About the CMS

Background

CMS Founders
Dr Bharti Gandhi and Dr Jagdish Gandhi

City Montessori School (CMS) is the world’s largest city-school, with 18 campuses in the city of Lucknow. The school that began with 5 children in 1959 on a borrowed capital of 300 rupees today has over 55,000 students from Montessori to Class XII in the current session.

Our founders, Dr Jagdish Gandhi and Dr Bharti Gandhi, were inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Sant Vinoba Bhave. They started CMS with the vision of inspiring generations of children to become socially motivated and conscious citizens of India and the world.

Their motto “Jai Jagat” has been the school's greeting from the beginning, as a deliberate contrast to the popular “Jai Hind” greeting at the time. CMS children are taught the value of 'Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam', or the ‘Earth is but One Country and Mankind its Citizens'.


CMS Vision

The CMS vision is to create world unity through education and to nurture thoughtful and proactive world citizens and leaders committed to the service of humanity.


CMS Mission

The CMS mission is to create a better future for all children. We achieve this by maximising opportunities for children through holistic, values-based education of the highest quality and through initiatives that promote unity and meaningful social action for development.


4 Pillars of CMS

  • Knowledge
  • Wisdom
  • Spiritual Perception
  • Eloquent Speech

4 Building Blocks of CMS

  • Universal Values
  • Global Understanding
  • Service to the World
  • Excellence in all Things

History of SQC in CMS

The History of Students’ Quality Circles in City Montessori School, Lucknow (1997- 2017)

Dr Jagdish Gandhi
Founder-Manager, CMS, Lucknow, India

CITY MONTESSORI SCHOOL, LUCKNOW (CMS) is the pioneer in introducing and institutionalizing the concept of Quality Control Circles in Education. The credit goes to its founder manager, Dr. Jagdish Gandhi. It was during his visit to Japan in 1992 that Dr. Gandhi first became aware of Quality Control Circles (QCC) and how Prof. Ishikawa successfully shaped them as formal groups within factories and offices, for the purpose of improving the quality of manufactured goods and services on a continuous basis. The resultant quality revolution firmly established Japan as an economic superpower after the devastation caused by the Second World War.

Dr. Gandhi thought of using Kaizen philosophy of continuous improvement and QCs’ in schools to inculcate quality awareness at a tender age in children, when minds are impressionable and the attitudes can be built. The basic aim was to ‘Catch Them Young’.

He collected literature on Quality Circles and on his return to India, he introduced the idea at the CMS Principal’s meeting. Taking inspiration from Mr. Gandhi, Dr. (Mrs) Vineeta Kamran, Principal, City Montessori School, Kanpur Road, Lucknow sought the help of Mr. P.C.Bihari and Mr. Saomi Das, the QC experts from Indian Railways to start QCs’ in her school.

SQC Jai Jagat at Hong Kong ‘1994’

CMS, with a co-operative and encouraging background, provided rich soil for experimentation. History was created when QC Jai Jagat was inaugurated on 6th August in 1993. It was the world’s youngest and the First Quality Circle at School level and gave its first Case Study Presentation at the Regional Convention on Quality Circles at Lucknow and then went on to win the Most Heart Winning ‘Case Study Award at the National Convention on Quality Circles, Kanpur organized by Quality Circle Forum of India.

After this with the encouragement, blessings and support of Shri Gaur Hari Singhania, Vice President, J.K. Organization, Kanpur, Late Dr. R.C.Agarwal, President, Quality Circle Forum Of India, it was no looking back for CMS, nothing could have been achieved without their help and each mile stone achieved by CMS in the field of QC in Academics speaks volumes of their active and whole hearted support.

The overwhelming performance by QC Jai Jagat helped them to achieve entry and participation in the International Convention on Quality Control Circles ’94 Hong Kong. It was for the first time that any student team had participated in the International Quality Circle Convention. The team was bestowed upon the Outstanding Team Award for their CSP on How to Concentrate in Studies.

SQC Jai Jagat at NCQC’95, Sri Lanka

QC Jai Jagat was specially invited by the Quality Circle Association of Sri Lanka for the National Convention on Quality Circles in 1995 at Colombo. The introduction of QCs’ in Education was hailed as a revolutionary development and international ‘QC GURUS’ widely welcomed it in academics.

As the founder of Quality in Education, the school also had the opportunities of sending various student QC delegations at different International Conventions which included (ICQCC’96, Malaysia), (ICQCC’96, Bangkok), (IQCC’98, Mauritius), (ISQFD’98, Australia), (ICQC’99, Mauritius), (ICQCC’99, Philippines), (ICSQCC’2000, Mauritius), (ICQCC’2000, Singapore), (icsqcc’2002, kentucky, USA), (ICQC’ 2002, Mauritius), (WQC’ 2002, Harrogate, U.K.), (ICQC’2003, Tokyo, Japan), (NCQC, Mauritius, 2004), (ICQC’ 2004, Bangkok), (ICSQCC’ 2004, Bangladesh), (NCQC’ 2006, Mauritius), (ICSQCC’ 2006 Sri Lanka) and (ICQC’ 2007, China), (ICSQCC'2008 Turkey), (ICQCC’ 2008 Bangladesh), (ICSQCC'2010, Nepal), (APQO'2011,Singapore), (ICSQCC' Mauritius), (APQO 2012, Sri Lanka), (NCSQC'2012 Nepal), (APQO'2013 Bali, Indonesia), (ULEAD Annual Congress 2014, Turkey), (ICSQCC'2014, London) , ICCSQC-2015, Mauritius), (ICSQCC-2016, Mauritius), (ICQC-2016, Bangkok).

History of ICSQCC

To propagate the Quality Circle Philosophy amongst the students world wide CMS hosted the first International Convention of Students’ Quality Control Circles (ICSQCC) in 1997.

1st ICSQCC’ 1997

To inculcate interest among the students the organisers of ICSQCC’97 introduced many streams like Paper Presentation, Circle Presentation, Collage, Debate, Poster and Slogan Making, Skit Presentation and Quality Quiz. The students, delegates participated in each stream with great enthusiasm and vigour.

2nd ICSQCC’ 1999

The 2nd ICSQCC was again held at CMS in 1999 and proved to be a landmark in the history of QCC movement. It strongly underlined the need to empower the students so that they could find solutions to their problems, develop analytical skills and channelise their creative potentials in order to meet the challenges of the new millennium.

After the success of the 2nd ICSQCC 99, Mauritius took the host flag for organising the 3rd ICSQCC under the umbrella of the International Productivity Council (IPC) and City Montessori School, Lucknow, India.

3rd ICSQCC’ 2000, MAURITIUS

The event provided an excellent opportunity to meet each other for exchanging experiences and ideas and establishing communication links for mutual benefit in bringing about quality improvement. Incidentally, the Ministry of Education has made SQCs’ compulsory in all government aided schools in Mauritius.

4th ICSQCC’ 2001, INDIA

During the year 2001, the fourth ICSQCC was organised by CMS with the participation of 2500 delegates representing 14 countries from all around the world.

5th ICSQCC’ 2002, Kentucky, USA

The Fifth International Convention On Students’ Quality Control Circles, was organised by Scott County Schools at Kentucky, USA, during June, 2002 with CMS as a supporting organisation. The Mayor of Georgetown, USA, Mr. Everette Varney honoured the founder manager of CMS, Mr. Jagdish Gandhi by presenting him with the “Key to the City of Georgetown”, during the 5th International Convention On Students’ Quality Control Circles and acknowledged him as a “true visionary and that his light has helped many children and educators to see the way for continuous improvement”. The convention was indeed the outcome of the meticulous planning and the dedicated efforts of team which must have spent several months and days to make it a grand success. It was an extremely rewarding and enriching experience for all the participants.

5th ICSQCC’ 2002, Kentucky, USA

The Fifth International Convention On Students’ Quality Control Circles, was organised by Scott County Schools at Kentucky, USA, during June, 2002 with CMS as a supporting organisation. The Mayor of Georgetown, USA, Mr. Everette Varney honoured the founder manager of CMS, Mr. Jagdish Gandhi by presenting him with the “Key to the City of Georgetown”, during the 5th International Convention On Students’ Quality Control Circles and acknowledged him as a “true visionary and that his light has helped many children and educators to see the way for continuous improvement”. The convention was indeed the outcome of the meticulous planning and the dedicated efforts of team which must have spent several months and days to make it a grand success. It was an extremely rewarding and enriching experience for all the participants.

6th ICSQCC’ 2003, INDIA

Again the Sixth International Students’ Quality Control Circles, was organised by CMS during 16th to 19th December, 2003 in collaboration with QCI International, USA as a supporting organisation. The theme of this convention was “QCC IN ACADEMICS: Education for Head and Soul” under the aegis of QCI International, USA and Quality Circle Forum of India. All the delegates praised CMS for the global belief of World Parliament for Global Peace and Unity.

7th ICSQCC’ 2004, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

The 7th International Convention on Students’ Quality Control Circles was successfully organised by the Bangladesh Society of Total Quality Management at Dhaka, Bangladesh from 17th to 19th December 2004 in collaboration with the City Montessori School, Lucknow. The Convention aimed at focusing the spotlight on the need for adopting QCCs as an integral part of academics. It strongly underlined the need to empower the students so that they can find solutions to their problems, develop analytical skills team work, channelise their creative potentials and develop a win-win attitude in order to meet the demands of the next millennium.

8th ICSQCC’ 2005, INDIA

The 8th ICSQCC held during 2nd to 5th December, 2005 by CMS, was another great success. As many as 2500 delegates from 20 counties participated in this convention which included USA, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Iran, Qatar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nigeria, U.K., Kuwait, Germany, Nepal, Bangladesh, Turkey, Philippines, Hong Kong, Switzerland and India.

9th ICSQCC” 2006, COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

The 9th ICSQCC was yet another landmark in the QCC movement which was organised, inspite of all odds, after the tragic incident of Tsunami which had rocked Sri Lanka completely.

10th ICSQCC,2007

The 10th International Convention On Students’ Quality Control Circles (ICSQCC) was organised at City Montessori School, Kanpur Road Campus, Lucknow, India, from 28th November to 1st December, 2007. It was organised under the aegies of Quality Circle Forum of India and World Council For Total Quality and Excellence In Education. The 10th ICSQCC celebrated a decade of Quality and Excellence, with its very inception during the year 2007.

The opening programme organised on the 28th evening, took off with a flying start on the arrival of the Chief Guest, Prof. Mary Stuart, Dy. Vice Chancellor, Kingston University, London. Over 2500 delegates participated at the convention to celebrate the DECADE OF QUALITY CIRCLES IN EDUCATION with the launch of the 1st ICSQCC way back in 1997.

Participants at ICSQCC-2007 with Prof. Mary Stuart Dy. Vice Chancellor, Kingston University, London, U.K.

World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education

Chairman

Dr. Jagdish Gandhi

Founder Manager
City Montessori School
Lucknow, India

Vice Chairman

Dr. Syed Ali

Retd. Professor
The John Hopkins University
USA

Executive Director

Dr (Mrs) Vineeta Kamran

Principal
City Montessori School
Lucknow, India

Executive Director

Mrs. Archana Behari

Incharge, Training
International QC Academy
CMS, Lucknow, India

Executive Director

Mr. Andre Lim

Chief Executive Officer
Quality System Training &
Consulting Pte. Ltd., Singapore

Executive Director

Ms. Shi Huey

Managing Consultant
Quality System Training &
Consulting Pvt. Ltd, Singapore

Dr Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, President & Chief Operating Officer

Advisor

Dr. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

President & Chief Operating Officer
City Montessori School,
Lucknow, India

Advisor

Mr. A.M.M. Khairul Bashar

President, BSTQM
Bangladesh

Advisor

Prof. Dinesh Chapagain

Chairman
QUEST
Nepal

Advisor

Prof. Mary Stuart

Vice Chancellor
University of Lincoln
U.K.

Advisor

Prof. J.J. Bonstingl

President
Bonstingl Leadership
Development, USA

Advisor

Dr. Bro. Thomas Thanickal

Ex Principal
Cambridge School
Cuttack, India

Advisor

Ms. P. Mangalika De Silva

President
Sri Lanka Association
for Quality, Sri Lanka

Advisor

Mr. S.B. Purohit

Secretary
QCFI
Delhi Chapter

Director General

Mr. David Hutchins

Principal, David Hutchins
International Quality College
UK

Director General

Mr. Abdul Wahid Mir

Principal
Modernage School
Pakistan

Director General

Dr. Hayal Koksal

Founding President Association for
Innovative Collaboration (YIMEDER)
Turkey

Director General

Mr. Madhukar Narrain

Chairman
MSQCC
Mauritius

Director General

Mr. Herath P. Kularathne

Chief Secretary
Sabaragamuwa Province
Sri Lanka

Director General

Prof. M.R. Kabir

Pro Vice Chancellor
University of Asia Pacific
Bangladesh

Director General

Mr. David Crawford

Director
Quality Strategies International (QSI)
South Africa

Director General

Mr. Shan Ruprai

Chairman
Australian Institute of
Business Improvement

Director General

Mr. Nirajan Adhikari

President
QUEST
Nepal

Director General

Mr. Majed Al Alali

Head, Education Affairs
Ministry of Education
Kuwait

Director General

Mr. Peter Wong

Quality Consultant
Hong Kong

Co-Director General

Mr. Mohundas Teeluck

Founder Director, International
Council for Physically & Mentally
Challenged SQC, Mauritius

Co-Director General

Mrs. Chandrani Goonathilake

Quality Consultant
Sri Lanka

Co-Director General

Mr. Jeff Dewar

President
Quality Digest
USA

Co-Director General

Ms. Ladyana Zoraya Abdullah

Chief Technical Officer & Vice President
of Research and Development, Brainy Bunch
International Montessori, Malaysia

Coordinator
(U.K. & European Union)

Mr. Christopher Ford

Kingston University
U.K.

Coordinator
Australia & New Zealand

Mrs. Shani Ruprai

M.D. Divine Care Pty. Ltd.
Australia

Regional Director (Gujarat)

Mrs. Kalpana Joshipura

Principal
Kalarav School
Halol, Gujarat

Regional Director (NTPC)

Dr. D.K. Sinha

Principal
DAV Public School
NTPC, Dadri

Regional Director (Gurgaon)

Mrs. Rupa Chakravorty

Principal
Suncity World School
Gurgaon

Regional Director (M.P.)

Mrs. Tina Olyai

Director
Little Angels High School
Gwalior

Regional Director (Uttarakhand)

Mr. B.N. Saxena

Quality Consultant
Haridwar

Regional Director (Madurai)

Mrs. Selvi Santosham

Head-Admin, Lakshmi Vidya
Sangham TVS Schools
Madurai, T.N.

Regional Director (Punjab)

Mrs. Gulshan Kaur

Principal
Doraha Public School
Doraha, Punjab

Regional Director (Faridabad)

Ms. Madhuri Parti

Director
Sri Ram New Horizon
Gurgaon

Regional Director (U.P. East)

Ms. Madhu Agarwal

Chairperson
Sagar Group of Institute
Barabanki, U.P.

Regional Director (Noida)

Ms. Neetu Kapoor

Principal
G.D. Goenka Public School
Noida

DECADE OF QUALITY & EXCELLENCE

Participants from various countries at International Convention on Students’ Quality Control Circles at CMS Lucknow

Hong Kong at 1st ICSQCC’97
Australia at 2nd ICSQCC’99
Srilanka at 3rd ICSQCC’01
Mauritius at 3rd ICSQCC’01
USA at 3rd ICSQCC’01
Nepal at 3rd ICSQCC’01
Turkey at 6th ICSQCC’03
Hong Kong at 6th ICSQCC’03
Nepal at 6th ICSQCC’03
Mauritius at 8th ICSQCC’05
Hong Kong at 8th ICSQCC’05
Sri Lanka at 8th ICSQCC’05
U.K. at 10th ICSQCC’07
Turkey at 10th ICSQCC’07
Sri Lanka at 10th ICSQCC’07
Bangladesh at 10th ICSQCC’07

GLIMPSES: PARTICIPANTS AT ICSQCCs

Participants at ICSQCC-2009 with Right Honourable Sir Anerood Jugnauth President of the Republic of Mauritius
Participants at ICSQCC-2011 with Honourable Mahiepala Herath Chief Minister, Sabaragamuwa Province, Srilanka
Participants at ICSQCC-2013 with H.E. Mr. W.J.M. Lokubandara Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province, Srilanka
Participants at ICSQCC-2015 with Hon’ble A.P. Bhanu Munipriya Education Minister of Sabaragamuwa Province, Srilanka

WE DREAMT, WE DARED, WE DID

The CMS at Kanpur Road Branch has a fully functional student’s QC Academy affiliated to QCI International, USA which regularly conducts QC Training Programmes, integrated with TQE (Total Quality In Education) at National and International Levels. It has established QC’s at various schools in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and Bangladesh besides various schools in India, under the ongoing Training modules of the QC Academy.

Mr. Donald L. Dewar, Chairman, QCI International, USA
Conducting Training Programme at International SQC Academy, CMS , Lucknow
Participants at the Educational Technology Development Programme
at International SQC Academy, CMS Kanpur Road Campus, Lucknow

The amazing effectiveness and success of QCs’ in educational institutions led to the formation of such QCs in China, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, SriLanka, and other countries.

Kirawee High School Australia
Nee Ann Polytechnic Singapore

CMS INITIATIVES WITH KINGSTON UNIVERSITY, UK

DR. (MRS) Vineeta Kamran and Mr. P.C. Bihari, Hon. Director were invited by Prof. Stuart Mary, Dy. Vice Chancellor, Kingston University and Prof. Richard Ennals, Chairman, World Council For Education in World Citizenship and Board member, UK National Commission for UNESCO, to deliver GUEST lectures at the Kingston University and Hampton Community College, London.

The visit proved to be a great success and led to a greater collaboration between City Montessori School, Lucknow and World Council For Education in World Citizenship.


The Council for Education in World Citizenship intend to open a new office at City Montessori School Kanpur Road Campus, Lucknow. Links between CEWC and CMS, Lucknow date back to 1974, when Mr. Jagdish Gandhi, founder manager of CMS, Lucknow, organised a conference in London with assistance from CEWC. Today CEWC co-ordinates the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network in Education for International Cooperation and Peace, in the UK. The dedication, dynamism and leadership of Prof. Richard Ennals has strengthened the Network and this is growing wider day by day.

CMS at ICQM, Tehran, Iran

Innovative Representation of CMS at International Conference of Quality Managers (Icqm), Tehran, Iran

Dr. (Mrs) Vineeta Kamran, Principal, City Montessori School, Kanpur Road Campus delivered a KEYNOTE ADDRESS at the 8th International Conference of Quality Managers (ICQM), the largest quality conference of the world with five thousand attendees, broadly supported by 45 international and national quality organizations from 35 countries at Tehran from July 14-18, 2007. It was organised by the Iranian Society of Quality Managers (ISQM), with the theme, “Quality Managers and the Management Challenges in the 21st Century” under the dynamic leadership of Mr. Hesam Kashfi.

The theme of Dr. Kamran’s address was “Transforming Education: Towards Developing Total Quality Persons”, which emphasises the crux of the philosophy of City Montessori School, Lucknow. Her presence in Iran was a historic event and the large audience of about 4230 adjudged her as one of the THREE best speakers in both the sessions during the conference.

City Montessori School, Lucknow and the World Council For Total Quality and Excellence In Education, look forward to developing more and more associates and collaborations towards the spread of Quality for World Peace and Total Quality Management in Education as an Initiative to develop Total Quality Person (TQP). Quaity Enthusiasts and Academicians interested in joining the World Council may write to the WCTQEE head quarters at icsqcc@cmseducation.org for more details.

Contact Us

Dr (Mrs) Vineeta Kamran
Convenor, ICSQCC

City Montessori School, Kanpur Road Campus
Sec- D, LDA Colony, Kanpur Road,
Lucknow- 226 012, India
Phones: +91-522-2435342, +91-522-2435690
Fax No.: +91-522-2435690, +91-522-2638008
Email: icsqcc@cmseducation.org
Website: http://www.cmseducation.org/icsqcc