The decision to send your kids to school independently is challenging, if you’re anything like me, most definitely. Separation anxiety notwithstanding, Indian parents are….well, Indian parents. We all condone the fact that kids get educated best with family around, with the emotional support that is in much need nowadays, et al. But the opposed view says that sending your kids to a boarding school is the best decision you can make! Making them independent and street smart! As they say “There is nothing a boarding school can’t sort”….Well, till that debate sees the end of day, here are the 10 best boarding schools for boys in India...
Doon School, Dehradun
Doon has been ranked the best residential school in India, including by BBC, The Times of India and The New York Times. Although the school has often been cited as ‘Eton of India’ by media outlets such as the BBC, The Guardian, The Spectator, Financial Times, The Economist, The Daily Telegraph and Forbes, it strongly eschews the label.Doon School is situated in the heart of the valley, Dehradun. It is a well-known institution for boys. Established in 1935 by Satish Ranjan Das, a cousin of the freedom fighter Chittaranjan Das, it continues to be the best boarding school in India. This school is affiliated to ICSE.
Sports are compulsory at the school. It has over 30 acres (120,000 m2) of playing fields, the largest of which are Skinner’s Field and the Main Field. Cricket, hockey, athletics, boxing and association football are played seasonally. Sports facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, a boxing ring and a multi-purpose hall with a gymnasium and facilities for indoor badminton, basketball and table tennis.
Location: The Doon School, Mall Road, Krishna Nagar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Telephone: +911352526406, 8979639477
Welham Boys, Dehradun
Welham Boys’ School is a residential school for boys, in Dehra Dun, affiliated to the C.B.S.E., India. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas over an area of 30 acres, the school lies amidst the hills and rivers of the Doon valley. Students from varying backgrounds and from many different parts of the sub-continent and beyond, attend the school. It was founded by Miss H. Oliphant. Today it offers education right up to Class XII. Over the years it has consistently remained among the best residential schools in India and is well known for being a child-friendly institution that combines the traditional and modern.
The curriculum encourages students to develop an understanding of key concepts and ideas. In this way, a sound base is built to equip students with the appropriate attitudes and skills. Concept teaching is the base of the learnings and teaching process in the school.
Location: Welham Boys’ School, 5, Circular Road, Dalanwala,, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Telephone: +911352657120, 2652935
Lawrence School, Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh
The Lawrence School – Sanawar, established in 1847, situated at a height of 1750 metres and spread over an area of 139 acres, heavily forested with pine, deodar and other conifer trees, is the fruit of the vision of Sir Henry Lawrence, and his wife Honoria.
Sanawar is a co-educational boarding school, affiliated to CBSE and has students of varying backgrounds from different parts of the sub-continent. It provides an environment that encourages a questioning mind and gives students many avenues for expressing their creativity and building their skills.
A mixture of colonial buildings, many of which are over a century old, nestling side by side with more modern facilities which have been added to enhance both the practical needs of the school as well as the existing physical environment.
Location: THE LAWRENCE SCHOOL, Sanawar, Distt. Solan, Himachal Pradesh
Bishop Cotton, Shimla
Over 150 years old, the Bishop Cotton School is another only boys school that has found itself in the topmost rankings in various lists repeatedly. With a campus spread wide, colonial buildings and superior quality teaching, Bishop Cotton encourages the spirit of leadership and sportsmanship. They follow an independent curriculum till class 8, and from there on the CICSE is followed.
The focus here lays on the over all development- from sports including Cricket, Hockey, Soccer and Swimming and tennis, squash, table-tennis, badminton, basket-ball, volley ball, Athletics, gymnastics and physical training to Boxing and marathon running. Apart from that, the in house clubs ensure a wide horizoned approach as The Nature Club, Meteorological Club, Creative Writing Club, Middle School Book Reading Club, Automobile Club and The Quizzing Club.
Location: Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
The Scindia School, Gwalior
The Scindia School was established in 1897 and it is an another only boys Indian residential school. The school is very closely located to the Gwalior fort. Though the school was first built to render education to the royal families, today students can enrol without any discrimination from all over the country. The school is affiliated to (CBSE) Central Board of Secondary Education and gives undivided attention to Co-curricular activities with School Societies and Clubs fostering softer skills, the aesthetic senses, design consciousness, sensitivity of feelings, dignity of labour and team work.
The Scindia School houses students from all corners of the world and provides a caring, friendly and well-structured educational environment. We value students who are intellectually curious and creative and mentor them towards attaining academic excellence. The emphasis is on the holistic development of the child. Co-curricular activities, and responsibility towards the environment are integrated into the learning process
Location: The Scindia School, The Fort, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Mayo College, Ajmer
The Mayo College is located at foothills of Madar with an area of 187 acres, was established on 1875 by and has consistently remained among the best schools in the world for more than a hundred years. The founder Richard Bourke, who was Viceroy of India from 1869 to 1872, tried to make an “Eton of India” and he largely succeeded. From Royalty to civil servants to other such brightest minds, many have graduated from this independent boarding school in Rajasthan.
Equipped with some of the best in the country sporting facilities, the school has several sports grounds/fields, horses to learn riding, and squash and other racket sports courts. Mayo College is considered among the better known boarding schools in the world and is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education – CBSE. The School has 12 Boarding Houses – 8 Senior Houses, 1 Holding House & 3 Junior Houses, home to over 800 boys from Class IV to XII.
Location: Mayo College, Srinagar Road, Ajmer, Rajasthan
Telephone: 01452661154, 2664393
Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun
The Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), is an Inter Service Category ‘A’ establishment, administered through the Director General of Militry Training, Army Headquarters DHQ PO New Delhi-110011. Originally called to the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College it was inaugurated on 13th March 1922 by his Royal Highness, Prince Edward VIII the Prince of Wales. RIMC has a long history and rich traditions. Over the year the alumni has produced many leaders of the society, both military as well as civil which included four Chiefs of Army Staff, two Chiefs of the Air staff and one Chief of Naval Staff in India.
Nested in the foothills of the Shivalik ranges in the sylvan surroundings of the Doon Valley, the RIMC has a sprawling campus of 138 acres; an ideal setting green and serene for developing young minds. It houses a mint township, a mini India with 250 boys selected from every state strictly on merit by a written examination, interview and a medical test.
Location: Rashtriya Indian Military College, Garhi Cantt, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Birla Vidyamandir, Nainital
Birla Vidyamandir is situated in the town of Nainital, 330 km to the north east of Delhi in the famous Central Himalayan township of Nainital. Its sprawling campus is exquisitely set at the top of a ridge, called “Sher-Ka-Danda” overlooking the lake, 1500 feet above the town and 7800 feet above sea level.
The vision of Govind Ballabh Pant, an Indian independence activist resulted into the establishing of this school in the year 1947 in the month of July. It has house system with houses associated to freedom fighters. Experienced and competent faculty for academic excellence and all round development of students’ personality. Facility exists for special training programme for IIT, Medical, CA and NDA. The school presents a happy blend of Indian culture and the progressive trends of schooling in contemporary times. It is affiliated to CBSE.
Location: Birla Vidyamandir, Nainital, Uttarakhand
Telephone: 05942236879, 91 5942238729, 235370
Birla Public School Vidya Niketan, Pilani
Founded by the Birla Education Trust, this is the only school in India personally guided by Dr Maria Montessori pioneer of the globally acclaimed Montessori method for children’s education. It became a full-fledged residential high school in 1954 and has since then remained among the top 10 boarding schools for boys in India. The school lays special emphasis on individual child and seeks to stimulate intellectual curiosity along with fostering a capacity for problem solving. To ensure all-round development of the boys , Birla Public School conducts diverse co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. BPS has a vibrant Co – Curricular programme. BPS offers a variety of choices for their CCA and Clubs and Societies.
Location: Loharu Road, Nayako Ka Mohalla, Pilani, Rajasthan
St. George’s College, Mussoorie
The school is an all-boys residential and non-residential institution spread over 400 acres of land founded in 1853 by the Capuchin Fathers and entrusted to the Society of the Brothers of St. Patrick (Ireland) in 1894. St. George’s College (Mussobest boys boarding schoolsorie), is a premier boarding school in Mussoorie, in the state of Uttarakhand, India. The school, an all-boys residential and non-residential institution, spreading over 400 acres (1.6 km2) of land, was founded in 1853 by the Capuchin Fathers and entrusted to the Society of the Brothers of St. Patrick (Ireland) in 1894.
It was opened in a cottage known as Manor House; the name by which the campus is still known. The students are known as Manorites. With Soccer, cricket, lawn tennis, basketball, swimming, field hockey, track and field, squash, boxing, badminton, softball, gymnastics, table tennis, and billiards and Campus facilities, creative and Computer labs, they maintain their status as a premier educative organisation. It is affiliated to the ICSE council.
Telephone: 01352632591, 2632765, 2634000