VISTAS OF EXCELLENCE
SSC : The Concept
In 1987, CBSE brought out a Publication titled, “ Freedom to learn and freedom to grow through SSC’s which characterised SSCs as volutantary association of schools in given area, who through mutual choices, have agreed to come together for a systematic and system wide renewal of the total educational process. In other words as ` sahodaya ‘ signifies rising together, it identified six areas, to begin with, for collaboration amongst schools of it complex : 1) Educative management 2) Evaluation 3) Human Resource Mobilisation 4) Professional growth of teachers 5) Value oriented school climate 6) Vocationalisation of Education. Historical Background Through the idea of SSCs was first mooted by the Education Commission, 1966, it was the National Policy on Education,1966 which reiterated in strong words the need for Promoting School Complexes for meeting the quality of education. This set the tone for bringing the schools together and networking them for healthy interaction among themselves. The CBSE envisions a robust, vibrant and holistic school education that will engender excellence in every sphere of human endeavour. It works towards evolving a learning process and environment, which empowers the future citizens to become global leaders in the emerging knowledge society. The Board commits itself to providing a stree- free learning environment that will develop competent, confident and enterprising citizens who will promote harmony & peace. Palakkad District Sahodaya School Complex (PDSSC) Palakkad Sahodaya with 75 schools spread across the length and breadth of the` Rice Bowl ’ of Kerala came into being in the year 1990. With just 5 schools in its kitty at the time of its inception, PDSSC has come a long way since then. We now have 10 different clusters formed with the objective of catering to the needs of every stakeholder in areas such as interaction amongst teachers, subject wise training programmes, Orientation programmes for parents and students, cultural exchange programmes, inter-school competitions both in Arts & Sports, publication of journals & e-magazines, etc among other activities envisaged at the cluster level. Members of PDSSC always believe in maintaining a strong bond amongst each other and at the same time complement each other and remain as one entity and thus live up to the motto of sharing and caring and together work towards the progress of each institution in both letter and spirit. We, here at PDSSC, besides conducting various inter-school arts and sports competitions, provide the platform for principals to have meaningful interactions pertaining to both scholastic and co-scholastic activities. We now have kick started an ambitious programme called GURUVANDANAM to honour the teachers for the excemplary work carried out in their teaching span for being role models with virtues and knowledge for their students. PDSSC meetings turn out to be joyous occasions for heads of institutions wherein they share all their joys and sorrows and thus it really gives ”a home away from home” feel for our leaders. Our Sahodaya Complex is now a registered body under the Society Registration Act and we have our meetings and brain storming sessions at St. Raphael Cathedral school, Palakkad. We have a social media group exclusively for sharing the academic matters related to schools under PDSSC which also happens to be the medium for sharing CBSE related circular/ advisories by our city co-ordinators. Our online portal VIGYAN INFOVISION launched on 15th August 2020 served as an effective social media during the dreaded pandemic COVID-19 and was beneficial to scores of students as the classes were handled by a team of resourceful and experienced teachers under PDSSC. PDSSC has become a source and solace of strength and wisdom over the last 22 years eversince it came into being in 1990. Hatts off to all our managers and principals who pioneered this movement and all those who associated with it over the years and continuing to do so in its unending saga of journey amidst all trials and turbulations. Just as we stood like a solid rock we will continue to remain as one entity cutting across all our personal differences and inconveniences and thus PDSCC will remain as on umbrella organization for all CBSE schools in Palakkad District in the years to come.