India Schools : The Scindia School, Gwalior
Founded as a Sardarsí School in the Gwalior city in 1897 by the Late Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia of Gwalior, the school was completely reorganized along public school lines in 1933 and given its present name.
A very scenic location on an extensive park-like area of about 1.5 square miles in the Gwalior Fort, 300 feet above the surrounding country side. It is a large self-contained settlement with adequate water supply, modern sanitary arrangement, electricity, infrastructure for craft and hobby blocks, a spacious library, reading room and laboratories. The staff resides on the campus. There are thirtee houses, four for juniors and nine for seniors, each double-storeyed, high roofed imposing buildings, with own gardens, dormitories and staff. There is a hospital with a resident doctor and trained medical personnel. There are twenty playgrounds and a well equipped swimming pool.
Experienced and qualified teachers are invited to join the faculty on an all-India basis. They enjoy good salaries; free quarters on the estate and other important facilities to enable them to give their dedicated service to the school.
There are 630 boys on the roll who come from all religions, communities and classes in India and abroad.
Affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education; students are prepared for the Senior School Certificate Examination (Class XII) conducted by the CBSE. The subject pattern followed is English and four electives.
All-inclusive fees for the first year amounts to Rs 1,10,000 payable in two instalments. In subsequent years the fees are drastically reduced to Rs. 67,800. There is an annual accountable deposit of Rs 17,000 for personal expenses.
The Scindia School is a fully residential school for boys. Students are admitted when they are about eleven years old; boys who have completed 13 years of age on 31st July of the year in which admission is sought are not eligible for admission. Admission is granted in Classes VI, VII and VIII. New boys are admitted through a Common Entrance Test held on last Saturday of November organised by a group of public schools.
Computer education is an integral part of the curriculum of the school. Each student is allowed E-mailing and net surfing. The students often make use of the two way T.V. projection system along with computer for making presentations. A digital camera is also used to update the school web site. There are separate labs for junior and senior sections with latest computers.
It is a commitment of the Scindia School that no deserving student needs to leave the school due to financial reasons. For this purpose about 20% of student population is given varying and adequate financial support from its own funds.
Team games such as football, hockey, cricket, squash, tennis and basket ball get extra attention. The boys must also acquire skills in swimming, athletics and physical training. Participation in physical activities is compulsory except for boys exempted on health grounds. Facilities are available for horse riding, air-rifle shooting, rock climbing and roller-skating. The school provide opportunities for mountaineering, rafting and long distance cycling expeditions. The school maintains a full NCC unit comprising all three wings - Army, Navy and Air wing.
Extra Curricular Activities
There are as many as twenty five hobbies which include painting, weaving, pottery, music - flute, table, guitar, drum, sitar, sarod, etc., woodwork, electronics, computers, paper making, martial art, aero modelling, sculpture, ship modelling and many more. Organized society meetings take place on a regular basis. There are Hindi and English Debating Societies both for the juniors as well as for seniors, Music Society, Art Society, Cartoon Club, Abhimanyu (History Society), Inquizitive (Quiz Club), Bhabha Scientific Society, Community Service, Social Service League, International Award for the Young People, etc. There is an open air theatre with a seating capacity of around 3000 for various cultural and ceremonial activities. The culture of dramatics is evident with the staging of Shakespearean plays like Macbeth, Julius Ceasar, Merchant of Venice and others like Arms and the Man in recent years. Different age group of students visit other schools for inter school debates, quizzes and sports. There is a cafeteria to cater studentsí requirements of snacks in addition to the usual sumptuous meals in the mess. Each house is equipped with a library, music system, television, solar water heating system, aqua guard and water coolers for fresh and cold drinking water.