Game Changers in Education: Edu-leaders who made a difference with their initiatives
The education sector in India has been making positive strides towards the holistic development of students, preparing them to be ready for facing the challenges life throws at them later.
While this change is a result of collective efforts on part of the government, policymakers as well as private institutions, there are some names that have made an exceptional contribution towards the evolution of education in the country. We bring you the stories of some of these names, who proved to be the game-changers in the field of education.
Ashok Mittal (Lovely Professional University)
Goal: To transform the way higher education is imparted in India
Prior to becoming a strong proponent of youth leadership education, Ashok Mittal started his career as a confectioner. He later forayed into telecom and automobile sectors with Lovely Group and was doing well until he realized that he needed to do something for the society. Full of ideas, Mittal had plans to open up either a hospital, an orphanage house, or a Dharamshala. However, understanding the need to bring global education facilities to his home country drove him to found Lovely Professional University (LPU).“Education is perhaps the best way to train students who can serve the nation in future,” says Ashok Mittal.
Dr. Augustine Francis Pinto (Ryan International Group of Institutions)
Goal: To ensure holistic growth and all-round development of children
Beginning his career as an administrative clerk in Mumbai, Dr. AF Pinto forayed into the education sector as a primary teacher at a school in Malad. As he grew an affinity for children, Dr. Pinto believed that he had a social obligation of providing affordable and quality education to the middle class, which would drive the country’s growth and development.
In 1983, Dr.AF Pinto established St. Xavier’s High in Borivali. The school was the stepping stone in the path of providing holistic growth and all-round development, a dream that the Ryan International School owner realized in the form of one of the leading school chains in India. Today, the Ryan International Group of Institutions has over 135 schools spread across 18 states in the country with 300,000 students and 15,000 educators carrying Dr Pinto’s vision forward. Under the guidance of the Ryan International School owner, the group is also establishing its off-shore school campuses and has been recently named as India’s Most Respected Brand at the Education World School Rankings 2019-20.
DilipChenoy (National Skills Development Corporation)
Goal: To contribute significantly to the overall target of skilling /upskilling 500 million people in India by 2022
DilipChenoy has had an illustrious career serving as the Director-General of the advocacy group for the automobile industry in India, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). However, the major gap between the demand and supply of skills led him to establish the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) in 2009. While it is a brainchild of the Ministry of Finance, NSDC is a public-private partnership with the aim of skilling 150 million people in India by 2022 through private sector investment and better initiatives in training and skill development in the unorganized segment and the 21 high growth sectors.