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About us

The Podar Group of Schools has been started and operates with the prime purpose of building young minds to spearhead a dynamic future globally.

Podar's stated vision is a commitment to operate and manage quality schools that provide quality education with a focus on development that is in sync with the needs of the individual child in an era of globalization.

In 1927 Sheth Anandilal Podar, an eminent Mumbai-based businessman, with interests in cotton mills, founded the Podar Group of Schools. Interestingly, Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of Nation, was the first President of the Anandilal Podar Trust (View the minutes of the first Trust meeting) What began as a single institution is today a multi-school, multi-city, multi-brand entity, ambitiously executing a growth strategy with an emphasis on global standards.

Headquartered in Mumbai with 7 schools in Santacruz (West), there are now Podar Schools all across India.

Podar is a growing network which has a wide spectrum of brands including Pre-Primary options, Primary and Secondary schools, a Junior College, Part-Time courses and Teacher Training courses.

There are also a wide choice of educational streams that are offered at Podar including CBSE, ICSE, Secondary School Certificate (State Board),IGCSE (Cambridge) and International Baccalaureate (IB).

Podar has managed to achieve the success it has had due to its excellently recruited teaching team as well as its focus on technology. Extensive training is given to all the teachers and it is ensured that they teach students in the best possible manner. There is a great dedication and commitment found in Podar's Principals and Teachers, many of whom have been honoured by both the Central and State Governments. The use of technology in teaching is also strongly emphasized in all Podar schools, with state-of-the-art computer labs and interactive boards installed in classrooms. Due to its effective use of technology in education, the Podar group of schools was awarded the "best ICT enabled school" in all of India.

Podar School has established a "Curriculum Research and Development Centre" (CRDC) that ensures that the quality of education in its schools is of the highest standard, no matter where the school is located. After much research, the CRDC sets lesson plans and curriculums which is followed by all the Podar International Schools across India. Members of the CRDC also travel from school to school training the teachers on the latest developments in education initiated by Podar.

At Podar, the goal is for the students to excel both in and outside of the classroom. Therefore, extensive emphasis is given to sports and extra-curricular activities. Specialized and experienced coaches are deployed in a wide spectrum of sporting disciplines. The schools participate and excel in various inter school sports tournaments. An inter Podar sports tournament is also organized in which students from the different Podar schools compete against each other in sports such as Basketball, Football, Cricket, etc.

All these academic and non academic efforts have paid enormous dividends. Podar Schools are considered among the 'Best Quality' Schools wherever they operate. The ICSE and CBSE Board results of Podar Schools are consistently among the best in the city the school is located.Click here to see the outstanding ICSE and CBSE Board Examination Results at Podar in the 2012 Board Exams.

Podar's commitment to society is unwavering. Ever since its inception 87 years ago it does not accept donations or deposits. The commitment to education continues to be focused and firm.

Podar also continues to tap into social change with an integrated policy of social responsibility. It operates a school for the deaf and dumb in Jaipur. It also supports a city hospital in the heart of Mumbai. A few years back, at the suggestion of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the school adopted 1000 tribal girls and gave them free education. The Podars are also custodians of a Hindu temple in Santacruz, Mumbai.