We speak to Mr. Amarjit Singh Bajwa, Chairman Shemrock & Oakfields Group of Schools in a candid interview about his experiences in the industry
What gravitated you towards the field of education? Is this something that you always wanted to do?
I remember making a solemn pledge to myself that, if ever in life I had an opportunity, I would create a top-quality school.
In my mind’s eye, I saw a school where children were educated not to be materially rich as their sole aim in life but, to be infectiously happy. I wanted them to grow up in an enabling, learning environment where they were encouraged in word and deed to become people who had learnt at school to respect the values of life and things, not their price. Material wealth would, of course, be most welcome but this would be earned ethically; earned by respecting the values and basic principles of character and right conduct.
It was in 1996 that I decided to relocate from grossly polluted Delhi to cleaner climes; choosing to come to the Tricity. Following my childhood dream, established a playschool in Mohali and Chandigarh. I ran it the way I had always wanted to; ensuring that children were central to great teaching; that they were respected and encouraged and equally importantly; there was no corporal punishment of any kind meted to them.
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