A unique design initiative has made a school in north Bihar’s Samastipur district a big talking point not just in the region, but also on social media. The Adarsha Madhya Vidyalaya, Nandini, which has been transformed into a train theme school, has classrooms that look a train compartment from the outside, thanks to the manner in which the walls have been painted.
The school has been designed on the lines of the Shiksha Express train that is run by the Indian Railways. The corridor outside the classrooms looks like a platform while the painting on the wall itself provides a truly life-like impression of a train.
The entire campus of the Samastipur train theme school, located in the Mohiuddin Nagar block of the Samastipur district, has been beautified in an innovative manner to make it child-friendly.
A member of the BJP-IT cell, Aakash Verma, highlighted this development on Twitter. Those who retweeted this included Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal.
These are not railway coaches, but classrooms of Adarsh Madhya Vidyalaya-Nandini, Samastipur (Bihar).
In order to attract students to school, the local administration came up with the idea of painting the school differently.
It has become center of attraction for the locals. pic.twitter.com/apGfCXkFIW
— Aakash Verma (@vermaaakash10) February 10, 2018
The website samastipurtown.com quoted School Principal Rampravesh Thakur as saying that he came up with the idea since he wanted something new to make the school more interesting for students. The principal said that he was happy that the school had become a centre of attraction in the area.
The report added that the Adarsha Madhya Vidyalaya, Nandini had received the award for the best school in the district under the mid-day meals scheme in 2015, 2016 and 2017. It had also been selected for the state school cleanliness awards in 2017.
Samastipur’s Railway Connection
The train theme school comes as no surprise as Samastipur has a very strong link with the Indian Railways, which has been a lifeline for the region. The station is an important railway junction in North Bihar, and served as the entry to areas like Darbhanga, Madhubani and Sitarmarhi before broad gauge tracks were extended beyond Samastipur.
Samastipur, the gateway to north Bihar’s Mithila region, is one of the five divisions of the East Central Railway (ECR) and has a multi-gauge network, including broad gauge and narrow gauge. The ECR evolved from the original Tirhut State Railway to the Bengal Nagpur Railway, Oudh Tirhut Railway and North-Eastern Railway before attaining its current form.
According to data on the ECR website, the division has a total rail network of over 1,100 km and has more than 250 passenger trains running on this.
Similar Initiatives Elsewhere Too
This, however, is not the only train theme school in the country. A school in a village in Udupi, Karnakata, has tried something similar to make learning more enjoyable for its Kannada-medium students.
Like the instance from Samastipur, the move to paint the school in a train theme has not only enthused its students, it has also become a local attraction.
A report in The Times of India quoted the headmaster of the Government Higher Primary Hindustani School in Nagur as saying that the paintings were done with the help of some teachers and old students.