We are honoured to have Dr. Shayama Chona, one of the most accomplished educationists in the country as our Chief Mentor . The only school educator who has been awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan , by the President of India, is the driving force behind Mussoorie International School. Dr. Chona, is the Former Principal of Delhi Public School RK Puram, New Delhi – a world class institution. She has launched major initiatives to promote the teaching of Science, Computers and Information Technology in schools.
An alumna of the prestigious Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School, Dr Chona has broken barriers to change the lives of the poor and the differently abled. She has given concrete shape to her transcendent principles by setting up three institutions under the Tamana society- ‘Tamana Special Education Centre’, ‘Skill Development Centre for Young Adults-Nai Disha’ and ‘Autism Centre-School of Hope’. As their Founder, she has been working for the upliftment of the disabled children since 1984.
She serves as a member on 97 Advisory Boards and committees, and is Trustee of the Nehru Bal Samiti and Special Olympics, Patron of ‘Concerned Action Now’, Vice Chairman of the Society for Human Development, besides being on the Managing Committee of 46 schools and other educational institutions.
She is the proud recipient of 54 awards, the most prestigious being the ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2008 and ‘Padma Shri’ in 1999 and two National Awards in 1994 and 1997 and one State Award in 1993 for her work in the field of education and social welfare. In the sum analysis, Dr. Chona’s life may be best described as a confluence of deep and abiding compassion for all. She serves humanity with humility.
With its legacy of more than three decades, Mussoorie International School has set a milestone after a truly golden journey, where the school has charted a completely new path that is unique in the annals of school education, not just in India but across the world. The balance between spiritual education and a global mind set that the girls of MIS receive is something that is very precious. The school aims at inculcating 21st century values while being deeply rooted in spiritual and value based tradition of Indian ethos and history. We at Mussoorie International School believe that girls have the tremendous potential and power to reach out to the world on a global scale. In our classrooms, on our athletic courts, within science labs, and on stage, lessons are learned to participate, perform, excel and lead.
As the Principal of this esteemed institution, I take pride in introducing you to this unique all girls residential school housed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. The essence of MIS lies in its rich traditional and cultural legacy of more than three decades. Our prime focus is the holistic and comprehensive development of children so that they are ready to make their mark globally as thoughtful, rooted and empowered women.
Mrs. Vashisht is an accomplished educator with a track record of having graduated at the top of her class from Jammu and Kashmir University. She has worked with some of the best schools of the country. Prior to joining MIS, she has been working for over 18 years as a principal with organizations such as – Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, ESSAR School, PKV Vidya Vidya Sankul, Surat. She has also worked in various capacities with Army School, St.Vincent and Presentation Convent. She brings a great mix of leadership, inspiration, operational experience and passion for education.
Mrs. Vashisht strongly believes that dynamic balance in body, mind and spirit is a lifelong pursuit that provided a healthy foundation for self-esteem and happiness. She leads the institution with dynamism and has an ardent favour and commitment for implementing effective strategies in making teaching and learning enjoyable. It is her belief that surrounding girls with role models is the secret recipe needed to build a school culture that is affirming and holistic, global and traditional, joyful and girl-centric. She considers herself to be the “pupil’s” principal and is equally loved by the teachers. Her first passion is learning. Her message to teachers, staff and students is “We will care for one another in good times and bad.”