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Extraordinary Achievement in Education Leadership Award: Dr. Ashok Pandey

EducationWorld January 2022 | Pictorial Essay

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Sanjeev Bolia (2019) Ashok Pandey with Dr. Kannan Gireesh (left) & Sumer Singh (right)

Director of the Delhi-based Ahlcon Group of two CBSE affiliated K-12 schools with an aggregate enrolment of 6,200 students mentored by 320 teachers, Ashok Pandey has acquired over three decades experience in primary-secondary education in India and abroad as a teacher, principal, author and motivational speaker.

A physics, education and business management postgrad of Allahabad, Annamalai and BITS, Pilani universities, Pandey began his career as a teacher in the Rotary Public School, Gurgaon, in 1983. Subsequently, he taught physics in several top-ranked schools, including Mayo College, Ajmer (1985-91), International Indian School, Dammam, Saudi Arabia (1991-97), Amity International School, Noida, prior to being appointed principal of DPS Jammu in 1999.

In 2003 Pandey was appointed principal of the Ahlcon International School, Delhi (estb. 2002) and Director of the Ahlcon Group in 2019. Since then, the CBSE affiliated Ahlcon International has been consistently ranked among Delhi’s Top 10 co-ed day schools in the annual EducationWorld India School Rankings.

During these years, Pandey also authored two acclaimed K-12 education books — Pedagogical Leadership (2017), Launch Your Principal Leadership (2019) and edited a compendium titled The Future School: A Teacher’s Perspective (2018). Moreover, as an experienced educationist, he has served the public interest as a member of the National Council for Teacher Education; Member of the Governing Board of CBSE; Member, Advisory Board of Cambridge International, South Asia; Chairman of the Delhi-based National Progressive Schools Conference Pictorial Essay (Part II) (2015-17), an association of 200 schools countrywide and as Hon. President of the Private School Principals Association (PSPA) to promote the exchange of best pedagogical practices.

For his valuable contribution to upgrading teachinglearning and administrative standards in K-12 education for over three decades, Ashok Pandey has been conferred numerous awards and encomiums. Among them: CBSE Award for Contribution in Education (2008); National Award of the President of India (2012); National Leadership in Education Award of the Advaith Foundation, Bangalore (2017) and Lifetime Achievement Award of the Ferguson Humanitarian Foundation International Inc (2017). He is also listed among the Top 100 People Managers by Forbes India (2020).

“India’s ancient knowledge system which attracted students from around the world thousands of years ago is a valuable legacy and provides a strong foundation on which we can re-build an education system which will revitalize the next generation. I believe that every child in India is endowed with the seed of academic excellence. In the post-pandemic era we need to make access to Internet connectivity a fundamental right for all children. If we do so India will reclaim its ancient glory and once again become an epicentre of global education,” says Pandey.

For his dedicated service to India’s K-12 education sector and continuously improving teaching-learning standards in private education in particular for over 30 years, the Editors and Board of Directors of EducationWorld are proud to present the EW Extraordinary Leadership Award 2021-22 to Ashok Pandey.

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