Success Day celebration at Vidyatree Modern World College


Vidyatree Modern World College celebrated the success of its students & alumni on Success Day 2017 on 15 October.

The Success Day started with a Panel Discussion on ‘What it takes to Succeed’ with 5 very successful alumni from different fields: Neeraj Agarwal, Nitin Mukerji, Brijesh Saxena, Tanya Sahni, Shanoli Agarwal

The alumni shared their experiences and stories of school life and their achievements after school and how the school played a very important role in building a strong base for their success.

Vidyatree parents and students were impressed by the achievements of the alumni and importance of hard work, humility and learning from failures repeated by all alumni.

Neeraj Agarwal (Alumni 1993) and Dr. Nitin Mukerji (Alumni 1994) were honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award 2017.

Panelist on the discussion 'What it takes to Succeed?'

I am indebted to the school for making my life how it is today


Class of 2010, Vivekananda(till class 10th) and Krishnamurthy House(11th to 12th)

The Modern School, A Name so close to my Heart:

 

I spent 14 years of my life & education, right from Kinder-Garten to class 12th in Modern school (now VMWC), which makes it a very special place for me. A major part of whatever good I am is because of this school, especially the teachers and the tension-free atmosphere that I was provided with.

 

After securing the First position in the school in 2010 (link: http://www.vidyatreemodern.in/results-2010/), my life has been even more wonderful, thanks to the institution that nurtured me for more than a decade and made me into what I am today. I never got an opportunity to formally thank my teachers and school enough until recently, I realized that the contributions of this school are way too much to be just implied and need to be expressly stated. I feel blessed to have been a part of this place which believes in making you grow as an individual rather than just getting good marks (and you get good marks too here, by the way).

 

A lot of us do not realise how important our schooling is, and quite frankly, I only learnt the extent of importance of it when I left the school and went on to become a Chartered Accountant (CA). After my Intermediate, having done above par, I opted for what is considered to be one of the tougher examination in India, the CA course. After clearing the written examinations of Level 2 (Intermediate), I went for an interview (my First Interview) in Ernst and Young (EY), which is arguably considered to be the best Global Accounting firm in the World (and part of the “Big 4” Accounting firms). My competitors included people who not only secured more marks than me at all academic levels, but also people who were borne and brought up in large metropolitan cities of India, graduating from the likes of SRCC, LSR and the others. Like a typical 20 year old, I started evaluating my chances against them, and it seemed bleak at best. But as the story unfolded, out of all of us, there were only 2 people that eventually joined EY and I was one of them. I couldn’t really figure out why or how that happened, until I realised it was largely because of how the values of my family and school had brought me up. I remembered the time in my last year with school (2010), where I was representing the school in a National Level Event organized by IIM-Lucknow, where I was given one day notice to prepare and participate, but eventually ended up securing the Top position in Finance Management event (link: http://www.vidyatreemodern.in/school-news-and-events/ocumen-2010/). This was all because, all these years, I had already been preparing myself to be one of the bests, thanks to my par excellence teachers (Kapoor Sir, Meena Ma’am, Shiwani Ma’am, Ruchita Ma’am, Jaya Ma’am, Manish Sir, Rajeev Sir, Trisha Ma’am, Soni Ma’am, to name a few since I was here for 14 years!!!)  and school.

 

From Learning without cramming, to Excellence without mental stress, and Discipline without fear to Relationships with unconditional regards, it all started making sense to me. I realized that had I not been able to inculcate the core values of my school, I would’ve landed up being an average human being with a regular 9-5 job. Instead, I’m working with the best professionals across the Globe and adding value to the firm and economy since almost 5 years now.

 

Additionally, the school always believed in an all-round development, and since I was a part of this for all my childhood, I became an all-rounder too. I have played multiple sports at district and club levels for more than a decade, have represented school at National Level events (quiz, debates, spelling bee, chess etc. ), sing and play instruments (guitar and keyboard) in my free time, and am a certified professional in the Finance field. All of this could not have been possible without the Modern School. I owe my success to them and my family.

 

If that wasn’t enough, Modern School gave me friends for a lifetime. About 70% of my close friends are my friends since school days and I’m still in touch with all (read: most) of them :D. In fact, around 10 days back, I attended marriage of my childhood best friend from school (since 20 years now), who tied the knot with her high school sweetheart (also from The Modern School). We could not have asked for more.

 

I can write novels about the Modern school and my school life, but will stop here for obvious reasons :p. I’m indebted to the school for making my life how it is today. I’ve always been there for my peers and juniors of school, whenever they’ve needed me (would give references, if required :p), and would continue to do so till the All Mighty allows me. I would love to be a part of An Annual Day/Sports Day/Carnival celebration as a part of the jury/guest list and reconnect with the school vibes again. Cheers!

A major part of whatever good I am is because of this school, especially the teachers and the tension-free atmosphere that I was provided with

Additionally, the school always believed in an all-round development, and since I was a part of this for all my childhood, I became an all-rounder too.

The school foundation helped me carve my future says Alumni Vishal Keswani


1989 is when my parents wanted me to join Modern School but it didn’t happen. I got the admission in my second attempt in 1990. My father would drop and pick me daily to school, we stayed in Charbagh (about 15kms from the school). Within few years we shifted close by. Initial few years it was the rickshaw wala who would ferry us to school, then we rode bicycles and then in last year, when we graduated from the school, it was dad’s very own 2 wheeler. Similarly, each year in school brings about tons of memories, be it annual functions, quiz competitions, drama or hobby classes. I learnt how to swim, skate or sketch. Hindi classes from Kanak Ma’am, Pant sir’s wooden geometry box, Aerobics during assembly are all fond remembrance of childhood, friendship and accomplishments. These we cherish till date.

I passed out of school in 2002 and moved to Bangalore for higher studies. I graduated as Telecom engg in 2007. The foundation from the school days helped carve my future. I was adjudged the best outgoing student for my batch and was selected for SAP scholar program for higher studies.

I started working with Infosys in 2007 and presently I am working as team lead with Edgevere, product division of Infosys. I am based out of Hyderabad.

A month back I took my infant kid to show my school. Though he is way too small to understand, it was my personal desire to go and see my alma mater. This has been always the routine whenever I visit Lucknow. School seems to have changed a lot since the time we passed out but it always holds the special position in our life. It’s always a pleasure to meet friends or teachers. The endless chats bring back those days.

A school is where you make friends forever. Wishing all the best to my dear friends and teachers.

I wish to relive those days again. Perhaps I would do so when my son goes to school.

The foundation from the school days helped carve my future. I was adjudged the best outgoing student for my batch and was selected for SAP scholar program for higher studies

A month back I took my infant kid to show my school. Though he is way too small to understand, it was my personal desire to go and see my alma mater

School leaves a prominent mark in the journey of my life fulfilling me with self confidence and knowledge


School memories ,pause think and smile. Such were the days
spent in Modern School !. I joined my classmates pretty late in
9th grade since most of them began their schooling here.
Having done my schooling from Kuwait it was very much a
nervous start for me.But the warm reception of the faculty and
especially our beloved Principal then Ms.Meena Kane. She
never let any one student feel an outsider to the family tree of
ModernSchool. Paitence,Compassion and Calmness is what I
learned from her in person, she dealt with any issue with so
much of precison and maturity. Hats off to this graceful
woman, I am sure everyone of us agrees. Mr.Rakesh
Kapoor(Sir) our honourable founder of school participated
actively in all school activities,functions and any such
programmes. He would also subsitute us for any teacher during
our crucial board years!. Such is dedication. Not a single day
did I feel out of place, and with mentors and seniors of such
stature and passion towards their work and moulding our
delicate personalities into todays bold and beautiful obviously
beauty with brains, “Modern School” definitely leaves a
prominent mark in my journey of life fulfilling me with
immense confidence and knowledge.Thankyou Modern School
. Alumni Kamal Nayan Malvika (2004)

Having done my schooling from Kuwait it was very much a
nervous start for me.But the warm reception of the faculty and
especially our beloved Principal then Ms.Meena Kane. She
never let any one student feel an outsider to the family tree of
ModernSchool.

I would say my academic journey began and ended with the best in business says alumnus Akanksha Mishra


I was a student of VMWC when it was simply called ‘Modern College’, or, as my sister and I refer to fondly to this day, ‘Modern’.

Its inception year was the year I was born, so it feels like another close tie. I cannot thank Mr Rakesh Kapoor enough for his vision for this school that has always been way ahead of its times. And I can’t thank my parents enough for enrolling me in this school that went on to play such a magnificent role in shaping my life.

I have always been a good student so I could have excelled in academics anywhere. The curriculum for all schools is almost the same (unfortunately, Modern was not an IB school during my time). What made Modern stand apart was its holistic approach towards its students. And for this, I would give credit to the entire staff of the school.

To prove my point I would like to share a few anecdotes:

Any student could walk into the principal’s office anytime with a question. Now, most were unduly scared, but not me. Mr Rakesh Kapoor was the principal during my time. I remember walking into his cabin to question him about higher percentage set for scholarship, for a curriculum change, for break timings, against bullying, to show off something I made, and I was never sent away. I was treated like a young adult. I was listened to, explained things and only then sent back, reassured. I had no clue then, but he must have been a busy man, running a school as he did. But he took time out to address the concerns of one student. I was never ridiculed, or told that the principal was busy or scolded for wasting his precious time. I was always important! I also remember the times he played football with the 11th and 12th standard boys, when it rained, and got his clothes dirty. I’ve not seen many principals bond that way with his students.

Modern was particular about getting the basics right, like languages. Back then, we neglected English in favour of Hindi for our daily conversation. Our teachers knew that the only way to master a language that is not your first, is to converse in it. So, we were rated on the basis of how much English we used during our daily conversation, and the beauty of it was that we had to rate ourselves!!! It went much beyond than just trying to make us experts in English. This was actually an exercise in integrity, and honesty. Nobody judged us, or questioned us. I have seen how every one of us honestly graded ourselves. We rated ourselves low if we didn’t really speak in English, even if it meant losing the golden star at the end of the week. We might not have emerged better English speakers, but we emerged honest human beings. This exercise taught us honesty, and yes, healthy competition.

The school has always been strict about timings. This one morning I got late, and the school gates were closed. I have never been fond of missing school (yes, we exist!)  There was a bunch of other kids out there who were late too, and wanted to get in. I took an initiative and wrote an application to the principal, stating why I was late, promising this will never be repeated. The watchman took the letter to the principal, who could have easily ignored it and told me to get lost. But I was actually summoned to his room. I was probably in my 7th or 8th standard. He said that he was impressed by my letter and gave me a choice. He said if I wished, I could attend, but none of the others will be allowed. I had to make a decision. I told him that either all of us went in, or all went back. I went back home. I didn’t know then, but this taught me a very important lesson in leadership that day. I don’t remember much of the rest of the day, but I do remember the choice I made and it makes me happy.

Modern was never about only studies, or cramming up to get good grades. We were developed as individuals. Never mind if someone scores 60%, he will still be applauded if he is a good artist.

We had science fairs, dance, drama, salad-making, music, rangoli, you name it. Everything was taken equally seriously. We were encouraged to discover ourselves. It was instilled into us to respect our seniors and look after our juniors,  and our seniors always led by example. Teachers didn’t just teach and go home. They were always involved in our lives with a patient ear and helpful advice. I was a very good student but not an easy one. Must have been very difficult because I was naughty, and arrogant because I still always secured the 1st or the 2nd position. I’m sure I gave everyone a tough time, but looking back, I see that Modern helped me develop into myself as much as my parents did.

I am now a clinical embryologist and I have my Master’s degree in the same from University of Oxford, UK. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities of the world. So I would say my academic journey began and ended with the best in business. I am as proud to be an alumnus of Oxford as I am of Modern. I visited the school a couple of years ago, after about 10 years. It was unbelievable to see that Meena ma’am and Rakesh sir didn’t only recognize me, they remembered every little thing about me. It was incredible. It was like I’m still important. It was like coming home!

I have seen above average success by the grace of Almighty. But I do believe my alma mater has a lot to do with how my life has turned out to be. Basically, how Modern shaped me from the soft clay that I was into the confident woman that I am today. I wish VMWC all the best for all the future endeavors! Keep up the excellent work of inspiring young individuals to be the best they can be!

Akansha Mishra, alumnus of VMWC holding her Master's degree in Clinical Embryologist from University of Oxford, U.K

“I was a good student, but not an easy one. The school let me become the person I am”

What made Modern stand apart was its holistic approach towards its students. And for this, I would give credit to the entire staff of the school.

Wholesome support, constructive guidance and constant encouragement are the hallmark of VMWC


ALUMNI STORY - CLASS OF 1993

Flying all alone at more than 40,000 feet above the ground at twice the speed
of sound in a small fighter aircraft cockpit I often feel on top of the world. I often finish my daily prayers thanking God for all I am today and reflect on the journey I treaded. Having completed my class XII in 1993 with flying colours from Modern School (now Vidyatree Modern World College), I was selected for the prestigious National Defence Academy and bid adieu to my school, fully armed and equipped for life. I graduated from NDA in Dec 1996 and was awarded the prestigious Presidents Gold Medal for standing first in overall order of merit. Since then, I have been a
fighter pilot in Indian Air Force. I have flown various fighter aircraft of the IAF and have achieved various qualifications and appointments. Presently tenanting the rank of Group Captain, I am commanding a premier fighter squadron equipped with one of the best aircraft in the world. I have also worked with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission on deputation for a year in Sudan (Africa) as an Air Operations Officer.
Although the major credit for what I am today goes to my parents who sacrificed everything to ensure their children’s future, there have been certain other happenings which guided me all along. One of the most transformational event in my life was in May 1991 when after class X I got admission in Modern School. Those two critical years (Class XI & XII) in Modern School brought out the best in me and transformed me into a dynamic, capable and confident all-rounder fully prepared for the future challenges of life.
Wholesome support, constructive guidance and constant encouragement
were the hallmark of Modern School. The entire school felt like a close knit family and the atmosphere was tailor made for comprehensive education and growth of the students. I think there was not a single day in my two years in Modern School that I would have been absent. The environment extracted our dedicated efforts towards learning and whole hearted participation in all the extra-curricular activities. Our sense of belonging, pride, love and affection for the school was so high that we would often work overtime and extra hard to prepare for various interschool activities and competitions so as not let the school image down.

Whenever I Look back, I feel that the time spent in Modern School was the
most important time of my life as it prepared me for the life ahead and taught me valuable ethics and lessons for success in life. Whenever I visit Lucknow, I make it a point to visit the school and pay homage to my alma mater. I hope that the school achieve greater heights in the time to come and achieve glory through its students. I am sure that the basic DNA of the school set by Principal Kapoor– Students First, Always and Everytime – will continue to be the guiding force for all and take the School to greater glory.

Alumni-Manish Sharma, class of 1993

"Our sense of belonging, pride, love and affection for the school was so high that we would often work overtime and extra hard to prepare for various interschool activities and competitions so as not let the school image down."

"I am sure that the basic DNA of the school set by Principal Kapoor– Students First,Always and Everytime – will continue to be the guiding force for all and take the School to greater glory."

I joined VMWC at 4 and left it after 14 years with indelible memories


ALUMNI STORY - CLASS OF 1999

Students of MYP did a candid interview of alumni Mrs. Tanya Sahani, from ISC 1999 batch. She is now a successful entrepreneur, Director, Health Zone. The interview left her nostalgic. The interview was done by Rohan Agarwal (Grade 7), Ananya Johari (Grade 8) & Isha Singh (Grade 8)

 

How has life been since you passed out The Modern School?

I got my graduation from IT college in medical nutrition and dietics. Then my post- graduation from IT itself and then I am here from 10 – 11 years.

What qualities did you develop in The Modern School that are still helpful?

First of all sincerity, because in our profession you need to be very sincere and have good

attitude, to connect and communicate with people. And of course values are most important. Whatever the school gave me has really helped me all through.

Did you ever have the pressure of studies or did you ever cram for an exam in school?

To be very frank, I never went for cramming, I just understood the concept and that gradually sunk in.

Did the school prepare you for success?

A lot!!! In the 14 years of my school life, the concepts I have were very clear. Nowadays, in other schools the concepts of science, mathematics, etc. are not very clear.

What do you remember most about the school?

My teachers and my friends; I am more close to my school friends than my college friends.

And the educational system; whenever I helped my daughter in her studies I remembered how I was taught.

The Bharatnatyam, we always used to perform in the annual function.

In the Cognito and Bal-Mela, how we used to manage our stalls and interact with different guests to our stalls.

Would you like to leave a message for the school?

Yes, I am very closely attached to Modern School. Now, the school also has an IB system. So, I wish the school all the best and hope it progresses and has many more branches in different cities.


Class of:( batch) 1999
Graduation: BSc ( Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics) 2002
Post Graduation: MSc ( Nutrition) 2004
Current status and city: Co owner at Health Zone, Lucknow

"I started my life's journey from Modern School when I was 4 years old and completed 14 years till I passed class 12th. School is always an integral part of anybody's life and had many beautiful memories with Modern School, be it my Bharatnatyam performances or Singing contests or Meena ma'am.
After the school I landed up in Isabella Thoburn College and the secured world of school suddenly vanished.
I did my graduation and post graduation in Nutrition, became a professional Dietitian. I got married in 2004 and incidentally my Nutrition counselling skills got utilised in Health Zone.
Well I m also a mother of 2 beautiful daughters, 10 and 1 year old.
Well life has been through its ups and downs but life also has been kind"

From a Banker to a first generation entrepreneur, Brijesh Saxena shares his journey


An Alumni story based on his new startup and his courageous journey

“Dream is not the thing you see in sleep but is that thing that doesn’t let you sleep.”

                                   ? A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

I had heard that line umpteen numbers of times and had even said that to my audience during soft skills training sessions that I conducted on numerous occasions. I always thought that I knew what it means but it wasn’t until few months back that I actually realized the real meaning of the words of the great man APJ.

Hailing from a very common middle class family with the typical mindset about job and career, entrepreneurship was always out of question. The fear of failure and the satisfaction of the cash register ringing on the 30th of every month were too strong a reason to overpower. Destiny however had different plans for me so after serving in different banks at different profiles for more than a decade followed by a five year project management experience with an MNC IT firm; here I am with my own startup www.artnirvana.in.

ARTNIRVANA is an online market place for promoting art and handicrafts across the country. It primarily deals with art related items like painting, sculptures, Hand Crafted Items, photography etc. The primary objectives of the portal are:

  • To provide talented artist a worldwide platform to showcase/sell their work.
  • To identify and promote dying art forms in the country.
  • To provide branding, marketing, quality control and sales support to the artist.

During my life as a banker I always dreamed of having my own setup but was never sure of what to do, where to start from. Life continued and slowly that thought of setting up my own business took a back seat. Banking however taught me the nuances of setting up a business and the job at IT Company brought me back into the thick of things in the IT Industry. Now all that I needed was an Idea to work upon and it happened last year. I happened to visit the room of a guy who did some petty painting job for me. In his room I saw large canvass beautifully painted with acrylic colors which was nothing short of a master piece. In that state of amazement I asked him “Whose painting is that?” He said “Sir, it’s my creation. I am a qualified artist with a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts”. In a state of disbelief I asked him to show more of this works to which he pulled out a roll of canvass from under his bed. I stood there dumbstruck as he kept on turning canvass after canvass unveiling some amazing works. He had around fifty beautifully done paintings with him and all of it was lying in the filthiest corner of that tiny room. It was then that the idea of promoting art and the artist online came to my mind and it has been an year since then that current form of that idea could evolve.

During the one year of my transition from a routine job employee to a first generation entrepreneur there are few things which I have learned and would like to share with everyone who dreams to be an entrepreneur but do not know where to start.

  1. A business idea can come from anywhere anytime and it may not be well researched. Just grab it.
  2. Never get bogged down by the fact that someone else is already doing it and you need a completely new idea to start something. Always remember there are many ways to do the same thing and the best way is yet to come.
  3. It is your level of conviction and passion that will decide the quality of team that you get and believe me the higher the conviction the better people you will get.
  4. Act quick…remember you are not the only one who has thought about it
  5. Lastly LEARN TO LIVE WITH RISK. It pays..

Destiny however had different plans for me so after serving in different banks at different profiles for more than a decade followed by a five year project management experience with an MNC IT firm; here I am with my own startup www.artnirvana.in.

My school has given me that motivation to do well in life, to make it as proud, as I am of it.-CA Rakhi Kapoor-ISC 2002


ALUMNI STORY - CLASS OF 2002

How my school made me what I am!!

Remember that very special day, the first day of school, that day when you first step out from your house, into an unknown world, a more disciplined world? Though, we do not realize it then, it is one of the most important days of our lives. Some embrace this day with open arms, as a symbol of adventure and fun and then there are others who cringe at the thought of straying away from their parents’ protection. What none of us realize then, is the fact that this day defines our existence as a civilized individual. Once you step into school, your life is never the same. Every day is a learning experience, every step a rendezvous with your destiny. And that is why, school to me, is the key to any person’s life map.

It has been 15 years, since, I parted ways with my school, but it is a part of me that demarcates every step I venture into the school of life. I grew up with the school and it was equally pleasurable to see the school grow with us, getting new classrooms, winning national accolades, and basically making us proud to be part of this great institution.

Even though, I can’t be a part of the festivities, I can at least share my happiness with many of my fellow school mates, who feel the same way. So, just recounting a few reasons why my school’s Foundation Day means so much and why I want to celebrate the existence of this establishment.

1. Entered a child, exited an individual

When you start school, you are already a little person, with traits that define you, but it is the school, the teachers, the principal, the help, who carve who you could be. Small gestures that changed our lives took birth in school. Not that parents don’t teach the same, but there is something about teachers, and getting either appreciated or reprimanded in public that had a larger effect. The qualities that you pick up over the years, makes you the person you are. So, if I get a good employee
evaluation and it says, “Meticulous, sincere and honest”, I have my school to thank for it.

2. Home away from home

An extension of the previous point, school is where you spend most of the time of your formative years. If there is a place children are as comfortable as being home, it is only school. The sense of routine, of seeing the same faces everyday, of being greeted by the same cheerful teacher, is what gives a sense of family to your experience at school.
And like family, you also gradually learn that you don’t always have to be extremely fond of everyone in the family, but just staying connected, being civil and being there for each other is enough. This is the place where I learnt
the basics of social living.


3. Found a career

Although a school gives you much more than just formal education, it does eventually direct you to your career goal in life. In the 12 years that I was at this wonderful school, I changed my aspirations many times, but it is the right kind of exposure and open discussions with teachers that helped me realize what I was passionate about.

 

When you start school, you are already a little person, with traits
that define you, but it is the school, the teachers, the principal,
the help, who carve who you could be.

4. Well-rounded personality

As goes with sports, the ‘trying my hand’ at different art forms like drama, dance, music, arts and craft, has opened my life to fulfilling experiences.  Finding solace in books and making wonderful friends with the characters is also thanks to the wonderful library system of our school. Science fairs, study tours and other interactive ways to embrace knowledge has helped me be a better individual, today too.

5. Friends for life

Something I am eternally thankful to our school is for the opportunity to forge wonderful friendships. The home away from home, that school is, life’s closest confidantes are found here. School is where I found my most loyal, kind and
generous supporters, and I can only hope that my friends could say the same about me. And it is again teachers and the school who inculcate the necessity of finding great friends in life, by assigning study partners, making us share our benches and basically teaching us a lesson in having an open mind. It is at this time in life, that friends are the whole and sole of your life, and you never find stronger bonds than the ones created then.

6. Sense of Belonging
To say the least, my school gave me a sense of belonging, and along the years, if there is one thing that I have realized is important for a self-image, is being attached to a group, a clan, an institution, something you can call your own

Being successful doesn’t matter as much, if there is no one you can make
proud. My school has given me that motivation to do well in life, to make it as proud, as I am of it.

There are uncountable ways my school affected me, but these are the ones that made me who I am, and as thankful as I am for being a part of this magnificent school, I couldn’t be grateful enough to my parents, for making the right choice for me. I can only wish that wonderful citizens bring back the laurels for this school as alumni and create a place for this institution in the pages of history!

CA RAKHI KAPOOR

Batch 2002.

‘Mentally and Emotionally, VMWC made us better human beings’ says Kavish Sinha, alumni ISC 2004


ALUMNI STORY - CLASS OF 2004

I chose Modern School (now known as Vidyatree Modern World College) because my best friend chose to study there in between April and July till the high school results were declared. We joined in Class 11 only to spend some time and move to a different school. The best friend left, but I stayed back. Safe to say, Modern School chose me.
There’s no other institution which takes people in so well. It just absorbs you in. I had come from a Convent school set-up, used to ‘Our Father, who art in heaven’ and getting accustomed to ‘Asto ma sadgamaya’ took me some time. Months, to be precise. But I blended in. So homogeneously that this school became my identity.
Modern had a charm. While physically we were donning our stud modes, flaunting our new Honda Activas and LML Vespas, mentally and emotionally, we were preparing to be great human beings. All thanks to the freedom of choosing your identity and your passions which Modern allowed us!
I hated Newton. I loved Shakespeare. I remember an essay I wrote on ‘Who am I?’ in class 11. The teacher (one of our loveliest seniors Radhika Kapoor) gave me a 19 on 20 and wrote ‘Excellent’. Little did I know that EXCELLENT would take me places. I felt a boost. Morally, mentally, emotionally. I felt accepted. And that little English Language Register is still my closest friend. Shakespeare won!
I made friends. 2 years is not a lot of time to make friends. But I did. Not just with my classmates, but my seniors and juniors as well. I became the captain of Vivekanand House in class 11 and suddenly with popularity and love, there was responsibility. The brightest RED had to be the strongest RED.
It was 15th of November. Right after Children’s Day. Bright nippy Saturday morning. I was beating that massive drum. Students were disgusted with the PT moves. While I thanked my power to own the drum, Kapoor Sir takes on the mic and announced the new Head Boy of the school. That was me. I froze for a second. The students were cheering and my head was spinning vehemently in disbelief. I didn’t know what happened. Apparently I won by a huge margin. It was bigger than People’s Choice Award for Best Actor. That Ides of November is still my packet of little hearts. I open it and relish it whenever I’m sulking, and suddenly everything is right!
I found my love for Chemistry in Modern. Deepti Ma’am was my class teacher and my class was next to the lab. I suddenly loved Ammonia more than Anton Chekhov. Then Premchand took over and I was busy writing Kavya Saundaryas for Kanak Ma’am. Imaginations knew no bounds in Modern. You were free to choose what you loved. You were free to be what you were and wanted to become. Freedom is all I associate with Modern.
Two years whizzed past. All of us set out to become Engineers and Doctors and Chartered Accountants. I couldn’t do any. I chose Journalism. Then moved to Advertising. Then became a Photographer. And now I am (I choose to believe) a successful Casting Director in the Indian Film Industry. The flight to following your dreams that was inculcated then, still lives in me! I still risk it. I still want Sulphuric Acid to take over Salman Khan. I’m still a dreamer. Still the same old kid with multiple aspirations, and who’s to blame? You know the answer!

Kavish Sinha - ISC 2004
Completed Journalism then moved on to Advertising and Photography
Currently, a successful Casting Director in Bollywood

The flight to following your dreams that was inculcated then, still lives in me! I still risk it. I still want Sulphuric Acid to take over Salman Khan. I’m still a dreamer. Still the same old kid with multiple aspirations

The conducive learning environment helped me to express myself freely and actually “KNOW THYSELF”


In today’s competitive world just having a good academic record will not take you far in your career be it in the corporate world or any business activity . It might land you a good job but from then it’s your overall personality which will decide how fast and smoothly you climb up the ladder. The same fact holds true if you want to be an entrepreneur. Ask any budding entrepreneur and he/she will explain how your overall personality  traits help you set up your enterprise and what limited contribution does formal education have.  This is exactly what VMWC (Modern School) has done to me.  From being an average student to being a successful senior banker to finally being a first generation entrepreneur, the overall personality development apart from academics during my school days at Modern School has been of invaluable importance. Be it dramatics, the inter house/ inter school competitions, the house system (which gave me the first taste of leadership and helped me learn the invaluable lessons about team building, team work, team motivation etc) and the other extra-curricular activities, everything have played a very vital role in my career growth chart.  The learning conducive environment of the school also helped us in being able to express ourselves freely and actually “ KNOW THYSELF”.

Brijesh Saxena, class of 1995
Masters in Business Administration
Worked as a Senior Manager for HDFC
Presently, a first generation Entrepreneur

From being an average student to being a successful senior banker to finally being a first generation entrepreneur, the overall personality development apart from academics during my school days at Modern School has been of invaluable importance.

Biranche Tandon, IIT BHU and winner Commonwealth Scholarship for PhD at Manchester University, remembers the school


“School”, regarded as a child’s second home, plays an important role in shaping their future. Starting from the basic knowledge shared in classrooms to the principles that build a great character, and eventually a great individual, this second home has a humongous task of fulfilling the dreams of the children and their families. Today, I am proud to have been a part of The Modern School for more than 12 years for I believe that it was the perfect place for me.

A beautiful journey, a great learning experience and a way to living was on offer at the abode of knowledge, skills and VALUES. Learning without cramming; excellence without distress; discipline without fear; and relationships without conditions; these were the principles always emphasized by Kapoor sir. It is now that I realise that his teachings have stayed with me till date and played a crucial role in shaping me into a great person. This was the place and time where we learned the true meaning of words like friendship, relationship, respect, discipline and dedication. The school was not merely a class room based knowledge delivery place but was much more than that, the competitive spirit was not only limited to the grades one earned; inter house competitions, be it dance, sports, choreography, debate or any other extracurricular, we were always motivated to be a part of as many things as we could manage.

All teachers were like my guardians (some were even closer). There support, love, guidance and motivation kept me going in the hardest times (these times were real tough and now, I see that all my teachers are like my parents, they have the biggest heart and forgive you for your wrong doings but only after you realise your fault). One teacher who was present all these years and made sure that I was on the right path was Meena ma’am. She was like my father who would scold me, beat me at times (not literally) but won’t compromise for my future. She was always there for me and her presence made me feel at home.

My journey ended at intermediate level but the memories of friends and, most importantly, the teachers stayed thereafter. Courage (or the ability to take risks and face challenges) and self confidence helped to move on to clear one of toughest Engineering entrance examination (now the classroom knowledge was of great help 😉 ). I got admitted to Indian Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University and co higher education. mpleted by Bachelors and Masters in Engineering (in the field of bio engineering and biomedical technology). My interest in the field grew and motivated me to pursueI see research as an opportunity to contribute towards the society through the knowledge and skills that I have learned.

Currently, I am a Ph. D. Student at The University of Manchester, United Kingdom and I have been awarded the Commonwealth scholarship. I have always been actively involved in sports and extra-curricular. I love to play all kinds of sports and recently, I have also developed a love for cooking. I love to meet and talk to new people and will be more than willing to help.

Biranche Tandon, class of 2010
IIT BHU - Bio-engineering & Bio-medical technology
Currently pursuing Ph.D. at The University of Manchester, UK and have been awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship

The true meaning of discipline, dedication, friendship, respect I have learnt here.

Learning without cramming; excellence without distress; discipline without fear; and relationships without conditions; these were the principles always emphasized by Kapoor sir. It is now that I realise that his teachings have stayed with me till date and played a crucial role in shaping me into a great person

Seeds sown by Modern School in me, I am passing on to my daughter says Vineeta Balani, 99’batch


ALUMNI STORY - CLASS OF 1999

School is the second home,

always wondered when i was kid what did this mean, realised it only once I left school for my higher education. It was a place of security, a place of faith, a place to learn and a place to know what you want in life.

 

The Modern school has played a big role in me achieving the success in my life and career. The Principal always said compete with your own self and not the world. It is you who will help yourself climb up the mountain. I so believe it myself and now tell my daughter the same. Set new limit, compete with yourself and win over it. Win to set a new milestone.

 

A quite bookworm in school never imagined to be am outspoken CA. Thanks to all my teachers and values they built in me. They had nourished me to be a

part of the world where you need to fight for your own self to prove the identity to the world. This was hidden safe and secure in the premises of home and school.

 

My parents were scared how would I face the CA internship and manage to do job in the corporate world. I did wonders coz the seeds and roots of my education were so strong that nothing could shake me. My determination to compete with myself was so strong that rest all was weak.

And here I stand a proud student of Modern School winning over all obstacles of life.

 

Thank you all teachers and Principal Ma’am I am short of words to thank you.

My Academic Details:

  • Grade 10th & 12th from VMWC with 85% in the year 1997 & 1999 respectively
  • Achieved highest marks in CA Foundation in May 2000
  • Completed CA in May 2004
  • Currently Working with :Telenor India Communications as Head Business Planning & Analysis

My determination to compete with myself was so strong that rest all was weak. And here i stand a proud student of Modern School winning over all obstacles of life

The Principal always said compete with your ownself and not the world. It is you who will help yourself climb up the mountain. I so believe it myself and now tell my daughter the same.


ALUMNI STORY - CLASS OF 2010

School Life-a breeze without stress

Life is not about chasing, it’s about living. All our life, we are chasing things obvious to the fact that’s it’s the journey which makes life interesting rather than the destination. Here is the story of my journey so far in the mystical phenomenon called “Life”. Let us now go back to the days when I was not so tall. As a kid, my school days flew away playfully. The studies too went like a breeze without any sort of pressure. I feel very lucky to have studied in a school in which morals, ethics and Indian culture were given good importance along with sports and other activities. Apart from studies we used to do a lot of extracurricular activities as well. We used to also enjoy studies we were never asked to cram anything, since we followed “Learning without cramming”, which is very helpful in our day to day life. Plenty of activities were conducted in my school such as after morning assembly all the students used to get the chance of speaking; thought of the day in front of the entire school which has really built up the confidence in every student, we use to have the annual function which was really exciting for all the students. Some of them used to participate in dance, skits, etc. Science Exhibition also known as Cognito which was really helpful for the students to learn the topic in a very nice manner with different types of examples was also conducted in our school for which parents were also invited so that they can see how their children are being trained in such a nice manner. Subject Commerce was one of my favorite which I enjoyed the most studying and the best part was that I got the opportunity to study this subject when I was in class 9th, Where as in other schools they have it in class 11th . I scored the 2nd highest marks in class. When I moved to class 10th, everyone including teachers, relatives, parents used to keep telling that we have to study hard since Board exams were approaching and it is very difficult. But I never found so. Class 11th and 12th were bit difficult for me because my mind totally got distracted since I had some family issues but my teachers were always there to support me and at the end my result was also good. Last but not the least I really enjoyed my school Life .

Life is not about chasing, it’s about living. All our life, we are chasing things obvious to the fact that’s it’s the journey which makes life interesting rather than the destination. Here is the story of my journey so far in the mystical phenomenon called “Life”. Let us now go back to the days when I was not so tall. As a kid, my school days flew away playfully. The studies too went like a breeze without any sort of pressure. I feel very lucky to have studied in a school in which morals, ethics and Indian culture were given good importance along with sports and other activities. Apart from studies we used to do a lot of extracurricular activities as well. We used to also enjoy studies we were never asked to cram anything, since we followed “Learning without cramming”, which is very helpful in our day to day life. Plenty of activities were conducted in my school such as after morning assembly all the students used to get the chance of speaking; thought of the day in front of the entire school which has really built up the confidence in every student, we use to have the annual function which was really exciting for all the students. Some of them used to participate in dance, skits, etc. Science Exhibition also known as Cognito which was really helpful for the students to learn the topic in a very nice manner with different types of examples was also conducted in our school for which parents were also invited so that they can see how their children are being trained in such a nice manner. Subject Commerce was one of my favorite which I enjoyed the most studying and the best part was that I got the opportunity to study this subject when I was in class 9th, Where as in other schools they have it in class 11th . I scored the 2nd highest marks in class. When I moved to class 10th, everyone including teachers, relatives, parents used to keep telling that we have to study hard since Board exams were approaching and it is very difficult. But I never found so. Class 11th and 12th were bit difficult for me because my mind totally got distracted since I had some family issues but my teachers were always there to support me and at the end my result was also good. Last but not the least I really enjoyed my school Life .

As a kid, my school days flew away playfully. The studies too went like a breeze without any sort of pressure.

Batch : 2010 Passout
 
BMS from National PG college Lucknow
 
Currently working in Dubai for Rocky Real Estate LLC in HR Dept .

I feel very lucky to have studied in a school in which morals, ethics and Indian culture were given good importance along with sports and other activities. Apart from studies we used to do a lot of extracurricular activities as well. We used to also enjoy studies we were never asked to cram anything, since we followed “Learning without cramming”, which is very helpful in our day to day life.

Distinguished Alumni Award 2016


'The Distinguished Alumni Award 2016' has been conferred to Pankaj Agarwal, class of 1992, in honour and recognition of his significant contributions to society and accomplishments that have brought credit to the college.

Our Distinguished Alumni Mr. Pankaj Agarwal with Principal Meena Ma'am, Founder Sir Kapoor Sir and Ma'am

The Award

(From Right to Left) The Guest of Honour Prof. Alok Dhawan, Director at Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Our Chief Guest for the event Prof. Rakesh Kapoor, Director at SGPGI and with the Chairman of the School's Advisory Council Hon. Justice D.K Trivedi (Retd), Dr. Nitya Anand ji, Founder of the School Mr and Mrs. Rakesh Kapoor, Our Distinguished Alumni for the year 2016-17 Mr. Pankaj Agarwal with our Director Siddhartha Kapoor

The school was founded  in 1979 and the school’s first class XII graduated in 1992. It has been 24 years since then, and hundreds of students of the school have graduated and went on to succeed in life. These alumni are in leading positions at some of the best companies of the world or are entrepreneurs running their own successful enterprises.

This year the school has instituted the Distinguished Alumni Award to honour and recognize Vidyatree Modernites for their achievements in life. During the Annual Celebrations, on 18 December, 2016, VMWC proudly conferred the first ever Distinguished Alumni Award in the history of the school to Er. Pankaj Agarwal, in honour and recognition of his significant contributions to society and accomplishments that have brought credit to the college.

Pankaj Agarwal runs his own university and is the Chancellor of Shri Ram Swaroop Memorial University. Read below for a summary of his achivements.

The Ceremony

Pankaj Agarwal, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, addressing the school community.

Pankaj Agarwal was overwhelmed to receive the honour in the presence of his teachers. He was thrilled to share the wonders the school had done to his confidence and personality. He said, “I loved coming to school and always looked forward going to school and learning. It was indeed fun and the best part was teachers were equally or may be even more excited to share their knowledge with us.” He also added, “The real meaning of Know Thyself (the motto of the school), I learnt and understood here.” He thanked the school, the teachers for laying the foundation for whatever he has achieved in life.

"Every morning we used to love coming to school, which is very rare.We always looked forward to going to school & learning. It was fun." - Pankaj Agarwal, class of 1992, Recipient Distinguished Alumni Award 2016

Passing on the light

Pankaj Agarwal setting a new tradition by lighting the candle of youngest member of Vidyatree Modern School

On this momentous occasion a new tradition was established called ‘Passing on the light’. As a mark of passing on the values of the school that were instilled in Pankaj Agarwal, the oldest Vidyatree Modernite, he lit the candle of Aradhya, the youngest Vidyatree Modernite, accompanied by the school Head Girl, Ayushi Sinha.

About Pankaj Agarwal

Er. Pankaj Agarwal, VMWC class of 1992; Chancellor, Shri Ram Swaroop Memorial University

Pankaj Agarwal, was an all-rounder in school, avid cricketer and the school Head Boy.

He graduated from the school in 1992, and went on to graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, as a Gold Medalist. With a vision of bringing world class engineering & management education to the youth of Uttar Pradesh he laid the foundation of Shri Ramswaroop Memorial Group of Professional Colleges (SRMGPC) in Lucknow in 1999.

Making inroads into the domain of software technology was the next landmark and led to the launch of software companies STPL (Shri Ramswaroop Technosol Private Limited) in 2004 and SRDT(Shri Ramswaroop Digital Technologies) in 2009, offering digital technology solutions in media, entertainment, education, enterprise content management and e-publishing.

Determined to usher global standards in higher education, Pankaj Agarwal, established Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University in 2012.

He has been bestowed with numerous awards in the last 24 years, some of them are:

  • Young Entrepreneur Award” by The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
  • He was recognized as “Changemaker” & “Trailblazer” by the Jagran Group.
  • He was felicitated for “Excellence in Education” by the Times of India Group and was awarded by the Hon. Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik.

Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University has been recognised as the “Best Innovative University” in the 9th ASSOCHAM Higher Education summit 2016

I made friends for life and became ‘me’


ALUMNI STORY - CLASS OF 2002

Writing is my bread and butter, and reading is my jam.

Twenty years, 10922 km, and endless memories –  these words summarize my life since I left Modern School, now known as Vidyatree Modern World CollegeFor someone who constantly moved from one city to another, Modern School was a memorable halt. I made friends for life and became ME. 

Average. A word that doesn’t excite anyone. It makes one feel common. You are not bad but you are not good either. So what are you ? Average? It symbolizes a majority of us. Well, thankfully just on a report card. Although everyone around you makes you feel sub-par with this word, there was only one person who made me feel good about being average. Mr. Rakesh Kapoor, our principal always said that there was nothing wrong with being an average student. “You have endless possibilities to explore. Because you have been labeled as average, you are buoyant. You can fight longer, you are consistent, and failure can never dishearten you. Give your best shot at living a meaningful life”.

Even though I have left Modern School, Mr. Kapoor’s words have stayed with me. His kind words instilled confidence and his hearty smile brightened our day.

It is Modern School where I fell in love with Hindi, learned to be dramatic (in a theatre of course), practiced the craft of debating, and dipped my toes in dancing. The habit of trying new experiences is now ingrained in me. I can proudly say that I am a master of trying different trades.

After my 12th, I moved to Bangalore to pursue my graduation. I completed my B.E in Information Science and worked in Bangalore for seven years. I live in the beautiful city of Sydney in Australia.

I have been a writer for almost a decade. When I was on a sabbatical from the typical 9-5 job, I dabbled in NPOs and startups. It was definitely nothing like what they show in movies- wearing khadi or hanging out with cool nerds. A lot of crazy hours, negotiations, hard work, learning, and of course the wrong kind of people. However, like me if you are in the IT field, I would definitely recommend spending time in other sectors. It is an educational experience.

I am an avid traveler. Ever since I found my partner who shares the same passion, my journeys became thrilling.  I am also a complete beach buff. Throw me some sunshine and I head out with my hat and beach essentials. This ritual takes place once every fortnight in summers. When I am not at work, I spend time writing posts for my blog, discussing apps, and inventions with my friends, sipping tea with my girls in a tea salon, or drooling over photos of food.  Oh! did I mention food? Yes, I am a big foodie! Thankfully I have like-minded friends who love exploring new restaurants, food markets, and other delicious avenues. I also make a mean cocktail. After all, there is more than one way of eating a fruit.

Give me a shout-out on Facebook and read me on http://sydneyonfeet.blogspot.com.au/

"For someone who constantly moved from one city to another, Modern School was a memorable halt. I made friends for life and became 'me'."

"Even though I have left Modern School, Mr. Kapoor's words have stayed with me. His kind words instilled confidence and his hearty smile brightened our day."

Young innovators are rewarded by Vidyatree Modern Alumni Association


Vidyatree Modern world College organized its annual creativity Fair ‘Cognito’ on 13th December, 2015 on the theme of ‘Smart City’. The students displayed models of their vision of the smart city with innovative ideas. The alumni association of the school, VMAA, took an active part and motivated students to think and come up with ideas that can be practically implemented to make Lucknow a Smart City. Out of many worthy projects three were conferred with cash awards.

Two projects in the senior category ; ‘Earthquake Early Alarming System’ by Geeta team and ‘Air Purification through Suction’ by Vivekanand team shared a cash prize of Rs.20,000 and the project ‘Waist to compost’ by Socrates team in junior category won a cash prize of Rs. 10,000. President of VMAA, Mr. Brijesh Saxena presented the trophies and awards to the team members.

Kanika Kapoor: A proud Modernite


Indian-British singer, Kanika Kapoor, singer of super hit songs ‘Jugni Ji’ & ‘Baby Doll’, visited her Alma Mater on Monday, 21 April, 2014, to once again be part of the school assembly and interact with all the students.

Kanika started off by saying that she is a ‘proud Modernite’ and thanked the school for pushing her towards the singing career. An alumnus of Vidyatree Modern World College (Previously The Modern School), Aliganj, Lucknow, she finished her class 12th from The Modern School in 1998.

She added that she had been a student of music right from childhood, but its at The Modern School she got the encouragement and push to take up singing prefossionally, when she got a boost to her singing skills (she trained under yesteryears Music Director H. Vasant, at The Modern School), and the opportunity to win numerous inter-school competitions.

All the students, right from Grade 1 to 12, knew of her superhit song, ‘Baby Doll’, and were excited to have Kanika in their midst. Kanika was overwhelmed with the affection showered on her, and she signed off by saying that there were more songs to come.

The school is proud of her and wishes her the best of success and fame.

Flame for excellence


Anurag Bhatnagar (ISC2000)

Anurag Bhatnagar (ISC2000)

I am one of those students who applied to The Modern in class 11th and was listed on the waiting list to get admission. My father was in a transferable job and was never able to stick to one school and had a really bad academic record. When I say really bad it meant I had report cards full of red marks stating fail in 10 out of 15 subjects.

After the final list was out I found my name on it and that day fortune played a important role in my life. My first week in The Modern changed my attitude towards life drastically. Learning without cramming, Discipline without fear, Excellence without stress, Relationships of unconditional positive regard was seriously ingrained in the school system. I decided to try and catch up with my bright school mates all in studies, sports & true lifetime friendship, that was the point I started a new life with a new flame inside me. Two years was too less to catch up with the real Modernites who were there from last 10 to 12 years, but still I was able to groom my self as an individual to get a score of 74% in my class 12th.

But story of the flame didn’t die after 12th class. I later joined an engineering college and was one of the top 5 Students in my Electronics and Communication Branch. I later joined Reliance Communications & practiced all my knowledge of Engineering. I worked with them for 1.5 years and moved ahead in life & joined TCS (Tata Consultancy Services). Soon I became one of the youngest Project Lead & also received a TCS Star Employee award. This moment was captured by Times of India and I was on the newspaper too 🙂 . Now a days I am in Silicon Valley, California working as a Project Lead for EMC – Storage Technology Project. I still play football for TCS Team and regularly meet my lifetime Modern Friends.

So this is the flame for excellence I got from The Modern and will keep it for a lifetime as this is the most precious gift for me.

I remember the following the most about The Modern: 1. Development of integrity of character; 2. Football Ground; 3. Mr. & Mrs. Kapoor, Meena Maam and all other teachers

At school I learnt the importance of defeat and how to cope with it


Dr. Nitin Mukerji (ISC1994)

Dr. Nitin Mukerji (ISC1994)

I am currently a Specialist Registrar in Neurosurgery at Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. I completed my basic medical training (MBBS) at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and specialized in Opthalmology from the same institute. I then went on to train as a Neurosurgeon specializing in anterior cranial base surgery, vascular neurosurgery and surgery of brain tumours in England which I will complete in the near future. I also am a keen researcher and am en route to completing an MSc in Applied Statistics from the Sheffield Hallam University. I also am a reviewer for a few international journals in Neuro-oncology and a member of the Section of Tumours of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons that develops treatment guidelines for brain tumours.

What I learnt at school has helped me to be a stronger person and with hard work and dedication I am trying to work my way to the top. The most important thing I learnt at school was the importance of defeat and how to cope with it and this has helped me all along. I was given the freedom to study at my own pace and as per my own abilities, in times when such a thing was unheard of, without any expectations in return. Hopefully the trust that the school had in my abilities at that time is reflected in what I have achieved so far. I have a special regard for The Modern always and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Thanks for supporting me in the best and most positive manner when I needed it.

The things I remember the most of my school is the recognition of my abilities and the freedom I was given to study according to my own plans. I also fondly remember the books that were always acquired for the school library on my suggestions. As an institution The Modern always has a special place in my heart because this is where my ascent started and the journey is not over yet. I aspire to achieve bigger goals in future and hopefully I will be able to make my school proud.

 

Update as on February 11, 2017

Since the last time I wrote to the school (a while back!!),  I have been Consultant Neurosurgeon in the UK for a few years after completing the FRCS in Neurosurgery. I was also a Clinical Instructor in Stanford University for a year. I specialise in cerebrovascular neurosurgery (surgery of the blood vessels of the brain, aneurysms, arterio-venous malformations) and happen to be among the very few neurosurgeons who undertake the EC-IC bypass operations in the UK. I have had excellent results with this operation over the years and indeed with other operations that I perform. I have also had my fair share of bad results. I serve as the associate editor of the British Journal of Neurosurgery and an international executive member of the Section on Tumours of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. I am a reviewer for several international journals and a reviewer for European research  grant applications. I lead my departmental research team, collaborate actively with Durham University and the clinical provision of cerebrovascular services. I have published extensively in my field and have been an invited speaker at conferences as well.

The role of the school in all this: the foundation on which the building stands – simply said. Life isn’t about a day or year, it is a long haul – the school prepares us for the ups and downs, the highs and the lows. In a surgical career, things go wrong, patients die and the resilience and ability to deal with these events and carry on working is built up very early in life, in school. I am always grateful for the strong foundation that the school gave me, the freedom and the space the school gave me and all the books, facilities and teachers that the school gave me. Hopefully I have built on it and will continue to do so.