Our trip to Kumaon was a memorable trip. 

85 Students with 20 teachers left Falna on the night of 20  October. We visited Nainital, Bhimtal, Almora, Kasardevi Temple, Ranikhet, Baijnath Temple, Kausani and Jim Corbett National Park.

The trip was successful as all enjoyed and learnt  many things about Kumaon and specially Kausani.

Rivers Gomti, Shipra  and Kosi were  surprisingly refreshing  as the water was  clean and cool. They flowed along us for a long time.The majestic Himalayan range was mesmerising. We were awestruck by its beauty.The grandeur of Nandadevi peak was breath taking.

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Tea gardens and old temple (9 Century)   added charm to this sleepy little town of Kausani.

Nainital with its beautiful lake attracts travellers. The scenic beauty and cold weather thrilled us.

Jim Corbett National Park, though we went for a Jeep Safari,to our disappointment no animal was spotted what we were looking forward to see.

The trip came to an  end on 27th October, 2012. It was trying to manoeuvre  105 people  from Old Delhi Railway station to Sarairohilla Railway station.

This was great season, just after rains, and the weather was very pleasant too. For some of us this was the first trip up north and yet there were some who had not done a long train journey ever in their lives!

Good to Great Workshop at Bali

A workshop was conducted by Sandeep Dutt at The Fabindia School in Bali and the Staff Team shared their vision. The 28 members of the school staff worked in 7 teams and came up with ideas to take us ahead. The group names are fictitious and the identity of the contributing teachers have been with-held in all fairness. This is more like a wish list for building the school from good to great.

1. A Kumar (M)
a. Use Audio-visual approach in a class room
b. Need games and tools for teaching aids
c. Build infrastructure and bring in technology
d. Improve relationship between staff and students
e. Use reward to motivate - marks, grades, stars, stickers...
f. Motivate students who are weak
g. Teachers should be qualified and knowledgable
h. Teachers should be friendly 

2. N. Singh (F)
a. Teachers should pay more attention to the correction method
b. Need better connect with parents-teachers-students
c. In building a Parent-Teacher relationship challenges of language, culture and the village customs
d. Teacher and student relationship must improve; need for child psychology and behaviour training
e. Ability of children must be understood
g. Training of Teachers a necessity
h. Teacher must have a positive attitude

3. B. Bharti (F)
a. Creativeness in teachers, to excite children
b. Need an Auditorium/ Hall in school to house 1000
c. Student:Teacher ratio should be 1:30 in senior classed and 1:20 in primary & junior, to average 1:25 
d. Admit children on admission test scores
e. Treat children holistically and offer remedial classes
f. Play way and easy learning at nursery must be improved

4. R. Rajpurohit (F)
a. Use a play method for teaching, need tools like pictures and toys in junior classes
b. Need to find the talent in students
c. Moral education a necessity
d. Skills and extra-curricular activities needed

5. E. Maginative (M)
a. Competitions to be held  more regularly
b. Add Vocational Courses
c. Introduce Career Counselling
d. Personality development programme to be added
e. Communication Skills of students must be built up
f. Classes for teachers in Communication Skills by professionals
e. Upgrade knowledge levels of all stake-holders

6. C. Group (F)
a. Improve discipline
b. Work for connecting teaching with practical life
c. Build foundation of children at Nursery and early three classes
d. Increase fees
e. Better text books for juniors and teachers
f. Langage of teachers should be improved
g. Individual appreciation of teachers needed as well as students
h. Need a healthy environment

7. B. Singh (M)
a. Have a good introduction in a class
b. Give opportunity to all in a class
c. Reflect - revise and then move ahead on new lesson in class
d. Outdoor education needed
e. Teamwork in class needs to be encouraged
f. Ability to listen built up
g. Communication / language is a major challenge in the rural school
h. Update techniques 

We are sharing in the language and spirit as narrated by the groups and please do not interpret this as a reflection of the abilities or the way the school functions.


I am delighted to inform the members of The Fabindia School Community, of the board’s decision to induct Mr. Sandeep Dutt as its Chairman. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Mr. Dutt.  

With over 25 years of hands on experience as an entrepreneur, a trainer and mentor for thousands of young people, Sandeep has been involved with schools across the country and worked with students in all kinds of socioeconomic environments.  Made project reports for the Government of Meghalaya, the Government of Uttarakhand, the State Govt. of Delhi and the Min of Youth and Sports, and helped implement the development plan of the Australian Sports Outreach Programme (ASOP) in his last avatar as the National Director of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. Sandeep's contributions to build a curriculum for enabling young people to equip for life and set in place a sustainable model for youth empowerment has been widely acknowledged all over the world.

I hope all of you would extend a warm welcome to Mr. Sandeep Dutt as he takes The Fabindia School to the next stage in its journey.

My Best Regards

William Nanda Bissell

My Mentor

(original writing - produced as-it-is, this is in spoken Hindi and transcript is in English, a good effort and from the heart)

Aj mere life me agar thode se bhi improvement ki bat ki jaye to uska sidha sreya mere pitamaha (Father) ko jata hai. He is a SI in PAC force with very great personality . Because muje aj bhi acchi tarah se yad hai ek din tha jb papa se najar milakr bat karne ki himmat nhi thi qki vahi o eke se insane the jo hamesa koi bhi kam pr acche aour bure ki pahchan dilate,aour bachpna ke hisab se unse muje bahut hi dr lgta. is liye hamesa e n nighe unse door bhagti,muje mere life ki o sacchi ghatna aj bhi bahut hi acchi tarah se yad hai jo ek din achank hi mere life me hua, jb mai 5th class ka student hua karta tha,tb padhne me bahut hi kamjor tha , papa muje ghar pr hamesa padhate, pr phir bhi padhai me jra bhi man nhi lgta, ek din papa ne muje pure sptah ki speling yad karne ko diye , muje sam tk o sunana tha pr main nhi suna ska ,mai dr gaya tha papa ke bar – bar puchne pr mai kuch nhi bolta, is bat pr papa ne meri gal pr ek tamacha de mara jo muje aj bhi yad hai aour pure jivan bhar yad rahegi, qki vahi ek esa tamacha tha jiski vajah mai aj apse seyar kr rha hu. Mai unke us behavior pr bahut roya ji to krta tha ki unse kbhi bat nhi karu, pr ma ne dusare din muje akele me bulaya aour sir me hat pherte hue bola beta apke papa rat me apko marne ke bad bahut feel kr rhe the , agar o apke liye itna sb kuch kr sakte hai, to kya ap unke liye nhi, apne liye sahi ek acchi padhai nhi kar sakte ese karoge unko kitna talkleef hoga, phir mera us din se aj tk ki padhai me hamesa first ata rha, jiska karan vahi unka ek tamacha tha . sayad papa ne muje vahi thappad us din nhi aj mara hota to aj mai khi ka nhi hota. isliye aj mai jo kuch bhi hu, us thappad ke liye papa ko dil se hamesa thanks bolta hu. 

Papa ek acche artist to nhi the pr kbhi kbhi drawing banate, mai unke drawing ko dekhkr pagal sa ho jata, phir vahi se mere life me ek artist paida hone lga, jo aj apke samne hai,unke o lotus ke flower, hut, pond.swan aj bhji nhi bhoolte jise papa aksr banaya karte, mai bhi unhi ki nakal karta, unki vahi activity mere life ke liye bahut imp lgti , mai unhi ko follow kiya phir age art stream me BFA, MFA, & Bombay Art bhi kiya. Papa ke hr o smjaye hue phande aj mere liye prerna srot hai, aj pta chalta hai ki aj mere papa na hote to hamari life na jane kha hoti, hr pl hr chad jivan ke hr mod pr mere papa ke margdarshan aj hamesa kam ate hai, papa ki o di hui energy aj bhi mere liye ek vardan si mere sath me hai, jiske dam pr aj mai apne pair pr stand hu, aour aj bhi kuch sikh kr age badhne ka try kr rha hu, aour jivan ke antim pl tk sikhta rahunga jo mere papa mere se chate the, ki mai sirf sikhu, sikhu aour sirf sikhu.

So aj bhi mai papa ke vicharo pr chal rha hu chalo sikho aour goal ki taraf age badho. Aour bhi papa ne as a great teacher jivan ke bahut hi imp chapters padhaye jo ki muje acchi tarah se yad hai, pr kha tk batau.

Thanks papa (as a my GOD Father and a good Teacher also)

- Awdhesh Kumar Chaurasia (MFA)
TGT as a Art & craft in FAB INDIA SCHOOL BALI (RAJ.)

We are inspired in life from so many persons but I inspired from my father Mr. S.P.S Negi. He is a government servant. He is not much educated but he took his transfer from Ambala to Dehradun for my education. He never enjoyed his childhood because he lost his father when he was one and half years old but he gave me  full facilities. He always says to me "work while you work and play while you play". He faces so many problems in life but he never looses his temper. So, I think he is a good father for me.
- Suresh Singh Negi

My father is my strength and inspiration, He is a kind and caring father. When life gave me a problem he proposed a solution. He was the one who always listened to my ideas even though they were stupid sometimes. He did not have the best of childhoods, so he made a promise that he would never let us grow up the way he did. I feel immense proud to call this wonderful man my dad. He always treated me as a friend, not like a father....................
Though he is no more, but i will cherish the moments that i had spent with him throughout my life and i will always miss him..........

- Usman Gani 

In my life there is a lady, PARINEETA RANPAL whom I met 7 years ago. She had the biggest impact in my life and kept a feeling of hope inside me. She has given me advice to get through the toughest situations that have kept me distracted during school. She made teaching look so easy that I decided that I could follow her foot steps and I did. As a boss, she expects the same level of dedication that she has demonstrated. She's the most selfless person I have ever met, she's has been through so much recently, but does she let it show in her work. She is incredibly strong. I could go on for ages but in basics, she is it. She is my idol. 
Daksha Jain

My mentor is my Principal, my boss, Mrs.Parinita Ranpal.She is very affectionate, loving and  caring person. She teaches with a lot of interest to her students. She always looks for the positive things and helps me to grow both personally and professionally. She is very supportive towards her staff. She handles the problems with great persistence and courage. She is always ready to help me whenever I face difficulty in any school work. She always wants her teachers to work hard and do the best for the school. She does a lot for the school. All her qualities above qualities greatly impress and I want to be like her.

Nikki Purohit

My elder brother is an ideal for me and there inspiring light in my life.I follow him as well because when i recall my memory a suggestion makes a click in my mind. That is when  I was in 10th standard he said to me "we are not able to understand an importance of a time in our daily life, we waste our usual time in enjoyment, but we realize what we have lost in amusement and it affected me greatly and i make-up mind to follow views of my brother. 

 - Bhawna Nagoda

- Himani Chauhan


In my life I have got inspiration from my parents, relatives and teachers. One of them is Prof. Mathachan who was our Physics teacher.Ialways remember him because his talents in teaching. He was an expert in Physicsand has written some books in Physics So I like him and respect him very much.
- Byju Joseph

Good to Great

The Good to Great Workshop - 13th Oct 2012

How we will move ahead and make our school from good to great!
The staff team shows the way...

Learn new things , we can do new for children and ourselves - Awdhesh Kumar

It is not tough as atomic research, but to execute is the challenge - Dinesh Bharti

How we do things is important - Gajender Kumar

How to make a lesson interesting is a challenge - Suresh Kumar

Planning for good teaching - Kavita Devda

How we communicate with students matters - Om Rathore

Always remember you mentors - C P Singh

Learn innovative ideas to communicate with students - Bharti Rao

Have a good and friendly relationship with the students - Monika Vaishnav

Make good infra-structure with modern technology - Usman Gani

Teachers can make school great! - Surender Singh

Create a friendly environment in class  - Meenaz 

More love and affection towards students - Daksha jain

It is important to follow what ever we learnt today - Krishan Gopal

Moral education is necessary - Ritu Rajpurohit

We can give best rewards in any subject or topic - Bhavika Ozha

Learn interesting ways to make a school from 'good to great' - Prerna Rathod

Content knowledge should be upgraded - Nikita Rajpurohit

Be communicative with parents - Usha Panwar

Come for education and go for service - Suresh Singh Negi

A positive approach towards positive teaching - Prakash Arya

Group discussion is important to make a school grow from good to great - Jagdish Suthar

Learn the technique of teaching - Neelam Malviya

Identify our own ability - Byju P Joseph

Teachers mould the school - Bhawna Arya

How we can create interest in children - Himani Chauhan

Teaching in easy way - Kusum Dangi

The workshop proved one thing that there are many new teaching techniques but they all are useless in the absence of a good teacher, a teacher is the main guide to society. - Bhaarat Sundhesha Parihar

Annual Day

All well wishers, friends and alumni are welcome to the 20th anniversary celebrations of the school on 1 and 2 December 2012

Parinita Ranpal
The Fabindia School Bali

Sports news from The Fabindia School

News clipping of 12th Oct 2012
Ashwini Dutta and Yogender Singh Ranavat  stood first in the 200 metres and 100 metres races at the competition in the District Athletics Meet in Bali. 

From the heartland!

Thank you all for the opportunity to be a part of the BAT Education challenge of providing quality education with a rural focus. It is indeed an honour and a privilege for me to be invited to lead the team and help take our schools from good to great. The Bissell's have created a great legacy for the community and now it is the goal of the institution to offer innovative solutions for quality education for our young people.

The focus for us at BAT as I do understand is to work for the personal and social development of every individual; the teachers, the students, the parents and each member of the community whom we connect with. Being stakeholders we all have an equal opportunity to not only mentor but help the young people find themselves. It is my belief that all children are gifted and we as adults need to challenge ourselves and offer the best possible environment to each and every young person to grow up into a compassionate citizen and not merely a skilled individual. 

Learning for Life -  is the focus and the BAT Education platform will offer innovation, learning, sharing and more so caring for the community. Yes, we need to be sustainable and are very conscious of the fact that we work with young and impressionable people. We will need to do all we can to help the young people meet their life's aspirations. It is not about getting a job, it is not about being a leader but it is most important about finding oneself, and this is the true meaning of education.

Lead from the head, follow the heart and walk on your feet.

Sandeep Dutt
Chairman,Bhadrajun Artisans Trust (BAT)

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