Over the years various bodies and School Associations have been formed with the objective of raising standards in Primary and Secondary education. The two most prominent private bodies are:
- National Progressive Schools Conference
- Indian Public Schools Conference
The National Progressive Schools’ Conference (N.P.S.C)
The National Progressive Schools Committee is a forty year old association of Senior Secondary Schools across the country and has 150 leading private schools under its umbrella. The N.P.S.C. started in 1973. All the member schools of the National Progressive Schools’ Conference are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education.
Executive member Principals and other members of the N.P.S.C. work in collaboration with Government organizations i.e. the National Council of Educational Research and Training, the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, the Indian Institutes of Management and the Indian Institutes of Technology in an effort to bring about qualitative changes in education. http://www.npscindia.com/
Indian Public Schools' Conference
Indian Public Schools' Conference was established in 1939 on the lines of the British Public School Education system. Some of the Sainik and Military Schools form part of this school conference. There are 77 schools in this association and comprise the most well-known residential schools in the country like Doon School, Welham, Mayo College etc. Their aim is to facilitate all around development of students through emphasis on both academics and extra-curricular activities
Government Supported Schools
Over the years various Government bodies have also been created to support education of children of specific target audiences. These school systems have specific agendas of providing education for children of Central Government Employees or children from specific regions, or economic backgrounds. Some of these school systems are as follows:
- Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
- Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya
- Eklavya Schools
- Sainik Schools
- Army Public Schools
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) (http://www.kvsangathan.nic.in/) is a system of central government schools that have been instituted under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It comprises of approximately 1806 schools in India and 3 outside India.
The uniform curriculum followed by these schools all over India was intended to ensure that the children of government employees did not face education disadvantages when their parents were transferred by providing a common syllabus and system of education.
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan is headquartered in New Delhi, India. The administration of this school is based on different levels; the chairman of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan is always the Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and the deputy chairman is Minister of State of MHRD. As of 30 September 2014 there were 1,174,819 students enrolled across the country.
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) are a system of alternate schools for gifted students in rural areas. As per the Government policy there is to be one JNV in each district of India, with some districts being sanctioned 2 schools on account of their size. The total sanctioned strength as on date is 598 schools. JNVs are fully residential and co-educational schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi, with classes from VI to XII standard. JNVs are specifically tasked with finding talented children in rural areas of India and providing them with an education equivalent to the best residential school system, without regard to their family's socio-economic condition.
More details are available at: http://www.nvshq.org/news_home.php
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India has set up a series of residential schools called EKLAVYA MODEL RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS (EMRS). The objective of EMRS is to provide quality education to Scheduled Tribe (ST) students in remote areas. This is being done so that these students can better integrate in society by availing of higher education and jobs.
More details are available at http://tribal.nic.in/Content/EklavyaModelResidentialSchool.aspx
The Sainik Schools are a system of schools established and managed by the Sainik Schools Society. They were conceived in 1961 by the then Defence Minister, Shri V. K. Krishna Menon. The primary objective was to rectify the regional and class imbalance amongst the Officer cadre of the Indian Military, and to prepare students for entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune and Indian Naval Academy.
The schools come under the purview of respective state governments and Ministry of Defence. They are fully residential schools under the CBSE. More details are available at http://www.sainikschoolsociety.org/
Army Public Schools
Army Public School (APS) is a system of public schools established for imparting education to the children of the Indian armed forces personnel. With 135 Army schools and 249 Army Pre-Primary schools throughout the country, it is one of the largest chains of schools in India.
The management of AWES vests with Army Headquarters, with COAS as the Patron in Chief. The schools are affiliated with CBSE.
More details at http://www.awesindia.com
Many educationists, philanthropists, religious institutions and business houses have also stepped in to provide quality education to the children of India. We have listed below some of these private chainsas a reference. However it is important to note that even if the schools may belong to one chain, it is not necessary that the Board of education that they are affiliated to will be uniform throughout the country. For example Chinmaya Vidyalays may be affiliated to CBSE / ICSE/ or even state boards. Some prominent school trusts are given below:
- Chinmaya Vidyalayas under Chinmaya Mission. More details at http://www.chinmayamission.com/what-we-do/schools-colleges/#.VqSYPCp97IU
- BVB : The Shikshan Bharati, an Educational Unit of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan coordinates the Board Management of Bhavan's Schools. More details and list of schools http://www.bhavans.info/school/
- DAV : DAVCMC runs and manages over 780 educational institutions comprising of public schools, grants-in-aid schools, colleges, institutes of professional education and research institutions. List of schools http://davcmc.net.in/dav_schools.html