In the world of education, there are leaders, and then there are visionaries. Mr. Nikhil Wagh, the Chairman of Educon International School, stands as a testament to both. More than just an educationalist, Mr. Wagh is a mentor, a caring benefactor, and a revered figure in the realm of holistic learning. His journey in the field of education has been marked by ground-breaking initiatives and an unwavering commitment to nurturing young minds.

Mr. Nikhil Wagh's illustrious career has been a beacon of excellence in the educational landscape for 25 years working at various levels. In his career, he has set unprecedented standards of educational brilliance. 

Being a pioneer in imparting education aimed at holistic well-being, he has been instrumental in bringing a paradigm shift in the ecosystem.

Mr. Wagh's vision extends far beyond conventional education. He is currently spearheading an ambitious project titled ‘Global Hands’. This unique programme brings together students, teachers, and parents from EIS and schools abroad, fostering a rich exchange of teaching and learning pedagogies from around the world. Mr. Wagh's extensive experience in diverse education systems globally has provided him with a unique insight into best practices, which he skilfully implements at EIS.

At EIS, education is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, it is grounded in the philosophy that "If the child is not learning the way you teach, teach the way the child learns." This principle underpins the plethora of innovative teaching and learning pedagogies employed by the school.

Since its inception in 2015, EIS has been at the forefront of implementing transformative changes in education. Introducing the flipped classroom concept, EIS allows teachers to record lessons, enabling students to learn at their own pace and utilise classroom time for interactive activities. Embracing technology, EIS incorporates digital content, interactive boards, personalised tablet learning, 3D content, and Lego education, providing a dynamic and engaging learning experience. Demonstrating foresight, the school seamlessly integrated blended learning with platforms like Skype and Zoom before the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring a smooth transition to online classrooms for teachers without requiring additional training.

The Parent on Campus programme reflects EIS's commitment to transparency, inviting a parent daily to assess school operations and contribute feedback, fostering a strong partnership between parents and the school. Future-oriented plans include the integration of advanced technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) labs, along with advanced STEM Tinkering Labs to enhance hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Comprehensively aligning with the National Education Policy, EIS aims to meet broader educational goals set by national authorities.

Additionally, the school is planning to establish an advanced sports arena, emphasising holistic education that includes physical fitness and sports. Looking forward, EIS envisions further advancements, emphasising cutting-edge technologies, STEM-focused programmes, and sustained commitment to transparency and collaboration through initiatives like the Parent on Campus programme. These collective efforts aim to create a dynamic and inclusive learning environment, preparing students for the challenges of the future.

Mr. Nikhil Wagh emphasises the critical role of education in national development, stating that the success of a nation depends on the education of its people. He advocates for placing education at the core of the national development agenda, highlighting school education as a foundational element that sets the stage for further learning. He underscores the need for quality education with a strong value system, leading to productive employment and comprehensive qualitative development of the nation. He believes that the quality of education is marked by the creation of lifelong learning capacity, with educators playing a significant role in this process. Expressing optimism about the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, he looks forward to its effective and efficient implementation, as it aligns with the vision of providing quality education for holistic national development.

Mr. Nikhil Wagh provides valuable advice to emerging education professionals and fellow educators regarding the essential leadership qualities they must possess. He emphasises leading by example, promoting teamwork through collaborative efforts with colleagues, actively listening to all stakeholders, and effectively assigning responsibilities while encouraging independent task delegation. Mr. Wagh stresses the creation of a disciplined and value-based working culture that fosters and motivates creative and innovative thinking, contributing to the professional development of individuals. This advice reflects a holistic approach to leadership in education, emphasising collaboration, communication, and the cultivation of a positive and innovative learning environment.

Schools with a Purpose – Educon International School, Baner and now in Hinjewadi under Mr. Wagh's visionary leadership, are not just an institution but a living testament to the power of innovation in education. It was founded with a clear purpose: to provide affordable, high-quality education aimed at nurturing the holistic well-being of every student.

In a world where education plays a pivotal role in shaping the future, Mr. Nikhil Wagh and Educon International School are leading the charge. Their commitment to excellence, innovation, and holistic development is not just transforming students into successful learners but also nurturing confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors to our globalised society. EIS is not just a school; it's a place where dreams take flight, and the future is built!