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Vidya Bhawan Basic School (established in 1941)

In late thirties Gandhiji gave to the world his new educational concept, which eventually came to be called Nai Taleem. Less than two miles from the parent institution, at Ramgiri in Badgaon block, an excellent site was selected in the midst of a cluster of villages. The school was inaugurated on 23rd April, 1941 by Dr. Zakir Hussain. Niyojit Seva scheme was an important feature of Basic School, by which the children assumed the responsibility of running the school dispensary, a seed store, a library and a shop. In the year 2000, a hand-made paper unit was also set up under the Cellulosse Waste Recycling Education Project with the help of GTZ. The school is now known as the Vidya Bhawan Senior Secondary School, Ramgiri and is affiliated with the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education.

Vidya Bhawan G.S. Teachers College (established in 1942)

The distinctive value of the work of Vidya Bhawan was being appreciated. To widen the reach and to address the educational needs of the country, a teachers' college was established in 1942. The college prepared the teachers with a modern outlook, who would then build responsible citizens. The college has many researches and several innovative methods of teaching to its credit. VBGSTC is recognised by UGC as a College of Teacher Education (CTE).

Vidya Bhawan Handicrafts Institute “Kala Sansthan” (established in 1944) and B.S.T.C. (since 1999)

The services of Vidya Bhawan were sought in another cognate department on the request of the then Mewar Government. Vidya Bhawan Kala Sansthan (Handicrafts Institute) was established in 1944 and imparted training to craft teachers. This institute is now involved in pre-service teachers’ training of two years under the S.T.C. programme.

Vidya Bhawan Rural Institute (established in 1956)

15th August 1956, the ninth anniversary of our Independence, saw the birth of Vidya Bhawan Rural Institute. On the report of Dr. K.L. Shrimali Committee, the Government of India entrusted ten selected institutions in the country the task of establishing Rural Institutes. The aim of the Institute was to provide courses in higher education, both general and technical. Presently, Vidya Bhawan Rural Institute has various under-graduate and post-graduate programmes like B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., M.A., M.Sc., M.Com. etc. along with B.C.A. and B.B.M. courses. The College has a research programme and runs a centre for IGNOU.

Vidya Bhawan Polytechnic College (established in 1956)

Vidya Bhawan Polytechnic College started in 1956 with a single faculty of civil and rural engineering. Now, the College offers electrical, electronic, computer science and information technology engineering to more than 500 students. The College has produced socially sensitive and technically competent diploma engineers. It has worked with the village community for technical skill improvement and livelihood enhancement of rural youth. In 2003, Vidya Bhawan Polytechnic was declared the best polytechnic institute of northern India by MHRD.

Vidya Bhawan Social Education Organisers’ Training Centre (1956-67)

1956 also saw the opening of the Social Education Organisers’ Training Centre. The Ministry of Community Development decided to start a number of such centers in order to train social education organisers to work in the Community Development and National Extension Services Blocks. The training imparted was so close to Vidya Bhawan’s objective of ‘social change through educational reform’ that the personnel to be trained as SEOs and the staff of Vidya Bhawan were eminently suited to the task undertaken. The Government of India decided to close down all such centers in 1967.

Vidya Bhawan Anganwari Worker's Training Centre (established in 1982)

Vidya Bhawan Anganwari Workers Training Centre was established on 16th August 1982 at the initiative of Ms. D.K. Mistry. It functions under the ICDS programme and provides training to the workers and assistants of Anganwari centers. The Center had motivated the trainees, up-scaled their quality of work, instilled the spirit of team-work and equipped them with ideas and methods to approach and benefit the community.

Vidya Bhawan Krishi Vigyan Kendra (established in 1984)

Vidya Bhawan Krishi Vigyan Kendra (VBKVK) was established in 1984 by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Vidya Bhawan Society and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). VBKVK aimed to achieve fine tuning of agriculture technologies, training of farmers, rural youth, extension personnel and execution of programmes of national importance. It has strived to make farming an attractive and remunerative business.

Vidya Bhawan Secondary School, Jhamarkotra (1987-2013)

Located at Jhamarkotra, 25 k.m. from Udaipur, this secondary school was established in 1987, and worked till 2013, to provide education services to the children of the local tribal residents and mining workers. Since 1991-92, the school became a full-fledged secondary school with financial assistance from M/s. Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Ltd. Well equipped science and computer laboratories and craft workshops were housed in the school. The school took special care of the social, cultural and linguistic background of the students.

Vidya Bhawan Education Resource Centre (established in 1995)

As the number of institutions grew, need was felt for an institute to facilitate cross fertilization of ideas. Vidya Bhawan established its Education Resource Center (VBERC) in 1995 and looked forward to sharing of ideas on pedagogy and experiences within Vidya Bhawan institutions and between Vidya Bhawan and other institutions. Gradually, VBERC established itself nationally as a resource centre that worked on the issues of school education. The institution had multiple partnerships with national, state and private institutions and corporations. VBERC worked to raise the level of discourse on education through conferences, seminars workshops and had worked on material development, textbook writing, training, systemic reform and capacity building.

Vidya Bhawan Institute of Local Self Government and Responsible Citizenship (established in 1997)

The Institute of Local Self Government and Responsible Citizenship was established in 1997 as a flexible educational center for democracy through training, research and advocacy. It aimed to reinforce confidence in the democratic processes at the grassroots level in the tribal belt of Udaipur through its 'Capacity Enhancement Programme'. In 2010, the Institute began intensive work in 24 Gram Panchayats. Also, it runs a project on 'Empowerment of Elected Women Representatives of Panchayati Raj'.

Vidya Bhawan Public School (established in 2001)

Understanding the societal demand of an English medium school, Vidya Bhawan started a Public School in 2001 with an implicit faith that all children are educable. Ever since, it moved towards educating children from cross sections of society in a stress free learning environment. VBPS has been recognized by the C.B.S.E. as a Senior Secondary School.

Vidya Bhawan Gandhian Institute of Educational Studies (established in 2008)

Vidya Bhawan Gandhian Institute of Educational Studies was established in 2008 to further explore the possibility of wholesome education. Currently, the Institute offers a B.Ed program with elements of Basic Education so that the teacher-students can apply them in pedagogical practices and serve to strengthen the local community as well.

Vidya Bhawan Prakriti Sadhna Kendra (established in 2009)

Vidya Bhawan purchased a 400-acre beed, a grassland enclosure, near Udaipur at Bhilon ka Bedla in 1956; fenced it and protected it in its natural glory. In the new millennium, 'Padma Bhushan' Prof. Jagat S. Mehta, former President of Vidya Bhawan Society and former Foreign Secretary of India, donated about Rs.60 Lakhs to construct a camping site, which was inaugurated by Nobel Laureate Dr. R.K. Pachauri on 19th August 2009. The 400-acre area, including the camping site, was formally named as the Vidya Bhawan Prakriti Sadhna Kendra (VBPSK). VBPSK is part of the global environmental crusade and is in consistence with Vidya Bhawan’s practice of acting local with a global perspective.
         

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