South Point School

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South Point School and South Point High School, Kolkata
South Point High School 2.jpg
Birla Building, 9/1 R. N. Mukherjee Road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001[1] (Education Society)
16 Mandeville Gardens, Kolkata, WB 700019 (Junior School)
82/7A Ballygunge Place, Kolkata, WB 700019 (High School)

Coordinates22°31′33″N 88°22′36″E / 22.52583°N 88.37667°E / 22.52583; 88.37667Coordinates: 22°31′33″N 88°22′36″E / 22.52583°N 88.37667°E / 22.52583; 88.37667
TypePrivate school
MottoCourage to Know
Established1954 (1954)
FounderSatikanta Guha
School boardCentral Board of Secondary Education
DirectorMadhu Kohli
PrincipalD.K. Chadda (Junior School)
PrincipalRupa Sanyal Bhattacharjee (High School)
Faculty300 (Junior school)
275 (High school)[2]
Teaching staff200 (Junior school)
220 (High school)[2]
GradesNursery I to V (Junior school)
Number of students~ 12000
Colour(s)Navy blue, gold and white    
PublicationNursery books, Mathematics books, song books and CDs[3](Junior school),
Pointer (School magazine)
AffiliationOHSAS 18001:2007

South Point is a higher-secondary co-educational private school located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India operating from two different campuses – South Point School (Nursery to Class V) and South Point High School (Classes VI to XII).[4][5] The school operates in two shifts for all classes – Morning and Afternoon (day). The school opened in 1954, and was the first co-educational school in Kolkata. Higher Secondary (10+2) education was introduced in 1960. Initially operation as a single unit, the school split into two buildings with the high school shifting to Ballygunge Place in 1980.[6][7] It is claimed to be the only school in Kolkata to have a Nobel Laureate as an alumnus.[8][9] The school was recorded as the world's largest school (in terms of student numbers) between 1984 and 1992 by the Guinness Book of Records.[10] South point school is the first co education school in kolkata. South Point is one of the top 10 schools in India.


South Point School is an English-medium and co-educational school which was founded on 1 April 1954 at 16 Mandeville Gardens, Kolkata.[11] Administration in the initial years was supervised by the founder Shri Satikanta Guha, his wife and co-founder Smt. Pritylata Guha.

On 1 April 1960, it was upgraded to the Higher Secondary level. To overcome space constraints, the High School wing was shifted to a new building at 82/7A Ballygunge Place on 8 April 1970. Since the acquisition of the institution by the M.P. Birla Group, the school is now run by the South Point Education Society.

South Point School, the "junior" school, has Nursery I, Nursery II, Transition and Classes from I to V. Students then attend classes at South Point High School from Class VI onwards. From Classes VI to X, students study under the Central Board of Secondary Education curriculum. A majority of Pointers return to the school for the plus-two years, Classes XI and XII, under the Central Board of Secondary Education, under the Science, Commerce or Humanities streams, with several subject options available in each stream.

Previously, South Point High School had been affiliated to both the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (and the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The West Bengal board however has been discontinued due to lack of demand, and now, the pupils appear for their Board examinations under CBSE only.

Safety standards and certification[edit]

The South Point Education Society received the OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management Certification from the British Standards Institution (BSI) in respect of South Point School, Mandeville Gardens, and South Point High School, Ballygunge Place on 2 August 2017.[12] The OHSAS certification has been upgraded to ISO 45001:2018 standard.

The school has an integrated fire-fighting system, CCTV surveillance throughout the two campuses (barring Staff Rooms and toilets), GPS tracking facility on South Point School buses and other Occupational Health and Safety measures which are vital in maintaining the ageing school-buildings.[13]

The Priyamvada Birla Campus[edit]

In order to address space constraints and enhance infrastructure, South Point School and South Point High School will move to a new and much larger campus named the Priyamvada Birla Campus of South Point named after Late Smt. Priyamvada Birla, philanthropist and wife of M.P. Birla Group founder Late Shri Madhav Prasad Birla. The campus is currently under construction.[14][15]

The new school will be located off the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass (Biswa Bangla Sarani) at Mukundapur, Kolkata, near the Satyajit Ray Film Institute and the Peerless Hospital. The junior and senior wings of the school will operate from a single campus once the school relocates here. The new campus might become functional in 2021-2022 (uncertain due to COVID-19 pandemic).

With a total area of 6.65 acres and more than 7,61,000 square feet of built-up area, the school will be one of the biggest schools (in terms of area) in the city.

Emblem and objective[edit]

The School Emblem, showing a bird (dove or paloma) in flight, symbolizes "man's everlasting quest for knowledge and the desire to soar above the mundane."[16] The motto of the School is 'Courage to Know'.[17]

School houses[edit]

South Point pupils are assigned to one of six Houses, named after famous personalities from Kolkata:

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Faculty". South Point School. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Nursery Books" (PDF). South Point School. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Kolkata Schools". Coaching Indians. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  5. ^ Dey, Anurag. "In twilight years, gift of love to teachers". The Tribune. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  6. ^ "History". South Point Education Society. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  7. ^ "after which he took charge as assistant principal of South Point high school for seven years". Times of India.
  8. ^ a b Banerjee, Sudeshna (15 October 2019). "Abhijit was a quiet boy from class of 1976 at South Point". The Telegraph (Kolkata). Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Alumni2". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  10. ^ "SOUTH POINT SCHOOL-Guinness Book". Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  11. ^ "History – SOUTH POINT SCHOOL". Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  12. ^ IANS (2 August 2017). "Health, safety certification for schools a rarity in India". Business Standard India. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Safety Steps & Certification – SOUTH POINT SCHOOL". Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  14. ^ "2022 date for Bypass campus". Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  15. ^ "The New Campus – SOUTH POINT SCHOOL". Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  16. ^ "Aims and Objectives – SOUTH POINT SCHOOL". Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Aims and Objectives – SOUTH POINT SCHOOL". Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  18. ^ "ACM Honors Distinguished Computer Scientists, Engineers and Educators for Innovations". Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  19. ^ "IFIP WG10.4 Members". Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  20. ^ "Saurabh Bagchi | IEEE Computer Society". Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  21. ^ Service, Purdue News. "Purdue engineer receives Humboldt Research Award". Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  22. ^ "Abhijit Banerjee". The Times of India. 23 October 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Abhijit Mukherjee". The Times of India. 27 September 2020. Retrieved 28 September 2020.