An Engineer with a Masters in Finance. After 20 years in the Corporate, I came into the field of Education. I am particularly interested in schools, and I believe that India cannot sustain its high growth if we do not modify behaviour. For this, children must be influenced from their early days. By blending our Indic culture with the new methods – we are likely to create trust-worthy leaders who can sustain growth.

I have now spent 10+ years in this domain and am gaining experience. It is an exciting space and an exciting time to be associated with education. There are challenges to address. There are new policies to work with. It will be more inclusive and I expect it will bring equitability for our citizens. Quality will improve. Currently, the education system in India is the strongest and largest in the world hosting more than 315 million students. I feel privileged to be able to contribute by leveraging this potential to effect positive changes for this planet.

One unique feature about your educational institution that makes it different from the other institutions in the country.

We, at Tatva, believe that human behaviour is the basis of all success and failure. Developing citizens grow with good behaviour can significantly improve the chances of accomplishing goals.

In stark contrast to the weekly Moral Science classes at other schools, Tatva has blended a truly behaviour-influencing method into our curriculum. 11-values that we believe, critical to influence behaviour are followed, one every month for 11-school months of the year. The same 11-values are repeated every academic year. In the 9-years of our existence, we have found significant behavioural changes in students. This motivates us to believe that, if a student was to be in Tatva Global School for all the 12 or 15 years, we can significantly impact and build the desired character. Thus – we are after it. What career they choose is less important to us. How they live their life is what Tatva will shape.

As an Educator how have you influenced fellow educators and the education fraternity ?

The easy rule is to ask three questions in the same order as below before acting…

  1. Does the act benefit the students? If yes, then act. If no, then…
  2. Does the act benefit the Teachers? - If yes, then act. If no, then…
  3. Does it benefit the institution? If yes, then act. If no… then STOP. Why do we need an action which does not benefit any of our stakeholders? Most decisions and actions are easy if we follow this framework.

The other thing I tell them is to seek and know the “principle” behind the policies/practices. Know the spirit of a policy to be able to implement it well.

If as an education influencer given a chance to be the change & see the change in the field of education what would you like the change to be and how?

The biggest changes I would advocate for all schools (and parents) are…

  1. Practice Values - every moment, every day, every period, at every step of the school. Character building is done via daily demonstration.
  2. Respect Teachers – do not let any parent, student or even a co-teacher be disrespectful to a teacher. Children do not respect teachers because the adults around them do not.
  3. Keep children away from gadgets – Gadgets kill creativity. Children should grab books and play items. But they grab – electronic gadgets and thus kill creativity and health. In addition, they fall prey to abuse and crime.
As an educator how have you influenced the society ?

I have followed, and helped others follow:

  • Don’t do things for financial gain. Do them to benefit humans or the environment. Financial gains will flow only to those who create value.
  • Imagine or Fathom how your output is useful for the intended. – humans/animals/anything. Then you will execute with passion and perfection. The results will be beautiful, and life will be fulfilling. Not unlike how mothers cook for us and ask – “Did you like it?”
  • I set an example by being Polite, Patient, Assertive and persevere as a leader – for others to gather these traits.
What is your take on the present-day educational system in our country?

Our system of education from the 1980-the 90s has become job oriented. It is understandable – since the country then had fewer job opportunities. Schools and parents prepared children to compete and WIN-AT-ALL COSTS. They missed teaching us that helping others is equally important. We disregarded other humans, animals, the environment etc. That has brought us perilously close to the self-destruction of our planet.

India is economically stronger now with more opportunities. Education systems must reflect and create platforms that make children think of WIN-WIN. We do not need the WIN-AT-ALL COSTS situations.

There are other challenges like- too much content focus, less time for free play and making friends, Educators' quality, parental attention etc. But we can overcome all of them if we change our direction to create WIN- WIN situations for the people who we work with.

A message you'd like to give to the upcoming professionals in the field of education with regard to the leadership qualities they must possess…

Believe that you are Nation Builders. Teaching children is a key component of Nation Building. Always build minds that care for others. You may build Leaders, Patriots, Innovators and everything else. Patriots are no good if they can't put the country first, and innovators are no good if they can't help this planet. The best use of education, call it wealth, is when it is put to use for the benefit of all.

How does it feel when your team looks up as an influencer and what message would you like to give them?

I feel happy when my team trusts me. That is the best thing a Leader can gain. I have always maintained - Tatva is not just a school. It is an idea and an emotion. We are rooted in our values. Let us use it to help others. We must build institutions that live forever. Institutions of education must think for 40-50 years or more. Let us create a sustainable institution that adapts to times but does not lose its roots.

The kind of minds we create are the wealth of our nation. We cannot let the wealth of the nation deplete.