With full sensitivity towards heritage and conservation, the newly refurbished campus of the iconic educational institute integrates students craft skills with the wisdom of various design professionals and conservation architects during its illustrious 125th anniversary.
Perched at the lofty 300-foot high Gwalior Fort Complex, home to many remarkable monuments, including a series of rock-cut reliefs of Jain monks, a 30-metre-high 9th century temple, a palace and museums, The Scindia School is a living laboratory for the entire community, where pupil learn from nature to coexist without harming the ecosystem.
Founded by His Highness Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia (I) in 1897, it was known as the Sardars’ School then and catered exclusively to nobility. It was only in 1933 that the school opened its gates to boys from all sections of the society and was renamed The Scindia School.
The 6th century setting in the magnificent Gwalior Fort belies the utter modernity of The Scindia School. Be it the laboratories, the classrooms and the library, IT, the sports fields, the dining hall, the school is superbly equipped and regularly refurbished.
Renovation of the four Junior Houses has recently been completed. Landscaping and common area work has also been completed along with the installation of the new security gate.
Apart from the ten heritage buildings used as hostels (called houses here), the newer sections include the mess, two new houses, the music department, and an amphitheatre depicting the local life of the region — all murals are made by the students and the art department.
As per the structural engineer at site Mr. Maranan Sahu, “Over the years, many modifications were made — some corridors were closed, while others had wooden louvers and blinds added for protection from the heat; some new parts were built too.”
The amphitheatre known as Shukla Memorial Open Air Theatre stands as a mighty structure adorned with intricate murals — also made by the students — and looks brand new. Centuries old Gwalior stone shines across the length and the breadth of the premises as if it was installed yesterday.
SOBA-Scindia Old Boys Association House renovation work continued in phases. Stone-flooring, repair work etc. was done on the dais in front of the SOBA House.
In The Scindia School, learning extends beyond the classrooms, the teaching system is focused to nurture whatever special talents a pupil might have, be it in academics, literature, athletics, an oratory or artistry.
Apart from academics Boys in the campus are trained in carpentry, stone carving, metal craft, painting, clay modelling, pottery, and fine arts.
The school’s legacy boasts of a mutlitudes of renowned alumni including politicians, army men, actors, musicians, diplomats and top CEOs.