DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 19 (MExN): Founder of Good Shepherd International School, Ooty, Dr PC Thomas has expressed his desire and vision to make the school Asia’s top ranked school and one among the world’s top-10 schools.
In an interview to Seasonal Magazine, the edupreneur said that “my professional ambition was to build just one fine school in all respects, not to be the largest or fastest growing school chain. Schools are not saloons or parlours to be replicated fast.”
He derived satisfaction from the fact that some of the finest surgeons, engineers and entrepreneurs in USA, India and elsewhere are GSIS alumni. GSIS was the first school in India to install a state-of-the-art 3D Printer and a Design Technology Lab which give its students a head start in designing, innovating and inventing.
With such initiatives, over 35 renowned universities from across the world come to GSIS every year to invite students to their institutions for higher studies.
The twin campuses at Ooty are spread over 180 acres, and have extensive sporting facilities, but students are also encouraged to visit slums and teach English to economically weaker students.
Dr Thomas also pointed to how the school sends around 50 students every year to the US Space & Rocket Center (USSRC), which is a sprawling museum, set up by the state of Alabama with the support of NASA and US Army Missile Command.
“This has been a life changing experience for the participating students as they get to experience the most challenging real world applications of the science and maths they study,” he added.
He further informed that the GSIS, as well as all our teachers, provide all support to promote student start-ups.
“Our Design Technology Lab with its 3D Printer is great at fostering inventions and innovations. We also see a lot of our alumni working in prestigious MNCs for a while, and then starting out on their own ventures, and some of them have become very successful. It goes on to reveal the kind of courage and independence we have fostered in them from the young age,” Dr Thomas said.
GSIS is expanding its larger Palada campus with an additional 4 lakh sq ft of construction comprising of a new cubicle based hostel, a hospital and a mega Indoor Sports Complex.