Alumni Speak


The fact that our Alumni are pursuing/ have pursued such a wide variety of courses from some of the most prestigious institutes in the world demonstrates the progressive approach at PGS, their independence of character and their competence.




“PGS gives children the space to find out their true self by encouraging them to have a mind of their own rather than blindly follow others,” says Kaveri who was an avid reader who loved to spend her time in the library. She also loved to “watch the sunrise and sunset and go for treks and camps.”

Kaveri Palaka

Batch of 2016, Currently studying BSc Microbiology at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore

“Students are encouraged to question what is being taught and also relate them to real-life scenarios. Outdoor classes and the depth of interaction with the faculty also made a big difference.” According to Akshay that’s what really makes PGS a paragon of alternative education.

Akshay Neil Ignetto

Batch of 2010, Studied B.Tech at Christ University, Bangalore. Currently works as an Operations Man

“Our teachers were our guardians, our friends and our family. Even the kitchen staff knew us by our names and were fond of us. I think it’s this amiable atmosphere that makes PGS a unique alternative residential school.”

Gowri Rekha

Batch of 2014, Author of the novel - Sorcerers and Spirits.Currently pursuing a BA in Literature at

“PGS education has been the greatest privilege of my life. Joining PGS after tenth grade, I had no idea how much this place would transform me. For a proud rule-follower, explicitly being asked to question rules and break them if necessary came as a shock. PGS inculcated in me the spirit of questioning and taking nothing at face value. As I resisted, accepted and struggled through ideas and values, I developed a perspective that has guided me immensely after school.”

Meena Chockalingam

Batch of 2015, Studying an Integrated Masters Course in Social Studies at IIT, Chennai

“From the day I first set foot in PGS to the day I left, I’ve gone through a considerable change. Not just as a student, but as a human being who found himself. I often shudder at the thought of ‘what if’; what if I hadn’t chosen this school? All I can say now, is that I am more than glad to have found this ‘magical’ place.”

Nikhith Vankireddy

(2010-2015), Pursuing an Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Arizona, Tu

“I learnt life skills like making friends and communicating with people from diverse backgrounds. I learnt that to be truly confident is to be honest and humble. I am indebted that the school gave me the space to figure out these basics, through the daily interactions,the sports and so on. Swami Vivekananda asked ‘If the whole world stands against you sword in hand, would you still dare to do what you think is right?’ PGS has sowed the seeds of such strength and confidence in me.”

Vivek G

Batch of 2010, Pursuing a Postgraduate Degree at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

Alumni Speak

Fail the method, not the child

It was John Holt who famously said, fail the method, not the child, back in the 1970s. However, this seems so difficult in practice. When we say ‘fail’ it doesn’t necessarily mean a failure at an examination or at the end of an academic year.

A Gift And Memories

Each student here at The Peepal Grove School, an alternative boarding school in India, when they leave, will carry back with them a gift- something they have either learnt or improved upon, during their stay here. For me, that gift will be music. In many ways,

A Question On Reality

Many times in life, when we are neck deep in dilemma and do not know what to do, we often hear ourselves saying “I just want to do the right thing”. Here, a fundamental question on and for humanity arises. What is right?

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