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India Schools : The Daly College, Indore

The Daly College was founded in 1882, to educate the sons of the rulers and the chiefs of central India. Owing to the efforts of Lt. Col Hugh Daly, son of Sir Henry Daly, the Government of India and the rulers of central India subscribed large sums of money and in 1906 the plan of the present building was prepared. In 1912 the new building was formally opened by Lord Hardinge, the Viceroy of India. In 1940 the college underwent a major change of policy and was converted into a full-fledged public school. It thus became the first chief’s college to throw open its door to all, irrespective of caste, creed of social status. Its constitution also was accordingly amended and it was registered as a society on 5th April, 1948. In 1956 Mr. R. N. Zutshi became the first Indian Principal of the college and the students were drawn from all parts of India and even abroad.

School Overview

School Campus

The Daly College is located on a sprawling pollution free campus of 118 acres in the eastern corner of Indore, the largest city of Madhya Pradesh. On three sides of the campus are large tracts of government land with very limited construction. As it is situated on the Malwa plateau, Indore enjoys a salubrious and pleasant climate almost round the year. In the centre of the campus stands the majestic white marble college building. The residential part of the college is divided into houses. The senior boarding houses are Ashoka, Vikram and Rajendra, which house boys from classes IX to XII. The middle level boys stay in the Holkar House. Close to the college temple is a newly formed Bharati House which is the abode of girl boarders from classes VII to XII. The junior boys live in Malwa House. In addition to this, the college has three non residential boarding houses : Jawahar for day boarder boy and Indira and Ahilya for day boarder girls. The college has two dining halls for use by over 1500 students at a time, a large gymnasium, two libraries, three computer centres, a hospital, two new academic blocks, laboratories, the squash courts, the swimming pool, the Dhar Guest House, the staff club and accommodation for staff.


The junior wing of the college has students of Class I to V / VI. Students of higher classes are in the senior wing. Classes I to VI work from 8.00 a.m. to 1.05 p.m. only. Non-residents of these classes go home at 1.30 p.m. All other classes work from 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and their daily routine includes classroom work, hobbies and games. They, including day boarders, have a lunch break from 1.00 p.m. to 1.55 p.m. The day boarders leave at 4.30 p.m. after games and tea. Both Junior and senior classes start assembly where prayer and daily news are read.



General Category Amount Foreign Category Amount
Class VI & below Rs. 1,03,200 Class VI & below Rs. 1,48,700
Class VII & above Rs. 1,03,700 Class VII & above Rs. 1,49,200


  1. Boys and girls are admitted only in Class I in the Day Scholar category.
  2. Boys are admitted to Classes IV only in Boarders category.
  3. Girls are admitted to Classes VII only in Boarders category.
  4. Admissions are not made into other classes.

Admission is open to all irrespective of class, creed or community. Parents are advised to register the names of their children or wards as much in advance as possible indicating the year in which they would like to send their children to the Daly College. Registration will be done till the 30th November of the year preceding the year of admission. An Entrance test is conducted at various centres in India and abroad usually on the last Saturday of February every year. The test consists of a written examination in English, Hindi and Mathematics and may include an interview for students short-listed for admission. For admission to Class I the child should have completed 5 years of age by 30th June of the year in which admission is sought and should not have ordinarily completed 6 years. Parents may register their wards for admission to Class I any time after birth along with an original copy of the birth certificate.

School Academics


Half yearly : around first week of November.
Pre-Boards for Classes X and XII :

  1. mid January
  2. 1st week of February
Annual : mid April

Unit tests are conducted once in each term. Promotion to higher classes is made on the basis of the cumulative record of a pupil in all the aforesaid tests and examinations.


Participation in games by students is essential not only for physical development but also for the fostering and inculcating team spirit. Students of the college have shown great proficiency in outdoor games as well as indoor games. The Daly College is proud to have produced some very good sportsmen. Rajsingh Dungapur, Ramesh Pratap Singh of Kachhibaroda, Sardar Mohammad Khan Malik, Surendra Singh of Alirajpur, Suryavir Singh, Hanumant Singh and several other eminent sportsmen are old Dalians. Excellent facilities are available for games like football, hockey, cricket, swimming, basketball, athletics, squash, tennis, rifle shooting, volleyball and table tennis. The Daly College is the only public school in this area which can boast of a cricket academy within its fold. A tennis academy and a horse riding training centre are likely to come up in the near future.

Extra Curricular Activities

A variety of cultural and co-curricular activities are offered in the college and the students have won laurels at All India level in debating, quiz and declamation contests. The teaching of fine art has been based on modern thinking in the field of children’s art. The students are provided opportunities for free expression. The college has numerous societies and clubs which foster in the students social, literary and cultural development like the Hindi Dramatics Club, Music Club, Dance Club, Hindi Literary Society, English Literary Society, Philately Club, Computer Club, Social Service League, Fine Arts Board, Library Council, Adventure Club, Poetry Society, Photography Club, Geographical Society etc. Besides these activities, the college runs the Duke of Edinbugh Award Scheme as a regular programme. International exchange programmes with reputed schools in UK, Australia and USA are a regular feature. During vacations, educational tours to places of interest in India and neighbouring countries are organised. Students take part enthusiastically in treks, cycling expeditions and mountaineering.

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