Mr Kamal Mangal is the Founder and Chairman of the Anand Niketan Group of Schools. He started his journey in education in 1996 with the establishment of Anand Niketan Shilaj Campus. At that time he saw a need for schools that were child centric and embodied a joyful learning environment. He set up huts in a lush green piece of land that harked back to the Gurukul environment. Thus the first Anand Niketan came into being in the lap of nature. The need for parents to find a child-friendly school in Ahmedabad and Mr Mangal’s dedicaton to his vision caused the students to go from 20 to 200 within the span of a year. Anand Niketan’s successful model and philosophy caught on and Mr Mangal opened multiple branches all over Gujarat and even outside, with various partners who supported his vision.
Today, with the various Anand Niketan branches operating smoothly under his guidance, Mr Mangal spends his time studying new research being done in education all over the world and bringing back best practices to be implemented in the Anand Niketan Group.
Ms. Lamiya Shums
Ms Lamiya Shums began her foray into education first as a homemaker, raising three children. While her children grew up, her love for children and her passion for contributing to their development remained unchanged. Thus she began her career in Education in 2008 with the setup of Anand Niketan’s Kaparada Campus, a residential school for underprivileged tribal children in partnership with the Central Government. Today Ms. Shums is the Director of multiple branches under the Anand Niketan Group of Schools: 2 schools in Kaprada and one each in Bharuch, Jaipur, Shilaj, Bodakdev and Paldi.
Of the above she has been instrumental in setting up the Kaparada, Bharuch and Jaipur campuses. Ms Shums steers the various branches of Anand Niketan in tune with the philosophy of Shri Kamal Mangal, Founder and Chairman of Anand Niketan Group of Schools. A believer in doing whatever is best for her students, teachers, and staff, she constantly endeavours to build a culture of trust, creativity and excellence in each of the branches she leads.
Ms Shums brings with her a mindset of giving and contributing to society. Under her leadership, Anand Niketan has started various initiatives that serve the underprivileged sections of society and is doing wonderful work through them.
Ms. Munazza Shums
: Curriculum and Instruction Lead
Munazza Shums believes that education is the way to shape a better future for everyone. She works with teachers to bring to life a great education for each student in a way that works best for them. She leads various inter-disciplinary programs aimed towards exploration, critical thinking, leadership, and love for learning.
An alumnus of Anand Niketan Shilaj Campus, Ms. Shums has been working with Anand Niketan since 2014. After receiving a degree in Liberal Arts from Furman University (U.S.) she joined the Teach for India Fellowship. She continued her interest in education and learning by first working with the Pre-school Curriculum for Anand Niketan and then eventually getting involved in other curricula and inter-disciplinary programs.
Ms. Anupama Ojha
: Academic Operations Head
A lifelong teacher and Creative in Residence, Ms Ojha has been a part of Anand Niketan since the establishment of it’s first branch Anand Niketan Shilaj Campus. She was a part of Mirambika school in Delhi before moving to Ahmedabad to aid Mr Mangal on his journey in education. A brilliant teacher, today Ms Ojha is a part of the Core Team at Anand Niketan Shilaj. Her valuable experience and inputs make her crucial in implementing the Curriculum, Events, Systems and other important aspects of managing a school.
Ms. Aarti Dubey
: Academic and Outreach Operations
Ms Dubey has been allied with Anand Niketan Shilaj Campus since 2008. She belives that ‘Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten". Her vogue for teaching as well as her amazing communication skills has proven to be a perfect combination of a teacher cum outreach manager. She is known for her absolute integrity towards her profession giving her 100% in whatever task she takes up. She is a quick thinker and fast doer.
Ms. Dubey is a multitasking creative person who shares a good affinity with kids and enjoys being in their company. Her passion for dance & dramatics lead her to participate enthusiastically in all school events & celebrations.
: Admin Head
Mr. Dipesh Parikh is a business graduate. He had been associated with well known educational Institutions from past 13 yrs. He joined Anand Niketan in 2016 as an Admin Head. He is handling a multitasking role which includes all day to day admin work, Procurement of material, handling transport related queries, resource management, arrangements for all indoor and outdoor events and liaison with different branches for the smooth operation. Mr. Dipesh Parikh has demonstrated himself as an integral part of the organization by being prompt in accomplishing any work being assigned to him. His exceptional organizational skills and dutiful nature prove him to be an extremely talented administrator.