Kendriya Vidyalaya, (Hindi for Central School) is a system of Central government schools for children of employees of India's central government. The system came into being in 1965 and has been affiliated to CBSE since then. Initially called Central School, it was started mainly to cater to the children of people in the defence services who were often posted to remote places. With the army starting its own Army Public Schools, the service was extended (but not restricted to) to all central government employees. The uniform curriculum followed all over India is intended to ensure that wards of government employees do not face educational difficulties when their family is transferred from one place to another.
The name change was a part of the drive to make it more Indian. The drive also lead to a lot of the syllabus becoming more Sanskrit and pure Hindi based, with options for students to take Social Studies in Hindi or English. The Sanskrit prayers and higher level of Hindi curriculum was a part of the same drive which included the change of names in official titles such as Syndicate becoming Sangathan.
A few Indian embassies abroad have a school of this type for the children of embassy officials and expatriate Indian population (if a parent is a government employee). There are at least 1117 Kendriya Vidyalayas at present including 4 abroad. These have been divided amongst 25 regions each headed by an Deputy Commissioner. Overall. there is a body known as the K. V. Sangathan that governs the school and its norms.In such schools, children of top government officials and that of lowly-placed government employees study together and this facilitates national integration at the grassroots level.Alumni of these schools can be found all over the world.
K.V. No.1, Bikaner is one of the oldest institutions in this organization. It was established in1964 when the Military school, Ganga Risa la was taken over by the then Central school organization.Originally started in barracks, it can, now boast of its own building which has grown with time At present it caters to various educational needs of 1906 students as on 01/12/15. it is situated on National Highway No.11Opposite. Dungar College, the biggest Post Graduate multi-faculty college of the city
Updated on: [August 13, 2019]