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The Pragati Kendra and Udayachal Schools were inaugurated on Independence Day in 1955 by Pirojsha Godrej. It was the indomitable will of Mrs. Cooverbai Vakil, the encouragement of Jaiben Godrej and the loving care of Soonuben that shaped these institutions.

(From left to right: Cooverbai Vakil, Jai Godrej, N. P. Godrej, S. N. Godrej)


The Schools were very fortunate in having an experienced and dedicated educationist like Cooverbai J. Vakil, affectionately called 'Aunty' by all in Godrej. She helped the Directors in the early years in taking many a policy decision, supervised the internal administration of the schools and worked with the teachers providing them with practical in-service training. In the early years, it was necessary to persuade a few parents to send their children to school. The children had to be brought to school, washed and cleaned and fed too. The teachers performed these tasks most willingly.

The school runs basically for the children of the employees of the Godrej group of companies. The School has grown step by step, one standard being added every year. Admissions soared so rapidly that newer and bigger accommodation was needed. The hall of the Pragati Kendra was their birthplace, but now they are housed in three magnificent buildings - The Udayachal Pre-primary, Primary and High Schools.


Founder's Day
The Founder's Day is observed in the month of August to pay homage to the late founders who sowed the seeds of education and nurtured it with vision and foresight to enable children to realise their dreams.

The values that they cherished continue to enlighten the lives of the younger generation. Skits highlighting their moral values are organised by children.

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