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Saraswati Vidya Niketan -A Hindu school in West Indies

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Guyana is a country in the Latin America, neighbored by Suriname and Venezuela. Culturally it is more close to the Caribbean countries.

Heard of a Hindu school outside India? Guyana has one.

As per Dr. Kumar Mahabir, a noted faculty at University of Trinidad and Tobago, Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) is a private school in Guyana that has created a history of sort. A Hindu school, it was founded and headed by Swami Aksharananda (original name: Dr. Odai Pal Singh, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA).
Dr Mahabir adds that the school has been producing students who have been excelling with 19 and 20 CSEC (CXC) passes [equivalent to London GCE and Cambridge O’Level] with distinctions. SVN’s Curriculum includes 15 subjects prepared for at the CSEC (CXC) Examinations delivered by highly-qualified and devoted teachers. Generally, students do poorly in Mathematics and English in CSEC in the Caribbean. However, 
at SVN school, 90 per cent of the students have passed these two subjects. 

Here are more facts about Guyana’s Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) school. Much of the info has been aggregated from school’s website.

  1. It is a Hindu Secondary School opened in 2002. Bhumi Puja (Sod Turning)for the construction work was performed on the auspicious occasion of Krishna Janamasthmi Day 1998 and the classes officially commenced from, World Teacher’s Day ,5th September 2002 with an enrollment of 35 students.

2. SVN’s Curriculum includes 3 courses addressing Hindu culture: Vedic      studies,Bharatnatyam Dance and Kathak Dance.

3. The School motto is: Speak the truth. Practice righteousness. Do not neglect studying and teaching.

(From the  Vedas – Satyam vada dharmam cara svadhyaya pravacanabhyam na pramaditavyam).

4. The school’s facilities include the 40-seat Zara Computer Laboratory, with printing and photocopy facilities, a Library (currently being refurbished), and there are plans to build a Science Laboratory. There are 19 staff members and the enrollment in 2011-2012 academic year was 312 students:  120 males, 192 females.

Most of the students come from the West Bank Demerara (WBD) and West Coast Demerara (WCD)and few of them are from the East Bank Demerara (EBD) and Georgetown.

5. According to the website, the teaching philosophy of SVN: All knowledge is already inherent in the individual soul. Real learning, with the student as the focus, consists of actualizing the potentiality latent in the student. With this in mind SVN has embarked on a philosophy of education that is concerned with the overall development and transformation of the student. While academic brilliance is encouraged we also foster the eternal and universal human values of compassion, fearlessness, truth, forgiveness, and non-injury.

6. The school was envisioned by Swami Aksharananda of Guyana who is of the view that the country’s education system, a legacy of our colonial past, is severely limited in that while it emphasizes Western and Judeo-Christian values, it de-emphasizes the role of the traditional Indian culture inherited by the Indian child. We believe that because we live in a society characterized by cultural and religious diversity, the school education must reflect this diversity in its national curriculum. SVN seeks to remedy this imbalance with an appropriate cultural input in the school’s standard Caribbean high school curriculum.

 

 

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AP EAMCET 2018 Application Process: All You Need To Know

The application process has four steps: payment of application fees, filling the form with required details, uploading scanned images and printing the filled out form after submission

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Eligible candidates can apply for this exam via online mode only at the official website of JNTU. Wikimedia Commons
Eligible candidates can apply for this exam via online mode only at the official website of JNTU. Wikimedia Commons
  • The tentative date for the commencement of AP EAMCET 2018 application process is the second week of February
  • Candidates can apply for more than one course but only a single application can be submitted by a candidate for the Engineering, Medical and Agricultural courses
  • Applicants should make sure that they fulfil all the eligibility criteria and then only should proceed with the application process

The application form for AP EAMCET 2018 is going to be released shortly by JNTU. Eligible candidates can apply for this exam via online mode only at the official website of JNTU. The official dates for the application procedure have not been announced yet, however, the tentative date for the commencement of application process is the second week of February and candidates will be able to fill the form till the fourth week of March 2018.

Candidates can apply for more than one course but only a single application can be submitted by a candidate for the Engineering, Medical and Agricultural courses. The application process has four steps: payment of application fees, filling the form with required details, uploading scanned images and printing the filled out form after submission. Students failing to submit the application until the last date will be able to submit the form only after paying late fees ranging from INR 500 to 10,000.

Click Here to Know More About AP EAMCET

Candidates will be able to make modifications or corrections in their respective forms from April. They must make sure that the correction window will be active for a limited time period only.  Upon successful registration, candidates can avail their admit cards from April.

Also Read: How to prepare for your Engineering Exams in the Age of Digital Distraction?

Before filling the application form for AP EAMCET, applicants must ensure that they are ready with all the important documents including Aadhar Card Number, Date of birth, Hall Ticket number of Qualifying Examination, Hall Ticket number of SSC or equivalent examination, Caste Certificate (SC/ST/OBC candidates), PH, NCC, Sports etc., Annual Income of parents, Study or Residence or relevant certificate for proof of local status (12 years), Credit card/ Debit card/ Net Banking details.

Students are allowed to modify/ rectify some information but not all on the application form. Wikimedia Commons
Students are allowed to modify/ rectify some information but not all on the application form. Wikimedia Commons

Applicants should make sure that they fulfil all the eligibility criteria and then only should proceed with the application process. The online application process for AP EAMCET is carried out in 4 important steps. First, the application fee of INR 450 for one course and INR 900 for both the courses has to be paid in the online mode through credit card/ debit card/ net banking and the fee amount depends on the course applied for.

After fee payment, candidates can proceed to fill up the application form which includes candidates’ personal and academic details, qualifying examination details, details needed for common entrance test, the preferred location for exam centre – primary district, secondary district and preference of 3 cities to be chosen from options in each district.

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After filling the form, candidates have to upload the scanned copy of a recent passport size photograph and scanned copy of the signature which should be maximum 30 KB and 15 KB respectively. Make sure that both of these are in JPG format. After filling the application form and uploading the required documents, candidates should verify that all the input details are correct and finally submit the form.

JNTU provides the facility to make corrections or modifications in the application form. But, only students who submitted the application form within the last date will be able to avail this facility. The correction window will be made active online only for a limited time period.

However, students are allowed to modify/ rectify some information but not all on the application form. To rectify the details that are not allowed to be modified, students have to submit a special written request along with relevant documents and the filled out application form and send all those via email.

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Details that can be altered include that of the qualifying examination, personal details, details of the study and the applicants’ address. However, there are certain fields which cannot be modified and these include stream, candidates’ name, signature, photograph and qualifying exam hall ticket number. So, fill all these details accurately else a special request will have to be made along with submission of valid documents and has to be sent via email to the concerned authorities.