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"THE approach to education, the facilities, the mentality of the teachers and the quality of teaching are some of the aspects of the school that has afforded my children a very smooth transition,'' says the Microsoft India Product Unit Manager, Mr Paramesh Vaidyanathan, on the education and infrastructure provided by the Hyderabad-based Oakridge International School.

Mr Vaidyanathan, who lived in the US for around 12 years working for Microsoft Corporation, and his wife were highly concerned over the schooling of their children at the time of their relocation to India. Finding the right school was paramount on their agenda. The couple are now glad that they found Oakridge.

The Oracle India Executive Director, Mr Ranjan Chak, and his wife, Ms Amrita Chak, have a similar experience. They are now happy with the environment created by Oakridge - the attention to hygiene, courtesy, safety, the focus on learning versus teaching, the use of current methods and computer technologies for enhancing the child's experience in all areas and at all levels.

"We also appreciate that the school takes the responsibility for education and promoting the children's own enthusiasm for self-learning and not `passing the buck' to the parents with volumes of homework and rote memorisation,'' the Chak couple say.

These were some of the experiences of parents narrated here on Thursday by the Oakridge Director, Education, Mr Shomie Das.

Oakridge International School, which is near to completing its first year, would be moving into its own 5.5 acre spacious campus which is coming up at a cost of around Rs 15 crore in Cyberabad here.

By June this year, operations at the new campus would take off with air-conditioned multi-facility classrooms that feature a PC, Internet connection, facilities for using an LCD projector and unique seating arrangements conducive to individual study with at least 20 sft space per student in the classroom.

Apart from one PC per child, Oakridge also offers a games field with volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, music and art rooms, auditorium and amphitheatre, an infirmary, clinical psychology unit and remedial teachers, state-of-the art laboratories which include a language lab and an environment studies labs, a learning resource centre with a huge collection of books, CD-ROMs, VCDs and LCDs, a dining hall and air-conditioned school buses with colour TVs and VCD players.

As designing a school meeting such unique requirements calls for an architect with outstanding skills, Oakridge has sought the services of Mr Vijay Gupta, a well-known architect in building academic institutions.

"The school follows the CBSE syllabus, along with methods akin to those used for the International Baccalaureate, which prepares students who would desire a future foreign qualification to study abroad,'' Mr Shomie Das said.

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