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Leadership and Governance

President of the School

Yashodhara S Ghorpade

Mrs. Yashodara. S.Ghorpade was among the first three teachers of the Sandur Residential School at its inception. She has since advised the school and has been instrumental towards its excellence and ethics.  

She has done her BA in English, Psychology and Marati from Karnataka University and B.Ed in English and Social studies from Annamalai University and MA in English from Karnataka University.

In 1970, she was associated with the initiation and establishment of the Deepika Nursery School and the Deepayan English School which is a school at Hospet with classes from 1 to 10 with responsibility for administrative functions and academic supervision as the President of the Association and the Principal of the School. 

She was the Principal for Sandur Girls’ Residential School for more than a decade from 1991 to 2013 and is currently the Director.


Director of the School

Bahirji. A. Ghorpade 

Bahirji. A. Ghorpade an alumni of Sandur Residential School has been Director of Sandur Residential School since 2020. In addition to which he holds the post of Managing Director of The Sandur Manganese & Iron Ores Limited.

He is a commerce graduate with specialization in finance from Christ University, Bengaluru and holds a master’s degree in Finance and Management from Cranfield University, United Kingdom. He has completed his Company Secretary Executive Program from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. 

He is driven and passionate to take the school to greater heights of learning. He understands the nuances of running the school and is actively involved in its academic and administrative functions. Being an alumnus of the school, he manoeuvres through its tasks and decisions with ease and precision. 

His vision is to imbibe the pillars of education and provide the best teaching and infrastructure facilities for an all round development for the students and make them good citizens of the world. 


Principal of the School

Lt Col Avnish Kumar Tyagi 

Lt Col Avnish Kumar Tyagi brings with him a wealth of experience, having dedicated over 30 years to the field of education in various capacities such as Instructor of Maths and Science and Warfare at various Army Training Institutes, Head of Department of Bhutanese Language,  Secretory and Advisor  to Chairman of Army Schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas,  and Principal of various Residential Schools. He holds a PhD in Education, an MA in Education, MSc in Mathematics from Rajasthan University  and additional qualifications in Foreign Language studies from  esteemed Institutions like School of  Foreign Languages, New Delhi and Foreign Languages Wing, AEC Training College and Center, Pachmarhi.

Prior to joining Sandur Residential School,  Lt Col Avnish Kumar Tyagi has served in leadership roles as Principal-Director of  Sainik School, Nabha, Principal of Sanskriti The School, Ajmer for 10 years, Principal of Rashtriya Military School, Ajmer for 03 years and 06 months, Instructor of Maths at  Army Cadet College, Dehradoon, Instructor of Science and Warfare and GSO-1 at Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and Instructor of Maths at RIMC Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Including above Instructional Appointments and Leadership Roles, he has served in Army Educational Corps of Indian Army for 20 Years from Jun, 1993 to Oct, 2013.

He has dedicated his entire life for the school education with specialisation in Residential Schools  and training school students to join National Defence Academy and other Leadership Training Institutes. He specialises in the field of Personality Development of the Students and building their Character. “Character is the Highest Virtue” is his guiding factor in life.