An ideal school is not only about imparting academic knowledge to its students, but is responsible for the moral growth and character development among the young children.It should be able to develop socially conscious citizens and become a harbinger of social progress.
Since its inception all Vidya Bharati schools collectively have been working towards a similar ideal and Sarada Vidya Mandir, Putimari is a shining example of the same.
Located at about two hours distance from Siliguri, in the village of Putimari, Sarada Vidya Mandir was established in 1998. Starting with mere 35 students, the school within a few years has become one of the most well known education institutions in the area. The journey has not been easy and the school committee witnessed a lot of struggles in its initial phases.
Presently it has thousand plus students with more than 40 teaching staff. There are separate divisions for Hindi and Bengali medium. It has classes from Primary till 12th standard and boats of all modern amenities like well equipped libraries, science and computer labs, game rooms and a large playing ground.
Speaking about the educational method followed by the school, Karyalaya Pramukh Shri Subodh Pal, who has been associated with the school since its inception, pointed out that in Sarada Vidya Mandir, the students are not only given top notch academic knowledge by the teachers, but the overall personality development is looked after as well. The student receives essential ‘Sanskars’ along with in-depth cultural knowledge. They are encouraged to participate in sports , arts, yoga and different kinds of extracurricular activities. The school makes it a point to celebrate important cultural and national events.
As the school ideology is heavily influenced by the teaching of Swami Vivekananda, each year on his birth anniversary art exhibitions are held. For the young students, each Saturday, ‘Kishor Sabhas’ are held where they are encouraged to show their talents.
The students are encouraged to become socially responsible from an early age and each year, during the monsoons the school children help the nearby villagers to clean surrounding jungles and overgrowth in order to reduce disruptions during heavy rains and storms. Recently during the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic older students and teachers organised safety awareness campaigns in the villages as well as provided food to approximately 300 families during lockdown.
Shri Subodh Pal proudly stated that over the years the alumni, the students, teachers and the parents have become like a family, always ready to help each other in need. Many of the alumni have become well settled in life, but they always make it a point to stay connected with the school.
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