Rajghat Besant School
Rajghat Besant School (or RBS) in Varanasi being the second oldest school of Krishnnamurti Foundation India is one of the reputed resident-cum-day school of India, established in 1934 by Jiddu Krishnamurti. It is named after Dr. Annie Besant and located near the Kashi Railway Station on the banks of river Ganges.
The school was founded and is run by Krishnamurti Foundation. The Krishnamurti Foundation India was originally established in 1928 as a charitable institution, J. Krishnamurti and Dr. Annie Besant.
Rajghat Besant School is a residential, co-educational, English medium school affiliated to the CBSE Board, New Delhi. The school is within 400 acres of sprawling campus, stretching across both banks of the Varuna, consists of the many units of the Rajghat Education Centre–the Rajghat Besant School (RBS), the Vasanta College for Girls, Vasantashram, and the Krishnamurti Study Centre/Retreat. Across the Varuna, the Rural Centre has the Sanjivan Hospital, a free primary health centre, the Rural Primary School for students from surrounding villages, a dairy, and an agricultural farm. Rajghat School is known for its joyful and stress free environment of studies.
The assembly hall, which had a special significance among all the school buildings, was designed by architect Surendranath Kar sent by Rabindranath Tagore and was inaugurated on Basant Panchami day by the poet himself. Various distinguished figures have visited the school at various times including his holiness Dalai Llama. Various Social Cultural and extra curricular activities are carried out in the school, regular SPIC-MACAY programs are organised exposing students to cross cultural traditions music and letting them appreciate them, the Annual Sports Day generally organised in the last week of December. In year 1953, Achyut Patwardhan, a close associate of J. Krishnamurty, further expanded the area adjoining the school and founded the Rajghat Rural Centre, which houses two rural schools, one for boy and girl each, in Village Saraimohana, a hospital, a vocational training institute for women and a farm, which offers its services free of cost, all run by Krishnamurti Foundation Trust.
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- The Rajghat Rural Centre, Krishnamurti Foundation, Rajghat Fort, Varanasi, India