Shruti Shankar is the Operations and Marketing Manager at India School Leadership Institute
“If my daughter wants to be the principal of a school, where can she go to get trained?” asked Aditya Natraj of Kaivalya Education Foundation at a recent seminar in New Delhi.
With 1.4 million schools and 190 million students, India is home to arguably the world’s largest school system but lacks a single institution for training people to run schools. Our partners at the Central Square Foundation have scrutinized every state budget but have been unable to find a single line item for training principals and head masters. This might sound alarming, especially if you consider that studies by McKinsey & Co., OECD and Wallace Foundation all report that school leadership is one of the most critical factors for student success. One wonders if it is really surprising how poorly Indian students perform in international student assessments like PISA (India was 72nd out of 73 countries). If school leadership is a major barrier to the success of our schools, India School Leadership Institute seeks to overcome this challenge by fostering a pipeline of excellent school leaders. Our goal is to set the gold standard for school leadership training in India.