I enter the blogosphere with over 25 years in the field of education, a journey that has been exceedingly rewarding and satisfying beyond measure. I studied to become a mechanical engineer, but soon realized that my calling was elsewhere. I was consistently troubled by a thought all through my formative years: “why have we, in spite of all the progress achieved in practically every field of human endeavor, notably science, technology, agriculture and so on, not been able to achieve a very basic capability of being able to resolve differences in a peaceful manner without resorting to conflicts and violence? This question remained with me all through my early years. It was around the mid eighties when my parents had set up a school in Patna (state of Bihar, India) that I began to get the answers that I sought.
Seeing the immense influence and power that well conceived educational approaches had on the hearts and minds of young students soon convinced me that the rectitude of conduct and development of commendable and praiseworthy attributes are conditional on such a meaningful education that goes beyond the confines of academic learning. After completing my engineering, I got involved full time in our school in Patna and began to gain first-hand experience in this new field of endeavor. My team and I experimented with new ideas and questioned conventionally set patterns of action and approach. This was the most rewarding part of what we did! Of course, I later studied education and did my MA in Education in 2008 and completed the B. Ed. program earlier this year.
Long story short, I never looked back after that, and have been working in the field of education ever since. By the year 2000, I decided to share whatever I had learned, focusing on innovations in the field of school education, with teachers and administrators, and started conducting training workshops for them, eventually working with a large number of schools across India. During this period, I also had very fulfilling experience working with the junior or pre-youth age-groups learning about their moral and spiritual empowerment. I also did considerable amount of work in the field of Peace Education, Cooperative Learning and Cooperative Games.
My four years of service as Principal of RiverDale International Residential School, an ICSE/ISC/IGCSE school situated in the outskirts of Pune (Maharashtra, India) between 2009 and 2012 gave me deeper insights into how necessary capabilities can be enhanced among teachers, how new approaches can be delivered in ‘bite-size pieces’, and how an entire organization can foster a culture of innovation and change. I left this position in December 2012 to devote my time and efforts to the caue of education on a larger scale. Presently, I am working with the Bharatiya Jain Sangathana in Pune (www.bjsindia.org), heading its training department, and helping set up a teacher-training facility that seeks to address aspects of teacher-education and development that are currently being neglected in contemporary D.Ed and B.Ed programs. I am also serving as consultant with the Bahai Chair for Studies in Development, Devi Ahilya University, Indore (bahaichairdavv.org) offering my expertise for conducting faculty trainings, as well as programs for college and university level students.
Amidst all these engagements, I make it a point to find time to work with schools, creating awareness about simple and new approaches that will greatly enhance the teaching-learning experience that goes on within the classroom.