Greetings from KNSV
Dear Friends and Patrons,
Post independence, Mahatma Gandhi advocated opening of self-reliant educational institutions. To promote education he stressed on the principle of ‘Sarva-Shiksha’ or 'Education for all'. The goal was to reach basic education to one and all especially to the economically deprived and challenged class of the society. A visionary that he was he saw education as the only means to the road of success,prosperity and development of our country.
A true Gandhian in spirit and soul and an ardent follower, Smt. Prabhawati Devi wife of esteemed Shri Jaya Prakash Narayan ( better known as J.P.) along with Dr.Rajendra Prasad and other leaders of the Congress Party established and started the Shishu Vihar”. Smt Prabhawati Devi was a close friend of Smt.Kamla Nehru.Hence she thought it fit to name her dream project after her close friend Kamla Nehru jee and thus the name Kamla Nehru Shishu Vihar or KNSV as we call it in short.
KNSV was conceived and established as a non-profit organization in the year 1963. They dreamed of reaching low cost and quality education to all, even to the most humble and marginalised strata of the society. It was set as a model educational institution based on the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore. The concept was adopted from the famous “Shantiniketan” school.The motto was to not deny admission to any child, more so, to those belonging to the economically challenged and marginalised background and even to those who were unable to pay their fees. Nestled amidst a mango orchard and in perfect harmony with nature KNSV has always striven to fulfil the now much talked about constitutional guarantee of ‘Right to Education’ to children. This objective is being followed even today with due determination.
KNSV was running with a low strength of 73 students only in the ratio of 40:60 of girls and boys in small cottages serving as classrooms in the ‘gurukul’ manner. After 1998, sustained awareness efforts of our objective of providing low cost education and also no denial of admission to any child led to a rise in numbers.Now the current strength is 425 out of which 125 students are boarders. Around 100 of these students are being sponsored by patrons around the globe. 22 children are being sponsored by foreign donors.
At KNSV we seek to innovatively cater to the educational needs of the underprivileged section of the society. We intend to impart vocational training along with academics to our students so that they could be empowered to eke out a decent and respectable livelihood for themselves rather than becoming victims of their circumstances for no fault of their own.