Field Trip By Grade 4 to Vidhan Soudha

As an extension of the learning activity of Inquiry Module 2 on the topic – “Our systems(Every organization has its own system to function)” students of Grade IV A, B and C along with their HRTs had an opportunity to go to a field trip to the Vidhan Soudha on 21/08/2017.

Children were very enthusiastic to reach the Legislative office – Vidhana Soudha . We were received warmly by the resource persons Mr, Diwakar and Deputy Secretary Mr. Manjunath after a series of security check up Then Edifiers visited the Legislative Assembly. The security in charge police officers checked every one, counted the strength of boys and girls and also the accompanying staffs and allowed Edifiers to enter the premises.

Vidhan Soudha is a marvelous marble granite building. It has four floors above and one floor below ground level and sprawls across an area of 2,300 by 1,150 square feet. It is the largest Legislative building in India. Leading to the foyer is a flight of stairs with 45 steps, more than 200 feet (61 m) wide. The central dome is crowned by the four Asiatic lions of the Indian National Emblem.

The entrance of the building is inscribed with the slogan "Government's Work is God's Work," Kengal Hanumanthaiah is credited with the conception and construction of the Vidhana Soudha.

Students were guided to visit the Legislative Assembly. Edifiers were told that Kengal Hanumanthaiah was instrumental in the redesign and speedy construction of Vidhana Soudha. He visited Europe, Russia, United States and other places and was influenced by various designs of buildings that he had seen and incorporated the same while building the Vidhana Soudha. It was completed in 1956.

The Karnataka Legislative Assembly is the lower house of the bicameral legislature of Karnataka state in southern India. Karnataka is one of the seven states in India, where the state legislature is bicameral, comprising of two houses. The two houses are the Vidhana Sabha (lower house) and the Vidhana Parishat (upper house).

The members of the Vidhana Sabha are directly elected by people. The members of the Vidhana Parishat are elected indirectly by members of local bodies, teachers and graduates.

There are 75 members of the Vidhana Parishat. Members of the Vidhana Parishat or Legislative Council normally have a term of six years, and are generally known as MLCs.

Edifiers learnt that there are 224 members of the Vidhana Sabha or the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka state. One member is a representative of the Anglo-Indian community nominated by the Governor of Karnataka. The state of Karnataka is divided into 225 constituencies used to elect the Legislative assembly.

The normal term of the members lasts for five years. The party which wins the most number of seats becomes the ruling party.

The Legislative assembly was a big hall with central AC and without any pillars. Children saw the photos of the great leaders of India namely, Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Kengal Hanumanthaiah . Children understood the seating arrangement for the ruling party and opposition party, the position of the Chief Minister, Speaker, Home minister, Ministers, IAS officers, Joint and Additional Secretary and the journalists of the media. Edifiers had a look at the gallery meant for the public. The sound system was also a part of the assembly hall.

Then they walked around the first and ground floors, saw various departments working and the Upper house.

The memorable moment of the field trip was to greet and had interactive moment with honorable Karnataka CM Sri Sidharamayya, He shook hands of the children spent his precious minutes with children and in addition to that gave his autograph and posed with our children.

IM2 was an inquiry into the interconnectedness of human made systems and communities, the structure and function of organizations, societal decision making, economic activities and their impact on human kind and the environment.

Through this field trip, the children understood the purpose of rules and responsibilities in an organization. They gained knowledge on the administrative structure of the State Government and the hierarchy in the administration. Children were clear about the Central, State and Local Self Government. They promptly recorded their reflections after coming back to school.