Creditably, SIS, which follows CBSE syllabus and is poised to teach its first class X batch in 2014-15, accommodates day scholars along with boarders. "I want to ensure that my endeavour also benefits people of my own native land. Their children can go back home every day; the expense is thus less," says Sehwag, whose parents hail from Chudani village which is close to Bahadurgarh in pastoral Jhajjar district.
Sehwag is emphatic about his idea to invest in education. "If you become a celebrity, it becomes your duty to give something back to the society. I believe education is the best sector where one can invest," he says, adding: "The school has been a very satisfying experience for me."
Celebrity cricketers are all praise for Sehwag and his unique endeavour.
Sachin Tendulkar says SIS venture makes him proud to be associated with Sehwag. "It's a great job. I wish Viru all success," adds the master-blaster who has partnered with Sehwag in running SportsMentor Pvt Ltd, which is a pioneer in providing an internationally-accredited scientific sports education programme for schoolchildren in India.
Former captain Sourav Ganguly notes that it rarely happens that a successful cricketer invests in education when there are more lucrative ventures around. "I'm proud of him," adds the southpaw.
Hyderabadi great V V S Laxman, who has visited SIS, is particularly impressed with the school's cricket stadium built as per BCCI stipulations. "The ground is big-size; the facilities are state-of-the-art," he gushes. "Overall, it's a good blend of co-curricular activities."
In fact, besides the cricket ground, the SIS campus has high-standard facilities for athletics, basketball, badminton, equestrian, football, lawn tennis, table tennis, squash and a swimming pool.
Besides nine full-time coaches, the school has highly-qualified teachers who also take care of boarders (boys, for now) in spacious, air-conditioned, four-bedded rooms - each bathroom-attached). "We strive to make them responsible citizens by instilling in them the need to work for society rather than scripting just individual success stories," says Sehwag, the only Indian to be honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008, and next year becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award.
"If corporates can spend time in gym to keep themselves fit, why can't school children devote time for sports and other extracurricular activities?" he asks. "SIS serves both the purposes - quality education and quality sports."
The Sehwags have two children, and is keen to admit them to SIS. "Aryavir is in class 1; the younger one is in a playschool. "From their class 3, both will be in SIS," avers Delhi-raised Aarti.
Sehwag says his background as a sportsperson has helped him realise the true value of lessons learnt outside the bounds of a classroom. "At SIS, we go beyond and ensure that our students get the best of indoor and outdoor training, moulding them to think critically, synthesize knowledge and reflect on their own thought processes," he adds.
Aarti reveals that the basic aim is to ensure comprehensive development programmes for students to give them an international learning experience, while preserving our core Indian values. "With such qualities imbibed within them, our students are bound to ‘Arise, Awake, Ascend' to greater heights and a greater tomorrow."