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Tijay Gupta, Co-Founder at Bachpan & AHPS Group of Schools

Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

Tijay Gupta: The initial idea for setting up BACHPAN was conceived in 2004. At that time the

preschool culture was almost introduced in our country. We saw a lack of awareness among the parents and the schools as well. We felt a void and need for a sudden shift where the children should be given proper guidance towards their capabilities and decided to bring some crucial changes in the format of the Preschool sector. We believed that childhood is the period where every child deserves to enjoy along with what they learn as it is the best way to get them engaged in the process. That is how we decided to put our hands up for the little ones and their education. We prepared a curriculum that gave children not only the initial learning but the option to enjoy their ‘Bachpan’. Later we felt the need to do the same in the formal education sector and decided to begin our franchise business in the formal education sector with Academic Heights Public School. Today we successfully operates 1200+ schools across India.

Great Companies: What are the various Services provided by Bachpan & AHPS Group of


Tijay Gupta: There is a list of services that are continuously updated for our students too. At

Bachpan, we offer kids a mixed bag of innovation, technology, and lots of fun. We believe in

making everything as easy as possible so that they don’t take the burden of any activity and can learn flawlessly. We take assistance from smart classes and virtual reality to foster a kid’s learning. We have our own speak-o-kit and Robotime kit that allows our kids to get closer to the modern world of technology and their games at the same time. AHPS is known for its choices in providing the best platform to young students. We conduct several academic and extra-curricular events throughout the year that gives the students appropriate exposure to the world that is waiting outside for them.

Great Companies: What makes Bachpan & AHPS Group of Schools different from hundreds of other similar service providers?

Tijay Gupta:

We have always tried to stay ahead of the times to give our students real-life experiences. We not only talk of academics, but we also work for overall growth. The modern world has moved much ahead of the conventional form of learning and we are proud that we have regularly invested in technology that allows our students to stay updated in every aspect of the education world. The quality in our infrastructure and types of equipment both for Bachpan and AHPS makes us stand out from our adversaries.

Great Companies: What are the struggles and challenges you face?

Tijay Gupta: It is never easy to be in a transition period and adapt to everything quickly. I think it was the biggest challenge for all of us as a unit. We started with a mission to bring a revolution in the preschool sector of our country. We were determined to play our role but it was a challenge to summarise everything and make the parents realize what they lacked at that time.

Similarly, when we talk of AHPS, we prepared modern tech-friendly schools which were

relatively new and needed time to grab the masses. We worked on our mission and gradually developed to become a synonym for innovations and modernization in the world of education. It was not easy but the challenges and sufferings are something that can make you tougher and stronger.

Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What do 5 years down the line look like for Bachpan & AHPS Group of Schools?

Tijay Gupta: We have always believed in working on our vision and mission but that does not mean that we should not focus on what we are doing now. We are regularly working on the role of Virtual reality and Robotics in the field of education and we are the first of our kind to do so both in Bachpan and AHPS. We are spread all around the country with Bachpan and currently hold more than 1100 franchises. AHPS holds more than 100 franchises. We want to grow more and be part of those cities that lack the services of modern preschool and formal school education. At the same time, we are looking for international expansion. We are already working with Bachpan franchises in Nepal and now we are in touch with a few more countries. In the coming years, we are sure of getting more international exposure as a brand.

Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Tijay Gupta: The advice is simple: Just be focused on what you are working on and don’t be

afraid of taking big decisions at the right time. Because once you are on the back foot it takes a lot to come back. Once you are ready to go just trust in yourself and take the right decision at the right time like we did when the country needed a change in the world of education.



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