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When we look back at the life and times of Mr. V. V. Bhat, we are justifiably filled with fond reminiscing and applause for his persona that influenced several lives and still continues to do so. His loss is felt not just by his family and close friends, but his large extended family as well. By his extended family, we mean the thousands of students, teachers and other staff members of the illustrious Children's Academy Group of Schools, of which Mr. V. V. Bhat was the founder-principal. His passing away on 15 August, 2001, left an irreparable void in not only the Children's Academy Group of Schools, but in the world of education on the whole.

It takes great nobility of mind and unflinching determination to build any educational institution. That Mr. V. V. Bhat could build an institution that is consistently ranked among the top schools of / in the country speaks volumes of his dedication and lofty ideals. He started a rivulet in 1970 which has today spawned into a large river, comprising of three esteemed schools, spreading its waters of education to around 10,000 students.

The vision that became synonymous to holistic education which led to the institution that stands tall, The Children's Academy Group of Schools (CAGS), was envisaged by Shri V.V.Bhat. An educationist, Bhat Sir believed in sharing knowledge with society and with the young minds, with the objective of making them true next generation learners.

It all began in the year 1970, with the creation of Children's Academy, Malad Branch, which was started as a school that focused on the virtue of learning. The school nurtured, structured, and shaped by Bhat Sir, has spawned into a large institution. Today, CAGS comprises of three esteemed schools, spreading its wings of education to around 10,000 students.

Mr. V. V. Bhat laid the foundation of the Children's Academy Group of Schools with a single school in Malad East in 1970. This was quite a modest institution, functioning out of just a few rented shops in the premises of Ishwar Bhavan, a residential building. Though this was a harrowing time for him, as he had to look into every aspect of the school, his sincerity and genuineness helped him to build a very faithful team of talented teachers who served to carry his dream ahead.

Finding a plot for the school was an uphill task. The monetary aspect notwithstanding, it was acquiring the municipal permission that proved to be the most daunting aspect. It took him 6 years of persistent effort to secure the permission, and even those 6 years of waiting were mired by impediments like the demolition of his makeshift school structure by the BMC.

It took only a little while for the educationally-conscious people of Malad to accept the enhanced pattern of education that Children's Academy had ushered in. The growing demand from the local and proximate population resulted in the formation of the first branch of Children's Academy. This was set up Ashok Nagar, Kandivali East, and then another branch which was launched posthumously at Asha Nagar (Thakur Complex, Kandivali East).

Today, Mr. V. V. Bhat is surely smiling when he looks down from the heavens to see such a sprawling, well-equipped institution that outshines most other schools within the city. We have not reached the finishing post yet, but surely we are leagues ahead of most of the pack.

Though he retired from active work in June 1990, Mr. V. V. Bhat never hung up his boots. He kept planning various things for the improvement of his schools and his students. The Kaman Village plot acquired by him at Vasai was a part of these efforts. He erected the Children's Campsite here, a place full of nature's bounty for the students of the school to unwind. He planted various saplings here, doing his bit for environmental conservation.

We still have a lot of ground to cover to fulfill Mr. V. V. Bhat's dream. These last four decades of the academy and its immense growth is just a drop in the ocean of educational excellence that Mr. V. V. Bhat had envisioned and strove for all through his memorable life.

Shri V.V. Bhat was born in the year 1930, near Udupi in Mangalore, Karnataka, in a family of educationists. He started schooling at his ancestral school, Kadiyali Higher Primary School. Thereafter, he completed his graduation and post-graduation from the University of Mangalore.

His passion for education inspired him to earn a Bachelor's degree in Education as well as a Bachelor's degree in Oriental Learning. Being well-versed with academics and having degrees to his credit, he decided to share his knowledge with the students of his ancestral school. He began his association with the school as a teacher. He rose through the ranks and went on to earn the post of the Head Master of the school.

Bhat Sir operated the school with the only objective of imparting quality education and empowering the students with academic and social skills, with a view to face the challenges of tomorrow. He did so while putting equal focus of co-curricular activities, thereby resulting in all-round development of the students of his school.

Carrying forward the ethos of nurturing successful learners, with an amalgamation of best practices and an eye for detail, Bhat Sir built The Children's Academy Group of Schools, an institution that consistently ranks among the top schools in the country.

Moreover, the determination and zeal towards education, combined with Bhat Sir's isms, saw the growth of the CAGS parent school at Bachani Nagar and its branches in Ashok Nagar and Thakur Complex. Bhat Sir crafted an institution for students, where learning created curiosity and opportunities are created beyond classrooms.

This distinguishing characteristic of great nobility of mind and unflinching determination which runs in the veins of the institution, dates back right from the early days of his life. Bhat Sir grew in an environment where teaching was child centric and learning to question and the urge to know more was paramount.

Though he retired from active work in June 1990, Mr. V. V. Bhat never hung up his boots. He kept planning various things for the improvement of his schools and his students. The Kaman Village plot acquired by him at Vasai was a part of these efforts. He erected the Children's Campsite here, a place full of nature's bounty for the students of the school to unwind. He planted various saplings here, doing his bit for environmental conservation.

We still have a lot of ground to cover to fulfil Mr. V. V. Bhat's dream. These last four decades of the academy and its immense growth are just drops in the ocean of educational excellence that Mr. V. V. Bhat had envisioned and strove for all through his memorable life.

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