HISTORY » Brief History


The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, an internationally reputed institution dedicated to the promotion of education and culture, is a charitable public trust founded by Dr. K. M. Munshi on november 7, 1938.

The founding members of the Bhavan include Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of the Republic of India, Shri C. Rajagopalachari, the first indian and last Governor General of India; Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of free India; Sardar Patel , Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, several distinguished scholars, statesmen and leaders of modern Indian renaissance.

From a small beginning, the Bhavan has grown into a great intellectual, cultural and educational movement all over India. The Government of India recognized the Institution as “An Institution of National Eminence” and  awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize in the year 2002.

 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has spread its wings abroad (in United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Portugal, South Africa, Kuwait, Mexico, Singapore and Australia) and besides has a number of affiliated colleges and constituent institutions.

The foundation stone of Bhavan’s Kolkata Kendra was laid by former President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy in 1984. Bhavan’s Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir – the kolkata Kendra Bharatiya Vidya bhavan was inaugurated on 18th June, 1984 with the blessings of Swami Lokeswaranandaji Maharaj of Ramkrishna Mission. The school started with a few staff members and 150 students, starting from class I to V. With the overwhelming response of the guardians, within a span of 6 months, more sections had to be added. The first batch of students appeared for the CBSE examinations in 1988. At present the student strength of the school is more than 3600. Today the name of the school shines like a beacon and has achieved laurels almost in every field. Bhavan’s Kolkata has since upheld the tradition under the guidance of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and strives towards perfection and believes in development for a better tomorrow. As emphasized by Swami Vivekananda “Out of the past is born the present, out of the present is born the future”.