Schools are considered an epitome of knowledge that enlightens, shapes, and defines the lives of human beings. Schools play an integral role in the smooth conduct and holistic development of society. The dedicated Jain minority Shri Parshwanath Brahmacharya Ashram Trust plays a pivotal role in running this school in a small town named Khurai, District- Saugor (MP). The foundation stone of Gyanodaya Sarva Mangal Vidya Mandir (SMVM) Higher Secondary School was laid by Krishi Pandit Late Shrimanth Seth Rishabh Kumar Jain in 1989. The seeds of this school were sown with a two-roomed Vishal Kirti Bhawan, situated in front of the now magnificent Lal Jain Mandir. Under the patronage of Shrimanth Dharmendra Seth, the foundation stone of the present building was laid in 1994.
With time, the erstwhile seeds have sprouted to life, steadily growing into trees, producing fruits that are accepted by and beneficial to society. Thus, this is how the school in its present form came up. As the name suggests, Gyanodaya stands for the dawn of knowledge. Gyanodaya School is located on a 11 – acre plot on the outskirts of the Khurai town, which is about 20 kilometers away from Bina (Railway Junction) and approximately 50 kilometers from Saugor city (Sagar, Madhya Pradesh) making it easily accessible by roadways and railways as well from all the major cities of the country.
It is a co-educational, day cum residential English-medium school, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, whether in the field of academics, sports, art/craft, and music. This School is affiliated to CBSE, bearing affiliation number – 1030232, offering high-quality co-education to students from Kindergarten to 12th standard. The school has a lush green campus with a peaceful and spiritual ambience. An iconic “Lal Mandir”, devoted to Lord Parshwanath, and frequented by pious devotees from all across the country, sanctifies the campus and adds to its positive aura. The school provides all modern amenities for both scholastic and co-scholastic minds. To cater to such burgeoning minds, the school recruits pan-Indian teaching staff.
Spread across the school campus are volleyball and basketball courts, indoor facilities for playing badminton, table tennis, chess, and arenas for learning Judo, Karate, and boxing with an open gym. The school also facilitates an open-air and a movie theatre for recreational and educational purposes. The school runs a 24 x 7 mess providing fresh vegetarian and traditional Jain cuisines for boarders, day-scholars, staff, and visitors. There is a provision of semi-furnished accommodation for non-local teaching and administrative staff on the school campus. The water purification and cooling systems (RO) have been installed within the school building, hostel, and staff accommodations, to ensure a fresh and uninterrupted supply of water.
The campus is highly secured under the surveillance of CCTV cameras and the presence of well-trained security staff. The school offers a conveyance facility for remotely located students and staff. The fleet of buses that the school provides, ply to nearby towns and villages, namely Khimlasa, Jeruwa Khera, Pathari, and Bina. The school is equipped with fairly advanced chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, computer, and language labs. The school building houses a library that has a collection of more than 16,000 books, magazines, and newspapers, offering an exhaustive coverage of academic and socially relevant themes. Additionally, many of the classrooms have been equipped with smart classes for audio-visual modes of teaching and
learning. Within the school building, there is a dedicated space rife with toys, meant for the holistic engagement and amusement of kindergarten toddlers. An indoor multipurpose, well-furnished auditorium equipped with an advanced PA system, is located at the heart of the school building. This auditorium is dedicated to the loving memory of Shrimati Rajrani Naykan and has reverently been named – Naykan Hall.
Having completed 30 years since its inception, the school is on its journey of success to setting newer examples and establishing higher standards with the joint efforts of all its stakeholders. In the foregone decades, this school has had its share of ups and downs. Nonetheless, the years gone by have academically reinforced the school management team to face newer challenges and live up to greater benchmarks. With the hopes of moving ahead on its path and continually emitting the light of knowledge, Gyanodaya SMVM Higher Secondary School remains steadfast by being committed to its objectives:
“We, the principal, staff, and students of Gyanodaya are committed to developing and cultivating the ability to express and understand English and Hindi, logical thinking, socially acceptable mannerism, “Ahimsak/Ahinsak” moral values, physical endurance, excellence in art and culture, ability to judge between good and bad and churn out happy individuals”