Founded by Kulapati Dr. K. M. Munshiji, on November 7, 1938, nearly a decade before the advent of independence, with the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi and the co-operation and support of several distinguished stalwarts of India’s freedom movement, the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has grown from small beginnings to a comprehensive global intellectual, cultural and educational movement. It is a totally secular and apolitical organisation. The main purpose of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is to provide a modern bridge to span the past, the present and the future, built on the strong foundation of the fundamental values of life.
The Bhavan believes that there are good elements in all cultures that transcend all barriers and knit people together. Its ideal is “Vasudhaiva Kudumbakam”: “The World is one Family”. Its motto is “a no bhadraah kratavo yantu vishvatah”: ‘Let noble thoughts come to us from every side’. The Bhavan also firmly believes that revitalizing ancient values and reintegrating them to suit the changing needs of modern times alone will give people the strength to assimilate whatever is good in the new, without being swept away from their traditional moorings.
Bhavan’s institutes of higher learning
With 118 Kendras/Offices spread over all the parts of India and 7 centers abroad in UK, USA, Portugal and Mexico, Bhavan has acquired a true ‘International Indian character and culture’ and sponsors more than 373 institutions all over the world. Bhavan’s concern for evolving new culture by proper synthesis with fundamental human values and growth oriented Indian culture finds expression in the establishment of institutions devoted to science, technology and management.
Outstanding institutions under Bhavan’s banner in this context are:
Bhavan’s SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai.
Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai.
Sardar Patel College of Communication and Management, Delhi.
Rajendra Prasad College of Communication and Management, Mumbai.
Rajaji International Institute of Public Affairs and Administration, Hyderabad.
Gandhi Institute of Computer Education & Information Technology, Mumbai.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Kochi Kendra
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kochi Kendra is the largest Kendra among the entire Bhavan family. In all the states of the Indian union, Kerala has the largest number of Bhavan’s kendras. The first Bhavan’s Kendra in Kerala was started at Kochi. Our founder, Kulapati Dr. K.M. Munshiji appointed a Kendra Committee with Justice Shri. T.S. Krishnamoorthy Iyer as the first Chairman and Mahakavi G. Sankara Kurup as one of the Vice-Chairmen. Dr. G.S. Pathak, the then Vice-President of India, formally inaugurated the Bhavan’s Kerala Kendra on 9th September 1970 (1st Chingam , the Malayalam New Year Day). Adv.C.Ramachandra Menon is the present Hon. Secretary.
Some of the institutions run by Bhavan, Kochi are listed below:
Bhavan’s Somani College of Mass Communications & Management (Study Centre) - Inspected in 1971
Bhavan’s Balamandir - Five branches around Cochin - Inspected in 1971
Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Elamakkara - Inspected in 1977
Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir, Girinagar - Inspected in 1980
Bhavan’s Mahila Vibhag: A service organization imparting vocational training for girls - Inspected in 1984
Bhavan’s Nursery Teachers’ training College - Incepted in 1986
Bhavan’s Nursery Teachers’ training College - Incepted in 1989
Bhavan’s Adarsha Vidyalaya - Incepted in 1989
Bhavan’s Varuna Vidyalaya, Kakkanad, Cochin - Incepted in 1992
Bhavan’s Munshi Vidyasharam, Thiruvankulam - Incepted in 2001
Bhavan’s Royal Institute of Management (BRIM) - Incepted in 2002
Bhavan’s Entrance Success Training Center (BEST) - Incepted in 2003
Bhavan’s Newsprint Vidyalaya, Velloor - Incepted in 2003
Bhavan’s Daycare Center
Bhavan’s Special Education center: attached to all schools, for the improvement of slow learners.
Shri.Venugopal C Govind
Shri. E. Ramankutty