We started our first school, Alwar Public School, 38 years ago in Alwar, Rajasthan, especially for the executives of Eicher Tractors Ltd. At that time, Alwar was a earmarked by the government as a backward area and employees were reluctant to move to a place where good educational facilities were not available. Keeping this in mind, we started a small school in a residential area. Soon, as the number of students increased, we had to establish a full-fledged school on a 20 acre property. This story was repeated in Parwanoo as well.
In Faridabad, unlike in Parwanoo and Alwar, there were many good schools which could suffice the requirements of our executives. But the Worker’s Union of Eicher Tractors Ltd. wanted us to replicate our success story here as well and ultimately, we decided in 1994 to start a Senior Secondary school in Faridabad. The beginning was humble-the school was set up in a residence in Sector 22 where the majority of students were from the families of our employees. And because it was patronised by the workers, we decided to have two streams – one in Hindi and the other in English. But soon, the number of students in the Hindi stream started dwindling because the workers wanted their children to be taught in the English medium only. Thereafter, the school abolished the Hindi stream and Eicher School, Faridabad became a fully English medium school.
Students from all our schools are doing extremely well not just academically but also in myriad other extra-curricular activities that give them exposure, confidence and hone their talents. They have made a mark in swimming at all levels – district, state, national and even at the Asian Games. We have an ex-student playing Cricket for Himachal Pradesh and in the IPL Tournament. In football, we have many students playing at the national level. Students have excelled in dramatics and debates. They are also being taught about social responsibility through initiatives like Aahvaan which has led to the successful installation of solar panels in the schools to cultivate a green environment and reduce the utilisation of fossil fuel. Regular visits to old age homes and orphanages make them sensitive, empathetic human beings. Value based education is the need of the hour and this is an intrinsic part of our curriculum.
Spic Macay events have been organised regularly in the school since 2002 to bring the students closer to our rich cultural heritage. We are the only school in North India to have successfully organised a TED Talk.
The Eicher School Faridabad is the only school in Haryana that provides education to differently abled children on a large scale and a dedicated trained staffs gives them the best that life has to offer. The school has also provided classroom space for 300 under-privileged children of Prayas, the classes for whom are held after the day-school hours.
Our motto is to enable our children to face the constantly changing environment with poise and determination. We have always focussed on ethical practices without any distinction on the basis of caste, class, creed and religion and these have kept the name of the school in high esteem in all walks of society. The vision of all our schools under the aegis of Goodearth Foundation continues to be unchanged from the beginning- that a school is not a commercial venture but an institution to serve the society.
Mr HDS Malhotra