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Soaring Creativity!

Hard at work on the fountain

The MPC and BPC 2nd Year students from the RDF VAPV Junior College showed their prowess at Science and their inventiveness by making a functional water fountain. This working model of a water fountain was made entirely from recycled and waste material which the students found in the college store room and in their homes. The icing on the cake is that this model only cost an affordable Rs. 950 to make!

Nagaraju, working on the fountain

G. Nagaraju, studying in BPC 2nd Year took the initiative to start this project. In his own words –“I took inspiration from APJ Abdul Kalam. I remember reading that while he was studying, his teacher was explaining the flight of a seagull over the sea and fascinated by that, he decided to become a pilot. I took inspiration from his life when I thought of preparing a water fountain. I got together with my friends and told them about my idea. Then we took suggestions from our Physics lecturer and finished the project within 6 days!”

“This is the best project that I have done in college and we decided to dedicate this water fountain to our batch (2016-18). I will never forget my college days. My time here has inspired me to become a scientist.”

The fountain, finished with a flourish!

The fountain occupies pride of place in front of the classrooms on the Junior College campus. We are so proud of the leadership and creativity of students like Nagaraju, who take ownership of their learning and also generously involve their friends. We hope his and all our students’ dreams soar, just like the seagull in Dr. Kalam’s story!

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Farewell: Wishing Junior College Students well..

It is a tradition to celebrate and welcome juniors through a Welcome Party and bid farewell to seniors on Farewell Day in junior colleges. Both are days that provide time to mingle and bond, without any stress.

The 1st Year Intermediate students of RDF VAPV Junior College organized a well thought out and presented Farewell Day for the outgoing batch.  The seniors spoke very well and reminisced abot their experiences in the college and everything they were thankful for. They gave many suggestions to their juniors on how to work hard and develop themselves in order to do well in life. Several confessed their mistakes and spoke of the lessons learnt, which was quite touching. Many of the students stated that they feel proud to study in RDF VAPV Junior College. They all thanked to the management and lecturers because they provided advice, care and mentoring to them.

There was a fabulous song and dance performance which had the audience up on their feet. Despite the cheer and merrymaking, the students still felt sad to bid adieu to their favourite college. They will be missed for sure!

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Banoth Anitha, who studied MPC said, “I feel happy that I am one of the members of RDF family. I feel proud to say that I studied Intermediate in RDF Junior College which is one of the best colleges in Warangal. At first I liked the beautiful atmosphere, green grass and beautiful trees around the college. The lecturers were very open and friendly. They clarified all the doubts. The spacious laboratories attracted everyone and I felt happy learning here. I feel this college is homely and its delicious and hygienic food was loved the most. I will never forget this college in my life. Here I learnt honesty, transparency, making good friendship, helping nature, human values and leadership qualities. All these qualities I carried from this college. I want to become a scientist in physics. I promise you that after ten years I will come here and donate some money to educate at least five students every year.”

That’s a beautiful note Anitha – we wish you and your batchmates the absolute best in life!

A Learning Journey

My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored paths, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people. ~ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A day trip away from college and from the regular activities promises to be an exciting event for students, so one can only imagine what a few days away would mean for these students! RDF strives to make education a contextual and meaningful experience for students, so that they not only learn what is in their academic textbooks, but also learn from their own life and the world around him. So a learning journey becomes an intrinsic part of students’ academic experience. 

The RDF VAPV Junior College organized a trip to Karnataka for 54 students and 10 teaching and non teaching staff. For many students, this was the very first time that they were venturing out of their hometowns and they were very excited! They read up about Bangalore and Mysore on the internet, learning about Karnataka’s cultural heritage, historical monuments, the progress and development in its cities etc.

Students and teachers really enjoyed the visit to Mysore, understanding its relevance in local and Indian history. The enjoyed their visit to the Mysore Palace and ISCKON temple. Some students purchased the famed Mysore silk saris and appreciated its background and weaving. Next on the agenda was Bengaluru and the students were in awe of the city. Known as the Silicon Valley of India, some students are definitely dreaming of working here when they complete their education!

Keerthana, an MPC – 2nd year student, studying in the English Medium stream said this – “This is the first time I have gone for an educational tour leaving my parents. I enjoyed well throughout the journey.  I have leant many things in this trip. I have seen different nature, different language of famous places and we got knowledge and significance of historical places and monuments by the guides. I will never forget this experience in my life. I would like to thank RDF College management for organizing such a wonderful trip.”

 Travel and exploration of new places and cultures is a wonderful learning experience and we hope that we have ignited a curiosity about new places and people in these young hearts. All the students and teachers had a great time! The experience, the memories made will be a talking point in the college campus for a long time, we’re sure!

 

Unlikely Hero!

People have a tendency to salute those to achieve great feats or those walking the halls of fame. But we have many unsung role models who do their work quietly and care for no fame.

Today we would like to celebrate the life of Badavath Kumar, a student of the RDF VAPV Junior College. He belongs to a poor family – his father works on a small farm and his mother is a daily wage labourer. Both parents are illiterate. Badavath has always taken everything he does seriously – be it college studies, helping his parents or pursuing his dreams. He attends college regularly and is always at the top of his class. He helps his mother with house hold working every morning and assists his father in the field in the evenings. He continues with determination and focus even during festivals and holidays!

He has treasured the sacrifices that his parents have been making to help him get an education. See their daily hardship and wanting to help them in every way, he has been helping his father learn new methods of cultivation. For the past one year, he has been cultivating the land and has been able to generate better yields than previous years! He consults role model farmers in order to understand and learn better methods of cultivation and has been passing on this new found knowledge to his father.

With this deep understanding of the issues that besiege the agricultural sector, Badavath has his heart set on becoming an agricultural scientist, so that he can help more people like his father learn better agricultural techniques. With a drive to help poor, rural, agricultural communities; he has already been passing on methods to use and conserve water better, not burn crops and reduce the usage of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. He dreams that he can pass on the torch of advanced agricultural practices to his peers and generations to come, to help farming communities in India.

We applaud quiet leaders and heroes like Badavath, who work tirelessly in remote parts of India and shine a light for struggling, underprivileged communities, empowering them with their zeal and perseverance!

Career Guidance

Guidance for first generation learners, who have lived and studied in rural areas, but want to work in cities, is a crucial step in preparing them for life outside their small villages. If we think preparing children for the world is a tough task, imagine the culture shock experienced by rural children!

Therefore, all RDF institutions conduct Career Guidance and Life Skills training sessions, in addition to participation in meets and field trips to other towns and Hyderabad. At the RDF VAPV Junior College, the team invited Mr. E. Muralidhar Rao, a reputed speaker, from Warangal. Mr. Rao gave a detailed talk about various courses available after Intermediate and how to apply for the best course. He also motivated the students to think about success and the qualities required to achieve success in their careers and life. “Conduct, Concentration and Commitment are the three qualities required to reach life goals and success” is the mantra he swears by.

He patiently explained to the students that problems and challenges are a part of life, but the attitude to solving those makes a big difference. How do we set goals? What do we do when we encounter problems? What strategies do we follow? These were the pertinent questions he posed and discussed with the students.

The students also asked various questions and doubts about higher education and courses most suitable for them to take up, which he clarified patiently. He also advised them to read more books and spend their time wisely and productively, rather than on phone calls, chats, Facebook and other social media. He recommended that they arm themselves with knowledge through books and awareness rather than social media.

The students listened intently to his thoughts and views and felt motivated and more confident about their future prospects. They understood that they need to be committed to their goals and work hard, if they are to get out of the poverty cycle. We thank the Junior College team for their commitment to their students’ future and arranging such inspiring sessions. We also thank Mr. Muralidhar Rao for giving his time and interacting with the students. We’re positive your guidance and wisdom will help them in innumerable ways!

Community Care for the Children

In this digital era, the ramifications of being in an interconnected, digital world are not confined to just urban children. It easily reaches rural children too as technology has penetrated all parts of India. Therefore, it is not unusual, even in rural India to find children spending time on their cell phones, browsing the internet, spending time on Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter or watch serials on television. The hold of such digital media and content is so strong that it has been creating concern among parents and educational institutions, as students spend more time in the digital world than the real world.

A discussion with teachers & parents

The team at the RDF VAPV Junior College also had similar concerns. They decided to enlist the support of the parents and also spoke to the students to come up with ways through which students also focused on their education, rather than whiling away time on their phones and the internet. The college now send the homework requirements and project work via SMS to each parent. They are also informed if the student is absent, especially an absence of 3 days or more. They also exhorted parents to participate more in their children’s lives and take an interest in what they are doing.

Getting suggestions from parents & students

These initiatives have led to parent’s paying more attention to their children, helping them with their projects and homework, which is having a positive effect on their attitude and their academics too! The lecturers are also spending time engaging more deeply with the children, discussing education, life skills, careers and handling challenges in life. Undertaking such social responsibility together is what makes the RDF environment a dynamic one!

The parent community feels very motivated at the support and care that their children are receiving from the Junior College. Since all RDF institutions believe in transparency of processes, they also feel free to offer suggestions to the college management in handling everyday challenges. This is an empowered community at its best!

Founder’s Visit

The Vanitha Achutha Pai Vidyalaya – RDF’s esteemed Junior College has done the RDF community proud over the years. We are deeply grateful for visionaries like the founders of the college, who wanted were committed to supporting the development of the natives of their village. Therefore when the founder, Sri Anantha Pai visited the college, the students and staff welcomed him grandly.

He praised the efforts of the management, staff and students on their academic and sports accomplishments over the years. He stated that, “Strength is Life and Weakness is Death’ – reiterating the value of hard work. He interacted with all the students, asking them about their studies and extra curricular activities.

He spent time with teachers in their respective classes, giving them advice and valuable suggestions on how to guide youth and the importance of mentoring them. He shared his views on the numerous courses available and the plentiful opportunities that students can avail of. He encouraged them, saying, “You are all young, energetic and dynamic students. Use the facilities in your college well, read well, use research skills to improve subject knowledge and improve your communication skills.”

He stressed on the importance of hard work and was shown a presentation of student’s and alumni’s achievements. He blessed the students to continue their good work and do well in life. Everyone was enthused with his warm and encouraging words. His visit definitely motivated the students to work even harder to accomplish their goals – a life free from the struggles of poverty through the power of education!