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Tuesday , October 2 , 2012
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School eyes ISO tag

After the Dr JJ Irani Awards for Excellence, schools in Jamshedpur have set a new benchmark for themselves — an International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) tag.

Rare and in contrast to its metropolitan cousins, the city has only three schools — Narbheram Hansraj English School, RVS Academy, Mango and Kerala Samajam Model School — at present, which proudly boasts the ISO tag.

Hoping to join forces with them now is Dayanand Public School, a Sakchi-based educational cradle, which is soon likely to apply for ISO certification tag.

“We wanted to systemise the process of our working. Everything needs to be standardised these days. We have grown over the years and now want to strive for further excellence. We set the ball rolling at the start of this month and would apply to ISO soon,” said Swarna Mishra, principal of Dayanand Public School. The cradle, which was established in 1989 and has close to 1,500 students, has appointed a counsellor to deal with the process before an inspection is carried out by ISO officials.

She hoped that applying to ISO would motivate the school management to work harder and carry out improvements that are required to match the standards for certification.

Principals of schools, which are already ISO certified, said the tag did help the cradles fare better.

Paromita Roychoudhury, principal of Narbheram Hansraj English School, said things had definitely been more systemised after they received the tag.

“The activities carried out are near perfect because we have to document each and everything, which earlier was haphazard to say the least. Even a teacher has to document her lesson plans. This helps us analyse our mistakes and take correct action,” Roychoudhury said.

ISO is an organisation that seeks virtues of commitment for continuous improvement from establishments and grants them a certification to attest this. Some of the criteria for the certification are improvement in management, academic results, co-curricular activities and sports achievements of students.