Top ten Boarding Schools in India

The sector of schooling and education is reaching new heights. There are a lot of schools that have many things they claim to be teaching their students. It often becomes very difficult to arrive at a decision with so many choices. When we think of boarding schools there are certain areas of concern like the academic growth of the students, the safety norms followed by the schools, the reputation, the past results, the teaching culture, the atmosphere created for the students. While selecting an educational institute for your children or for yourself, these points need to have clear answers in your mind.

On the basis of the above-mentioned points we have a list of the top ranking Boarding Schools in India for your review:

  1. The Doon School, Uttarakhand


The School that hardly needs an introduction. The Doon school is a boys-only boarding school that holds a position in the top ten schools in India with boarding facility and a strong curriculum.


  1. Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh


The Bishop Cotton School Shimla is one of the oldest and most reputed schools in the country. It has a heritage 158 years of education. The institution has a Boys only campus in Shimla and a girl’s only campus in Bangalore.


  1. Welham Girls School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.


The Welham School for girls was established in 1957. The school has been listed in the top ranking schools with boarding facility since 2013.


  1. Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan


Mayo College, Ajmer is again a heritage college known as ‘Eton of the East, since its establishment in the year 1857. A boy’s only college with a very good reputation and exclusive in-house facilities and museum for students.


  1. John’s International Residential School, Chennai


St. John’s International School, Chennai is a very well reputed school in South India. They have a tagline of ‘Educating and Educaring’. Has also won an award for Computer Education by  Late. Dr.Abdul Kalaam.


  1. The Scindia School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

The Scindia School has been educating India since 1897.In those times; the school was open for only royal princes especially from the Maratha dynasty.  However, now the school is open to general public. The Scindia School has a strict student teacher of 1:12.


  1. New Era High School, Panchgani

The New Era High School is one of the first Bahá’ís education projects in India. It was founded in 1945.The school gained popularity after its presence in the movie Taare Zameen Par.

  1. Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore


The Sarala Birla School, Banglore is a well reputed residential school only for boys. The school follows the IGSE and IB Diploma program, one of the most popular and competitive programs today.


  1. Sherwood College, Nainital


The Sherwood College is one of the oldest colleges in India. It dates back to 1869.The school has a very large library and, attention is given to co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.


  1. Joseph’s School, Darjeeling

The schools opened doors in February 1888. And has since had students coming from different geographical and cultural backgrounds. St. Joseph’s School has a very keen interest in sports along with academics.

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State of the Indian Education System


“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world”, this is an age long saying by Mr Nelson Mandela, which has withstood the test of time. Even in this modern world of hurry and worry, this statement hasn’t lost its relevance. We are familiar with the very essentials of life, and education is one of them, without any doubts. It is the sheer importance of education, which brings us to discuss upon the current educational scenario on a global level.

While many global economies have made a significant progress in achieving their educational agendas (keeping in mind the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in the said sector), India is yet to uncover it’s obscured potential for educational developments. It is essential to analyse what holds back India as a country to reach the educational goals and advancements. Despite of several initiatives taking place for the elevation of education, the question still arises upon the fact that WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE?

Education has been a matter of conflict and problem in our country since ages. What is even funnier is, that little has changed from the colonial period. Students are now routinely scoring 90% marks and still finding it difficult to get into the colleges of their choice, and we are actually doing the same old slovenly stuff. Rote learning still plagues our system widely, students study only to score marks in exams, and sometimes to crack the exams like IIT JEE, AIIMS, or CLAT. The colonial masters introduced education systems in India to create clerks and civil servants, and sadly, we haven’t been able to deviate much from that pattern till today.

We need to reward creativity, original thinking, research, and innovation (because in the end, a boss would probably prefer someone with ideas to take a company forward rather than a parrot, which nods at every beck and call right?). Also, we need to implement massive technology infrastructure for education (and for this to be possible, India MUST embrace the Internet and technology at a wide level), making ‘reservation’ irrelevant (and no, it’s not my personal inner “general” category grudge speaking, but on a national level, if we make education so universally available, the whole concept of reservation is going to be meaningless).

We need to redefine the sole purpose of education. We are not learning or educating ourselves to finally wake up today, where, we are going to grab our suitcase; rush to work; work 9-5, and get routinely paid so that we can “earn a living”. The current system needs to breathe, and give space for creation of entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, scientists, thinkers, and writers for a knowledge based economy rather than the low-quality service provider plastic nation that we are turning into.

Though there are many loopholes, but there is no denying the fact that there has been a significant progress as well (that being said, not out of modesty, but reports and data provided by the NSSO). People have actually started realising the tenor of education, and the numbers have been rising significantly. And the best part of such arising is, the voice is being heard. With the new ECCE policies being adopted by the nation, another milestone has been achieved.

And therefore, with the advent of a massive globalisation, India is emerging as a powerful economy, which is working hugely towards improving the education scenario, in the end, the question isn’t about who gets access to education, it is a necessity, which HAS to be provided, and in its most bare, and naked form, sans complications, sans adulteration. And it’s something that we all need to keep in mind. Education is NOT AN OPTION, it’s a NECESSITY.