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Primary School (Known as Ashramshala)


When the draft of the first five year plan was ready, the Prime Minister Mr.Jawaharlal Nehru called Vinoba Bhave to New Delhi to give advise for the plan. The Bhoodan Movement had begun some time back at that time, so Vinoba started on a bhoodan yatra from Paunar to Delhi and reached there collecting land-gifts for the landless. At Delhi he went through the draft out-line of the five year plan and told that there was nothing for the development of the poor man.

In the Swaraj of Gandhiji the results of development should first of all reach the last man. The work of Sarvodaya should start with the last man as he said. Yet there was no modification in the plan. Lokniketan was established with the main object of 'antyodaya' - the development of the last man. As such, when the institution was able to stand on its own, soon the first ashramshala was started for the children of the 'Yuliukia' -liberated tribes on 16-8-1970.

The Liberated Tribes

At that time some families lived around Ratanpur whose vocation it was to sell small combs used by file womenfolk in the villages. Moreover, in the villages surrounding Palanpur the 'Bavari' tribe people had become a nuisance. All those people were used to stealing, robbery etc. - the criminal acts. So, under the Criminal Tribes Act of 1923, they were required to remain present daily in the Palanpur Police station. After independence, those people were freed from this daily attendance in the police station and were liberated from the stamp of permanent criminal tribes, with a view to improve their lives. That criminal Tribes Act was repealed in 1948. So, the tribes freed from the clutches of that act were known as 'Vunukt' - liberated tribes and government made some schemes also for their welfare and improvement. But the most important thing for them was education. Only knowledge can bring about real improvement. Hence it is said that that which liberates is knowledge. Therefore this ashramshala was started for their children.


There were other backward communities such as hajaniya, vadi, vansfoda, vaiwra, charan, gddhvi, hava, vairagi, turi, garoda etc. which were considered as nomadic tribes and they were totally illiterate. For the children of all such tribes mis ashramshala was started initially with 30 students. During all these years, the children having educated here have been leading a respectable life in the society. This ashramshala became a full-fledged school of Std. I to VII. 302 boys and 86 girls have passed out Std. VII from this school. Many of them further studied in our local post basic school and passed their S.S.C. Examination. On account of getting education they are now totally free from their traditional criminal acts.
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High School (Known as Vinay Mandir)


When this Post basic School was started with 18 Pupils, the students used to sit in the simple cottage. It was the school, the chhatralaya,the office - all in one. Then the Kutirs were made - a platform upto the plinth level, two opposite walls, the remaining walls three feet high and a wooden baton net above and a roof of foreign tiles. Three such kutirs were made. that was the first shape of the Vinay Mandir. There was gradual expansion. Presently the school has modern building with R.C.C. roof having all provisions like office, classrooms, a laboratory , a library and an agriculture laboratory also.There are two rooms for tools and implements and a separate prayer-cum-assembly hall. There is a large playground. There is a separate chhatralaya building with enough living rooms , a Kitchen, a store room, a large dining hall, enough bathrooms and latrines.


There are eight teacher including the principal in the vidhyalaya and four non-teaching members. They all have been given residential quarters on the campus.

There are 6,000 books in the Vidhyalaya library and 28 magazines are subscribed annually in the reading room. In order to inculcate their interest of reading and a habit also, good books are introduced to them occasionally during the prayer assembly and their attention is drawn on articles in the magazines useful to them.

The students hailing form very backward villages usually are very weak in their studies when they get admission in std.VIII. With a view to improving their studies, the teachers give them extra coaching in out of school hours. Consequently, the students who did not know even primary arithmetic learn higher maths, physics and chemistry, English etc. very well and they secure high results in the S.S.C. Examination which rose from 33.8% initially to 96.4% in the year 2000. The student who stood first in the school scored 85% marks. There is no tuition system in this school or in any of our other schools.

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Higher Secondary School


After starting so many education cum development centers at different places in the district Lokniketan started higher post basic school in 1983 on the main campus of Ratanpur with 30 students in Std.XI. The students who passed their S.S.C. Examination from own and other schools got an opportunity there for further education to be a matured worker. There is a complete unit of post basic education at Ratanpur from Std VIII to XII. They have won prizes in many competitions at district level and the state level and brought fame to their institution.

Specific Achievement

Since 1993 when this higher section was started the result of school in H.S.C. Examination was 96.5% in 1987 and 96.3% in 1994. In all the rest year the result has been 100%.

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Girl's School (Known as Kanya Vidyalaya)


The society, in which the womenfolk are illiterate, orthodox and superstitious, cannot ever make progress. As per the tenets of psychology and educational philosophy, a child acquires much of the basic 'sanskars' of life in the first five years. His/Her habits and attitudes are formed more in this period rather than during his/her school education. These first five years means the period in the life of a child which is spent in his/her mother's constant care. And, therefore, in our Shashtras, the mother is called the first guru of a child. She is glorified in the mantra 'matri deva bhavo' I and it is said that an educated mother is worth a hundred teachers, which is a very significant saying. The girls' education is fundamental force for the development of a society.

Lokniketan Trust gets involved...

Lokniketan Trust was not particularly active in this field in Banaskanfha for about two decades. In order to overcome this shortcoming, we started a girls' post basic school in 1983 on our main campus at Ratanpur. Now the girls from far away villages can come here, stay in the girls' chhatralaya and get their education. Here we have made due arrangement for their safety and the guardians have placed full faith in our institution. Usually the guardians do not send their daughters outside for education if that is not available locally, because they feel very much worried for their daughters' safety and well-being, and such places where there is good, full-proof arrangement for the girls' safety are very few. Moreover the people are not knowing such places also. Due to all such social reasons, the girls' education is the least developed field in Banaskantha district. In such circumstances, Lokniketan has taken a first step in this direction by establishing this 'Kanya Yidyalaya'. If we want to achieve the desired goal of social-development, girls' education is me one and only remedy. To save women from their ignorance, bring about awareness in them to achieve development of (he whole family — towards this end Smt Pushpabahen Chavda has taken great pains. She had carried a compassion for the girls' education and had made a tour on foot' (known as Padyatra) from Vadgam to Jalotra village covering all the villages on the way. On account of her efforts enrollment of the girls in the school had become easier.


Std. VIII was started in 1983 with 7 girls. There are 130 girls in the school nowadays. The craft of 'Gruh-jivan-vidya' (home science) is taught to the girls in order to prepare them in a better way for their future life. It includes bringing up children, nutritious food and preparing different food items, sewing, embroidery, kitchen gardening, making toys and models etc. Moreover they are taught children's songs, children's dramas and acting, home management and other national songs, bhajans etc.

The result of the S.S.C. Examination of the first S.S.C. class of the Vidyalaya was 72% which has been more or less maintained.

The new school-building of this Kanya Vidyalaya is now ready on the main campus of Lokniketan and a new chhatralaya building is also ready and in use since the last year. There are ample facilities of bathrooms, latrines, urinals, a swimming pool, a ghat for washing clothes etc. in this complex for the girls.


1986:-In 1986 the school got first number in chorus and in folk song in district level youth festival at Kanodar.

1991:-two girls of the school were sent to Talala dist.-Junaghdh for Kabddi compition

1995:-Two girls were sent to take part in Swimming compi.tion.

1996:-The school wen the shield in Traditional Garaba competion.

1998:-Gamar Ramilaben L. got frist number in’: Javelion Throw’at Banaskhanth District.

1999:- Gamar Ramilaben L. got first number in ‘Javelion Throw”at state level competition.

2001:-In the celebration of ‘National Science Day ‘ the school got first number for the Model of ‘Ozon Layer’ Solanki kamliben m. got first number in district level ‘Javelion Throw competion.Patani Veenaben got first number in Bhajan (song for god) competionof district level

2003:-Dhrangi Bachuben got first number in ‘Javelion Throw ‘and second number .in Chakra Throw in district level competition

2004:- Dabhi Chandrikaben got first number in’ Gola Throw’ and ‘Chakra Throw and Solanki Neeshaben got second number in ‘Javelion Throw’ in district.level competion For woman and Villages.

2005:-Dabhi Chandrikaben got first number in ‘Javelion Throw’in state level competion.

2006:-Dhabi Chandrikaben got scholarship of Rs.4800/- for her participation in JavelionThrow competion.Gamar Manjuben got first number in ‘Archary’competion.Gamar Laxmi got second number in ‘Archary’ Chauhan Amrutaben got Third number in district level youth festival for Soft music.Dabhi Chandrikaben partishiped ‘Javelion Throw’ in National Garmin competio at state Hariyana (Bhivani).

Dairy (Known as Gaushala)