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The Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ schools, affectionately called M.G.D., was founded on 4th July, 1943, by Her Highness Maharani Gayatri Deviji , with His Highness Sir Sawai Man Singhji of Jaipur as its Patron. The distinguished Patron, Founder, the eminent Members of the Board of Governors, along with the dedication and experience of the founder principal, Miss Lillian G. Lutter. combined to establish this School from very small beginning, to the stature and prestige it commands today as a premier centre of value based education and learning. The School began on the lines of the British Public School Pattern, keeping our own cultural and traditional values intact and important. In order to mould and equip the students, then drawn from homes steeped in the claustrophobic orthodoxy of the “Purdah Age Aristocracy”, to step out into the mainstream world with confidence, and a will to do their best and face situations brought about by the winds of change that swept across the globe and India, post World War II. To achieve this end, the school was affiliated to the Cambridge School Certificate Syllabus. The first batch to appear for this examination had to travel to Ajmer, then the only centre in Rajputana, in 1946. As the veil of purdah lifted slowly and gently, requiring great tact and delicate handling by Their Highnesses and Miss Lutter, M.G.D. entered a phase of phenomenal growth. Its fame spread far and wide. Being Residential cum Day school girls from across the country and overseas joined in. Miss Lutter put things into “over drive” and by 1950 was able to overcome the purdah hurdle completely. M.G.D. was accepted as a member of the Public School Council of India, the first Girls’ public school in India and remained the only one until 1976 In 1950 M.G.D. also became a centre for the Cambridge Examination for Jaipur. In 1962 the school shifted to the Indian School Certificate Board. Currently the school follows the C.B.S.E. System. Students appear for a Board examination in class X, thereafter they can choose the stream they wish to pursue in class XI & XII. The shift to the C.B.S.E. Board has entailed the introduction of new elective subjects. Today Girls are more focused on career options. The commerce Stream has been added to the existing Arts and Science Streams. Business Studies and Accountancy were added on in 1990. At present the school offers 26 subjects to choose from.

1.English 2.Hindi
3.French (till class 10th) 4.German (till class 8th)  
5.Sanskrit (till class 10th) 6.Mathematics  
7.Physics 8.Chemistry
9.Biology    10.Business Studies  
11.Economics   12.Accountancy
13.History  14.Geography  
15.Poltical Science/Civics  16.Sociology  
17.Drawing & Painting 18.Home Science  
19.Dancing Kathak/Bharatnatyam 20.Music-Hindustani Classical  
21.Informative Practices 22.Entrepreneur  
23.Bio-Technology   24.Psychology
25.Physical & Health Education. 26.Commercial Art

With the introduction of Computer Education from Class I to Class XII, girls at the Primary level can also operate and use Computers in the three fully equipped Computer Laboratories.

Towards participation in extra and co-curricular activities the school is divided into four Houses

RED----Madam Curie
BLUE- -Helen Keller
GREEN-Florence Nightingale
ORANGE- Sarojini Naidu

The house Mistresses, Captains, Vice Captains, the elected Head Girl, Dy Head Girl, and Vice President of the School Council ensure the maintenance of discipline, take care of grooming of the girls, their general behavior, regularity in class work and preparation of a wide range of activities covered under Inter-House Competitions regularly. Debates, Informal Discussions, Field Trips, Inter-class and Inter-hostel meetings, Teacher Student Meetings, Co-curricular Activities and Sports Events, help in fostering close relationship and lasting friendships. A running Shield is awarded to the House scoring maximum points, at the Annual Prize Giving Day. Competition is keen and intense. Physical. Training and games & Sports are an integral part of the School Curriculum. The Sprawling campus has large play fields for Hockey, Cricket, Soccer, Tennis Courts, Basket Ball, Throw Ball, Kho-Kho, & Kabaddi.- A stadium for all Track & Field Disciplines, and an open air 20m. Swimming Pool. The School has all infrastructural facilities to hold Inter House, Inter School as well as Inter-State meets and competitions. Games are compulsory and certificates are awarded for excellence. The Inter-House competitions and participations as a team, generates a strong bonding factor, leadership qualities, an esprit d’corps, the will to excel, the importance and meaning of commitment and the value of accountability. More importantly to strive & live up the School Motto: “OUR UTMOST FOR THE HIGHEST”. The Rose Garden is popular with the young and older ones with Swings, See Saw, Slides, Monkey Bars, Horizontal Bars, Merry-go-round etc. Out of the campus activities include Mountaineering, Rock-Climbing, Pistol Shooting, Inter-school, Inter- state matches and competitions at various levels in different parts of the country. Situated on the Sawai Ram Singh Road, opposite the Ram Niwas Botanical & Zoological Gardens adjacent to the Maharani’s College for Women, the School provides ideal environment conducive to a healthy active life. In the sixty-seven years since it was founded M.G.D. has been steered by five Principals:

  • Late Miss. L.G. Lutter. (1943-1980) –(Founder Principal, at the helm for an awesome 37 years spell)
  • Late Miss. U. Sircar (June 1980 – July 1981)
  • Late Miss. S. Doongaji-( July 1981- December 1988).
  • Dr. Mrs. G.D. Bakshi-( January 1989- April 2009).
  • Miss Suniti Sharma took over in May 2009. She is currently the principal.

To help in the management of a large body of 2,800 girls and a proportionate number of teaching staff & infrastructural staff and facilities, the administration, office work, accounts and over all maintenance, an Administrative Officer has been appointed from 1989. The school is managed by a Board of Governors. This body of distinguished and renowned personalities guides the school under the chairmanship of Rajmata Gayatri Deviji Sahiba of Jaipur. Rajmata Sahiba has been the force M.G.D. owes its evolution to – She has been the main source of strength, encouragement, and motivation from the day the idea of M.G.D. was put into motion. In always and in all fields her royal touch is apparent. She makes it a point to attend all School functions, if she is unable to attend, her blessings are always there is the form of stirring and motivating messages. She has left no stone unturned to ensure the school she started with just 24 girls on its roll of assorted age groups, who had no concept of what a school is all about, to achieve the eradication, of the purdah barrier and to bring the education of girls in Rajasthan at par with anywhere in the world. In this arduous task that required a lot of patience, tact and delicate handling, to change the mindset of an entire generation, she was ably and wholeheartedly assisted by the dedication of Miss Lutter. Together they not only gave a fillip to girls’ education, but also opened the door for the daughters of Jaipur to step out! Something for which the society and every M.G.D.’ian is eternally grateful and thankful.

 

Rajmata Sahiba’s daughter in law , Rani Vidya deviji Sahiba became a part of MGD when she married Maharaj Jai Singhji of Jaipur in 1983.Her arrival came in like a breath of fresh air exuding a gentle softness and charm,she was educated in Loretto Convent Darjeeling. Widely travelled and with work experience with the Tea board of India,she was posted at their office in London. On completing her tenure,she worked for the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Shri Siddhartha Shankar Ray at kolkata.

 
Rani Sahiba’s association with M.G.D has been very close and constant.A member of the Board of Governors, with her great sense of commitment and dedication towards the cause of education,she has, over the years become an integral source of inspiration and motivation for the school.Her regal and gracious presence at all school functions and occasions is always as heartening and welcome as that of Rajmata Sahiba.The Guild too has had the honour and pleasure of her being with us on many Guild Nites and participation in other activities,for which we are very grateful.
 
HISTORY

In the summer of 1940, the Maharaja of Jaipur, His Highness Sir Sawai Man Singhji Bahadur brought home the legendry beautiful Princess Ayesha / Gayatri Devi, of Cooch Behar, as his bride. She was young and stunningly beautiful and came from far off Bengal. Jaipur awaited her arrival with baited breath, But the common citizen, and for that matter most of the aristocracy had no hope to behold her ethereal beauty---the ‘Purdah’ was very much in the way! Educated in England, Switzerland, and Shantiniketan and widely travelled, the young princess was brought up in a progressive and cosmopolitan environment. Coming from a great sports loving family, fond of all the outdoor pursuits of the Royals; Tennis, Swimming, Shikar and Horse riding. She loved outdoor activity. What she saw of the lives of the court ladies, their young daughters disturbed her a great deal. Their cloistered existence confined to the isolation of their own ‘havelies’ and mansions, the only change they could expect was, on marriage go to another ‘haveli’, another mansion and adjust to another family, where the general scenario would more or less be the same. The ladies moved around town, if at all, in heavily curtained cars & carriages. They had no idea or glimpse of the world outside.

His Highness, the Maharaja Sahib, being a modern thinking ruler, was very concerned that Girls’ education was one field in which Jaipur was far behind other states & provinces in India. So one morning he asked Her Highness what could be done to get the women out of the shackles of the ‘purdah’ ‘Give me a school and I will try’ she said, “Once the girls go to a school there will be no ‘purdah’ in a few years”. His Highness immediately summoned his Prime Minister Sir Mirza Ismail, and the Education & Finance Minister, Rao Bahadur Amarnath Atal . The order to allot land and plans ready for the school building was given. Her Highness discussed her ideas with the two ministers- The foundation of Maharani Gayatri Devi School was laid.

A zestful enthusiasm and an abiding interest in the development of any cause she supports Her Highness is a non- pareil. This great quality of founding a project, nurturing and sustaining its growth and always being there to support and improve it in whatever need that arises, is prominently and evidently seen in the last six decades of M.G.D. Rajmata Sahiba is never half hearted about any venture she embarks upon-her most admirable quality is that she does it all with a royal elegance. Any event, big or small, a School’s Annual Function, the opening of a fete’ or an Art Exhibition, the launch of a book, a Sporting Event, the judging of a Rangoli or Raakhi Making competition, her presences has a tremendous impact. The aura of her persona makes it richer; her involvement in the event makes it special. Graceful and soft spoken, she has awesome drive and an inbred ability of getting things done.

Daughter of the Late Maharaja and Late Maharani Indira Deviji, of Cooch Behar, she was brought up in a very progressive and open environment. Her illustrious maternal grand father, Late His Highness Siyaji Rao Gaekwad of Baroda was a pioneer in the field of education, specially of women as far back as 150 years ago.But for him we would not have had the famous Siyaji Rao University of Baroda, and Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, one of the most prominent founding fathers of our Constitution. As Rajmata Sahiba says ‘I have attended many types of girls’ school in England, and Switzerland, and in India was at Shantiniketan where academic life was combined with dancing, music, debates and fairs; so one had the feeling of freedom rather than restraint. At the school I attended in England and also at Switzerland, they went in a big way for social welfare work and even little girls were involved in this activity. Naturally, when children take part in co-curricular activities, the best in them is brought out, and the impression is permanent. But for this, the idea of M.G.D. might not have dawned on me. The fullness of life with Rabindra Nath Tagore and my mother’s influence had a tremendous impact on me. Hence I wanted every girl in India to have the same opportunity.” Social Services is yet another forte’of Rajmata Sahiba – she has espoused a lot of ventures devoted to the upliftment of the poor and emancipation of backward classes. She has started various schools in the rural areas surrounding Jaipur. Lalitya Bal Niketan in Galta. The Sawai Man Singh Vidyalaya founded in the early eighties, is today the most prestigious co- educational institute in Jaipur. Her contribution towards building a new Jaipur and a new India is BIG.!

The Silver Jubilee was celebrated in 1968. The Dedication Day started with the magestic sound of 25 ‘Shankhs’,unfurling of School Flag by Miss Lutter who also lit a lampof 25 deeyas.Excerpts from Holy Books were read.The celebrations included the Fete, The Pageant,various Inter House Competitions, Yoga,Sports,Exhibitions and many more programmes, all well attended by Old Girl’s of School,former and present Staff Members, Friends, Wellwishers and Parents.

Golden jubilee was celebrated in 1993. It was a grand function spread over three days, well attended by Ex MGDians and Old Staff Members, former members of Board of Governers and other distinguished guests.the SMS Dining Hall was inaugurated by the then President of India Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma. For the Prize Giving function the Chief Guest was Shri K R Narayanan ,Vice President of India, Governor of Rajasthan Shri Chenna Reddy was the Guest of Honour.

The School’s Diamond Jubilee was a sparkling event in 2003.The celebrations over three magical days were grand and full of enthusiastic participation by MGDians past and present. Rajmata Sahiba was the Chief Guest for all the functions.

Emerald Jubilee of MGD was celebrated in the year 2008. The Guild had a special Get-Together to commemorate the occasion on November 29, 2008 . . A large nostalgic group attended this . Senior members from as far back as 1945 were there. A landmark event in our history . a great binding platform cutting across generations and decades - a beautiful opportunity to revive those happy school girl days , when they had been the school leaders & Captains minding tiny tots in their care , now sedate grandmothers . The interact session was interesting and full of fun -- Nostalgia being the flavour of the Day . The School Souvenir shop had been revamped by a team of Guild members with several new additions on sale . A CD of School songs and prayers titled ",Wonder Years" recorded highest sales .

For the "Emerald Nite" at the Ram Bagh Palace Convention centre --H.H. Rajmata Gayatri Deviji , arrived in a wheel chair , looking gracious and beautifully dressed for the evening . It was a memorable evening full of laughter , dance and music , delectable snacks and a grand dinner -- a memory to cherish forever specially because this was the last big event celebrated with Rajmata sahiba.

 
SCHOOL CAMPUS
The School is situated on the Sawai Ram Singh Road, opposite Ram Niwas Botanical and Zoological Gardens, adjoining the University and Maharani’s College for Women. It has now a strength of over 3000 girls.
 
 
The 26 acres campus contains beautiful large Buildings, Gardens, Lawns, Sports Fields and Swimming Pool. There are eight Boarding Houses, each for different age groups. Anand, Lillian Hurst, Ashiyana, Gitanjali, Deepshikha, Maharani Indira Devi Bhawan, Rani Vidya Devi Bhawan, and Teachers' Residence - Nivedita House.
 
Apart from the main school building the other buildings are, House of Science, Maharaj Jagat Singh Wing, The Stadium, The Guild office, Infirmary cottage, Principals residence, STD booth, Bank of Baroda extension counter, Guest House ( Miss Lutter’s bunglow), SMS Convention Hall, SMS Dining Complex, The Quiet Corner (Miss Lutter’s Grave, and Miss Emma’s Memorial), Tennis Courts, Swimming Pool, Hockey and Athletics fields.
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