Central India, especially the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, have for decades been known for premium schools and other institutions of higher learning. These schools, besides offering modern education that prepares their students to take up challenging careers, also lay great emphasis on Indian values.
The primary motto of many of these reputed institutions is to ensure that students imbibe “Indian values, with global vision”. Thus, besides focussing on a rich modern syllabi – including the sciences and liberal arts – and extra-curricular activities, including sports, drama and debating and cultural aspects, they also emphasise on Indian values in their teaching.
Many parents, including NRIs, want their children to get the best of modern education, but at the same time also cherish Indian values. Unfortunately, with education increasingly becoming synonymous with commerce – and also the rat race for top-notch jobs – schools in many metros are ignoring the importance of value based (especially Indian values) education.
Central India, or rather the undivided state of Madhya Pradesh, has been known for decades for the high quality of education imparted by some of its schools. Some of the most prestigious ones were set up in the 19th century to provide value-based education to the children of erstwhile ruling families of central India.
The Daly College, Indore, for instance, was established by an officer of the British Indian army, Sir Henry Daly, in 1882. In the same year, the Rajkumar College was set up in Jabalpur, and shifted to Raipur about a dozen years later. Both these institutions, which trained the scions of erstwhile royal families and industrial houses, continue to offer a high standard of education today. But they have also evolved over the years. In 1998, the Daly College Business School was set up in an over 100-acre campus in Indore. Today, central Indian cities, including Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Raipur, Bhilai and Bilaspur boast of leading educational institutions.
The Indore Public School, a modern, co-educational English medium school recognised by and affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education for 10+2 pattern of education, was established in 1987. It is set in a sprawling 48 acres of land with beautifully landscaped gardens along the Agra-Mumbai Highway.
The Delhi Public School – one of the largest providers of school education, with over 300,000 students attending nearly 200 schools worldwide – has institutions in Bhopal and Indore. Both the schools at Bhopal and Indore offer academics, sports, and programmes in cultural and personality development.
The NH Goel World School, located on the outskirts of Raipur, is a CBSE-affiliated co-educational school, offering classes from pre-school to class X. It offers day boarding as well as air-conditioned facilities from class IV. It has over 600 students.
The Rungta International School, located on a sprawling 10- acre campus in Raipur, is a seamless blend of tradition and modernity. The state-of-the-art infrastructure incorporates a fully integrated campus comprising laboratories, an IT centre, a library, a sports arena, athletic tracks, amphitheatre, etc.
The Yugantar Public School in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, offers facilities including swimming pool, library, hostel, mess, gym, and staking ground. Besides academics, it also offers karate, art, yoga, dance, and sports to its students.
The Choithram International School, Indore, a leading international baccalaureate school, offers all three IB programmes. It considers itself “a learning community,” which encourages staff, students, past students and parents to involve fully in all aspects of school life.