Vidya Bhawan was founded in 1931 by Dr. Mohan Sinha Mehta, a pioneer and visionary of international stature in the field of education. Dr. Mehta drew his inspiration for starting a truly non-conventional, learner-centered educational institution from the Boy Scout Movement founded by Lord Baden Powell. His long and close association with the Scout Movement in different parts of India and Britain convinced him that a dynamic teacher rooted in her culture and sound educational philosophies could lay the foundation of holistic development of a child's character and personality.
Right from its birth, the institution was a protest against the rigidity of a conventional school system.
Vidya Bhawan aimed at inculcating in its pupil the understanding and practice of responsible citizenship; and to bring about social transformation through education for an open-minded, just and equitable society.
In May 1930, Dr. Mehta had taken his Rovers for annual hike to Kashmir. The Rover Crew was divided into four patrols. On one rainy day at Gulmarg, the Education Patrol met and developed the idea of a new type of school-- its special methods and features. In the same year Dr. Mehta called Shri Kalu Lal Shrimali and Shri K.L. Bordia, fellow scout troopers, to put this idea to practice.
A public meeting was convened in December 1930 and a Governing Body was set up. On the morning of 16th January 1931, the foundation stone of the building of Vidya Bhawan School was laid by Sir Sukh Deo Prasad, the then Prime Minister of Mewar State.
At 7 O’clock, on the morning of Tuesday, 21st July 1931, Vidya Bhawan was ushered into the world!
What has been unique about Vidya Bhawan ?
Vidya Bhawan aimed at greater social mixing and co-education. More than eight ago, the school had such distinctive features which were later added to the educational system at the national level. Some of these features were as follows: