The hostels were started to give children from rural areas an opportunity of better high-school education. Once in the hostel, students are trained to live a simple and self-reliant life. They are encouraged to clean their rooms, utensils, and do their own laundry and live a harmonious community life with fellow-mates. Considering their humble backgrounds they are trained to face the challenges of life in the most positive manner. Their life at the hostel is guided by number of teachers who expose them to a variety of thought processes – in the process, strengthening their mental will to do something useful with their lives once they leave the hostel.
The very first institution to be established in 1912, it was aimed at providing Jain youths from the surrounding villages an accommodation in Ahmedabad. Today, with an intake of 120 boys from both Jain and non-Jain communities, C. N. boys hostel is one of the best in the state of Gujarat for school-going boys.
Established in 1945, with a view to focusing on girls’ education, the Kanya chhatralaya provides girls aged between 10 to 17 years with a home away from home. With an intake of 80 to 100 girls every year, the students grow up from being girls to responsible young adults. Parents put implicit trust in the management so far as managing the adolescent lives of their daughters is concerned.
Shri Chiman Chhatra Mandal
The Vidyavihar, in the beginning , consisted of only a hostel for boys. An Old Boys’ association was started with offices in Ahmedabad(Chiman Chhatra Sangh) & Mumbai (Chiman Chhatra Mandal).
This organization, as a token of affection and regard for the mother institution collected a sum of Rs. 63,454 from the alumni and handed it over to Indumatiben, with a promise to raise the figure to Rs. 1,11,111 in the next two years. Smt. Indumatiben put this amount in the hands of a trust named ‘Vidya Vinay Mangal Nidhi Trust’. This fund is being used for awarding prizes to students for academic and co-curricular achievements.