Ekya / March 31, 2023 Posted by : administrator

Source:  India Today

Educating a woman transforms communities and societies. It eventually leads to greater gender parity, increased political participation, and economic growth for the nation. Education empowers women with the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools to make informed decisions, secure higher wages, and achieve better health outcomes.

When we think about the dedication of all the women we work with, we cannot help but envision the possibilities that would emerge if we continued to support and celebrate women’s accomplishments.


“Despite the longstanding goal of enhancing educational opportunities for girls and women, particularly in the context of female empowerment, the barriers to accessing quality education often prevent women from entering the workforce,” said Dr Tristha Ramamurthy, Founder, Ekya Schools.

“The path to education for women and girls is fraught with numerous obstacles, such as gender discrimination and stereotypes, insufficient infrastructure, early marriage, a shortage of female educators, and various safety concerns,” she further added.


New technology tools are benefiting women entrepreneurs in a multitude of ways. Technology plays a crucial role in connecting women to the markets and facilitating resources for their inclusive growth in the business landscape.

“Backing women’s abilities and their leadership leads to innovation. With the advent of edtech technologies, women are no longer deterred to be active participants in learning and development programmers,” said Yogita Tulsiani, Director and Co-founder, iXceed Solutions.

“With technology tools, women entrepreneurs are benefiting from the accessibility of adopting new processes, technologies, and models that can fuel their business growth,” she added.


On International Women’s Day 2023, we strongly believe that digitisation has the potential to bridge the gap and create a more inclusive society.

“The theme of DigitALL is a timely reminder that women have an equal right to access digital resources and participate in the digital economy. We need to ensure that women from all walks of life are given the necessary training and opportunities to harness the full potential of digital technology,” said Kavita Desai, Head – Corporate Communications and CSR, at Covestro India.

“Let us strive towards building a society where every woman can benefit from digitisation and realize her aspirations,” she added.

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Ekya / May 24, 2023

Fun in Sun: Ekya School Summer camps designed for children to Explore, Learn & Play

Source: Brain Feed
Summer camps are a great way for children to spend their holidays in a meaningful and productive manner. These camps not only provide a fun and enjoyable experience but also offer opportunities for children to learn and develop new skills. They allow children to learn new skills, make new friends and have fun while staying active and engaged. With this in mind, Ekya Schools and CMR NPS organized series of camps with an array of activities planned that cater to a range of interests and ages. The camps are being led by experienced and qualified instructors ensuring safety, enjoyable experience and engaging environment for children across ages. The camp began with a meaningful excursion to Munnar as a part of the Outbound Learning Pogram organized for children of Ekya Schools and CMR NPS exclusively, where children got to trek, go kayaking, watching and learning tea picking, and learning the process of tea making, enjoying the natural surroundings of tea estates, activities like raft building, watching martial arts of Kerala, etc. At Ekya Schools and CMR NPS, keeping in mind the benefits of organizing summer camps for its students, they have started offering a variety of courses and skill-based activities. Customized activities like LEGO Robotics / Coding and Robotics, Public speaking and creative writing skills, Art Courses like Drama & Speech, Theatre, Sculpturing and Art on bottle, Warli Art, Paper Mache Pots, etc. Performing arts like Hip-hop dance, Indian Modern dance, Sports activities like Swimming, Basketball, Skating, Karate, and many such personality development programmes have been a part of Summer Camps for students of Ekya, CMR NPS and others who wish to participate. Camps are held on several Ekya School campuses. The best part is that kids from any school may come to our campus, participate in camps and have a good learning and fun time by enrolling into the Summer Camps. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Anamika Radhakrishnan, Head – Student Development, Ekya Schools said, “The summer camps at Ekya School and CMR NPS are designed to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for children to learn and grow. Our educational programs are specifically tailored to develop cognitive and social skills and focus on physical fitness and overall wellbeing. Through various activities, we aim to encourage children to be active and engage in physical exercise, which is crucial for their holistic development. With a team of experienced and qualified educators, we are dedicated to providing a high-quality education that equips children with the necessary skills to succeed in the 21st century. At Ekya Schools, we are committed to creating a learning environment that fosters children’s holistic development.”

Ekya / May 24, 2023

Bee-lieve it! Students of EKYA School introduced to the new Bee Hotel Initiative to promote sustainability

Source: Education World
While options for summer camps are aplenty, Ekya school in Bengaluru is offering its students an innovative summer assignment- to raise bees. To encourage sustainability initiatives and promote the importance of environmental conservation, Ekya Schools has collaborated with the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in their one-of-a-kind ‘Bee Hotels’ initiative. Interested students from all five branches of Ekya have opted for the Bee Hotel and will be participating in the activity. These bee hotels will be looked after by the students during the summer vacation. This initiative targets studying solitary bees in Bengaluru. Experts believe that unlike honeybees, solitary bees do not build hives or display any aggressive behaviour, making it safe for children. Ekya School Byrathi hosted an interactive talk about conserving biodiversity in cities where students interacted with researchers from ATREE. Dr Tristha Ramamurthy, Founder of Ekya Schools and Provost, CMR University, said, “We have introduced the Bee Hotels as we firmly believe in the importance of transcending the limits of the classroom and raising our students’ awareness of the world they inhabit. Moreover, the Bee Hotel initiative engages the entire family by facilitating collective learning about sustainability and conservation”. “We believe that our students must understand the impact of their actions on the environment,” said Smriti Agarwal, Head of School, Ekya School Byrathi. “By implementing this initiative, we are not only creating a secure environment for bees but also educating our students about the significance of sustainability and conservation.” Students will be recording their observations on the Bee Hotel App. These observations will help further the research program at ATREE to integrate these important pollinators into urban life.

Ekya / May 24, 2023

Gautam Aravindan: A Compassionate Youth Paving the Way for Robotics With A Purpose

Source: Edugraph

The soft hum of electronics filled the air as Gautam Aravindan tinkered with his latest creation in his room. It was a 3-degree of freedom (DOF) camera positioning system for machine vision, and it was his most ambitious project yet. As just a second-year PU student at CMR National Pre-University College, ITPL, Gautam had already made significant strides in the field of robotics and electronics, driven by a passion that had sparked in him at a young age.

Recently, he presented his projects in electronics, robotics, and single-board computers at CMR National PU College. The session covered basic sensors and actuators, delved into the world of robotics using a robotic arm controlled using a Raspberry Pi and a remote control, and discussed the exciting potential of single-board computers. Gautam conducted the session to spread awareness to his peers regarding the amazing potential of the world of robots and computing and that there are no age constraints to building robots. He hoped to have inspired his peers to explore it further.

It all started when Gautam saw a robot on TV and was fascinated by its functionalities. From that moment, his interest in electronics and computing only grew, leading him to explore distinct ventures of robotics and ultimately becoming a field he wished to pursue when he grew older. With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping him indoors, Gautam utilized his time to learn the fundamentals required to build projects related to electronics, robotics, and single-board computers.

Amidst the pandemic, Gautam upskilled himself and expanded his knowledge, creating several impressive projects. From a Laser Security system for safety purposes to a reverse parking system using a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, he had done it all. He had even created several 3-D printed and designed home-based products, such as laptops and mobile stands.

During his journey, Gautam encountered various challenges that strengthened his persistence and determination to achieve his goals. For example - Amid the pandemic, when he couldn't access the required components for his projects, he dismantled his old toys and repurposed them for his work. And with every challenge after that, Gautam's unwavering dedication towards his projects sharpened his problem-solving abilities.

Amongst his numerous projects, Gautam had a particular social concern he wished to address using robotics and electronics - the growing necessity for elderly care. Gautam believes these fields have a wide range of applications and could be used to solve several real-world problems and assist in research ventures. He hopes to address this issue by building a robotic companion for the elderly based on their respective needs.

For people interested in learning more about robotics, technology, and computers, here’s what Gautam suggests - “Explore these ventures in-depth using the Internet. Take advantage of e-learning platforms that offer paid and free courses with certification. Get hands-on exposure by building projects - using beginner electronics kits which are easily accessible on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, etc”.

Gautam Aravindan's dedication to electronics, robotics, and single-board computers is impressive, and his work is an inspiration to many. His passion for these fields has led him to undertake several impressive projects and has given him a broader perspective on the role of these technologies in society. His work on building a robotic companion for the elderly is a testament to his commitment to solving real-world problems through technology. Gautam's journey in this field is one to watch out for, and we look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next.

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Aarav Lad from Ekya School JP Nagar wins big at his first international piano competition

Source: THE New Indian Express Nine-year-old Aarav Lad has come far in his journey as a pianist, having started out at the age of five, he has already won big at his first international competition. Lad, a city-based student, was one of 120 competitors in the fifth International Music of the World contest. According to his parents, Ankita and Kapil Lad, Lad has always been an avid pianist from early on. “He has always had a penchant for playing the piano, we got Aarav a 32-key mini piano when he was four, he started learning formally at the age of five and has been learning ever since. Whatever activity Aarav picks up, he completely immerses himself in it and does it with a lot of focus. Right from the beginning, he leaned towards the western classical genre which has a large piano repertoire and finds a lot of pleasure in learning new and challenging classical pieces. Over time, his repertoire has grown in complexity,” Ankita says. Competitors came from over 24 countries across the world, with Lad competing with solo pianists from the US, Russia, China, Canada and Germany. On March 18, he found that he had won second place in the Piano Solo category in his age group 9 to 11, being one of the youngest to bag the prize. He was the only Indian in the age group to win. “It feels very good to have won. It’s my first competition and it’s nice that I was able to win. My favourite composers are Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and Liszt. While I play classical compositions, I hope to create my own in the future,” he says. Lad is currently being trained by prolific Belarussian concert pianists Natallia Kapylova and Liudmila Drazhnik. “We are incredibly proud of him. He has grown immensely with his current teachers. It may be too early to say, but when asked, he says he would want to be both a pianist and a mathematician! We would be happy for him to follow whichever path he chooses,” Ankita says. In the meantime, Lad has also shown a penchant for academics as well. “When Aarav is not playing piano, he’s usually listening to classical music. He also enjoys solving Rubik’s cubes and has participated and won in many competitions, he can solve the 3x3 cube in 10-11 seconds and the 2x2 in 3-4 seconds. He learnt when he was 6 and can solve 14-15 different types of cubes. He also loves Math, Physics and space, and has done well in many Indian and International Math Olympiads,” Ankita says.


The Power of Community: How Friends of Ekya is Creating a Supportive Learning Environment

Source: Easy shiksha

May XX, 2023, Bangalore: Ekya School, a leading educational institution in India, is thrilled to announce the launch of Friends of Ekya, an initiative aimed at creating a vibrant community of individuals committed to students' holistic development. Through this initiative, Ekya School seeks to leverage the expertise, experience, and networks of community members to create opportunities for students to learn and discover a world beyond boundaries.

Under this initiative, the Parent Champions Program enables Ekya to build a support structure involving parents in their children's learning journey and school community. Parents can participate in a range of activities throughout the year, from volunteering at special events to mentoring students in college or career transitions.

As stated by Dr. Tristha, Head of Ekya School and Provost, CMR University, "Parents play a crucial role in their children's development, and the Parent Champions Program is an excellent way for them to actively participate in their children's learning journey. Through this program, parents can share their expertise, experience, and knowledge with their children and help them navigate the challenges of growing up."

In addition to the Parent Champions Program, Friends of Ekya offers the Community Champions Program, which provides a platform for alumni, partners, professionals, enthusiasts, and change-makers to contribute their time, knowledge, and expertise to students' success. Community members can share their skills and experiences with students, broadening their horizons and equipping them with the skills they need to thrive in the real world.

This empowering initiative highlights Ekya School's commitment to creating exceptional individuals who will make a difference in the world. The program offers a range of activities and opportunities for parents, alumni, partners, professionals, enthusiasts, and change-makers to contribute to students' success and play an active role in their development. Ekya School is proud to invite everyone to join this rapidly growing community and make a positive impact on the lives of our students.

About Ekya School

Ekya Schools is a community of learners, thinkers, doers and change-makers. By drawing on the legacy of the CMR Group of Institutions and innovative methods of learning from school systems around the world, our schools were instituted with one aim – to teach children not just what to learn but how to learn.

At Ekya, our children are at the heart of everything we do. Our learning paths and curriculum incorporate international standards and research-based pedagogy. We believe in this approach because our schools facilitate a deep love for learning, give children clarity in their conceptual understanding and equip them with real-world skills. Through our innovative curriculum and co-curricular activities, our children are becoming learners, thinkers and doers.

We have five campuses across Bengaluru, at ITPL, BTM Layout, J P Nagar, Byrathi and NICE Road. We offer Montessori and Kindergarten programs at the pre-primary level and IGCSE, CBSE, and ICSE options at the senior school level. To learn more about us, please visit our website.

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