An ardent teacher and a guiding mentor, R C Joshi is a true academician, who not only built an institution but also groomed the students to be consistently curious and lead from the front. His innovative decisions brought LK Singhania School in the league of the best residential schools of the country with 900 students from entire nation.
Joshi has been interested in fashioning, through his teaching and administrative style, a free world unfettered by self-annihilating conventions. He encourages his students to outwit performative restrictions and fetters. His mentorship in its myriad forms indeed brought the deep seated queries of students out of the unprofessed curve to dwell in the discussion of the classrooms. He is known for dispelling the discomfort of the students during his classroom teaching. While perpetuating the tradition of a conventional classroom teacher balancing between old and innovative slant, Joshi received remarkable acclaim along with professional success consistently. He commands extraordinary respect – for his children and colleagues equally find him ‘a people’s person’. His teaching style particularly emphasizes on asking questions unhesitatingly which convincingly help his students build up confidence. The curiosity to seek answers among students through constant questioning not only affirms the engagement of the student in teaching process but also brings the latent zeal of learning out, a much-needed objective of education.
Ramesh Chandra Joshi, Principal at the eminent school, LK Singhania Education Centre at Gotan in Nagaur district did exactly same to engage the students in teaching in his school and built a culture of “Raise Hands, Raise Voice” to encourage them to ask questions, even if the silly ones.Success of a student lies in his ability to ask questions. The more the questions, the more intensive and appropriate is the process of learning.
A teacher by choice, Joshi observed and studied the psychology of student-teacher relationship and practiced the same through his 3 decade long career discharging diverse roles, first as a teacher and then as the principal, and made sure that the class turns into an interesting place for a student to learn. His theory has been that a teacher should connect with a student emotionally so that he or she could open up shedding all hesitation and start accepting the teacher.
His unblemished devotion to his profession brought him numerous awards and honours both state and national level like Award of Excellence 2010 by Federation of Independent School of India, Principal of the year (2014) in Indian Education Congress at 4th National Convention on Indian Education, Uttarakhand Ratan award 2015, CBSE award 2015 and Best International Principal award 2016-17 in International Company Secretaries Olympiad to name a few besides a number of Letters of Appreciation from HRD minister Smriti Irani in 2014 and 15 in succession and many others including School Games Federation of India, President of his own institution and sarpanch of the village etc.
Born in Nainital in Uttarakhand on August 12, 1966, Joshi did his schooling upto secondary level in Nainital and shifted to Lucknow for higher studies, where he had his graduation from Lucknow University with Economics, English Literature and Sociology subjects and went to have his PG in Economics.
His father RK Joshi was a teacher, the profession which cast a deep impact on Joshi to frame his career decision. So with no doubt about exploring the life as a teacher, he started taking initial lessons of teaching by teaching the students out of interest. This passion for teaching brought him to Kumaon University, where he had his Bachelor in Education in 1991.
With this, he had his first step to his career as a teacher the same year when he was appointed as Assistant Teacher at GD Birla Memorial School in Ranikhet in Almora district. From here, he shifted to Rajasthan as a senior teacher of Economics at BRJD Public School in Churu district in 1994. Having served here for a year and a half, he joined the LK Singhania Education Center in Gotan as a senior teacher in 1996.
Holding additional responsibilities like house master and hostel coordinator along with teaching, he was promoted to the seat of the headmaster in 2005 followed by the vice-principal and then the principal of the school in 2008, a coveted seat as the head of an academic institution with national repute.
As the head of the institution, Joshi set himself a target of transforming the school on all parameters and leverage his long experience in a multiple capacities. Having barely 300 students then, he chalked out a roadmap to get the school be counted among top residential schools. For this not only he convinced the management of the school to improve the infrastructure, not only with academics in mind but also the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities with over-all development of a student.
He took upon himself the task of promoting the school at par with the most-prestigious residential schools of the country and focusing on the students of Northern India, he introduced entrance test for the admission in the school. Publicity and infrastructure building together worked wonder for the institution and in a period just a little over a decade, the school boasts of about 900 students from various parts of the country. The school under his stewardship has won the Best Day cum Boarding school of Rajasthan award in 2018.
With consistent pursuance of his and the management dreams about the school, he obtained IPSC registration for the school to compete with the top few schools of the country and worked hard to motivate his students to build a confidence to compete with the students of those schools. This ambition of Joshi sprang results, which hardly anybody had imagined before him. Students of his school not only participated in various quizzes, competitions and tournaments but won them on many occasions.
Joshi’s administrative style evolved over the years. Instead of monopolizing his passion for sports on self, he put equal thrust of sports on the academic calendar and with equal emphasis on sports and art activities, he went on to improve the infrastructure and counseled students as well as parents to help identify the talent of the students to polish it further. He always chased the philosophy that not every student can excel in academics; many of them have interest elsewhere, which needed to be nurtured further as a career prospect.
Today the school has international standard swimming pool and a badminton court besides a well-designed fine art lab, which has given admissions of its students in institutions like National School of Design and National Institute of Fashion Technology.
With these efforts, he never let his hunger for grooming die. In his career so far, Joshi has taken part in numerous skill training programs, workshops, conferences and has also served as a resource person on various platforms. Author of 4 books on Economics, he also holds the position of City Coordinator of CBSE for Nagaur district besides the responsibility of Joint Director games & sports IPSC and member International selection committee of School Games Federation of India.
Having a spouse like Shobha, who also is a teacher of Hindi, he found enough strength in realizing his dreams and succeeded in giving an enviable shape to the careers of his son Abhinav and daughter Bhumika. Having studied in the same school, while Bhumika had her graduation from Delhi and is employed with Google presently, Abhinav, who had his Masters in Physics and then switched to Biology, has been researching on Cancer Cells in Germany.
Entire life of Joshi is an example of nurturing the passion towards excellence and tireless perseverance to achieve it. Most importantly, he believed in ‘learn and apply’ philosophy. So he never hesitated in learning the emerging concepts and trends and applied them with honesty to transform an academic institution.