Nirvana Trust was launched by Mrs. Vinodini Samani in 1994 after the sudden death of her husband Mr. Pravin Samani. The couple had settled in Kottukupam, near Pondicherry, South India in 1987 after having lived in the UK for 26 years. They began tutoring local children in front of their home and hoped to open a school to give under-privileged children a high standard of education, regardless of their financial situation.

Nirvana School was formally opened in December 1995 by Mrs. Samani, fulfilling the vision she shared with her late husband. She runs the school on a purely voluntary basis, and does not take a salary or any other payment for her efforts.

The school started with only 7 children in 1995 and by 2003, had grown substantially after the completion of an extension. Currently the school has an attendance of 380 students, aged 3 to 15. Classes are taught from pre-kindergarten to 10th standard with the subjects of  English, Tamil, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Art and Sports.

Thanks to the generous support of people all over the world, Nirvana School has been able to provide nursery, primary and high school education to over 1500 students since 1995.

And we keep growing! Right now we’re building a new High School, with the construction of classrooms, an office room, a hall and toilet facilities.