SSPS is the first CBSE-affiliated English-medium school in the under-served Beed district of Maharashtra. In the latest EW India School Rankings 2022-23, it is ranked among the state’s Top 10 day-cum-boarding schools, writes Dipta Joshi
SITED ON A GREEN 35-acre campus in the educationally under-served Marathwada region of Maharashtra’s Beed district (pop.2 million), the co-ed Shiv Sharda Public School, Gadhi, Georai (SSPS, estb.2003) has acquired a good reputation for providing integrated academic, sports and co-curricular education to its 879 students — including 184 boarders — mentored by 46 well-qualified teachers. In the latest EW India School Rankings 2022-23, this CBSE-affiliated class I-X school is ranked among Maharashtra’s Top 10 day-cum-boarding schools.
Promoted by the Georai-based Jagadamba Shikshan Prasarak Mandal trust (JSPM, regstd.1991) founded by visionary philanthropist and former Maharashtra revenue minister Shivajirao Pandit, SSPS is the first English-medium class I-X school in the taluka. It draws students from neighbouring Aurangabad, Jalna, Latur and Osmanabad districts. Currently the trust, managed by Shivajirao’s sons Amarsinha and Jaisingh, runs 37 educational institutions across Maharashtra with an aggregate enrolment of 16,000 students.
“The objective of my father and founder-chairman, Shivajirao Pandit, was to provide children in Georai and neighbouring villages, access to high-quality English medium education blending rigorous academics with a wide range of sports, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to nurture and develop their potential and holistic personalities. The motto of SSPS ‘Win the World’ encapsulates our founder’s belief in the power of high-quality education to develop children into leaders of change. To enable our students to pursue higher education in institutions of national repute, this year we have affiliated SSPS with the Delhi-based Central Board of Secondary Education,” says Jaisingh Pandit, an alum of the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University and secretary of JSPM.
Deeply influenced by Prof. Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, JSPM trustees and the SSPS management enable students to access diverse activities to discover, enhance, refine and showcase their innate talents. “Among our newly introduced programmes are scouts and guides and the International Award for Young People. Moreover we have designed a special leadership programme for high school students. Prefects in particular, are given responsibility to manage the school’s pupil welfare, cultural affairs and public relations programmes. The school also regularly organises teacher training workshops to ensure their continuous professional development,” says N.P. Datta, principal of SSPS since 2019. A commerce postgraduate of North Bengal University, Siliguri, Datta acquired three decades of valuable teaching and admin experience in the CISCE-affiliated Father Le Blond School, Siliguri and The Assam Valley School, Balipara, prior to signing up with SSPS three years ago.
The school’s wi-fi enabled campus which is under 24/7 CCTV surveillance, houses 44 spacious and well-ventilated classrooms including four Smart classrooms which students attend by rotation, composite science, computer and maths laboratories, an audio-visual resources room and a library with 1,421 print volumes and seven journal subscriptions. The residential block hosts separate hostels for 184 junior and senior students, a 1,000-seat dining hall, a 24×7 infirmary staffed by qualified personnel, and an ambulance service for emergencies. Moreover, a well-qualified school counselor and teachers provide pastoral care services to boarders.
Personality development co-curricular education is strongly encouraged. The school offers 22 activities ranging from animal care, journalism, photography and public speaking among others, and children are encouraged to sign up for hobby clubs of their choice.
Sports facilities include separate grounds for football, cricket, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts and table tennis. “Sports education is high priority on the SSPS agenda. Coached by trained professionals, our under-14 and under-17 football teams routinely win district and divisional championships. Some students have also worn Maharashtra colours and some have been selected for special coaching by the Sports Authority of India,” says Datta.
Moreover, community development programmes include outreach initiatives in neighbouring villages where students teach children basic literacy and spread awareness about women’s health and rights issues.
Because of the management’s commitment to balanced, holistic education and teacher training, Datta is confident that the school’s first batch readying to write the CBSE class X exams, will come up trumps. “Our students are attending special workshops and Sunday classes. This is augmented by the school’s faculty providing advanced coaching to prepare them for science Olympiads and state talent search examinations,” adds Datta.
With SSPS’ star in the ascendant in the annual EW India School Rankings, and 2:1 applications to admission ratio, the school’s trustees have green-lighted an SSPS replica in Navi Mumbai which is in the last stage of construction. “We also plan to open three pre-primary schools in and around Beed district to serve as feeder schools,” says JSPM trustee Jaisingh Pandit.
ADMISSION & FEES
- Shiv Sharda Public School, Beed is a CBSE-affiliated class I-X co-ed day-cum-boarding school. Admission applications into classes I-IX are invited between March-June. The school admits boarders from class I onwards.
- Tuition fee (annual): Rs.24,000- 30,000 (day scholars); Rs.54,000- 66,000 (boarders)
- For further information, contact +91 94039 80599/95118 98270, email: [email protected]
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