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Quest interviews Neela Kharosekar, Principal of Vidya Pratishthan's English Medium School's ( CBSE) Baramati
Tell us about the history of the school.
The school was started in 1994 with just nursery and junior kindergarten. In 1997, MIDC came up and with it came a lot of families that wanted to give world class education to their kids. That is when Sharad Pawar came up with the idea of making it a CBSE School. In 1997, classes one to seven were introduced. Getting a CBSE accreditation was important the MIDC job was transferrable and CBSE ensured quality education for their kids without disrupting their studies wherever they get transferred to. Within a 100-km radius. there are no CBSE schools here. National level entrance exams like IIT, AIEEE, PMT are based on CBSE syllabus. Hence for the better future of children, CBSE is a necessity now. In 1999, we got CBSE affiliation and in 2001 our first class 10 batch was introduced.
Tell us about the academic performance of your school.
From 2001 to 2012, we have been getting 100% result. After introducing Class 12 in 2006, we have been getting 100% result again. Our student Manisha Ohol secured 94% in class 12 and is now doing an integrated MSc course in atomic energy with a national scholarship. In class 10, Surabhi topped the school with 95% marks. The subjectwise merit lists always has students from our school in subjects like Sanskrit, Mathematics and English.
There is a constant debate among parents and teachers as to which is the best syllabus. What are your views on that?
I have taught in all three boards — CBSE, ICSE and SSC. What I have found is that for Indian students, CBSE is the best. It is more in sync with the Indian culture and develops all aspects of a child like creative and scientific thinking, and hones social, cultural behavior as well. Even the grading pattern is such that more than exams, the students' overall performance is given credit. Both scholastic and non-scholastic needs of a child are taken care of. The syllabus is updated and above all, every competitive exam in the country is based on this syllabus. Hence I think CBSE is the best syllabus.