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Bangalore, Karnataka, India

The Advaith Foundation by Mrs and Mr S.D. Shibulal, today, announced the winners of the School Leadership Awards in the National and Zonal categories. The Awards recognised school leaders who initiated innovative practices towards a better learning environment.

The winners were shortlisted from over 600 applications by an esteemed jury comprising of Dr. Sangeeta Chauhan Dean, Department of Education, University School of Education, GGSIP University, Dwarka; Dr. Ranjana Arora Head, RMSA Cell, NIE NCERT; Dr. Jessy Abraham Professor, Department of Teachers & Non Formal Education Jamia Millia Islamia, Ms Savita Kapur Education Consultant & Educator Auditor and Ms. Rajbala Associate Director, Education and Quality Foundation of India.

The winners of The Advaith Foundation School Leadership Awards are:

Name of the winner Category Name of school
Nirmala Krishnan National Winner – Rural Mahindra World School, Chengalpat, Tamil Nadu
Willibrord George National Winner – Urban St Willibrords Innovative School, East Palghar, Maharashtra
Seema Jerath Zonal Winner North – Rural DLF Public School, Sahibabad, Uttar Pradesh
Virendra Rawat Zonal Winner West – Rural B-Kanae School, Aravalli, Gujarat
Suresh Kumar A K Zonal Winner South – Rural Government V & HSS, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Ashok Pandey Zonal Winner North – Urban Ahlcon International School, New Delhi
Lakshmi Kumar Zonal Winner West – Urban The Orchid School, Pune, Maharashtra
Jwaria Saleem Zonal Winner South – Urban Iqbalia International School, Hyderabad, Telangana

Speaking during the event, Mr. S.D. Shibulal, Trustee, The Advaith Foundation, said, “The Advaith Foundation School Leadership Awards are a platform to recognise fundamental transformation in the learning cultures of schools and of the teaching profession itself. A good leader does not assume that the best ideas will carry the day. Instead, s/he provides opportunities for new ideas, invites questions and even dissent and invokes change, even if the process itself is slow. The winners of the Advaith Foundation School Leadership Awards are harbingers of change and it is our pleasure to recognise their efforts.”

Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, was Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder and Ex-Chairman, Infosys Limited. Congratulating the winners, Mr. Murthy said, “It is my firm belief that school leadership plays a pivotal role in strengthening the education system of India. It is very important that we recognise their passion and contributions. Today, it has been a privilege to be amongst the winners of the Advaith Foundation School Leadership Awards. I congratulate the winners for their exceptional achievements. I am sure that they, in turn, will inspire many more school leaders to achieve better learning outcomes for children across India over the years to come.”

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