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Apeejay School International has made my daughter more inquisitive: Dr. Ishita G. Tripathy

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Dr. Ishita G. Tripathy with her daughter Vamika Tripathy

Dr. Ishita G. Tripathy is an Additional Development Commissioner with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. An IIT-Delhi alumnus, Dr. Ishita has done her PhD on Foreign Direct Investment. Her 8-year-old daughter, Vamika Tripathy, is studying in class 3 of Apeejay School International (ASI), South Delhi. In an informal chat with Apeejay Newsroom, she explains how the school has shaped her daughter’s holistic development and sensitised her towards Covid -appropriate behaviour.

What made you choose ASI for your daughter?
I have a very long association with Apeejay. My father knew the Late Dr. Stya Paul (Founder Chairman, Apeejay Stya Group & Apeejay Education Society) and Mrs. Sushma Paul Berlia (Co-Promoter & President of Apeejay Stya & Svran Group). My niece and son both studied in Apeejay School, Panchsheel Park. So, it was natural for us to pick Apeejay for Vamika as well.

How has your experience been so far?
The experience has been very nice. I believe that education is not just about studying, it’s about evolving as a person and I can see that in Vamika. Despite the ongoing pandemic and sudden transition to online learning, Vamika’s inquisitiveness and research abilities have grown enormously. I really appreciate it. She is trying to assimilate everything that’s happening around her.

How has Vamika adjusted to online learning?

Initially, online learning was challenging, but I have seen Vamika and her classmates adapt to it very well thanks to the school and especially her class teacher, Ms. Priyanka Upadhyay. She has done a wonderful job of keeping the children engaged. The students are enjoying learning.  For Vamika, online learning was not easy because my husband and I had to go to the office for work. But, she has learned to independently set up online classes and most importantly, learn and enjoy the entire process. She has become independent and self-reliant.

Tell us about your equation with the teachers?

They are very responsive. Her class teacher, Ms. Priyanka, in particular, has responded promptly whenever I’ve tried getting in touch with her. The best part is that she always provides solutions to my queries.  Even the principal and the school coordinator have been in constant touch with me. The parents feel part of the school family. It’s not easy to manage the mood swings of an 8-year-old, but the teachers have done a commendable job. The teachers have also addressed fears and sensitised students on the Covid-19 pandemic. Vamika encourages everyone who comes to our home to strictly follow Covid protocols. I will give full credit to the school for making her aware about the preventive measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.

What makes the IB board special, according to you?
The learning is quite holistic. The school has helped Vamika become more curious. She has started learning new things because she likes doing it and not because she has to ace exams. That’s the big difference I see in her. She can give presentations on her own and she knows how to connect with the audience. Of late, I am noticing she is much calmer and at peace with herself.  

The focus is not just on academics. There’s a strong emphasis on music, yoga and other extra-curricular activities. The objective is to work towards the all-round development of a child.

–Dr. Ishita G. Tripathy

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