Guru Puja celebration at RKMVERI, Coimbatore Campus – Jan 2023

Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore and RKMVERI – Faculty of General and Adapted Physical Education and Yoga organized Guru Puja celebration on 1st January 2023. During the occasion the following events were organized:

A) Educational Exhibition

The theme of the exhibition was “Adapted Physical Activities for Children with Severe Disability”.

Children with severe disabilities are often the most marginalized, stigmatized, and invisible in the school setting, particularly within physical education and activities. An increasing majority of children with severe disabilities including: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other orthopaedic impairments with varying skill levels exhibit challenges such as motor delays, coordination, self-esteem and weight management issues. Further, the teachers (Physical Education, Special Education) are also unaware of the inclusive setup for them, which thereby creates an uncomfortable or fearful environment around them.

Adapted Physical Activities are customized for each child and have proven to improve their gross motor skills namely motor planning, motor processing, balance, visual-spatial awareness, coordination, hand-eye coordination, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength. and athletic ability far beyond what was imaginable. This educational exhibition portraits the various adapted physical activities & available modifications of activities suiting to them in the form models and display of actual devices around them which will strengthen the physical and functional performance of children with severe disabilities.

Dr V Geethalakshmi, Vice-chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore, Swami Samāhitāṉantar Maharaj, Ramakrishna Math, Nattrampalli, inaugurated the educational exhibition at 9:00am. He was accompanied by Swami Garishthananda Maharaj, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya and Dr. R. Giridharan Associate Professor & Head of GAPEY.

The list of models and banners displayed in the exhibition are as follows:

  • Adapted/modification of sports activities for children with severe disability
  • Modified/safety activity area for children with severe disability
  • Eye hand and eye foot coordination activities
  • Muscular strength and cardiorespiratory endurance activities
  • Balance and flexibility activities
  • Moving in general space activities
  • Paralympic sports for persons with severe disabilities

B) Inauguration of Ramayana Park

The Ramayana theme-based park was inaugurated by Swami Muktishananda Maharaj, Ramakrishna Math, Nattrampalli, at 9.30 a.m. The motive of the park is to serve as a means of healthy and enlightening entertainment for the children. By way of play gadgets personifying characters that remind our great tradition and values that entertain children and learn the story of Ramayana. A total of 140 students and four staff members were on duty.

C) Value based games

Value-based games were inaugurated by Swami Kapalishananda Maharaj of Ramakrishna Mission and Math, Haridwar. A total of 87 students and 3 staff members were involved in the programme. The games were organised separately for boys and girls.

The list of games arranged in the boys’ section is as follows:

  • Volleyball underarm pass
  • Football kicking
  • Ring throw
  • Tunnel ball
  • Hockey pushing
  • Hitting wicket
  • Table tennis tapping
  • Bounce ball basket

The list of games arranged for the girls’ section is as follows:

  • Ring throw
  • Tunnel ball
  • Hitting wicket
  • Table tennis tapping
  • Bounce ball basket

In the end of the game the highest scorers were awarded with mementos.

Below are some photos of the programme