VADODARA: , one of India’s oldest boarding schools and alma mater of stalwarts, for the first time in Gujarat has started organising diversity meets to reach out to prospective students from the region.

As part of its outreach program, chairman of the board of governors Sunil Kant Munjal, headmaster of the school Matthew Raggett and president of the school old boys society Jaswinder Singh Bull on Saturday organised a diversity meet with prospective parents from Vadodara at Laxmi Vilas Palace in presence of royal scion Samarjitsinh Gaekwad, who also in an alumni of the school.

A similar meet will also be organised at Ahmedabad on Sunday. The purpose of the visit is to meet interested parents, discuss about the curriculum, the superior value-based education system being practiced and the school’s desire to create a microcosm of the diversity the country has to offer, which are essential to develop next generation of leaders, the officials said while addressing media persons.

“The impression about The Doon School being an elitist school needs to be corrected. It is an elite school but not an elitist school. The impression that it is a rich-boys’-only school cannot be further away from the truth,” said Munjal, adding that since the time it was established in 1935, it has always attracted exceptional boys from all backgrounds to transform them into leaders.

“A significant number of students, who come from every socio-economic background and from 26 Indian states, receive scholarships or bursaries as part of school’s mission to attract exceptional boys irrespective of their religion, caste or economic background,” he said.

Every year, the school receives nearly 540 applications and admits just 80 students in class seven and 14 students in class eight after they are screened through a written exam that is held in October, followed by an interview process.

“The scholarships are offered to deserving candidates based upon their needs and merit,” he said, adding that recognising the vital role played by the Armed Forces in nation building, the school offers preferential admissions to children from such backgrounds.

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