Striking a balance
Bhavan Panchkula’s Best: Academics propel school to top spot as last year’s topper slips. Focus remains on mix of studies and co-curricular activities.chandigarh Updated: Dec 28, 2013 16:50 IST
Panchkula: In the past two decades, a number of quality schools have come up in Panchkula, most of them having smart classrooms, 3D labs, using innovative teaching methods, and carrying out a plethora of extra-curricular activities.
But in a keen contest from Panchkula in the HT--C-fore Top Schools survey for the tricity, Bhavan Vidyalaya has bagged the top position in the city, scoring 710 points out of 1,000.
The school has scored well on academic rigour and in competence of teachers. Its teacher care and development was also impressive at 37 points out of 50.
In parental participation, the school scored 34 points out of 50, the highest in Panchkula.
The school has a good academic reputation. In Class 12 this year, it gave the tricity topper. In Class 10, its 95 students out of a total 204 scored Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of a perfect 10 on 10.
“We give individual attention to students. The good results are a collective effort of teachers and students,” said Shashi Banerjee, principal, Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula.
“But it is wrong to assume that Bhavan-Panchkula focuses only on academics. The school has won laurels in district sports and quiz competitions. Our dramatics club is also doing well,” said Divpriya Chawla, a former student.
Hansraj Public School is second in Panchkula with 708 points. For sports, the school got 86 out of 100, and 73 for extra-curricular activities. It also topped the charts in value for money and social accountability.
The Gurukul attained an overall third place in the city with a score of 696, scoring 77 in individual attention. It has also done well on the parameters of life skills education, innovative teaching, and safety and hygiene.
Out of the five schools that we assessed, Satluj Public School finished fourth with 654 points. It got maximum 75 in infrastructure and facilities, and also topped the chart on value system integration.
Manav Mangal School finished fifth with 653 points and is ranked second in extra-curricular activities and third in individual attention to students among the 14 parameters.
Top 3 in panchkulaBhavan Vidyalaya (PKL): Sector 15 (2012 rank: 2)
Established in 1994, the school has two libraries, smart classes, facilities for 13 games. Rated high in teaching care, parental participation, academic rigour, and value system integration. It also has a learning centre for special children.
Entry-level fee:Rs 35,400
Has done well in extra-curricular activities, sports, value for money and social accountability. Established in 1994, has smart classrooms, no physical books, as education is technologically-driven.
Entry-level seats: 100
Entry-level fee: Rs 28,000
Established in 2001, the school boasts of security features in buses, SMS alerts to parents, besides a robotics lab. It has topped in life skills education, individual attention to students, innovative teaching, and safety and hygiene.
Entry-level seats: 75
Entry-level fee:Rs 60,000
Satluj Public School: Sector 4
Established in 1976, the school boasts of 3D smart classrooms and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. “The special thing about our school is unique blend of Indian and global education which caters to the individual personality of every child,” said principal Krit Serai.
Manav Mangal School: Sector 11
Established in 1993, the school has an indoor sports complex, and each classroom is multimedia-ready with touchscreen boards. “Our school is the only fully digital one in Panchkula where all classes are ‘smart’,” said principal Sandeep Sardana.
The survey was conducted by research organisation C-fore, covering 20 respondent schools in Chandigarh and five each in SAS Nagar and Panchkula. A perceptual survey was conducted among 1,225 parents and teachers in these cities. The respondents of the survey were asked to assess the schools that they were familiar with on a 10-point scale against different parameters.
Simultaneously, objective data was also obtained from various schools which was further validated by C-fore researchers by visiting schools and also by checking data from other secondary sources.
Results of the perceptual survey were combined with objective data to rank schools. Perceptual data scores were extrapolated for schools whose objective data was not available. Parameters covered include competence of teachers, teacher care & development, academic rigour, co-curricular activities, sports, individual attention to students, teaching learning processes/innovative teaching, value system integration, life skills education, safety and hygiene, social accountability, parental participation, infrastructure and facilities, and value for money.
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Compiled by: Bhartesh Singh Thakur; Photos by: Sant Arora/HT