AHMEDABAD: Real estate prices are pushing schools outside the AMC limits. From Bopal to Vaishnodevi Circle, several schools are springing up to cater to the increasing urbanization.
A slew of upcoming residential projects and quality infrastructure around Sardar Patel Ring Road are the new catchment areas for the latest breed of high-end schools. In the last few years, international schools like Gems Genesis at Vaishnodevi, Shanti Asiatic at Shela, Zydus School of Excellence at Godhavi, Red Bricks at Santej, Olive Green International School on Bhadaj road have built large campuses on the other side of SP Ring Road to offer superior facilities to children.
“The needs of schooling are changing. With increased physical activities, students need vast outdoors, which is unaffordable within city limits. The outskirts offer peace besides lush and green environment that is ideal for studying. Also, there are about 15,000 housing units coming up on this stretch, which makes it a viable option,” said Minal Desai, director, education, Gems Genesis International School.
Schools are coming up with a multitude of facilities – from landscaped gardens to large swimming pools and lush green football fields besides regular labs and theatres.
M M Jani, district education officer, said, “In the last two years, about 10 new schools have come up around SP Ring Road because of development around the area. As the number of urban dwellers increases, we are expecting more schools to come up.”
Located at a premium location – with proximity to Gandhinagar, Bopal and the airport – these schools seek to provide a pollution-free environment with a touch of nature. Going a step ahead of the norms set by the national boards, these schools not only focus on student-teacher ratio but also have a better student-space ratio.
Mumbai-based Singapore International School (SIS) also plans to set up a campus on the stretch between SP Ring Road and SG road, by 2014.
“Being an international school with high fee bracket, location is very critical for our school. We will cater only to the top 4000 families of Ahmedabad, who will use their own conveyance, thus eliminating the need for public transport,” said Ritesh Hada, director of SIS.