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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

A teacher by heart with a quest of excellence in mind and education as a mission of life – describes Dr. Madhu Chitkara. Her journey started as a teacher of Mathematics, currently holding the position of Vice Chancellor of Chitkara University, Punjab, Pro-Chancellor of Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh, Chairperson of Chitkara International School and Co-founder of Chitkara Educational Trust, an organization of great repute & distinction. An eminent academician, an innovative entrepreneur, she has articulated and designed the roadmap for the Trust. She has actively contributed to its tremendous growth and recognition in all these years and is spreading the light of education in the life of tens of thousands of people. Education is her aim and she is strongly committed to contributing in building India – a knowledge society.

With a passion for academics and great business acumen, she has had a diversified career & variegated experience in the field of education spanning 42 years. She is one of the few lady Vice Chancellors throughout Punjab & Himachal Pradesh. 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.

Dr. Chitkara, fuelled with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics, Bachelor of Education, Master of Education, Master of Science in Mathematics and a Doctoral degree in Education has relentlessly worked towards developing and providing an environment which offers the best of teaching & learning pedagogies for the learners.

She has contributed to the field of education in a unique way that is worth applauding and stating. She was appointed as a resource person for imparting knowledge of content and implementation of National Education Policy to all teachers of Chandigarh Schools in 1984. During the launch of BBC Micro Computers in India, she was instrumental in giving trainings and imparting knowledge of CAI (Computer Assisted Instructions) to all the stakeholders of Chandigarh Administration. She has been instrumental in creating more than 61 relevant industry-linked programs in the fields of Hospitality, Engineering, Management, Architecture, Art & Design, Nursing, Healthcare, Teacher Training, Mass Communication and Pharmacy at graduate, postgraduate and doctorate level. Each program is supported by Industry. Her contribution also extends to building an Incubation Centre for the students having an entrepreneurial mind with more than 60 companies in place which are running successfully.

Dr. Chitkara continuously works towards enriching the learning experience of the students starting from pre-primary level to doctoral level and devise methods of successful transformation from one level to other keeping in mind the demand of the changing & demanding industry. One such initiative conceptualised by Dr. Chitkara is Tek-8 for the school students. It is a joint effort of University & Schools’ Research Team to overhaul the technology curriculum for the students for grade 1 to 8 comprising of Mobile Application, Robotics, Electronics, Automobiles, Energy & Household Technologies. Dr. Chitkara’s passion for providing an apt learning experience to the students is clearly evident from the fact that she developed & assembled the kits for Tek-8 program herself.

Skill Development has been one of the important areas of work for Dr. Chitkara at school as well as University level. She conceptualised Co-curricular Squads at Chitkara International School to identify and hone the skills of school students with the help of Chitkara University Faculty, Students & Alumni. Squads run at the school are in the areas of Drama (Rasa Squad), Science (Big Bang Squad), Technology (Techplore Squad), Dance (Movers & Shakers Squad), Art (Palette Squad) Photography, Animation & Media (Animedia Squad), Hospitality & Grooming Squad, Sports (Rock Steady Squad), Scrapcraft Squad and Music (Dhwani Squad).

With the creative mindset, she established CURIN (Chitkara University Research & Innovation Network) a network of people who explore, innovate and think differently. She has built a strong network with 160 Universities and Institutions all across the globe covering USA, UK, France, Germany, China, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, and many more to make the students globally acceptable and capable. It is her constant endeavour to create the strong Industry linkages to bring best of employment opportunities for the young graduates in the companies of repute such as Infosys, Amazon, Mahindra, Fortis, Safexpress, SAP, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Ernst & Young & many more to count on.

Dr. Chitkara’s visionary thinking lead her to design a globally acclaimed event; Global Week, which is a footprint of Global Engagement at Chitkara University and one of the best ways of Internationalising the student learning experience. This event serves as a catalyst for infusing cross-cultural competence, industry linkages, knowledge transfer as well as a phenomenal networking opportunity. Chitkara University has been continuously hosting this event for a decade now under the able guidance of Dr. Chitkara where eminent faculty members are invited from across the world to teach predetermined short module courses to university students across all disciplines.

For her endeavours, Dr. Madhu Chitkara has been felicitated with State Sward 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 was her another achievement. She also received Rashtriya Shiksha Ratan Award 2003 by All India Business Development Association, New Delhi.

Dr. Chitkara was bestowed with ‘The Life Time Achievement Gold Medal Award’ 2004 by Global Society for Health & Educational Growth, New Delhi. Also, 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 fell in her lap for her unparalleled inputs. In November 2008, she along with one of her key team members visited various top Universities of the US from panning from Boston to Seattle 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 Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Southern California, Harvard University and University of Washington. Dr. Madhu Chitkara met and shared her knowledge with representatives from eminent Universities in the US like Lawrence Tech University, Rowan University, Laureate Education Inc, Northern Illinois University, University of Puerto Rico, University of Central Florida and many more.

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.

For incredible contributions in the field of education, she was awarded ‘International Achiever’s Award 2009 for Women Entrepreneur. Also, on 8th March 2011, she was titled as one of “India’s Most Inspiring Women Engineers & Scientists” on International Women’s Day.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara was honoured with South East Asia Award for being one of the most Successful Entrepreneurs by Washington School of Business through its Hot Mommas Project. Hot Mommas is the World’s Largest Library of Women Entrepreneurs Case Studies managed and initiated by Washington School of Business, University of Washington. Dr. Madhu Chitkara is the only Winner in South East Asia to get this award.

Her constant efforts to brush the young brimming talent has helped her to fetch “Nurturer Of Talent Award” during 2nd Asia’s Best B-School Award Function on 22nd July 2011 in Suntec Singapore and “Nurture of Talent Award“ during 19th Dewang Mehta B-School Awards held at The Taj, Lands End, Mumbai.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara was conferred with Visionary Leaders Award & Inspirational Leaders Award by Bloomberg/UTV. Moreover, she was felicitated with Innovation Leadership Award by DNA & stars of the Industry Group, Canada. Among her unending achievements were also “State Award – Women of The Year – 2012″, In Business & Profession Category by Dainik Bhaskar and Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Achievers Award – FICCI – FLO 2013-14 by FICCI Ladies Organisation, New Delhi.

Under her leadership aspect, Chitkara University is the highest ranked university among all universities, i.e. we are once again No.1 in Punjab, HP, J&K and Uttarakhand. This further helped Chitkara University break into the top 10 universities in North India by being placed sixth on the rank list. Dr. Chitkara’s persistence in pursuing excellence in the field of education aided in Chitkara College of Pharmacy being ranked 17th amongst more than 500 Pharmacy Institutions in India by AICTE-MHRD – NIRF – ranking released first time by MHRD on April 4, 2016.

Dr. Chitkara was invited as an eminent speaker, at India’s largest education brainstorm conference – Global Educators Fest 2017, Gurugram, where she 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).

Her eye for detail and to cater the students and faculty with the clean and green environment, helped Chitkara University attain a position among top 3 cleanest universities of India in the Swacchta Ranking 2017 by Govt. of India, MHRD. She has been instrumental in making Chitkara International School a Green School by establishing innumerable initiatives for environmental sustainability and optimum use of facilities which are nature-friendly ranging from Rain Water Harvesting, Paper recycling, Paperless Working & Communication Mechanism among stakeholders, Waste Management System, installing energy efficient equipments, Solar Panels, solar lights and Incinerator machine.

She brought a big breakthrough with her managerial expertise to Chitkara Business School as it has been placed 64th in the rank among the top 100 B-Schools in India in recent B-School Survey 2018 by Outlook India Magazine. Also, Chitkara School of Hospitality was ranked 14th in India’s Top Hotel Management Colleges by Outlook India Magazine. Chitkara School of Hospitality was also conferred with a certificate of Excellence in the category of Best Institute among Private affiliated Institutes by Government of India, Ministry of Tourism and National Council for Hotel Management & Catering Technology.

Adding another bit to Dr. Chitkara’s numerous achievement is Chitkara University Institute of Engineering & Technology (CUIET) once again being ranked high in several parameters in the Top T-Schools 2018 by the Dataquest (DQ) – CMR Survey, June 2018.

Her fluent international connect aided her presence across the globe. She was invited to House of Lords with Anglia Ruskin University, London, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland and VC’s Meet in IYF World Camp, South Korea.

Under Dr. Chitkara’s umbrella, Chitkara University has built a formidable reputation in creating an innovative eco-system by weaving a fabric of various engineering exploration courses and programs. Adding to it is the establishment of R&D and software engineering centre, Inforsight Center for Innovation in University campus.

With new fields of knowledge emerging, Dr. Madhu Chitkara ventured into the arena of patents. Chitkara University has filed 156 patents with 1000+ research publications. She has a strong preference for working towards the creation of knowledge in specific areas. She is actively 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 specialised knowledge necessary to analyse, design and evaluate systems that are useful to the society.

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 the 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 the 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 the villagers. A computer centre has also been established in the adopted village in order to create awareness amongst the residents about the latest technology. Chitkara Radio 107.8 Fm, Chitkara University’s Community Radio has also been started and been effectively used for the upliftment of rural communities.

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) – Language Research and Training Centre “Language Talkies – the native way” under the CLIL@India initiative of European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme was inaugurated by Dr. Madhu Chitkara on 10th November 2017 at Chitkara University, Punjab to provide a platform like a language lab to enhance the different language competencies & skills. She has also been instrumental in spearheading another prestigious Erasmus+ project; OCULUS. It is a consortium of educators from optometry schools in Europe (Norway, UK, Spain and the Netherlands) with the aim to reform optometric education in Israel and India towards European standards. This will provide greater employability and job mobility for graduates, while better-trained optometrists will lead to a reduction in blindness and vision impairment. Adding to one more prestigious project; Risk Management and Prevention of Antibiotics Resistance (ABR) funded by Erasmus+ project; aims to create awareness and dissemination on increasing incidence ofABR, current scenario, associated risks and management schemes to thwart ABR to maximumpopulation at national as well as international level by end of 2022.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara continues to be an inspiration around the world and her acumen will keep her at the pinnacle of success. She also pumped her creative juices in research papers and journals. 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 a value system and to stick to an ethical path have enabled her to create a brand name – Chitkara – in the field of education.

The acronym of her name, M – Motherly, A – Architectural Heart, D – Dedicated Developer with a Midas Touch, H – Humane, U – Unique & Understanding and meaning of her surname Chit – (Mann in Hindi) Heart, Kara – (Karam in Hindi) Deed is self sufficient in describing her warm and enthusiastically contagious personality. She is leading a change as her progressive mind never stops hunting the needful information and opportunities to hug and execute with all openness in mind and heart. Thus, unfurling and playing a lead role in defining and determining the educational discourse.

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Dr. Niyati Chitkara

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. 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 16 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 Alpha Learners”, published under Germany’s renowned house and well famous publishing house, ‘Lambert Academic Publishing’. Dr. N iyati is a certified IB Trainer for Primary Yea r Progra mme, certified l n lingua 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”.

Under her expert guidance and leadership, CIS was chosen as a case study school by Cambridge International Examinations. 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 Chitkara, has been chosen amongst “33 Young Rising Stars of Indian Education” by Education World. Leading Chitkara International School strongly on innovation and research, she is the only Principal listed out of Chandigarh and Panchkula schools, on the Education World cover story. Bringing fresh energy, management expertise and inherited knowledge into today’s ever evolving education ecosystem, Dr. Chitkara has joined this elite group of young, highly-qualified and business savvy Indian Edupreneurs (Education Entrepreneurs).

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. 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, Dr. Niyati Chitka ra represented India in one of the International Leadership Exchange Program focusing on Adapting and Implementing CU L (Content and Language Integrated Learning). She represented Chitkara University in the first intra-consortium CLIL camp in Ciudad Real, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha University (UCLM), Spain. The kick off training meeting was held for Developing Content and Language Integrated Learning – Resource and Training Centre for a multilingual India (CLI L@India under the Erasmus+ Project).

Adding another bit to Dr. Niyati Chitkara’s numerous achievement is ‘Joining the Dots: what makes an innovative school?’ an article written by her, published by Teacher Magazine (The International Education Magazine published by ACER- Australian Council For Educational Research) in its October-December 2017 issue. It talks about the International Best Practices for students. ‘Digital School inside the School’ is a cover Story of digital LEARNING magazine, March 2016 issue, written by Dr. Niyati Chitkara. The magazine also featured the coverage of “The Digital Education Summit” wherein CIS got awarded as one of the Best schools in India. She was also interviewed by Range Bahar, aired on channel 107.2 FM for her views on current educational practices.

She was invited as one of the key speakers in the panel discussion of Indian School Awards 2018 powered by Times of India and organized by Robochamps. The convention was centred towards technology education, apt gadgets and building innovative mindset among school students and sowing the seed of entrepreneurship right from the school years of a child.

Dr. Niyati Chitkara was the first one to partner with Canadian Early Childhood Development Programme in India with an intend to initiate the same at Chitkara International School. Also, for the same she ardently participated in teacher training workshop on early childhood programs organized by Maple Bear Education Pvt Ltd.

Under the assiduous umbrella of Dr. Niyati Chitkara, CIS received accreditation by the Quality Council of India (QCI) after being assessed and found to be complying with NAB ET requirement as per Accreditation Standard for Quality School Governance. The Accreditation Certificate was presented to her by Member of Parliament and CEO of NITI Aayog in the presence of more than 800 delegates. Chitkara International school has also been ranked as one of Top 3 schools in Chandigarh City Rankings amongst “Top Schools of India–Ranking 2016” by Digital Learning.

She is fervently instrumental in setting up an Office of International Affairs at School level and bridging it up with Chitkara University along with other universities across the globe. Currently, she is closely working with universities like Macquarie University, Australia, Vancouver Island University, Canada, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland and Deakin University, Australia.

India’s leading human development magazine “Education World” covered the stand point of top 40 principles and higher Ed leaders on mending Indian education. Dr. Niyati Chitkara, being one of them marvellously articulated her lucid take on contemporary Education System along with suggesting ways and means to muddle through the empirical predicament that accosts Indian Education. She also shared her thoughts and her edifying journey through an interview on “Just Candid” by Chitkara Studio. Her constant efforts and undaunted strength helped the most prominent school of Chandigarh, CIS attain two times in the row the crown as one of the Top 50 Future Schools in India under the National category in Future 50 Schools Shaping Success award organised by University and Fortune India. Also, CIS achieved “School excellence award” at 5th National conference on teaching, learning and leadership organised by Brainfeed, one of the leading magazines targeting the entire education system. The school was awarded for best implementing PBL, infrastructure, innovative practices and influential brand school.

She undertook many outreach programs to help community and sensitize students and teachers towards addressing issues concerning community development. She has also been a part of the student exchange programs with Government School, Dhanas and various health programs initiated in nearby government schools to spread awareness about health and hygiene. Moreover, another felicitation on CIS was the district level Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017 by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India under the initiative ‘Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya’ (SBSV). Member of the Lok Sabha and Indian actress Kirron Kher accorded this award to Dr. Niyati Chitkara.

Recently she brought a big breakthrough for Chitkara International School, as through her constant hard work the school entered into the coveted League of Futuristic Schools of India 2018. Also, it got ‘Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Acclamation’ by ReTHINK INDIA, for Internationalisation of India’s Education 2018 and Sir C V Raman Award for Applied Physics by ReTHINK INDIA for best Learning Ambience, deemed possible because of the efforts of Dr. Niyati Chitkara.

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