Special Banjara Events
Diploma in Counselling Skills-2011 Valedictory Report
A journey of 253 days came to a pause. It began on 31 July 2010 in the same venue, Institute of Agricultural Technologist but in a bigger hall to accommodate many strangers but ended on 9 April 2011 in a smaller hall as that lesser space was enough because the journey had reduced the distances between people, it had made friends of strangers and had brought unlikely people together.
The valedictory for the DCS 2011 was a riot of colors. The hall was packed. It began with the presentation by the four batches. Some of the batches presented song and dance while others spoke eloquently about the journey of more than eight months.
After the batches did the presentation, Raja the popular figure in Banjara was invited to speak. He talked about the learning that had happened during the course. The learning from the faculty and the more important learning from each other. Then he called on the Mentors of the batches to come and speak. Malini, Sapna, Sonal and Eshwaran spoke about their experiences in mentoring their batches. One common theme was that each of the Mentor thought their batch was special and each of them enjoyed the mentoring process. Nalini, Asha and Kanmani also spoke on the occasion.
Then Ali took over and after briefly speaking about the course that had come to an end, he reminded the students that the actual journey had only begun now. The course had only been a trailer for the real movie of life to unfold in front of the students. He went on to list the various options available to the students if they wanted to pursue education in the field of Psychology. He also elaborated on the various options available to those who wanted to actually get into counselling – options both as volunteers and for professional jobs. A booklet listing what do next was distributed to all the students.
Just to highlight the options being used, since some students of earlier batches were present, Ali asked them to come and share their experiences.
All the batch leader and deputy leaders – Seema, Nidhi, Neha, Mukambika, Wilston, Ajay, Radhika and Neetu were presented with gifts for the great work these people had put in for various programmes with their respective batches.
Next Bharath and Farooque took over and engaged in some fun activities with volunteers from each batch.
Then Ali decided to honor the backstage boys and girls of Banjara. He called Indu, the administrative head of Banjara who in turn called the members of her team – Venu, Arun, Raghu, Anees, Nisha to the dais for a resounding applause from the gathering as these people had been instrumental in the smooth running of the course.
Deepak, a student had done a painting presented to Banjara. Ali received it.
A few of the students, Maaz, Dolly, Prabha, Asma, Jaya, Surabhi came and spoke about their experience in doing the course and how it had helped them to grow.
The meet ended with hot snacks and beverages, courtesy Mohan the student of Banjara who takes up catering when not counselling!!
Photos of the event: Aravind Narayanaswamy
For more photos visit: http://tinyurl.com/43p8h98
- Helping Hand Volunteers' Day - 18 December 2010, Helping Hand Anniversary Programme was held at Manthan, a Banjara Retreat, by Banjara Academy, Bengaluru
- Spouses Meet - 11 December 2011, spouses of students of diploma in counselling services of 2011, Banjara Academy, Bengaluru
- Felicitation of Special Educators, 2010, Felicitation by Dr. Ali and Raja from Banjara Academy, Bengaluru-Second Part
- Felicitation of Special Educators, 2010, Felicitation by Dr. Ali and Raja from Banjara Academy, Bengaluru-First Part
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