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Our Heritage

On 14th February, 1902, a group of concerned citizens met in the hall of the Bombay Municipal Corporation. They had to decide how to best deploy the Victoria Memorial Fund – an amount of Rs. 253,800, collected through public contributions, to perpetuate the memory of Queen Victoria, Empress of India.

The group decided to use the Fund to set up The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind (VMSB).

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Programs Open to All

Realising the dearth of facilities for visually impaired adults in Mumbai, The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind has set up excellent infrastructure and training programs.

  • The VMS-Radha Subrahmanian Centre for Computer Education
  • The VMS Navnit Shah Library cum Resource Centre
  • Massage Therapy Training centre
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Beyond Academics

A wide and exciting range of extra- curricular activities, gives our students the chance to enjoy their childhood to the hilt. And often, a childhood passion turns into a true vocation for some students, opening up an avenue for a productive, satisfying life.

  • Extra-curricular activities
  • The Music Room
  • A range of therapies
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Green lawns. Historic charm. Modern facilities.
The ideal venue for your next conference

Plan your next conference or workshop in a venue that blends the grandeur of a bygone era with contemporary comfort – the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind offers 3 spacious, air-conditioned conference rooms, developed and well maintained by the Standard Chartered Bank. As companies like Raychem RPG, Tata Starbucks, Onward Technologies and many others have discovered, there’s nothing quite like a meeting of minds within the unique ambience of a heritage building, surrounded by sunlit, green lawns.

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About us

The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind (VMSB) is an institution dedicated to the education, training and empowerment of the visually impaired boys. The School offers blind boys a holistic education, a range of vocation-based and stimulating extra-curricular activities, boarding and lodging all free of cost.

Set up in 1902, The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind has been nurtured over the decades by some of India’s most eminent luminaries and is managed today by a board of dedicated and enlightened citizens.

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Our Vision

To encourage, nurture and develop differently abled individuals; to empower them to take their place in the world as confident, productive adults.


The Board Of Trustees

The Hon. Chief Justice of the High Court of Bombay: Ex- Officio Chairperson

Mr. Madhav L. Apte: Vice-Chairman/Trustee

Mrs. Kamalini H. Bhansali: Vice-Chairperson/Trustee

Mrs. Kallolini P. Hazarat: Member Trustee

Mrs. Mala Goenka: Hon. Secretary/Trustee


The Management Committee

Mr. Madhav L. Apte: Vice-Chairperson

Mrs. Kamalini H. Bhansali: Vice-Chairperson

Mrs. Kallolini P. Hazarat: Member

Mrs. Mala Goenka: Hon. Secretary

Mrs. Anjali Laud: Jt. Hon. Secretary/Member

Mr. C. V. Kothari: Hon. Treasurer/Member

Mr. K. Ramkrishna: Member

Mrs. Meena S. Deshpande: Member

Mr. Ramesh D. Chandak: Member


Our Academic Programme

At the Victoria Memorial School, we are committed to helping our visually impaired students, most of them from low-income families, to grow and flourish in a nurturing environment

Centre for Special Needs

The VMS Learning Centre
Nurturing children with special needs

The VMS Learning Centre was established in June 1999 in collaboration with the Centre of Special Education, SNDT Women’s University. Children with special needs require focussed, individual attention, in a nurturing environment.

Facilities Open to All

Not a student? Not a problem.
If you’re visually impaired, we’ll help.

Realising the dearth of facilities for visually impaired adults in Mumbai, The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind has set up excellent infrastructure and training programs.

Centre for Life Skills

The VMS-Vijay Merchant Centre for Life Skills and Development.
Where kids with special needs grow into self-reliant adults


The VMS-Vijay Merchant Centre offers specialised therapies and training in life skills, to any child with special needs. Our committed, experienced staff has helped many children achieve their potential, and grow into emotionally secure, socially confident people.

VMSB Star Students

  • Sunil Soni

    Assistant at the Reserve Bank of India

    "I am proud I could get a job in such a prestigious place,
    thanks to the help and support of the Victoria Memorial School."

  • Babu Surti

    Massage Therapist at Taj Land’s End

    "VMS gave me the skills to make a wonderful career for myself."

  • Deepak Kamble

    Musician with Rangat Production of India

    "My passion and my vocation both came to me thanks to my music training at VMS."

  • Arun Shirapure

    Massage Therapist at MIG Club

    "A life I could never have dreamt of, was made possible because of the training I received at VMS."

  • Manish Kataria

    Telephone Operator with Bank of Baroda

    "I feel confident in my job, secure in my life. VMS gave me a helping hand and the self-esteem to stand on my own."