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GD Goenka Signature School is a haven for holistic learning, carried out under the supervision of mentors who are masters of their respective fields. What makes this institution truly capable is the rooting-in of firm values and clear aims for the future.
GD Goenka Signature School has been conceived in the memory of Late Shri Satish Chandra Jain who was closely associated with educational institutions in the early sixties. His son, Mr. Rishi Raj Jain is the Chairperson of the Board for the Radiant Group, including SCJ Buildtech Pvt. Ltd., founded in 1961. The company’s businesses are spread across a spectrum of industries, including engineering, construction and manufacturing. Over 2 million square feet of construction projects have been completed under the guidance of Mr. Jain. In the years that he has been at the helm of the group, he has accelerated growth, built meritocracy and enhanced stakeholder value.
Bureaucrat, historian, visionary; Mr. Rishi Raj Jain is all this and more. He’s a mentor, caring benefactor and an acclaimed entrepreneur. Mr. Jain has conceptualised GD Goenka Signature School to offer aesthetically designed buildings, state-of-the-art laboratories, fully equipped resource centers, one of the finest auditoriums in India and residential facilities at par with best in the world. His efforts to research and connect with some of the best architects and builders in the world has ensured that the school has a great premium infrastructure to begin with. Mr. Jain is the founding pillar of the GD Goenka Signature School, providing it the guidance and strength it needs to achieve its aims.
A distinguished educator and administrator, Ms. Ritu Pathak is the Principal of GD Goenka Signature School. With 31 years of holistic experience in developing productive, student-focussed environments that maximize the learning experiences, she is committed to highest personal and professional standards as an academician and possesses exemplary management and organizational skills. Heralding an educational paradigm based on innovation, experiment and research, she initiated and established various reputed CBSE institutions including a residential school with pronounced decision-making policy direction and curriculum planning. She has served as the Centre Superintendent during CBSE examinations like CTET, JEE Main (AIEE) and AIPMT (NEET) and functioned as the Chief Nodal Supervisor during CBSE Spot Evaluation for History (Class XII) and Social Science (Class X). She pioneered the school to become the proud recipient of British Council’s prestigious International School Award, and has been a participant of the first Indian Principal’s Conference held at The United Kingdom, selected on the basis of the school’s performance.
The dynamic and visionary Principal, Ms. Ritu Pathak has been felicitated with the most prestigious `Avantika Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award – 2018 for Outstanding Leadership’ at a glittering award ceremony held in Lucknow on 18th February, 2018 and also the `Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award’ on 27th April, 2018 conferred to her at the Women Economic Forum 2018 in New Delhi. The honour was bestowed upon her for creating best educational initiatives, developing innovating teaching practices and transforming the dynamics of education and leadership. The award function was graced by a galaxy of eminent dignitaries from the education world.
She is an alumna of La Martinere Girls College and Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow. She obtained her Management Diploma in Educational Planning and Administration from Amity Institute of Education, and a Post-Graduate degree in History from Aligarh Muslim University.
Her last assignment was at G.D. Goenka School, Sector 22, Rohini, where she served as Principal for 11 years.
At the GD Goenka Signature School, there are no teachers instead, there are mentors. Because teachers only teach whereas mentors mould. Mentors not just impart knowledge, but also shape the outlook and persona of a student. Be it academics, sports, performing arts or other kinds of art, it is the mentors who identify, nurture and encourage talent.
For that reason, the selection procedure of mentors at the GD Goenka Signature School is more stringent than most schools and entails multiple rounds of interviews with the founders, reputed academicians and demonstration classes to showcase the prospective mentor’s skills.
Once with the GD Goenka Signature School, mentors undergo regular training sessions to keep them abreast of the developments in the field of education, technology, internet platforms, learning aids and presentation platforms. Instead of standard tests, the mentors are trained in evaluating students differently, based on the diverse ways of absorbing knowledge. While some learn from listening alone, others do better with audio-visual aids and some by performing the task first-hand. At the GD Goenka Signature School, it’s called the Real Mentor Program.