School : Gyanodaya Bal Batika
Established : 24 February 1975 ( 12 Falgun 2031
B.S.) coinciding with the auspicious occasion of the Coronation
of Late His Majesty Birendra Bir Bikram Shah. This day has since
come to be observed as the Education Day in Nepal.
: Ms. Indira Yakthumba; she founded the School as a tribute
to the memory of her beloved husband, His Excellency Late Gyan Bahadur
Yakthumba, who died in 1970 at the young age of 50, and to give
reality to his vision of a literate and prosperous Nepal. Late Yakthumba
was a man of multi-faceted personality – a soldier, freedom fighter,
crusader of the oppressed and under privileged, champion of civil
liberty, human rights and justice and a diplomat – who accomplished
his every role with consummate skill, courage, commitment, grace
||Gyanodaya Day School
||Gyanodaya Residential School
||Gyanodaya Higher Secondary School
||Gyanodaya Social Service Division
1975 (2031 B.S.): established as a Pre-Primary
School at Jhamsikhel.
1979 (2035 B.S.): upgraded to Primary School;
the School shifted to a larger premise in Kupondole Heights adjoining
the main road near the Himalayan Hotel in 1982 to accommodate increasing
1984 (2040 B.S.): upgraded to the Lower Secondary
School; it moved to Gushigal in Kupondole proper, away from the
main road for safety consideration and also to give a bigger compound
and a larger playing area for the School children.
(2042 B.S.): upgraded to a Secondary School; produced the
first batch of SLC students in 1989 with 8 students. The School
moved into its present rented premise at Sanepa Heights comprising
of an antiquated Rana Palace, popularly known as Shanta Bhawan,
fitted with modern amenities and other smaller buildings housing
classrooms in an area of 10 ropanies with a wide garden in the front.
This is today the Day School providing education to over 1400 children
from Pre-Primary to Grade X from the valley and outside. The School
has state-of-the-art computer drome, audio visual aids, well-equipped
science laboratory and a library stocked with a wide selection of
reference books, classics, contemporary novels and major periodicals.
1996 (2053 B.S.): Higher Secondary (10+2) School
affiliated to the Higher Secondary Board of Nepal was established.
It is located at Jhamshikhel in its own premises covering an area
of 20 ropanies fitted with all modern amenities and equipment necessary
for the mental, emotional and physical growth of young minds at
the higher level. The Plus Two School provides education in the
three streams of Science, Management and Humanities.
(2055 B.S.): Gyanodaya College affiliated to the Tribhuvan
University, Kathmandu, was established. Presently, it offers a three-year
programme in Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) with plans afoot
to start other streams in science and humanities too in the near
future. The College is located in the same compound as the Plus
(2056 B.S.): Residential School exclusively catering to
boarding education for children from the valley as well as outside
was established. It has presently about 350 students studying from
Grade I to X. It is located in its own premises at Bungamati, Khokana,
about 12 km. on the outskirts of Kathmandu but easily accessible
by road. It is situated in a land sprawling an area of about 100
ropanies surrounded by the lush green forested slopes of the Hatiban
hills in the south west and verdant agricultural cultivation in
the terraced slopes of the Bungamati hills in the north east. The
School is equipped with all modern physical infrastructures ---
playgrounds, multi-purpose auditorium, access to information technology,
state-of-the-art audio-visual aids, science laboratory and a well-stocked
library --- essential for academic growth and extra and co-curricular
development of children in an environment conducive for learning.
The School also houses a professional medicare team to attend to
the regular as well as emergency health needs of the hostel inmates.
2003 (2060 B.S.): Social Service Division was
inaugurated at Bungamati, Khokana. This, in fact, marked the culmination
of years of Gyanodaya's active but informal involvement in social
service and community work to uplift the condition of the deprived
and underprivileged as well as help in the rehabilitation of the
victims of natural calamities. For Gyanodaya, it meant the institutionalization
of its long contribution in the area of social and community affairs.
At the community level, it meant the realization of the educational
aspirations of many underprivileged and backward community children
and illiterate adult women. This Division has a Pre-Primary School
with complete facilities --- classroom, teaching aids, play area,
library, etc. --- and provides free uniforms and foot wears to children
of the area attending the school. It also runs informal education
classes for all interested adult women at the Centre every day from
Sunday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presently, some 30 children
and a sizeable number of women are benefiting from the programmes
run at the Centre.