Updated: Jul 15, 2022
If you were around the 1980s, you might remember the all time favourite Bollywood show "Yeh Jo hai Zindagi". The lead star of the show, Swaroop Sampat, who was also Miss India in 1979, is married to the talented actor Paresh Rawal.
What has been incredible since is that she made a switch from acting to teaching, and that she has made such an impact in education in India. She was selected as one of the top 10 Global finalists for the Global Teacher Prize conducted by Varkey Foundation, amongst 10,000 nominations from 179 countries worldwide.
Sampat became so passionate about teaching that she obtained a PhD. in Education from the University of Worcester. She did her doctoral thesis on using drama to enhance life skills in children with learning disabilities.
Sampat is a trainer, travelling across India to conduct workshops for teachers to impart this knowledge for the benefit of children. She was selected by the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to head an educational program for children.
Swaroop has also contributed to the understanding of teaching in modern India.
She has become a teacher-trainer, presenting papers at more than forty international and national conferences, and having articles published in international peer-review journals.
She has given large numbers of workshops with audiences ranging from students and teachers to social workers and practitioners of psychiatry.
In 2014 she carried out teacher training sessions for the government through a satellite link – an extremely successful program which brought about immense changes in teacher attitude in rural Gujarat.
Swaroop also serves as the Non-Government Special Member on the Central Advisory Board of Education.
In 2016 she was awarded Most Committed Person of the Year in Inclusive Education at the 4th International Early Childhood Conference of The Early Childhood Association.
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