Modern School, Nagpur established in 1987 is one of the most reputed schools in the city and has come a long way both in terms of success and popularity. In an interview with Nation Next, Neeru Kapai, Director and the woman behind the three-decade old Modern School speaks about the school, her way of education and her quotient with Aruna Upadhyaya, the Director of Centre Point School. Excerpts:
You have been the principal as well as the director of Modern school. Is it easy or complicated to manage the business of education and academics both at the same time?
I have never considered Modern School as a business venture. The passion I have felt being the principal and the director is the same. Of course, playing a dual role is very stressful. The task of bringing resources for the development of the school plus ensuring the academic performance is challenging. I started as a teacher and soon I got an opportunity to lead a school. It’s a very unique experience and the opportunity made me realise my potential. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my journey and the level of sense of achievement and job satisfaction is beyond words.
Modern school has become a huge brand in Nagpur. Please tell us about the initial struggle.
I started Jingle Bells Kindergarten in 1980s in a small area at my husbands garage. It was a wonderful journey of seven years. Our parents encouraged us to move ahead and in 1987, I and my husband jointly started Modern school in 1987. We did not have any godfather, and no wealthy industrialist backing us; just a desire to do something huge made us owners of Modern school. Our goals were very clear and we had the potential to take the school to a high level of excellence. We are proud of where the school stands today holding a good reputation and financially stable. We were not very financially strong and we built our venture brick by brick. I can proudly say that we don’t owe money to anybody.
Have you derived the name for your school from Modern School, Bara Khamba Road, Delhi?
Not at all! We were given five names by the local registry department out of which we had to choose one. Modern School? was the last option and we liked it. In fact, we were not even aware of the similarity at that time.
Water logging in monsoon is a perennial problem in Modern School. Is it primarily because of Gorewada plant? Isn?t a permanent solution possible?
It’s from the last two or three years that we are facing this problem. We were the first ones to start operations in this area when we started the school. There was absolutely nobody in the neighbourhood. We strived really hard for the construction of the roads, for electricity and phone lines. Later, people came and the area started developing. Gorewada gates were opened the day water reservoir was inaugurated and the flyover height was increased. The entire colony was under water that day. It’s really sad and it’s high time that the concerned authorities should wake up.
Nagpur being a small city, many families of the students must have familiar relations with you. In this regards, do you face any problems in disciplining students known to you?
There are so many children in Modern School whose parents and grandparents know me personally. I never acknowledge them and nobody gets an advantage. The instant you show familiarity to a child, he pays a price with his performance in school. I didn’t give that advantage to my own children! I served nothing to them on a platter and official letters from the school were sent to their father. It has never been a problem for me and I think it’s because of the way I have conducted myself.
While modern school was established in 1987, Centre point school was established in 1988. How do you look at the comparatives between the two contemporary brands
I am very positive and clear. Centre Point School is doing very well and Modern School is giving it a healthy competition. I think comparison is for the just for the sake of comparing. The truth is, every school has something unique. If the comparison is about the quality of education, I am okay with that. I know we are one of the best and there’s scope for improvement to be the best.
Apparently Aruna Upadhyay (Director of Centre Point School) and you are friends. What kind of bonhomie do you two share despite being competitors
We get along very well without interfering in each other’s professional lives. Aruna has her own distinctive aura and style. She is blessed with a very strong financial support which I don’t have, but still we bond very well. She has always been very tremendously supportive of me. I think it’s necessary that one have a positive and healthy competition.
What are your future plans and mission for Modern School?
Modern School pass outs are in every corner of the world in various professions and that makes me a very satisfied and a proud person. These kids have given me a spot of respect and have made me a happy soul. But, there are still lots of desires to be fulfilled. I am definitely looking forward to carry on with same fashion and passion. My goals are very clear; Children passing out from Modern School should do wonders in their lives and they should be happy. I don’t like children who are only good in academics. It’s necessary that there is an all round development and they are emotionally strong. They should be naughty as well and live life to the fullest. There’s a lot of exposure these days and in spite of that children are not mentally mature; they get tempted to experiment. It’s important to make them understand that it is not necessary that they burn their fingers every time to learn; they can learn from others’ experience as well.
RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President
The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.
Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.
Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.
The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.
Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka, Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.
President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .
Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.
Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .
Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur
Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.
Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.
“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.
“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.
With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.
Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live
A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.
During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.
On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.
The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.
After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.