of Anandakuti Vidyapeeth in the field of Education
Nar Singh Shrestha - Vice Principal
kuti Vidyapeeth is one of the unique schools I have ever seen.
Geographically it is situated on a hillock just behind Swoyambhu
temple, about two miles west of Kathmandu city. Its location
is so suitable for school that there is peaceful environment
for imparting education to the students. It is a boarding
school. Many students from all over Nepal come here to study
as boarder students or as day students. From the city, some
students come to study here either by bus or by walking. Those
students who become boarders feel this school as their own
home. Boarders who have come to join this school from the
remote places go back to their home once or twice in the long
vacation. Those students from local city who have come to
be boarders are permitted to go home once a month. So this
school is just like their home. These boarder students go
to study in the class along with day scholars. Both boarders
and day scholars study together as their own friends without
discrimination. They co-operate each other mutually in their
study and try to do better at the time of examination.
came here as I was transferred from Phurping Tribhuwan Boarding
School by the District Education Office on the 1st week of
Falgun, 2032. The moment I came to join this school, I came
to know that this school was established in 2008 B.S. by honourable
Bhikkhu Amritananda. He established it with great difficulty
and enthusiasm. He started this school with 6 boys in Ananda
kuti Vihar (Buddhist monastery} just near the present Anandakuti
Boarding school. I was given to understand that this place
was a steep hillock and Rev Bhikksu Amritananda started leveling
the place and erected different buildings for different purposes
with the monetary aids from different neighboring countries.
These different buildings house library, classes, science
lab, auditorium, kitchen, dormitories, etc.
I came here, Principal Ratna Bahadur Bajracharya assigned
me to work as a vice principal in this school with the approval
of the Managing Board. My function by that time was to look
after the academic and disciplinary side. The principal himself
used to look after the administrative side. One year after
I got this responsibility, the principal went to Australia,
Sydney deputising me as an acting principal.
that time teachers were enthusiastic in teaching. They were
also trained teachers as they were made to take training compulsorily.
Students also were under compulsion to be in discipline. At
that time there was good teaching and learning environment
in the class. When I came to this school, there were about
four hundred students. Due to quality teaching by teachers,
the SLC result of this school used to come out in the flying
colors, sometimes getting first position in board and sometimes
in board 4th or 5th. Every year all the students who appeared
in the SLC examination from Anandakuti Boarding School used
to pass the examination mostly in 1st division. As a result,
the number of students increased year by year and the number
reached eighteen hundred. On the demand of guardians, we opened
kanya (girls) section where girls only are given education
under the in-chargeship of Mrs. Vimala Bajracharya who was
appointed the vice principal of that section.
the structure of authorities was made larger keeping one head
for one subject department so as to know how the concerned
teachers in their assigned subject are improving. At the same
time one in-charge in each section (primary, lower secondary
and secondary) was assigned by giving responsibility to look
after how their concerned section has been running. Then one
more vice principal was appointed to look after the administrative
side. For that purpose, Mr. Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha was assigned.
Among these authorities, there is co-ordination. In case of
difficulty, they help each other to run the school smoothly.
Then the teachers also used to work in the spirit of team
work. The salary of the teacher was not less than that of
the government or the other boarding schools. Up to 2037 B.S
this school was run in the full swing.
the end of 2037 B.S, the Government began to apply the privatization
system making the policy for the boarding school to run freely
and privately. With the coming up of multi party system, many
boarding schools and local schools were permitted freely to
open every where in Nepal without imposition of any condition.
Then many boarding schools came out like mushroom particularly
from locality to locality in the Kathmandu valley giving more
emphasis on the English language. So they started their schools
in Nepal in English Medium.
all these boarding schools are in keen and sound competition,
it is good and such schools may give some sort of quality
education to the students. But there are showy boarding schools
which give emphasis only on English language to attract more
students for admission. Such boarding schools may be run on
business motive. These showy English medium boarding schools
may not give quality education. Quality education means that
the students must be able to learn good knowledge & skill
in their study so that they can form good manner and good
character. But the guardians rush to such showy boarding schools
for the admission of their wards without thinking about whether
they are actually giving quality education or not.
the same time those students who are only after English try
to follow the English culture avoiding the Nepalese culture.
I mean to say that students must learn English and must have
a good command over English but they should not lose their
Nepalese identity at any cost. But the student must acquire
knowledge and skill in other subjects too along with English
speaking skill which will enable them to develop their character
and will help them maintain their Nepalese identity.
at he standard of Ananda Kuti Vidya Peeth in the studies.
During the 50 years, the school has produced six thousand
students with excellent records in the S.L.C. Among them,
many of them have become doctors, engineers, administrators
etc, who have been working as important persons in Nepal.
In this way, we have been trying to make our students a good
citizen of Nepal. We want our students to learn not only English
language but also we want them to learn morality & good
manner in order to be an able person in any field into which
they are going to enter as a responsible men. This school
which has reached this position so far is because of the contribution
of all the teachers and staff's joint effort.
have already mentioned that it is not a joke to build up a
school. It depends upon the teacher, the guardian and the
Government policy. Teachers must be dedicated, guardians must
be conscious of their wards and the Government policy must
be sound. Teachers must do their duty sincerely to make the
students go to the right path. Guardian also must do their
duty by watching their wards' activities in relation to their
study, their manner, physical fitness exercise etc. In the
same way, if the Government Policy is not correct and right,
the school may suffer affecting its student population. The
Government must make such a policy that it helps the school
produce, good citizens required for the nation building. Anandakuti
Vidyapeeth is working towards achievement of this goal.