He joined the Shamlals College, but had to leave his studies incomplete and go to East Africa in 1907 to earn a livelihood. On his return in 1910 he studied law in Bombay. He started practice in 1911 as a District Pleader and in 1912 he enrolled himself is High Court Pleader. He, married twice, first Sm. Hiraben (19020 and after her death am. Jadiben (1906).Gijubhai’s maternal uncle Hargovind Pandya had a great influence in moulding his mind and character. Another strong influence was that of S. P. Stevens, a solicitor for whom Gijubhai worked in East Africa, who taught him self-help and reliance.Solicitude for the education of his first son, Narendrabhai (b. February 1913), led Gijubhai to see the child education classes conducted under the guidance of Motibhai Amin at Vaso, Gujarat, where he was presented a Gujrati book describing the Montessori method of education. That first attracted him to organize child education on similar lines. In 1915 he assisted in drafting the construction of the Dakshinamurti, then started as a hostel at Bhavnager. In 1916 he left legal practice and joined the Dakashinamurti as Assistant Superintendent. He drew the attention of the Superintendent, Nanabhai Bhatt, to the fact that the boarders had to study in old-fashioned schools.
To remove this anomaly the Dakshinamurti was converted into a teaching institution with Gijubhai as the Acharya (Principal). Simultaneously Gijubhai trained his son according to the Montessori system. This convinced him about the need to the begin at the very beginning, and the