The history of The Scindia School provides a fascinating peep into the unfolding history of India, intertwined with the making of modern India. The Scindia School, originally The Sardars’ School, was founded in 1897 by the visionary HH Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia I. The turn of the nineteenth century was a period of turmoil and disorientation, as the colonial Macaulayite system of education with English as the medium of instruction, was displacing the traditional pathshalas, madarsas and gurukuls. Even back then, the school captured the best of the learning of the new world, and combined it with the best of timeless India. Indeed ever since, The Scindia School has unfailingly been one step ahead of its time.

The Scindia School, with its unique location, is a notably different residential school. Located atop the magnificent Gwalior Fort it has the city below and the hills across. The ramparts of the Fort have witnessed Tantia Tope’s troops battle the British, and seen the Rani of Jhansi breathe her last in her final assault. A casual glance out of a classroom window may well find eyes rest on an exquisite sixth century temple, adorned with bas-reliefs.
Amidst such surroundings, tranquil yet with so much to tell, academics take added dimensions. Here academic striving encompasses a life-long thirst for scholarship and curiosity. The Scindia School aims to instil a progressive mind-set and nurture leaders of tomorrow, who will succeed in whatever they turn their hand to, anywhere in the world, and yet retain an unmistakable Indian ethos and sanskaar.

On behalf of The Scindia School family, I welcome you.

The Scindia School is a journey of self-discovery for a young boy as he grows to a young adult. Of course, the school will equip him to excel in academics, and to be savvy in the use of technology. But equally, knowledge is to become a liberating experience as the boy will be encouraged to discover his interests, his talents and aptitudes, and learn to form his opinions and role in society. This is achieved in a nurturing environment, where the mentor and the mentee live a shared life, as if in a gurukool, yet adapted to this millennium. An important feature of this process is the school’s provision of rich choices, be they in courses of academics, in the range of societies, in artistic, creative and intellectual activities, and in sports and adventure. Engagements with ecology and heritage become like breathing in and breathing out, as indeed engagements with the community, within the school, in rural areas, or through NGOs. For a Scindian, society comes before self.

If leadership is the ability to take decisions and to find solutions for the larger good, a Scindian imbibes it on the sports field, through international interactions, and through positions of responsibility provided in school. The Scindia School aims not just to nurture the student through his formative years, but also to place him on a path of life-long learning, always with roots firmly entrenched in the soil.

A Scindian is a leader with understanding, intelligence, sensitivity and an inclusive attitude.

– Dr. Madhav Deo Saraswat, April 2015