Taurian World School in Ranchi offers hope for students from the hills
Ranchi is emerging to be the new Darjeeling of Jharkhand, if not for its scenic beauty, then surely for its schools.
The statehood agitation in the Bengal hills, which boast some of the best institutions of the country, has prompted many parents to move their wards out of ICSE schools there and admit them to CBSE-affiliated Taurian World School in the state capital.
The cradle, situated at Hazam, Dundigara, near Ramkrishna Mission Sanatorium, around 20km from the heart of the city, has already agreed to take in 12 boys from St Paulís School, one of the oldest public residential institutions of Darjeeling.
Taurian, which has classes from kindergarten to senior secondary, will admit students from the fourth standard onwards from next week.
Confirming this, Amit Kumar, manager (business development) of Taurian World School, said: ďAll these students are boarders at St Paulís, Darjeeling. Their parents had participated in a seminar that we held in Calcutta on August 23. They donít want to send their wards to the hills given the volatile situation there and instead, want us to take them in. We have agreed.Ē
According to Kumar, by next week, four students will be admitted after an entrance test while the rest will be taken in after the session gets over in December.
The official went on to add that since the new students were coming from ICSE background, extra care would be taken to guide them from time to time.
The annual fee at Taurian school is Rs 3 lakh, while the most expensive schools in Darjeeling charge Rs 2 lakh.
However, the Ranchi cradle has decided to only charge fees for third and fourth quarters from the four students, as they will join classes in the middle of an academic session.
Not only from Calcutta, queries are also pouring in from Patna. Two parents visited the campus on Monday and met Kumar to enquire about the admission process here.
ďTheir daughters are studying at St Helenís Secondary School, Kurseong,Ē the official informed.
All hostels in Darjeeling had seen mass exodus about a month ago when the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha announced its indefinite strike. Although some of these schools plan to reopen in the first week of September, many parents are apprehensive and looking for safer academic havens for their wards.