BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN was founded in 1938 by Kulapati Dr. K.M.Munshi, a farsighted visionary, and practical idealist, with the blessings of Gandhiji and inspired by several stalwarts of the freedom movement such as Shri C.Rajagopalachari, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabbai Patel, Dr.Rajendra Prasad, and Dr.S.Radhakrishnan, who were also the founder members.

It was their belief that freedom had to be sustained by faith and pride in our ancient culture. This had to be revived as cultures alien to Indian identity had made inroad jeopardizing its uniqueness and continuity.

It was in this context, that the need for a cultural renaissance was deeply felt. Today the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has grown into a comprehensive intellectual and cultural movement following Shri C. Rajagopalachari's dictum "Information has to be transformed and made to blossom into knowledge, and knowledge should mature into wisdom".

BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN’S GANDHI VIDYASHRAM, the best residential school in Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu, India provides a secured,girl-friendly and serene campus thereby encouraging the students to bring out the best in them. By fostering a blissful environment where the core values are focussed, the school aims at moulding the overall personality of each individual by equipping them with confidence and courage to face the day to day challenges of life. The school focuses on various activities including the social reach out programs, club activities, creative expressions, physical fitness, etc which develops spiritual social, moral and cultural values in children that ought to be instilled in the child right from a young age.The Vision of the school is to develop the student as a reflective learner and an inspiring personality for the future. BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN’S GANDHI VIDYASHRAM, the top CBSE school emphasizes on value-based education that enhances the social and relationship skills in students which will help them throughout their life. We believe in reforming compassionate human beings who can empathize other’s emotions and feelings. We also enable our students to become a helping hand for the society thereafter. Undoubtedly parents will be doing great justice to their kids by choosing such an inspiring and innovative world for them.

Over the years, from a modest ideological research institution, the Bhavan has steadily grown into a comprehensive, intellectual and cultural movement with an international outlook.

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is registered under Public Trust Act of 1950 and also regulates under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is also recognised as an Educational Institution of National Eminence under Sec 80 (G) (2) (iii f) of Income Tax Act.

In appreciation of multifarious activities in the field of Education, Culture, National Integration and Communal Harmony Bhavan has received the following awards and recognition:

  1. International Gandhi Peace Prize 2002
  2. Communal Harmony Award 1999
  3. Rajiv Gandhi Award for National Integration 1992


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has received the appreciation and patronage of the Emianent personalities of India & abroad. Some of them who have been associated with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's as patrons and Honorary members are...

His holiness the dalai lama
Prince charles
Rev. mother teresa
swami chinmayananda
swami akhandananda
Pt. jawaharlal nehru
Dr. babu rajendra prasad
Dr. s. radhakrishnan
Sri. c. rajagopalachari
SardarVallabhai Patel
sri. morarji desai
lord callaghan
sri harold macmillan
Sri. j.r.d. tata
Sri. g.d.birla
dr. k. shivaramkaranth
smt. m. s. subbulakshmi
Sri. n. r. narayana murthy