Takshashila Gurukulam is a private, affordable English-medium school based in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh (about 1 ½ hours from New Delhi) , run by the Society for Educational Training. Foundation of the school was laid down around eight years back and currently school enrolls more than 800 children between nursery and Class XI, many of whom are first or second generation learners. Tuition fees at school starts at INR 700/month (increasing based on a child’s grade and the additional programs taken), although more than 25% of students attend free of cost or receive some form of scholarship.
Since many of our children come from rural areas, we provide them with the opportunity to spend more time in a structured learning environment. In addition to earlier starts, shorter breaks and six day school, we also offer extended-day, residential facility and summer/winter break activity programs. Almost one-third of our students already take advantage of these additional courses. Externally developed standardized tests given from class IV to XII standard students reflects that our children score above average in core subjects and have witnessed a positive difference in the students who have been with us for multiple years.
"Our goal is to stretch the tension wire between affordability and quality, to offer a reasonably priced education to families of modest means with high aspirations for their children."
What began as our humble initiative from a three-room space with 50 students has now blossomed into a place which imparts knowledge to 800 students in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh. Takshahsila Gurukulum came into being in 2009 when Mr. Manish Agrawal, founder of Takshashila Gurukulum, left his well-rounded and prosperous career at Mckinsey to teach kids coming from the families of modest means.
To support the children to sustain with the academic curriculum and to maintain their interest in education and learning, a requirement was felt to initiate an after-school programme. This laid the foundation for our Wisdom Centre. Starting in 2011, the Wisdom Centre became a space of remedial teaching to bridge the learning gaps and stress the importance of education to both, children and their families. Over the years, it became more than a mere remediation programme and grew into an after-school centre. We also introduced extra curricular activities such as art, dance and sports to expose the children to learning opportunities that would go beyond the regular academic curriculum.
Takshashila firmly believes that education has the power to renovate lives. We want to ensure that every child, regardless of their social and economic background has access to quality education, enjoys learning and makes progress towards discovering and realizing their true potential. Through a holistic approach to education that integrates academic achievement with non-academic learning we provide knowledge, skills and values that prepare our children for a future full of opportunities.
Every child should be given equal opportunities to transform their lives.
To be able to create a brighter future for kids from low-revenue communities by providing them with the desired knowledge , skills, values and support to accomplish their true potential
Most Takshashila children are from families where there has been little or no formal education, where education is not a priority and it is a common place for children to drop out of school in order to contribute to the family income.
Believing in the power of education to change lives, a child’s journey at Takshashila starts at the Kindergarten level, continues through school years and supports them until they become employable.
The focus is always in making learning a continuous, joyous and voluntary experience that will help the children discover and achieve their true potential and take on the future with confidence.
Despite the differences, the school educates all students, rural and urban, side by side. While their parents, and even students themselves, may have differing expectations, we aim to provide each student with the same quality education and ask them to meet the same standards, which have risen steadily as the school grows and matures.