DAV Public School, Berhampur is the proud product of DAV College Trust & Management Society, New Delhi which runs about 800 quality educational institutions of different types. This society was formed in 1885 by a group of dedicated and enlightened persons of staunch belief in Indian philosophy, culture and heritage. These selfless workers were keen to fulfil the mission of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati for the eradication of ignorance and illiteracy through diffusion of knowledge by synthesis of Modern Science and Technology with our Ancient Cultural Heritage.
Maharishi Dayanand, a great exponent of the Vedas had cherished a vision of rebuilding the human society at various levels - moral, intellectual and spiritual in terms of the Aryan Culture and the tenets of sacred Hindu scriptures. The Vedic philosophy has been the creed of the D.A.V. Movement and is inherent in the very name D.A.V which stands for Dayanand Anglo-Vedic.
Right from its start, the D.A V. Movement captured the imagination of selfless and devoted workers and was nurtured by stalwarts like Mahatma Hans Raj, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bhai Parmanand, Lala Dwarka Das, Principal Sain Das, Bakshi Ram Ratan, Bakshi Tek Chand, Justice ( Dr.) Mehar Chand Mahajan, Justice Jiwan Lal Kapur, Dr. G L. Dutta, etc.
Today, the DAV College Trust and Management Society is the largest Non-Government Educational Organization in India running institutions such as Arts, Science and Professional Colleges, Public Schools, Polytechnics, Technological and Vocational Colleges, Sanskrit Colleges and Vedic Research Institutions and even universities. This organization now also has the pride to own educational institutions and cultural centres in U.S.A, England, Mauritius and Bangkok.
It needs to be especially mentioned here that DAV College Managing Committee is the governing body, which controls the administration, and finances of the schools. lt is not at all the financing body. New DAV Institutions spring-up pillared by the beneficence and resourcefulness of local people, whereas guidance, counselling and moral support funnel down from the top. With an aim to empathize with the poor, the organisation runs institutions for the disadvantage as well. This end is achieved by motivating the affluent parents for the requisite financial support.
The main objective of the DAV institutions is to impart such education to the children as while it helps to imbibe in them a sense of deep patriotism and pride in their ancient culture and civilization, instills in them a disciplined outlook deeply dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. These institutions aim at creating an environment which is truly conducive to the development of the child mentally, physically and even spiritually. They strive to prepare him for the challenging life ahead while cultivating in him the values of life enshrined as they are in our time honoured holy books as well as in the teachings of our great saints and sages.
DAVs IN ODISHA
It is to the credit of Dr. A N Khosla, the then Governor of Odisha, for introducing DAV's in Odisha in 1968. The Hon'ble Governor had himself been an office bearer of the DAV Society for many years and very well understood the role of this movement in the spread of education in the remote areas of this State. He spent all his savings as Governor for spreading education and persuaded the other office bearers of the society to set up educational institutions in Odisha. He extended official patronage for these DAV Institutions by leasing land free of cost. During his life time, the DAV society started four Degree Colleges (one for women alone), one women polytechnic, many high schools and one Public School at Bhubaneswar – DAV Public School, Unit- VIII, Bhubaneswar.