Diganter is an institution started by faith and John Singh at Jaipur to implement their own ideas and convictions on the methods of imparting education. The school is headed by Rohit and Rina Dhankar who are associated with it since its inception. It was conceived as an eleven classroom school, with four rooms for other facilities for 200 students.
The principal was convinced to centralize all decisions in his person, from design stage to execution stage, and perform all the balancing acts in the process, all by himself. The role of the professional architect was restricted to half an hour of inputs at the start of the project, in which he explained to the principal, the materials, the system of construction, and the system of openings for a typical classroom.
The basic structure consists of three vertically placed stone pattis. The walls located between the outer stone pattis, are made from rejected burnt out bricks available from the kilns. The roof, from local thatch is put together in the traditional manner to make it waterproof. The floor is compacted earth, retained by a vertical piece of local rough stone embedded in the ground to facilitate the compaction. Walls are covered with mud plaster both internally & externally, with lime wash on the external plaster.
A covered area of about 375 sq. mts. has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 200/- sq.mt. It was possible to construct this school for such a low cost because it was accepted that there was no choice but to do it, and there was only one individual making all the decisions. The material and technologies, when reduced to a level of simplification that could be understood by any villager demonstrate their full potential. This work process is a challenge to any designer, to either design a cheaper structure or a better structure at a marginally increased cost.