I live by the mantra “Don't look for excuses for not doing something, but look for reasons to do it" . I started my journey as an educator in 1993. The experience has been so fulfilling all these years. I believe that first and foremost I am a teacher and then I don different hats that are required for school management.In the journey of 30 years, I tried to gain insight into how to manage larger class numbers, interact with children with different competency level and socio-economic backgrounds, and use technology to enhance retention to meet the needs of every learner. I performed a comparative analysis on the multiple intelligence of students based on their gender and grade. To study the diverse global socio- economic cultures, I visited various universities in different countries. The best educational practices over there helped me strengthen the curriculum of my own school.

I started my practicum at a Rashtra Shakti Vidyalaya, Hastasal, Village. I taught science at a primary level and modified teaching practices at the school. In 1995, I joined KIIT World School, Pitampura during its budding stage and helped in setting up SOPs. I mentored students to several national & state level honors. My entire career as an educator has been a roller-coaster ride, with peak levels like when I'm teaching and mentoring students with all my might and slumps, like when I am not able to put my best foot forward. But, my teaching philosophy is based on the idea that one ought to study as well as educate. In my school, I ensure that teachers function more as mentors and a curator of learning scenarios and experiences, so that my students actively comprehend, rediscover, and reconstruct all they learn there. In 2018, as the founder principal of KIIT's Gurugram campus, I set up the SOP's for the school and trained teachers to implement them. We have tried our best to convert it into a robust green learning campus with state of the art infrastructure, global teaching-learning practices and we offer a value and skill-based curriculum.

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

We have seen that collaboration among teachers contributes to effective instructional quality in classrooms and the growth of a child. Thus, at our educational institution, we place importance on developing a sense of community among teachers so that they can gain mutual respect for each other and contribute to each other's successes.

As an educator, how have you influenced fellow educators and the educational fraternity?

As an educator, I realize that today our role is not limited to teaching alone. We are also expected to inspire students, help them achieve their higher purpose and mentor them to become resourceful to society. I can transform personalities only when I work towards becoming a role model myself. Thus, it is vital for me to stay current in my field, hone my craft and look for new ways to engage students. Subsequently, I make an effort to prepare platforms where I can share my knowledge and experiences with my colleagues so that we can progress together as a fraternity.

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?

Education needs revolutionary changes. We should start from scratch. Emphasis should be on students. All education ought to be based on experiential learning. By involving students in practical experiments and reflection, they are better able to connect theories and knowledge learned in class to real world situations. Experiential learning can be much more effective for retaining new information rather than reading books. By exploring, engaging, executing, enjoying, we can see change in the field of education.

As an Influential Educator, how would you encourage developing leadership capacity amongst your fellow colleagues?

In the main, such a process of developing the right leadership skill will come by and through walking the talk, keeping away from school politics, enveloping the collective consciousness of all students, making efforts to tap individual talents and resources, and making continuous efforts to develop further through feedback Great school leaders know that they are not running a one-man show, that they cannot do it all alone. They must surround themselves with great teachers and colleagues and must support other teachers and staff.

As an educator, how have you influenced society?

It has always been my endeavour to shape students to become future leaders who can benefit society locally and globally. I have tried to guide and counsel children in order to analyse their strengths and weaknesses and bring out the best in them. This has helped them to transform into innovators and problem solvers so that they can analyse the issue and solve them faster using novel and creative techniques. In the end, I would like to say that I have tried to build an entrepreneurial mindset in students so that they can contribute to the country's economic development and bring about positive change in society.

What is your take on the present-day educational system in our country?

My take on the present-day educational system is that there are still several issues which are required to be taken care of. The Current Education System in India is more theoretical-oriented than job-oriented. It focuses more on theory and exams. After the preschool stage, the school system starts from nursery class to class 12. Here, till class 10, a student must study all subjects. After class 12, a student can opt for either arts or commerce or science as per his interest. To improve the Current Education System, the Government of India came up with the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020. It brought a few significant reforms at both school and college levels.

With the new education policy, 2020, there has been a drastic change in the education system in India. By 2030, India's higher education system is expected to have more than 20 universities among the global top 200 universities. The new policy will build an entrepreneurial mindset in students so that they can contribute to the country's economic development and bring about positive change in society and make the world a happier place for everyone.

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.

An effective and successful teacher can become a teacher leader without an appointment, simply through earned recognition. A good building leader will be able to see the potential that is developing in his or her team and will support and develop those who have already demonstrated potential.

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

I am lucky to be associated with Gandhian institutions like Delhi Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Delhi as a volunteer, worked with Late Sh C A Menon; Harijan Sevak Sangh,Kingsway Camp Delhi as volunteer member with Sh Laxmidass Ji; as an executive member, treasurer, Vishwa Nagari Vigyan Sansthan; as Akhil Bhartiya Rachnatmak Samaj volunteer member worked with Late Dr Nirmala Deshpande; Akhil Bharatiya Prakritik Chikitsa Parishad, New Delhi; Boodan Yagna Board, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh with Sh C V Chary ji; Member Gandhi Smriti Darshan Smriti, Rajghat, New Delhi. (2013-2023)

I am associated with these societies and influence them to work for society within their means. We must spend one hour working for our nation and one hour for our health too.