NEXT is a non-profit school committed to making learning more engaging, rewarding and relevant. We are India’s first Big Picture Learning school. NEXT is supported by Marathon Group, a real estate developer in Mumbai, through it’s charitable enterprise – Ramniklal Zaverbhai Shah Trust.
We are a passionate group of educators determined to bring about a much needed upgrade to the current standardised system of schooling. Our team has extensive experience with leading international schools across the city and has recently undergone rigorous training in the US and in Australia by world-renowned thinkers and practitioners. We are united by a common goal – to bring the highest quality educational experience to our children.
CEO, Big Picture India and NEXT
Parmeet is the founder and CEO of Next and also works at Marathon Group. He has been scouring the globe for the best educational models for the last 6 years. He holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MS from Columbia University, USA.
Head of School
Kavita is our Head of School. She brings 12 years of rich IB experience and a strong leadership background from Ecole Mondiale. She is an MA in Art History and is currently pursuing an MA in International Education from University of Bath UK.
Co-Founder, Big Picture Learning
Elliot, who is the co-founder of Big Picture Learning is our coach, mentor and guide. He has been involved in school reform for more than 30 years as a teacher, principal, administrator and writer. He leads Big Picture’s international endeavours and has been working very closely with our team
Radhika has over 16 years of teaching and leadership experience having taught in Mumbai and also overseas in Indonesia. She has founded 2 preschools and an inclusive school in India. She holds an International Montessori diploma, a B.Ed and M.Ed.
Komal has 12 years of experience in education management, training, and counselling. She has founded her own preschools in Surat and has set up early childhood centres for Smartkidz and Zee Learn. She holds an MS in Human Development and Family studies.
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RZ Shah is the founding father of Marathon. Many may know that before he started the business in 1969, he was actually an educationist. He’s had a very deep association with the very first school in Mulund – SMPR. He started as a student, became a teacher, and then the principal, then also became a trustee and president of the trust. For more than 50 years he has had a close relationship with this school, so education runs very deep in his veins. It has been a long standing dream of his to start a school in his hometown, for which he has spared no expense.
“My father, Zaverbhai Shah, came to Mulund in the early 1900s, more than 100 years ago. We are now in the 5th generation after him, all of whom have grown up in Mulund. Mulund is our community, and Mumbai is our homeland. This city, this community means everything to us. So it is with immense gratitude and pride that I’m announcing our biggest social endeavour till date – Next School.” – R.Z. Shah
Mr. Mayur Shah, Managing Director of Marathon Group has over 25 years of rich and varied experience in the real estate and construction industry. He is a civil engineer from the University of Bombay and MS in structural engineering from University of Oklahoma, USA. He is currently the President-Elect of MCHI, the association of real estate developers in Maharashtra and also the Vice President of Jain Jagruti Group.
Mr. Chetan R Shah, Vice Chairman of Marathon Group, has three decades of experience in planning, operations, quality assurance and execution of large projects. He is a B. Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay and M.S in Structural Engineering from the Houston University, USA. He is a past president of Lions Club Mulund and the current president of JITO, the Jain International Trade Organisation.