A report on Founder’s Day 2021

The school celebrated its 124th Founder’s Day online with great gusto and vigour. The celebration began in the morning with the unfurling of the School Flag to the sound of the bugle. The Sanskrit Prayer “असतो माँ सदगमय” set the tone of the day. Thereafter the Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat read the English prayer which entreated God, the almighty, “to lead us out of trials and tribulations into a quiet land”. The Principal welcomed the school fraternity to the Founder’s Day Assembly. He called the day as a ‘day of gratitude’ to our Founder, Late H H Madhav Rao Scindia who envisioned the school to let the future leaders embark upon the road to holistic education. He reiterated on the need to ‘lead by example’ and emphasized on the need to acknowledge that the mantle of being the top most legacy school of the country comes with its share of responsibilities. Ujjwal Mehrotra and Shaurya received the certificate of ‘Completion of the Course’ and ‘Best Display of Finance Communication’ by the ‘New York Institute of Finance G 2020 Scholarship’. The release of publications of the school- Qila Quotes, Founder’s Day Special Review, Uplabdhi, Visor and the Ecology Park Booklet, followed next. The morning celebration came to a close with the School Song.

The main celebration began in the evening with selected audience being allowed to watch the Virtual Founder’s Day Programme in the Shukla Memorial Open Air Theatre. The Chief Guest of the day was Padma Vibhushan Shri Viswanathan Anand. The Chief Guest inaugurated the Exhibitions on the virtual platform at 5.30 pm. After the Chief Guest’s Round of Exhibitions, the School Brass Band greeted the viewers and audience. The School Song and the floral homage to the Founder by the Principal, made us bow our heads in gratitude. The School Orchestra with its mellifluous tunes in Raag Khamaj was admired by all. The Annual Report of the year 2020-21 was read out by the Principal. H.H. Maharaja Jyotiraditya M Scindia, President, Board of Governors, delivered the Welcome Address. The Annual Awards were announced for achievements of students and Boarding Houses in various verticals of school life. The Chief Guest addressed the gathering. The Citation for the Madhav Awardee was read by H.H. Maharaja Jyotiraditya M Scindia. The Madhav Awardee, Dr Punit Boolchand addressed the gathering. The Senior School Prefect, Ujjwal Mehrotra delivered the Vote of Thanks. The evening came to a close with the National Anthem.

75th Independence Day Celebration

The 75th Independence Day was celebrated with great gusto and vigour at the Fort. The celebration commenced with the arrival of the Chief Guest, Ms Smita Chaturvedi, Vice Principal, The Scindia School. The tricolor was unfurled and the singing of the National Anthem reverberated into our hearts. The Vice Principal, emphasized on our understanding of the word ‘freedom’ especially during the times of the pandemic. The fraternity moved to the Astachal for further proceedings. Floral tributes were paid to the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The customary silence was observed. Thereafter, the students sang the song ‘भारत के कण कण में अंकित गौरवगान हमारा है ’, and Hiya Chaturvedi followed with the poem ‘है नमन उनको’. Arjun Bhatt presented his speech on the occasion and the teachers followed with the mellifluous rendition of ‘आओ बच्चों तुम्हें दिखाएँ झांकी हिंदुस्तान की’. With this the event came to a close. Click here to see the complete celebrations!

Covid update from The Scindia School

The school is happy to inform all of you that the children, who had resumed school in January, are all safely back home with their parents.

There were a few isolated instances of a few children and faculty testing positive, but prompt action on the part of the medical team ensured that all of them were swiftly isolated, tested again after 4 days, and then sent home.

The Govt of MP has also announced the closure of all schools, including Scindia with effect from 14th April 2021.

We are currently examining ways and means to ensure that no further cases emerge.

All the faculty, staff and their family members, who will continue to be on the fort, will be tested every 4 days to ensure there is no recurrence of cases.

We wish to thank all faculty, the medical community and above all, the parents, for their unwavering support, and suggestions.

We will keep you periodically updated of further developments.

72nd Republic Day Celebration

The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated on the Fort with careful social distancing. The school fraternity paid homage to the tricolour which was unfurled at the start of the programme followed by the National Anthem. The Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat in his address to the gathering, motivated the students by talking about the opportunity offered by the pandemic to look at life differently. The entire humanity has risen to meet the challenge because we stood together in the face of the insurmountable challenge. He also riveted the attention of the audience towards the responsibilities brought by the laurel of being the #1 Boys’ Residential School in the country. At the Astachal, floral tributes were paid to the Father of the Nation. The songs steeped in the fervour of patriotism- “Veer Jawano” sung by the choir and “Aye Watan” by the faculty coloured our very souls and “Hum honge kamyab” sung by the faculty transported us within, to sail into the customary silence at the Astachal which gave us an opportunity to delve deeper into our own selves.

123rd Founder’s Day celebrated online: A report

The Scindia School celebrated its 123rd Founder’s Day online on 21st October 2020. The celebration started with the unfurling of the School Flag in the Morning Assembly at 9.15 am. The School Flag was unfurled by Mr Rahul Kulshreshtha (Ex-Rn, 1981).
Well-known scientist and educationist Mr Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan graced the occasion as the Chief Guest for this function. Several students and various departments including Computers, Social Science, Science, Photography, Art, Commerce etc. showcased their talents and exhibits online from the safety of their homes.
The rendition of the school song by hundreds of students who were virtually brought together, was a splendid feat. Floral tributes were paid to the Founder of the School. The Orchestra Presentation mesmerised the audience with soulful music set against the backdrop of this 8th Century Fort. Principal, Dr MD Saraswat read out the annual report and shared the highlights of the year gone by.
President – Board of Governors, Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia addressed the gathering and said, “The pandemic is an opportunity to shed our old ways and adopt new habits, understand the potential and limitations of technology and utilise it to reinvent everything that we have built until now. The new education policy introduced this year will be imperative to lay the ground for pragmatic and paradigm changes which will integrate our education system with global patterns.”
Commenting on the occasion, on the National Education Policy, Mr Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan said, “The Scindia School’s holistic curriculum is similar to what the NEP prescribes. In the middle and secondary stages of schooling one must adopt a holistic but integrated approach to the learning process. In this process we adopt a multi-disciplinary approach that includes areas like art, craft, sports etc. This will help in creating well rounded individuals, capable of playing their rightful roles both in their profession or vocation and also in dealing with social issues and interacting with communities”.
The much coveted, Madhav Award for the year 2020 was conferred on the Founder of Rekhta Foundation, Mr Sanjiv Saraf who graduated from the school in 1975. The award was given to him for his entrepreneurial spirit, community service and promotion of Urdu.
HH Jyotiraditya Scindia expressed his gratitude for all the stakeholders especially the teachers for their commendable work during the pandemic. In his speech, Mr Kasturirangan advised the students of The Scindia School to imbibe a never-give-up attitude in life.
The Choreography Society of the school- Chorean Souls put up a fantastic dance show “Hold Your Dreams”. The Senior School Prefect, Angad Sahni was the compere for the evening and delivered the ‘Vote of Thanks’ in the end.

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated on the Fort with great enthusiasm but with due precautions and careful social distancing. The custom of Ganesh Sthapna was observed on Saturday, 22 August 2020, amidst the customary puja, bhajans and chanting of shlokas. The Assembly Hall reverberated with positivity. As customary, the next day, on Sunday, 23 August, the idol was taken to Dhobi Taal for visarjan, where it was immersed in water with hearts full of gratitude for a fulfilling year and prayers on the lips inviting Ganpati, the God of good fortune to bless the community with his presence.

The 74th Independence Day

The 74th Independence Day of our nation was celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm at the Fort with adequate safety precautions and careful social distancing. The celebration started with the arrival of the Chief Guest, an eminent Old Boy of the school, Mr Yashwant Mahadik (Ex- Sh, 1985). He was received by the Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat. The Chief Guest hoisted the tricolour and the staff sung the national anthem with pious dedication. The Principal, Dr Saraswat welcomed the Chief Guest and applauded the courage and determination of the staff for participating in the celebration by substituting for the presence and spirit of the students who are held back at home in these unprecedented times. While addressing the representative gathering, the Chief Guest expressed his gratitude for being a part of the ceremony and delineated how the school has contributed to his life. After the inspiring words of the Chief Guest, the Scindian fraternity presented a melodious rendition of ‘Saare Jahan Se Accha’. The performance proved that though we are separated due to physical distancing, our hearts are one. Thereafter, the community left for the Astachal, the spiritual centre of the School, where floral tributes were paid to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which was followed by some thought provoking pieces and soulful singing. The silence at the Astachal provided the introspection to gather the internal strength to persevere for being better, individually and as a community. The Principal presented the Chief Guest with a silver plaque as a token of gratitude. With this, the event came to a close.

Holi Celebrations!

The festival of Holi was celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm as the teacher and the taught ceased to be people and became a riot of colours as they played in the Oval Field. The festivities began on 9th March with Holika Dehan, which symbolises the victory of good over evil. The next morning all gathered at the Oval Field. The Principal extended his warm wishes to all. This was followed by lunch at the Principal’s residence.

Republic Day 2020 Celebrations

The Scindia School celebrated the 71st Republic Day of the Nation on Sunday, the 26th of January 2020 with gusto. The celebrations began with the arrival of the Chief Guest Mr. Vishnu Agarwal, an eminent Old Boy, who unfurled the tricolour and inspected the smartly turned out contingent of the parade. The squad was led by the Old Boys of the batch of 1969 – 70, who were on the Fort to celebrate their Golden Jubilee Reunion. The Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat in his address mentioned that the momentous day is not just a day of celebrations but also a reminder of our rights and responsibilities and must be used to take stalk of our current situation. He further mentioned that India has emerged as a progressive and a strong nation, however we cannot afford to become complacent and must make sincere efforts to take the country to higher heights. The Chief Guest, Mr. Vishnu Agarwal [Ex-Ranoji 1961] was delighted to be a part of the grand celebrations and complimented the boys for their level of energy. Mr. Agarwal mentioned that this century belongs to India, as the economy is on the way of becoming a global leader. Through a personal anecdote, he further elaborated how Scindians are apart from the rest of their counterparts and complimented the value based education that the institution has been providing ever since its inception. Mr. Agarwal reminded the boys of the role they would be playing in furthering the development of the nation by providing it good leadership.

The formal ceremonies of the day were followed by the community gathering at Astachal; the spiritual centre of the School, where floral tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi. A solemn prayer ceremony was organised to revisit the ideology of the sung and unsung heroes of our great nation. The Senior School Prefect, Aditya Parashar extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest and the batch of 69 – 70. The feeling of patriotism was at its highest when Aditi Joshi recited a poem titled “Mein Bharat Ka Jawan Hoon” Thereafter, the traditional handing over of the Golden Jubilee baton to the batch of 70 – 71 took place, as they would be celebrating their Golden Jubilee Reunion next year. A representative of the batch of 70 – 71 expressed his feelings eloquently on behalf of his batch, upon receiving the baton. Expressing their gratitude towards their alma matar, a group of eminent Old Boys handed over a token to the Principal, the funds donated would be utilised for scholarships and SOBA House. The simple yet meaningful ceremony ended with the observance of silence. After the formal proceedings of the day the members of staff, Old Boys and the Prefectorial Body enjoyed an informal interaction over a three course breakfast at the Principal’s residence

Founder’s Day 2019 Final Day

The morning of the 21st of October, 2019 was special. The mark of the 122 Founder’s Day was evident when Principal, Dr. Madhav Deo Saraswat, welcomed the DSP of 1994 batch, who also unfurled the school flag amidst the sound of the bugle and the old boys. The DSP of batch of 1994, addressed the gathering and confessed his believe in the young Scindians as the bright future of the nation. The morning Assembly concluded with the release of various publications. The round of exhibition for parents and guests was conducted at 11.30 am.

The evening was full of radiance as the Prefects, in crisp Jodhpuri suits, welcomed the Chief Guest, eminent artist, Dr. Leela Samson and of course own very own, His Highness Maharaja Jyotiraditya Scindia and led them through the round of exhibitions.
The guests were welcomed with the most beautiful display of the Scindia School, the Brass Band outside the Shukla Memorial Open Air Theatre. The cultural evening started with the school song, followed by the vibrant School Orchestra. Principal, Dr. Madhav Deo Saraswat, presented the Report of 2019 and shared with the audience the achievement of the Scindia School being announced as the no. 1 Boys Residential School in the country.

His Highness Maharaja Jyotiraditya Scindia addressed the gathering and reiterated the vision of the Scindia School nestling amongst itself the leaders of tomorrow. His Highness spoke about the commitment to sustain the ethos of the school and reminded the young Scindians that greater success in life comes through helping and empowering others. He also mentioned about the climate change issues and threats that are distorting the environment and urged everybody to dedicate themselves towards achieving zero wastage and thus sustainable environment.

The Chief Guest of the evening, Dr. Leela Samson, thanked the entire fraternity for being splendid hosts and expressed her joy in being a part of such a wonderful event in a school that “believes in excellence”. She shared stories about her diversified life experiences right from her childhood, owing to the fact of her parents belonging to different communities. Dr. Samson stressed on the notions of Bhakti, Shraddha, and Sadhana, and how these three shaped her life and personality. She left the entire gathering, especially the dynamic Scindians, with the message of preserving the Indian ethos and culture.

The Madhav Awardee for the year 2019, Mr. Tarun Bakshi, upon his address, asked the young boys to move ahead in life with conviction. He appealed to the Scindians to celebrate the notions of Innovation, Risk Taking ability, Perseverance and Hard Work as keys to success. Mr. Bakshi signed off from the podium by urging all the boys to nurture the habit of sharing and be the changemakers. The evening of the 122nd Founder’s Day concluded with a thematic dance performance by the students of the choreography society of the Scindia School.

Founder’s Day 2019 Day one

The Scindia School celebrated its 122 years of inception on the 20th and 21st of October, 2019. On the 20th of October morning, the entire fraternity concluded the first academic term of the session with an interaction between the parents and teachers. The interaction, as always, paved way to a healthy take-away session, especially for the parents of the newly inducted Scindians. The Chief Guest for the day, Dr. Deborah Ford, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Parkside, USA was welcomed by the Principal, followed by Dr. Ford’s informal interaction with the students and parents of classes XI and XII; the aspect of higher studies and career choices abroad being the highlight of the session.
Meanwhile, Old Boys from various corners of the world, marked their arrival on the Fort with football and cricket matches in the sprawling fields of the school. After the first half of the day’s affairs, everyone joined each other for a hearty lunch at the Central Dining Hall. Following lunch, Dr. Ford lighted the ceremonial lamp and inaugurated the exhibition put up by the Scindian student community, displaying their skills and innovation in a variety of verticals. The Chief Guest was thrilled by the exemplary potential of the Scindians and extended her heartfelt congratulations to all for such a well-laid display of exhibits. The guests thereafter moved to the FRC lawns for high tea, while the exhibition was open to the parents and other guests.

The evening was an amalgamation of performances of a wide array of cultural vibes. The Madhav Pavilion reverbearted with the echo of the musical notes of the glorious Brass Band of the School. Then followed the performances of impeccably talented Scindians, who impressed the audience with a Folk Dance and a Yoga presentation. The concluding concert of the evening was that of Meet Brothers (who also happen to be Old Boys) organised with utmost enthusiasm and style by the Scindian Old Boys Association.

Ranked India’s # 1 boys boarding school by EW 2019-20

We take pride in announcing that The Scindia School, Gwalior, has been ranked as India’s # 1 boys boarding school in the annual EducationWorld India School Rankings (EWISR) 2019 – 20. The #1 ranking of The Scindia School is the result of a massive countrywide field survey encapsulating the perception and opinions of carefully selected sample of stakeholders in primary-secondary education which included educators, principals and teachers from across the length and breadth of the country. It was a rare occasion as Principals of the two most respected Schools on the Indian soil shared the stage together at the Education World Award Ceremony on Saturday, the 28th of September 2019.

Indeed a proud moment for all of us! On this momentous occasion, we wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each member of the extended family, as this stupendous achievement is the culmination of the efforts made by the team. This has now put a larger responsibility on our shoulders, which is to sustain the position the School rightfully deserves.

Long live Scindia!

The Residential School of the Year in K-12 Education

The Scindia School was felicitated as “The Residential School of the Year in K-12 Education” for the year 2019 in an award ceremony at Bengaluru on Tuesday, the 24th of September. “IDA Education Awards” recognise pioneering initiatives taken by educational institutions with the focus on factors enhancing the student learning outcomes. The platform honours and rewards institutions that are Re-Discovering, Re-Defining & Re-Imagining the teaching-learning process and preparing students for life. Mr. Udit Chanchani along with Mr. Sachin Deva, SOBA office bearers, Bengaluru, received the award on behalf of the Principal.

Celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi

The Scindian fraternity experienced divinity on the occasion of “Ganesh Chaturthi”, as the community came together for _Ganesh Sthapna_ , amidst the chanting of the shlokas. The festival which showcases the secular spirit of the nation has been celebrated with fervour and gaiety at the Fort since time immemorial. The School compound reverberated with positivity, as the community sang the _aarti_ in chorus. As customary, the next day the idol was taken to _Suraj Kund_ for _visarjan_, where it was immersed in water with hearts full of gratitude for a fulfilling year and prayers on the lips inviting _Ganpati_ the God of good fortune to bless the community with his presence, year after year.

Krishna Janamashtmi

In sync with the secular spirit of the Scindia School, a special assembly was organised on the auspicious occasion of Krishna Janamashtmi on Saturday, the 24th of August, 2019. The programme started with the master-of-ceremonies introducing the significance of this day to the audience. Followed by the mellifluous singing of bhajans which created a divine environment. The energy created by the young Scindians could be evidently felt by the community, it was a perfect start to a perfect day.

“Future 50 Leader Shaping Success”

Amity University along with Future 50 Schools Shaping Success in India, recognised the tallest leaders behind India’s Finest Schools at Amity Leadership Summit on Monday, the 19th of August 2019 in Jaipur. The Principal, Dr. Madhav Deo Saraswat was felicitated as a “Future 50 Leader Shaping Success” in a grand award ceremony. It is an honour bestowed upon individual leaders who have played an instrumental role in the growth of the institutions they are providing leadership. Mr. Ajay Singh Shekhawat, President Jaipur SOBA received the award on behalf of the Principal.

Celebrations of The 73rd Independence Day

The 73rd Independence Day of our great nation was celebrated with fervour and gaiety at the Fort. It was yet again an exhibition of the unmatched spirit of Scindians and their never say die attitude. The celebrations started with the arrival of the Chief Guest, Captain Devendra Bhatnagar (Ex Jayaji, 1974) who amidst a light drizzle was escorted by the smartly turned out boys on horseback. He was received by Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat and other members of the senior management team. The intensity of emotions for the motherland and the showers grew together. However, nothing could deter the commitment of the parade that marched through the dais saluting the “Tricolour” and the Chief Guest.

Thereafter Principal, Dr Saraswat welcomed the Chief Guest, dignitaries, Old boys and parents. He congratulated the contingent for their flawless performance including the much decorated Brass Band of the School, which is one of the finest in the country. Dr. Saraswat was elated with the effort of the boys and reminded them that it is a manifestation of their perseverance, which must spill over in all the aspects of life. While addressing the gathering Capt. Bhatnagar expressed his gratitude for being a part of the momentous occasion. He mentioned an anecdote reminiscing the time when he marched to the tunes of the band as a young Scindian. He encouraged the boys to be a dreamer, as if it was not for the ones who dreamt of a free India, we would not have attained freedom.

After the inspiring words of the Chief Guest the Scindian fraternity left for “Astachal” the spiritual centre of the School, where Aditya Parashar, Senior School Prefect welcomed the gathering, especially the Old boys and their families. Floral tributes were paid to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which was followed by some thought provoking pieces and soulful singing. The silence at “Astachal” provided space for some soul searching and to gather the internal strength to persevere for being better, individually and as a community. Representatives of the batch of 1974 and 2004 came up and shared their feelings on being back to where it all started. Thereafter the Principal presented a token of affection to Capt. Bhatnagar and Mrs. Bhatnagar and also released a compilation of poems by Capt. Bhatnagar titled “Of Dreams and Mermaids”. The day ended with a feeling of fulfilment and informal conversations over breakfast. Click here to see the album. Click here to see the event.

The ScooNews Global Education Awards

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Featuring education’s best and the brightest, the annual recognition shines a spotlight on the best solutions, innovations, inspiring leaders, and innovative trendsetters.

It is heartening to announce that The Scindia School has been recognised as “Green School of the Year” and Principal, Dr. Madhav Deo Saraswat” The Education Icon of the Year” by ScooNews in an Award Ceremony on Saturday, the 10th of August, 2019 in the salubrious surroundings of the city of palaces, Udaipur.

The 3rd edition of ScooNews Global Educators Fest also organised a conference where Dr. Saraswat was invited as a panelist to share his thoughts on the theme “Education For Sustainability: Moving On From Conformity to Creativity”. The platform brought together the brightest minds to ponder on how to leverage on our illustrious legacy and move towards a sustainable education that prioritises creativity over conformity.

ABP NEWS National Education Awards

The ABP NEWS National Education Awards recognised institutions that are innovative and have contributed in enhancing the level of education in the country on Thursday, the 4th of July, 2019. The well researched awards are chosen by an independent jury and a panel of professionals who believe in recognising the best.

We take immense pleasure in announcing that The Scindia School was recognised as “Outstanding Education Institute Overall” & Principal, Dr. Madhav Deo Saraswat was felicitated with “Exemplary Leader Award” in a grand award ceremony in Mumbai. Mr. Mahesh Gandhi, Member, Board of Governors received the honour on behalf of the Principal.