The primary aim of a Public School as stated in the IPSC Articles of Association is “to prepare students of ability for positions of service and responsibility in all walks of national Life”.
The IPSC which started in 1939 with a few residential schools now has a strength of 77 schools including Sainik Schools and Military Schools. Although many member schools now have a larger component of day-scholars than boarders, all the schools attempt to offer autonomy of decision-making to their heads. They offer facilities for co-curricular and sports activities and have a robust prefectorial system in place which gives students a feeling of being stake-holders in their education. There is a sincere effort to develop qualities of initiative and responsibility, of self discipline, camaraderie and team-spirit, of fair-play, refined taste and public service.
The Conference organizes an annual conclave of the heads of the member schools. Over the years it has deliberated on the educational problems of residential schools and it endeavours to promote the efficiency of such schools, keeping in mind the changing trends in educational methodology while maintaining age old traditions and time-tested systems for fostering good leadership qualities.
The IPSC organizes competition and interaction among the member schools to give the students a ‘national exposure’ at an all-India inter-school level.