1. As an educational leader, what has been one of the biggest challenges in your career so far?
As an educational leader, my biggest challenge has been dealing with the parents of the students who treat education as another service for which they are paying. They thus feel they have the right to intervene in all the realms of the educational institutions’ functioning.
2. As an educator you have interacted with and inspired several students. Any event that left a mark on your memory?
I clearly remember, a student who started in the school in class one had received a head injury as a toddler since he had fallen from the first floor balcony of his house. He had an extremely short attention span and exhibited very aggressive behaviour often using foul language. My entire staff and I put in our efforts using all our wisdom and patience in helping him. Over a period of 2-3 years, we were rewarded with a sea change in his behaviour. It was a memory that stayed with all of us.
3. What is your take on the present day educational leadership?
The focus of today’s leadership has to be on fostering capable youth who can be global citizens of tomorrow. Knowledge can be gained today even from the internet. Humanistic education should aim at impressing on the students not only to focus on their own happiness and short term gains but to embrace the entire humankind in their endeavour to create a better world.
4. Dialogue is an approach of teaching and learning that can really make a difference in a child’s life. What are your views on this?
I endorse it totally. Teaching is no longer a one way street . It has to be interactive and knowing what’s on the students’ mind can only be achieved through dialogue .
5. What is the role of education in transforming society?
Through education we foster capable youth who can think and reason for themselves . They can then become the transformative force in society. Therefore, a value based education is of utmost importance .
6. If not an educator, what would you have been?
I would have been a social worker as I have done my Masters in Social Work from the University of Delhi.
7. a. DOB- 23rd April 1960.
b. Place of birth – Mumbai
c Zodiac sign- Taurus.
d. Favourite book- currently reading – The Living Buddha by Daisaku Ikeda.
e. Your Personal Beliefs- Every child in the world deserves a happy and healthy childhood ( something that unfortunately doesn’t always happen )
f. The quote I live by- “Suffer what there is to suffer, enjoy what there is to enjoy.”