Shri. Sagar A. Sule

The first School of the Indian Education Society (IES) was founded in the year 1912 under the name of King George English School by a handful of young, dedicated, educated youngsters with a desire for propagation of literacy among the young generation and particularly amongst the girls of Mumbai city and Maharashtra State, as literacy is the basis of all education and essential to the survival and development of the country. Since then the number IES's educational institutes have increased substantially with a corresponding rise in the strength of students. IES, today, has a student strength of over 50,000 students in our 66 pre-primary/ Primary/Secondary School, one Junior College and two Postgraduate Management and Architecture colleges.

The literacy rate in India which was around 15% at the time of Independence in 1947 has increased substantially to an average of about 70% in 2010, but still far away from the desired target of 95%. With the population of 120 crores in 2010 (about 17% of world's population) and estimated population of about 150 crores in 2030, India would have the largest number of illiterate in the world and it is considered essential that ten years of school education are pre-requisites for citizen to develop their individual potential for successful economic lives. Although, the country's needs for educational systems and standards have exponentially increased, our educational infrastructural facilities have not developed adequately to develop and sustain the potential of the individuals and that of our country, mainly due to lack of funds available with the Private Institutes as well as those available with Government / Municipality operated educational institutes and also due the non-availability of trained teachers for educating the students.

The Govt. of India has enacted the Right of children to free and compulsory Education Act (RTE) in 2009 for Free and Compulsory Education of education upto 8th standard with a focus on the students from economically backward students. The implementation of this Act has placed substantial financial burden on Private Educational Institutes like IES which are required to reserve for free education 25% of the available seats for the economically backward class.

There is also a definite tendency on the part of parents to get their children educated in English Medium Primary and Secondary school instead of Marathi Medium schools and we have been making suitable changes to take care of this trend. Apart from this trend, the parents also choose the ICSE Curriculum over that of Maharashtra State Board. (SSC)

The IES Management currently have to face a number of challenges to maintain and improve the standard of education. The infrastructure at the various school needs substantial up-gradation such as using computer based teaching and the teaching content. The newly opened school teaching ICSE curriculum needs high quality infrastructure, recruitment and training of teachers etc.

However, it appears that Private educational institutes like IES should not expect much help from the Central / State Govt. for creating educational infrastructure for imparting superior quality of education not only in academic but also for developing the students personalities for international competitiveness. The bottom line of our Educational Vision continues to be that IES will remain a leading educational institute with a reputation for progress in education and students excellence by upgrading the value / quality of education.

The Management solicits help, co-operation, generation of new ideas from our Teaching & Non-Teaching staff, Principals / Directors / Heads, Members of the General Body, Parents, Past students and Well Wishers to help us achieve this vision for IES in the next millennium.

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