The BK Birla Centre for Education (BKBCE) is a world-class residential school located near Pune (just 126 km from Mumbai), Maharashtra. It is considered to be one of the best CBSE boarding school in Maharashtra.
BKBCE was established in 1998 by Mr BK Birla and Mrs Sarala Birla with the aim of providing exceptional education while at the same time imparting well-rounded learning to students, inculcating in them a drive for excellence in every sphere of life.
Today, BKBCE is a centre of educational excellence. Its student body of about 600, is enrolled from Class IV to XII, under the CBSE Board. The vast campus houses an academic block and five hostel blocks, all nestled in well-planned lawns and outdoor sports areas.
- The academic block is a two-storeyed structure with spacious classrooms that are designed to optimise natural light and ventilation. The classrooms and laboratories are fitted with specially designed, modern, ergonomic furniture that ensures that pupils do not suffer fatigue. The modern science and computer laboratories, the audio/visual room and the art activity centres are also housed in the academic block.
- The school has five hostel blocks that accommodate students, house masters, tutors, the ward boys/ the ayahs (matrons). Each hostel block is a two-storeyed structure divided into dormitories, residential flats, common rooms and a study room for students. The residential hostels have been designed for comfort, privacy and safety. Each block can accommodate 144 students, who are cared for by the resident house parent, two or three house tutors, and a ward boy or a matron. The house parent is responsible for medical, academic and personal progress records of the wards under his care. He and the house tutors are always accessible to the students and form a close network of advice and counsel. Dormitories are spacious and well ventilated with all the modern amenities. Each dormitory can house 18 students and is designed to allow for privacy with a separate niche and cupboard for each child. The common bathrooms are also fitted with modern conveniences. Senior students (classes XII) have much more privacy with twin-sharing rooms to call their own. Each hostel block has a common room where the students can enjoy their hours of leisure. Each common room is uniquely designed and equipped with a music system and a television where approved channels are available from the school’s dish antenna.
- The spacious dining hall is located conveniently in a separate building and is easily accessible from the various hostel blocks. Food is prepared in hygienic conditions under the supervision of an experienced Mess Manager. The modern kitchen is equipped with a deep freezer, a water cooler, modern cooking gadgets and a bakery. The school also has a expert dietician who ensures that the students enjoy well-balanced, nutritious, vegetarian meals. The dietician also involves the children in the process of defining the weekly menu incorporating their suggestions, while taking care of any specific dietary requirements the students may have. The teachers also dine in the dining hall, helping build the bond between student and teacher. Informal mealtime conversations give students a chance to mix with the faculty without making an appointment or sitting in an office. These interactions help the children approach their teachers in a comfortable environment that then extends to general school life.
- Our extensive library is situated at the heart of the school with a seating capacity for 72 students. It contains approximately 10,000 books and subscribes to a wide range of magazines and newspapers. In their first term at the school, students are shown how to use the library and its facilities and are encouraged to use it for recreational reading as well as for research and private study. There is a large collection of reference books in diverse disciplines. From pure sciences to forestry, environmental studies, astronomy, classics, comparative literature, drama, mythology, law, linguistics, medicine, and statistics – students have a wide variety of academic reading to choose from. The leisure reading section covers everything from the epics to bestsellers. Our Librarian is always present to offer assistance in retrieving information, identifying research strategies, and acquiring books not available on campus. There are also defined TV channels available from the school’s dish antenna.