About Gyan Mandir ~
Smt. Kamala Saklecha Gyan Mandir – the School – was started in 1992 with the sole aim of providing quality schooling to the children of Bhanpura and surrounding villages. There were schools in Bhanpura and in nearby villages but the quality was missing and so was the dedication to provide good education. All the schools functioned in the typical government run module.
Our School was started in three rooms of a Dharamshala (Village Inn) with 81 students of pre-primary classes. Soon, we started buying our own land outside Bhanpura and making our own buildings. In 1997, we moved on our own campus and own building.
In this age where education has become a profitable business in India, where schools vie with each other on who charges more and can give five star facilities, we stand apart and provide quality education to those who cannot afford those five star fees and air conditioned classrooms. True, we cannot provide a swimming pool or a modern state-of-the-art gym, but we give basic education in the best quality available which the students of small villages need the most. We encourage them and expose them on the path of classical performing arts which is India’s heritage and culture and which is totally ignored by the commercial minded schools in India.
The School management, comprising mainly of Mr. Sharad Saklecha Mrs. Pratibha Saklecha and Mr. Surendra Dixit have always believed that the children of smaller villages have all the potential to compete with the more fortunate children of big cities who have access to better and more equipped schools – provided they are also given such access. One another thing that was the basic principle was to include children from the lowest segment of the society – be they be farmers’ children or poorest of the poor from smallest of the villages. Today, we have students from villages whose population is barely 500!
The School is run by a non-profit Charitable Trust (Foundation). With the meager fees that is charged by the school from those students who can afford barely meets the working expenses of the School. Those students who cannot afford to pay even that – are immediately sponsored by many generous donors who pay their full year’s tuition fees. It is a sight to see those economically poorer children who have the courage to join a school and get educated even though they don’t have full means. It is this spirit which prompts us to find sponsors for them.
SKS Gyan Mandir prepares students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, thus making the world a better and more just place. We will ensure that our students develop both the skills that a sound education provides and the competencies essential for success and leadership in the emerging creative economy. We will also lead in generating practical and theoretical knowledge that enables people to better understand our world and improve conditions for local and global communities.
We are and will be a university where design and social research drive approaches to studying issues of our time, such as democracy, urbanization, technological change, economic empowerment, sustainability, migration, and globalization. We will be the preeminent intellectual and creative center for effective engagement in a world that increasingly demands better-designed objects, communication, systems, and organizations to meet social needs.
Integrity – Trust – Respect – Excellence – Collaboration - Continuous Development – Enthusiasm – Relationship – Creativity – Innovation
Unfortunately a school is judged by the results it gets in its Board examinations. Our School is still very young and we have not had many years of board exams. In the last few years of CBSE Board exams, we have had almost 100% results throughout. This is a big achievement in itself and even CBSE Board recognizes this as something very special. Our students have been admitted for further education in some of the top Institutes of the country. In the last 26 years, more than 25 students have entered IITs ,many have gone on to enter NITs, Medical colleges etc. Almost 50 students have become doctors or in the process of becoming one. As many in the profession of Chartered Accountancy and more than 100 students are active in the IT field. About 15 students have gone abroad for further studies or jobs. Our old students can be found in almost all the top corporations, Banks, Insurance companies, IT companies etc. We are extremely proud of them and feel honoured. This is just the beginning and they will surely rise much more.