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School Leadership

Chitkara International School takes pride in its excellent team of educationists and has outstanding achievements in their chosen fields.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara

Dr Madhu Chitkara

Chairperson, Chitkara International School

Dr Madhu Chitkara is one of the co-founders of Chitkara Educational Trust, an organization of great repute & distinction. An eminent academician, an innovative entrepreneur, she has articulated, designed the road map for the Trust & has actively contributed to its tremendous growth and recognition in all these years and is spreading light of education in the life of tens of thousands of people.

With a passion for academics and great business acumen, she has had a diversified career & variegated experience in the field of education spanning 36 years. She is highly knowledgeable, focused, a strategic leader & has a passion for excellence.

She has adeptly managed numerous academic ventures and remains a true leader Who leads by example, is warm, sincere and always willing to walk the extra mile to deliver on promises. Her support to several humanitarian causes in association with many NGOs is indeed a tribute to her philanthropic nature, her zest for life and her desire to transform lives for better.

For her endeavors, Dr Madhu Chitkara has been felicitated with

  • State Award for Teachers in public recognition of valuable services to the community as a teacher of outstanding merit in 1987.
  • The Rashtra Nirman Ratna Award 2002 by Economic Growth Society of India, New Delhi.
  • Rashtriya Shiksha Ratan award 2003 by All India Business Development Association, New Delhi.
  • The Life Time Achievement Gold Medal Award 2004 by Global Society for Health & Educational Growth, New Delhi.
  • The International Gold Star Millennium Award and Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani award by Global Economic Council STATE AWARD FOR TEACHERS in public recognition of valuable services to the community as a teacher of outstanding merit.
  • International Achiever’s Award 2009 for Women Entrepreneur for Recognizing outstanding achievement at 21st International Achievers Summit, Emerging India on 31st October 2009 at Bangkok (Thailand) by Indian Achievers Forum.
  • Honored on International Women’s Day Celebrations on 8th March 2011 for incredible contributions in the field of education at Patiala.
  • Awarded as “NURTURER OF TALENT AWARD” during 2nd Asia’s Best B-School Awards Function on 22nd July,2011 in Suntec Singapore.
  • Facilitated with “Nurture of Talent Award“ during 19th Dewang Mehta B-School Awards held at The Taj, Lands End, Mumbai.
  • Conferred with Visionary Leaders Award & Inspirational Leaders Award by Bloomberg/UTV.
  • Felicitated with Innovation Leadership Award by DNA & stars of the Industry Group, Canada.
  • Honored With “State Award – Women Of The Year – 2012″, In Business & Profession Category By Dainik Bhaskar.
  • Bestowed with Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Achievers Award- FICCI- FLO 2013-14 by FICCI Ladies Organisation, New Delhi.
  • Invited as an Eminent Speaker, at India’s largest education brainstorm conference – Global Educators Fest 2017, Gurgaonand shared her valuable views through a Panel Discussion, on the topic ” Higher Education Institutions incorporating skill development in their curriculum”, moderated by Price water house Coopers (pwc).
  • Honored as one of “India’s Most Inspiring Women Engineers & Scientists” on International Women’s Day by Engineering Watch.
  • Invited to House of Lords with Anglia Ruskin University, London
  • Invited to EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Invited to VC’s Meet in IYF World Camp, South Korea
  • House of Lords with Anglia Ruskin University, London

In November 2008, she along with a few of her key team members visited various Top Universities of the US with the intention of bringing about a massive change in the way education is viewed in the Nation. She visited The Georgia Tech University, University of Massachusetts (UMass), Purdue University, Massachusetts and Institute of Technology (MIT), , University of Southern California and University of Washington. Dr Madhu Chitkara met and shared her knowledge with representatives from eminent Universities in US Like

(a) Lawrence Tech University
(b) Rowan University
(c) Laureate Education Inc
(d) Northern Illinois University
(e) University of Puerto Rico
(f) University of Hartford
(g) Saint Louis University
(h) University of North Carolina at Charlotte
(i) St Louis Community college
(j) Arizona State University
(k) Philadelphia University
(l) Northeastern University
(m) Clarkson University
(n) University of Central Florida

This prolific visit had a one point agenda to imbibe and assimilate the best available practices of the western education scenario and to initiate a more progressive educational environment. Soon after this visit she was invited to attend The Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong (Dec 2008) with an opportunity to interact with Asia’s most influential leaders and to deal with the region’s most pressing issues.

Despite achieving phenomenal success in the field of education she had a desire to do something for those who were not very privileged. Accordingly, she prevailed upon the heads of her institutions to adopt villages in the vicinity of their organizations. Villagers, mainly women were given training to pursue vocations that could provide livelihood to them. Care was taken to ensure that the products manufactured by them found use in educational institutions. The items produced by these cottage industry level enterprises were purchased by Chitkara people thus relieving the villagers of the burden of marketing their produce. The Trust under proficient chairmanship of Dr Madhu Chitkara has adopted nearby five villages through NSS, and provides free education to the children, and opportunities for self employment to adults. Women are involved in stitching and fabrication of uniforms which helps them become financially self sufficient. The Trust also provides health awareness programs in addition to extending health facilities to this village. A computer center has also been established in this village in order to create awareness amongst the residents about latest technology.

With new fields of knowledge emerging, Dr Madhu Chitkara aims to venture into the arena of patents. She has a strong preference for working towards creation of knowledge in specific areas. She is creating avenues to bridge the gap between the industry and academia by incorporating more application based courses wherein both the Universities can provide the companies with students who are ready to take on the responsibilities endowed upon them. Chitkara’s Education provides the foundation and specialized knowledge necessary to analyze, design and evaluate systems that are useful to society.

Dr Madhu Chitkara continues to be an inspiration around the world and her acumen will keep her at the pinnacle of success. Despite being a woman she has shown great determination and motivation to achieve her goals. Her penchant for equity and access, a desire to abide by value system and to stick to an ethical path have enabled her to create a brand name – Chitkara – in the field of education.

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Dr. Niyati Chitkara

Principal, Chitkara International School
Author: Assessment Quotient

Dr. Niyati Chitkara is Principal of the Chitkara International School. She is the generation next educationist, who believes in developing a learning centered approach and a positive learning environment in which every student can experience success and challenges.

Dr. Niyati Chitkara

She visions to create a sense of integrity; dignity and confidence amongst young learners so as they are ready to face life’s challenges. Dr. Niyati Chitkara has completed her doctorate in school based assessment including the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation. She holds 12 years of experience in the field of education. Her educational accreditations includes; an M.Ed. topper from Panjab University, one of the top ten rank holders during her Bachelors of Education and a gold medalist in Masters of Commerce and Business Administration. She has written a book “Assessment Quotient– Efficient and Effective School Learning Paradigms for Generation Z and Generation Apha Learners”, published under Germany’s renowned and well famous publishing house. Dr. Niyati is a certified IB Trainer for Primary Year Programme, certified Inlingua Trainer; who headed Inlingua International School of Languages, Chandigarh in the past. British Council has certified her as a trainer for Business English Courses and Infosys also certified her as a trainer for its Campus Connect Programme. CAER (Center for Assessment Evaluation and Research), Pearson, recognized & certified her for designing rubrics for assessments and multiple choice item writing. Dr. Niyati was one of the fourteen speakers at the CBSE-CAER International Conference 2014 in New Delhi. She was also invited as one of the key speaker in a forum organized by Funtoot on “Personalized Learning”. She has been an invited panelist in School Leadership Summit 2015 organized by Digital Learning. Leadership qualities and path breaking initiatives for the cause of education, the Academic Council of Science Olympiad Foundation bestowed upon the award of “The Best District Principal for the year 2016-17.

Her research papers on “Confidence Level in Multiple Choice Tests Leading to Increase in Reliability and Decrease in Standard Error of Measurement” and “Assessing Scholastic and Non-Scholastic areas of learning” were covered in International Journal of Information Technology and Business Management and Educationia CONFAB respectively. The research done by her has been primarily in the area of school assessments.

Her papers on “Corporal Punishment” and “Future Classroom” made her gold medalist in her Masters of Education Programme. She also submitted a dissertation on “Occupational Stress of teachers teaching under graduate classes in relation to their emotional intelligence”. Her innovative and distinct approach in providing global platform for students made her a Bill Gates & Melinda Gates Scholar in TEDActive 2014 Conference in Canada.

Dr. Niyati has also conducted many workshops on child development too. Her thoughts on school education were recently covered in QUEST–an initiative of The Indian Express. Print Media and Doordarshan have also covered as the Top Shot and Young Entrepreneur of Chandigarh respectively. She is instrumental in organizing a lot of Faculty & Management Development Programmes for the school fraternity of Chandigarh, Panjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana in association with Educational Leadership Centre, Chitkara University. Recently she has organized Education Leadership Workshop for School Leaders on “Teaching makes a difference” inviting eminent mentors from Cardiff University. A similar workshop on Teacher Leadership Skills by Max Coates from The Institute of Education, University of London, was also organized by her. She was invited as one of the speakers in a panel discussion on Levelling the playing field: classroom technology for all at EduTech Asia 2016, Singapore. Also she headed a 90-minutes round-table discussion on the topic: Shaping Portfolios for the Digital Learners at EduTech Asia 2016. Recently, She represented India in one of the International Leadership Exchange Program focusing on Adapting and Implementing CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) in Spain. She was interviewed by Range Bahar, aired on channel 107.2 FM for her views on current educational practices.

This speaks volumes of her commitment and her passion towards school education. Here are few links shared.

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