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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan logo
Motto Let noble thoughts come to us from every side - Rigveda, 1-89-i
Established November 7, 1938
Type Private
Location Jaipur,Mumbai, India
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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is an Indian educational trust. It was founded on November 7, 1938 by Dr. K. M. Munshi, with the support of Mahatma Gandhi.[1] The trust's programmes, through its 119 centres in India, 7 centres abroad and 367 constituent institutions,[2] cover "all aspects of life from the cradle to the grave and beyond -- it fills a growing vacuum in modern life", as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru observed when they first visited the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1950.[3]


The trust operates a number of primary and secondary institutes in India and abroad. It organizes and runs 100 private schools in India.[4] The schools are known as Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Bhavan's Vidya Mandir, or Bhavan's Vidyalaya.


The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is a totally apolitical organisation.[citation needed]


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's motto is "Let noble thoughts come to us from every side", a quote from the Rigveda. The constitution of the Bhavan lays down the qualities that everyone connected with the Bhavan should develop for the Bhavan's consolidation and sustained growth. They are:

  • An understanding of the aims of the Bhavan and a sense of identification with them, expressed in continuous efforts to realise them in every field of activity.
  • A spirit of dedication to the Bhavan which will prompt everyone to ask, not "what can I get from the Bhavan?" but "what can I do for the Bhavan?"
  • A faith in the culture of our land, particularly in the Epics and in the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.
  • The habit of daily prayer, in private and in congregation and the practice of invoking the grace of God before any work is begun and to so do it that it is fit to be offered to Him.
  • A passion for the Sanskrit language, to study it oneself and to popularize it among others.
  • The development of a healthy mind that is neither petrified by custom nor capering at the call of every fancy, but which is rooted in the past, draws sustenance from the ennobling elements in the present and strives for a more radiant future.

Board members

The current President of the Bhavan is Surendralal G Mehta, and the Vice-Presidents are Murli Deora and B. N. Srikrishna.[5]

Some of the honorary members on the Board (past and present) include His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Prince Charles, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, JRD Tata and Mother Teresa, among others.[5]

List of institutions


Andhra Pradesh
  • Bhavan's Seth RA College of Arts/Commerce,Ahmedabad
  • Bhavan's Seth RA College of Science,Ahmedabad
  • Bhavan's HB Institute of Communication and Management,Ahmedabad
  • Bhavan's Gandhi Institute of Computer Education and Info Tech.,Ahmedabad
  • Bhavan's Vallabhram Mehta Public School - Baroda
  • Bhavan's Narmada Vidyalaya - Bharuch
  • Bhavan's English Medium School - Dakor
  • Bhavan's Nand Vidya Niketan - Hazira
  • Bhavan's Shri A.K. Doshi Vidyalaya - Jamnagar
  • Bhavan's Smt. Maniben Kashibai Patel School - Nadiad
  • Bhavan's GIPCL Academy - Surat
  • Bhavan Vidyalaya - Panchkula
One of the schools in Kerala
Madhya Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Uttar Pradesh
  • Bhavan's Mehta Bal Vidya Mandir - Allahabad
  • Bhavan's Mehta Vidyashram - Bharwari
  • Bhavan's Vidyalaya - Lucknow
  • Bhavan's Kesari Devi Kanoria Vidya Mandir - Renukoot
West Bengal
Chandigarh (Union Territory)
  • Bhavan's Devraj Aggarwal Vidyalaya - Chandigarh


Other institutions

Institutions outside India

See also


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