Founder Principal,Gyanodaya Bal Batika Higher Secondary School, Sanepa, Lalitpur&Gyanodaya International Residential School, Bungmati / Khokana, Lalitpur.

1. The future of Nepal literally rests on your shoulders, what does that mean to you? How big of a responsibility is it?

‘The future of Nepal literally rests on your shoulders’, sounds more like a cliché though I must say it makes me feel  both important and humble. Important because I feel that whatever little contribution we make as educationists is being recognized here, perhaps even going beyond its real worth. And humble because the responsibility it entails – to deliver on the promise of the future and realize the hope of a nation -  is huge and very often I find myself wanting in my task. While it is truly satisfying to see many of my students make a mark in different walks of life, there is a constant feeling that may be I could have done better and more. But, I suppose, it is this feeling of inadequacy at some level that actually drives us forward and sets us to accomplish our goals.

2. How hectic is your job? Your daily routine?
 My daily routine is engaging; my job, to implant the word from your question, hectic. But I believe it is really a matter of commitment and dedication. My life revolves round the school. I revisit activities at School everyday that are of a continuous nature, fine tuning them where required as a part of my daily routine. And my job requires me to be a catalyst for change, particularly in the context of new concepts, techniques and innovations emerging regularly in the area of teaching and learning.

 

3. How often do you meet with your students? When you see them, what do you think / are reminded of?
I meet my students everyday. I take it as my job to relate to them and interact with them. Well! When I see them, they remind me of the promise and potential they hold for the future.


4. Where do you think Nepali schools stand compared to the international institutions?
 Comparisons can sometimes be odious. But my own view, presuming your question refers to academics, is that in terms of the curriculum we do compare favourably to international standard.  What we lack perhaps is in the area of teacher training, interactive learning, and in adapting that curriculum and transacting it in line with the rigours of modern times. As I see it our students will also have to sharpen their English speaking ability. Language, to my mind, seems to be our weak link putting them to a disadvantage.


 
5. Do you think schools in Nepal are shaping children to be intelligent citizens that the future needs, and perhaps deserves?
 Yes, Nepal actually needs intelligent citizens imbued with the quality of goodness.  But I wish I did not have to answer this question simply because a bias may creep in given my job. Objectively speaking, however, I do believe much depends on the ground realities schools function in – training, motivation and professionalism of teachers, adapting teaching-learning process to the demands of time, physical facilities and the enthusiasm of the management to adapt innovations and change.


 
6. On being a student of an earlier era.
Life was simpler and uncomplicated then; it centered around books and daily chores at home.  Respect came naturally to us.


 
7. With modern  technology at its best and expectations getting higher by the day, do you think it is more difficult or easier to lead a life of a student today?
Unmistakably, we are in the age of technology. What we must, however, understand is that technology cannot be a master. Quality cannot be had by putting children with machines alone. Our objective is not just to produce a technically competent person but a well rounded individual with the quality of head, heart, mind and spirit.  No matter how good a machine is, the fact is that it is still a machine devoid of human quality. It cannot be a substitute for a good teacher. We must retain the sense that technology makes life easier and in today’s world is certainly an imperative for education, what ultimately matters in life are human values like integrity, industry, empathy, kindness and respect. To imbibe these values in technology infested world is a challenge now to the students.
 
8. Since you are the “head of school”, a leader, what qualities you suppose should a leder possess?
One can say a leader must possess many qualities like integrity, honesty, humility, compassion etc. While these qualities are important, I also believe a leader must essentially have two qualities – patience to listen to others and intelligence to ask good questions.