Education Minister Ms. Atishi visited IIM Ahmedabad on Friday, to interact with the principals of MCD schools – who have gone to IIM-A for a unique school leadership and management training. This marks the first time in the MCD’s history that school principals are being sent to IIM for training. The Education Minister’s visit and meeting with the principals at IIM proved to be a commendable step, boosting confidence and enthusiasm among the teachers for the ongoing training. During the event, Ms. Atishi shared her determination to ensure that AAP’s education revolution succeeds in MCD schools as well, after Delhi Govt Schools. She said that the principals are the flag bearers of the Education Revolution and urged them to approach the training as a mission, focusing on and learning from every minute aspect over its course. Ms. Atishi emphasised that learning from world-class institutions like IIM Ahmedabad would enable the principals to establish a world-class education model in their respective schools.

The Principals shared their views with the Education Minister, expressing gratitude for the government’s commitment to improving MCD schools. They said, “The past Governments under the MCD have always neglected us and remained apathetic towards us. To see that the AAP Government treats us with dignity, prioritises our welfare and growth and looks after our needs is extremely encouraging.” Inspired by the government’s vision, the principals pledged to work hard and transform their schools into world-class institutions, contributing to the vision of education.

Highlighting the importance of principals in schools, the Ms. Atishi said “A principal’s approach, mentality and working style represents the state of the school. Since 2015, the focus of the Shri Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has been on capacity building and professional development of principals. This led to special school leadership and management training designed for them, including programs at IIM Ahmedabad and other IIMs.” Ms. Atishi highlighted the autonomy given to principals, which has resulted in revolutionary transformation of Delhi government schools.

Ms. Atishi said “The neglect towards teachers by past MCD governments was known to all. I assure all Principals – under the AAP government, MCD teachers will receive all the facilities crucial for their professional development and growth. Following the success in Delhi government schools, an educational revolution will now be witnessed in MCD schools. The training provided to MCD principals from IIM Ahmedabad will equip them to tackle the unique challenges they face daily and improve both the academic and administrative aspects of their schools.”

The Education Minister shared Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal’s vision of providing world-class education to each and every child in Delhi, regardless of their background or upbringing. “To achieve this, teachers and principals must have the opportunity to learn from top-tier institutions and gain exposure. Only then can they create an environment which supports world-class education within their schools. The training received by MCD principals from IIM Ahmedabad will play a crucial role in this endeavour.” Ms. Atishi said.

Addressing the principals, Ms. Atishi further stated that MCD’s principals are the beacon of hope for a better future for millions of children and parents in MCD schools. She urged them to approach the training with utmost dedication, treating it as a mission to be taken further into their schools.

During the occasion, the principals expressed immense satisfaction with the government’s focus on improving MCD schools. They mentioned their previous struggles for basic facilities and their joy at now receiving quality training and support. They vowed to work diligently to fulfill the government’s vision of education, making every effort to transform their schools into world-class institutions that provide quality education to every child.

Notably, this is the first time in Delhi’s history that principals of MCD schools have been sent to IIM Ahmedabad for training. The initial batch of 47 principals along with 3 teachers educators of SCERT Delhi commenced a Five-day training program on June 29th. The training, facilitated by top professors at IIM Ahmedabad, focuses on school leadership and management techniques specifically tailored for MCD schools.

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