Yogeshwar S Batyal
Education Institution Cambridge International School
Designation Principal

Previous Institutions(s)

Career Launcher Dubai

Belongs to (place from)

Pathankot

MADS Interest

Art & Music

Favorite MADS Personalities

Beyonce, Sachin Tendulkar & MS Dhoni

Life Mantra

Ask, Believe & Achieve

I draw inspirations from

My Universe

Had I not been an Educationalist then

I would have been a Mountaineer

When and why did you decide to take up education as your career?

I used to give tuitions to students when I was studying in the university. When I was pursuing B.Sc. in Mathematics, I was teaching around 40 students from 40 different families, monetary wise I was earning well, after PG I thought of joining industry and was offered jobs by Tata but one of the parents insisted me to continue teaching. I went on pursuing B.Ed. I really liked getting involved in various aspects relating to teaching and education. I eventually landed up in an International school as an HOD in Mathematics for 11 years and that’s how I came into education.

As an educationalist, you are touching many human lives directly. Do you think educational institutions can play a significant role in overall development of students by encouraging them to take up co-curricular interests like Music, Art, Dance or Sports?

Most of the engineering entrance exams are based on percentages of class 12th, all depended on the academics and after coming to colleges, student can’t bear stress. But students being aware of Music and such modalities can help to calm their mind and come out of their daily rigorous schedule. Schools & Colleges must provide activities where students can draw, play certain games, converse with friends around and they can excel in life.

What are some of the most important initiatives related to co-curricular that you have taken in the institutions you have served?

Every child in my institution is exposed to different dance forms. Singing is introduced for kindergarteners. Senior students have an exposure to indoor games such as chess and table tennis and outdoor games such as basketball with proper training by following rules & regulations. Our sports teacher and I myself ensure that these rules are obeyed.

In the days when most people measure success only by academic score, how would you convey to the parents of your students that co-curricular education is not something to be looked down upon?

When the parents complain about their child’s behaviour at home, we simply ask them in what activities apart from academics is their child indulged into, and they seem absolutely clueless to answer. Parents look up to the schools to cater such activities because if a child isn’t getting involved in co-circular activities at home or at school, then parents can imagine how dull their child’s life will get. Out of lakhs aspirants, only 10 thousand students get admissions in IIT and according to one statistic, around 700 to 800 suicides happen every year at IITs. Even after tremendous success and academics excellence, why people are committing suicide? This is because they cannot bear the stress. Unless they get indulged in activities which relax and calm their minds, they will never be able to sustain themselves. We have a wiser approach for students and even some parents are supporting us to carry out co-circular activities.

If you were to suggest one major change in perspective of co-curricular education, what would that be?

We don’t have trained people. Some are very well trained but due to poor communication skills, schools don’t employee them. Institutions should try and improve these basic aspects of such trainers to make them employable.  According to the new CBSE norm, every class should give at least one period for sports in a day but what goes wrong is the number of sports teachers is relatively very less.

Please let us know about some key achievements of your institution and/or your student(s) in MADS at national/international level?

One of our students, Gurvinder Singh from Jalandhar is a national record holder for 100 metres and he even has broken his own record. Several students have gone to top universities across the world.

What are your personal interests in Music, Art, Dance or Sports and how do you continue to pursue them?          <

I have a lot of interest in arts. I am currently learning Mural Art from my student who is in Dubai, I take online classes from her. Besides this, I regularly spend time with our arts teacher in school.  I like listening to music as it gives me a soothing effect.

Any other thoughts you may want to share.

I have travelled a lot all over the world. My personal ambition is that whatever I know I keep on multiplying it. I am looking for an organisation which can assist me in spreading my knowledge in the aspects of my spirituality. I have spoken publicly on corporates such as Infosys for hours.

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