Holistic education is the need of the hour for the growth engine of India. Education authorities in India have invested huge amounts and efforts to provide quality education to the people in the country since independence. Despite of these concentrated efforts there have been major lacunae in terms of infrastructure, delivery and other processes. There are many problems like schools being under equipped, underfunded, under staffed and over-crowded (PROBE report, 1998) apart from other general problems of poverty, population and discrimination in India which lead to non-attainment of desired results on implementation of the education programmes. There are many higher education institutions in India which are doing extremely well with good infrastructure, trained teachers and students and a considerable amount of disposable funds. This prompted the president of India and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India to come up with schemes so that these higher education institutions adopt government schools which needed some external support to achieve their objectives.
Adopting a school and thereby extending support to Government's initiatives in providing meaningful education to every child is moving one step forward towards building an inclusive society. University-school collaboration can provide a successful model for this as that would link research with practical experience. There have been many successful initiatives across the country in this regard like that of the IITs and few other universities. Central University of Gujarat, a prominent educational institution in Gujarat, has a huge presence of programmes in Social Science and Humanities whose students'need to understand the needs of the marginalized and act for them. Also for the students of Sciences it is important that they bring innovations that benefit the people at the grass root. Therefore, the University took up this initiative gladly to adopt a municipal school and work towards the betterment of the wards of the school. * Authorfor correspondence