Ritesh Mehta
Education Institution Podar International School, Mehsana
Designation Principal

Previous Institutions(s)

Ryan International School, Scottish Academy

Belongs to (place from)

Aurangabad, Maharashtra 

MADS Interest


Favorite MADS Personalities

Amir Khan, Kishore Kumar 

Life Mantra

Live and let live 

I draw inspirations from

APJ Abdul Kalam

Had I not been an Educationalist then

I would have been an Author

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

I became a teacher at very early age. I used to work at a call centres with international voice processes. Within a year I was promoted as a Voice & Accent trainer. My former teacher contacted and informed me about an immediate part time vacancy in school it was as a teacher. I joined as a part time faculty and realised that it was my passion. To give a smile on someone’s face is something I felt like pleasure more than the amount I received. At that point I decided that I don’t want to work for an MNC, but I want to work as a teacher in a school. Even today I first consider myself as a teacher and then as a principal.

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?

It surely makes a difference! When we speak about education, we speak about a human being. John Dewey once said, “education is nothing, but it is a replica of life". Whatever is going on in the society is going to be reflected in school and vice versa. We just speak about academics but when we give confidence to child about MADS then we observe him/her bringing difference in life. There was one student of mine who was weak in studies, but when I asked him to host an event, he did it very well. Today he is in Cincinnati USA, going to be a reporter. A little push to the co-curricular side can make a huge difference indeed. One of my schools has adopted tribal students, they were trained to perform dance and they were very much confident in it. Hence, I know how much difference the confidence in cocurricular makes in the life cycle of a child.

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

I was fortunate to be the initial part of big initiatives like Model United Nations held in India. Apart from that I was also in the organising committee for International Theatre Festival. I also worked with the social service camps, media organisations in collaboration where we can do certain event to give it back to the society. We also conducted certain events wherein we celebrated the martyrs and their lives. The event was “Mera Rang De Basanti Chola.” This programme was done with Bharat Petroleum and Lokmat and our school was the Host. We called and felicitated the family of the martyrs.

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?

We started a programme called ‘marks for sports’ in our school. We convinced the parents that not only academics scores but marks for health are also very important. In metros we do not have much spaces to play. Some children have physical weaknesses, and some have obesity, so we have given some extra time to students to play on the ground. This came out as a successful initiative as some students went to the national as well as international levels to compete. The success speaks for itself. Our institution has given cash rewards upto ?1.2 lacs and fees concessions to those participating and winning in national and international levels. This helped the parents to understand that marks are important but marks for health are also equally important.

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

We should recognise, accept, celebrate and treat students excelling in MADS as celebrities. When my students returned from international tournaments, they were welcomed in the airport with Dhol & Nagara in an open jeep and taken to the school just like celebrities. This gives the confidence and trust to the people for following such success stories. This can imbibe the values of curricular activities being taken seriously in life.

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

Many of my students have reached international levels for Karate and Skating. Few of them attempted but couldn’t compete in Tour De France a cycling rally in France.

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

I like listening to music even though I’m not that good singer. I try to relax through music which is close to my heart.

Any other thoughts you may want to share.

Let the child be allowed to do the things s/he wishes to. Parents cannot enforce their thoughts upon kids. Parents are just a format or a mean to survive. As parents and school, just try to be the facilitator and let the child flourish the way s/he wishes to.  When one excels in MADS, s/he becomes a success story so let your child be the success story for the future.

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