Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School

Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma heads Spring Dale Senior School as Principal. Armed with MA, M.Ed degrees, he has a pervasive teaching and work experience spanning 30 years during which he has taught English to senior secondary students bringing in many innovative ideas to better the entire teaching-learning experience. He believes in lifelong learning and therefore his passion for education keeps increasing with time. As a practitioner of so many innovative ideas he has led the school to be recognized as a top school in the region. The stamp of his personal involvement and hard work is visible on each and every achievement of the school. Believing that knowledge increases by sharing he keenly shares his experiences and expertise as a resource person of CBSE on CCE, ASL, Heritage Education, and is much sought after for as diverse fields as Inclusive Education, Sustainability, Co Scholastic Education, Theatre for Education and values Education.

He deems education as a mission that can serve as the most compelling means of raising an ideal society with values and ethos. He has taught English and Computer Studies to all levels of students and has successfully demonstrated that education could be made more meaningful and interesting by linking it with life in an ever changing world thus making it experiential. He likes to experiment with learning designs wherein classroom education is transformed into exploration of knowledge tangibly.

His own quest for knowledge took him to Harvard Graduate School of Education for Institutes on Mind, Brain and Education (2008) and Future of Learning (2010) to learn from the likes of Howard Gardner and David Perkins. He has recently completed a course on Management and Training for Learning Disabilities at the age of 51 thus proving that learning doesn’t stop with age and that in 21st century one needs to constantly upgrade one’s faculties.

Mr Sharma solemnly believes that there is great wisdom in Indian culture for widening of the mind and spirit and therefore, strives to expose young people to the waning cultural heritage of India by spearheading the progress of SPICMACAY. He orchestrated mega cultural events all over Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh under Virasat and hosted Winter Conventions in Punjab. Through SPICMACAY he has also interacted with maestros such as Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Late Ustad Asad Ali Khan, Ustad Allaudin Khan, Mr Shyam Benegal, Pandit Rajan Sajan Mishra, Late Mr Habib Tanvir and Mr Raghu Rai, besides a host of legendary artistes and master craftsmen. Mr Sharma is deeply convinced that opening the conduits of people-to-people contact helps strengthen bridges between nations. With the aim of promoting peace and universal brotherhood he continues to hold aloft the flag of Saanjh-Annual Amritsar-Lahore Festival bringing artistes from both Pakistan and India on a common pedestal.

His ideas on the conservation of local heritage are exemplified by the adoption by the school of ‘Pul Kanjri’ a heritage monument belonging to the times of Maharaja Ranjit Singh which stands as a testimony to the secular and composite culture of the region. Under his guidance a complete heritage education program takes care of the preservation and promotion of the monument which is a unique example of its kind. His Heritage Education Design for schools was much appreciated by CBSE and found its place on the Heritage Education portal of the board’s official website. Besides that he has conceptualized community outreach programs of multi disciplinary nature familiarizing young students with local heritage and traditional wisdom at culturally rich places like Hamira in Rajasthan, Preet Nagar near Indo-Pak border, Kishankot in rural Gurdaspur and many such places. His passion for theatre weaves together stories and crafts from marginalized communities which are crying for patronage like Manganyar music, Art of puppetry, pottery, storytelling and so on. His mega theatre shows which he himself directs combining different art forms bringing more than a thousand children on stage in each one, leave strong messages on ethics and values besides a treat to watch.

He wears various hats besides being the Principal of a highly successful school. He was selected as a Master Trainer by CBSE for Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) and Examination Reforms Implementation and has also been regularly handling responsibilities as Chief Nodal Supervisor for CBSE Evaluation Centre, as Centre Superintendent for CBSE Examinations, as convener/member of School Inspection committees for CBSE Affiliation. He is a Mentor for CCE, a City Coordinator for analysis of evidences. The CBSE has nominated Mr Sharma for WWF Capacity Building Programme for Education for Sustainable Development and  School Health and Sanitation Programme in collaboration with GTZ. He has attended Trainer of Trainers Programme for Project Citizen by Centre for Civic Education, U S Department of Education. He is a Supervisor for SAT for the past 10 years. He has conducted numerous training workshops in different capacities over the years besides attending many conferences and training programs. He remains a constant source of inspiration for thousands of students who look up to him as their mentor.

Awards and Honours:

    • Punjab Government Merit Scholarship
    • Best Teacher Award (twice), DAV Public School, Pathankot
    • Award of appreciation for rendering valuable services, DAV School, Pathankot
    • Order of Excellence, Spring Dale Educational Society, 2005
    • Naagrik Samman by Rama Kala Mandir, Pathankot, for dedicated work in the field of culture in the region in 2006
    • Honoured by Ajoka Theatre, Lahore, 2007
    • Honoured by Singapore Sikh Educational Society, 2008
    • Felicitated by Bharat Vikas Parishad, 2009
    • Honoured by Cyber Olympiad Foundation
    • Honoured on Teachers' Day by Honourable Education Minister Govt of Punjab, 2010
    • Best Principal Award by Science Olympiad Foundation, 2012
    • School Sanitation award by CBSE under Waves of Change programme
    • Best Principal Award 2013 in the region consecutively for the second year
    • CBSE Mentor Award by the Hon’ble Minister for HRD, Government of India, 2013
    • Best Principal Award by Scienec Olympiad Foundation Punjab and Chandigarh Zone 2014-15, 2015-16 & 2016-17
    • School Leadership Award by Advaith Foundation an off-shoot of Infosys