Last year, on this day, The Hindu in School turned one. Now, it’s time to celebrate another anniversary, our second. It’s been an eventful year for us, where we built upon the solid accomplishments of the first year: more of that later.

In School was launched on April 2, 2012 across nine cities with a simple premise — that students deserved a serious, yet lively newspaper exclusively designed with their interests in mind — and a simple promise: that The Hindu would provide it.

The innovative, eight-page broadsheet blending news, features, sports, comics, crosswords, puzzles, contests and columns in a language, style and design that students could relate to proved to be an instant hit: from an initial print run of some 50,000 copies, The Hindu in School’s numbers exploded, touching the 200,000 mark.

Today, the school edition is printed out of 21 centres round the country, catering to students in over 2,500 schools.

In line with our aim of becoming a pan-Indian paper, we launched our Mumbai and Kolkata editions in August and September of 2013; we followed up this with the unveiling of our e-paper in Dubai on 18 January, 2014.

This success is proof of the strength of our content, and our commitment to offering a superior educational tool that seeks to add to what children learn at school.

In School seeks to engage and encourage a high degree of interactivity through a variety of devices such as quizzes and contests, and excite students’ interest and curiosity through a rich and judicious content mix, backed up by a vibrant, colourful design making striking use of pictures, graphics and value-added information boxes.

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s adults, and The Hindu in School is proud to do its bit to help our schoolchildren become responsible citizens and thought leaders of tomorrow.

A young people’s newspaper, just like a student, is a work in progress. It needs to constantly evolve. While the paper’s mission to encourage news literacy among students will remain constant, it will also seek new ways to connect current affairs to school syllabi. We welcome your feedback and inputs to help us become better.

Thank you for being with us and may our journey together continue.

“Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

Read not to contradict and confute; not to believe and take for granted;

Nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.”

Francis Bacon