Meet The Power Packed Educationist – Dr. Shailendra Somani
We are not new to the name MDS School, Udaipur. Let us know more about this school and the personality who took it to great heights.
Born in the summer of ’75 on the 10th of July, Dr.Shailendra Somani, a Doctorate in Information Technology and a Charted Accountant (C.A.) with All India Rank 35 and a Master in Information Technology from Queensland University of Technology, Australia, runs this Senior Secondary School in the loving memory of his grandmother Smt. Mohan Devi Somani (and hence the name MDS Sr. Sec. School) at Udaipur (Rajasthan).
It was his hard work and innate entrepreneurial desire combined with a rock solid attitude that worked as a catalyst in attaining these heights. Nothing can beat these qualities which when you possess take you to the ultimate point of success encouraging you to do more.
MDS Sr. Sec. School was established by Dr. Ramesh Chandra Somani, a renowned professor of Zoology in Udaipur and Mrs. Pushpa Somani in 1996 under the aegis of Smt. Mohan Devi Somani Memorial Trust. The last 7 years have been exhilarating for the institution leading to best results in IITs, NITs, CA-CPT and medical institutes, developing the country’s best school sports ground with synthetic turf and tracks, establishment of Atal Tinkering Lab in association with NITI Ayog, Delhi, only school from Udaipur and among 3 other schools from the state of Rajasthan and 237 schools across the country to do so, development of Robotics Lab, iPad Lab (students & teachers uses Apple iPads as an aid to their curriculum).
From a fledging new startup, the school has grown in infrastructure and stature and is now counted as one of the finest institutions for education from Pre-primary to Senior Secondary Level in the city of Udaipur. The growth of MDS is remarkable on its own. This all comes from nowhere but the sheer hard work of management and staff members who always work in the team and are always dedicated towards the betterment of their children. The contribution of the enlightened parents of the students of MDS also has been a significant factor in the continuous improvement of the institution as a whole.
Each school has its own character and its own distinct & identifiable ‘personality’. The integration of academic excellence, professional learning, and cultural values is one of the unique strengths of MDS. With a mission to grow and progress every day, every week, every month and every year, MDS aspires to soar higher and higher. Till date, MDS family has been able to achieve its goals with perfection with 132 selections in IIT-JEE, 68 selections in KVPY, 78 selections in Medical exams, 54 in CA entrance exam, 166 selections in various international and national level Olympiads with Silver Medals for India in International Earth Science Olympiad & International Junior Science Olympiad. With the unabated growth, the institution is reaching greater heights and establishing itself firmly as one of the finest educational institutions in India.
In an effort to mentor the prestigious school in terms of successful IIT-JEE, Medical & CA-CPT, CS Foundation courses, Dr. Somani worked upon the concept of Integrated In-School Classroom Teaching Programme which was never experienced before in Udaipur. The combined strength of exceptional and highly experienced & professional faculty with the pioneering initiative of MDS Sr. Sec. School is bound to Udaipur students a privileged beginning and solid foundation in Class VII-XII.
Dr. Somani derives inspiration from his father Dr. Ramesh Chandra Somani, Retired Prof.of Zoology and his brother Mr.Jitendra Somani who is currently working with HSBC bank in Hong Kong as Managing Director and Head of Client Services Asia Pacific, HSBC Securities Services. Also supported by mother Mrs. Pushpa Somani and wife Mrs. Nidhi Maheshwari, Dr.Somani wishes to raise the standard of the education system in Udaipur through MDS in fond memory of his grandmother Late Mohan Devi Somani.
Dr. Somani says that tackling the students in today’s times which is referred to as the Quick Response Age and raising them ethnically well is the biggest challenge that he faces but handles well due to God’s grace. He also says that parents are the second biggest challenge as they are extra vigilant because of easy inflow of information on net. The third, yet not the least, is the challenge posed by blocking the autonomy of functioning a school or any educational organisation. Facing all these, he says, he had to be quick enough to solve the problems for which he developed a child-centric system in the school. According to him, if you are able to solve a child’s problems you automatically solve the problems of the parents making things easy for the academic staff.
Dr. Somani is instrumental in leveraging the strengths of his school by fetching it more in terms of knowledge, experience and keeping the students abreast with the latest and the new.
He says that optimism and determination are the most needed qualities to surpass mediocrity in the working ethos and making a passionate mission. He gives credit to Facebook that helps in connecting the Alumni, parents, staff and students to the society.
One thing that keeps his spirit going is the attitude of doing something new which he terms as “Out of Box” and not the routine things that anyone and everyone does. His thought process of being unique makes him outstanding.
The tips of success that the world must learn from, in his words, “Just work to the best of your ability and that there is no success to short cut. You will have to slog yourself out if you need to be successful”. He also says that one must stay cool, be patient and never lose faith in one’s own capabilities.
Dr. Somani lays stress on the point that we all need to take a decision and put our heart and soul into it to make it work. The only point is that such a decision should be taken at the snap of a finger.
Dr. Somani hails from Kapasan in Chittorgarh. He wishes to expand the MDS fraternity to his hometown. He has received many awards that prove his strength but the respect and the love the students and the MDS Alumni shows is the real award and achievement. He is a happy person since his family has been his biggest strength and support at all times.