Over the decades, among the variety of personalities that have risen to prominence for their contribution in the field of education and social service, Mrs Grace Pinto stands out as someone distinctively striking and seminal in her demonstration of commitment to making a difference through her schools as a leader. It is the fine critical balance between entrepreneurship and fame on one hand and humility, fellow feeling and concern for the nation on the other that makes Grace an icon of excellence. Her contribution in these spheres is known for its dignified simplicity and humility. She began as a teacher nearly three decades ago and today she is a credible personality of excellence in the highly competitive and challenging segment of education in the country. As the Managing Director, her audacity and brilliance coupled with deep faith in God has enabled her to stand along with her husband, Dr A F Pinto, Chairman, Ryan Group in building one of India’s largest privately owned, closely-held chains of K-12 institutions in the country.
The Ryan International Group of Institutions (RIGI) known for its significant contribution in the field of education in the country began its journey with one school nearly three decades ago in Mumbai. “God’s grace and His divine direction coupled with inspiration and relentless hard work has made this journey promising and inspiring. There were challenges along the way but our Lord Jesus Christ took us from place to place, starting schools across the nation,” says Grace. Today, the Ryan Group has over 128 presences in 17 states and 40 cities of India and the group intends to continue its growth within India and South Asia. A combined faculty of 15,000 is busy teaching over 250,000 students in the group. These are staggering numbers, and the phenomenal
growth would not have been possible without the ingenious and strategic direction of Grace. “Also various stakeholders both within and outside of our school community, primarily consisting of our dear students, staff, parent community, and our well- wishers who contributed to the dramatic growth of the Ryan Group,” adds Grace. This not only highlights the grit of character that promulgated the awe-inspiring chain of institutions, but it also enlightens the ability to converge ones dream with the need of the nation.
What makes Grace Pinto unique and different is her management style with multiple roles as a managing director, educationist, leader, visionary, counselor coupled with entrepreneur qualities. It validates her personal trials and tribulations and a passion to excel as a woman sagaciously different in her operational style with an integrative approach to educational leadership. Over the years she has learnt that life is a process of learning, risk taking, envisioning and establishing newer frontiers only to be challenged and crossed again.
The vision of the group is to be a premier global educational institution which develops the human resource for our dynamic and expanding community, the state, the nation, the region and the world at large.
The Group is committed to cultivate all round development that fosters academics, spiritual well-being, physical development, emotional intelligence, creative skills, social responsibility and concern for one’s environment.
The Ryan International Group of Institutions blends high value deliveries with modern learning tools to ensure that its schools nurture a safe, healthy and an intellectually challenging learning environment, committed to effectively engage students in active, collaborative and technology based learning methodologies.
The motto and philosophy of “Excellence in Education and All- Round Development” drives the group’s effort in achieving the organizational vision. Mrs Pinto adds, “It is an approach that, besides being spiritual and value-based, drives an effective teaching- learning process leading to holistic development of the child.” A dedicated faculty, trained and led by her team, supported with state-of-the-art infrastructure and Information Communication Technology (ICT), the Ryan Group today operates schools under the following boards – Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE/ISC) and State Boards (SSC) and even international boards offering the IB (International Baccalaureate) & IGCSE (Cambridge) curricula under the aegis of the Ryan Global Schools.
The Ryan Group under her direction has pioneered significant national and international events in order to develop excellence in leadership amongst students. Going beyond the traditional academic practices, the Ryan Group was the first in the country to host the International Children’s Festival of Performing Arts (ICFPA) and Indian Model United Nations (INMUN). “We hosted the prestigious World Scholar’s Cup with record breaking participation from the students which is now the largest ever regional round in the history of the World Scholar’s Cup,” says Grace. Cultural Exchange Programmes, NASA – USA educational Programs, Social Service Camps are regular fixtures on the school calendar. RYAN TV – a media initiative mentors students to create India’s youngest breed of technicians, news anchors, cinematographers and so forth. The Ryan Group is the only school in India with such a facility. In the field of sport, the group has collaborated with the best in the industry to bring world-class coaching to its children such as Bhaichung Bhutia for Football, Mahesh Bhupati for Tennis, Vishwanathan Anand for Chess, Anil Kumble for Cricket.
In her illustrious career, Mrs Grace Pinto has received more than 90 prestigious national and international awards and recognitions. Many organizations continue to value her contributions and bestow honor and awards on her.
Grace life demonstrates her capacity for love, service, commitment, and charity. She has undertaken several remarkable initiatives in support of society reaching out to people in need. She has implemented community transformation projects to sensitize students towards the needs of the society to inculcate community and social responsibility amongst them. Today, the Ryan Group is being ranked among the most respected group of schools in the country. The Group has also garnered about 8 Limca Book of Records in different categories.
In conclusion, it can be said that the Ryan Group has definitely made an indelible mark in the field of education in India. Thanks to the vision, grit and determination of Grace, several thousands of children across India have been provided affordable quality education to grow holistically. How true are the words from Proverbs that say, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”