Modi's School in Vadnagar to be 'Prerna' for students

Under the program, the students will be trained on “how to live a very evolved life”. The program is a joint initiative by the central and state governments.

The late 19th-century school, which was functional till 2018, has been restored by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as part of a mega redevelopment plan for Vadnagar, said officials.


PM Modi's school, which was built in 1888 and was functional till 2018, has been restored by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The school renovation is part of the mega redevelopment plan for Vadnagar. 

“There is a school in Vadnagar where our Prime Minister had taken his elementary education. It is a 19th-century school… We are developing this school as an inspirational-experiential school,” a senior official told The Indian Express. He added that the school will get its first batch of students later this year. 

As per the details of the program, each batch will have 30 students who will be given residential training for a week. The cost of accommodation and transport will be borne by the Union culture ministry. The training will be based on the concept of “Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat”. 

“There are 750 districts in India and two children from each district (will be sent)… we will train a total of 1,500 children in the entire year on how to live a very evolved life…We want the first batch out in the current year itself,” the senior official added. 

The concept note for the project highlights: “Great leaders across the world have acknowledged their first school as a catalyst in their inspirational journey to cause change… Based on the vision of the Prime Minister, this first-of-its-kind school redevelopment project Prerna is being undertaken to inspire the youth of the county to become catalysts of change… It is envisioned to be a school of the future but with an impetus to education and values, imparted using various techniques and technologies.” 

An official in the ministry said that though nothing has been finalized yet, the educational trip would mostly be for students of Classes 9-10. The selection process will start soon, for which the students’ “intellectual level, creativity, and extra-curricular performance will be put to test,” said the officials.  

It is not teaching. It is all experience,” said a senior official, adding that the training will include exposure to “virtues of life like courage and compassion through the lives and teachings of real-life heroes”. 

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