India Schools : Birla Vidyamandir, Nainital
Founded in the year 1947 as a fully residential public school under the partonage of Pt. Govind Ballabh pant, the renowned statesman and freedom fighter and Sri G. D. Birla - the industrial doyen and philanthropist, with an objective to inculcate a sense of reverence in the young generation of independent India for its culture and heritage while imbibing learning skills to develop working skills.
Situated at a height of about 2400 meter above sea level and 455 meter above the Naini lake the school campus commands a magnificent view of the central Himalayan ranges with their majestic snow capped peaks. The estate extends over 65 acres in area and contains classrooms, laboratories, auditorium, library, hostels, dining hall, workshops, hobby centres, computer centres, play fields, gymnasium, skating rink, swimming pool, dispensary and staff quarters.
The institution has about 50 highly qualified, experienced and dedicated faculty. A team of about 60 administrative and about 120 helping staff works around with dedication and zeal to manage other aspects of the school.
The school is for boys only. Students come as boarders from all parts of India & abroad and represent a wide cross section of society. About 800 students in the boarding houses.
Affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi the school has class IV to VIII in the junior section campus and IX to XII in senior section with science and commerce streams at +2 level. Scholastic and Co-Scholastic subjects are provided for. Easy access to computer, multimedia, internet, audio-visuals and also by introducing Personality Development, Career foundation, Career literacy and Career-by Choice programmes both at junior and senior levels. Provision for IIT, Medical and CA foundation exists. The school is a member of Indian Public Schools’ Conference, National Progressive Schools’ Conference & CBSE Sahodaya School Complex and has ISO 9002 certification.
Boys are admitted in Classes IV to VIII on the basis of merit of a written test and interviews held at Nainital centre in the month of November and in Delhi and Lucknow centres in the month of January every year. Annual expenditure for each students comes around rupees seventy thousand including boarding, lodging, books & stationary and personal expenses etc. subject to revision based on price index.
The Computer and Multimedia centres both in Junior and Senior sections are well equipped with the latest machines, peripherals and technology. Internet, ofcourse, is the star attraction in the school. The main emphasis is on using this state of the art technology for personality development of the students and to provide them with a choice to choose and build their career. Every student of BVM is awarded a Certificate of Computer Course on the completion of Primary Level, Secondary Level and Senior Level computer education and for Excellence in Computer Project Work.
The institution is well known for its academic excellence and is proud of the hundred per cent pass record it has been maintaining at class X and XII examination levels.
Games are compulsory for all students. These include hockey, football, cricket, tennis, basket ball, volley ball, handball, badminton, table tennis, roller-skating, gymnastics and athletics. Training is imparted by coaches of repute. The school has three NCC Junior Division troops - one each of Army, Navy and Air wing. Opportunities for mountaineering, skiing and rock climbing are provided on a regular basis.
Extra Curricular Activities
Hobby activities popular among the boys are vocal and instrumental music, painting, carpentry, metal works, photography and electronics. In addition, Inter House contests are held by the various societies and clubs such as the Cultural Societies, English and Hindi Societies, General Knowledge Society, Photography Club, Hiking Club and Computer Club also provide a lot of opportunities for the boys to develop their talents. Educational tours, exchange programmes in collaboration with foreign schools and educational institutions, workshops, seminars and visits of celebrities are also arranged.