Changes in education are expected yearly because of its dynamic nature that is dependent on many components from upgrades in technology, mandates of the department of education, available resources, educator’s motivation, parental influence, and the students themselves. A renowned educational institution founded on 4th july, 1943 by her highness Maharani Gayatri Devi Ji with His Highness Sir Sawai Man Singhji of Jaipur as its Patron. Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School, the first public school in India for girls, today has a formidable reputation. Located in the heart of the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, the school attracts pupils from all parts of the country and abroad. It is affiliated to the CBSE and has a strength of over 2700 girls of which about 300 are resident on campus. MGD Girls’ School is managed by the MGD Girls’ School Society which functions through a Board of Governors, headed by Maharaj Jai Singh ji of Jaipur. With its motto ‘Our Utmost for the Highest’, the school strives towards excellence in academic and co-curricular spheres of education, grooming young women to discover their potential and contribute to society as responsible citizens. With five aesthetically adorned Boarding Houses for different age groups namely Lillian Hurst, Ashiana, Deepshikha, Maharani Indira Devi Bhawan and Rani Vidya Devi Bhawan, the students on campus are offered a rich taste of Indian culture.
Preparing To Face The Future
The stay at Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School’s well-equipped boarding houses provides the students the quintessential balance between modernity and tradition. The stay is comfortable in terms of serene surroundings, being close to nature and fosters a touch of self-sufficiency. The Indian philosophy of ‘Back to Roots’ is well manifested through the lifestyle offered at our boarding houses, turning the girls into fine ladies through lessons of Swavalamban, Service and Gratitude. A warm, caring and safe environment which will help develop a child’s personality is what Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School offers to its students. Personality development workshops are organized focusing on confidence building, public speaking, time management, interpersonal skills and general grooming in sync with the vision of our founder. Boarders celebrate all festivals, have cooking days when a group of senior girls prepare meals for the rest of the students. On Republic Day the senior girls serve food to the entire juniors and the class IV employees. Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated by cleanliness drives. The girls wash their own utensils on Sundays to give much needed support to the maids. Such traditions set in the life of a boarder, inculcates value systems such as empathy, care and compassion.
Towards the world of tomorrow
The school has provided the facility of an on campus salon to the girls of higher classes as it believes in the overall grooming of students. The senior girls are given responsibility to organize activities and clubs giving opportunities to take initiative and responsibility. Morning PT and evening sport is a must for every student. Outings and field trips as well as visits to orphanages further help them to expand their horizons. Boarding life helps young girls to develop a well-rounded personality and prepares them to face the future with confidence, resilience and fortitude. Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi (CBSE) and offers education to girls from class I to XII. The Prep section of Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School curriculum is aimed at the holistic development of the girls, it offers a stimulating and challenging environment through a plethora of activities like Potato Day, Grandparents Day to channelize their innate curiosity and desire to learn into a structured growth. Apart from the syllabi as prescribed by CBSE, a normal school day comprises music, dance, games, computer, art and craft lessons and activities, both at Intra-School and Inter-School Levels, taking the students from local to global. Students are encouraged to read books through reading week and DEAR programme, activities such as mask making, card making, poetry and storytelling, circle time, show and tell which enhance their personality.
“Extra-curricular activities where Learning by Doing is the prime focus. We observe subject weeks dedicated to each subject such as English week, Social Studies week, Sanskrit week to bring out the importance, relevance and connection of the subject content in our daily lives through activities curated by students themselves.” shares Mrs Archana, Principal, Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School on popular for creating Smart and Confident girls through grueling academics and equally grinding extra-curricular activities where Learning by Doing is the prime focus. In addition to the previous statement, she shares “These range from e-literature fest comprising of different forms of public speaking such as debates, extempore, poem recitation, read-a thon, hosting IPSC literary fest “Srijan”, essay and poem writing, exhibitions, cleanliness drives, Gandhi Jayanti tableau, Treasure Hunt.”
An MGDian is synonymous with a well-rounded personality, the school takes pride in shaping the women of tomorrow through a focussed system of academics and extra-curricular. Sports, undoubtedly form the most important component for the same, not just for physical fitness and fun but also to build personality and character. Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ School aims at inculcating values of sportsmanship, resilience and team spirit through sports. MGD offers a range of sport activities such as Hockey, Cricket, Kho Kho, Basketball, Volleyball, Taekwondo, swimming, yoga, horse riding, Tennis, Skating, Badminton, Table Tennis, and Athletics and cross country. There are inter house matches, Athletic meet as well as Inter school matches. The girls at MGD have been playing at IPSC, District and national level as well in open tournaments and bringing laurels to school. NCC is offered to girls as a subject option. MGDians have been regularly getting adjudged as Best Cadet in Rajasthan.
Mrs. Archana S Mankotia – Principal
Principal, Mrs Archana S Mankotia, has steered a ship as enormous as MGD, with a large crew, successfully in dry waters during the pandemic years, proving her steel will and unflinching resolve even under direst situation. Communication is essential to the job because it ensures that everyone understands the school’s mission and their role in it, Ms Mankotia with her excellent communication has been a winner of hearts of all stakeholders, Management, Parents, Students, Staff, her positivity, enthusiasm, availability to teachers, staff members, parents, students, and community members, has placed her at the core of everyone’s thoughts. She stays calm in difficult situations, thinks before acting, and puts the needs of the school before self. An effective principal steps up to fill in holes as needed, even if it isn’t a part of her daily routine, who else but Ms Mankotia could be credited to her. She’s a true leader: who shows and goes the way.