The Mother's International School is situated in the midst of the sylvan surroundings of Sri Aurobindo Ashram (Delhi Branch) Campus on Sri Aurobindo Marg. The calm, serene and spiritual ambience of the shrine of Sri Aurobindo, amidst beautiful lawns, lush green trees and flower beds, induces a feeling of peace and quiet.
Says Sri Aurobindo:
“The future belongs to the young. It is a young and new world which is now under process of development and it is the young who must create it. But is also a world of truth, courage, justice, lofty aspiration and straightforward fulfillment which we seek to create. For the coward, for the self-seeker, for the talker who goes forward at the beginning and afterwards leaves his fellows in the lurch there is no place in the future. A brave, frank, clear-hearted, courageous and aspiring youth is the only foundation on which the future nation can be built.”
The school was found on 23rd April, 1956. Named after The Mother, it was blessed by her with the message:
“A new light has appeared upon earth.
Let this new School opened today be guided by it.”
And it is Her guiding spirit which has moulded the school and made it one of the leading institutions in the city today. From its very inception, it has been a school with a difference, drawing its inspiration from the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. It follows and educational system which promotes on all round growth of the personality by imparting an integral education as envisaged by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. This aims at building an integrated personality – a personality that is a harmonious balance of the different elements that constitute our being – our body, our thoughts, our feelings and impulses, our aspiration, and our seeking. It is a progressive and ever widening understanding of ourselves, with the soul or psychic entity taking the lead. The School follows the three principles of teaching as enunciated by Sri Aurobindo:
The first principle of true teaching is that nothing can be taught. The teacher is not an instructor or taskmaster; he is a helper and a guide.
The second principle is that the mind has to be consulted in its growth. The idea of hammering the child into the shape desired by the parent or teacher is a barbarous and ignorant superstition. It is he himself who must be induced to expand in accordance with his own nature……
The third principle is to work from the near to the far, from that which is to that which shall be. The basis of man’s nature is almost always, in addition to his soul’s past, his surroundings, his nationality, his country, the soil from which he draws his sustenance… if anything has to be brought in from outside it has to be offered, not forced on the mind.
The school is run by Sri Aurobindo Education Society which is registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860; its registered office is Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi – 110016.
There are over two thousand students on the School Rolls who are prepared for the various examinations conducted by the Board.
i) An English medium, co-educational, non-residential Senior Secondary School, implementing the 10+2 Scheme of Education.
ii) Recognized by the Directorate of Education, Delhi Administration.
iii) Recognized as a special institution by the Directorate of Education, Delhi.
iv) Enjoys permanent affiliation to the Central Board of Secondary Education, for the All India Senior School Certificate Examination and All India Secondary School Examination.