Scholarly and accomplished, Founder Headmaster and Executive Director of Pinegrove School, Capt. Amarjyot Singh is an alumnus of The Lawrence School, Sanawar, National Defence Academy (NDA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU), Punjab University, MDU Rohtak and College of Materials Management, Jabalpur. Capt. Singh is also the Director of St Soldier`s School, Sector 16 Panchkula (+2 CBSE) and has been instrumental in the qualitative and progressive transformation of the school as one of the most prestigious and successful day schools in the city.

He was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1982 and prematurely resigned his commission in 1987, to dedicate himself and work wholeheartedly for the noble cause of serving the society by providing high-quality education. With an unrelenting will, Capt. Aj Singh has played a pivotal role in the development of Pinegrove School at both Dharampur and Subathu, which under his stewardship has become a stupendous role model and guiding light to society that others strive to emulate.

Capt. Singh, Vice President of the Boarding Schools Association of India, has been Chairman of the prestigious Indian Public Schools’ Conference. He has also been nominated to the Board of Governors of the CBSE.

Past President of the Rotary Club of Kasauli, Capt. Singh is a Life Member of the Indian Red Cross Society and is widely travelled in India and abroad. Capt. A. J. Singh is an ingenious artist, prolific orator, keen sportsman and an earnest social worker.

Capt. Aj Singh has rendered valuable service to girl students in the state of Himachal Pradesh by being a pioneer in taking the initiative of enrolling two bright girls from the Govt. Schools on 100% Scholarship every year. Under his able leadership, the Govt. of Sikkim, identified and approved Pinegrove School for ‘The Hon’ble Chief Minister’s Scholarship Programme’ and has sponsored bright and capable children of their state for education in Pinegrove School since 2010. Apart from this, Pinegrove School has been entrusted with the responsibility of providing care and education to 4 orphans of Himachal Pradesh on 100% scholarship under ‘Mukhya Mantri Sukh Aashray Yojna’, in its maiden year under his competent stewardship. 

In recognition of his valuable services to the community as an educationist of outstanding merit, Capt. Aj Singh has been felicitated with the 'National Award for Excellence in the Field of Education' by the Parent Teacher Association of India, ‘North India’s Top Edupreneur’ by Times Group in recognition of his contribution to spreading the Light of Education and Certificate of Excellence for being one of ‘Top Principals of the Country’ by the illustrious Education World and EducationToday Magazines.

Capt. Aj Singh is a recipient of the prestigious ‘IPSC Gaur Hari Singhania Lifetime Achievement Award’ in recognition of his achievements in the field of School Education and Human Resource Development during the IPSC Principals’ Conclave – 2021, held at The Doon School, Dehradun, by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt of India, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. 

Capt. Singh was conferred with the “Prerna Srot Samman”, which is the Highest Civilian Award of the State of Himachal Pradesh, by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of HP, Mr Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, on the 75th (Platinum Jubilee) Celebrations of Himachal Day on 15th April 2023, which speaks volumes about the recognition of Capt. Singh`s achievements in the field of School Education and Human Resource Development.

Establishing Pinegrove School from a small nondescript institution to a magnificent top-class coveted and greatly reputed boarding school is a major achievement. Making the school a ZERO-WASTE organisation and grooming children to be environmentally conscious is another significant achievement in establishing best practices and innovation. 

He has played a vital role in revolutionising educational standards. Adept and a luminary in the field of education, Capt. Aj Singh has been instrumental in bringing in radical modifications in the modus operandi of Best Practices in boarding schools and championing multiple sustainable initiatives.

Pinegrove has redesigned the curriculum and introduced a five-day week teaching model with an activity-based curriculum for Saturdays and Sundays for children up to Class 10 to enhance students' overall personality apart from implementing innovative structured character education programmes like our in-house Affirmative Measures & Diamond Star that ensure that students understand the consequences of their actions and inculcate values like honesty, responsibility, respect, compassion, self-assessment and peer evaluation as this help one to navigate moral challenges and develop a sense of self-awareness in the long run.

Capt Aj Singh is of the opinion that leadership in education demands passion, flexibility and long-term commitment. My advice to emerging education professionals would be to cultivate empathy in order to understand what students need, since they come from diverse backgrounds, have the willingness to adapt and innovate to the ever-volatile educational landscape, foster effective communication to build collaborative relationships with all the stakeholders and above all exhibit resilience.