Started with a small group of under-privileged children in a make-shift shed, Nachiketa Vidya Mandir (NVM) now houses 260 students, from the 1st to 10th standards, in a building with classrooms, a science lab, library and a multipurpose hall. An in-house kitchen staff prepares nutritious mid-day meals and provides milk and snacks in the afternoon.
Our generous patrons and philanthropic partners help improve facilities, sponsor mid-day meals, milk and snacks, and pitch in to provide stationary and meet other needs while volunteers take charge of various responsibilities including teaching.
‘Teach for India’ deserves a special mention for being kind sponsors of two fellows who help formulate teaching material and guide the teachers.
Along with academics taught according to syllabus, we educate children on Indian values and culture, give high priority to yoga and sports, and encourage the development of artistic and vocational/practical skills. We endeavour to expose students to opportunities and competition on par with other schools.
n 2012, Smt. Vasundhara acquired a plot in a backward area in Kodgal, Mahabubnagar district and dedicated it to the cause of education of underprivileged children of neighbouring tribal hamlets. As followers of Swami Vivekananda, foundations were laid for a gurukul style school structure fusing the values of our ancient culture with modern education and techniques. Classes were initially commenced in two class rooms. Thanks to the combined efforts of a number of patrons, the school now has ten well-equipped classrooms and a computer lab. A dedicated team of teachers under the able guidance of Swami Nachiketananda Puri and Swami Sivananda Puri work closely with over 160 students here.
This space is now a thriving hub of activity with a sprawling playground, multi-purpose hall, meditation and yoga hall, kitchen and dining rooms, residential rooms for volunteers/teachers, and a school for the children of neighbouring villages.