“The purpose of education must coincide with the larger life purpose of those being educated.” This firm belief is what drove the founder of the Heritage School, Mr. N.C. Jain, to enter the field of education over 15 years ago. His philosophy, passion and belief have been the guide for many to find truth in their lives. His presence continues to inspire the next level of changes in the education eco-system. Known for his philanthropy, he is actively involved with various social organisations for welfare work.
Alumnus of Harvard University and Co-chair of FICCI’s School Education Committee – FICCI Arise
Manit Jain has been actively involved with Heritage Xperiential Learning School in an advisory capacity on several strategic issues including infrastructure development, talent attraction, curriculum design, teacher capability development, parent engagement, systems, processes and standard operational procedures. He has personally championed and led several change initiatives to transform the school into an experiential learning school. He is also the co-founder of I am a Teacher, an initiative that is developing a model for practice-based teacher education in collaboration with Boston Teacher Residency.
Alumnus of Harvard University
Vishnu Karthik is the definition of passion and this reflects in his ‘being’ and ‘doing’. His journey – from a management consultant with firms like Grow Talent, Accenture, delivering projects across India and abroad, to that of the Head of Senior School, curating deep learning experiences - is one of a deep-rooted conviction in the role of education in creating sustainable and much-needed change leaders and social entrepreneurs in society. He is passionate about scaling and incubating experiential learning schools. In 2009, Vishnu co-authored (along with Swami Mitrananda of Chinmaya Mission) ‘Seeking’ – a travelogue on a 14-day sojourn across the Arabian sea on a cargo ship. You can read more of his writings on experiential learning at www.deeperlearning.org
“Education is an inward journey which manifests itself in the world outside. It reaches its destination only when one builds an insight where there is no memory, no remembrance, no conclusion, no anticipation and no reaction.”
Ms. Neena Kaul, an educationist truly believes that education is the only possibility that can create human beings with goodness that arises out of harmony between mind and heart, where there is craving to learn and grow with objectivity, and an urge to seek a balanced and contended life. Children if educated well can transform the society into a desirable abode.
With this vision at its core, Ms. Neena Kaul has served as an educator for the past 26 years in several roles starting from that of a Teacher, Principal and a Director. Her passion for teaching and her love for children got her to work “with” children and not just “for” them. With Masters in English Literature and Bachelor’s Degree in Science, she became a Principal at the age of 26 and has to her credit the remarkable achievement of establishing four top quality schools as the founder Principal.
Vision exists when people in an organisation share an explicit agreement on the values, beliefs, purposes and goals and when it is visible unanimously in ones thoughts, words and actions. Creating that vision is a venture which she could successfully achieve in all her organisations.
Ms. Sunita Swaraj is a firm believer in the counsel from the sacred Bhagavad Gita: “You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.” This is the work ethic that informs her passion for teaching and education. Along with her 16 years of experience in teaching and school administration, Ms. Swaraj is an advocate for a well-rounded personality development of the child. Under her stewardship you shall find the campus abuzz with student clubs and guest lectures, speakers and events to allow students to develop life skills that serve them well in life, work and play.
Being the daughter of a defence officer, she had a disciplined upbringing. “When you’ve got solid commitment and solid objectives, you’ve got a much better chance to reach your goal.” she says.
Alumnus of Harvard University
Smriti Jain is the co-founder of ‘I am a Teacher’ (IAAT), a not-for-profit organisation that aims to prepare a critical mass of teachers that can lead change in and through classroo She headed the Middle School at Heritage Xperiential Learning School, leading a team of 50 teachers. She stepped into this role at a critical stage where the Middle School was being transformed from a conventional programme to a more experiential, progressive, relevant and child-centred programme. In the last few years, she has worked extensively with teachers and facilitated several workshops for teachers.
Alumnus of Harvard University
Rajesh Jain has over 25 years of experience in setting up and leading organisations across diverse sectors such as real estate, education, export manufacturing and information & technology. Apart from this, he has also provided direction to a multitude of social initiatives in the healthcare and education verticals. A second-generation entrepreneur, he provides strategic direction to all entities under the Conscient umbrella. In the education space, he has also co-founded the Heritage School in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi in 1999.
Pioneer in Digital Literacy & Maker - Centered Pedagogy
Noora joins us from The University of Pennsylvania where she holds an M.S.Ed in Learning Sciences and Technology. At Heritage Xperiential Learning School, she pioneers Design Thinking and Maker Mindset as part of the curriculum, further driving the school's experiential and project-based pedagogy. She is a published learning scientist who has led multiple initiatives on imparting mobile computing skills to middle school students across public and private schools in the United States of America. She has led research on the Milken-funded project, Code for Philadelphia, a curriculum that focused on building students' engagement in STEM through the creation of mobile apps. Her work has been presented at Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference in London and published in the International Journal of Learning Sciences.
Specialist in technology transformation and processes
Aditi's specialization lies in the area of implementation of large-scale technology projects across various domains and she has spent over 7 years in the corporate sector. She was drawn to the field of education for the opportunities that it offers to explore and implement the use of technology and to build digital literacy skills in millennial learners. She is working on various projects with the objectives to promote the use of technology to enable personalized learning, to build a scalable IT landscape, provide access to world-class content for deeper learning engagements, to promote safe and ethical use of technology and to integrate it into the curriculum. She has an MBA degree from the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay.
Author and Consultant on Leadership Development, Empowerment and Gender Discrimination
Ariana has worked for the Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana in Uttar Pradesh as a Program Expert on Leadership and Communications where she led training for young women on menstrual hygiene, discrimination, and social myths relating to women's health. She has authored a comic book on menstrual hygiene and social norms, called Spreading Your Wings, which will be published by Zubaan Publishers and used by NGOs and schools across India. She has also worked as the Deputy Director at The United State of Women, Washington, D.C, where she collaborated with the Obama Administration's White House Council on Women and Girls to launch the first United State of Women Summit focusing on gender discrimination and empowerment. She is a graduate from Carleton College, one of the finest colleges for liberal arts in USA.
Educator with over 23 years of experience in primary school education
Nilam Sharma brings with her over 23 years of dedicated work in the field of education with 10 years as the Head of the Primary Program at Heritage Xperiential Learning School. Her main contribution to primary school education has been to enable learning that demands dialogue with the sciences, humanities, art, literature and poetry through stories, music and play in a dream to serve childhood itself. In her pursuit of quality education, she has travelled extensively within the country and abroad to learn and expand her horizons.
Over 15 years of experience in communications and advocacy
Sulagna has extensive experience in consumer marketing and communication. She has spent over 15 years creating and implementing brand, marketing and communications strategy in companies like Standard Chartered, Tata AIG Life Insurance and DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance. She is passionate about studying consumer behaviour and its application to brand dynamics. She has a graduate degree from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and an MBA degree in Marketing from Boston University, USA.
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