'I have not really thought about life after retirement,' Deputy Director of Education Suman Shinde

Mar 07, 2014, 07:33 IST | Niranjan Medhekar

Deputy Director of Education Suman Shinde who will retire in September this year has made a deep impact in the education sector

Suman Shinde who took charge as Deputy Director of Education (Pune division) on November 5, 2012 has imparted the much-needed discipline in the school education sector.

Iron Lady: Suman Shinde

Her inflexible methods made way for the transparency in last year’s standard XI Centralised Admission Process (CAP). She now plans to promote this system online in Pune from the next academic year.

The admission procedure faced interference from student organisations. Admission agents in the city fix the admission rate for prestigious colleges. But last year was an exception.

Shinde gave strict instructions to colleges to follow the process fairly. When some student activists tried to pressurise her for admissions, she lodged a police complaint against them.

When mid-day reported about this scam in ‘Midterm exams just days away, but backdoor admissions still on at SP college’, dated October 8, Shinde instantly took action and cancelled all illegal admissions sanctioned by the then college principal.

“In my entire career, I find my current post in the city the most challenging. The entire standard XI CAP held last year was a testing period,” she admits.

Speaking of her retirement, Shinde said that she has been completely focused in her work and has not had the time to plan her retirement.

She said, “I have not thought about life after retirement, but yes, I would like to get involved in social work.”

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