History Amrita Vidyalayams are a chain of value based schools which are managed by Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Many years ago, as Amma pondered over the calamity that humanity is headed for due to the dearth of values, a group of devotees from Kodungallur, Kerala, approached Her with an appeal to start a school in their home town. Perceiving in this a means to influence future generations by restoring value-based education for children and to guide the world towards peace and harmony, She agreed. Thus the first educational endeavour of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math came into existence on June 1, 1987 with the establishment of an English medium school at Kodungallur named AMRITA VIDYALAYAM (AV).
Gradually, more Amrita Vidyalayam schools were started in many other places as well, both within Kerala and outside the state. Most of the schools in Kerala are affiliated to the CBSE. One school in Kerala is affiliated to ICSE. Most of the AV schools in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra follow the curriculum of the respective state educational departments and boards.
Amrita Vidyalayam, Ahmedabad, a CBSE senior secondary school run by Mata Amritanandamayi Math, is located just 1 km from Pavapuri bus station, near Revamani Hall along Ghatlodia – Janata Nagar Road, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The school has a total built up area of 4756 sq m with 2 academic blocks.
Philosophy and Mission The philosophy of the Amrita Vidyalayam schools is based on contemporary practices of education blended with the ancient gurukula method of teaching. This approach values individual learning styles and positive reinforcement while promoting understanding and creativity.
With commitment to family orientation as its hallmark, the school provides a valuable option for families that aspire to instil in their children individual educational ownership and responsible life-long learning in a safe and nurturing environment.
The Amrita Vidyalayam at Ahmedabad was established on 5th March 2003 under the auspicious blessings of Amma. The Vidyalayam started off with education under CBSE syllabus upto Std. III. Today there are more than 1680 students undergoing education in our campus and the school is affiliated to the CBSE upto Std. XII. Value Education and meditation classes are conducted in our school. Our Value Education programme is not restricted only to an allotted period per week. Every available opportunity- from morning assembly to regular classes-is used for promulgating values. It is our experience that even while teaching mathematics, there is ample scope for sowing the seeds of good values. Our students are trained to develop a responsible attitude towards themselves, the school and society at large. Sanskrit chants, bhajans, meditation and yoga also from a part of Value Education programme. While the emphasis is on traditional Indian culture and values, the children are trained to respect all cultures and faiths. Every school day starts with Assembly, during which the children chant Amma’s meditation sloka (verse) and a prayer for the welfare of all beings. We have different prayers for each day-Vedic chants, peace invocations are all part of the program. A chapter from the sacred Srimad Bhagawad Gita is chanted during assembly. The school breaks with the National Anthem. Our approach to Value Education is also in line with two important conclusions drawn from recent studies conducted under the aegis of UNESCO and other organizations at Tokyo, Japan:
1.Value Education, based on the developmental levels of children, has to be connected to all the subjects and activities conducted in school. 2.In addition to education for knowing and education for doing, children should receive education for becoming.
Our mission is to provide value-based education and mould the character of the younger generation through a system of wholesome learning, so that the earnest endeavour to achieve progress and prosperity in life is matched by an ardent desire to extend selfless service to society, one complementing the other.