Primary School (Known as Ashramshala)
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 That criminal Tribes Act was repealed in 1948.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.
High School (Known as Vinay Mandir)
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.
Higher Secondary School
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%.
Girl's School (Known as Kanya Vidyalaya)
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.