The New Millennium!
The turn of the century has witnessed a transformation on the academic front. We are now affiliated to the I.C. S. E Board. The emphasis is now on thinking and reasoning process, encouraging students through projects to display their latent talents. The institution boasts of the best of class-rooms (where the old traditional black-board have been replaced by white-boards), a full-fledged Research Library, an extensive library which is updated with latest edition of books at regular intervals, state-of-the-art computer laboratories, science laboratories, a cafeteria, auditorium, activity rooms, a well-equipped infirmary with an in-house nurse, multi-purpose outdoor playing grounds – we’ve added Archery, an Olympic game to the ever expanding sports programme. Despite all this, we adhere with added fervour to our established traditions.
In fact, this decade witnessed many students getting laurels in various fields of sports like Lawn Tennis, Swimming, Throwball, Karate, Cricket, Chess and Athletics. Three of our students went to Sri Lanka to participate in the international Indoor Cricket Tournament and one of them was felicitated for taking a hat trick. Three other students brought international recognition and gold medals to the country by excelling in throwball. The school also bagged the ‘Best School Chess Players Boys Category’ Trophy in the biggest Bournvita Chess Tournament. Our school emerged champions with a huge margin of 86 points at the Inter School Karate Competition.
In addition to the superb performance on the academic front, social responsibilities are not overlooked. The willingness to share and help those who require it is deeply inculcated and this continues unabated – students of Vissanji Academy were felicitated for collecting a substantial sum for the National Association for the Blind as they celebrated their 50 years of tireless service towards the blind.
Our students display the true manifestations of learning and sport. We acknowledge their triumphs as they negotiate the swirling currents of the river of life. ‘There is nothing constant but change’ is something that Vissanji Academy has embraced. It is this willingness to move with the times, to constantly re-invent itself while remaining true to its ethos that has made the School the success it is. But when you think about it, what’s important to the school hasn’t changed at all. What’s important to the school always has been, and always will be, it’s greatest strength, its students.
"The hallmark of a good school is its ability to lovingly develop future citizens and we take pride in continuing to give this world some wonderful ones. Our students have taken the values learned at this Academy and successfully translated them into life skills wherever they have gone across the globe. Our students take joy in telling us how being here has given them the skills that give them confidence and the values that bring satisfaction in whatever they do. To us that is the greatest accolade. To know that our students pride themselves in being both successful and proud of themselves is what inspires us to continue on the path that our founders had envisioned for our school."
Vissanji Academy began a year-long celebration to commemorate the Golden Jubilee on June 30, 2012. The presence of teachers from yesteryears and the alumni filled the atmosphere with nostalgia and emotions.
The evening of celebrations started with the customary lighting of diya followed by the unveiling of portraits of our founders – Mr. Pratapsinh Mathuradas Vissanji, Mrs. Pushpabai Pratapsinh Vissanji and the Founder Principal Ms. Maneck E. Mody by the Trustee Mr. Hemant Vissanji.
Ms. SunandaLeelaram, an alumnus of the 1972 batch, a widely acclaimed international speaker on Vedanta, was the Chief Guest for the evening. The daughter and protégé of the internationally renowned philosopher Swami Parthasarathy, Sunandaji, enlightened the audience with her thought provoking speech.
Ms. ZarineVirji, an alumnus of 1980, now a Principal of a reputed school in Mumbai, sent waves of laughter across the audience with stories from her school days. Another proud alumnus from 2000 batch, Mr. Gursimran Singh, who is currently making his mark in the world of advertising, shared how Vissanji Academy set a strong foundation for a successful life ahead.
The magnificent 50 year-long journey of the Vissanji Academy was showcased perfectly in motion through
the school documentary prepared by Mr. Dharmin Chanda, an alumnus of 2001.
It was a fabulous evening and a wonderful walk down the memory lane.
This was not the end but just a new beginning…
The whole year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations shall go down in the history of Vissanji Academy forever. The journey of Vissanji Academy which began 50 years ago, shall continue for many more years to come.