|Gandaki Higher Secondary Boarding School
Nepal Adarsha Bidyashram
Knowledge, Character and Service
11 June 1966 A.D30 Jestha, 2023 B.S
|Founder||The United Mission to Nepal; The Shining Hospital; The Local Community|
|Principal||Rabi Prasad Baral|
|Vice principal||Chetnath Bhandari|
|Age||9 to 19|
|Number of students||1072|
|Average class size||35-50|
|Medium of language||English|
|Hours in school day||6-8|
|Houses||Four (Rapti, Seti, Karnali, Trishuli)|
|Yearbook||THE GANDAKI - SOUVENIR|
|Affiliations||School Leaving Certificate (Grade 10)
Cambridge International Examinations (A-level)
Higher Secondary Education Board (10+2)
Gandaki Higher Secondary Boarding School (often referred as GBS) (गण्डकी आवासीय उच्च माध्यामिक विध्यालय), formerly known as Nepal Adarsha Bidyashram, is a model boarding school of Nepal, established on 11th June 1966 in the city of Pokhara, 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. It is the first and the only regional school of the country. It was established as a result of the initiation of three groups: i. The United Mission to Nepal ii. The Shining Hospital iii. The Local Community
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Location
- 3 Mission
- 4 Courses of study
- 5 Administration
- 6 History
- 7 Scholarship Programme
- 8 Facilities and activities
- 9 Achievements
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Notable alumni
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Gandaki Higher Secondary Boarding School (GHSBS) is a higher secondary school (10+2) (A-LEVEL) located at Lamachaur at the northern end of Pokhara valley. It provides an English medium, all-round education to about 1,072 students, classes 4-12. Of this number 35% are girls, 20% are scholarship students, and 65% are boarders.
The school is a non-profit institution owned by Nepal Government (Ministry of Education) and used to be run by an agreement and in collaboration with the United Mission to Nepal (UMN).
The motto of the school is "Knowledge Character and Service".
It will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee on 11th Oct. 2015 A.D. (24th Ashoj, 2072 B.S)
The school is situated on the outskirts of Pokhara, a breath-taking city gifted with seven beautiful lakes, towering crystal clear, snow-clad mountains, adventurous caves and many other fascinating sights. It is located in the city of Pokhara, Nepal, 200 Km West of country's capital Kathmandu. In Pokhara, it is 11.7 km from Bijayapur, Lekhnath; 7.9 km from Bus Station, Prithivi Rajmarga, Prithivi Chowk; 11.4 km from Chhorepatan; 5.6 km from Chipledhunga; 4.9 km from Pokhara-Baglung Bus Park and 3.7 km from Bagar. It is linked with the main city by a fine, tarred motorable road with a regular public bus and taxi service. The world renowned snow fed Fishtail Mountain that towers the school premises offers its inhabitants a panoramic view with its gorgeous outlook. Surrounded by green hills and hillocks on threesides, perched on the western bank of the perennial riverside and freed from the din and the pollution of the sprawling city. Pokhara, the school offers a tranquil and conducive study environment.
The school was opened with a view to imparting education of an international standard keeping into view the thirsts of the students of Western Development Region for quality education. As it solely believes in the holistic development a child, students here are nurtured providing a homely and caring environment for their mental, physical and social development. The school provides an all-round education that challenges the student's mind, body and spirit. It combines freedom with responsibility and reason with emotion. As it is a non-profit making institution, the objective of the school is to provide a quality education with an affordable cost. Character, Service and Knowledge are the school motto.
Courses of study
- School Leaving Certificate (Nationwide curriculum until Class 10, prescribed by the Ministry of Education, Nepal)
- 10+2 in Science Stream (Higher Secondary Education Board (HSEB), Sano Thimi, Nepal)
- GCE A LEVEL (University of Cambridge, UK)
- BE in Software Engineering (Pokhara University, Pokhara, Nepal)
- Mr Rabi Prasad Baral – Principal (Social Studies Dept.)
- Mr Chet Nath Bhandari – Vice Principal (Maths Dept.)
- Mr Khadananda Sharma – GCE-A Level Supervisor (English Dept.)
- Mr Jhapindra Adhikari - Higher Secondary School Supervisor (Science Dept.)
- Mr Krishna Bahadur Thapa – Secondary School Supervisor (Computer Dept.)
- Mr Ganesh Bahadur Kunwar - Junior School Supervisor (P.E. Dept.)
- Mr Mohan Krishna Gurung – Senior Teacher (P.E. Dept.)
- Mr Yagya Raj Sharma – Hostel Supervisor (Social Studies Dept.)
- Mr Kedar Prasad Dhakal – Asst. Hostel Supervisor (Nepali Dept.)
- Mrs Shakuntala Gurung – Extra Curricular Activities Incharge (Science Dept.)
- Mr Surya Bahadur Gurung – Day Students' Incharge(Social Studies Dept.)
- Mr Bhim Bahadur Gurung – Scholarship Officer (P.E. Department)
It was established in 1966 on the banks of Seti River. Initially the facilities were primitive with all the thatched-roofed buildings mud and bamboo. There were only 45 boarding students, who were catered for by 5 teaching staff. It was designated as a co-educational regional school in 1985 with English as the medium of instruction in an agreement between Nepal government and the United Mission to Nepal.
Until 1991, courses were available for Grade 4 to Grade 10. Then it started offering 10+2 system under the Higher Secondary Education Board. GBS is the first of few schools to introduce 10+2 in Nepal. Prior to the commencement of 10+2 education; students were prepared for O level study for a number of years.
In 1999, a new college was started in GBS. Gandaki College of Engineering and Sciences (GCES), is affiliated to Pokhara University and offers Bachelor of Engineering (BE) courses in Software Engineering.
From 2010, it offers GCE A-Level Course under the Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
- 11 June 1966 (30th Jestha, 2023): established as Nepal Adarsha Vidyashram for boys.
- 1985: Changed to English medium school and renamed to Gandaki Boarding School (GBS).
- 1985: Recognized as the "Regional School" by the Government of Nepal.
- 1985: Adopted co-education system by enrolling girls.
- 1988: Gained a nationwide fame after Rajendra Gurung stood in SLC board first.
- 1991: Celebrated its Silver Jubilee.
- 1991: Started 10+2 in Science stream.
- 1999: Started Gandaki College of Engineering and Sciences (GCES).
- 2004: Awarded Birendra Bidhya National shield for SLC results with 4 boards, 66 distinctions, 100% first division among 113 candidates.
- 2010: Started GCE-A Level studies under the University of Cambridge, England.
- Ms Martha Mukhya – Founder Principal(One and only female principal)( June 1966 to Dec.1968 )
- Mr Tom Valvik - Principal ( Feb. 1969 to 1971 )
- Mr Jonathan Lindell - Principal ( July 1971 to 1976 )
- Mr Larry Asher - Principal ( June 1974 to July 1975 and Jan. 1977 to Oct. 1977 )
- Mr Brian Wood - Principal (Oct. 1977 to Oct. 1980 )
- Mr Bhoj raj Neupane - Principal ( May 1979 to Jan. 1980 and Oct. 1980 to Dec. 1982 )
- Mr Heramba Prasad Koirala - Principal ( Jan. 1983 to June 1984 )
- Mr Narahari Sharma - Acting Principal ( July 1984 to Dec. 1984 )
- Dr David Bambach – Principal ( Feb. 1985 to June 1989 )
- Mr richard Cameron - Acting Principal ( July 1987 to Dec. 1987 )
- Mr Ben Westerling - Acting Principal ( July 1989 to Dec. 1989 )
- Mr John Barclay – Principal ( Feb. 1990 to Feb. 1996 )
- Mr Jay Hutchinson – Acting Principal ( 1993–1993 )
- Dr PV Chandy – Principal ( Feb. 1996 to Dec. 2006 )
- Dr. Dale W. Rosenburg - Acting Principal ( 1999 to 2001 )
- Mr Bam Dev Sharma – Acting Principal ( 2006 to Feb.2007 )
- Mr George John - Principal( Feb. 2007 to April 2008 )
- Mr Kamal Prasad Neupane – Acting Principal ( April 2008 to Oct.2008 )
- Mr Rabi Prasad Baral – Principal (2008–Present)
GBS is a unique school with around 25% students studying on scholarship basis. The annual budget is around 10 million rupees, which is met various generous sponsoring agencies and individual donors. The major sponsoring donor agencies include FELM Finland, BMS UK, P.C of Ireland and some donors from USA and Australia. The Government of Nepal provides 1 million rupees annually through the Ministry of Education to support the scholarship program. At present a full scholarship cost is about 1400 USD per year. Partial scholarship is also awarded. Scholarships are awarded to economically disadvantaged but intelligent students. The total number of students presently studying on scholarship is 180. They represent various ethnic groups and are from various districts of the country. Every year,during January/February scholarship entrance exams are conducted in 8 centers across the Western Region of Nepal to select deserving students. Every year home visits are made to verify information and confirm the scholarship. The main objective of the scholarship program is to improve the position of marginalized and disadvantaged sections of the Nepalese society by providing them with an all round quality education. The scholarship program has been an integral part of GBS and GCES for many years. Through this program, the lives of many children from the poor and disadvantaged families have been transformed.
Dr P.V Chandy GBS Scholarship Trust
It is essential that the long term integrity and financial security of this programme continue to be safe guarded. Although the scholarship programme is presently continuing with the financial support of several donor agencies, individual donors and the government of Nepal, it seemed imperative to open a trust in order to provide a strong financial security to the scholarship programme even after the UMN withdraws its support to the school. For this reason, Dr. P. V Chandy GBS Trust was established at the initiation of UMN expatriate Principal, Dr. P. V Chandy with the approval of the GBS Management committee and the United Mission to Nepal. The trust has been registered with the Government of Nepal, District Administration office, Kaski. Dr. P. V Chandy is the chief patron of this trust, and a committee consisting of 10 members from different walks of life has been formed under the chairperson of EX. Rt Hon. Member of the Raj Parisad Standing Committee, Mr. Ganesh Bahdur Gurung.So far a total of 48.5 million (4.85 crore ) rupees has been raised and deposited at fixed accounts. Furthermore, its mission is to raise the fund up to 10 million (10 crore) rupees so that the scholarship programme can continue to survive from the interest of the trust even after the withdrawal of the UMN’s involvement.
Facilities and activities
The health center takes care of minor illnesses and first aid services. Serious cases are referred to the bigger hospitals of Pokhara. A CMA counselor and a nurse remain in charge of the health center and of the health education classes.
The science laboratories are for the science courses throughout classes 4 to 12. Each class have science practical classes in the science labs. In addition to the science teachers, the science department has three lab assistants who maintain all the science apparatus and science facilities.
There are 10 hostels in GBS; 7 for boys and 3 for girls. The names of the hostels are named after the famous and some of the highest mountains of Nepal. Currently for 2071 B.S. (2014/15), the hostels for various groups of students are:
- Hostel No. 1 Dhaulagiri (8 boys) Sri Ram Adhikari
- Hostel No. 2 Lamjung (7 boys) Man Bahadur Thapa
- Hostel No. 3 Himalchuli (10 boys) Kedar Prasad Dhakal
- Hostel No. 4 Nilgiri (9 boys) Matrika Prasad Baral
- Hostel No. 5 Machhapuchchhre (4/5/6 boys) Krishna Prasad Dhungana
- Hostel No. 6 Annapurna (4/5/6 boys) Krishna Shyam Sharma
- Hostel No. 7 Manaslu (4/5/6 girls) Sony Thapa
- Hostel No. 8 Everest (10/11/12 and A level girls) Nani Maya Podel
- Hostel No. 9 Gaurishankar (7/8/8 girls) Basanti Tamang
- Hostel No. 10 Kanchanjungha (10+2 and A level boys) Mohan Krishna Gurung
- Gymnasium (volleyball, basketball, indoor football, badminton, softball, handball)
- One volleyball court near hostel 1 and 4.
- Outdoor basketball courts near Hostel 3 for boys, and in Hostels 7 and 9 for girls.
- Cricket pitch.
- Two football grounds.
- One outdoor handball court.
- Table Tennis board in each hostels.
- Tennis Court.
- Hockey ground in girls hostel.
The Library plays a central role in widening general knowledge horizons in meeting specific information needs within the curriculum, and in providing interesting and stimulating material for recreational reading and improving language skills. The Gandaki Boarding School Library was established in B.S. 2025. Set up in a simple building with limited resources, it now stands as one of the prestigious and well-equipped libraries in the western region and Nepal as well. At present, it has more than 25,000 books including the Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reference and others books on different subjects. The library subscribes to most of the notable newspapers and magazines published in Nepal, Audio Visual and open system library.
Library studies form an integral part of the school curriculum, in the course of which all students learn the positive use and exploitation of the library and its materials. Library projects are assessed as a component of the termly examination marks from grades 4 to 6.
- To collect and conserve textbooks, reference books and other nationally & internationally recognized reading books as well as different types of subjects matters audio videos.
- To collect different journals/periodicals
- To encourage students to use library
Facilities and services:
- Borrowing books
- Reference and reading service
- Photocopy, computer printing
- Audio visual
Dining hall and kitchen
The Catering Department serves food for all the boarder students.
- 06:15–06:45 Breakfast
- 08:30–09:15 Morning food (all boarders)
- 13:00–13:45 Khaja (Snacks) (classes 4 to 10)
- 13:45–14:30 Khaja (Snacks) (classes 11, 12 and A-level)
- 18:00–18:45 Dinner (classes 8 to 12)
- 20:30-20:50 Milk time (for boarders)
Note: This timetable is subject to change during winter (due to shorter days) for 10 minutes.
Houses and annual competitions
Students are divided into four houses:
- Seti (red)
- Rapti (yellow)
- Karnali (green)
- Trishuli (blue)
The four houses compete in annual activities.
- Annual Sports Day (athletics)
- Inter-House sports competitions: football, volleyball, basketball, cricket (boys), rounders (girls), badminton, table tennis, soft tennis.
- Inter-House academic competitions: general knowledge, essay writing (English and Nepali), speech (English and Nepali), debate(English and Nepali).
- GBS level basketball, football and cricket tournaments (annual)
- Football, volleyball, and basketball competitions with outside teams.
- Taking part in outside tournaments in football, essay writing, general knowledge, speech contest, essay writing competition, spelling contest, etc.
- Birendra Regional Educational Shield (Western Region) for 15 years.
- Birendra National Educational Shield (Nepal) in 2004 (2060 BS).
- Board First, Rajendra Gurung, in 1984 SLC Examination.
- Board Second, Third, Fifth, and Ninth in 2004 (2060 BS) SLC Examination.
- Ranked as one of the best schools of the country by "Himal" magazine, a Nepali journal.
- Ranked No. 1, by "Nepal" weekly magazine in 2001 in its evaluation of the best 10+2 schools of Nepal.
- Ranked in top 10, by "Nepal" weekly magazine in 2004 in its evaluation of the best 10+2 schools of Nepal. The magazine has, however, excluded GBS in its rankings in recent years. It cites, the fewer number of students GBS has compared to their criteria, as the reason.
- Ranked No. 2, by "Nepal" weekly Magazine in 2011 in its evaluation of the best schools of Nepal.
- Ranked No. 1, by "Nepal" weekly Magazine in 2012 in its evaluation of the best schools of Nepal.
- Ranked No. 1 by "Himal" in its evaluation in "Top Ten Plus 2 Colleges/HSS 2012/13:Outside Kathmandu Valley"
- The song "Kanchi Hai Kanchi" of Nepali movie Kanchi was choreographed on the stage of Gymnasium Hall of GBS.
- Amrit Gurung - singer, composer, musician, song writer of Nepathya
- Kiran Gurung - Nepali Politician
- Nisha Adhikari - Miss Nepal International 2005 A.D and Actress (of First Love fame)
- Saru Bhakta - A celebtrated Nepalese poet and novelist.
- Sonie Rajbhandari - Miss Nepal 2nd Runner Up 2014 A.D. (2071 B.S.)
- GBS Homepage
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