|The Scindia School|
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, 474008, India
|School type||Residential boys school|
|Founder||Maharaja Madho Rao Scindia of Gwalior state|
|Student to teacher ratio||1:12|
|Classes offered||Class VI to Class XII|
|Classrooms||Modern Smart class rooms|
|Campus size||110 acres (0.45 km2)|
The Scindia School is an Indian boarding school for boys, established in 1897, and situated in the historic Gwalior Fort, in the city of Gwalior. It was originally started exclusively for nobles and princes of Royal families, particularly the Marathas, though it no longer discriminates on class. As of 2010, the school has enrolled 606 students, with a teacher:student ratio of 1:12. The school is noted for its advanced IT facilities.
The Scindia School was founded by the late Maharaja Madho Rao Scindia of Gwalior in 1897, as the Sardar School. It was meant exclusively for sons of Indian princes and nobles. It was renamed The Scindia School in 1933, as it evolved into a public school with a Board of Governors, presently headed by Jyotiraditya Scindia, MP and the scion of Scindia family.
It was in the city of Gwalior and was shifted to the Gwalior Fort around the turn of the century. The Scindia School eventually became a public residential school for boys under the headmastership of F G Pearce. The school celebrated its centenary in October 1997. Scindia School was ranked as the 10th best public school in India 2012 according to the Education World Magazine.
Situated at the heart of India, the school is set on the historic hill fortress of Gwalior, 300 ft (91 m) above the surrounding city.
The school has classes from grade 6th to 12th. It is believed to be the first school in India to be a member of an international organization, Round Square, a group of the most reputed schools in the world.
The library is open seven days a week, 14 hours a day.
The school computer centre has a network of Dell servers and 300 Pentium-based machines which run on a broadband fibre optic backbone. The centre has a wide variety of equipment, including Sony digital motion cameras, projection systems, zip drives and a DVD/CD writers — as well as an extensive suite of media editing software. A large number of educational multimedia CDs are available.
A health centre takes care of student medical needs. A resident doctor, a nurse and a ward master take care of all student requirements. For complicated cases or emergencies the school calls upon its panel of specialists in the city and also avails of the facilities provided by nursing homes and unmatched facilities provided by the local Indian Air Force station.
The total strength of students is approximately 630.
The school is in the erstwhile barracks of British soldiers and the teachers live in the residential quarters once occupied by the British officials.
The school is divided into twelve houses, four for juniors and eight for seniors, each named after places and individuals from Maratha history. Junior houses are Jankoji, Dattaji (Sarvapalli), Nimaji and Kanerkhed (Siddharth). Senior houses are Jayaji, Ranoji, Mahadji, Jeevaji, Madhav, Shivaji, Daulat (Vivekanand) and Jayappa (Chaitanya) (Jyotiba house was discontinued in 2003).
The four houses for the junior boys are looked after by housemistresses, matrons and other domestic staff. The senior houses have a housemaster and a resident tutor along with the domestic staff. The housemaster's residence and that of another faculty member are attached to each house to ensure the availability of pastoral guidance.
Extracurricular activities are organised by senior students and supervised by faculty. The school has Junior and Senior Debating Society teams and two literary societies — one for English and one for Sanskrit and Hindi. The students run societies to cater to interests in history, geography, mathematics, science, and ICT. The School Council, composed of elected students teachers, give students a large degree of self-government.
Students take up hobbies like music, photography, painting, glass painting, batik dying, papier-mâché, clay modelling, pottery, stone carving, wood work and metal work. They are encouraged to learn first aid, automobile mechanics and to develop an interest in Information Technology. Students participate in educational camps, nature camps, adventure activities — outdoor survival, mountaineering expeditions, white water rafting, skiing and cycling being a few of many examples.
Students participate in sports including track & field athletics, soccer, hockey, cricket, basketball,skating,horse riding, archery, rifle shooting, boxing, equestrian, squash, tennis, badminton, swimming and deep-pool diving and more. A large multi-purpose gym serves the students in their indoor sporitng pursuits.
Ragging in Scindia School
On August 20, 2014, a student of Scindia school attempted suicide in his hostel room after repeated ragging by his senior students. Another ragging case surfaced after the suicide case of minister's son was in the news.  Nearly 50 parents formed a human chain at Phoolbagh demanding action on principal of the school. Police is yet to take action against the school administration as of 28th august.
The menace of ragging has deep roots inside the closed premises of the Scindia school. Its location is based on a hill making it difficult to visit frequently has helped contain incidents in the past. The suicide attempt is an extreme case which opened a can of worms. Two more student of the same batch are said to have been on the brink of suicide due to continued harassment by seniors and ignorance of the school management.
Past incidents are also coming out in the open as a father who is a doctor from UP has "alleged that his son, a student of Class VIII, was asked to steal food from the mess and forced to clean the undergarments of his seniors "
Scindia, along with Doon, Sanawar, Lovedale and Welham's boys are the members of the Round Square Conference.
Some other Indian schools that compete with Scindia School in every arena include The Doon School in Dehra Dun, Welham Boys School at Dehra Dun, The Lawrence School in Sanawar, The Lawrence School in Lovedale, The Daly College in Indore, Mayo College in Ajmer, Bishop Cotton School (Shimla), St Joseph's College, Nainital, and Sherwood College in Nainital.
Within Scindia school pupils are known as Scindians, and alumni are referred to as ex-Scindians or, more simply, as Old Boys.
Scindians have achieved prominence in politics, government service, and the armed forces of India and Pakistan, as well as commerce, journalism, and literature. The writers Sanjay Singh Yadav (also a semi-finalist in the UK Song Writing Contest 2013), artist musician Anand Shanker, Anurag Mathur, Politician Kunwar Natwar Singh, journalist Nandan Kagal, Salman Khan Arbaaz Khan, and filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Abhinav Singh Kashyap, are all Scindians. Shamit Khemka founder of SynapseIndia, and president of Entrepreneurs' Organization New Delhi chapter is also a Scindian. Dutta Satadip, Head of Sales Support at Google is also a Scindian. Kalyan Banerjee, president of Rotary International is an alumnus.
- School at a Glance
- "Education to excel: Scindia School in Gwalior is rated as one of the finest public schools for boys". The Tribune. May 23, 2004.
- Suparna Saraswati (May 13, 2001). "Where little minds imbibe the value of silence". The Tribune.
- "The Scindia School - ICT facility". The Scindia School. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
- "Caleidoscope:Boys from the fort school". The Telegraph. April 13, 2008.
- Rankings 2012
- "School bullying or suicide? Minister’s son in ICU". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
- "Boy critical, ragging slur on Scindia School". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 24 August 2014.
- EO New Delhi Chapter
- "Kalyan Banerjee Rotary International President-Elect". Show Me Rotary. Missouri District 6040, 6060, 6080. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
- "The presidents of Rotary International 1997-98 to 2011-12". Rotary Global History Fellowship (An internet project). Rotary Global HIstory Fellowship. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
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