Started as a small school – Sarasawti Shishu Mandir in Gorakhpur, UP, in 1952, Vidya Bharati has gradually grown in numbers with the support and blessings of the society. The unique feature of Shishu Mandir’s is that they need for an umbrella organization was felt and in 1977 the national body Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Sansthan was formed. Vidya Bharati with its 12,791 schools imparts education to 32,49,664 students.
The formal schools are categorised as : Pre-Primary, Primary, Upper-Primary, Secondary & Senior-Secondary school. For highr studies there are Collages and Teachers Training Institutes. In some schools hostel facilities are also available. Extra-curricular activities find a prominent place in all Vidya Bharti schools. Several state and national awards have been won by students in Sports, debate and science exhibitions.