Dr Hari Sen, the founder of the Tagore International Schools, was a woman ahead of her time. Highly intelligent and motivated as a student, she completed her BA in English from Bombay University in 1942 at the age of 19, and her MA in Sanskrit from Banaras Hindu University in 1947. After this, she sailed to the USA in 1947 to complete an MA-PhD in Education from the University of California, Berkeley.
After graduating from Berkeley in 1951, Dr Sen rejected several job offers from top companies and the newly-formed United Nations and returned to India to do something for her country. She traveled around India with her husband, a rising police officer, and was one of the first women to conduct family planning and women’s rights workshops in villages and small towns. She started her first school in Ahmedabad in 1959, but the family was transferred to Delhi a few years later.
The Tagore Education Society was established in 1964, with its first school in Defence Colony up to Class V. The school expanded up to Class VIII and shifted to a larger plot in Lajpat Nagar in 1966. Soon after, Dr Sen’s husband, JK Sen, donated personal land awarded to him by the government for Dr Sen to build a full school in East of Kailash. After many delays, that campus became operational in 1975. In the meantime, the Delhi Development Authority awarded Dr Sen land in Vasant Vihar for another school. This branch has been running since 1972.
Dr Sen’s goal was simple: to provide affordable yet modern, high-quality Indian education. She named the schools after Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore because she was deeply influenced by his ideas that education must promote freedom of thought and speech, and inculcate in students international humanist values.
50 years later, the school still runs on these foundational principles. Given the school fees, we provide one of the broadest varieties of extracurricular opportunities in NCR to our students. We ingrain a global mindset, be it through the 15 nationalities of students that have studied in our school, or by being the only school in India conducting a decade-long distance-learning program with a school in China. We run multiple school-wide social service programs, with nearly every senior student giving back in some way. Critical thinking is encouraged, with teachers leading discussions during zero periods for younger students, and a weekly debate-format class for Classes XI-XII conducted by the school leadership. The school community develops social-emotional skills through our mental health and well-being programs, which range from peer mentoring and life skills workshops for students to parenting classes and teacher sensitization for the adults. Lastly, we strongly uphold inclusive and secular values, be it through our pioneering LGBTQI rights campaign for schools, or through admitting a percentage of differently-abled students every year, who are then actively supported through a peer buddy program.
School Emblem and Song
The Tagorean emblem is the interplay of three letters—T, I, and S— that stand for the initials of our school. The central ‘I’ is the flame of the candle, signifying the lifelong fire and motivation to learn and grow. It is enclosed by ‘T’, the protective pillars of the school, which will always be there to support and lift up our students. The curves in the logo highlight the ‘S’, indicating that life is not a linear path, but instead a series of bends and turns designed to be explored.
The school has adopted the motto, Aham Yogyaha Asmi or “I am worthy.” This serves to remind students to recognize their talents and training, and live up to their potential. It encourages them to be confident that with hard work they are deserving of the best life has to offer them.
The school song, embedded on the left, celebrates the core values the school stands for and emphasises the qualities every student should possess. These values are also embodied by the four school Houses: Ekta (Unity), Pragati (Progress), Shakti (Strength), and Shanti (Peace).
Pragati ko laskhya maan, badhta ja kadam mila
Make it your aim to Progress and flourish, keep striding ahead
Rukawaton ko dhwast kar anekta mein Ekta
Demolish any obstacles in your way, there is Unity in diversity
Khud pe kar bharosa aur Shanti ka path pakad
Have faith in yourself and follow the path of Peace
Gyan bana Shakti, Vigyan ko jeewan bana
Make knowledge your Strength, and seek life from science