“We are very conscious about sustainability, it is part of our agenda,” says Kanak Gupta, Director, Seth M. R. Jaipuria Schools in an interview with Chandan Anand, CEO & Group Editor, ArdorComm Media Group at the ‘ArdorComm New Normal – Education Leadership Summit & Awards 2022’ #ELSAJaipur #ELSARajasthan
Any message would you like to pass on to the educators who are running the group of schools or schools or who is planning to enter this domain?
The only message I have is that take education very responsibly. I think the future of the country is in our hands, the future of the world is in our hands, make sustainability as part of your agenda and focus on creating experiences in engaging with the students. Educate them, develop empathy the four e’s is what I would like to advise people to work on. It’s important to do it for the simple reason that unless you do that you are essentially being transactional and we’ll always be in the 1940s, 50s stuck and not come out of it, we need to now come out of it.
Though the main forte for any school is to get admissions, what is the process which you follow for selecting a teacher?
I think the most important thing in the school is the student and the teacher. The student and the teacher need to be at the centre of the teaching learning process. At our schools instead of only looking at what a teacher has done previously what we do is that we ask them to make a presentation about what you want to do. We also show them a road map so it’s a two-way process where the school shows the teacher what the roadmap of learning growth is going to be but the teacher also says that what they want to do because it’s a bad system to judge people on basis of what they’ve done in their past, it could be good, could be bad but it’s important to see what they want to do in the future so that is the most important aspect. We have a scale where we rate the teachers and then we try and understand if there’s a good match. Once the teacher is in the system it’s even more important to continue the professional development of the teacher on a regular basis so we do about five training interventions every year and teachers out of which two are teacher driven by teachers come and tell us that this is what I want to do, so it’s very interesting that way.
Any mantra which you follow for the growth journey of Seth M. R. Jaipuria Group of Schools?
We are very conscious about sustainability, it is part of our agenda. So, we call it SPICE so it’s S is for Sustainability, P is for possibility where we tell students that everything is possible and they can be what they really want to be, I is for integrity, C is for communication and E is for empathy, so that’s what we follow.
What does the word new normal for you stands?
New normal for me is opportunity, more than anything else. I think it’s the opportunity to impact and change the world to make it better because I do believe that we are facing climate change which is going to affect us in the short and the long run. I don’t want to leave a world behind where we will not have the opportunity to look back and say that I could have made a difference. So, I look at the new normal as an opportunity.
Any message would you like to give for the appearing board exam students?
Wish you all the best, enjoy yourselves, do not worry about marks think about the learning and think about where you want to go what you want to do that is more important but most importantly enjoy yourselves.
Any message for the recently celebrated one year of existence of ArdorComm Media Group?
Heartiest congratulations, I can’t believe it’s already been a year, I was there for the first event as well. I hope many more anniversaries and I hope that you’ll be able to create the sustainable impact that you are trying to make at the small cities, identify leaders at local levels who will create a better India for the future.