With over 40 years of experience in the arena of education, Dr G Thangadurai has been the Founding Principal of Presidency School, Kasturinagar since 2008. A distinguished educationist, he is also the Director of Presidency Group of Schools. With a vision to deliver and sustain quality education that prepares students for a global society, Dr G Thangadurai has excelled as a seasoned administrator, a prolific writer, eloquent speaker and a commendable teacher.
His academic achievements are exhaustive. Having received his formal education in a Jesuit School in Bihar, he went on to obtain a double Postgraduate degree in English and Economics from the University of Madras. He has also obtained a PG degree in Education and a PG certificate in teaching of English from The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. He has triumphantly completed the Strategic Leadership Program from IIM-A in 2001. He has led the students’ delegation to Round Square Conference in London, Scotland and Indore. Round Square is an internationally diverse network of schools that connect and collaborate to offer world-class programmes and experiences. In addition to this, he has headed an educational excursion to NASA, USA.
In his broad career, Dr Thangadurai has contributed his educational expertise in various organisations spread across the country. After serving an eventful stint in the reputed De Nobili school in Bihar, Dr Thangadurai served as a Vice Principal and then as the Principal in DPS Vidyapeeth, Orissa. Following this, he took over as the Principal in the established BJEM School, Bhubaneswar and had a laudable tenure in the KD Ambani Vidya Mandir, a unit of Reliance Group of Schools in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Dr Thangadurai then continued in the dynamics of the Principal in the recognized Vellammal International School, Chennai for a brief period. Following this, he took up a challenging turn in his career by taking over as the Principal of the Al Ghubra School in Muscat. In the year 2008,
Dr Thangadurai joined the Presidency Group as the founding Principal of Presidency School, Kasturinagar and the Director of Presidency Group of Schools.
He has revolutionized it with novel exclusive programs on Information and Communication Technology, Mentoring Students, Leadership Training and Teacher Development. He holds the credit of initiating a common curriculum and common examination across the group schools, and has been instrumental in organizing inter-school competitions such as the Presidency Challenge Cup.
Dr Thangadurai’s latest feat includes guiding Presidency School to receive the prestigious International School Award from the British Council in a ceremony organised in Chennai. He has also been selected by the reputed firm, Microsoft and awarded the ‘Microsoft Innovative Educator Award’ exclusively available for Principals. With his substantially vast experience,
Dr Thangadurai has mentored a few schools in Orissa. His passion is to train and equip the teachers for the 21st century, and has been conducting workshops for Principals and teachers of other schools as well. Some of his notable workshops include a ‘Mentorship Workshop’ for Principals in the MindTree Auditorium, Bhubaneshwar and a recent one on ‘Education in the 21st Century’ organised by Microsoft for Principals in Bangalore.
Adding to the feather in his cap, Dr G Thangadurai has authored books and is keen on innovative educational transaction. Besides writing several articles in journals, Dr Thangadurai has annotated Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, published by Sultan Chand and Sons (New Delhi), and has written books on Economics as well. He is the proud recipient of several awards in the field of education such as “The Telegraphic Award” in 2001, “The Best School Award” sponsored by Limca Book of Records 2002, “RajyaPuraskar” known as the Governor’s Award, “The Outstanding Educationist Award”in 2003 and “The Best Citizens of India Award” in 2004.
Dr Thangadurai’s unflinching dedication and remarkable contribution as a teacher earned him the prestigious National Award from the government of India given by the then President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He has also been conferred with an honorary Doctorate degree for his immense contribution in the field of education. Dr G Thangadurai is truly an asset to the education community in India!!