Providing equal opportunities – Deeksha Kalyani

Deeksha Kalyani is the founder of ‘The Learning Centre’ for students of special needs. The director and promoter of the Kalyani School in Pune she has a rich background in the area of child development.
Cityplus spoke to her about her passion towards creating a platform for children with special needs. She studied and has worked in The Shri Ram School as a student Counsellor from 1997 to 2001. Academically, Deeksha has completed her BA in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College and her M.A. in Child Psychology from Tufts University in the USA.

Deeksha Kalyani - The director and promoter of the Kalyani School in Pune

Deeksha Kalyani – The director and promoter of the Kalyani School

Her objective

Through her school, The Kalyani School she hopes to provide every child with an equal opportunity to achieve their best and create a conducive learning environment that makes students happy to come to school. She explains, “When I was in Grade XI, I decided to study Psychology as it was a subject of interest to me.  I was always very fond of children, so I chose to major in Child Psychology.  In the mid-nineties, it was not very common for schools to have a Counsellor, but at The Shri Ram School, it was believed that the emotional well-being of the students was also very important.  Hence, it was one of the first schools in India to have full time counselling for students, parents and teachers.

Initially, it was very difficult to convince parents to come for counselling.  They would not like to hear of problems their children were facing, and would turn a blind eye towards them.  Also, since I was very young, they would not like taking advice from me, but with time this issue was overcome.

Her hobbies

Her hobbies include spending quality time with children and reading. She believes in giving quality time to children.  She loves doing art and craft, building Lego and playing board games with them. Being a voracious reader herself, she is happy that even her children enjoy reading books and they all discuss them together.

Special care for children

In 1997, she set up The Learning Centre in The Shri Ram School which was a centre for students with mild learning disabilities and other special needs.  It was very important to give students with special needs an opportunity to be included in a school with normal students as they strive to challenge themselves.  It is also a very effective learning experience for normal students, as it teaches them patience, empathy and sensitivity.  The Learning Centre was a great success, as it helped many students get specialised education in a mainstream school.
“I have always had an ability to listen well, and that has been my biggest asset as a Counsellor.  This field has helped me become very patient and understanding,” she added.

The Kalyani School is in Academic Collaboration with Shri Ram School

The Kalyani School is in Academic Collaboration with Shri Ram School

About The Kalyani School:

The kalyani school is in collaboration with The Shri Ram School, Delhi, which has been consistently rated in the top 5 schools of India in the last ten years.  The focus of the school is to be a child-centric education system, where they will bring out the best in each child.  They also believe in imparting a strong value-based education, so that the students become responsible and caring citizens in the future.

–Renuka Agarwal

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Providing equal opportunity – CityPlus-jagran

 

Credit: Jagran City Plus – 16 April 2015

Parents’ Orientation Programme held at The Kalyani School

The Kalyani School in Manjiri Budruk , near Hadapsar, Pune is a proposed CBSE school which has been started by ‘The Kalyani Group’. On Saturday, the 4th of April, The founder parents of ‘The Kalyani School ’were officially invited to the campus.

It was an occasion, when they were oriented about the vision and mission of the Team of ‘The Kalyani School’, by the Director, Mrs. Deeksha Kalyani, Principal, Mrs. Nirmal Waddan and Academic Coordinator, Mrs. Divya Puri. The entire academic staff was also introduced, so that the parents could become familiar with the Facilitators, who will contribute to their child’s all round development.

The occasion was graced by the presence of Mr. Baba Kalyani, the Chairman of ’The Kalyani Group’ and Mr. Amit Kalyani, the Executive Director, Kalyani Group.

Parents were oriented about the vision and mission of The Kalyani School

Parents were oriented about the vision and mission of The Kalyani School

Mr. Baba Kalyani - Planted Tree at The Kalyani School

Mr. Baba Kalyani – Planted Tree at The Kalyani School

After the orientation programme, the parents visited the homeroom of their children, and interacted with the homeroom teachers. The highlight of the day was a very innovative activity, in which both parents and teachers participated. Each one was given a leaf, prepared by the Art Teacher, Mr. Kiran Dahiphale. On it they wrote why they had trusted us and joined The Kalyani School. The leaves were then pasted on The Tree of Trust, created at the entrance of the School. This tree is expected to grow every day, with more and more leaves and branches of trust added to it by the parents. Each family was also gifted with a sapling with their name tag to be planted on the school ground, which will become a lush and green plantation one day, a gift from The Kalyani School, to Mother Nature. Mr. Baba Kalyani planted a Plumeria tree right at the entrance of the school.

The parents were very impressed with what they saw and felt. They were duly assured that the School and the Staff were very able and dedicated in their vocation. The parents’ feedback expressed that they were sure that the School will provide the children with every emotional and academic support they deserve.

The day turned out to be a success, when happy and satisfied parents reinstated their trust in The Kalyani Group.

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