A vast swampy land, hilly and green.... what others discarded, late Pirojsha Godrej bought and created into a garden township.
The Late Pirojsha Godrej the entrepreneur, the visionary, who established the Godrej Company wanted education for his workers' children. It was in the year 1955, that he was asked, "A school? Whatever for? We never went to school." But Pirojsha Godrej did not like the children whiling away their time on the streets. He visualized education as being the stepping stone to enlightenment and so he wanted them all to be educated, and good education it had to be, education for Life! This was the unpretentious birth of schools.
The Inspiration behind the School
Right from its inception the schools were very fortunate in getting an experienced and dedicated educationist late Smt. Cooverbai J. Vakil to guide and conduct the affairs. Short in stature but of lofty ideals, she helped shape many policy decisions. Simple living and high thinking was the path she chose to tread. She brought in the Indian ethos to the colony residents through her artistic sensitivity and deep love for the country.
Late Mr. Naoroji P. Godrej youngest son of Pirojsha Godrej was an excellent supporter to the School. In fact it's only due to his unstinting support that the school has reached these heights.
The schools cater to the education of the first two children (in keeping with the philosophy of good quality education plus control of the Indian population) of each employee of Godrej group of companies irrespective of the nature of employment. whether it be a gardener, a worker or a manager are admitted.
As education is the right of every child the school admits these children without any tests or interviews. The only criteria is the child should be three years old at the time of admission.
Our first batch passed out in the Hindi medium, the national language of the country. For several years most children were first generation learners. As the demand grew for education in other local mediums, we included education in other local languages, i. e., Marathi and Gujarathi. Finally the management was pressed to start the English medium too. At present the greatest demand is in this medium. So far 5469 children have passed through the portals of UDAYACHAL on completing their Secondary School Certificate Examination