Almost every school in Panchkula has loaded its website with claims of a range of infrastructure facilities. In the HT--C-fore survey, it is The Gurukul that has emerged at the top. It has jumped from second spot last year and scored 76 points out of 100.
Manav Mangal School has jumped from the fifth rank last year to the second spot now with 75, just one behind the topper, while Bhavan Vidyalaya is the third best with 74 points. Last year, Bhavan was at the fourth spot.
On safety and hygiene, The Gurukul has maintained its top position with 40 points out of 50. Manav Mangal is second best with 39. Last year, it was at fifth. Doon Public School, which was not evaluated last time, is at the third position with 38 points. The margins remain as slender as possible.
The Gurukul possesses a robotics lab, besides labs for all other subjects. All of the school’s classrooms as ‘smart’, while the campus is Wi-Fi-enabled. There are security cameras, ramps and buses with GPS (global positioning system) which ensures that parents get text messages as alerts about the buses’ movement.
The school has also been providing facility of meals to all students with different menu for all weekdays. It has washrooms in all blocks with hand-driers and disposable napkins.
There are three water purification plants too. Manav Mangal has a 3D lab, smart classrooms, GPS-enabled buses with SMS facility for parents, and uploading of class work on the internet. This school too has CCTV cameras.
On value for money, Bhavan is at the top spot with 38 points out of 50. Last year, it was second. Hansraj Public School has slipped from the top spot to second this year.
The Gurukul is ranked third with 35 points, up from fifth last year. Urvashi Kakkar, activity coordinator at Bhavan, says, “Our school charges the lowest fee with respect to the infrastructure we provide. Nothing extra is charged for cocurricular activities.”