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Season 3: School Counselling in the Time of Coronavirus

Season three brings to you insights from India’s school university counselors. We will hear from those on the front line as they support students to adapt to the new normal, the challenges, and changing choices.

Join host Ruth Malik fortnightly and jump into a debate by commenting on LinkedIn.

Episode 6:  Diversity & Social Inclusion

Today we bring to you the final episode of Season 3.

Our speaker today is Ms Ambika Kaul, Counsellor, Delhi Public School RK Puram.

Ambika is a serial entrepreneur, and a diversity/social inclusion & workforce readiness champion. With over 19 years of experience advising global financial firms, including GE Capital, American Express, and AXA, she has worked across emerging and developed markets in Asia, the US, and Europe. Since 2012 she has co-founded, scaled, and successfully exited 2 start-ups in the luxury lifestyle and digital services space.

In 2018, Ambika took over career and college counselling innovation at Delhi Public School R.K.Puram. In addition to supporting over 5000 young learners explore career options and college choices, her focus has been to encourage entrepreneurship, critical thinking, social inclusion & writing skills to enable students to be more relevant and workforce ready. Ambika is a graduate in Economics from Delhi University and has an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Established in 1972, Delhi Public School, is a pre-eminent CBSE curriculum school in New Delhi. With over 7300 students and 400 teachers, with a significant proportion of the graduating class heading abroad for higher education, DPS graduates are found in almost all of the world’s top universities.

In today’s episode we will focus on counselling during the last five months, the counselling program at Delhi Public School, as well as a personal professional discussion, focussing on Ambika’s passion – Diversity & Social Inclusion.

Episode 5: Career Development and Post-study Employability  

Our speaker today is Anjalii Agarwal, Career & College Counsellor at Vidyashilp Academy. Anjalii describes her role as a School Counsellor as both exciting and gratifying. Anjalii’s career has focused on the areas of career development activities, education & life enhancement.

Vidyashilp Academy is located in Bangalore and the school follows the Indian school certificate examinations ICSE & ISC, as well as the University of Cambridge examinations. The school has been recognised as a ‘Happy School’ by UNESCO’s Happy School Project.

In today’s episode, Anjalii will speak with us on a range of topics, including the National Education policy, Career Development, and Post-study Employability, Gap year & education & life enhancement.

Episode 4: Supporting students with low and mid-level scores to enter higher education  

Our guest today is School Counsellor Ms. Shivangi Panchal.

Ms. Shivangi started her career with the World Wildlife Fund. She then went on to co-found the Ahmedabad International School [AIS] and is currently the Executive Director, Administration & for the last 15 years the College Counsellor at AIS. As a certified UCLA college counsellor, she has supported over 500 undergraduate students for their higher education applications in various universities abroad.

Ahmedabad International School was founded 20 years ago & follows a unique curriculum. AIS has IB PYP in the Primary School, Cambridge IGCSE and State Board in the Middle School and IB Diploma, and Cambridge A levels and State Boards in high school. The school boasts an impressive Alumni of students making their mark in all corners of the world. School life is personalised, with small classes, International focus, and high standards of achievement.

In today’s episode, Ms. Shivangi will speak with us on a range of topics, including the new National Education Policy, writing recommendations for students, as well as a topic dear to her heart – Supporting students with low and mid-level scores to enter Higher Education.

Episode 3: Preparing students to be ready to live and study abroad  

Our guest today is Ms. Asma Ansari, Dean of Cambridge International Examinations & School Career Counsellor at the Daly College. Ms. Ansari has been with Daly College for 27 years, she has a Master’s Degree in Arts & a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Daly College is a co-educational residential and day boarding school, located in Indore and founded in 1870, celebrating 150 years this year. Daly college is one of the oldest co-educational boarding schools in the world and is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and CIE. The Daly College also has a Business School under its umbrella.

In today’s episode, we discuss how students and counsellors are adapting to online counselling, we also look at how counsellors can prepare students for studies abroad.

Episode 2: Beyond the Usual Subjects Choices & Study Destinations 

Our guest today is Dr. Kshitiza Singh, Admissions Officer & College Counselor at the Hopetown Girls School, Dehradun. Dr. Singh has a Ph.D. in Economics, with over 20 years of experience as a Social Studies & Economics Teacher. Dr. Singh is a keen advocate for the counseling movement and aims to help the maximum number of people.

In today’s episode, Dr. Singh will speak with us about the school counseling program and the higher education choices her students opt for.

Episode 1: Planning for 2025 

In this episode we talk to Ms. Shikha Vij, Career and College Counsellor, at Step by Step School Noida, Ms. Shikha has 11 years’ experience and she also won the Counselor of the year award which was presented to her at the IC3 conference in 2019.

Today we discuss the ways in which students are adapting to the new normal and we also take a look into the future and discuss how students can prepare for 2025.

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