Dr Bharti Gandhi

CMS Founder-Director Dr Bharti Gandhi: Life of dedication, commitment and vision


Dr Bharti Gandhi's name has become synonymous with City Montessori School. Her sincere devotion towards the education of children, training of teachers, upliftment of women, eradication of social evils, is recognized everywhere and she is respected by everyone for the same.


In 1959 Dr Bharti Gandhi along with her husband Dr Jagdish Gandhi laid the foundation of Sarvodaya Seva Sansthan, which is a registered body and under the aegis of which all their activities - social, educational and cultural are carried on. Dr Gandhi worked as a psychologist in the UP government Psychology Centre at Lucknow from 1957-59. She worked as a lecturer in Khun Khun Ji Girls Degree College, Lucknow in 1960-61, and was the Principal of Adarsh Shiksha Kendra Inter College, Lucknow in 1961-62.


In 1962 Dr Gandhi convened an All India Anti-Dowry Conference. She also led a band of selfless women workers to picket liquor shops and explained to alcoholics the evils of drinking. She convened the UP Stage Prohibition Conference, the first of its kind in September 1965, which was inaugurated by Shri Morarji Desai. In 1965 Dr Bharti Gandhi organized a Women Workers Conference at Anand Bhawan in Allahabad. This conference was addressed by Saint Vinoba Bhave. Other issues which are of great interest to Dr Bharti Gandhi are adult education and national integration. She has also convened Children and Youth Festivals and Conferences to promote national integration.


In 1974 Dr Bharti Gandhi espoused the Baha'i Faith, an independent religion that teaches oneness of God, of religion and of mankind. She has been a member of the national administrative body of the Baha'is of India and the Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly for about 27 years.

It is notable that at the age of 60 Dr Bharti Gandhi decided to get a doctorate in Education from Benaras Hindu University, this despite the fact that she was already M.Ed., Psychologist.


Dr Bharti Gandhi is quite an original thinker and CMS has greatly benefitted from her hard and dedicated services. Her innovative ideas and fresh thinking on education has influenced not only CMS, but many schools nationwide.


Dr Bharti Gandhi's life has been one of dedication to the service of children and to women's welfare and she continues this task undeterred by any obstacles. She has a tremendous zeal for life. Even after 63 years of service to City Montessori School (CMS) as its founder-director, she spares no effort to make constant improvements in CMS providing wholesome education to its students.

Awards to Dr Bharti Gandhi, Founder-Director, CMS

Dr Bharti Gandhi honoured with 'Lifetime Achievement Award'
Dr Bharti Gandhi honoured with 'Lifetime Achievement Award'

CMS Founder-Director, Dr Bharti Gandhi was honoured with the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' for her unparalleled contribution to the field of education at a grand honouring ceremony organized under the aegis of the educational organization CLAT Possible and True Observing India newspaper. At this event held at Hotel ITC Fortune, Lucknow, Mrs Rashmi Rani, IPS, Additional SP, presented the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' to Dr Bharti Gandhi appreciating her over six decades of efforts towards education, women empowerment and her contribution to society.

The event was graced by the presence of several esteemed dignitaries from the fields of education, literature, politics and journalism, etc. Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Dr Bharti Gandhi humbly stated that this award will further boost her efforts to work for the peace and education of the youth and women empowerment.

Dr Bharti Gandhi is a well-known name in the field of education and women empowerment and the entire CMS fraternity and Lucknowites feel honoured with her getting this prestigious award. She has been rendering her untiring services for the past 65 years for the holistic development of children and her sacrifices and struggles to remove the prevalent malpractices in society are widely known.

‘Devi Award’ to Dr Bharti Gandhi for unparalleled contribution to education of women
Mr Rajnath Singh presenting the award to Dr Gandhi

CMS Founder-Director Dr Bharti Gandhi was honoured with 'Devi Award' by the Home Minister, Hon'ble Mr Rajnath Singh at a grand felicitation function held under the aegis of The Sunday Standard of New Indian Express Newspaper. Union Home Minister, Hon'ble Mr Rajnath Singh presented a memento and a certificate to Dr Bharti Gandhi for unparalleled contributions to education and women’s empowerment.

‘Janpriya Vyaktitwa Samman’ to Dr Bharti Gandhi

Bhartiya Nari Samman 2014 to Dr Bharti Gandhi

‘Kirti Shree Award’ to Dr Bharti Gandhi, CMS by Lucknow Women’s Association

‘Aadhi Abadi Women Achievers Award‘ to Dr Bharti Gandhi

Dr Bharti Gandhi awarded Rani Laxmibai Bravery Award