Gen.Cariappa School is one of the earliest educational initiatives of the Guild of Service. It was declared open by the then President of India, late Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1956 and initially catered to the educational needs of institutionalized children from Seva Samajam Boys Home. The school upgraded to a High School in 1972 and attained the status of a Higher Secondary School in 1989.
Most of the students at the Gen Cariappa Hr Sec School are first generation school goers from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. Many students work part time to supplement the family income along with their studies. The effort of these students coupled with that of the school’s has helped them break past the barrier of the background, as the school has had a pass percentage of almost 100% with several students topping in HSC.
Gen. Cariappa Hr. Sec School is the only school in Tamil Nadu offering six different vocational courses at the HSC level. This facilitates the students in getting immediate employment after completing school.
The Mary Clubwala Jadhav School was started with the aim to provide education and all round development of underprivileged girls.
Supporting both English and Tamil mediums, the school educates girls from the neighbouring areas and the Seva Samajam Girls Home, ranging from classes 1 to 12. They are given ample opportunities to pursue diverse interests apart from academics through the 18 councils. Continuous exposure is given to the girls by organizing field trips, camps and inter-school competitions.
Today, many of the ex-students from the school are well placed as engineers, lawyers, teachers, nurses, police officers and other professionals.
One of the first institutions of the Guild of Service, Lady Nye MRT-1 Special Higher Secondary School offers schooling from primary to higher secondary level. This is one of the very few schools with a residential Home attached for orphan and destitute boys and girls. The school lays immense importance on value based education.
The school is supported by Madras Round Table (MRT). Lady Nye MRT -1 Special Higher Secondary School has changed the lives of many children over the years in Pallipattu and neighbouring areas.
Started in 1989, with an initial strength of 60 students and 3 teachers, the Seva Samajam Nursery & Primary School has grown over the years and has a strength of over 800 students today. It runs separate Tamil and English medium wings.
Striving to impart an all-round development of the intellect and character of the child, the school provides extra coaching for weak students, even at the primary level. Apart from regular academics, the children are taught computers from junior classes. The school provides special assistance to students from Tamil medium so as to cope with English when they change their medium of study in higher classes.
The Seva Samajam Boys Home is one of the initial projects of the Guild of Service and was started as a destitute home and vocational training school to assist and provide employment to needy boys. It started providing structured vocational training to school drop outs more than half a century ago when such courses was unheard of.
Presently, SSBH has courses in different trades like tailoring, air conditioner mechanic, electrician, automobile mechanic, nursing and Auto CAD. Earlier training was imparted to boys but over the past few years it is imparted to both boys and girls. The Dept of Employment and Training, Govt. of Tamil Nadu recognizes all these trades. SSBH also conducts short courses in sewing and tailoring for women and trains them in entrepreneurial skills as well to ensure success in their venture of self-employment.
Bala Vihar Teacher’s Training School is a premier institute and one of the first institutes of its kind in the country. It has facilitated trained manpower in special education by successfully imparting the students with the distinctive skills required to teach and handle children with special needs. The School has trained nearly 1500 special educators since its inception in 1971.
It runs three types of training programmes ranging from Diploma to B.Ed in Special Education. Approved by the Rehabilitation Council of India, the special educators trained here are making a difference to special children across the world, as they have spread to countries such as the U.S.A., Singapore, Middle East, Venezuela and Malaysia.
GOS – J N College of Education was started with the objective of training interested students passing out of the Lady Nye MRT 1 Special Higher Secondary School as teachers and widen their scope of employment. This institution also allows general citizens to enroll and train to be teachers and educators.