I am a staunch believer in the principle of 'education for common good' and have been striving to build a legacy of quality education at HVBGA since 1997. It has been my mission to continue to expand on the vision of its founders in educational philosophy and their commitment to the field of education keeping in mind the rapidly evolving demands of the future. Since the inception of my tenure at HVBGA, my team and I have been working relentlessly to reimagine the ethos of teaching and learning in our school so as to make education egalitarian and a means of growth and development rather than an impersonal activity with the so

As an individual brought up in the Indian school system, I have experienced first-hand the traditional teacher-centric model of education that viewed students as passive recipients of knowledge, demanded blind obedience, promoted rote learning, exerted inordinate pressure on children to perform, and disregarded diversity in students’ needs. There is an aversion to novel ideas in this model, and unfortunately, it is this model that has been prevalent in India schools. As a result of this, students do not get opportunities to discover their hidden potentials and realize them into useful skills. I have closely observed how these imperatives imposed on children stifled their overall development, restricted their career prospects, and compromised their well-being for decades.

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

Being a progressive person, I have been striving to formulate teaching-learning approaches that conform to the latest research findings and are also compatible with the challenges that are unique to the Indian context. To support and enhance learners' well-being and happiness is the principle that now animates all of our academic and administrative activities at HVB Global Academy. This motto has enabled us to redefine the role education can and should play in the lives of people. This, in turn, has enabled us to produce teaching-learning approaches and resources that are unique, organic and work in Indian contexts. Being driven by a sense of service to the Indian society at large, we share these resources work the teaching community through seminars, workshops, training sessions and study materials. For instance, we developed, launched and implemented last year in our school the RIGHT Curriculum (Resilience Independence Growth Happiness Toolkit) -- a curriculum that aims at learners' holistic development and well-being. We are now preparing to release these books to the general public so that they might also benefit from our work. We will also organize training sessions for other teachers in order to equip them with the tools required to teach the RIGHT curriculum.

Similarly, another project that is underway is developing a way to teach the English alphabet using an interdisciplinary approach which would allow teachers to connect English education with mathematics, science, Indian history, culture and geography. We call this project "ABC... The Indian Way". We will be sharing the outcomes of this project with the education fraternity at large.

At HVBGA, I have undertaken various other similar projects with the aim to redefine classroom education and make it meaningful and relatable for Indian learners by connecting education directly to the Indian traditions, values, identity and way of life.

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?

My hope for the educational fraternity is to see a growing and pervasive practice of practitioner inquiry among teachers and implementation of improved teaching-learning and assessment standards across the nation. Whether it is the nurturing of cognitive, social or emotional aspects of the student, teachers play a significant role in making a difference in the lives of students. To make a difference, teaching needs to become an active profession where teachers continue to advance their skills in delivering stimulating lessons and improve classroom practice. Thus, continuous professional learning must be an integral part of a teacher’s work. Being reflective of learning and teaching means having the courage to recognize complexities and taking initiative for change. Also, I strongly believe that people's perception of this profession needs to change so that they begin to take this profession as seriously as they do other professions such as medicine, engineering, etc. Shouldn't we take seriously the profession that shapes our children's thought, behavior and mind which will continue to impact their actions and well-being for the rest of their lives?

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

In the near future, we plan to launch and implement such educational resources, and avail them to everyone for greater common good. In the next 10 years, we see ourselves as one of the leading institutes of learning that is actively redefining teaching-learning in India and making education a means to improve overall happiness and well-being of individuals.

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

At this point, I must admit here that a necessary requirement to bring about a fundamental change and for that change to sustain is the help, support and cooperation of the stakeholders involved. Bringing about a fundamental change in one’s way of thinking and working is not an easy task. I am fortunate to have been blessed with a team of dedicated teachers who are always willing to learn and grow. Positive changes that I have been able to bring about in the field of education over the years would not have been possible without their belief in my vision and their active efforts toward materializing it.

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?

Our schools have been constantly evolving to meet the changing and challenging demands of nurturing and developing our students for the 21st century.

Even as we do that, my hope is that professionals in the field of education  should continue to place great emphasis on developing strong values and good character in students. While some consider character education as being old school, values such as respect, responsibility and resilience provides students with a moral compass to navigate the complexities of the new world.

My aspiration for our educational fraternity is to strive for greater professionalism, especially in teaching and learning. Throughout my journey as an educator, I have learned best from interacting with people from various communities. The collective wisdom in each different community helps me grow to be a better leader in different aspects. For example, (i) meeting fellow teachers when attending courses can help generate creative teaching strategies. (ii) Interacting with other school leaders help broaden my perspective in terms of looking at organizational issues.