As the Chairman of an established school that has served the community since 1974, I feel a deep sense of responsibility. First of all is the responsibility to uphold the ideals of our founder, Dr Durga Prasad Pandey. Our founder believed in modern education that also incorporated the best aspects from India’s ancient traditions of learning. The trust that the local community reposes in us is just as important. In discharging these major responsibilities, I am fortunate to have two important sources of inspiration. Firstly, the path that ‘Babuji’ showed us. His life, ideals and his sacrifices for the freedom of our country all continue to guide us to this day. Secondly, the values acquired during my years in the Army. These core values are an unfailing guide when faced with the myriad decisions that are an integral part of administering a busy school.
Over the years, the core Manava Bharati values have helped our students grow into citizens of the world of whom we can justifiably be proud. However, we also have a responsibility towards the less fortunate members of our community. This was the beginning of the idea that Manava Bharati could make a difference by providing its educational and hostel facilities for children of soldiers who have laid down their lives for the country. With support from the Indian Army, this initiative has been a success.
Since it was our founder’s vision that Manava Bharati should provide a modern education, changing with the times has to be part of our ethos. Rapid progress in the field of education has ensured that much has changed since our first pioneering efforts in the Panchsheel Park community. However, we continue to draw strength from our founder’s faith in the time-tested Guru-shishya parampara. We are also inspired by the timeless virtues of a clear aim, dedicated service and hard work towards the larger cause of education.
Captain VK Pandey