Transforming Thinking, Creating
THOTS Lab — Dr. Ashutosh & Sangeeta Khurana
Dr. Ashutosh Khurana’s life in the corporate sector remained unruffled until he was expecting his first child with his wife Sangeeta Khurana. While Sangeeta had been working on mindfulness and well-being, it now became imperative for the couple to equip their child with capabilities to successfully navigate the world and live a fulfilling life. They wanted to help their child break subconscious patterns, become more aware of the mental schemas, and conscious of its thoughts and actions. But then, why stop with just their child? With that commenced the journey of Mind Edutainment, which aims at experientially developing Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) in children. To avoid misleading people, HOTS was soon renamed. Thus, THOTS was born. The path was fraught with hurdles, but their dedication and perseverance kept them going.
Sangeeta conceptualised and founded THOTS in 2007. She onboarded the first few customers, which affirmed the acceptance of THOTS by Indian schools. In 2009, Ashutosh joined in and together they set upon the path to improving thinking patterns of children and helping them get ready to face the complex challenges of life.
While Sangeeta had deep interests in mindfulness, therapy, and well-being, Ashutosh’s background in the telecom industry made him ill-suited for this entrepreneurial venture. It was often hard for the couple to establish credibility as educationists. Entrenched in the corporate way of working, Ashutosh hired a team soon after he came onboard THOTS. However, many of these hiring decisions turned out to be mistakes, adding resource pressures on this rookie startup. Ashutosh and Sangeeta quickly learned from these mistakes and continued to persevere on their mission. Success had to follow.
“Do what makes you happy. If it makes you happy, it makes you a better person everyday. And in turn that would be right for the society.”
What started as a hobby programme at a few schools in Delhi and NCR is now a part of the main curriculum across schools in nine states. Once Thots was in the main curriculum, the duo pushed for a dedicated lab for the programme in each school. In the face of a spate of questions from school authorities, Ashutosh and Sangeeta’s conviction and reasoning prevailed and 17 schools agreed to create a permanent lab and signed up for a five-year agreement. Along the way, they also picked up a few accolades including Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Award for Innovation in 2017 and Asia’s Best Educational Innovation Award in 2013.
Ashutosh and Sangeeta are pushing harder towards their vision of creating learning environments at home and making parents enablers in the process. With boundless energy and unfaltering focus, their goal is not far from being realised.
Mind Edutainment Pvt. Ltd. created in 2007 is the company behind the THOTS program. The company is dedicated to the vision of participating in the thinking development process of individuals through simulations and experiential learning. The Mind Edutainment team comprises of some exceptionally fine professionals from diverse fields like education, psychology, administration and management background with rich experience.
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