Authored by Abhisek Kumar Panda
Research Associate, Rashtram School of Public Leadership, Rishihood University.
Volume I, Issue 2 | May 2021
Satyabadi Bana Vidyalaya was a school established by Utkalmani Pandit Gopabandhu Das, a freedom fighter, scholar, educationist and social worker from Odisha, along with his colleagues during the British rule in the village of Satyabadi near Sakhigopala temple, in the district of Puri. The residential cum day boarding school was popularly known as “Man Manufacturing factory” — the founders envisaged not only mental but also holistic development of their students based on India’s rich heritage and culture. It aimed to foster future leaders dedicated to the uplift of Indian society, especially the people of Odisha. The school ecosystem was modelled on the Vedic Gurukula system of education, but it also embraced the then modern developments in pedagogy as well. The paper focuses on the hallmarks of the institution: disciplinary way of life, democratic value system, social service and engagement, nationalistic spirit, free thinking, political awareness, individual support, etc. It draws upon recent empirical studies in educational leadership and analyses the various leadership traits of the founders and the teachers of the Satyabadi School, which helped in the optimization of resources, growth of innovative means and ways, delegation of responsibilities, supervision, creation of a familial environment and interpersonal bonding for working towards shared aims and objectives. Its widespread popularity as another “Nalanda” and its success within a short span of time is well recorded, despite operating in a hostile climate of political servitude, economic poverty and social backwardness.
Keywords: Educational Leadership, School Leadership, Satyabadi Bana Vidyalaya, Utkalmani Gopabandhu, Student, Teacher
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