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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan logo
Motto Let noble thoughts come to us from every side - Rigveda, 1-89-i
Established November 7, 1938
Type Private
Location New Delhi, India

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is an Indian educational trust. It was founded on November 7, 1938 by Dr. K. M. Munshi, with the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi.[1] The trust's programmes, through its 117 centres in India, 7 centres abroad and 355 constituent institutions, cover "all aspects of life from the cradle to the grave and beyond -- it fills a growing vacuum in modern life", as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru observed when he first visited the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1950.

The trust operates a number of primary and secondary institutes in India and abroad.[2] The schools are well-known by their characteristic name, Bharatiya Vidya Mandir. At present there are some 80 higher secondary schools in India and about another 25 outside the country. The schools are somewhat different from other such institutions around the country in that the students are taught to be modern and global in their outlook without forgetting their Indian roots. Bhavanites, as the students are called, pride themselves on being Indian and are well known for their respect not only for the country and what it stands for, but also towards themselves, which they consider an essential part of being "Indian".

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is a totally apolitical organisation. Munshi looked upon the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan as an "adventure in faith", a faith not only in India's past, present and future, but also in India's people who have a rich and unbroken cultural heritage. The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan believes that there are elements in all cultures which transcend all barriers and knit people together. Its ideal is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which means "the world is one family".

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's motto is "Let noble thoughts come to us from every side", a quote from the Rigveda. The constitution of the Bhavan lays down the qualities that everyone connected with the Bhavan should develop for the Bhavan's consolidation and sustained growth. They are:

  • An understanding of the aims of the Bhavan and a sense of identification with them, expressed in continuous efforts to realise them in every field of activity.
  • A spirit of dedication to the Bhavan which will prompt everyone to ask, not "what can I get from the Bhavan?" but "what can I do for the Bhavan?"
  • A faith in the culture of our land, particularly in the Epics and in the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.
  • The habit of daily prayer, in private and in congregation and the practice of invoking the grace of God before any work is begun and to so do it that it is fit to be offered to Him.
  • A passion for the Sanskrit language, to study it oneself and to popularize it among others.
  • The development of a healthy mind that is neither petrified by custom nor capering at the call of every fancy, but which is rooted in the past, draws sustenance from the ennobling elements in the present and strives for a more radiant future.

The current President of the Bhavan is Shri Surendralal G Mehta, and the Vice-Presidents are Shri Murli Deora and Justice Shri B. N. Srikrishna. Some of the honorary members on the Board (past and present) include His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Prince Charles, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, JRD Tata and Revered Mother Teresa, among others.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan also has its own content provider for the publishing media, named Amrita Bharati. It provides "pictorial features to dailies and periodicals for their children's and women's supplements," such as Wee Wonder in the Times of India.


List of institutions



Andhra Pradesh
  • Bhavan Vidyalaya - Panchkula
Madhya Pradesh
  • Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Prism School - Satna
  • Bhavan's A. H. Wadia High School - Mumbai
  • Pre School (Little Buds) - Jalgaon
  • Bhavan's Buds Play & Primary School - Kolhapur
  • Bhavan's Bhagwandas Purohit Bal Mandir, Civil Lines - Nagpur
  • Bhavan's Bhagwandas Purohit Bal Mandir, Sri Krishna Nagar - Nagpur
  • Bhavan's Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir - Sri Krishna Nagar, Nagpur
  • Bhavan's Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir - Civil Lines, Nagpur
  • Bhavan's CIPL Public School - Nagpur
  • Bhavan's Sulochana Natu Vidya Mandir - Pune
  • Bhavan's Lloyds Vidya Niketan - Wardha
  • Bhavan's Paranjpe Vidya Mandir - Pune
  • Bhavan's Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir - Ashti, Nagpur
Tamil Nadu
  • Bhavan's Tripura Vidya Mandir - Agartala
Uttar Pradesh
  • Bhavan's Mehta Bal Vidya Mandir - Allahabad
  • Bhavan's Mehta Vidyashram - Bharwari
  • Bhavan's Vidyalaya - Lucknow
  • Bhavan's Kesari Devi Kanoria Vidya Mandir - Renukoot
West Bengal
Chandigarh (Union Territory)
  • Bhavan's Devraj Aggarwal Vidyalaya - Chandigarh


Other institutions

Institutions outside India


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