MYSORE: Students of SVEI School in Mysore paid tributes to Swami Vivekananda on January 12, which is also celebrated as National Youth Day.

The students were apprised of the life and times of Swami Vivekananda since his childhood, and the chief guest of the day, Sudakar Kamat, Divisional Manager, Syndicate Bank, extolled the children to emulate and strive to live up to the idealisms of Swami Vivekananda.

"If every student emulates at least one virtue practiced by the great man and live up to it, then it would be the best service that anyone could offer society and the country," he added.

Swami Atmavidananda of Ramakrishna Ashram, Mysore branch, presided over the function. He described the importance of National Youth Day that is celebrated to mark the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. The swamiji said he was a perfect role model for today's youth.

Man is the maker of his own destiny. Each one of us should chalk out our future and destiny instead of blaming the government or society and stop feeling inferior. God has given each individual certain qualities and talents and it is for each one of us to identify and harness those skills, Swami Atmavidananda told the students. Education is not confined to textbooks nor was there a limit to the world of knowledge, he added and urged the students to evolve into fully integrated persons and live up to their full potential. School principal M.N. Krishnaswamy and SVEI Trust President M.K. Potharaj were present.

Annual day

THE ANNUAL Day of the Maharshi Public School was held recently. It was marked by the unveiling a model of the solar system. Rajashekar Koti, editor of Andolana, was the guest of honour. He urged the students to emulate President A.P.J. Kalam, who, he said, was an international scientist of repute and who had bloomed as a scientist through sheer hard work and dedication.

The solar system model that was unveiled measured 21' x 10' and the visual representation of the model is expected to help the students in understanding the subject matter. The concept was given by science teachers H.P. Harish and V. Girish. Principal of the school K.R. Gopalswamy said the wall model of the solar system was dedicated not only to the students but also for the benefit of all. There was a message of universality in unveiling the solar system. This is only a small effort to tap the science potential hidden among the students and stimulate their scientific capabilities for carrying research in science, he added.

M.L. Kuppuswamy, Commissioner of Income Tax, Mysore, was the chief guest. He appreciated the encouragement given to scientific innovations and wished that students of the school not only excel at the national level but also secure honour at international levels.

On the second day, Mandya Ramesh, cine artiste, was the chief guest. He said the role of parents was more important in deciding the career of a child.

Yogacharya Sri Narayana Swamiji, president, Sri Sai Saraswathi Vidya Kendra, Mysore, pointed out that mere conventional learning of subjects such as science and mathematics was not enough but it should fulfil the major goals of disseminating the spiritual, ethical, emotional and artistic values in a child. He also stressed the importance of teaching yoga to students.