Netarhat Residential School (हिन्दी:नेतरहाट आवासीय विद्यालय) is a prestigious school which is known to impart moral values with emphasis on all-round development of the students. The school has a record of producing toppers of the Bihar School Examination Board year after year. After the creation of the state of Jharkhand in the year 2000, it comes under the purview of Jharkhand Board.The students of this school have also dominated the Regional Mathematics Olympiad and NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) conducted by NCERT. The students have been doing quite well in inter-school competitions in academics, debate, essay and sports. The spirit of healthy competition is inculcated right from the very beginning, by means of inter-house and inter-set competitions.
Some outstanding Alumni
- Managing Director, Maersk Shipping
All the teachers who are Gazetted Govt. servants have been entrusted different academic and administrative control. The Principal is overall controlling officer and is vested with drawing and disbursing power. Teachers come from all over the country whose appointments are made on the recommendations of the state public service commission. Some of them have also gone abroad for teaching and studies under different sponsored programmes. A few teachers of the past and present have also been awarded by the President of India. Press Information Bureau, Government of India
There are experienced instructors for P.T. Crafts and some of the science subjects.
Shri Charles James Nepier was the first principal of the school. Here is a list of all the principals till date.
|Mr. Charles James Nepier||Apr 1954||Aug 1955|
|Mr. Radha Sinha||Sep 1955||Mar 1956|
|Mr. Jeevannath Dar||Apr 1956||Dec 1966|
|Mr. Birendra Kumar Sinha||Jan 1967||Feb 1976|
|Dr. Ramdev Tripathi||Feb 1976||Feb 1979|
|Mr. Kailash Narayan Mehrotra||Jun 1979||Oct 1980|
|Mr. Mithilesh Kanti||Oct 1980||Sep 1983|
|Mr. Dwarika Prasad Sinha||Sep 1983||Apr 1986|
|Mr. Satya Narayan Singh||Nov 1986||Apr 1988|
|Mr. Mangal Dev Pandey||Aug 1988||Apr 1990|
|Dr. Param Mitra Sashtri||Apr 1990||Sep 1991|
|Mr. K.N.Vasudevan||Aug 1991||Sep 1995|
|Mr. Kamleshwar Prasad||Oct 1995||Sep 2000|
|Mr. Narendra Prasad||Sep 2000||Aug 2003|
|Mr. Binod Kumar Karn||Sep 2003||Date|
Regular games, sports and physical training form a part of the routine at the Netarhat School. The school has senior division Naval wing besides the three junior divisions of N.C.C.National Cadet Corps (India) - Army, Air and Naval. There are four Scout troops for junior boys and they can also opt for the Red Cross Society. Training in yoga and gymnastics is also imparted to the boys and girls. Athletics and cross-country competitions are held regularly besides various sports tournaments. The school is well equipped with the facilities for playing games like football, hockey, volleyball, tennis, basketball, cricket, badminton, table tennis, kho kho, kabaddi, carrom and chess. Annual tournaments are held for most of these games and students also get a chance to participate in various inter-school tournaments.
The school has facilities for hobbies like wood-work, metal-work, aeromodelling, claymodelling, gardening, photography, painting and rifle training. Dramas in Hindi and English, debates, elocution and antyakshri competitions are held at regular intervals. The students have performed quite well in dramatics and some of them also got a chance to participate in the 6 week long camp held on the plateau by National School of Drama.The picturesque locale has also attraced the directors of some of the flicks including the Hindi movie Hip Hip Hurray.
Educational tours to different parts of the country are also organised by the school. The school has its own printing press where the school magazine Sarjana is printed. Thus the students get an opportunity to learn the basics of journalism and printing.
The school has a well stocked library consisting of more than forty thousand books on various subjects. The open shelf system enables students to have an easy access to the books of their choice. Almost all important dailies, weeklies and magazines including some foreign journals are available in the library. The science laboratories are well-equipped and in fact better than those in a typical college in the state. However, the school still lags behind in the infrastructure required for computer education.
Fees are charged according to the income of the guardians. Poor but meritorious students are imparted free education. Clothes, books and other necessary stuff are also provided by the school. Food and lodging are subsidised for every student. Great care is taken to maintain uniformity among students. It is hugely funded by the government of Jharkhand and the annual budget is close to USD 500,000.
All the students live in hostels which are called Ashrams. Every Ashram is headed by an Ashramadhyaksha or housemaster who is a teacher. All the teachers are addressed as Shriman ji. The housemasters and their wives, who are reverentially called Mataji (Mother), not only live in the Ashrams, but they also have their meals with the boarders. Nutritious and delicious meals, including fruits, dry fruits, milk, egg, mutton, chicken, sweets, green and leafy vegetables etc. are served which is prepared under the supervision of Mataji. This makes it easier for the children drawn from different backgrounds to adjust themselves without any psychological strain. The senior students command great respect and help their juniors in all possible ways. The seniors are addressed with ji suffixed to their names which is common way of showing respect in India among the Hindi speaking population. This tradition continues even after the students pass out of the school.
The entire Ashram chores is done by the inmates themselves by rotation including sweeping the rooms, washing utensils, cleaning toilets, serving food etc. This removes all the personal angularities. The boarders follow a routine with provisions for swadhyaya(self-study), rest, P.T., games and sports, daily chores, television, group activities etc.
There is a sick-room with full-time medical officer to take care of the sick students.
The students are not allowed to sport any clothes or accessories other than those provided by the school to ensure uniformity.
Hostels are grouped into seven sets or ashram - wargas for purpose of smooth administration and promoting healthy competition.
|Set (Ashramvarga)||Houses (Ashrams)|
|1st Set||Arun, Shanti, Gautam|
|2nd Set||Anand, Prem, Arjun|
|3rd Set||Ashok, Kishore, Saket|
|4th Set||Nalanda, Vikram, Taxila|
|5th Set||Bhabha, Raman, Bose|
|6th Set||Arvind, Ramkrishna, Pradeep|
|7th Set||Kanva, Kapil, Kanad|
Netarhat plateau is an abode of a variety of flora and fauna thanks to its supportive climate and copious rain. Pine martins, porcupines, leopards, monkeys, bears, civets, monitor lizards, wild pigs, scorpions, snakes and other species are commonly found in and around Netarhat. Occasional spotting of elephants and tigers is also reported as Netarhat forest is very close to the Betla Tiger Sanctuary. Some of the most endangered species of Indian snakes can be found here including pythons. Netarhat School's biology laboratory has a collection of live and preserved snake varieties that include cobras, pit vipers, tree snakes and pythons. Apart from the bamboo clusters the place got its name from, almost all variety of tropical trees like mango, sal, neem, gulmohar, amaltas, mahua, etc can be found here and even trees of cold climate like pine, silver fur, bottle brush, thuja are found in plenty. Dried pine leaves and pine cones can be found scattered on road sides and on forest slopes. "Chilgoza" or the pine nut is type of an aromatic and nutritious dry fruit and is very popular amongst students. Apart from the natural trees and forests, the school has its own fruit orchard where pear, plum, guava, fig, peach, etc. are grown in plenty. Netarhat School has a well maintained flower garden that includes over 100 specious of common and exotic flowers. Students are encouraged to memorize the common and scientific names of all flowers and trees in the garden.
Netarhat School is surrounded by many friendly tribal villages and the locals find good employment opportunities in serving the school. The are over dozen tribal communities, each with their unique customs and festivals. Students can often hear in the night distant drumming sounds of tribal dance and rituals and on festivals like Sarhul and Pooja the fair organized by the locals provides a good break for the students from their otherwise busy academic sessions.
Netarhat plateau, also referred to as the Queen of Chotanagpur is studded by a number of stunningly beautiful natural landmarks and tourist spots. Koel view, Magnolia sunset point, Lodh waterfalls, Lower Ghagari waterfall - to name a few. There is no dearth of picnic spots in and around Netarhat School and group of students under supervision of their respective house masters(ashramadhyaksha) traditionally go to spend a weekend once in a year during the "mid-term break". Some of the most popular spots are Banari on the banks of the Koel river, Upper Gahgari waterfall near Netarhat dam, Tahir, Naina, Aadhe, and Raja Dera.