Dr. Augustine F Pinto & Madam Grace Pinto on Education World

Rons Bantwal

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Education World in its Cover Story presents an illustrative report on: Leaders Changing Indian Education who are intelligently attempting and succeeding to invest reality and meaning into Indian Education.  Dr. Augustine F Pinto, Chairman, and Madam Grace Pinto, MD, Ryan Group are listed among the top 50 Leaders in Education who endure to make change in the Indian Education.

50 Leaders Changing Indian Education

These are the best and worst times for India’s community of educationists and educators, principals and teachers included. On the positive side, perhaps more than ever before in the history of the Indian subcontinent, public interest in education and its life-sustaining social and private benefits is at its zenith. On the negative, there are the Central and state governments which like bulls in a china shop are running amok in Indian education interfering with private education institutions and piling on ill-conceived populist legislation which dilutes teaching-learning standards and learning outcomes in the country’s 1.26 million government schools, 80,000 private schools, 31,000 colleges and 611 universities. It is no exaggeration to state that at stake is the globally competitive capability and future of the next generation — 550 million children and youth enroled in India’s crumbling, rapidly obsolescing and dysfunctional institutions of primary, secondary, higher and vocational education.
Against this sombre backdrop, heavy responsibility has devolved upon the country’s beleaguered minority of bona fide educationists and educators to positively influence public policy and simultaneously guide their own institutions of learning through treacherous waters and currents. This responsibility is not only of education philanthropists and private education entrepreneurs (‘edupreneurs’) who have “established and administer educational institutions of their choice” — a fundamental right conferred upon linguistic and religious minorities by the Constitution of India (Article 30 (1)) and expanded to all citizens in the Supreme Court’s landmark verdict in T.M.A Pai Foundation vs. State of Karnataka & Ors (2002) — but has also devolved upon vice chancellors, faculty and administrators of public universities, and principals and teachers of the country’s government schools. They need to practice leadership skills to nurture institutions under their care into centres of excellence and protect them from the populist leveling down efforts of rampaging politicians and bureaucrats.
Contrary to popular belief, such exemplary education leaders and visionaries are a growing minority within Indian education. After a hiatus of three years, EducationWorld presents thumbnail biographies of 50 education leaders who are struggling within a hostile regulatory environment to raise teaching-learning standards in India’s beleaguered preschool, school and higher education institutions.

Divinely inspired edupreneurs

Dr. Augustine & Mme Grace Pinto, chairman and managing director respectively of the Ryan International Group of Institutions (RIGI). An economics graduate of Loyola College, Chennai who began his professional career as an English language teacher in suburban Mumbai in 1983, Augustine Pinto (together with wife Grace) promoted their first KG-class V school in Mumbai with a few dozen students. Since then, within the span of a quarter century, they have nurtured and expanded RIGI into the country’s largest chain of 128 private sector wholly-owned K-12 schools with an aggregate enrolment of 250,000 students in 16 states of the Indian Union.
Devout Christians, the Pintos attribute the rapid growth and development of  RIGI into India’s largest school chain to divine inspiration and guidance. But evidently divine inspiration has been supplemented with determined and skillful institution development progra-mmes. In the EW Survey of Schools 2011, Ryan International, Goregaon was ranked among the Top 10 day schools in Maharashtra and several RIGI schools were ranked among the Top 100.
Over the past three years, the RIGI management, which now includes heir apparent Ryan Pinto, a business manage-ment graduate of Warwick University, has continued to  spread its operations across the country and has inaug-urated eight new RIGI K-12 schools in India. Moreover, living up to its titular description, RIGI has recently promoted two CBSE-affiliated primary-secondaries in the Middle East (Gulf) countries. In addition, driven by a resurgent spirit of upgradation and innovation, the RIGI management is currently engaged in a massive organ-isation streamlining and restructuring exercise to improve teaching-learning standards and learning outcomes across the RIGI chain.

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Thomseen, UK Wed, June-13-2012, 5:44
How are the benficiary students doing in life now. Some testimonies would give weight in gratitude.
Richard, Mumbai Wed, June-13-2012, 5:32
Congratulations and all the best, role models of 21st century....
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