern day automatic security system.

The course will be integrated with Science and Mathematics syllabus of the respective classes. This will give them ‘hands-on' experience of the concepts practically. The course will end with the students attempting a project on a Robotic Principle under the guidance of the Research Associates from Robotix Lab Research Academy who will be stationed at the Laboratory in the school to teach the students.

At present the lab has 14 computers and three laptops. It is equipped with NXT kits, early learning kits, introductory kits and advanced level kits. These will be toggled by the children between home and school for doing home work.

“Once the concept sinks into the children we have plans to divide the children into two groups.

One will be the fun-loving type who will be trained to do projects in sports and robotics and slowly participate in robotic sports (national and international level).

The second will be the young scientist group who will be given specific projects. If the children come out with good products they will be encouraged by the school which will in turn patent it.

LALITHASAI

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