CKMS Golden Jubilee

CKMS TODAY


The brainchild and vision of four pioneers from the village of Kaviyoor in central Kerala, Rev. A. T Chacko, Rev. A. M Abraham, Rev. M. P Thomas and Mr. Kurien Alexander, the Christu Bandhukula Ashram, took root in Satna, Madhya Pradesh in 1953.

The indelible service of the quartet inspired the municipality of Satna to request them to start an English medium school in Satna and consequently, the school was established in 1965 with just nine students and from then on, there has been no looking back.

The first batch of students passed out in 1974 and the school was accorded recognition by the Madhya Pradesh Board of Education. Mrs. Mary Chacko took over as the first principal, followed by Rev. A. T. Chacko, who served as the manager till 1987, when Rev. C. A. Varghese joined as principal cum manager.

The school was granted affiliation with the ICSE board in 1992. Mrs. Susan George and Rev. Dr. Philip Varghese served as principals till 2006, when Rev. C. A. Varghese took over the reins for a second stint.

The school underwent an expansion in 2004 and also received over 10 national awards from different organizations, including the ‘Best School’ honour and now boasts student strength of around 3,500.

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A unique and innovative system of education, HOME AT SCHOOL (HATS), was launched during the Ashram’s jubilee year. The revolutionary idea behind HATS is schooling without books, combined with the potent power of quality time with parents. Another initiative introduced around this time was the Gram Jyoti School, which provides free education to over 500 students, and this year, the Gram Jyoti has been upgraded to offer classes up to the Xth standard.

Decades later, the seed of education sown by the founding fathers in 1953 has blossomed into what is perhaps the best educational institution the state can now boast of, the Christukula Mission Higher Secondary School. CKMS has, over the years, churned out talent and excellence in varied sectors, from medicine, the arts and engineering to the civil services.