Recalling the flow of the past year reminds us just how productive a year it has been at CMS, taking students to greater heights of personal growth! This annual report celebrates some of the major developments of the year, with pride of place of course going to our students’ fine achievements, both academic and non-academic, which were the source of the glory and honour of CMS in 2017-18.
Srivastava of our Gomti Nagar Campus I helped to maintain CMS’s tradition for academic excellence by getting All-India-Rank (AIR)2, gaining 99.25% aggregate mark, and Vedanshi Gupta of CMS Rajendra Nagar Campus I brought lustre to the school by getting AIR 3 with her 99.0% aggregate mark. Including these two, a total of 53 ISC students of CMS were among the ISC top ten AIR holders, due to their astronomical aggregate marks of 97.25% to 99.25%, in the 2017 class 12 board exam. 16 class 10 students were in the ICSE top ten AIR holders at the class 10th level. The detailed results analysis is given in the July 2017 CMS Bulletin at www.cmseducation.org/images/july2017.pdf Four CMS campuses were among the top ten ISC schools of the country, in terms of the ‘number of students in the school with 90% plus aggregate marks’, and among this list of top ten ISC schools of the country, the first and second schools are both CMS campuses, showing that CMS produces quality in large quantity! 839 CMS students got 100% marks in various subjects in the March 2017 class X and XII board exams. CMS campuses were among the top ISC and ICSE schools of the country in school rankings published in www.thelearningpoint.net
61 CMS students received admission offers from excellent universities abroad in the US, UK, Germany, Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Australia in the calendar year 2017, and 34 of them received generous scholarships too, with several getting 100% scholarship. Some of the 100% scholarship offers were to: (a) Deepika Gupta to study Engineering at Cornell University (an Ivy League US university which is 14th ranked in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2017) on a 100% funded Tata Trust scholarship; (b)Alia Abdul Rahim to study at University of Rochester, USAon a 100% scholarship of US$ 2,65,000 (Indian Rupees one crore seventy lakh); (c) Lakshay Sharma to study engineering at the University of Pennsylvania on a 100% scholarship (he also got 10th All-India-Rank in the IIT Advanced exam 2017); (d) Saksham Mehrotra to study at the Yale-NUS College, Singapore on a 100% scholarship (e) Umang Mishra got a 100% scholarship to study at New York University at Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and (e) Shivam Singh Rajput to study at Bochum University, Germany on 100% Scholarship.
In keeping with our historical strength in maths, physics and chemistry, 80 CMS students passed the IIT Advanced exam 2017, out of the 212 who passed the IIT Mains exam. 72 CMS students passed the NEET exam for medical entrance, and 14 passed the CLAT exam for entry into the national law colleges. 60 CMS students of Class XII won a total of Rs. 2 crore 40 Lakhs in 2017 as Government of India’s National Merit Scholarship to pursue higher studies in Science: each will be getting Rs. 400,000/- as merit scholarship (Rs. 80,000/- per year for five years) from the government’s Department of Science and Technology. 12 CMS students selected for the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojna Scholarship (KVPY) 2017 winning a combined total of Rs 56 Lakhs (Rs 5,000/- per month in addition to Rs 20,000/- yearly grant for first 3 years, and Rs 7,000/- per month and Rs 30,000/- yearly grant for the next two years). Gaurav Singh Sayana, student of CMS Mahanagar Campus was awarded the Dr Ambedkar National Merit Award of 50,000/- and a Certificate of Merit by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India for his excellent performance in ISC exams.
Six CMS alumni passed the civil services exam 2017 to become IAS officers: Ila Tripathi (Rank 51), Vijay Ranjan Maitrey (Rank 164), Tuhin Sinha (Rank 219), Pankaj Kumar Mishra (Rank 414), Kirti Pandey (Rank 426) and Shilpi Kanaujia (Rank 534). See details on page 27.
In addition, 5 CMS alumni attained success in the PCS-J (Judicial Services) exam in 2017, and will go on to become judges. CMS alumna Swarangi Shukla of CMS Gomti Nagar 1 topped the UP PCS-J exam 2017 (UP Rank 1). Sonakshi Verma, alumna of CMS Aliganj I campus topped the Bihar PCS-J exam (Bihar Rank 1). Three more CMS alumna qualified PCS-J in UP: Ambika Mehrotra alumna of CMS Mahanagar (Rank 39), Shaleen Mishra of CMS Mahanagar (Rank 75) and Akanksha Bajpai of CMS Kanpur Road (Rank 86).
The distinguished contribution of CMS to Indian education was amply recognised in 2017.To mention a few accolades, CMS Founder-Director Dr Bharti Gandhi received the prestigious DEVI award from Home Minister Mr Raj Nath Singh in Delhi in December 2017, in recognition of her lifetime services to the education of girls. CMS Founder-Manager DrJagdish Gandhi received a Lifetime Achievement award at the Education World magazine’s national school rankings award ceremony in Delhi in September 2017, and was also Chief Guest at the conference of Chief Justices of 45 African nations in Sudan in April 2017.
Dr Vineeta Kamran, Principal CMS Kanpur Road campus, reminded us of the stature CMS enjoys in the Indian academic sphere by being named recipient of the highest honour of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), the coveted Derozio award. In another accolade, she was also elected President of the Association of Schools for the Indian School Certificate (ASISC), the association of Principals of all the approximately 2100 ICSE and ISC schools of India. Finally, she was also appointed to the advisory board of the National Institute of Open Schooling, NIOS.
Senior Principal and Principal CMS Gomti Nagar campus (Ms Manjit Batra and Mrs Abha Anant) received the ‘Fortune 50 Future Schools’ Award from the Fortune Magazine, as well as receiving the Education World magazine’s national first for ‘Academic Reputation’ and ‘Educational Leadership’. Senior Principals of Aliganj Campus I and Rajendra Nagar Campus I (Mrs Jyoti Kashyap and Ms Deepa Tiwari) were also honoured as their campuses were declared by Education World Magazine’s school rankings as among the top schools in Uttar Pradesh.CMS principals Mrs Vera Hajela and Mrs Aditi Sharma made intellectual contributions via articles in prominent education magazines Mentor and The Progressive Teacher. Four teachers from the CMS Cambridge section and the CMS Gomti Nagar Extension campus won awards in the CENTA national Teaching Professionals Olympiad.
It is a pleasure to report that in 2017, CMS Asharfabad campus shifted successfully to a newly constructed building equipped with excellent facilities such as swimming pool, large examination hall, state-of-the-art computer lab, as well as modern, light and airy chemistry, physics and biology labs, library and activity spaces. Construction also took place to expand provisioning at CMS Anand Nagar, Aliganj and Rajajipuram I campuses. In addition, in 2017, land was acquired near existing campuses at Jopling Road and Rajendra Nagar for future growth and better facilities.
We are delighted to say that in 2017, we supplied new furniture to all Junior students (classes 6 to 8), which completes our four-year project to provide new furniture to all students from Montessori to Class 8. New furniture has already been ordered for classes 9 and 10 and is expected to be installed before the start of the new academic year from 1st April 2018.
It is a matter of joy to state that from July 2017, CMS introduced the Seventh Pay Commission salary scales for both teaching and non-teaching staff, whereby we are paying the government prescribed Basic pay plus DA, as well as House Rent Allowance and City Compensatory Allowance, in addition to a teachers’ Home Visit Allowance. To attract and retain talent, CMS pays its senior school leaders very attractive salaries, which are put in the public domain through newspaper advertisements at the time of the annual recruitment.
Educational technology, curriculum and school guidelines are constantly changing, making it hard for teachers to keep up with the latest trends and innovations in education. To enable teachers to develop skills, new strategies and best practices according to the latest standards in education, CMS embraced various path breaking programs at several of its campuses in 2017-18. Throughout the academic session, seminars and workshops were organised to expose teachers to the latest education technology and pedagogical methods.
Dr Punum Bhatia, renowned Montessori expert from Denver USA, conducted a two-day workshop for Pre-Primary teachers to apprise them with the basic ‘Exercises of Practical Life’ and to give them hands-on experience of various classroom activities.
To emphasize learning-by-doing, biology workshops on theory as well as new practicals were held for ISC teachers. The maths subject teacher facilitators from the CMS Quality Assurance department attended workshops held at Kolkata to become ‘Master Trainers’ for the new Council curriculum which is commencing from 2018-19 onwards. They also attended a workshop for Elementary and High School teachers to ‘Demystify Maths’ at the Heritage Xperiential Learning School, New Delhi. The workshop conducted by Mr Ron Lancaster (Associate Professor, University of Toronto) helped teachers to learn novel methods to teach Maths in an experiential, relevant and realistic way, by showing children its connection with the world around us.
Maintaining a consistent quality standard across a large number of teachers necessitates a high degree of shared knowledge; with this purpose in mind, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) were setup across various campuses of CMS in 2017, in collaboration with the pedagogical consulting company A2Q (Access to Quality Education) in Mumbai. PLCs are meant to be a platform or network for the teachers to collaborate with each other regularly in a structured way, use data to make decision about teaching and learning, and engage one another in cycles of continuous enquiry.
A Mathematics Mentoring Programme has also been initiated with the help of A2Q, in three CMS campuses: Rajendra Nagar Campus I, Gomti Nagar Campus II, and Mahanagar. In due course, the program will be extended to encompass other campuses. This programme facilitates problem-solving in teaching and learning, provides professional and personal support, and guides the growth of the new and less experienced teachers – through reflection, collaboration and shared enquiry.
CMS has also made a foray into developing Open Education Resources (OERs). Teachers are being imparted training by our Innovation Wing in collaboration with the CMS eLearning Department, to create content that is customized for the CMS classes. All these innovative measures are intended to provide an enhanced educational paradigm.
A number of training initiatives have been taken up for non-teaching staff too in 2017-18, to enable their professional development, enhance the quality of their working life, and to offer the chance to develop their ‘soft skills’.
In February, a health awareness workshop was conducted for all CMS Head Office staff, where Dr Manisha Kakaji, Research Associate of SGPGI Lucknow, conducted an informative myth-busting session about Diabetes. In a similar vein, a workshop on personal wellbeing and life satisfaction was offered to all Head Office staff in April by Mr Chandrashekhar Verma, covering physical health, family environment, workplace management, and achieving a healthy work-life balance. In December, a workshop was held for Head Office departments on the values for workplace success. The key topics covered during the session included accepting change, having a positive attitude, how to engage effectively in team work, and how to improve communication skills.
To strive to improve our front-end services to parents and visitors, training was held in August for all front-office staff and receptionists, where discussion took place regarding managing parents’ expectations, the golden rules of service, etc. In September, the Caretakers and Nodal Officers of all campuses were given training regarding the importance of school cleanliness, personal health and hygiene, and communication skills. In October, all our hospitality staff at our guesthouse partook in a special workshop with Mr Kshitij Srivastava on food safety and presentation skills – emphasising the importance of health and hygiene in the kitchen, food presentation, and proper etiquette for serving guests.
As part of CMS’s ‘green’ drive towards environmental protection, an energy conservation workshop for nodal officers, caretakers and environmental coordinators was held in July in collaboration with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), Hyderabad, and Confederation of Indian Industry. The workshop was conducted by Ms SreeRekha, Councillor from IGBC. The workshop also included valuable discussions about sustainable energy and making eco-friendly schools.
The CMS Workforce Department trained all support staff in understanding the government’s Provident Fund (PF) scheme and the Employee State Insurance (ESI) scheme, so that they and their families can take full advantage of these schemes.
In addition to these training sessions, a huge amount of special training took place to increase the safety and security of our students. A core committee was formed in August 2017 for monitoring and training staff at all levels to ensure the safety and security of the students along with their general wellbeing.
In March, all CMS Junior Engineers (JEs) underwent a workshop on enhancing electrical and infrastructural safety in school campuses, led by Environmental Health and Safety Consultant Mr Vinod Dwivedi. In September and October, a series of health and safety workshops were conducted for nodal officers, caretakers, support staff, and security guards across CMS to sensitise them about various health and safety precautions to be taken in schools at all times.
All CMS school drivers were trained in June under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna Programme, supported by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The participants included bus and van drivers, vehicle cleaners and conductors, and Transport In-charges of all campuses. Key points regarding child safety, road-worthiness of vehicles, and important behavioural skills were emphasised. Drivers’ eye-tests started in December 2017. Applications have been submitted last autumn for the police verification of support staff.
In every CMS campus a fire safety drill was conducted during 2017 to prepare students and staff for orderly evacuation in case of any emergency. Staff and students were made aware of the basic precautions and simple control measures that can be implemented to reduce the risk of fire. CMS has an organized, systematic emergency operations plan in place to reduce risks and to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover, in the unlikely event of a crisis situation.
To ensure student safety, all CMS campuses are equipped with CCTV cameras throughout.
Going into 2018-19, CMS continues to be a proud leader in India in the field of integration of technology into classrooms. At present, we have 1,114 interactive white boards installed in classrooms, libraries, and labs across our 18 campuses.
This year the e-Learning Department has continued to impart its IT Training syllabus to both teaching and non-teaching staff, with almost all staff now having passed their Level 1 beginners’ IT Assessment, many undergoing training in Level 2 for project-based learning, and an advanced Level 3 module under development. We have continued to make participation in the digital drive more extensive, inclusive, and voluntary through special initiatives such as fun contests for teachers to implement innovative practices; this year, we have also introduced the ‘CMS ERA’ programme in collaboration with the Innovation Wing for teachers to engage in their own high-quality interactive whiteboard content development. This programme provides hands-on training in how to produce effective classroom digital content, both from a pedagogical and a technical perspective.
The CMS IT Portal, created to automate and streamline teachers’ administrative work, has attracted 2,67,177 hits in the past two years since its inception. The Staff Dashboards provide access to materials, events calendar, staff directory, and more, as well as spaces to submit reports and facilitate internal communications. We have also pioneered an ‘Open Educational Resources’ (OER) platform, where teachers across the organization are sharing thousands of valuable educational materials amongst each other.
For students, the e-Learning Department has introduced Google’s ‘Code to Learn’ programme, SCRATCH, as well as tablet-based learning pilot programmes through which we can gather data and evidence regarding the potential benefits of using tablets in classrooms.
Meanwhile, continued development of our ERP system has automated more manual tasks, significantly reducing the administrative burden of teachers so that they have more time to focus on their students’ learning. As well as this, our new Human Resource Management System has been launched in pilot mode, job applications are being accepted online, a warehouse facility along with a Procurement & Inventory Management System is under development, and the digitisation of accounts is also progressing rapidly.
The young talents of CMS have been offered a unique and exciting opportunity to learn Western Classical Music in their school campuses. It is an established truth that music can play a major role in quality, holistic education; a solid grounding in music education, apart from being a source of joy to the learner, can facilitate the development of a wide range of cognitive skills and abilities. With this in mind, in 2017 CMS recruited a professional Western classical violinist from Georgia, to teach students classical music.
About 40 CMS students are learning to play violin during school hours on a one-to-one basis, while plans for one-to-one vocal tuition are in the pipeline. This individual (one-to-one) tuition is timetabled such that it causes minimal disruption to academic classes, and enables students to master proper playing technique, to learn to practise at home alone, and to have their specific learning needs and interests attended to.
The Winter 2017 vacation saw the organisation of music camps for CMS students and music teachers. These culminated in a special orchestral and choral musical concert, in which the five pieces they had worked on were showcased before all CMS Principals and a number of other special guests – all of whom were left thoroughly enchanted. It was highly encouraging to witness the achievement of a successful performance after only a few days of preparation. The camps gave CMS music teachers the opportunity to understand the basics of western music theory – such as interval, scale, rhythmical figures and chords – which they can now proceed to impart to a wider set of students in their respective campuses. The enthusiasm of all the students and teachers involved in the camps was palpable!
Taking this a step further, CMS is now working on introducing a Western Classical Music System, empowering its music teachers to compose and to organise orchestras by teaching sheet music to their students right from the Primary level.
In 2017-18 our eleven full-time children’s psychological counsellors in the CMS ‘Child Wellbeing Cell’ continued their work with empathy and ever-greater skill. A Child Wellbeing Survey of all CMS students of classes 7 to 12 was conducted in August with the assistance of Professor Nita Gandhi Forouhi of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge. The survey’s findings were analysed by students’ gender, age-group, and living arrangements (such as whether they live with a single parent versus with both parents, or as paying guests), to reveal concrete, evidence-based insights into students’ behavioural patterns, experiences of bullying, perceived happiness, nutrition and food habits, health, exercise, internet usage, etc. The findings were used as the basis for group counselling and action plans at the campus level to enhance pupils’ wellbeing.
A series of motivation-cum-destressing workshops were conducted for senior students in January and February to help students cope with exam stress, by Dr Vinod Chandra and Dr Sangeeta Sharma of the Child Welfare Committee of the Government of UP, Dr Anshumali Sharma of the Child Helpline, Mr Chandra Shekhar Verma, and psychologist Ms Sachi Singh.
To increase their professionalism and the effectiveness of their work, our psychological counsellors attended the following workshops and courses, in addition to their monthly training-cum-review seminars:
CMS psychologists counselled individual students and their parents, sensitized the whole school community about children’s needs, and in some cases also went along with the teacher-guardian, to the homes of children, in order to help solve their problems. It is a matter of delight that every CMS student and parent now can easily access the school counsellors to ‘nip problems in the bud’!
One of the unique features of CMS is the Junior Youth Empowerment Programme (JYEP), an international programme that has been adapted by CMS for the empowerment of its students in the junior section (classes 6-8) as part of its school curriculum. This programme provides a unique opportunity to nurture the capacities of thousands of youth and junior youth, empowering them to arise and fulfil their potential for initiating individual and social transformation. Year after year the programme reaches higher heights of maturity, enhancing young people’s powers of expression and developing their ability to work with peers in unity, to think critically, to analyse situations, to make responsible choices, and to engage in acts of service to their communities.
The programme trains volunteer students from the senior section (classes 9, 10 and 11) to become ‘animators’ for the junior youth in their own campus (classes 6, 7 and 8). The JYEP teacher/coordinator of the campus helps each animator to form a group of 12-14 junior youth (JY) and to facilitate the study of the JYEP books and service projects with the members of their groups in designated time slots. Bonds of friendship and a group identity are formed as the junior youth and their animator go through this process for three years. The component of service projects in JYEP helps students to develop virtues and skills. Animators and junior youth first discuss the issues they see in their schools or communities, and then they decide what kind of feasible service projects they can embark on, to improve the situation in their locality and society.
The JYEP has shown how imperative it is for students to make service the core and centre of their life and an integral component of their education. JYEP helps students to enhance their intellectual, social, emotional, artistic and moral capabilities. CMS has established a dedicated Office to coordinate the programme in its various campuses and to enhance the capacity of all staff and faculty with the educational concepts enshrined in the Junior Youth Empowerment Programme which are unique in the field of educational theory and practice.
We are pleased to report that our students’ unparalleled opportunities for international exposure have been significantly expanded in 2017-18. CMS started the new International Cambridge Section from April 2016 in affiliation with the Cambridge International Examinations board to offer the international secondary and higher-secondary educational qualifications (IGCSE and A-Level) to our students. These qualifications are based on pedagogy that develops a wider range of skills – such as critical thinking and knowledge-application – which lead to greater employability both in India and abroad.
Secondly, we expanded the German language offering at CMS, with the number of students opting for German reaching about 4,000 this year. We have chosen to focus on German as a third-language offering not only because it is a rapidly growing global language, but also because all German-speaking Indian students have the opportunity to pursue quality higher studies in Germany for free (since the German government has eliminated university tuition fees). Indeed, several CMS alumni are currently attending universities in Germany thanks to German language classes at CMS.
Thirdly, not only was there a significant increase in the number of students taking the SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) exams at our SAT exam centre (the only one serving the whole of Uttar Pradesh), but we also gave greater counselling and support to our students for study abroad, through our dedicated Career Counselling cell and our in-campus career counsellors, which has resulted in many admissions offers with scholarships at some of the top universities of the world, as detailed later in this report. New initiatives to aid this process and create awareness in 2017-18 have included an increased number of informational talks to students (including personal addresses by the CMS Management at all senior campuses),and the production and distribution of informational leaflets on opportunities to study abroad.
Fourthly, to further expand the international opportunities of our students, CMS became an American College Testing (ACT) Centre in January 2018. It is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States. CMS has also a Admission Testing Service (ATS) Examination Centre, the first and only ATS Centre in Uttar Pradesh, which allows our students to take the exams necessary for admission to Oxford, Cambridge and other top UK universities
The school places great importance on ensuring its students are well-equipped to be successful in their futures. Each campus has a dedicated Career Counsellor, and in 2017-18 we have instituted regular training sessions for them to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest information.
In April 2017, the CMS Career Counselling cell organized a Careers Day for the students of Classes 9 to 12 to expose students to a variety of career options. Eminent persons guided our students, such as Dr Vikram Singh, Pro-Chancellor of Noida International University; Ms Praveen Talha, Retd. IAS; Dr Amrita Dass, Director, Institute of Career Studies; Dr Syed Nadeem Akhtar, Director, Integral University; Mr Jayant Krishna, Executive Director & Chief Operating Office, National Skill Development Corporation; Mr Parth Sarthy Sen Sharma, IAS; Ms Sunita Aron, Senior Resident Editor, Hindustan Times; and Brigadier Ajeet Kapoor, Chairman Army Education Board guided our students. Several other experts also guided students, such as officers from Air Force, and professionals from chartered accountancy, law, banking, journalism, architecture, engineering, medicine, fashion design, management, travel & tourism, animation etc.
In 2017-18, we have collaborated with some external service providers to improve the quality of our career counselling and study abroad offering. The ‘Univariety’ platform includes features that enable current students to communicate with former CMS students at universities or in careers in India and abroad, to receive personalised insights into their options; it also generates a lot of valuable data to inform our decision-making and practice when it comes to our students’ futures. Apart from this, ‘Mindlers’ has been conducting intensive workshops for students which are not only highly informative but also greatly motivating, as well as training sessions for CMS career counsellors; meanwhile, other services like ‘Tucareers’, ‘Logophilia’, and ‘Leader to Creator’ have been operating in various CMS campuses to open up students’ minds to the vast range of opportunities available to them in India and abroad.
Games and sports are an increasing part of CMS education. CMS campuses have either their own playing field and swimming pool, or have easy access to these facilities. Well-trained sports instructors are appointed to nurture the sports talents of the students. There are Astro-turf grounds for team games like hockey and football at CMS Gomti Nagar I, CMS Rajendra Nagar and CMS Gomti Nagar Extension campuses, and facilities for cricket at CMS Kanpur Road-including floodlights for night play! These were used in the highly prestigious International School Cricket Premier League (ISCPL), hosted by CMS Kanpur Road campus in Nov 2016 Other international sporting events at CMS include the International Sport Olympiad (EXSPO) by CMS RDSO campus and the International Football tournament ‘Concord; by CMS Mahanagar Campus, both of which attract participation of students from many countries and different states of India.
Every year, we organise inter-campus games and sports championships for football, cricket, basketball, athletics, badminton, table tennis, karate, judo, yoga, swimming, roller skating etc. Each CMS campus also hosts an Annual Sports Day in which competitive events bring out the children’s talent, encouraging them to excel in various sports. Some of the sporting achievements in 2017 are as follows:
CMS’s active presence in the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s (TBFF) “Face to Faith” project was further consolidated during the year. Now known as “Generation Global”, the programme is helping students shape their future in a world of relentless change and diversity, giving them the skills and experience they need to navigate differences and dissensions in a peaceful way. High quality and engaging video conferences and blogging between students and communities marked a further qualitative rise in using technology to build bridges across countries and cultures in 2017. Many CMS students have been immersed in an entirely new experience that allows them to explore, articulate, and develop their own views, while encountering and considering the views of others. By learning about and from one another, students tackle misconceptions and prejudices head-on. Junior class students from most of the CMS campuses have participated (several times) this year in meaningful dialogue with their counter parts schools in Australia, Israel, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
The International Children’s Film Festival in April 2017, which screened children’s films from 102 countries, was graced by Bollywood film personalities, child stars and celebrities. More than one lakh children of Lucknow from all kinds of schools and around 40,000 students from CMS flocked to watch children’s educative cinema at CMS.
Our students have amply rewarded our efforts by their wonderful achievements in 2017-18, both academic and non-academic. The management, principals, teachers and all support staff have been privileged to serve them in the past year. We can never rest on our laurels, however, since each height reached shows new peaks which must be climbed, to reach the summit, which is to bring out the inestimable gems of capacity hidden in our students' beings. Forward and onward CMS !
2016-17 has been another extremely successful year for CMS students in terms of their progress and achievements. Students have scaled ever-greater heights in academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular areas, and the school’s staff and management have strained every nerve to expand the opportunities available to students. We are indeed proud to present the unique, high-quality experience that we have been able to secure for all our students, as we continue to raise standards and strive for excellence in all areas of CMS education. This report highlights the key areas of notable achievement.
We are pleased to report that our students’ unparalleled opportunities for international exposure have been significantly expanded in 2016-17. This year CMS started the new International Cambridge Section from April 2016 in affiliation with the Cambridge International Examinations board to offer the exciting international secondary and higher-secondary educational qualifications (IGCSE and A-Level) to our students. Secondly, we expanded the German language offering at CMS, with the number of students opting for German reaching about 3,500 this year. Thirdly, not only was there an increase in the number of students taking the SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) exams at our SAT exam centre (the only one serving the whole of Uttar Pradesh), but we also gave greater counselling and support to our students for study abroad, through our dedicated Career Counselling cell and our in-campus career counsellors, which has resulted in many admissions offers with scholarships at some of the top universities of the world, as detailed later in this report. Fourthly, to further expand the international opportunities of our students, CMS became an Admission Testing Service (ATS) Examination Centre in July 2016, the first and only ATS Centre in Uttar Pradesh, which allows our students to take the exams necessary for admission to Oxford, Cambridge and other top UK universities.
The ISC and ICSE Board results proved the excellence of CMS students, who have brought unparalleled laurels to the city and the institution. This year, 5,467 CMS students took ICSE (Class X) and ISC (Class XII) Board Examinations, out of which 2,391 students (43.74%) secured marks between 90% and 99% – an unprecedented achievement. Ten CMS students of ISC and ICSE Board Examinations secured positions in the 'Top 5' merit list of India, and 12 students ranked among the 'Top 5' in the State Merit list of UP. Himani Rathore of CMS Mahanagar campus and Manan Agarwal of CMS Rajendra Nagar campus, both of ISC, obtained 99% aggregate marks; Jyotsana Srivastava of ICSE (Class X) of CMS Mahanagar also achieved 99% marks, ranking first in the State Merit list and second in the whole of India. They also topped the UP State Merit list.
In ICSE Mahendra Pratap Singh (98.6%) of CMS Mahanagar and Gaurang Tandon (98.4%) of CMS Aliganj became the third and fourth position holders in UP. Similarly, in ISC, Himani Rathore (99%) of CMS Mahanagar and Manan Agarwal (99%) of Rajendra Nagar have become the first position holders in Uttar Pradesh and the fourth position holders in India. As well as this, Devanshi Saxena of CMS Mahanagar, Shikha Tiwari of CMS Kanpur Road, Ankur Verma of CMS Gomti Nagar (Campus I), Akarsh Dubey of CMS RDSO, and Prakhar Lohami of CMS Gomti Nagar (Campus I) achieved second rank in the State and fifth rank in India with 98.75% marks. Arjun Bajpai of CMS Aliganj and Dia Pandey of CMS Gomti Nagar (Campus I) earned third rank in the State and Sixth rank in India with 98.5% marks.
As far as ISC (Class XII) results were concerned, a total of 2,444 students appeared in the examinations out of which 1,252 students (51.2%) secured between 90% and 99% marks. 32 students secured above 98% marks, while 127 students secured above 97%. 431 students secured above 95%. This means nearly 18% (or one out of every five) CMS ISC candidates in the year 2016 got above 95% mark!
Similarly, in the ICSE (Class X) Board Examinations, a total of 3,023 CMS students appeared, out of which 1,139 students (i.e. 37.7%) secured between 90% and 99% marks. 8 students secured above 98% marks; 30 students secured above 97% marks; and 297 students secured above 95% marks. Here roughly one in every ten CMS students scored above 95% mark.
CMS Gomti Nagar (Campus I) has yet again been ranked First in the ‘Academic Reputation’ and also First in the ‘Educational Leadership / Management Quality’ categories, among all the ISC affiliated schools of the country, by the Education World magazine. Senior Principal Ms Manjit Batra and Principal Mrs Abha Anant were awarded certificates for this stupendous achievement at a grand function organized in New Delhi where Mr Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive Secretary of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), presented certificates. In terms of academic excellence, CMS Aliganj has been placed fifth in UP and third in Lucknow, while CMS Rajendra Nagar has been ranked sixth in UP and fourth in Lucknow. The Principals of both these campuses, Mrs Jyoti Kashyap, Senior Principal of CMS Aliganj (Campus I), and Ms Deepa Tewari, Senior Principal of CMS Rajendra Nagar (Campus I), were honoured for this achievement.
In a national school ranking of all ISC schools of India (based on the number of students of a school scoring 90% or more aggregate mark in ‘English plus the best three subjects’) in the 2016 ISC board exams, CMS Gomti Nagar I was placed first, i.e. as the very best ISC School in India, with 338 students out of the total 470 ISC examinees obtaining 90% or higher aggregate mark in March 2016. Thus 72% of all ISC examinees at CMS Gomti Nagar I obtained 90% or more aggregate marks. CMS Mahanagar and CMS Aliganj are the 2nd and 4th ranked nationally, with 213 and 193 students respectively obtaining above 90% marks. CMS Kanpur Road is ranked 6th nationally and CMS Rajendra Nagar is 10th ranked nationally with 134 and 120 students respectively securing an aggregate mark above 90%. These rankings are published by the portal www.thelearningpoint.net and also printed in the August 2016 issue of the Education World magazine. Thanks to its unique and holistic teaching methodology, CMS has secured top rank in ISC and ICSE board examinations, making Lucknow a hub of 'Quality Education' – a cause for great pride among Lucknowites.
A record number of 560 CMS students qualified for admission to various Engineering, Medical and Professional Colleges in India and abroad in 2016 – an increase of 171 students since last year.
85 CMS students cracked the IIT-JEE advanced exam in 2016 to enter the coveted IITs, a remarkable achievement. Divyanshu Saxena of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) got rank 64 at the all-India level, and was the Lucknow topper. Samriddh Joshi of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) scored highest in IIT-JEE (mains). Rachit Saxena of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) qualified in all IIMs with 99.85 percentile.
Shreya Mittal of CMS Mahanagar secured top position in Lucknow and 21st position in India in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), competing against over 8 lakh students for admission in the top medical colleges of India.
Manan Bhatia of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) won a silver medal at the International Physics Olympiad in Zurich, Switzerland. He was part of the five-member Indian delegation which participated in this Olympiad.
Naman Chhabra of CMS Kanpur Road won the 1st prize in a Robotics Competition (Brush Bot Activity) organized at the International Students’ Science Fair (ISSF 2016) in Singapore from 23 to 27 May 2016.
4 CMS former students were selected for the Civil Services of India in 2016, and 11 CMS former students for IAS in 2015. Garima Singh (rank 55) of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) and Jayati Singh (rank 94) of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) were both selected for the IAS in 2016, while Siddharth Yadav of CMS Gomti Nagar (I) topped in PCS 2016; CMS Kanpur Road ex-student Harkiran Kaur secured 34th rank in Uttar Pradesh, in the prestigious Judicial Service Examinations, PCS (J). In 2015, Neelabh Saxena (12th Rank in India; 1st rank in U.P.), Arpit Verma, Sonal Singh, Srishti Gupta, Dr. Garima Tripathi, Swati Agarwal, Kritika Jaiswal, Arnika Yadav, Ashutosh Gupta, Aisha Khan, and Anant Aakash were selected for IAS.
89 CMS students of Class XII won a total of Rs. 3 crore 56 Lakhs in 2016 as Government of India National Merit Scholarships to pursue higher studies in Science. Each of these students will be getting a total of Rs. 400,000/- as merit scholarship (Rs. 80,000/- per year for five years) from the Department of Science and Technology. The Government of India awards this National Merit Scholarship to the top 1% students in the All India ISC Merit List each year, and 89 CMS students were in the top 1% of ISC students in the country as a whole!
The meritorious students of City Montessori School secured 9 out of the total of 10 selections from Lucknow in the prestigious Regional Mathematical Olympiad 2016, organized under the aegis of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in collaboration with Lucknow University. It is extremely pleasing that 90% of all Lucknow students selected in this Olympiad are from CMS alone. These are Anubhav Shukla, Shashwat Shukla, Rupanshu Shah, Arpan Bhatt, Amol Mishra, Sakshi Pradyumn, Shubh Agarwal, Mantavya Dhingra and Tejasvi Gupta.
Government of India pays for all fees and expenses of the education (upto PhD or professional degree level) of 1000 NTS Scholarship awardees each year. Three meritorious CMS students – namely Abhigyan Dwivedi, Yash Sanjeev, and Katyayan Rajmeet Upadhyay – have raised the school flag high with their selections in this National Talent Search (NTS) Scholarship. A total of 7 students from Lucknow have been selected for this prestigious scholarship, out of which 3 students belong to CMS alone.
In April 2016, the CMS Career Counselling cell organized a Careers Day for the students of Classes IX to XII to expose students to a variety of career options. Eminent persons such as Dr Vikram Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Noida International University; Ms Praveen Talha, Retd. IAS; Dr Amrita Dass, Director, Institute of Career Studies; Dr Syed Nadeem Akhtar, Director, Integral University; Ms Prerna Agarwal, Regional HR Head, TATA Consultancy Services, guided the students. Several other experts also guided students such as officers from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, and professionals from chartered accountancy, law, banking, journalism, architecture, engineering, medicine, fashion design, management, etc.
Throughout the year, career counselling sessions were also organized for students at several CMS campuses, where CA Devesh Agarwal from the Chartered Accountants Institute; Mr Tarun Kumar Subhash, Senior Journalist, Hindustan Times; Prof. Siddharth Dubey; and other resource persons informed students about various career options in their respective fields. Additionally, Sukanya Banerjee from Ashoka University, and Dr. Sanjeev Sahni, Principal Director from the O P Jindal Law School also oriented students about opportunities for top class liberal arts higher education within India itself.
Study Abroad awareness-raising sessions were held in July 2016 at the Meritorious Students' Felicitation Function where representative from different universities guided our students about the opportunities available to them for studying abroad. Counselling sessions were also organized at various CMS campuses throughout the year, with visiting representatives of various universities, including Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; University of Bristol, UK; James Cook University, Singapore; University College London; New York University at Abu Dhabi; Sheffield Hallam University, UK; and advisers from the British Council and from Education USA.
We are delighted to report that numerous CMS students continued to take advantage of our study-abroad programme. Studying in foreign universities provides opportunities and exposure beyond that available in national universities. In 2016, CMS students scored brilliantly in the SAT exam, which is the gateway to admissions in US universities and which helps students to signal their aptitude in an international context, thus helping to secure admission in universities around the world. A total of 47 CMS students got admissions in universities in the USA, the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, and Singapore, 28 of them on scholarship, several on 100% scholarship, and a high proportion of them took up their offers, starting their studies abroad in Sept-Oct. 2016. For the 2016-17 batch of class 12 students who applied to universities abroad in the ‘early round’ by October 2016, 29 students have received admission offers by late January 2017, many with scholarships. The scholarship winners are as follows:
Students of various CMS campuses collectively contributed a sum of Rs 4,00,000/- to charity on a voluntary basis. One half of this was donated to SPARC-India (an NGO promoting the welfare of the disabled), and the other half to Animal Ashram (an NGO dedicated to helping street animals).
CMS’s active presence in the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s (TBFF) “Face to Faith” project was further consolidated during the year. Now known as "Generation Global", the programme is helping students shape their future in a world of relentless change and diversity, giving them the skills and experience they need to navigate difference in a peaceful way. High quality and engaging video conferences and blogging between students and communities marked a further qualitative rise in using technology to build bridges across countries and cultures in 2016. Many CMS students have been immersed in an entirely new experience that allows them to explore, articulate, and develop their own views, while encountering and considering the views of others. By learning about and from one another, students tackle misconceptions and prejudices head on. Students from most of the CMS campuses have participated (several times) this year in meaningful dialogue with their counter parts schools in Australia, Israel, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Games and sports are an increasing part of CMS education. CMS campuses have either their own playing field and swimming pool, or easy access to these facilities. Well-trained sports instructors are appointed to nurture the sports talents of the students. There are Astro-turf grounds for team games like hockey and football at CMS Gomti Nagar I, CMS Rajendra Nagar and CMS Gomti Nagar Extension campuses, and facilities for cricket at CMS Kanpur Road – including floodlights for night-time play! These were used in the highly prestigious International Schools’ Cricket Premier League (ISCPL), hosted by CMS Kanpur Road campus in December 2016. Other international sporting events are the International Sports Olympiad (“EXSPO”) by CMS RDSO Campus, and the International Football Tournament “Concord” by CMS Mahanagar Campus II, both of which attract participation of students from many countries and different states of India. As every year, we organized Inter-Campus Games and Sports Championships for Football, Basketball, Athletics, Badminton, Table Tennis, Karate, Judo, Cricket, Yoga, Swimming etc in 2016 too. All CMS campuses also organized their annual Sports Days in which competitive events brought out children’s latent sports talents, encouraged students to excel in athletics, jumps, throws and PT, gave students the opportunity to experience the thrill of competition on the field, and used the power of sport as a team-building and uniting force. This year CMS Kanpur Road also organized the ASISC Swimming Competition at the regional level (U.P. and Uttarakhand) at its campus swimming pool. Some of the sporting achievements in 2016 have been:
In 2016-17 all CMS classrooms have been upgraded with interactive white boards, so that we now have a total of 1117. All campuses from Pre-Primary to Class VIII have got brand new, high-quality, colourful carefully-chosen furniture. Astroturf playgrounds for children have been provided on the ground floor at Kanpur Road, Rajajipuram I and Aliganj II Campuses, and a 23,000 sq. ft. astro-turf play ground has been provided on the roof top at Gomti Nagar II in 2016. Children’s Play Parks have been developed with new outdoor and indoor activity-based swings for Pre Primary and Primary students at several CMS campuses. A big accomplishment was the construction of three new school buildings with spacious classrooms, libraries, and laboratories which have come up at CMS Anand Nagar, Mahanagar, and Ashrafabad campuses. Meanwhile, expansion projects continue at Kanpur Road, Rajajipuram I, and Chowk campuses while efforts are being made to upgrade the quality and décor of all our buildings, both internally and externally.
In its drive to enhance the sense of moral purpose of its students in protecting the environment and sustaining its natural resources, CMS took multiple approaches to involve young minds in ecological projects in 2016. At the monthly reflection meetings of environment coordinators of all the twenty CMS campuses, students from the campus Eco clubs designed campaigns for including a large number of students and community members in raising awareness. The most outstanding efforts this year have been the students’ campaign on addressing Air Pollution and identifying the steps that every citizen can take to effect a positive change, efforts to save both water and electricity, and to engage in proper waste disposal, both within their school campus as well as in the neighbourhood, thereby contributing their share to the national Swachh Bharat campaign. Students made many efforts towards educating families and the wider community on the need for a clean and green Diwali. CMS campuses continued to organise Assembly sessions on environmental issues in 2016, including sharing environmental articles to enhance the consciousness and understanding of students and faculty.
CMS continued its collaboration with the Centre for Environment Education in 2016, both through its Ahmedabad Head Office as well as the Lucknow Regional Office, engaging students regularly in projects on water, biodiversity, tree plantations, organic farming, composting, making herbarium and terrarium, etc. Collaboration with NEDA to save electricity has been another enriching joint project. We also collaborated with Prithvi Innovations to value healthy food habits and to save food.
Various CMS campuses have won outstanding awards in 2016 (and 2015), such as the Wipro Earthian Award of Rs. 1 lakh (both in 2015 and again in 2016) from the Wipro Chairman Mr. Azim Premji for a water-conservation project at the CMS Kanpur Road campus; the Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar awards and Paryavaran Dronacharya awards to teachers of CMS RDSO campus (Ms Musarrat Fatima and of CMS Jopling Road campus (Ms Anupam Johari); the Vanyajeev Dronachrya Award from the Indian Centre for Wildlife and Environmental Studies in South Asia Region (ICWESSAR) Jaipur, to the environment project coordinator at CMS Aliganj I campus Mr Kailash Kesarwani; and the Paryavaran Ratan Rajat Padak from the ICWESSAR to Shyam Agarwal, student of CMS Aliganj-I to recognize their sensitivity towards the environment, changes in climate and environmental conservation. A documentary film Gauraiya: The Great Indian Sparrow made by students of CMS Mahanagar campus was shortlisted and screened at the prestigious 7th National Science Film Festival in Kolkata in mid February 2017.
CMS Gomti Nagar II Campus hosted its biennial International Environmental Olympiad in December 2015, engaging students from overseas and within India, and it brought outstanding environmental entrepreneurs and activists to inspire students and the teaching fraternity on such vital issues such as climate change, sustainable consumption, alternate sources of energy, organic farming, etc. The next one will be in late 2017.
Children organized activities on numerous international days in 2016 such as the World Environment Day, World Forestry Day, Earth Day, UN World Water Day, Van Mahotsav and Ground Water Week, World Ozone Day, etc. The International Year of the Pulses was also celebrated in 2016 as a campaign for educating and raising awareness on healthy food habits.
The Morning Assemblies are a significant regular platform for values inculcation. In 2016, CMS Assemblies have included prayers, ‘thought for the day’, inspirational songs and stories, and energizers, giving students the opportunity to reflect on ethical concepts and virtues. Values are also ‘caught’ in the weekly Moral Education classes via co-operative games and co-operative learning. Orientation sessions for new teachers and periodic workshops on the Pathfinders and Hidden Gems books by experts were organized, to enable teachers to confidently use the methodology for teaching moral education, which is not didactic but encourages analysis and reflection by students.
The CMS Tableau – prepared for the Republic Day parade on 26th January 2017 – was displayed for 8 days at CMS Kanpur Road campus and every CMS student visited it during these days, to learn about its messages – an important plank of the CMS peace education effort. CMS also conducted the World Unity Satsang at its Gomti Nagar I campus every Sunday throughout 2016-17 – indeed, the Satsang has taken place every Sunday since October 2001 without fail. In 2017-18, the Moral Education programme will pilot-test an exciting new and more comprehensive approach to values education for students of Montessori to class V at two CMS campuses.
CMS recently integrated a programme for the empowerment of junior youth into its school curriculum. This programme has provided a unique opportunity to nurture the capacities of literally thousands of youth and junior youth, empowering them to arise and fulfill their potential for initiating individual and social transformation – a kind of education rarely available to youth today. In 2016, the programme reached higher heights of maturity, enhancing young people’s powers of expression and developing their ability to work with peers in unity, to think critically, to analyze situations, to make responsible choices, and to engage in acts of service to their communities.
The programme trains volunteer students from the senior section (class 9, 10 and 11) to become ‘animators’ for the junior youth in their own campus (classes 6, 7 and 8). The JYEP teacher/ coordinator of the campus helps each animator to form a group of 12-14 junior youth (JY) and to facilitate the study of the JYEP books and service project with the members of their groups in designated time slots. Bonds of friendship and a group identity are formed as the junior youth and their animator go through this process for three years. An animator described these JYEP books as “exciting and interesting stories that teach virtues such as selfless service, love, family solidarity and hope.” Through analysis of these stories, the animators also help the JYs to enhance their moral and intellectual capacity, and give them a platform to express themselves creatively and realize their high sense of purpose.
The component of service projects in JYEP helps students to develop virtues and skills. Animators and junior youth first discuss the issues they see in their schools or communities, and then they decide what kind of feasible service projects they can embark on, to improve the situation.
JYEP is not an extra-curricular activity, being well within the school curriculum and time table, which makes it very inspiring to see how animators and non-animator volunteers are able to balance both their academic lives and service to their fellow school mates. This goes to show that as students, they can live an integrated life- they can balance their spiritual with material life and enhance their intellectual, social, emotional, artistic and moral capabilities.
When defining a school as ‘international’ the conventional yardstick is whether the school is affiliated to an international exam board, such as the International Baccalaureate or the Cambridge International Examinations Board. Yet there is another, arguably more important, sense in which a school may be international – namely in the extent to which its students have global exposure. While one campus of CMS also became an international school in 2016 in the conventional sense of being affiliated with an international exam board, CMS has for decades been, probably uniquely, an international school of India because of its more than 25 odd international events every year, in which we get the participation of students not only from schools around India but also from many countries of the world. Participation in these events has provided CMS students unparalleled global exposure, expanded their horizons, helped them to pitch their talents against a diverse student body from various Indian states and abroad, and (in some events) the chance to interact with international dignitaries such as serving and retired Presidents, Prime Ministers and Chief Justices of countries, and international celebrities such as the Dalai Lama. These events have provided CMS students the enviable opportunity to present/project themselves on international platforms and thus to develop formidable confidence and poise.
While CMS campuses organized their international events during 2016-17, in a short report it is not possible to give details such as the dates, duration, names of the countries and schools that participated, the items, the resource persons, and chief guests etc. at each event. Suffice it to say that each event set international standards and most of them attracted between 500 and 1500 attendees, brought international and national resource persons, and had school teams participating from several countries. The events were: International Macfair by Mahanagar Campus; International Interfaith Conference by Asharfabad Campus; Commonwealth Day and the International Youth Mathematics Convention by CMS Gomti Nagar I Campus; Odyssey International by Mahanagar Campus; Celesta International by Aliganj-I Campus; Eureka International by Anand Nagar Campus; International WIZMIC by RDSO Campus; COFAS International by Rajendra Nagar Campus-III; Kids’ Bonanza by the Station Road campus QUANTA by Chowk campus; International Youth Festival by Rajajipuram II Campus; International Innovations Day by Jopling Road; International School Cricket Premier League (ISCPL) by Kanpur Road campus; and International Human Rights Day by CMS Aliganj Campus II.
In addition, some other significant CMS events were the International Media Conference on Curbing Crimes against Women and the International Interfaith Dialogue Conference, both in August 2016; the International Conference of Chief Justices of the World, in November 2016; and the International Children’s Film Festival in April 2016, which screened children’s films from 96 countries, was graced by Bollywood film personalities, child stars and celebrities. Over one lakh children of Lucknow from all kinds of schools flocked to watch children’s educative cinema. The reports of these events are all available at the CMS website www.cmseducation.org under ‘Events and Conferences’.
CMS also observed a large number of UN Days like International Yoga Day, International Women’s Day, and the International Day of Non-Violence, as well as Environment Days with collages, quizzes, posters and group discussions. CMS introduced the Model United Nations (MUN) in a significant way during 2016-17, and the students of CMS Gomti Nagar Campus I organized a MUN conference which participants from 17 regional schools enthusiastically attended.
A 12-member 'Out of the Blue' (OOTB) singing group of undergraduate students from the University of Oxford came to India to be at CMS during 10-21 July 2016, to run short workshops on ‘a cappella’ singing at all the CMS campuses over nearly 2 weeks. OOTB stole the hearts of the young and old alike with their wonderful group performances in live concerts held at CMS Gomti Nagar Extension auditorium (16th July 2016) and CMS Kanpur Road auditorium (17th July), attracting young people from both within and outside CMS. Using no musical instruments but still authentically mimicking the sound of musical instruments with their mouths ('a cappella' singing), the OOTB group inspired the youngsters to sing and do beat-boxing with their mouths (a capella style). The famous pop singer Shakira’s facebook remark that “Out of the Blue are awesome” led to millions of views of OOTB performances on U-Tube etc. The 12 member group included the following: Erik Andreoli, Deon Fang, JJ Gibbs, Jasper Gold, Sam Harris, Sean Hewetson, Ifan Jenkin, Callum Lovett, Alex Ohlsson, Will Smith, Samuel Swinnerton and Roshan Gandhi Forouhi. It is noteworthy that OOTB visited CMS in July 2014 as well, and they stole the heart of CMS students then too, as well as becoming the heart-throbs of Lucknow!
The CMS eLearning Department has introduced several progressive technology initiatives in the last few years, with 1117 digital classrooms equipped with interactive smart boards, in which tools and applications are made available for teaching from industry leaders such as Smarttech. Intensive and continuous IT training programmes were conducted throughout 2016-17 to ensure that teachers have the required IT skills to confidently use e-learning platforms, and to ensure that the non-teaching staff have the requisite IT skills for their rapidly digitizing work environment. This year the school also started a shift to cloud-based teaching, partnering with ‘Google Suite for Education’ with applications like Google Classroom for online teaching. This is especially helpful when schools are closed for prolonged periods by the district administration due to inclement weather. 2016 also saw the rapid development of the cloud-based CMS IT Portal to automate tasks, which hosts teacher and student dashboards as well as a Career Counselling Portal. One major effort in 2016 has been the creation of an ‘Open Educational Resources’ (OER) platform, facilitating access to interactive digital teaching-learning content in all classrooms.
CMS already had a dedicated air-conditioned IT Training centre at the CMS Gomti Nagar II campus with 50 state-of-the-art computers, but to facilitate the more rapid IT skilling of CMS staff, in 2016, an additional air-conditioned IT training centre was added at the CMS Station Road campus, with another 50 new all-in-one computers. Thus, upto 100 staff can be trained in a hands-on way on any given day/time-slot.
The CMS Computer Department ensures the smooth functioning of all the CMS computer labs, IT Training Centres, 1117 Interactive White Boards, as well as of servers, networking, etc. It also provides high speed internet via our own dedicated Lease Line, across the whole of CMS, as well as operating the state-of-the-art sound systems and LED Screens at our three major auditoria at Kanpur Road, Gomti Nagar II and Gomti Nagar I campuses. The department creates and edits multimedia, video, and audio material through our in-house studios, and to capture the entirety of CMS events via videography and photography. It provides professionally managed large stages and audio-visual materials to students, to project and enhance students’ speeches, debates, dances, quizzes and items, creating the high quality experience of the CMS events and functions.
The CMS Community Radio 90.4 FM provides students the opportunity to make radio programmes and it also serves the local community by broadcasting social and economic development messages on themes such as health, nutrition, education, gender-equality, agricultural productivity, etc.
Our definition of success is anything that expands opportunities or improves outcomes for our students – and this year we have had successes in abundance. We are immensely proud of the variety of ways in which we have been able to bring benefits to our students – whether it be through unique initiatives like the Junior Youth Empowerment Programme, the unrivalled international exposure that we provide, the active promotion of Study Abroad (and career counselling in general), the high-level of teacher training and technology integration, the special programmes like Out of the Blue music workshops, or of course the outstanding board exam results achieved. We continue to think big for our students, and our ambition has led to unprecedented achievements in terms of academics, extra-curricular activities, creativity, public service, and the nurturing of pro-unity mindsets. It is amply rewarding and fulfilling for the management and staff of CMS that our students continue to seize the unparalleled opportunities we create for them!