Mrs. Asha Sharma is the Principal of a CBSE school in Kuwait, popularly known as Indian Learners’ Own Academy . She has done Post Graduation from Delhi University in Two Subjects - Political Science and History after completing her B.A. Honors in Political Science from Delhi University. She did her B. Ed from Central Institute of Education, Delhi University. Her flair for writing took her to Rajendra Prasad Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi, where from she did her Diploma in Journalism . She has authored 17 textbooks and revised several books for famous publishers.
Her thirst for knowledge made her explore more grounds for enrichment in education hence she graduated from Principal’s Training College (PTC) in the year 2009 by earning an expertise in the courses like Instructional Supervision, Creating and Administering an Effective School, Leadership in Group Dynamics and Curriculum Development in an International School at U.K. and U.S.A. As learning has no terminals, so her quest for knowledge is still on.
Besides this she has written extensively for popular dailies in India like Indian Express, Hindustan Times and penned a regular column on education for “The Times”. She did a regular column to advise board examinees in The Times Newspaper in Kuwait. She was tele counselor of CBSE from 1995 to 2012. When New Education Policy was released, she wrote articles in “The Times” newspaper to highlight the gist of NEP 2020, In order to update and educate parents and teachers.
She wrote many features to aid and advise board examinees. She not only organized but took many workshops for better teaching of Social Studies. She was the first CBSE Counsellor in Kuwait for board examinees which she carried on from 1998 to 2012.
Mrs. Asha Sharma has rendered over 44 years of service in the field of education as a teacher and administrator. She started her career at Mother’s International School in 1977, Delhi where she worked for a year. She served Delhi Public School Mathura Road, Ranipur, Noida for 17 and a half years in administrative capacities of Headmistress, HOD, Center Superintendent, House warden, PGT Humanities etc. She became the Founder Principal of three schools in Kuwait namely Indian Central School in 1994, where she worked for 12 years, Indian Educational School popularly known as Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan in 2006, where she worked for 4 years.
She is the Founder Principal of third school in Kuwait “Indian Learners Own Academy”. This is her own creation which changed her profile into an educationist cum entrepreneur. Her school became a pioneer CBSE international school when she took the challenge of following only CBSE international curriculum for the entire school from the very inception.
She has also worked as Visiting Professor of Madurai Kamaraj University for B.Ed. and M.A. Pol. Sc. Courses and organized several workshops and in-service training programmes not only for teachers in Kuwait but for the whole gulf region. The first Kuwait Chapter’s sports meet was organized under her convenorship.
She joined the Gulf council in the year 1995, when her school was inspected by two leading persons from the council. In the very next year, she received an invitation to host the 11 th Conference of the Council, which she readily accepted and roped in all the Indian schools in Kuwait to the council and hosted that successfully. She did not accept any post in the council in that year as she felt that she was quite new to this educational body but became the first convener of the newly formed Kuwait Chapter in 1998 and remained on this position for two consecutive years.
She hosted the 17 th conference of the council and was made secretary of the council in 2005 and in the ensuing conference of the council; she was unanimously made the Chairperson of the council. She organized several workshops as secretary and Chairperson of the council and managed the work of council diligently during her tenure.
Mrs. Sharma has served as a member of CBSE affiliation committee She was also given the responsibility to inspect two schools for up gradation (Don Bosco, Kuwait) and affiliation (Kuwait Indian School, Kuwait) respectively by CBSE board. She headed a hub of 4 CBSE schools in India.
She was Awarded ‘Dedicated Teachers Award’ by Lions Club, Ghaziabad, U.P. She adorned a big feather in her cap when she was felicitated with the ‘National Teachers Award’ by the President of India Mrs. Pratibha Patil in the year 2007 for her meritorious services in the field of education. Whatever she has accomplished and earned in the field of education, has become a propelling force to do better in this field day in and day out.
She is the member of mentoring and monitoring committee of CBSE to aid and assist four schools at UAE. Besides this she is advisor to the management of Scholars International School, Doha. Then she is mentored 4 schools in Kuwait namely Indian Central School, Indian Public School, Jabriya Indian School, and India International School under CBSE mentoring and monitoring programme. She received CBSE Mentor's Award from then H.R. D. Minister Smriti Irani on 5th September 2013 . She also received a prestigious award at the 7th International Education Summit held at Delhi on 6th August 2016. The School was presented a golden statue of a graduate and a certificate . The certificate reads “Indian Learners Own Academy, Kuwait is recognized for breaking new grounds in deep learning by impacting various categories of intelligences of learners at school through innovation in teaching pedagogy ."
From October 2014, she was the city coordinator of Nodal Center at Indian Learners Own Academy for checking the evidence of assessment of classes 9 and 10 of schools in the gulf region.
Latest award received by her is EBA Award- 2017- ‘Excellence in Quality’ Award at International Conference an annual joint effort of Europe Business Assembly (UK), Academic Union Oxford (UK), European Medical Association (Belgium), Swiss Institute of Quality Standards (Switzerland). On 28 th July 2018 she received Dr. A.P. J Abdul Kalam Outstanding Principal’s Award from Himakshara.
She authored and edited several books in Economics, History, Civics, Environmental Studies, Social Studies and General Knowledge. As a free-lance writer, penned a few educational features and articles for leading dailies and popular magazines like “mentor” & “Teacher” in India & for “front liners” in Kuwait.
She is one of the resource persons of CBSE in Social Science to conduct Capacity Building Programmes of CBSE for CBSE schoolteachers. Besides this she has taken nearly 20 webinars of CBSE through its portal for teachers and Principals on developing Vision and Mission for a school; Happy Teachers Creating Happy Spaces; Teaching Methodologies of Social Science, History and Political Science.
She was one of the Penal lists of ICSI webinar on Relevance of Education and spoke to bring uniformity in education in India. She also took notebook webinar on Helicopter Parenting and was one of the panellists on POSCO & POSH. She has also been a panelist for many educational webinars during pandemic related to problems in education and latest education policy.
She took several workshops and seminars for the parents and teachers at the schools to apprise them with the CCE system when it was just introduced. She even extended help to the Kuwait schools to use her potential in effective use of CCE and effective teaching of Social science. Her school’s performance profile was a guideline which kept on changing face with the instructions from CBSE as well as on new innovative ideas. She took seminar on career guidance for various Indian Associations in Kuwait. She gauged the need of holding JEE and NEET examination in Kuwait and applied to NTS for holding the same in the interest of students studying in Kuwait.
The field of education is her passion. She is a voracious reader reads extensively in the light hours of the day. Besides this she has spiritual inclination and likes to expand her knowledge in metaphysical matters. Apart from enjoying music for relaxation, she loves to assist students and teachers in finding the right path in the field of learning.