"As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it. If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it”
Mohan’s association with education emerged in the forefront when he became the Founder Member and a Trustee of the Indian High School (IHS). The IHS became the shining star among Indian Schools with approximately 13,000 students receiving the education. In 2009 Mohan became the Honorary Chairman of the Indian High School.
Mohan launched an ambitious AED 100 million school project in Dubai Silicon Oasis which was completed in record time by 2011. The new facility, designed to cater to an additional 3,500 students was the first school in the Gulf to offer the ‘CBSE International Curriculum’ approved by the Government of India.
"More and more foreign families are settling here (in the UAE) and making their long-term plans for the future here; it is no longer the transient society of 50 years ago when I first arrived".
Mohan therefore, is convinced that as school leaders "..every pupil in our charge is educated to the extent of his / her capacity and is prepared academically, morally and socially to take his/ her place in society with its prospect of success and fulfillment. It is our task to bring together the influences necessary to make this happen in every case - good teaching, responsible parenthood, caring social leadership - to make sure that every pupil is correctly assessed for potential and fully developed.”
Mohan Valrani believes that a lifetime of his experiences in business coupled with his personal role as parent and grandparent enables him to make a useful contribution to Education and the future development of the schools he is building and supporting.
The launch of the ARCADIA schools is a culmination of Mohan’s vision and legacy in providing affordable, leading edge, quality education. The opening of four ARCADIA schools consisting of two primary and two secondary schools in Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT) and Al Furjan in Dubai, is a testimony to Mohan’s commitment to education both for the talented and those with special needs.
It is therefore no surprise that involvement with Education runs in the Valrani family. Mohan’s son, Navin Valrani is a member of London Business School’s alumni community and regional business leaders in the Middle East. The alumni have pledged a total of Dh3.4 million ($925,477) to strengthen the school’s global scholarship offering, as well as the growth of its research and business education programmes.
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