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Aug 01, 2017 at 06:01

School Live Team had a wonderful opportunity to interact with the principal of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Ghaziabad, Ms. Manju Rana.

1. What was the idea behind the foundation of the school?

The House of Jaipuria has a legacy traversing nearing 10 decades. It has acquired a place and stature of its own in the industrial arena, while flourishing as one of the most respected and committed business groups of the country. Seth Anandram Jaipuria Educational Society was conceived and founded by Late Seth Anandram Jaipuria in the early forties to ignite the light of knowledge among the youth. Since then the Group through its conscientious efforts has been promoting educational excellence coupled with a rare blend of tradition and modernity. Seth Anandram Jaipuria Schools in Kanpur, Ghaziabad and Lucknow, were founded by Late Dr. Raja Ram Jaipuria, a doyen of textile industry.  Today, the schools flourish under the able Chairmanship of Mr. Shishir Jaipuria, and a name to reckon with in the Indian industrial and educational domains.

2.Twelve years on, how has the journey been for the school and for you as the principal?

The school has propelled towards greater zeniths and the journey in the past twelve years has been a remarkable story of its successes and in turn for me as well. The growth and progress of the school from a modest beginning to a colossal name among the schools of Delhi/NCR is testimony to the hard work, excellence and untiring efforts of the Jaipurians. As the founder member of the Jaipuria educational fraternity, I joined as the Vice Principal of the school in 2004 and today as the Principal cum Director, this sojourn has been quite challenging. The accomplishments over the years have been the culmination of insightful endeavors and initiatives for the multifold expansion of the school. Today, proudly Jaipuria has made its mark at the National Level and placed at number four in the NCR; whilst nationally, it is ranked 88thamong the top co-educational day schools in Ghaziabad by the annual All India survey of Education World school rankings and is acclaimed for its academic repute and co-curricular education.

3. Kindly talk us through some of the achievements of the school.

Academic achievement formulates the backbone of any school’s success and the students of Jaipuria have been giving consistent result each year. Also a large number of students are accepted into reputed colleges in India and abroad. Furthermore, in the relentless quest to endow a Global Education, the school has been accredited with the International School Award by British Council 2016-2019 and is also the recipient of numerous awards in the category of Innovation and Technology, Outreach Programmes and Environmental Initiatives. CBSE awarded the school for commendable work for Human Rights and Social Equality.

Concern for environment and arduous promotion of eco-friendly measures has fostered into achieving the Green School Award by Saviour’s Olympiad Foundation for third successive year and Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar by Union Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of India consecutively for two years. Emphasis on personality development, careful mentoring and chiseling each child, to find his/her niche has piloted the Award for Distinguished Participation towards Students Leadership Initiatives in Values, Life Skills & Health Promotion in School by Expression India. The Science Olympiad Foundation awarded ‘The Best Principal’s Award’ for both National and International category for the year 2015-16 and the students have made their mark at state and national level examinations.

The school is also the proud recipient of Global Collaborative Learning Initiative Award by Digital Learning at the 7th World Education Summit – 2016. At the world forum Jaipurians have proved their mettle as students secured six medals at the World Scholar’s Cup, Bangkok -2016. Sports forms a significant part of the school curricula and the lithe Jaipurians have achieved numerous accolades at State, National and International levels wherein they have demonstrated their acumen in skating, football, volleyball, taekwondo, badminton etc.

Another aspect that the school takes utmost pride is the extraordinary contribution to social causes and consciousness that is inculcated through active membership of Rotaract Club, NGO affiliations with Goonj, Help Age India etc. and has internationalized its curriculum with educational partners like ASSET, ACER, ANI Guru and Microsoft Office.

4. How would you describe the philosophy of the school?

Education has a higher purpose than just developing knowledge and skills – of enabling children for a purposeful and meaningful living – and that comes with an understanding of the self and the world around.The philosophy of the school, ‘Empower Enthuse & Excel’ is dedicated to keep this flame of knowledge ablaze. Propelled by the missionary zeal, the curriculum is designed to offer opportunities for holistic development in the multidimensional world. The school boasts an enriching learning ambiance through a dynamic teaching methodology that is comprehensively supported by audio-visual aids, ICT along with a dedicated Pre-primary education ensures complete enhancement of Multiple Intelligence of the learners.

5. What are some of the challenges you feel we face today in the education sector, as a principal and an educator?

As a principal and an educator, education as envisaged by me needs to encompass the right blend of academic acumen and creative effervescence. It carries along with it numerous challenges and the prominent among them are skill development and vocational training. We live in an era of rewards, incentives and material motivation. Jaipuria eschews this approach. Instead we empower our children to identify their idea of accomplishment by bringing excellence in whatever they do. I feel that every child before leaving the school should acquire at least two skills that he/she can utilize after leaving school. Another challenge is vocational training, which should be provided at all levels in the school and should be a part of the curricula. At Jaipuria, we attempt to enhance this through work education classes every week and another initiative is the school enterprise ‘Katran’, whereby students are taught varied art and crafts and then the club organize an exhibition to showcase and sell the end ready products. This initiative is a beginning for training students in entrepreneurship, but many more challenges await for the overall holistic development of students in the modern day.

6. How do you envision the school growing in the coming future?

My vision for the school encompasses a dream; a goal that I wish to realize and venture into is to provide inclusive education in the existing system of education. Being a Principal, I often come across children during admission interviews with special needs. The escalating statistics of learners with exceptional and special needs touches a cord in my heart and this propels me to amalgamate special education within the mainstream. To further this cause at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School we have initiated dedicated remedial, vocational and counseling centers. Through these initiatives I wish to lend a helping hand to the young nubile children and in the long run to the society at large.