FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2014
FIRST BRITISH COLUMBIA OFFSHORE SCHOOL TO OPEN IN INDIA
Chandigarh – On her trade mission to India, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark announced yesterday the opening of Point Grey Canadian Academy, the first B.C. offshore school for India. Joined by Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk and a group of registered delegates, Premier Clark attended a ceremony to certify the school.
“One of the keys to doing business internationally is building relationships,” said Clark yesterday. “Trade missions allow us to make connections that open doors to long-term trade and investment and create opportunities for research and student exchanges. As we continue to make inroads into the Asia Pacific market, we are seeing these partnerships create more economic opportunities – and more jobs at home.”
Ten years ago, SBRS Gurukul School was founded in Moga, Punjab. It began with one school, 750 students and a vision to provide superior education to as many children in the community as possible. The idea was simple: invest in the students of Punjab to become the next generation to help uplift the country. Not one rupee of profit was made on this first school and extra profits in the second year went to the addition of a College for Women and a Secondary School for Girls. Today almost 1200 students attend these schools and fees remain nominal.
The success of these institutes led Founder Daljit Thind, a prominent Vancouver businessman and philanthropist, to envision an educational bridge between the Punjab province and British Columbia and with the aid of the BC government it has now become a reality. Building on the original vision of the school, Point Grey will teach students social responsibility, to use technology to access learning resources and to become well balanced students through the study of Academics, Arts and Athletics.
Thind sees the Academy as offering exciting educational opportunities, saying, “Point Grey will promote and maintain a two-way flow of students and families between Punjab and BC – the gateway to the Pacific. Students will learn how to succeed at Canadian universities and will go on to create a new force of skilled workers for BC and Punjab.”
Point Grey will exceed the quality standards set by the BC government and Offshore Education Ltd. will monitor the school and continue to support its growth and development.
“We want the students of Point Grey to have the best education possible and we will train our teachers and administrators to provide a quality education that is synonymous with the BC seal.”, said Thind. “Point Grey will have the best curriculum, facilities and teachers to be a truly dynamic place to learn and teach”.
Point Grey Canadian Academy will open in March 2015.
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