In 1990, the historical city of Gwalior in India was not a very happening place. In those nascent days, Tina Olyai—a 24 year old girl who migrated to this small town after marriage—visualised a dream together with her husband, Sunil Olyai. The dream was simple, the dream was great. They both wanted to set up a school for children with a marked difference from other existing schools of Gwalior. They wanted to rear the children in the ‘Garden of God’ where each one of them becomes a ‘little angel’. The idea bloomed into reality and thus came in existence Little Angels School. This was to be a distinguished school where children do not excel only academically but also spiritually, because the ambitious couple was driven by the vision of Baha’u’llah—the Prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith—who clearly said: “Every child is potentially the light of the world…”.
In its journey of last 29 years now, Little Angels High School has effectively served its mission to mould thousands of children of this ‘Historical City’ into ‘the light of the world’. Many of these translucent candles, i.e. the Alumni of LAHS, are now radiating their warmth and splendour in every corner of the globe, proving their excellence and sense of service in myriad fields of human endeavours.
LAHS is a dream child of Tina Olyai and her husband Sunil Olyai supported by her son, Sameer, and daughter-in-law, Carmel.
Tina Olyai, the director of Little Angels High School—the first ISO certified school of Madhya Pradesh—is an unbending perfectionist who settles for nothing less than the best. This dogged demand for excellence has persistently made her entire team—comprised of some 150 teachers and hundreds of supporting staff—look out for the superlatives in all they do. And, this unclenching resolve has also rocketed Tina to the heights of a leadership position where she has become an ideal for many others. She is Regional Director of World Council for Total Quality & Excellence in Education (WCTQEE), a facilitator of Students Quality Control Circles of India, a member of International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW) and associated with a number of renowned national-international associations and forums serving myriad of interests and social activities,
including Independent School Forum of India (ISFI), Asian Indian Women Forum (AIWF), Council for Global Education (CGE), USA, Executive Partner with Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Women Entrepreneurs of India (WEI), National Principals Association (NPA)
Bearing a charming personality and with a true penchant for bringing qualitative change in the field of education, Tina Olyai has been accredited and recognized for her valued contribution on a number of occasions. A recipient of `Most Popular Personality Amongst Educational Heads’, she was awarded `Lady of the Month` by Dainik Bhaskar Group. She was further selected amongst ‘The Top 15 Achievers of the State of Madhya Pradesh’ by The Times of India and was featured in TOI’s Coffee Table Book `TRAILBLAZERS’. Again, on the International Women’s Day, she was recognised by Dainik Bhaskar as ‘Outstanding Educationist of Gwalior’. In addition, Tina has received several awards for her papers presented at different Educational Forums. Zee TV recognised her as one of the ‘Top 15 Powered Persons of Madhya Pradesh’. Zee TV also featured her in its Coffee Table Book as among Top 15 Powerful Figures of Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh. Adding to the gems on her crown, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, conferred on her the honour of being amongst the ‘Top 20 Leading Business Visionaries of 2010’. Tina Olyai has also been awarded by Shrimant Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister of Commerce, Industries and Employment, Madhya Pradesh.
A leader is never at rest until he or she has made a novel path for others to tread on. Her fondness for doing something new and abiding has always kept Tina busy with setting benchmarks for others to follow. In her leadership, Little Angels High School has lately received the ‘Best School of the Year Award’ – 2016-17 from the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan while she herself received International Status Award in the field of Education. As a path-maker, Tina Olyai launched the FIRST BLIND STUDENTS QUALITY CIRCLE IN ASIA in September 2007 and was instrumental in launching India Ethics Campaign at LAHS – first time in Madhya Pradesh. Also first time in Madhya Pradesh, she launched the GNRC program at LAHS. In collaboration with the External Affairs Dept. of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of India, she worked enthusiastically for eradicating violence against women & children. She collaborated with IFCW on issues related with underprivileged children.
Tina Olyai is the proud author of a highly useful book for students – ‘Overcoming Exam Stress in Students’ – providing wonderful tips to the youngsters on how to prepare for examinations in a systematic and stress-free manner. Her paper on Value Education for Indian Schools & Role of Education was published in the NCERT’s National Curriculum for Indian Schools. Some other important papers published are:
“I have known Tina for many years through my role with the World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education (WCTQEE) where Tina is a Regional Director. Under her leadership, Little Angels High School earned international reputation and received several prestigious awards. Tina is very enthusiastic and committed to quality and excellence in education for the future generation. With a wealth of knowledge about international cultures, she is very humane and gentle.
~ Syed Ali, Professor @ Johns Hopkins University; Advisor, World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education
“Tina Olyai founded one of the best schools in Gwalior. The history of Quality Movement in academics shall register Tina among the pioneers in Students Quality Circles. She rose to the position of Regional Director of World Council For Total Quality & Excellence in Education (WCTQEE). This lady with charming qualities has created a history of compassion flavoured with empathy and laced with tangible creative support to blind students when she constituted Asia’s first Quality Circle of blind students QC "Divya Jyoti". I am inspired by her philosophy that enunciates, "A child is a blank cheque payable to Humanity"
~ P.C. Bihari, Executive Director, World Council for Total Quality & Excellence in Education
“Tina is an inspirational teacher, school principal and an organiser, who is playing a key role in developing the World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education.”
~ Richard Ennals, Professor @ Kingston University
“Tina is a quality-focused expert and leader on the way of training peace-oriented leaders of future. Her commitment to quality and especially her kind style on the way of supporting her teams of ICT Seagulls Project created a great appreciation in me. I am proud of collaborating with her.”
~ Hayal Koksal (Ph.D.), Founding President, The Association for Continuous Improvement
“She is compassionate about her staff, passionate about her work and professional and honest about her dealings. She is as caring about her school as her family.
~ Dr Jawahar Surisetti, Director, Ashoka Education Foundation
“She is a delightful individual who inspires her colleagues and students alike. Full of vigour and ideas, she is greatly respected in the society for her commitment to work. I have not come across many school leaders like her: relaxed yet in control of herself and the school; growing but modest and honest to the core.”
~ Amar Nath Dar, Ex-Principal, The Scindia School – Gwalior
“Tina Olyai is a gem of a person. She is vibrant, knowledgeable and a perfectionist. A good team leader who leads from the front, she possesses the best entrepreneurial spirit. She’s a multifaceted person who also excels for social causes. A widely-read woman who has travelled across the globe with rich experience in different areas!”
~ Sandeep Behera, Unit head, Dainik Bhaskar
“Tina is an excellent innovator who single-handedly brought up an educational enterprise to national prominence. Her inspired performance has a lot to do with her public relations and management skills. Professionally, she has built an international network and is abreast of the latest developments in education.”
~ Dr. Vasudevan Nair, Consultant, Brilliant Stars Education Society