Q. Could you provide us with a brief overview of your professional background and areas of expertise?

I am an MBA graduate from the United Kingdom. I worked for some time with the Times of India group. Then, I came back to Mysuru and started working in a company called Skanray as the Head of Business. This school was started by my father in 2008 and in 2014 I joined him as he was feeling unwell. To date, I am looking after the school. I was born and brought up in Mysuru. I completed my degree from Mysuru and post-graduation from abroad. Currently, I am involved in educational activities. I am also the Joint Secretary of the Private School Management Association in Mysuru, wherein we have 240 playschools. My journey as an educator is very fulfilling. I love to be at the school every day with the children and learn a lot of new things from them. I am not into academics but more into overseeing administrative work. I always look for what best I can do for the children in terms of infrastructure and provide good education at an affordable cost.

Q. Could you highlight some of your key accomplishments in the field of education? 

Providing quality education is at the core of my commitment to the field of education.  Through academic excellence, innovation, collaborative partnerships, extracurricular activities, and investment in facilities and resources, we have ensured that students receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for future success.  Having recognised that the quality of education is directly influenced by the quality of teachers, the school has invested heavily in teacher training and professional development.  Understanding that students learn best when they are actively engaged and involved, the school has implemented a student-centered approach to education. This involves encouraging critical thinking, creativity, and independent learning, as well as offering opportunities for project-based learning and hands-on experiences.  

Q. What impactful changes or innovations have you implemented in the education segment, and what further advancements would you like to see or implement in the field of education?

In the upcoming years, I anticipate several advancements in the field of education that will revolutionise the learning experience. The future of education lies in enhanced personalised learning, where students receive content and instruction tailored to their individual learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses. I envision the integration of online and offline learning arrangements to create hybrid learning environments. This will involve the use of online learning platforms, virtual classrooms, and blended teaching approaches to provide flexibility and accommodate different learning styles. I strongly believe that educational institutions should emphasise the development of 21st-century skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and effective communication. This includes advocating for a shift away from rote memorisation and content-based learning to skills-based education that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities of the future. I am passionate about integrating sustainability into education. My goal is to incorporate environmental education into the curriculum, teach students about sustainable practices, and reduce waste and energy consumption.  

Q. What advice can you give emerging education professionals/fellow educators regarding essential leadership qualities in this field?

Emerging education professionals and their fellow educators shape education's future. Effective education leaders should possess a clear vision and the ability to think strategically. They should be able to envision the future and devise plans to get there. By setting clear goals and creating a roadmap, leaders can inspire their teams and guide them toward success. Education is a dynamic field, and leaders need to be adaptable and flexible to change. Trust and credibility are crucial in education leadership. Leaders should consistently demonstrate honesty, integrity, and reliability. If you earn your colleagues' and students' trust, you create a positive and productive work environment.  To sum up, education professionals and fellow educators need to cultivate and develop essential leadership qualities like vision, strategic thinking, effective communication, empathy, adaptability, continuous learning, credibility, and collaboration. Educators can excel in their roles by embodying these qualities.