Top of the Town: Mr. Vikram Parakash Lamba, MD American Institute of English Language Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Vikram Parakash Lamba, MD American Institute of English Language Pvt. Ltd. with 300+ Centers all across India
Who was your inspiration in Childhood ?
My mother and father were my source of inspiration. They had always encouraged me to do something in life.
Which great leaders from history or your contemporaries influenced your thought process?
I am very much influenced by our great leader Indira Gandhi.
Also Mahatama Gandhi made us understand that “Andolan” can have masses behind a mission which even guns cannot do.
I am also extremely influenced by our current Prime Minister Modi ji and also Kejriwal ji who are honest and dedicated towards country. There should be more people like them.
When did you start working on your ambition?
I actually wanted to join Army as my father was also in Army. But because of some reasons I was not able to join the Army. Then I along with few of my friends started a coaching institute by the name of Oxford. Oxford lasted for sometime but not for very long as my colleagues got jobs and they left.
During that time only I realized that the students are really knowledgeable and the only hindrance in their success is English. So after that, I thought of opening a speaking center for English.
At that time there were literally very few institutes teaching spoken English and they were also teaching like school studies, focusing only on grammar rules and not on spoken part which the child is already learning in school. So such classes were of no use to the students.
I realized this problem and starting researching on the ways to teach them English without telling them the rules by play way method and taking instances from the real life situation.
I really worked very hard and prepared a three months intensive course for English speaking which became a real hit and rest is history.
Franchisee development also happened on its own, when I realized that students are coming to attend the classes from far off places. To ease their learning and avoid wastage of timings, I opened another branch in Hapur and from there our growth story started.
My wife, also joined the company and came up with American Kids.
By Gods grace we are celebrating our 25th year this year.
What do you do in your leisure time i.e. your hobbies?
I am a very inclined toward sports specially cricket. My whole staff plays cricket every Sunday. But I also like playing other sports like badminton.
In my leisure time I love to watch cricket matches on television.
I also like to read books, newspapers, keenly interested in geography though I was a science student. Reader Digest is something I do not give a miss.
I also love to travel a lot specially adventurous trips.
Quick bites of favorites?
- Holiday destination – Hilly areas specially Nainital. I also enjoy going on Adventurous Trips.
- Book – Motivational books, Grammar books
- Movie – I like a lot of movies, but one which I feel is the milestone in the cine world is Sholay
- Food – All Indian food, specially Rajma chawal, kadhi chawal, sarson ka saag and makke ki roti
- Actor – Undoubtedly Amitabh Bachchan
- Actress – Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Deepika padukone
- Singer – Kishore Kumar
- Song – “Ek din bik jayega mati ke mol, jag me rah jayenge pyare tere bol”
What is your fitness regime?
I regularly go to university for almost 10 km run. I jog and do yoga too.
Who all are there in your immediate family?
My wife, my son and my daughter. My wife is the MD of American kids chain of play schools.
How do you maintain work-life balance?
My work is my life. For me work is not actually work. I keep on working and love to work. My family is with me in my work.
Whenever we are back after work we do not discuss work as such and enjoy our family life. We are very happily able to balance our work life.
Who is your best friend and his/her good qualities?
My wife is my best friend. She is full of qualities. She is very sincere towards her work. She works very methodologically and she is much disciplined and patient. She does not gets annoyed when things does not get as planned. She keeps on working in positive direction and finally achieves the goal.
What one thing makes you very angry?
If somebody does not work sincerely and honestly, I feel angry.
I also get irritated by people who look for shortcuts as I feel there are no shortcuts for life.
What one thing makes you very happy?
The moments when my dream comes true are the euphoric moments for me.
Also when I am with my family is my most cherished moment. My brothers are all placed at distant place and whenever we are together, we feel ecstatic and blissful.
What accomplishments of your life you are proud of?
When AIEL received “Best English language Institute of India” by V.V.S. Laxman
What are your contributions to your city Meerut?
I am a teacher and would remain a teacher for whole of my life. The institute that we are running by the grace of God, is having 300+ branches. It is very common for a company in big cities and metros to have braches in small cities but it is very uncommon to have head office in Meerut and braches all across the country and successfully running. I think this is my contribution to Meerut city.
Also my contribution is in the life of all my students and their success which I feel blessed of.
What are your future goals?
Our future goals are to open school in each and every corner of India. We are also planning for schools in future till 8th and slowly upgrading till 12th.
One line that defines you in totality?
My AIEL punch line is “Life will never fail, if you join AIEL”
Also this one punch line I had followed throughout my life –
सीढियाँ उन्हें मुबारक जिन्हें छतों पर जाना है, जिनकी मंजिल है आसमां उन्हें अपना रास्ता खुद बनाना है।