SME Times News Bureau | 27 Sep, 2022
In an exclusive interview with
SME Times, Ajay Gupta, founder of Bachpan Play Schools and Academic Height
Public Schools, said that majority of the millions of SMEs that are in the
private sector in India are facing lack of financing.
Excerpts of the interview…
1. Please tell our readers
about your organisation and its entrepreneurial journey.
Our CEO and Founder Mr. Ajay Gupta established S.K.
Educations in the year 1999 and started out in the field of computer education.
While he was looking for a preschool for his daughter, he came across the
unstructured preschool segment which were not up to the mark. There were no
age-appropriate learning aids and no systematic curriculum. Preschools were
still seen as a luxury rather than a necessity. That's when he thought of
Bachpan. Our entrepreneurial journey is marked by our relentless endeavours to
demonstrate preschool education as vital to the foundation of every child's
learning. We also ventured into formal education with Academic Heights Public
Schools (AHPS) and college education with Rishihood University. It's been an
adventurous ride for us from PG (playgroup) to PG (post-graduation).
2. Please tell us about your
presence in India.
We have 1100+ Bachpan Play Schools across the nation
and our play school chain is continuously growing. We have 110+ Academic
Heights Public Schools that are also witnessing rapid growth. Our learning
technologies (like Speak-O-Kit, VR Rooms, and Robotime) and teaching
methodologies make us one of the leading preschool and formal school chains in
India. Mr. Ajay Gupta, co-founded Rishihood University in 2015. It strengthens
our nationwide presence to a remarkable extent as we complete the educational
curve for students.
3. What is the current status
of the education sector in India?
We believe that the education sector in India has not
evolved with time. What students were taught decades ago is still being taught
in schools with minimal use of modern learning aids and methodologies. The
curriculum lacks upgradation and the co-curricular activities remain
fundamental. Our education system needs a complete overhaul to meet the dynamic
needs of 21st-century students. The students in our country need to go beyond
academics and excel in skills such as communication, public speaking, and
problem-solving. They need to move with the times and be aware of the vast opportunities
that the world holds for them. With our Bachpan and AHPS schools, we are
endeavouring to play a major part in that overhaul and improve the current
status of the education sector in India.
4. Do you think more skill
training should be added to curriculum of Indian schools? What is the present
Education is of no use if it does not equip students
with knowledge and skills that help them achieve success in their life. Skill
training is necessary for those 14+ years that students invest in school
learning with devotion. Skill training does not ask for a separate time slot
and a lecture. It needs to be made an integral part of learning in every
subject. The curriculum should be adapted and upgraded to integrate these
21st-century requirements. Innovative extra-curricular activities should be
designed. What we think is the role of education is to prepare students for the
future. The Indian education system needs to be made worthwhile, and it should
provide students with practical and experiential learning.
5. How many SMEs are there in
private education sector? Are they getting enough financing?
There are millions of SMEs in the private sector in
India. They form a major portion of our nation's economy and are vital to its
progress. However, the lack of financing is an issue of concern when we talk
about small and medium-sized enterprises. Family and friends are the largest
sources of financing and that just does not suffice if we want our SMEs to grow
and develop into big enterprises that contribute greatly to our economy. We
think that the government needs to devise schemes and policies and reinforce
them strictly to help SMEs lay the foundation for their immense growth and
6. Please share your future
We want to spread premium-quality preschool and formal
school education in each and every corner of the nation. We already have 1100+
Bachpan Play Schools and 110+ Academic Heights Public Schools operating on the
franchise model. Marching forward, we aspire to expand our presence and make
every child achieve their full potential. We aim to go global. We also aim to
make our philosophy and values a key part of international standards.