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Education World, India wrote an article on Indias Edupreneurs, where Amar Jyoti Gohil’s Daughter, Mrs. Renu McLachlan was interviewed about why she came to India to support her mother with Silver Bells Public School and AMarjyoti Saraswati International School, which she watched develop from a small school in the middle of a jungle to the established schools in now a vibrant area of Bhavnagar.

Certainly, these were factors that prompted British-born Renu McLachlan, an alumna of University of Central England and former UK-based publishing executive, and her husband Paul (an IT consultant) to take charge of the Amar Jyoti Saraswati International (ASIS) and Silver Bells schools in Bhavnagar (pop. 500,000), Gujarat, promoted by Renu’s mother Amarjyoti Gohil, founder-trustee of the two schools. Currently, the CISCE-affiliated K-12, co-ed ASIS (est. 2000) equipped with thoroughly modern infrastructure (wifi-enabled campus, three computer labs with LAN, fully-wired classrooms, separate biology, physics, chemistry labs, football, cricket, tennis facilities), has 1,400 students mentored by 90 teachers on its muster roll.

Likewise, the CBSE, K-12 co-ed Silver Bells (estb.1993) which provides equally impressive academic infrastructure and co-curricular and sports facilities, has 1,900 students and 105 teachers on its rolls. In both schools, English is taught rigorously, often by foreign visiting faculty. Unsurprisingly, in the latest EW India School Rankings 2014, ASIS was ranked #6 in Gujarat and #1 in Bhavnagar in the day schools category.

“My mother founded these schools many years ago. I was born and studied in England, but would regularly visit during school holidays. For almost 20 years, as I watched the schools and the town grow, it captured a part of my heart and became part of me.

When it all began, there was just a very small building, which was literally surrounded by jungle. Before we married, my husband Paul visited several times and worked on a voluntary basis, and the school also found a special place in his heart. Over the years as the campuses grew bigger and houses developed around the schools, they became the center of a whole new area, creating employment for hundreds of people, while giving an amazing start in life to many children. At the moment, there’s still some confusion about the value of spoken English, as also CISCE certification, but there’s growing appreciation of the value of globally comparable education,” says Renu McLachlan.