Dr. Shayama Chona
The only educationist & educator to have been conferred both the Padma Bhushan (2008) and Padma Shri (1999) awards by the Hon. President of India, Dr. Shayama Chona is the guiding force behind Capstone High.
The legendary ex-Principal of Delhi Public School, R K Puram, where she served for nearly 35 years in various capacities, Dr. Shayama Chona has been teacher, mentor and guide to many an illustrious Indian across all fields of endeavor. She is the proud recipient of 54 national & international awards that have seen her enter the Limca Book of Records as the recipient of the highest number of awards in India!
She has helped set up numerous schools across India – each one unique, each one setting new benchmarks in education and each one creating lifelong learners equipped to take on the challenges of an increasingly complex and interconnected world.
In recognition of the tremendous work she has done in the field of education, she has been invited by many organization and agencies in the field of education to serve as a Member on their Boards. She has served in 97 such Boards, notable among which are:
Member – Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE)
Member – Working Group on Curriculum Revision, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD)
Member – Steering Committee on Elementary & Adult Education, Planning Commission
Member – National Council for Teacher Education, Department of Elementary Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
Member – Inspection Committee, CBSE of Indian Schools abroad – UAE and other Middle East countries
Member – Steering Committee on Secondary, Higher and Technical Education for the Eleventh Five Year Plan, Panning Commission
Member – Education – UNESCO
Member – Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE)
Member – Sub-Committee on PPP in Education, Planning Commission
Member – Task Force on Human Resource Development in Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Member – Inter-Ministerial Committee on Girls Education – National Policy on Education
An alumna of the prestigious prestigious Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School, Dr. Shayama Chona, worked in India and abroad in the initial stages of her career. She has undergone specialized training and attended educational conferences & seminars in nearly 20 countries and brings with her a wealth of knowledge gleaned from these experiences.
A firm believer in inclusive education, Dr. Shayama Chona’s desire to help differently-abled children realize their full potential manifested itself in the establishment of Tamana (www.tamana.org), a voluntary and non-profit society that has set-up 3 special schools in Delhi – Tamana Special School, Nai Disha and School of Hope – giving wings to the dreams and aspirations of hundreds of special children.
With a lifetime dedicated to the cause of education that is truly inspirational, Dr. Shayama Chona’s involvement in Capstone High will help and guide us scale new heights in schooling.