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Balaram Saghan Kshetra
Banaskantha Kelvani Mandal
L. J. J. Jain Vidyalaya Palanpur
Sanali Ashram
Shree Malan Kelvani Mandal
Shri B.D. Mehta Arasuri Kanya    Vidyalaya, Ambaji
Vidyamandir Trust
Vidyavihar Sarvajanik Trust

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Registered Office
Taleybaug (Vidyamandir Campus -1)
Palanpur - 385 001
Dist: Banaskantha, North Gujarat
Tel: +91 - 2742 - 258547, 250215
Fax: +91 - 2742 - 265139

Mumbai Office:
11 Kala Bhavan, 3 Mathew Road
Opera House
Mumbai - 400 004
Tel: +91 - 22 - 23685344
Fax: +91 - 22 - 23685458

Kanubhai and Suryakantbhai Parikh

Present Board of Trustees (2010- 2015)


Shri Vasantlal Gafoorbhai Mehta
Shri Ashwinbhai Mafatlal Mehta
Shri Keyubhai Shantilal Mehta


Dr. Sureshbhai Kirtilal Parikh


Shri Kavinbhai Chimanlal Parikh
Shri Pathikbhai Rajmalbhai Kothari (Managing Trustee)
Shri Vasantbhai Amritlal Parikh (Jt. Managing Trustee)
Shri Ashishbhai Kantilal Mehta
Shri Russellbhai Arunbhai Mehta


Dr. Satyavatiben Surajmal Jhaveri
Shri Rajivbhai Pankajbhai Mehta
Dr. Nilimaben Shreyasbhai Mehta

Permanent Invitees

Dr. Vikrambhai Manilal Mehta
Shri Satishbhai Tarachand Mehta
Shri Satishbhai Joravarmalbhai Kothari
Shri Rajeshbhai Fatehchandbhai Mehta
Dr. Leenaben Samirbhai Mehta

Special Invitees

Shri Harnishbhai Jesingbhai Jhaveri
Shri Mukeshbhai Kanubhai Shah
Smt. Vishakhaben Kothari Bhatt
Smt. Vibhaben Mehulbhai Kothari
Smt. Hinaben Sachinbhai Mehta

It is the nursery that has nurtured some of the brightest stars from today’s Palanpur, with its students regularly getting high ranking merit positions (among the top ten in the state) in the Gujarat State Education Board examinations, with about 20% of its students from the Higher Secondary section getting admission into India’s leading medical colleges, and with many of its alumni building successful careers in different professions.

That’s the Vidyamandir Trust, Palanpur, which today runs 102 institutes spread over 14 campuses, with a highly experienced and knowledgeable staff of 250 teachers catering to the requirements of around 5000 students.

Started in 1948 as Shri Palanpur Shishushala, Balmandir and Education Trust with the aim of providing quality education to the people of Palanpur, the Trust was rechristened with its present name in 2006.

The Trust was founded by Late Mr. Kantilal Chhotalal Mehta and was made possible with the generous assistance of three prominent Palanpuris. They were the Late Mrs. Kesarben Amrutlal Raichand Jhaveri who shifted to a smaller house and donated the precious Taleybaug property with a bungalow admeasuring about 3995 sq. yards, the family members of Late Mr. Gaffurchandbhai Chunilal Mehta, who donated Rs.30,000/- and family members of Late Mr. Surajmal Lallubhai Mehta who donated Rs.50,000/-.

On 16th August 1951, the Trust took over the management of Shree Jain Shishushala, a Primary School meant for Jain children established by Late Shree Surajmal Lallubhai Mehta in 1921.

In the early 1960s, Kanubhai appointed Mr. Suryakant C. Parikh, an established educationist from Pune as the Principal of Vidyamandir. Suryakantbhai ushered in many innovative changes in Vidyamandir which enhanced the standard of education in Palanpur. His experiment of combining modern and traditional systems of education in a very innovative way, made Vidyamandir in Palanpur famous as a modern educational complex.

Over the years the Trust has grown to cater to virtually every educational need of the local populace. The Trust runs English and Gujarati medium schools from the kindergarten level to the Higher Secondary, and from the 1970s runs its own Teachers’ Training Colleges for the pre-primary, primary and secondary school levels. In the same period, hostels were also set up for students studying at the different institutes on the campus.

A special feature of the campus is Mamtamandir – an institute for the physically challenged encompassing all four types of differently-abled students viz visually impaired, orthopaedically handicapped, hearing impaired and mentally challenged. Established in 1963, it provides vocational training to help the students become self-reliant and become a part of the social mainstream. The institute has its own hostel, computer lab, AV theatre, gym and workshops, and currently has about 300 students on its rolls.

Vidyamandir Trust has been at the forefront of change – introducing new technologies and teaching techniques. For example, it first introduced computers to the students in the 1980s and soon after incorporated it into the regular syllabus. Little wonder that today it has as many as six computer labs with over 200 computers all connected to broadband internet.

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It was also a pioneer in the concept of integrated education where visually impaired students study alongside normal students in the same classroom. This method, pioneered by Vidyamandir in 1969, was later accepted by educationists all over India.

Another innovation is the education programme for children of rural schools that lack basic infrastructure like a library and science lab. With its mobile lab and library, the Trust ensures that these facilities reach around 8000 students in 56 schools in an equal number of villages. The promising students from these schools are provided special coaching at classes conducted by the Vidyamandir teachers every Sunday in the regular classrooms and labs at the school in Palanpur.

The Trust offers scholarships to the promising students coming from economically weak backgrounds. A total sum of Rs two lakhs is disbursed among deserving students who have completed their HSC each year.

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Besides the regular curriculum, the Trust places great emphasis on sports and activities in the field of arts. The Sports Academy of the Trust offers training under expert coaches in 16 different disciplines and many of the students are selected to represent the district / state in state and national level competitions. In the field of performing arts, the Trust runs Kalayatan where students are trained in song, music, dance and drama. The students get the opportunity to perform at functions held by the Trust and also at competitions organized by government and private cultural organizations.

The Trust has other facilities like a state-of-the-art English language lab, separate labs of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, a library that has more than 12,000 books, a 600 seater auditorium and a beautifully landscaped garden spread over 4 acres.

Each of the schools run by the Trust has a strong Parents Association called Shivam, a word derived from ‘Shikshak, Vidyarthi, Mata-Pita’. The association works closely with the management in organizing cultural events, sports meets, education tours, and parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the education of their children and interact closely with the management.


The Trust seeks donations for

  1. Construction of rooms in different institutions. Over 60 such rooms need to be constructed and the costs range from Rs 40,000 to Rs 4,00,000. (In each case names as desired by the Donors can be displayed over the rooms.)
  2. Mobile Van for Kanubhai Mehta Vidya Vikas Kendra
    Total Cost Rs 15,00,000
  3. B.Ed. College for EMS
    Total Cost Rs 30,00,000
  4. Pre-PTC College for EMS
    Total Cost Rs 30,00,000
  5. Equipment for Playgrounds in all campuses
    Total Cost Rs 3,00,000

To read more about Mr. Suryakant C. Parikh click here


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