Vidya Bhawan Prakriti Sadhana KendraInauguration by Dr. R.K. PachauriKeeping a sharp eyeStudents at VBPSKReaching for the hightsIn the JungleWild BelChirmiStudent-teachers attend a session on natureMy take-away!Snake-skin and snaps at an Exhibition on World Environment Day
About Us
Nestled in the Aravali hills, one of the oldest mountain ranges of the world, Vidya Bhawan Prakriti Sadhana Kendra (VBPSK) is a Nature Education and Interpretation Centre. VBPSK is situated in southern Rajasthan; 10 kilometers from Fatehpura Circle, north of Udaipur, near the village Bhilon ka Bedla.

The idea of understanding and being with nature is intrinsic to Vidya Bhawan, which was conceived during a Himalayan Scouting expedition in 1931. Vidya Bhawan Society purchased this 400-acre(1.6 square kilometers) beed- local name for a grassland enclosure- in 1956. Later, a boundary wall was built around the beed to protect the forest and the life within. In the new millennium, 'Padma Bhushan' Prof. Jagat S. Mehta, former President of Vidya Bhawan Society and former Foreign Secretary of India, donated about Rs.60 lakhs to construct a camping site, which was inaugurated by Nobel Laureate Dr. R.K. Pachauri in 2009. The 400-acre (1.6 square kilometers) area, including the camping site, was formally named as the Vidya Bhawan Prakriti Sadhna Kendra (VBPSK).

VBPSK offers some unique opportunities to learn about the diversity of native flora, fauna, soil, water, lithology, topography, climate and allied areas. The idea is to raise awareness on environmental issues and sensitize people about nature conservation and appreciation; through effective, pleasant and meaningful experience.

Some information is articulated in illustrative worksheets, panels and library; while many meanings and relationships are understood through first-hand experience and interactions with local people and subject experts.

While much of the land around is now devoid of forest cover, VBPSK remains an un-spoilt forest, which reinforces the urgency for environmental preservation. It is a reminder to instill love and respect for nature in the new generation too..

Vidya Bhawan Prakriti Sadhna Kendra is a living museum of the flora and fauna of the Aravalis, one of the oldest mountain ranges of the world, in their natural state.







Dr. K.L. Shrimali Dr. Mohan Sinha Mehta Shri K.L. Bordia
Vidya Bhawan was founded by Dr. Mohan Sinha Mehta along with his close associates Dr. K.L. Shrimali and Shri K.L. Bordia in 1931. Ahead of its time, Vidya Bhawan was modeled on the principles of Boy Scout Movement, incorporating the Gandian ideals of Basic Education. As opposed to the feudalistic society, the objective was to provide uncommon education to common children. The aim was to build a responsible citizenry capable of serving and transforming society.
Originally started as a modest effort, Vidya Bhawan has flourished into a bouquet of over a dozen institutions committed to quality and excellence in the field of education.
Shri Ajay S. Mehta is the President of Vidya Bhawan Society. He did his B.A. from Yale University and his M.Phil. in Economics from J.N.U. He worked in the Indian Railway Traffic Service from 1980-1984. Since then he has been associated with the voluntary sector. He is currently also President of Seva Mandir, a voluntary organisation based in Udaipur.
Vidya Bhawan Society, in its objective of creating a more just, democratic, equitable and pluralistic society, has been catering to the needs of diverse sections of learners; which is reflected in the nature and work of all its institutions.
  • To promote sound education which implies the full and harmonious development of the individual according to his or her aptitude with a sense of social responsibility;
  • To develop a broad and open-minded outlook on life and a healthy sense of citizenship;
  • To disseminate sound ideas on education among parents, teachers, guardians, policy makers and administrators in particular and people in general;
  • To conduct and promote educational experiments and research;
  • To promote vocational and professional education based on employment needs of the society at large;
  • To promote social, educational and economic development of rural and urban society;
  • To promote adult literacy and continuing education;
  • To promote environmental causes and conservation; and
  • To promote values, based on equal respect for people of all races, religion, gender, social and economic background.
The Institutions of Vidya Bhawan Society encompass various stages of a person’s life.These include schooling during childhood, higher and technical education, individual and social developmental work and building a repository of educators through teachers' training.
Schools
  • Vidya Bhawan Senior Secondary School, Udaipur. Est.1931
  • Vidya Bhawan Basic Senior Secondary School, Ramgiri. Est.1941
  • Vidya Bhawan Public School (English Medium), Udaipur. Est.2001
Higher & Technical Education
Teachers Training
Developmental Institutions