A worthy education system teaches young people not only to make a living but also to make a life.


           Anandam Vidyalay is more than an education institute. It is a life enriching experience for teachers as well as students.
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           The story of Anandam Vidyalay started in 1987 when Eknath Bawankar, a native of Pauni noticed that this hamlet of 21,000 in Bhandara district of Maharashtra was served by a single municipal school of questionable performance.
             In response he set up the Pauni Shikshan Sanstha and started Anandam Vidyalay, a Marathi medium school to impart better quality primary education.
             Anandam Vidyalay followed 12 years later in 1999, with a goal of delivering high quality English medium education to make its students more employment-ready in a changing India. From the beginning, the method of learning was Traditional Indian Participative Learning promoted by Mahatma Gandhi and Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, unlike the vicarious learning by rote from books.
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Anandam Way of Learning.

Teaching Philosophy

In 20 years, since its inception, Anandam Vidyalay has become a vibrant teaching environment, where the principles of NayiTalim, Santiniketan and other progressive education methods are implemented in tandem with the prescribed course curriculum.
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A deeper insight into how we approach education, differently:

  • Akshar Olakh – An Introduction to Words.

Our pre-primary students do not use pencils or pens to learn the alphabet,
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  • Bhasha Gyaan – The Study of Languages

One of our most important discoveries was that a rural child,
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  • Pratyaksha Darshan – Field Visits

These approaches allow an immersive learning experience,
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  • Guru-Shishya Sambhashan – Student Teacher Value Interaction

Practical learning is very important to foster imagination.
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  • Amulya Parishram – Extending Efforts

As students approach the all-important SSC Board Year,
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  • Gyaan Prerna – Inspiration to Learn More

We invite a variety of guest speakers including experienced educators,
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  • Utsav-Parampara – Celebration of Traditions

We place a strong emphasis on teaching and celebrating local customs, festivals and culture, which inculcates a strong affinity in children for their surroundings. The same extends to appreciation of local.

  • Festivals of all the religions are celebrated in school so that the students have a responsibility of brotherhood and respect towards each other's customs and traditions as their own.
  • Students participate in various functions and events and live the enthusiasm of living as 'one nation'.
  • Parents meetings, health checkup camp, movies, motivational lectures, sex education workshop are organised every year.
  • Theme based annual social gathering is organised. Students and teachers write their own songs, choreograph them and then perform. This gives a boost to their creativity and aesthetic sense of things.
  • Students are taken to visit Police Station, Post Office, Bank, Hospital, Fort, Factory, Water Filtration Plant, River, Temples, Dam, schools and Farm etc. to give them the real world learning experience.
  • One day picnic, educational tour and residential camp are also organised.
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Vrundan Interview with IBN Lokmat

Loksatta Article


An educated person is the future development of a nation.

  • As a fully private organisation with no monetary support forthcoming from the government, we are wholly dependent on the generosity of interested supports.
  • The school is currently located in a rented premise now earmarked for destruction. This is, therefore, the best time to construct a permanent, self-owned premises.
  • Through personal funds, Gram Vikas Sanstha has a piece of land for constructing the new school building.
  • The property is away from the town, yet accessible. Surrounded by lush green landscapes, the spread out property allows construction of open spaces to foster learning and being close to nature.
Support us to create these facilities for the students.
To provide a better and safer roof.
As a teacher either full or part time and for technical and creative support.
To learn things on own practically.
Furniture, Water Purifier, Stationary, Computers, Projectors, Sports Equipment.
To inculcate the habit of reading and learning.
To commute easily.

Let us join hands to create more enlightened lives and more colourful futures!

Cash donations are also accepted. Help in any form is appreciated.


Contact Details

  • Vrundan Bawankar
    Executive Director
    (+91) 9766370959
  • Reach to Us.

  • Anandam Vidyalay, Pauni
    Dist. Bhandara - 441910
    Maharashtra (India).