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As a nation, we have always upheld traditional wisdom while embracing emerging new radical ideas. At Udayachal, we have the advantage of a rich cultural heritage, and several endearing and empowering stories from over the years. Here we recount one of our favourites, the story of how we started.
15th August 1955 – The birth of Udayachal, an institution which embodies the vision of our Founder Members.
On his routine visits to the Company, Pirojsha Godrej was disturbed by the plight of
children who, having nothing constructive to do, were whiling away their time on the streets.Being a man of vision and enterprise, Pirojsha Godrej knew that education was the only way to change the condition of these children and contribute to the development of the nation. He immediately decided to provide his workers and their families the best of facilities. This endeavour led to the birth of Udayachal schools in the garden township of Pirojshanagar.
Naval Godrej
Naval Godrej
Soonuben Godrej
Soonuben Godrej
His son Naval enthusiastically supported his vision resulting in the schools growing from their humble beginnings in a grain store to their present position and reputation!
Pirojsha Godrej’s emphasis on quality reflects in the school’s ethos, which has been the hallmark since its inception. True to his visionary thinking, he set a precedent by providing quality education for his employees’ children well before it was mandated by the law.Naval’s wife Soonu, who was affectionately called Soonuben, was instrumental in shaping the ideologies of the school. It was she who suggested involving her friend Smt. CooverbaiVakil, a noted educationist, to bring professionalism and high standards to Udayachal.
Jaiben Godrej
Jaiben Godrej
Pheroza Godrej
Pheroza Godrej
A prodigy of Shantiniketan, Smt. Vakil brought her inherent love for nature and fine arts to the proposed school.Nurtured under the ever-watchful eyes of Soonu Godrej and Jai Godrej, entire families of the employees were involved in the process of education. Not only brick and mortar, but also plenty of concern and love went into the school’s construction.Jyotsnaben, a teacher and educationist became the first Principal of Udayachal. She, along with Aloo Mowdawalla worked closely with Soonuben. During the early years, some teachers recall that the three would actually bathe and groom some of the students before they were ready to enter the classroom. The level of commitment set then has gone on to become a standard that the teachers and faculty uphold to date.
Smita Crishna Godrej
Smita Crishna Godrej
Jamshyd Godrej
Jamshyd Godrej
The current Chairman & Managing Director of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Mr.Jamshyd Godrej, is also our patron. Udayachal continues to flourish and grow under the continued support, guidance and encouragement of Ms.Pheroza Godrej and Ms.Smita Godrej Crishna who are our present trustees

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  • Principal Message:The pivotal role that education plays in society can never be undermined. In the words of Swami Vivekananda – “How can there be/any progress of the country without the spread of education, the dawning of knowledge?” Udayachal has always emphasized the importance of each individual child, allowing the child to achieve maximum potential, no matter what the background. There is nothing that cannot be achieved if there is synergy in the team – curious children ever-willing to learn, concerned parents who support our ventures, diligent staff who go beyond their call of duty and who are safety conscious. Each of them complement the other, bringing goals to fruition. As with education at all levels, our focus is 3-pronged -knowledge, skills and attitudes (head, heart and hands) are each given their due importance. Character building is part of the role we play. Teachers are allowed to innovate different methodologies in the classroom. Always multi-tasking, my team members motivate each other, allowing talent to bloom. An area of concern that will impact our future, and which we consciously bring into the classroom, is our contribution to make our children responsible for doing their bit to save Mother Earth. Each child is a green buddy and knows that we have only one planet and we need to do all we can to protect it. The winds of change are blowing across the country and technological advances are fast entering the classrooms, even in pre-schools. Yet we should not fail to understand the developmental needs of little children and therefore, there must be a greater amount of experiential hands-on learning at a young age. Udayachal offers myriad opportunities to its students to blossom into wholesome individuals, justifying our vision ‘Nurturing individuals towards everlasting excellence and universal understanding.’ It is with pride that we follow the progress of our little ones as they continue to thrive in our secondary school. None of this would have been possible without an ever-supportive Management. Mrs. Smita Godrej Crishna is constantly by our side and the Godrej team comprising Mr. Verma, Ms. Kaur, Mr. Prasanna and Mr. Surve are together a buttress in our times of need. It is not without reason that I feel truly blessed to belong to this fine institution. May each year make us rise to new challenges and allow our students to continually soar and grow strong from within.
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  • Co-Curricular Activities:Painting, Drawing, Dance, Singing

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