Our dream of the 'Kartavya Edu-Complex' is that of an ideal INSTITUTION which gives the underprivileged yet vastly talented children of our country the opportunity to live and learn together in a peaceful, caring and nurturing atmosphere. 'Kartavya' is visualized not merely as a school building bound by four walls, but rather as a sacred space for sharing ideas, a space for infusing each other with energy, a space for conversing, doing and learning together.
Historically India has had a rich system of education in the form of the ancient gurukuls, madrasas and village schools, where relationships played an important role as opposed to monetary exchange. In today's world, schooling has become a lucrative business. The schools which the majority of Indian children can afford to go to are factory schools, which churn out thousands of uninspired learners every year. Schools that offer a basic minimum quality of education are unaffordable for the majority.
We at 'Kartavya' are inspired by great philosophers and educationalists like Swami Vivekananda, Gandhiji, Rabindranath Tagore, Vinobha Bhave, Jiddu Krishnamurti and Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who have repeatedly taught that learning should primarily teach one to be self-reliant. We want to ensure that our children get an IDEAL education that does not bind them to rigid, competitive and cramping systems, but one that produces balanced, capable, wise and kind individuals who reach their fullest potential. An education that does not merely certify them for jobs but which builds dynamic trendsetters and pathfinders who actively work towards making a difference in the world.
Our first EDU-COMPLEX will open in and around Mumbai, followed by the three other metros. Then we plan to spread out to all the state capitals, going by alphabetical order, 28 schools in all.
At Mumbai, the Edu-Complex will be built on approximately 15 acres of land. The school campus will have the main school building, a student centre, four hostel buildings and a staff residency.
The campus will also have a huge playground, a mini children's park for fun and entertainment, a tennis and basketball court, and a swimming pool. There will be a security check-post at the main entrance. The parking area in front of the school building will be capable of accommodating at least 8 -10 cars and /or vans and an ambulance. The entire campus will be connected by good roadways lined by trees and equipped with street lights and pavements. Approximately two acres of land will be reserved for plantation and gardening. The entire campus will be planned with a focus on being eco-friendly, and the soothing greens and blue skies all around will fill each day with life and energy.
The school building will be spacious and airy, comprising of approximately 92 rooms properly organized, designed and allotted for specific purposes. Out of the 92 rooms, 60 rooms will be exclusively allotted for conducting classes for the 1680 students from pre-nursery up to the twelth standard, and will be distributed in the three different floors.
There will be 20 classrooms on the ground floor, 24 on the first floor and the remaining 16 classrooms will be on the second floor. Each classroom will occupy an area of approximately 530 sq. feet and will accommodate 28 students. There will be a computer room of area 680 sq. feet on each floor. The second floor will also have three spacious laboratories of approximate area 1020 sq. feet each, properly equipped with all the necessary facilities. The school building will also have a reception area, the Principal's room, the staff common room, office rooms and the visitors’ room. The second floor will also have provisions for a server room / UPS, a store and a hall for multipurpose activities. The building will have washrooms and washbasins as per requirement and drinking water taps.
The school building will occupy an area of approximately 65000 sq. feet. The estimated cost of constructing the building is approximately Rs. 9.75 cr. at the rate of Rs. 1500 per sq. feet, which is approximately 14.13% of the total estimated cost of the project.
Our Mumbai School will start with a pre-nursery class in the first year and we will go on introducing a new grade every following year until class XII. Admission will be at the Pre-nursery stage only. Only 112 new children will be admitted in every academic year after a proper screening process to filter out the most deserving. Each class shall have 4 divisions comprising of 28 students per division. Thus the entire school, from pre-nursery to class XII, will support a maximum of 1680 students.
The CBSE / ICSE syllabus will be followed as the base curriculum, but the learning process will be much more than that, incorporating original thoughts and path breaking innovations from all around the world that have had proven success in ensuring the all-round development of the child, including the inculcation of moral, cultural and societal values. The school will be equipped with modern laboratory facilities in different disciplines to encourage individual experimentation and learning by doing. After class XII, we will handhold the children in attaining higher education in their chosen fields till they become self-supported.
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