The Dr. Pillai Global Academy is a well-planned initiative from the Mahatma Education Society, a trust committed to provide meaningful education with tangible results. It is the brainchild and the enterprise of Dr. Vasudevan Pillai, an educator with 40 years experience and a reputation that saw him establish over 48 institutions from schools and colleges, to teachers' training institutes and colleges for Architecture, Engineering, Information Technology, Media, and Management Studies.
True to his vision of developing local actions to create global options, Dr. Pillai has launched the Global Academy within the serene sequestered environment of Gorai, Borivali, an environment conducive to quiet study and application. “The focus will be on mentoring,” says Dr. Pillai, “as opposed to book knowledge and cramming. We are seeking to unlock skills in the child and incite a natural curiosity that makes the pursuit of knowledge a matter of choice and not compulsion. Our whole system is engineered to take the stress out of education and to leave behind a well-informed, well-rounded youth, confident of himself and of the world he is about to step into.”
To translate this into a working reality, the school offers a range of learning options. At the pre-primary and primary stage, the accent will be on self- expression, development of reasoning faculties, social etiquette, personality development, and role playing to enhance confidence levels. At the secondary level, the student can do the IGCSE programme, after close-knit consultation with parents, teachers, and counselors, and with a view to develop the skills best suited to his potential. At the higher secondary level, the student has a choice of two boards: the A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Either way, the teaching standards are the finest you can expect, delivered by an internationally-trained faculty and designed to qualify your child for discerning institutions overseas.
“It's a holistic system that we are putting in place,” says Dr. Pillai. “One that denies nothing to the child in its quest to mature into a decisive individual and which inspires a sense of pride in an institution he must belong to for the next ten years.” Therefore, ideally positioned within an impressive eco-friendly campus, the Global Academy will provide every single learning amenity you would find in an international school from interactive classrooms to plush play-grounds, from bounteously-stocked libraries to a capacious auditorium and an indoor swimming pool, from a cafeteria that maintains the highest health safeguards to air-conditioned classrooms with child-friendly furniture. There are going to be special interest groups and discussion forums and a range of cultural and sporting activities that will bring out the competitive best in your child. Moreover, there will be a professionally staffed medical center offering full-time medical assistance.
When queried about the tuition fee for the course, Dr. Pillai smiles and says, “You will find us priced significantly less than other institutions offering the same programs. That's because we are here to optimise the potential of our students, not our own bottom lines. Our greatest wealth will be the students we develop. In their success lies our own; in their fulfillment lies our reward. Today, the world waits for India, and we hope to be the catalyst that gets them there. We hope to be the true educator that unfolds the true kernel of India and that does our country consistently proud.”