The Khaitan Family
In 1966, Late Shri. G.N Khaitan and his wife, Late Smt. D.D Khaitan ventured into philanthropic activities by founding their first school, Bhagwati Devi Memorial Institute (today known as BDM International), in Kolkata with just a few students. Currently it is one of the premier institutes of West Bengal educating over seven thousand children. Thereafter, the mission of educating the future of India strengthened, motivating them to setup many more schools in their lifetime. The various schools established by them are as under:
-Sunny Preparatory School, Kolkata
-Radico Welfare Centre, New Delhi
-The Khaitan School, Noida
-The Khaitan School, Ghaziabad
Passion for education has been instilled in the Khaitan family for decades and the legacy has been deftly promoted as the above institutes are being managed under various Trusts and Societies headed by members of the family.
Our Chairman Mr. Gangesh Khaitan, has been involved with establishing and Management of schools for decades. Besides setting up and managing industries all throughout his life, Mr. Khaitan has a natural bent of mind towards education and over the years, his dynamic leadership has steered The Khaitan School, Noida to a center of prominence amongst the NCR schools.
Besides being an integral part of the setup of TKS, Noida, he was also instrumental in establishing The Khaitan School at Sahibabadh, Ghaziabad right from inception and commencement of operations till 2007.
Having completed his schooling from Modern School, Vasant Vihar, Mr. Khaitan moved onto obtaining his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A in the year 2003.
In 2008 he was inducted as a Trustee of The Khaitan School, Noida (TKS) and thereafter, there has been no looking back for him.
His passion for education has grown over the years and has greatly contributed to elevating the standard of quality of education being imparted at TKS Keeping this vision in mind, he has ventured into Early Childhood Education by establishing Khaitan Pre-School and envisages a number of high quality Early Childhood Education Centres in the future.
A true educationist with over thirty-five years of rich experience, Mrs. Gupta is a product of the Air Force School, Subroto Park, New Delhi, a Post Graduate from Jesus and Marry College, Delhi University holding a degree in Education from Jamia Milia University, New Delhi. She has also completed a certificate course in clinical psychology from AIIMS, New Delhi. She started her career as TGT Social Studies at Mother’s International School, Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi in the year 1978. Thereafter she worked with Jesus and Marry School (St. Patiricks) Agra, Mount Carmel, New Delhi and the Air Force School, Subroto Park, New Delhi as PGT Political Science, Head of Department Social Science and Curriculum Development Incharge. She was posted to the chair of Principal, Ramjas School, Karol Bagh in 1998 where in she served till 2005. In 1994 and 2004 she took up a comparative study of the K-12 education system in India and the U.K and has been associated with C.B.S.E and N.C.E.R.T in curriculum development and affiliated projects.
In the year 2005, she joined The Khaitan School, Noida as Principal bringing with her a heritage that has contributed to the phenomenal growth of the school. Having taken over TKSNoida with 1800 students in 2005, today the school boasts of close to 3,000 students with a vision of taking that figure to 4,000 in the coming years. Curriculum design, execution and innovation have been her key assets, which has propelled TKS to the top 10 schools of Noida (Hindustan Times survey 2010 and 2011). Besides curriculum, many key managerial processes were re-designed by her including, examination, timetable, yearly academic planner etc. with a vision to integrate the best global pedagogical practices with India’s educational heritage.
These processes along with other relevant ones, have been integrated at Khaitan Pre-School wherein she serves in the capacity of ‘Director’.
Through out her illustrious career, Mrs. Gupta has been the recipient of many awards, including some that were at the National level. These are:
Life Time Achievement Award by national and International Compendium 2005
1. Sarla Chopra Memorial Award by DAV Management for contribution in the field of Indian Culture and Education. 2008
2. United Group of Institutions, Allahabad for distinguished services in the academic World 2010
3. Avantika Silver Jubliee Award for invaluable and path breaking contribution for the promotion of social welfare, education, Indian art & culture. 2010
4. Amity Excellence Award for outstanding contribution in the field of education – organized by Amity International Business School and Amity Global Business school in the 13th International Business Summit and Research Conference (INBUSH) 2011
5. Honoured with Avantika Swabhiman Samman for invaluable contribution spreading the spirit of environment conservation and protection by Avantika – A Group of Contemporary Artist & Intellectuals.2011
6. Avantika Sahitya Shree Samman for demonstrating hard work and dedication in art and culture. 2011
Mrs. Nandini Malik graduated from Gargi College, Delhi University with a bachelor’s degree in Science (B.Sc.) and went on to obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Education (B.Ed.), thereafter. Being from an army background, she has travelled extensively both within the country and overseas. This has contributed greatly in enhancing her soft-skills, which are a necessity and an asset for a pre-school.
Mrs. Malik began her career in teaching in 1988, as TGT Biology at Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. Having taught in various schools across the country, she was selected by The Khaitan School, Noida in 2002 and had been a part of the faculty as Teacher and as Primary Coordinator. Being passionate about co-curricular activities, she took on the responsibility of scripting and directing many annual concerts of the Primary wing and also prepared students for various inter-school competitions.
It is her core belief that the words “Education” and “Educator” are synonymous to “Learning”, for only when the Educator is a passionate and ardent learner, can he relate individually and intellectually to his students and take the “Teaching – Learning” on going process to its zenith.
She has a good understanding of the educational philosophy advocated by Founders of Progressive Education such as Maria Montessori, John Dewey, Jedan Piaget, Howard Gardner etc. and incorporates the relevant / related principles in the curriculum design for Toddler, Montessori and Pre-Nursery groups, respectively. Mrs. Malik was entrusted with the responsibility of managing Khaitan Pre-School in April 2013 as its Head Mistress.