India Schools : Sri Sarada Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School for Girls, Salem
ri Sarada Vidyalaya has been started exclusively for the girls. This is a school with difference. Difference in the sense meant to provide our women folk with all facilities for sound growth, healthy expansion and motherly plenitude. Women should be taught and trained to realize that they are efficiently playing their part in shaping and directing the destiny of the nation. Sri Sarada Vidyalaya, founded by Srimathi Seethalakshmi in 1956, developed gradually stage by stage and became a high school in 1969 and later attained the status of higher secondary school in the year 1979. Srimathi Seetha Lakshmi devoted her entire attention and life to develop the school.
The school owns building sufficient to house the school and hostel. The total area of the school is nearly 9 acres. The entire school campus consists of main block, hostel block with prayer hall, class room, laboratory, library, computer room, multipurpose hall and indoor hall for gymnasium. Play ground spreads over 6.93 acres. It houses two courts for volleyball, basket ball, badminton and kho-kho respectively. In the backyard there is separate ground for playing hockey and for conducting athletic meets. Separate room is available for practicing table tennis and a big hall for performing gymnastic exercises.
All the teachers are fully qualified and experienced in teaching. The present strength of the teaching staff is 52 along with management staff of teaching and non teaching for the benefit of students and better administration.
The present strength of the school is 2057, 90% of them are from middle, and lower middle class families. Classes are from Std VI to XII. There is one section for English medium from VI to X Std, four or five sections for Tamil medium. In + 1 & + 2, both Tamil medium & English medium sections for Science and Arts groups are provided. There is an option of Hindi instead of Tamil for the students whose mother tongue is not Tamil. Hostel inmates are from rural area mainly from village agricultural families. At present 170 students are staying in the hostel. 200 poor students are taking free noon meals provided by Tamil Nadu Government.
Permanent recognition is given by State Government Department of Education for both high school and higher secondary classes.
Special fees both for Tamil and English medium is the same as per departmental rules. Tuition fees is collected for English medium only as per rules. SC, ST, MBC, BC and economically poor pupils are exempted for paying tuition fees.
Admission is done on the basis of the performance in the entrance test from Std VI to X. No registration is necessary. It is open to all. Details regarding entrance test will be announced in the months of April, May every year. Entrance tests will be conducted in the last week of May every year. Results will be announced within 3 days and admission will be done soon. Meritorious and talented students are entertained.
In higher secondary classes, XI and XII standards SC / ST / MBC / BC scholarships are given by concerned departments of Tamil Nadu Government. Merit scholarships are given to XI and XII std. pupils on the basis of marks obtained in X std public examination. Sports scholarships are given to national and state winners/player by NIS Patiala.
Over all performance of students in exams is very high.
The students are given practice both in the morning and evening by the physical education teacher and coaches in volleyball, basketball, badminton, kho-kho, hockey and sprint events. Every year our players participate in district, zonal, state and national level contests.
Extra Curricular Activities
Learning a vocation at school level will help the students in their late life. Guides and rangers are given regular training by trained teachers. They render services in local festivals and in schools functions. Many guides have been awarded President and Rajya Puraskar awards. National Service Scheme is introduced in the higher secondary level for the students of plus one and plus two. The projects under the scheme are literacy campaign, planting trees, leprosy checking, AIDS awareness, fire accident control and first aid. They do service in the nearby villages, in school, in local festivals and in school functions. Dance, drama and weekly bhajans provide more opportunities to pupils to improve their talents in fine arts.