“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
~ Nelson Mandella
As India emerged from the darkness of centuries of servility, a new nation awoke lighting up budding minds with the burning flame for the quest of knowledge, and the living legend Sir Lalit Gandhi is that sliver of light who brought a ray of sunshine to the tiny minds. Thus this distinguished change-maker strongly believed that:
"'It is education that forms common mind,
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined."
Sir Lalit Gandhi held the beacon of light in many fields and was at the helm of affairs by being a pioneer in the early days of Independent India. From being a Practising Chartered Accountant to founding and shepherding Greenlawns School, Mr Gandhi's amazing contributions are pathbreaking and extolled by many. At a time when western education was dominated by the British, Mr Lalit Gandhi co-founded Greenlawns School in 1959 with Mrs Fraser Thomson and took over completely in 1965 when the latter decided to return to Britain.
Mr Gandhi took keen interest in every aspect of the school and was instrumental in opening the second campus at Bomanji Petit Road in 1966. Till 1983 Mr Gandhi came to the school daily to bring excellence to the forefront and inspire the whole team to rise above the call of duty and take Greenlawns School to the position of eminence in order to proliferate education across the board.
He was a doyen of new-age learning who brought quality education within the reach of every child. His passion for improving every aspect of the students’ life was greatly revered by many generations of students and highly appreciated by the savants and the laymen alike. His humble demeanour and charming presence have lain a tremendous impression on all those whose lives he touched. His keen wisdom coupled with a towering personality had been lauded by a cross-section of society.
Preparing the next generation to take over, Mr Gandhi turned the school from a private venture to a public charitable trust embodying his vision of education as the driver for national progress.
The legacy of Mr Lalit Gandhi will continue to inspire the 21st-century leaders of the institution to seek out new methodologies and technologies to adapt to the ever-changing needs of every generation of students. Sir Gandhi’s contributions will be etched in letters of gold in the history of Greenlawns School.