Retaining the first position for the second consecutive year in the HT--C-fore Top Schools survey in SAS Nagar, Yadavindra Public School (YPS) has its focus on a positive physical and emotional attitude. The philosophy is that a school is no more confined to the orthodox way of teaching but has become a platform of performance where the child is put through various situations to cope up with today’s fast-paced technology-based life.
“Education is almost the same everywhere, but what I look forward to in YPS is exposing students to different types of environment. We try to involve our students in exchange programmes which are not just academics-based but also to experience and adapt to new circumstances. We are already sending our students to Germany, US and many other countries,” said RP Devgan, principal of YPS.
The school accommodates more than 1,600 students and is a pioneer day-boarding school that starts at 8am and ends at 4pm.
Manav Mangal Smart School has also retained its position at the second spot. Though a lot of schools have now started adopting ‘smart’, technology-driven classes, “ours is the first smart school in the city and we have a conventional high-tech method of teaching,” said Neena R Peter, principal of Manav Mangal.
“The outlook of people towards education has changed with the introduction of smart classes. But we still encourage our students to be human beings of substance and possess good values,” she added. Manav Mangal Smart School opened six years ago. It has around 3,600 students.
Doon International School enters the survey at the third spot with 660 points out of 1,000, while Millennium School is a close fourth with 657. Gian Jyoti Global School completes the list. Doon International principal Manjeet Madra said, “We give our students qualification as well as confidence.”
Komal Singh, principal, Millennium School, said, “We have a very modern way of teaching with PEP (performance enhancement plan), panel teachings and special booklets designed and got published by our school teachers.”
Best of SAS Nagar
1. Yadavindra public school
Sector 51 (2012 rank: 1)
Tops chart in infrastructure and facilities, co-curricular activities, sports, safety and hygiene. Established in 1979 under the patronage of the erstwhile maharaja of Patiala, YPS was the first in the tricity with day-boarding facility.
affiliated to: ICSE
Entry-level seats: 60 (approx)
Entry-level fee: Rs. 1-2.5 lakh (website)
#approximate fee for whole year
2. Manav Mangal Smart School
Phase 10 (2012 rank: 2)
Just six years old, it was the first fully smart school in tricity which has around 3,700 students with specialised, 3D labs. Excelled in extra-curricular activities, competence of teachers, infrastructure and sports.
affiliated to: CBSE
Entry-level seats: 175
Entry-level fee: Rs 37,520
3. Doon International School
Sector 69 (2012 rank: NA)
Established in 2004, the school provides creative activities besides basic studies. In the survey, it stood out for individual attention to students, infrastructure and facilities, academic rigour, and competence of teachers.
affiliated to: CBSE
Entry-level seats: 30
Entry-level fee: Rs 28,800
4. The Millennium School
Sector 67 (2012 rank: 3)
Established in 2006, the school has interactive smart classes with modern curriculum. It has a novel way of teaching with PEP (Performance Enhanced Plan) in timetable, and panel teaching for academically weak students. Special booklets and interactive website, schoolpad.com, have been provided. The school does well in individual attention to students, safety and hygiene and competence of teachers.
5. Gian Jyoti global School
Phase 2 (2012 rank: NA)
Established in 1974, the school has approximately 1,500 students with special features such as smart boards in every classroom and online testing system that gives instant results. It has fully equipped labs especially for students interested in science. In the survey rating by HT and C-fore, it has excelled in academic rigour, teacher care and development. The school has good infrastructure and facilities too.
Tomorrow: studying the academics
(Correction: The graphic text in the ‘HT Top Schools’ page on December 27 incorrectly mentioned the entry-level fee in Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, as Rs. 35,400. The actual fee is Rs. 23,400. The error is regretted)
compiled by Hillary Victor;
photos by Gurpreet Singh/HT
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