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Modern School - Barakhamba Road, Delhi

Barakhamba Road, Delhi, Delhi [India]


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Modern School, commonly known as Modern, is a co-educational private school (privately funded and independent), founded in 1920 by Lala Raghubir Singh and Sir Sobha Singh. Its Alumni are known as Modernites.

It has a sprawling 27-acre (110,000 m2) campus on Barakhamba Road, near Connaught Place in New Delhi, India and is often touted as the most precious pieces of property in the heart of New Delhi. It is the first private school established in Delhi under the British Raj. The Junior School also known as Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School is located on Humayun Road. There is also a sister campus in Vasant Vihar.

It has a very long list of distinguished former pupils, including former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and is often described as the most famous private school in India, premier among the elite institutions of modern India.


Modern School, Barakhamba Road and Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School have approximately 2,800 students (these include international and exchange students and also the boarders) between the ages of 11 and 18 at the senior school and between 4 and 10 at the junior school.

The school is headed by a President and Board of Trustees, who appoint the Principal. The Board of Trustees is also responsible for the appointment of the Headmistress/Headmaster of the Junior School. The school consists of 15 houses, each headed by a housemaster, selected from the more senior members among the teaching staff, who number approximately 130.


The words of Rabindranath Tagore are embodied in the philosophy of the founding fathers of Modern School. They dreamed of an institution that could combine the concept of secularism, the motivation to excel, and an environment of diverse activities. In pre-independence India, this must have surely been only a dream. However, the fortitude and resourcefulness of the founders lead to that dream becoming reality in 1920, when Modern School was started in Daryaganj. Intellectual stimulation, athletic excellence, and cultural participation are all emphasized at Modern School.

The credo of Modern School "Naimatma Balheenien Labhya" from Sanskrit literally means - "Perfection cannot be achieved by the weak". The question is not survival of the fittest, or survival at the cost of others. It is the path of confidence, self-respect, and humility. It is not just survival, but the constant effort of self-improvement towards a goal of perfection. The over 80-year-old history of the school is one of unequaled success and achievement in India.

Modern School was started in 1920 in a building located in Daryaganj, New Delhi. It was a sprawling mansion that belonged to Sultan Singh. He donated it to the school to fulfill his son's dream of establishing a unique school, which would combine the traditions of Indian education with modern educational techniques. Sultan Singh was a prominent businessman in British India in the early 1880s. His son, Lala Raghubir Singh, founded the school to provide quality education, and to foster the overall growth of a child. Lala Raghubir Singh was the spirit and the soul of the school. The primary founder, he relentlessly worked for the improvement of the school and in this endeavor he teamed up with Sardar Sobha Singh to build a legacy that continues to this day. Sardar Sobha Singh was the co-founder of the school. One of the illustrious builders during the height of the Raj, he was involved in the construction of numerous famous buildings in Delhi like Connaught Place, National Museum, Modern School, South Block and India Gate, to name just a few. His own two sons, Bhagwant Singh and Khushwant Singh (the noted writer) were amongst the first students of Modern School.

Lala Raghubir Singh's philosophy (The First Years) in starting Modern School was simple, to provide a school that would fulfill the needs of children.


The school is well known for its impressive sports background. It has an Olympic size swimming pool, 6 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, 4 badminton courts, 2 cricket fields, 1 football fields, 2 squash courts, 1 hockey field and 6 table tennis tables.

Famous Alumni:

  • Indira Gandhi - Former Prime Minister of India

  • Abhishek Bachchan - Actor

  • Abhinav Chaturvedi - Actor

  • Amitava Kumar - Author and critic

  • Amjad Ali Khan - Musician and composer

  • Amaan Ali Bangash - Musician and composer

  • Ayaan Ali Bangash - Musician and composer

  • Amrita Singh - Actress

  • Arun Shourie - Journalist, author and politician

  • Ashwajit Singh - Policy advisor and development sector expert

  • Bhupinder Nath Kirpal Chief Justice of India

  • Barkha Dutt - Television journalist

  • Daniel Chopra - Golfer

  • Gaurav Ghei - Golfer

  • Naman Dawar - Golfer

  • HH Maharaja Manujendra Shah Sahib Bahadur - 7th Maharaja of Tehri-Garhwal

  • Gauri Khan - Film producer, model and wife of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan

  • Gautam Gambhir - Cricketer

  • Hasan Zaheer - International Luge Player, Selected for Winter Olympics

  • Tanmay Sahay - Author

  • Khushwant Singh - Author and journalist

  • Bhagwant Singh

  • Kirti Azad - Cricketer

  • Madhup Mudgal - Indian Classical Vocalist

  • Naresh Trehan - Cardiac surgeon

  • Priyanka Gandhi - Daughter of Rajiv Gandhi and granddaughter of Indira Gandhi

  • Rajat Gupta - Former managing director of McKinsey & Company

  • Rohan Thukral - Footballer

  • Razi Zaheer - Mountaineer, Entrepreneur

  • Sandeep Dikshit - Member of Parliament

  • Shiv Kapur - Golfer

  • Shekhar Kapur - Film Director and producer

  • Shiv Khera - Motivational speaker

  • S.K. Mehra - Chief of the Air Staff (India) from 198891

  • Lt. Col Sonam Wangchuk - Maha Vir Chakra Recipient

  • Tania Sachdev - Chess Grandmaster

  • Varun Gandhi - Politician, grandson of Indira Gandhi

  • Vijay Khanna - Venture Capitalist

  • Vivek Bhandari - Golfer

  • Yamini Reddy - Kuchipudi Dancer

  • Suvir Garkel - Consultant and Trader

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Khushwant Singh

Gautam Gambhir

Shekhar Kapoor


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