Sunday, March 1, 2015

Interview - Rustom Kerawalla, Chairman and Managing Director, Vibgyor High

Rustom Kerawalla, Chairman and Managing Director, Vibgyor High,primary focus is to provide quality education combined with professional management of schools in India. An alumnus of Manipal Institute of Technology, Mr. Kerawalla brings in 25 years of entrepreneurship. He is a visionary who envisaged that education in the 21st century should empower students to excel in our dynamically changing world. VIBGYOR High was instituted with this zealous pursuit of educating young minds to be torch-bearers of innovation and progress.  The educational philosophy of VIBGYOR High receives its direction from Mr Kerawalla’s belief that the academic programme should be oriented towards creating the best learning opportunities for students to maximise their potential to excel. , Through scripted curriculum, experiential and integrated learning, innovative methods of teaching and specialised management, Vibgyor High constantly endeavours to ensure holistic development of children with stronger knowledge base and better understanding. These thoughts and aspirations provide the genesis for VIBGYOR High Chain of Schools. Over the period of 10 years, with his abundant passion and experience in education, Mr. Kerawalla has successfully set up a chain of schools across seven cities of India. Today, Vibgyor High has 21 schools in India with more than 24,000 happy students.

VIBGYOR High is one of the leading chains of schools in India known for its quality education and academic excellence. Our institution offers a unique range of world-class educational services for the holistic development of students in curricular and co-curricular areas. Under the leadership of Mr. Rustom Kerawalla, Chairman and Managing Director of the institution, Vibgyor High is set to draw new horizons with 21 schools in seven major cities, reaching out to more than 24,000 students nationwide. With quality-driven systemic processes, a dedicated team of teaching and school administration professionals, we endeavour to provide the best educational opportunities to our students.

Replying to Anil Mascarenhas of IIFL, Rustom Kerawalla says, “Today education is not confined to a set of books and conventional teaching methods; it has reached to a different paradigm wherein modern techniques are introduced. Experiential and integrated learning programme is an essential part of modern education system, and we have inculcated the same very fiercely in our curriculum.”

Give us a brief overview of the education industry. What are the changes taking place? 
Education industry is constantly evolving. The advent of technology has open plethora of opportunities both for schools and students. Today, parents can select from varied boards like the State Board, CBSE, ICSE, IGSE and IB for their children according to their requirements. Also there has been a shift from textbook to practical learning leading to a better understanding of subjects. I feel this is a great change and will definitely lead to shaping a child’s personality from a younger age.

With a new government at the Centre, what changes do you anticipate? 
New government has definitely led to major changes in education sector. Most anticipated changes will be cheaper loans for institutes and longer gestation and repayment period like they have in infrastructure projects. Also, I believe, with a change in governance there will be stress on vocational training.

Any recommendations for the Union budget? 
I would definitely recommend that Private institutes should be encouraged to finance the fees of deserving students on the basis of results and merit.

Comment on your number of schools and students. 
We have grown experientially over a period of 10 years. Today, we have 21 schools across India with over 24,000 students.

What are your expansion plans. How would they be funded? 
We plan to expand by having a school in major cities of India and providing quality education to the children. Our expansion plan will be funded by debt and also leasing of properties would assist in reduction of capital cost.

How do you go about creating self-scripted curriculum? 
Our curriculum has been developed after a careful study of the current and future trends in the education industry – educational needs of students, aims and objectives outlined by educational boards, existing practices and methodologies adopted, trends in educational technology, etc. This research was carefully intervened with the Vision & Mission of VIBGYOR High, enabling Student Centered learning, Activity based learning, Project based learning, Visual Auditory and Kinesthetic Modalities based learning.

As the curriculum was developed by experts, concentrated efforts were made to maintain high quality of lesson plans directed to achieve the learning objectives. This detailed scripted curriculum aids to maintain the uniformity in teaching standards through content delivered across all our centres.

You say academic excellence offers a diverse experiential and integrated learning programme. Could you explain?  
Today education is not confined to a set of books and conventional teaching methods; it has reached to a different paradigm wherein modern techniques are introduced. Experiential and integrated learning programme is an essential part of modern education system, and we have inculcated the same very fiercely in our curriculum. Also, I would like to stress that our curriculum is self-scripted by experts and educationalists, which gives us a higher edge in bringing different approaches of teaching into practice. Our teaching methodologies are based on the practical application of leading learning theories such as Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of multiple intelligences, Kolb’s Model of Experiential Learning, Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains and other recent teaching approaches.

Our Integrated curriculum model is based on the principle of subject interweaving, which help students to gain knowledge about one topic through different dimensions. Such as, study of a particular topic, like Social Science gets integrated with Social Studies, Environmental Education, Mathematics and Science. This enables students to understand a particular topic’s origin, history and its mathematical and scientific rationales at the same time.

Our classrooms are the learning laboratories for students, where they experiment and innovate, share and deliberate, lead and follow as they participate in activities. Our academic programme consists of a number of learning events such as Culminating Activity day, Buddy day, Talks from Guest speakers from diverse fields etc. providing an opportunity for students to learn more and perceive a different perspective about things in life.

Comment on the curriculum offered. What advice do you give students and a parent regarding which curriculum is best suited? 
We offer ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education), CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Examination) curricula. From the pre-primary years till middle school, we employ a curriculum framework that is thoughtfully crafted based on the principles of integrated learning. This curriculum is transacted through interdisciplinary learning modules which aids in strengthening students’ deeper understanding of the subject. These interdisciplinary learning modules are further augmented with several experiential learning activities such as educational trips, industrial exposure and domestic and international tours at regular intervals for our young scholars.

At the secondary school level, our curriculum is oriented towards the syllabi mapped out by the educational boards that prepare students for the end-of-school certifying examinations. Like the early years, at this stage too we adopt a learner-centric pedagogy that focuses on each student, their individual needs that includes academic, physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual growth.

Parents need to adjudge the curriculum based on the degree of opportunities it provides for learner-centric engagements. The Curriculum should be delivered through new-age teaching methodology which encourages the students to be active participants in the learning process, inspires them to think out of the box and equip them with self-learning skills.

You also have a structured curriculum for Sports & Performing Arts. What advantages do you see in this? 
We are recognized as one of the few schools in the country to have a structured programme for Sports & the Performing Arts. We believe that along with the academic rigor, a child should be given an equal opportunity to excel in extra-curriculum activities. These activities boost a high level of confidence amongst children and are the primary avenues of their overall personality development.

We offer a comprehensive self-curated Sports and Performing Arts curriculum developed, managed and delivered by a team of professionals.

We train our students in spectrum of athletic and artistic activities ranging from Fitness to Games, to swimming, football, cricket, basketball as well as Music, Dance, Speech and Drama. Due to constant emphasis and motivation towards child’s participation in numerous sports and cultural activities, many students today have developed interest in these fields and found their career options. The latest example is Master Sinan Adnani from VIBGYOR High Vadodara School, who has been selected to represent at the state level of U16 Basketball team.

What is student-Teacher Ratio? Do you expect it to remain this way for long? 
VIBGYOR High caters to the students from Pre-primary to Grade 12, with a student-teacher ratio of 10:1 across, on an average at the school level. The ratio is developed based on the current curriculum structure followed in our schools. We may re-look at the same if and when we plan to re-structure our curriculum model in order to ensure adequate focus is delivered towards each child’s growth & development.

What are the opportunities and challenges in the education industry? 
There is a lot of scope in education sector in India with the array of innovative and technology-based educational programmes being introduced. We at VIBGYOR High constantly strive to provide better quality of education to our students. One of the greater challenges is to break through the rote-learning teaching method, for which we have adopted experiential, integrated and other modern and interactive methods. This makes learning more interesting and fun for students. Our curriculum is self-scripted by the experts and best educationalists. Also, due to popularity and demand of international standards of education, there are infinite opportunities to make available a comprehensive education to foster talents of students.

Another challenge that the education industry faces is the mainstreaming of children with special needs. We at VIBGYOR High pride ourselves to have started off as an inclusive school right from the inception of our flagship school in Mumbai. We are equipped with a Resource Room operated by a team of well qualified Special Educators and Counsellors who work closely with these children and teachers.

How do you manage the demand for good teachers as supply remains an issue? 
At VIBGYOR High, we welcome teachers who are inclined towards expanding their existing bank of knowledge and competencies; teachers who are keen on team teaching and co-operative learning. The management of VIBGYOR High recognizes the importance of recruiting teachers who have been trained in educational pedagogy and teaching methodologies.

Harnessing the best from our academic staff and its continual monitoring, training and enrichment remains our cardinal agenda. With this point in view, we have developed a Quality Analysis and Diagnostic Framework to measure the extent the system effectively achieves its educational objectives. Teacher Training and Quality Assurance and Guidance Audit are the two inter-twined spine of this quality framework.

Through rigorous internal and external periodic trainings, we ensure the quality of education is always in line with VIBGYOR teaching standards.

Your message to parents while choosing a school? 
A detailed prospectus given by the school provides most of the information but I would urge parents to do their own research as well. A thorough research is mandatory, parents should be well aware of education trends, facilities provided, standard of teaching faculty, affiliation and the boards offered.

Comment on your financials. What is the ownership pattern? Any plans to sell stake? 
As an institute, selling of stake is not a legal or acceptable concept.


Thursday, February 26, 2015


Madav of Grade 2 won silver medal in inline skates

Priyansh Of Grade 3 Won Bronze In Squads Skates  U 10 Category

Sona Shree Of G 7 Won Gold And Kaivalya Of G  5 Won Silver In Inline Skates U 12 Category.

Yasasri Of Grade 1 Won Bronze In Inline Skate U 6

Monday, February 23, 2015

Marine Carnival At Vibgyor High-Airoli !

We are pleased by enthusiastic response for the Marine Carnival held at Vibgyor High-Airoli ! Congratulations team! It was an great opportunity for students to discover marine life through vibrant paintings and artworks. The highlight of the carnival was that many of the artwork was recycled using old newspapers, thermocol glasses and bottles that are used within the campus. Thus, teaching the students about recycling. The event was covered by leading newspapers such as DNA India, The Times of India and Newsband

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Conserve environment, say students of Vibgyor High Borivali school

Students of Vibgyor High in Borivali participated in the IC Carnival event to spread awareness about environment.
Students of Vibgyor High in Borivali participated in the IC Carnival event to spread awareness about environment.  

Doing their bit to promote awareness about the environment, the students of Vibgyor High in Borivali participated in the IC carnival. Organised by residents of IC Colony in Borivali, the carnival saw the participation of 35 students who cycled wearing t-shirts with messages to save the environment.

Residents of other societies, members of different organisations and corporate houses also participated in this carnival. The annual event had a float parade, fancy dress competitions and treasure hunt among other activities.

Talking about her students, Hina Desai, principal, Vibgyor school, said, “At our school, we constantly emphasise on conserving the environment and inculcating these values in our students. The carnival has given us a platform to take our message to a larger audience.”


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cricket Academy of Pathans

Irfan Pathan believes that he can play for India soon and is hoping that his body can hold up. © AFP
Irfan Pathan has resumed his tryst with first-class cricket on the right note and has reasons to be satisfied with how his body is holding up.After a match-winning performance against Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow, where his three wickets and 98 runs fetched Baroda their first Ranji Trophy victory of the season, he bowled with heart on a flat deck at the Karnail Singh Stadium and got crucial breakthroughs to help them secure three points against Railways.

VIBGYOR High Goregaon student wins HT Scholarship 2015

Tamanna Balachandran, a student from Grade 5 of VIBGYOR High Goregaon schoolwon the ‘Hindustan Times Scholarship Programme 2015’. The winner was awarded with a trophy and scholarship certificate by Imran Khan, a popular Bollywood actor. The scholarship of Rs.50,000 was given in the form of cheque in an award ceremony held today at New Cuffe Parade Arts & Culture Centre.

Tamanna was amongst the top 50 students who were felicitated in the ceremony selected after an interview with Soumya Bhattacharya, Editor, Hindustan Times. These 50 students were chosen from 77,000 entries from 250-300 schools across Mumbai.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cricket Academy of Pathans now at VIBGYOR High!

Mr. Irfan Pathan launched the first cricket camp by CAP (Cricket Academy of Pathans) at Vibgyor High, Vadodara on Saturday, 17 January 2015. It is the first tie up of CAP after its inception in September 2014. Vibgyor High always strives towards providing the support and platform to its students to outshine in their areas of interest and excellence, whether its academics or co curricular activities.

Cleanliness Drive @ Vibgyor High Airoli

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sahodaya Complex Quiz Competition

Sahodaya Complex Quiz Competition

VIBGYOR High won the first place in Sahodaya Complex Quiz Competition held on 15 November 2014 at Podar International School, Kolhapur. Sahodaya Complex Schools around Kolhapur participated for this competition. Brahmanand Kori, Advait Kamalakar and Anish Malu represented the School. Mr. T. Balan, the Principal Congratulated the Students.

Swacch Bharat Abhiyan -Kolhapur

As an ode to the Swacha Bharat Abhiyan, the Vibgyorites of Kolhapur decided on a rally to promote their duty towards the nation and create awareness for the upcoming VIVA 2014.  With this thought, the teaching and the nonteaching staff of VIBGYOR, Kolhapur gathered together on 15 November 2014 at the appointed venue, the Railway station of the city dressed in blue jeans and white top/shirt. Armed with gloves, caps and the cleaning gear, the sporty troopers of VIBGYOR progressed from one center of the Kolhapur city to another.  The short and snappy quotes like “HAMARA BHARAT, SWACHA BHARAT” and many more accentuated the entire movement holding the spectators with varied feelings of anxiousness, approbation or probably motivation.

The rally served more than its purpose, as the Principal Mr. T. Balan quoted, “This one day cleaning of dirt is just an iota of what we intended.  What’s noteworthy is the message that we wished to convey to the commoners, and I’m glad we were successful in our bit in stirring minds and create an awakening”. 

Thus we not only taught our kids to maintain hygiene, but did the cleaning ourselves and enthused many others to do the same. Everybody from the Principal to the ancillary staff actively participated in it. Now this is exactly how we lived up to the emotion;“Good things indeed start from home”.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bharti Singh, an Indian stand-up comedian, at VIVA Vibgyor High

Bharti Singh, an Indian stand-up comedian and actress in Hindi and Punjabi films, rocked VIVA by her presence and performance at Viva Vibgyor High 2013.

Celebrity Judges at Viva Vibgyor High - Mumbai Audition

Aanchal Munjal (Indian Films and Television actress), her mother Anu (Producer) and Anurima Roy (Choreographer) were the judges for the Viva Premier Competition - Swing n Swirl in Mumbai Auditions 2013.

Friday, October 10, 2014

VIBGYOR HIGH - VIVA 5, Voice of Viva winner performing

Siddhant Suryavanshi enthralled the audience & the judges & won the title of VOICE OF VIVA with the cash prize of Rs. 25,000/-
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Viva -- the annual festival held by VIBGYOR HIGH at its various schools across India.
Now in its 5th year, Viva 2013 exemplifies the growth and evolution of VIBGYOR HIGH and its journey so far.
One can say Viva is an extension of and for VIBGYOR.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

VIBGYOR HIGH Bangalore - VIVA Festival

VIVA Festival - Colors of talent @ Vibgyor High Marathahalli.

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VIBGYOR High's journey towards education excellence began in 2004 with an ideal mix of academic and corporate professionals who felt the shared need to provide inclusive education. At VIBGYOR High, we challenge our students with a unique educational experience which emphasizes a seamless blend of academics, sports, performing arts, community and experiential learning programmes.

Education at VIBGYOR HIGH

Education at VIBGYOR High is driven with the goal to ignite India's young minds.We strongly believe our students will develop into the valuable human resource India needs as it marches on in the 21st century.

We are a future-forward educational institution committed towards the delivery of curriculum based on best international practices. The learning environment at all VIBGYOR schools is geared towards developing an environment that is challenging and stimulating.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A bike future ahead

Nine-year old Yuvraj Konde Deshmukh, student of Vibgyor High School, has shunned chocolates and gaming consoles to pursue his passion — motocross racing.

Children his age spend hours on their PlayStation consoles playing motor racing games and trying hair-raising stunts. Nut nine-year-old Yuvraj Konde Deshmukh has seamlessly bridged the gap between the virtual world and reality by taking his love for motorbikes to a completely new level. Serious about bikes and racing, little Yuvraj proved his mettle by finishing on the podium in the American Motocross Association’s race held at Lake Sugar Tree Motorsports Park, Axton, Virginia. Battling alongside local kids who were well aware of the off-road circuit, Yuvraj in an impressive runfinished second in the 3.2 km track run over four laps, in the age 7-11 category.
“My friends don’t know that I ride motorbikes. They think I ride those battery operated toy bikes for fun. There is just one boy who knows what I actually do because he has seen me doing it,” says the affable boy with a wide grin.
Yuvraj, who still struggles to sit straight for more than minute, picking random stuff around him while occasionally rolling on the couch even as his parents cajole him in vain, undergoes a drastic transformation when he is on a racetrack.
“I first saw him at the MRF Super Cross national race and was stunned by his riding skills. He was a cut above the rest. The way he throttled, I knew this boy could make it big,” says eight-time national champion Rustom Patel.
It was under Patel that Yuvraj, who stays in Pune, learned the nuances of motocross racing at his I-Land Racing Academy in Wadala. “I requested his parents to send him to my academy. He is a quick learner and is not afraid to take risks.”
Rustom said that it was Yuvraj’s splendid show in the race held at Aamby Valley last year that turned things around. “He was competing in U-14 category and beat those kids. I requested our director Atul Ajmera to send him abroad and he made sure that every expense of our trip was looked after. We even bought a brand new six-gear 65 cc bike for him to ride there.”
While all Motorsport races involve a high degree of risks, motocross racing tests a rider’s skills to the maximum. The races are run over natural and man-made terrain courses with hills, jumps and turns. “He is not allowed to eat chocolates. He trains for about eight hours a day apart from fitness and stamina building sessions,” Rustom adds.
Having been a rider before, Yuvraj’s father Sandeep, who completed the three-member team, was naturally proud to see his son but it is the mother, who still gets jittery. “I am not scared anymore but a night before the race is always spent praying. Even our maids join me in praying. It is a ritual that I have to follow,” Yuvraj’s mother admits.

With a successful run in the US, the team are looking to now target races in the subcontinent but before that the student of Vibgyor High School will have to shun his biking gears for a while. “I am looking forward to meeting my friends and teachers. I got a one-month off. When they know that I have returned with a trophy, they will be quite proud.”

Student of Vibyor High School NIBM Road, Pune, tops Cambridge international exam

Manan Shah, a student of Vibgyor High School, NIBM Road, Pune, tops Cambridge international exam in environmental science subject in International General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (IGCSE), which is part of the University of Cambridge.

Tripti Jain, also from Vibgyor High, Pune, have topped the Cambridge International AS level physics examination.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

VIBGYOR High Bangalore, VIVA 2013

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VIBGYOR HIGH Bangalore VIVA Festival














Caroline's performance in VIVA Concert 2013, Vibgyor High, Marthahalli

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Know Good Touch & Bad Touch

Augmentation of Safety and Security Measure for our Children

Augmentation of Safety and Security Measure for our Children

Dear Parents,

At the onset, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support during this hour of crisis. Our heart goes out to the child and the family and we stand by them with a commitment that we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the guilty are brought to justice. We will seek maximum permissible punishment under the law for perpetrators of the heinous crime.

As a school we believe that we are stand in loco parentis to our children during school hours and the said incident has truly unnerved us and raised genuine apprehensions about the enhancement of security and safety of our children while in our care.

As a responsible school management, we have initiated a structured and time-bound intervention to substantially review and augment the existing safety and security systems in the organization.

We would like to bring to your notice some of the interventions that are being implemented on an immediate basis.

We are taking the following measures immediately:-

·         Substantially augmenting the number of female security guards.
·          Significantly expanding CCTV coverage across each of our centers using digital IP cameras (Night vision enabled) that will be monitored by a dedicated team.
·          We are taking steps to strengthen the perimeter walls of our schools as well as entry and exit points so that any external intrusion will be minimized and at no point in time any unauthorized person will be allowed to enter the school premises encompassing even the swimming pool area.
·         We will amend the disclaimer in question in the disclaimer form in accordance with the government guidelines.
·         We are equipping all our buses with a wireless tapping machine that will record the parent ID before the student is handed over to the parent.
·          A criminal background verification check by the police authorities will be made mandatory for our faculty academic, non academic & third party staff.
·          We are in negotiation with behavioral training organizations that will re-train the bus drivers and the bus maids with respect to child psychology and conduct periodic interventions to groom them on standard operating procedures pertaining to children availing transport. We already have a buffer of verified bus drivers who are deployed in case our regular drivers are not available.
·          We ensure that at all points in time our male teachers are accompanied by female education facilitators during any interface with children and further measures will be undertaken to ensure that there are no lapses in the existing procedures for the same.
·          In due course, we will ensure that we conduct regular training interventions to further sensitize staff at all levels to be appropriate and correct in their conduct to children and also to sensitize our children about good and bad touch as guided by counselors and child psychologists.
·         We will ensure that a PTA is formed at each of our centers (over 50%participation of parents), which shall also embody a Safety & Security Review Committee to review the safety measures every quarter.
·         Any changes in our staff pertaining to class teachers, coordinators, vice principal and principal shall be notified to all parents.
·         All parents shall have to produce bearer cards (Pre Primary to Grade1) for picking up their wards from the school or from the drop point location.
·         Our existing mechanism to send alerts to parents, about the child’s movement shall be further strengthened as we are reviewing our arrangement with existing vendor.
·         We will make earnest attempts to increase the number for female coaches to assist in supporting our sports and performing arts activities.

We would like to reiterate that VIBGYOR is committed towards creating a safe and secure environment for our children and we will make every feasible intervention to eliminate any possibility of any untoward incidents.

We would like to reassure you that there is no attempt on the part of the management to either cover up or delay the investigation or to shield any guilty person in any manner whatsoever. Full cooperation is being rendered to law & order authorities.

There are several reports in the media and on online platforms through which vicious rumors and false allegations against the school and its management are being propagated. We sincerely request you not to blindly believe these reports and to verify the facts with us. There is a team that has been deployed on a 24X7 basis to answer any query and we are doing our best to revert to you as quickly as possible.

We appreciate the support and valuable suggestions that are pouring in at and we stand by our commitment to revert to each of you on your concerns.

We thank you for your ongoing support and we stand committed by our resolve to provide highest quality education to our children.



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A drop Of Blood, hopes for life!   

A blood donation camp was organized at VIBGYOR High, Kolhapur on 1st February 2014.Where teachers, admin, and ancillary staff voluntarily donated blood. The camp was organized by VIBGYOR HIGH in association with "Arpana Blood Bank" in the School campus under the supervision of Doctor along with four supporting staff.

51 units of blood collected would go to the blood Bank. This blood donation camp was organized under the aegis of the Social Welfare of VIBGYOR High. Prior to the camp, staff members were apprised of the benefits related to blood donation by the Volunteers of Arpana Blood Bank.

According to the information presented on the occasion, only 50percent of the country's blood requirement is fulfilled through such blood donation camps. Hence, there is a need to create awareness amongst our youth for active participation in such a noble cause. On this occasion, along with all teachers, admin & ancillary Staff were present. Camp got a very good repose under the kind Support & supervision of our esteemed Principal Mr. T. Balan.
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