When and how did you start your journey as an educator and how many years have you dedicated to education fraternity along with a brief introduction about you.

My journey as an educator began way back in May 1983 immediately after completing my education with Nursery Teachers' Training (SCERT) and Diploma in Journalism (Gold Medalist). I did Post Graduation in English Literature and Human Rights, B.Ed and M.Ed. In 1990, I became Principal in DAV and as founder Principal, developed my school-SLS DAV Public School, Mausam Vihar, Delhi with utmost passion, devotion and dedication. I have been awarded by the President of India twice - Silver Star Award 2007-2008 and National Award to Teachers 2010.

DAV Schools are Principal Oriented Schools where a lot of scope is there to show your diligence and perseverance in grooming your schools as Ideal Quality Institutions. DAV Institutions work on and promote Indian Heritage and Vedic Philosophy; instill truth, humility, respect for co-existence and character building. I owe a lot to DAV College Managing Commitee, our Parent Organisation and the biggest NGO in the field of education, for giving me this golden opportunity, for believing in my capabilities as an academic and administrative team leader. I have dedicated almost 40 years to education fraternity and the journey has been very enriching and fulfilling and still consider myself as Life-long learner.

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

The school follows the 'Zero-Rejection Policy' in terms of offering admission to all students irrespective of their impairment and welcoming them to a positive, vibrant and congenial school environment. The school has Barrier-free environment with special infrastructure like modified toilets, tactile path, appropriate signboards, lift, wheel chairs etc. Teachers and Peer Educators are also trained through rigorous and structured training sessions. The school has developed systematic sensitization in scholastic and co- scholastic upliftment of its 'Specialy-Abled Children'. The team of Counsellors, Special Educators work in consonance with parents also, equips them with required skills and strategies. We believe that 'Every Child is a Special Child'. Our consistent and sincere efforts have resulted in making and grooming outstanding personalities out of our Specially-Abled children and they are doing very well in their lives.


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

I truly believe in the ideology of 'Lead by Example' and I feel proud to be the Pedagogical Leader for my team of teachers. My team has very well adopted the philosophy, inherent values, and vision of the institution and is working in unison to achieve the desired goals. I feel that there shall be that Midas Touch in you that the people who come close to you shall feel relaxed and should not have an inhibition while interacting with you. My easy accessibility and approachability makes my teaching and non-teaching staff to work in stress free atmosphere. This further gives them space as an individual and they give their best to students.

Continuous feedback from faculty, in-charges, parents and students is being taken to assess the effectiveness of the system. My team knows they need to be good, soft and well behaved and in a welcome mood to attend everyone. My team members keep on updating themselves regularly with new knowledge, competencies and skills. Our Leadership model also transcends into appointment of our Student Council. Many other schools are adopting our best practices.

As an educator how have you influenced the society?

My humble contribution to the society has been really satisfying and constructive. I feel so elated to see that my students have groomed themselves as good, sensible and awakened human beings, thereby adding on to quality in society. Our prodigies have unleashed their outstanding performance in and across the globe. We have Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers, Media and Fashion Professionals, CEO's in Multinational Companies / Corporate Sector and E-Business Professionals etc. Our illustrated alumni are also serving in all the Indian Armed Forces. We have contributed in various Environmental and Social Campaigns like Water Conservation, Soil Conservation, Plantation drives, Girl Empowerment, Blood Donation etc. We have been associated with Scouting movement also and I have held a lot of significant positions in the Organisation. Currently, I have been appointed as State Commissioner (Guide) Adult Resource, of the Delhi State Bharat Scouts & Guides. We encourage Leaders in Making with so many of our students becoming great Entrepreneurs, Artists, Photographers etc.

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

I feel so very responsible and consider it as my sincere duty to guide and mentor the future leaders Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way! You feel deeply motivated only when you are committed to your duties and responsibilities. The real measure of your success is not what all and how much you have achieved but it's the measure of your honest, sincere efforts, dedication, devotion and commitment toward responsibilities, duties and challenges and not compromising with your integrity. Take Initiative and feel Ownership, Practice self-learning, be Empathetic, Inculcate sense of belongingness, loyalty and integrity. Effective Communication with proper articulation is the key, develop creative and authentic thinking. Emotional Quotient is not to be ignored at any cost. Being an influencer and a leader, it is pertinent that you make efforts to mobilize indigenous resources and community help, to promote Equality & Equity amongst all stakeholders. Your actions, processes and decisions should be sustainable. Ensure that you need to evolve literary aware sensible, awakened, empowered, enlightened, innovative and passionate future citizens. GROW, DEVELOP & EVOLVE!

Leadership is an Action; not a Position. Self-Awareness is the foremost parameter before you step into the shoes of a Leader. To Lead is to make a Difference; Have a clear cut vision; Live your Values; Be Present in the Moment; See the Good in all People; Trust; Listen More than you Speak; Be Congruent; Be Heartfelt; Be Engaging; Be Inspiring; Acknowledge the Efforts & Contribution of your Colleagues. Remember you are an Influencer, your responsibility and accountability is enormous, there are thousands of eyes and minds watching you and looking Leadership is an Action; not a Position. Self-Awareness is the foremost parameter before you step into the shoes of a Leader. To Lead is to make a Difference; Have a clear cut vision; Live your Values; Be Present in the Moment; See the Good in all People; Trust; Listen More than you Speak; Be Congruent; Be Heartfelt; Be Engaging; Be Inspiring; Acknowledge the Efforts & Contribution of your Colleagues. Remember you are an Influencer, your responsibility and accountability is enormous, there are thousands of eyes and minds watching you and looking forward to you and wish to follow you. EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE & EXCEL!