September 3, 2016
September 3, 2016
FFelicitation of Man Of Acumen: Shri. V. K. SHARMA
“The happiness of life depends upon the quality of thoughts.”
The book “Men of Acumen” is based upon the prominent entrepreneurs of the NCR region. The book speaks about Mr. Sharma’s story of struggle and accomplishment of fame and glory of today.
The Felicitation Ceremony of Mr. V. K. Sharma – CMD Aster Institutions was organized on 3rd September 2016 in the Aster College Of Education auditorium to celebrate the launch of his coffee table book “Men of Acumen” published by Jagran Prakashan Limited. The gala event attracted a big turnout of the entire Aster fraternity along with his family members, relatives and friends. The program commenced with the lighting of the lamp. On this occasion rich tributes were paid to Mr. Sharma for his sterling qualities of head and heart. The book titled “Men of Acumen” was launched in presence of Mr. Hemant Sharma – India TV , all the Principals and entire Aster fraternity.
The motto “Service Before Self” is not a mere slogan for Mr. Sharma, as his contribution in the field of education is a great service to the society.
AS QUOTED BY THE BOOK
From humble beginnings to be able to touch new heights is indeed commendable, but that is exactly what Vinod Kumar Sharma has done. Born in Patparganj Delhi, he is one who has spent his early years struggling against odds and today he is Chairman and Managing Director of Noida’s fast growing chain of educational institutions- Aster Institutions. The group’s core mission is to foster ‘education for life’ and today it is currently running six institutions, three public schools, Aster Public School in Mayur Vihar, Greater Noida and Noida Extension, White Lotus International School, Surat, La Crème, an international pre school, Ghaziabad and Aster College of Education under the banner of Aster Institutions. VK Sharma’s journey is no less than that of a typical 80s bollywood blockbuster hero’s. A childhood shorn of priveleges but the never to be defeated attitude and sheer hard work made him a great businessman, as the God of Fortune has been showering him with blessings since a long time now. His father, the Late Roopchand Sharma, was a watchman in Patparganj and his mother Late Angoori Devi, was a housewife who added to the family kitty by working in the fields. “Born into destitution, I know the pain of being poor. In childhood only, I had learnt that the only way to come out of this situation was to study hard and work hard,” says VK Sharma with a beam of positivity. The determination to win over the tough situation, got its major boost when VK Sharma, who did his 10th and 12th from DAV Public School, Daryaganj, Delhi, topped the 12th examination in 1979. It is because of his personal challenges in life as child that he can now empathise with the underprivileged lot, besides of course all the people who work for him. This is the reason why he keeps his office doors always open for those who may want to seek his suggestions or help of any kind.
“They know me to come directly to me. My friends with whom I have grown up are still in contact with me. Some are tailors while others are ordinary, low-salaried workers. My sole motto is that if I can help anyone then I should do it without creating a noise about it,” he says candidly. At present, Aster institutions have more than 600 employees and 6,000 students. The group realizing today’s fast paced and technological era is striving to stand out by providing space that helps young minds establish their identity, understand their roots, create their place in the world and also innovate to shape it into a better place. The curriculum is designed so that integrates skilled instruction into meaningful context. The school has the best of mentors who are expert in their fields and ensure that every student not only excels in academics but also in extra-curricular activities. Graduated in from Bhagat Singh College did Law from Delhi faculty in March, 1985, VK Sharma joined the Master of Social Work course in April 1985. It was in 1986 only, that he got the first job of his life in hydraulic machine manufacturing company in Delhi with a monthly salary of 1700 only. “When I joined the company, I put in so much hard work and interest in the job that within two years I was made the Finance Manager of the company and within four years I was promoted as the General Manager,” says he, looking back proudly.
For Mr. Sharma, his first job was the turning moment of his life. ‘My first job taught me various essentials of life. It shaped my personality like how to dress, how to walk, how to deal with people and various other attributes of professional life that are assisting me till now,” he quips. The desire to do something on his own and something that could bring prosperity to his family compelled him to leave his job in 1991 when he opened his own grocery store in Mayur Vihar and started his distribution for FMCG companies. The hard work yielded results and in 1994, following the advice of a friend he opened the playschool in Mayur Vihar named Aster Public School. After that there was no looking back and Aster Institutions blossomed into one of the premier institutes in India. It acknowledges every child’s different learning capabilities, interests, cultural and educational background and therefore individual development of each child. To fulfil its commitment to produce good standards of teachers too, Aster has opened its college of Education in 2004, which is one of the premier institutions of Meerut University in the fields of education providing B Ed and BTC courses. Besides, preparing Teacher Educators it also aims at preparing educational administrators, supervisors and researchers. Mr Sharma is of the opinion that gadgets and exposure to technologies at an early age is hampering the development of mental capabilities of children. “Dependence on digital classrooms should be made minimal as the school should work to promote creative development of students. Government should do a proper research on impact of technology on young minds and then should bring some reforms in our policies,” he says with conviction.Providence may have catapulted Sharma into a life of affluence, but it is his better half Asha Sharma who has stood by him as a pillar of strength and integrity throughout his entire life full of ups and downs. Sharma’s wedding story is as interesting as his early life. As an old adage says that “marriages are made in heaven’ Asha Sharma, says, “Though it was an arranged marriage, my parents were earlier a little apprehensive about him. Somehow I always knew that he will be able to succeed in life and today he has proved as much.”