Viveka School of Excellence (VSOE)

Viveka School of Excellence (VSOE)

Started in 2002

Saragur & H D Kote

Building Human &
Social Capital

Community centric

Employ local people to
encourage ownership

Providing affordable and quality education through joyful, experiential & child centered learning process for children

VSOE – Man making, character building eduction for rural students


The Viveka School of Excellence was started in Saragur in 2002. Located on a campus of over 10 acres, the school today provides education to over 600 students travelling from over 40 villages across the taluks of Saragur and H D Kote.

VSOE is affiliated with the CBSE and was the only such school in a radius of over 50 km until last year. The school has created a conducive learning environment for students with good infrastructure, a wide variety of accessible learning resources and community participation. The school has consistently achieved 100% results in the Secondary School examinations (10th Board) and the alumni of the school have gone on to study in reputed higher education institutions like IITs, IISc, NCBS, etc.

The school recruits teachers from both the local community and reputed teacher training institutions from across the state of Karnataka and maintains a healthy pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) of 1:25. The school promotes higher education and continuous capacity development among teachers. Over 90% of our teaching staff have qualified in the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET and CTET).

To strike a balance between providing quality education in rural areas and the affordability of such an education, the school charges a nominal fee of Rs 21,000 (1st std) to Rs 31,000 (10th std) per annum. The fee collected from the students is used towards the operational expenses of the school (i.e. salaries, running costs; excluding capital expenses, loan repayment). With an exception of the pandemic years, VSOE was able to meet the operational expenses from the fee collected consistently for the last decade.

Over the 20 years, the school has evolved into a model of a rural CBSE school – a school that catalyses community aspirations with education and processes that are contextually relevant. 

VSOE as a Sainik School

In 2022, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved the setting up of 18 new Sainik Schools, in partnership with NGOs/private schools/State Governments as a part of the Government’s initiative of setting up 100 new Sainik schools across the country.

The objective behind Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of setting up 100 new Sainik Schools is to provide quality education to the students in tune with the National Education Policy and give them better career opportunities, including joining the Armed Forces. It also gives an opportunity to the private sector to work hand-in-hand with the Government towards nation-building by refining today’s youth to become responsible citizens of tomorrow.

VSOE is the first and the only NGO-run Sainik School of Karnataka in addition to the 3 other Sainik Schools run by the Government in Bijapur, Kodagu and Sangolli (Belagavi District).

60% of the seats in the Sainik School are now reserved for students from the local communities. 

50% of the students are also eligible for the merit-cum-means scholarships offered by the Sainik School Society.

By design, VSOE as a Sainik School will cater to the needs and aspirations of the local communities.


Key Impact


Students from rural communities with access to holistic education


47% of the students being girls, the school is making efforts to bring gender parity


Pass percentage of the school in 10th CBSE Board in 2022-23


Students, teachers and community members visit the one of its kind Science Exploratory Park at the school

VSOE – Science Exploratory Park

The school also has an outdoor Science Exploratory Park with over 70 equipment to create an ambience for students to learn by doing. The science park has over 3000 student visitors annually from nearby schools and is the first block-level science park in the state of Karnataka. It was set up with the financial support of the Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS), Government of Karnataka.

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