Good Shepherd International School
Good Shepherd Knowledge Village, M Palada PO, Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, 643 004, India
+91 423 2550371
|Founder & Principal||Dr. P.C. Thomas|
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Co-ed Age Range||8-17|
|Number of pupils||1,000|
|Authorised IB Programmes||IBDP|
|Diploma Coordinator||Suresh Thangarajan|
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Ask any 14 year old what he or she wants to become, and the answer would be inventor, scientist, engineer, doctor, researcher and those kinds of aspirational roles in our society. Only a very few would tell about an ambition to be a teacher, as at 14 years, most would be fed up with studies, teachers and schools. And almost none would answer this question like this - "I want to run a great school." Yet, this is what a 14 year old Keralite boy answered to this question, decades back. Almost all his friends laughed at his ambition. But young PC Thomas, hailing from Ettumanoor in Kerala, was determined enough to see his dream through. He started his career as a teacher at Loyola Public School of Trivandrum, then shifted to Sainik School there itself, and later became the Principal of a 150 year old international school in the hill station of Ooty, in Kerala's neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. While serving there, young Thomas decided to act on his ambition to start a fine school of his own. But he didn't have a lot of money to buy land and build a campus.
One day in those days he came across an advertisement by the erstwhile King of Baroda to sell off the famous Baroda Palace at Ooty. Thomas had no hope of getting the property as many buyers was there to buy the prestigious property at sky high prices. Yet, he met the Maharajah and conveyed to him his need for a ready campus and building to create a noble institution in education. Much to his surprise, the King agreed and conveyed to all other bidders his decision to hand over the land and palace to PC Thomas at a much lesser rate than the prevailing market rate. Today, this is known as the Baroda Palace Campus of the Good Shepherd International School. 42 long years have passed since then.
GSIS has grown from strength to strength, branching out from the original ICSE syllabus to the more international IGCSE and IB curricula. A fully residential school with no day scholars for ensuring perfect discipline, the integrated nature of GSIS would stun anyone as the campus is fully self-sufficient with its own organic farm for sourcing unpolluted vegetables for students, a cattle farm of 450 cows for the milk needed by students and a poultry farm with 50,000 birds for the eggs and meat! GSIS is also renowned for having the most extensive sporting facilities including equestrian with 30 thoroughbred horses, polo ground, golf course, swimming pools, grounds for all popular outdoor sports including a cricket ground, which is the highest cricket ground, not just in India, but in the whole world!
Now, under the visionary guidance of Dr. PC Thomas, GSIS is expanding its bigger Palada campus with an additional 4 lakh sq ft of construction for housing new world-class cubicle based hostels and a new Indoor Sports Complex where all students can play simultaneously! Dr. Thomas is a visionary edupreneur who dreams and executes larger than - life visions like how he sends 50 of his students each year to NASA for their renowned Space Camp program. Yet, Dr. Thomas is particular that his students have their feet planted firmly in the ground realities of India, and inspires them to do a lot of charitable and relief works for the afflicted and the downtrodden segments of the society. A firm disciplinarian, Thomas has brushed aside all temptations to diversify the Good Shepherd brand to start international schools in India’s metro cities or to admit day scholars or to get into related fields like higher education. Unlike most of his peers, he is a firm believer of quality over quantity.
Says, Dr. Thomas, "My professional ambition was to build just one fine school in all respects, not to be the largest or fastest growing school chain. Schools are not saloons or parlours to be replicated fast." He derives his satisfaction from the fact that some of the finest surgeons, engineers and entrepreneurs in USA, India and elsewhere are GSIS alumni. GSIS was the first School in India to install a state-of the-Art 3d printer, which is even now rare in India’s Leading engineering Colleges and a Design Technology Lab which give its students a head start in designing, innovating and inventing. With such initiatives it is no wonder that over 35 renowned universities from across the world come to GSIS every year to invite students to their institutions for higher studies. Dr. Thomas next aim is to make GSIS the very best in Asia and one of the Top-10 schools in the world. His wife Elsamma Thomas has been a pillar of strength for him and the school and has been in charge of the renowned Good Shepherd Finishing School for long.