Dr. Vijay Datta
Designation: Principal, Modern School
Award Name: Leaders of the Decade in Academia
A Ph. D in Education, with a background of graduation in Science and Post-Graduation in English Literature, Dr Datta with an experience of 30 years in the field of education has been awarded with GOC-IN-C commendation apart from being a receiver of ‘Shiksha Rattan’ Award for his remarkable contribution in the field of education and research. With his PhD topic ‘Modern Trends in Education – ‘A Detailed Study of Life Skills and Emotional Intelligence, Dr Datta was a pioneer in introducing the concept of Life Skiils in Indian Education scenario besides propagating the idea of Emotional Intelligence and Scientific Attitude. A major part of his service was at Mayo College Ajmer, where he, as a Dean and Housemaster, took charge of various literary and sporting activities; his two fields of passion. He conducted debates, looked after various publications, directed plays and also supervised various games like Basketball, Athletics, Cross Country, though Horse Riding, Tennis, Golf, Parasailing and flying microlight aircrafts remain closest to his heart. A person who believes in being a hands-on person, Dr Datta, at Mayo, was not only involved with the well-being of the students but also remained actively involved with teachers’ training programmes and conducted various workshops and seminars for the teachers on topics ranging from dyslexia to Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation System, where he served as the resource person as well as an expert. During this time, he also successfully completed the Skills Development Programme in Technology based learning. Dr Datta took over the reins of the residential Army Public School Dagshai in November 2011 and within no time, with his pro- active approach, Dr Datta ensured an unprecedented rise in not only academic index of the school but also sports and games, thereby giving the school a true Public School character. His efforts were recognised as the school was recognised as the No.1 Residential School in the country on the parameters of value for money, which was certainly an amazing feat in such a short period of time. Dr Datta deeply encourages the values of humanism and compassion in his wards. He initiated programmes in Adult Education and AIDS Awareness. He also nurtures the quality of empathy towards the lesser privileged. It was in recognition of his exemplary sterling service towards education and character building that Dr Datta was decorated with the Army Commander Commendation for Distinguished Service. Since July 2014, Dr Datta has been heading one of the premier institutions of the country Modern School, Barakhamba Road where as a person who believes in leading by example, Dr Datta continues to strive to maintain high standards of discipline and conduct at the school. Modern School was rated as India’s No 1 school among the Day-cum-Boarding schools by the Education World in 2016.The School also won the Jury’s Choice Award for exemplary contribution in the field of Education at the 4th National Conference K-12 Leadership and India’s School Merit Awards 2016-2017 BY Education Today.