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Powering Legacy With Next-Gen Ideasvivek Kumar Singh

‘The K12 ecosystem will continue to evolve in the world and specifically in India’

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Ryan Group, which has grown to become one of the largest privately-run educational institutes in the country, has nurtured its vision to transform the educational landscape in the country and make quality education available for one and all. Taking his family legacy further is Ryan Augustine Pinto, India’s youngest social entrepreneurs in the K-12 education sector who has led the group’s transformation into a brand synonymous with quality and affordable education.

“The K12 ecosystem will continue to evolve in the world and specifically in India. The sheer volume of school-going children will continue to grow and effective solutions to provide meaningful schooling will have to be found. While the footprint of our schools spans 18 states and 40 cities in the country, the opportunity to bring quality, affordable education to many underserved areas is immense,” Pinto told BW Businessworld.

Since his appointment as the CEO in 2008, the Group has grown from 90 schools to 145; increased its student strength from 1,80,000 to 2,70,000, and expanded its footprint to 45 cities in 18 states from 30 cities in 12 states. Besides, it has established seven international curriculum schools, and four international schools abroad. BW Businessworld feted his achievements by including him in its list of 40 extraordinary entrepreneurs this year.

An alumnus of Aston University, UK and Cass Business School, London, Pinto also holds additional qualifications from Harvard University & Cambridge University. He aims to transform ‘traditional’ schools into dynamic, interactive learning environments that benefit not only students and teachers, but also their communities, cities, country, and the world.

“Our efforts have been not just been in the urban areas but we have gone to many underserved areas to provide quality education. The overall excellence that we are able to build in children by identifying and supporting their unique talents has made us the ‘school of choice’ for parents,” he says.

Pinto strongly advocates the implementation of technology-driven learning and teaching methodologies to inculcate 21st-century skills. He has implemented new pedagogical practices including cutting-edge apps, interactive classrooms, flipped learning and innovation labs to improve learning outcomes. He was critical in building strong international collaborations including the one with Pennsylvania Hub USA, which provides unique collaboration opportunities for Ryan students and educators.

“Within the K12 ecosystem, ours is the only group which is creating such a huge impact. Pioneering initiatives like model United Nations, theater festivals, community outreach programmes, etc. have been applauded and copied by many schools. Our efforts have brought us recognition from The Limca Book of Records as also the Guinness World Records. Our alumni have distinguished themselves in all spheres – sports, corporate world, administrative services, entrepreneurship etc.,” says Pinto.

According to Pinto, the opportunity to bring quality, affordable education to many underserved areas is immense. “We are working on several cost-effective strategies to do this. Some of these have been implemented successfully and several others are being beta tested. In the next five years, we will clearly be leading the K12 space with presence in over 25 states and 75 cities/towns. We hope to be impacting over 500,000 students.”