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Fr. Vijumon T. Choorackal, Principal Don Bosco, Paliaghat

Dear Ms. Salony,

I have attended and attend a number of such on going formation sessions or training programmes. I often put off myself soon the sessions begin - I know it already attitude. However, I was very attentive to everything you said. Firstly because you spoke sense and sensibility rooted in the realities of a Salesian Teacher. Secondly, your presentation was quite unlike others. I felt from the very beginning that you were not here to sell yourself rather with concern and with a mission.

The first projection you had on the wall was ‘Connecting .... This is what exactly we teachers miss in our day-to-day teaching; and you have brought it so clearly throughout you sessions how that alone can win a child, build a child, mould a child, give a sense of purpose for a child, .... Madam, believe all I have said .... because I have spoken from my heart and I mean every word I have said. You have been really wonderful, down to earth with practical application.

Thank you and God bless you. I hope and pray that you would visit our school again.

Fr. Johnson Parackal, Executive Director, Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati

Dear Ms. Salony Priya,

Congratulations and thank you for the wonderful presentation today on the theme - New Leadership Skills for 2lst Century to the participants of the 5th National Conference on Education, organized by Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati.

I have no doubt that the participants of this National Conference have truly benefited by your dynamic, highly inspiring and motivating presentations on how to become true leaders, councilors and mentors of children/youth with the much needed skills to lead them to a fascinating, challenging but promising world.


Suvina Shunglu, Principal, Shri Shri Academy, Kolkata

Thank you for inviting us to be a part of the Seminar on Education.I really thought it was time well spent. The participation and arrangement were excellent. Your choice of topics for the Panel Discussions were well thought of and provided an insight into the different stake holders in education. I would specifically like to compliment you on the versatility of your speakers who spoke both with experience and honesty.You have a thorough knowledge of your subject and are a force for positive change in schools. All the best for your good work.

Bratati Bhattacharya, Chief Academic Officer, Techno India, Kolkata

Dear Ms. Salony Priya,

We on behalf of the Techno India Group Public Schools and Techno Model Schools would like to extend our heartiest thanks to you for taking out time to share your extertise with our teachers.

The workshop would help them in their future projects and effective class management.

We would like to keep in touch with you for future 'Workshops'.


Amrita Burman, Deputy Director, Sunbem Group Of Educational Institutions, Nepal

It is thanks to our interaction with Ms. Salony Priya and takeaways from her session that each of us at Sunbeam Schools have understood how to aid personal and social development of students appropriate to developmental stages. All educators at Sunbeam Schools are now in a position to counsel students and if required their families on how to foster growth in the students' self esteem, in taking up individual responsibility, and in skills such as decision making and social skills and to provide appropriate interventions to assist students with school related problems and issue.

Our association with Ms. Salony Priya has been enriching and has enhanced our outlook towards schooling and schools.

Nabarun De, Secretary, ASISC, West Bengal Chapter

In last last decade the school fraternity of Kolkata has learnt more about a Child’s Psychological Sensitivity and Remedy than ever before.

As the Head of a School and also the Secretary of the Association of Schools for the ISC, West Bengal Chapter I fully credit Psychologist par excellence, Mrs. Salony Priya for bringing this welcome awareness.


Joyce Anderson, A.G.Church School, Asansol

Dear Salony Mam,

I offer my sincerest thanks for your invaluable discourse which has greatly impacted our teachers. You have delved into the psyche of young children and your views have enlightened and enlivened us. Your advice that 'responsible discipline engage both mind and heart' should be an important notion to be followed by all Teachers. Ensuring discipline with dignity seems imperative and the visual presentation of Mark Thackeray as a teacher is an effective testimonial to such an idea.

Two other very relevant thoughts have been introduced in your discourse, firstly that a teacher should win over a child with love and compassion and secondly she should also reason the behaviour of a child, where the priorily should be offered to 'ask' and not to 'assume'.

I, being an educationist is sensitive to the issue of educating a child in its truest sense. I possess the firm conviction that your presence and skilful dealing on the issue of instilling discipline and educating a child would help the teachers to reassess their responsibilities. The connotation of education has received a broader dimension through you discussion.

The Assembly of God Church School Asansol would adopt your views to usher in a more favourable and positive trend in educting a child. I am also contemplating on introducing postoral conselling and simultaneously ensure that each teacher can become a counsellor.

I believe in the Creator God who has created us in a unique manner, will surely guide us to help the students to be human being in a true sense. Hoping to meet you again. God bless you!

Reema Mukharjee, Consultant Psychiatrist, Crystal Clinic

It has made the work of mental health professeionals like me, who work with school children, a lot easier having you as teacher counsellor cum liasion psychologist.

With your unlimited energy and enthusiasm, optimism and willingness to bring about a change in the mindset of the school authorities and parents and making them psychologically aware, you have made a diiference in an area that sorely needed it The schools that you are associated with have definitely got a better insight about a child's psychological make up, problems that a school going child may have such as ADHD, LD, and the various emotional and behavioural problems.

As a result when a child from such a school is referred to us, we know that we will get full cooperation from that school. Unfortunately this is not the situatiuon in mostt of the other schools in Kolkata. I hope that our association will grow from strength to strength and we continue our efforts to make this city have a more child friendly education system and schools.


Sister-IVY, Principal, Carmel School, Durgapur

Mrs. Salony Priya, a counselling Psychologist and educational consultant in Kolkata had conducted an Orientation for parents at Carmel School, Gurunanak Road, Durgapur - 5, on the 5th of December 2009, in two groups at 'Srijani' auditorium, Durgapur.

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Seema Sapru, Principal, The Heritage School, Kolkata

Salony Priya has been associated with The Heritage School since its inception and has been instrumental in projecting a child/parent friendly image of the school. Her very calm and pleasant disposition helps children do away with inhibitions and open their heart out to her. Her dedication to her profession is exemplary; she is destined to go places. My best wishes to her!


D.P. Galstaun, Director, St. Karen’s High School, Patna

You led them on to realize that their individual lutes of education was a worthy instrument fitted with a stream of variegated strings which required to be handled adeptly to conjure or up a presentation that should hold their audience with rapt attention every time they entered the realms of the classroom! You were a virtuoso at your best; making them realize that many of them required to adjust their strings.

H. K. Chaudhary, Visionary educationist & philanthropist, Founder Trustee, Kalyan Bharti Trust, The Heritage School, Kolkata

We have been in touch for about 15 years and I have found in you an exceptional personality, full of devotion and affection for helping the teachers and parents for better handling their children's issues. It is a great work for the society of Kolkata you are doing. Your Continuous growth in your chosen field is also visible. I have also found you a highly cultured, always smiling with a pleasant personality. May God give you a healthy and long life.


Fr. Joseph, Principal, St. Paul's School, Rourkela

This is to extend my sincere thanks to Mrs. Salony Priya for making it to Rourkela for conducting the two day workshop for the teachers of ICSE Schools. The response was very good and the teachers have gained a lot from their interactions with you and your team. On behalf of the Association of ICSE Schools, I would like to congratulate you for the wonderful mission that you have taken up in bringing awareness among teachers about the need to be more counselors too. I wish that more and more teachers listen to you and make the education of children a happy one today.

Meenakshi Atal, Founder Headmistress & Vice Principal, The Heritage School

Salony Priya has been associated with The Heritage School since its inception in 2001. The Heritage School shares a very special relationship with her in view of its consistent growth towards being a school with a difference and one that makes a difference. Our other pilot programmes - be it with Life Skill Training, Study Skills, Leadership Training for children, or continuous Teacher Training programmes, training teacher Mentors, in the school have all been designed by her. She has helped to conceive the school's pioneering effort in setting up a Parenting Platform.


Indrani Sanyal, Principal, DPS Megacity

A true professional Salony Priya, as a Psychologist and HR trainer has a long association with DPS Megacity. She has contributed most usefully in guiding the students, teachers and parents to create a positive environment in the school. Her dynamism is reflected in her warmth and genuineness. We value her constant support and co-operation. Wish her all the success in her life.

S.L. Daga, Trustee Lions Education Trust, Director Avani Constructions, Kolkata

I have known Ms. Salony Priya, consultant & counseling psychologist for over seven years and have no hesitation in saying that she has played a key role for making Lions Greater Vidya Mandir what it is today, and educational institution of excellence.


Suraj Tamang, Principal, Sacred Heart School, Matigara, Siliguri.

Dear Salony Maam,

Thank you very much for making yourself available for the staff and students of Sacred Heart School, Matigara, Siliguri, for the two days (15th and 16th November 2016) sessions. The counseling sessions for teachers made them realize to be better educators and students could set their path for future by self realization Your counselling sessions are meant for the hearts of the people. when a heart is transformed the mind gets better direction Though to consider heart to control a mind would sound wearied for a psychologist But what I believe is "Heart of the education is education of hearts."

Therefore to deliver heart to heart education a beautiful heart is required, who other than you could be the best to transform any ones heart as you bear the most beautiful one. Mother — as regarded by most of the sudents in their feedback forms prove that the level at which you relate to them and understand each one of them is simply awesome.

Teacher's competency of teaching a subject in the class rooms is no more relevant if one fails to understand the students as a subject and relate to them as per their level of cognitive development, EQ and RQ(or SQ). Therefore, training the teachers to build compassionate hearts and make them realize the statement of a student — "if I dont learn the way you teach, please teach me the way I learn" is a challenge well shorted by Ummeed under your able leadership Maam. The amount of research and hard work put in by the organization in understanding the need of education for the modern circumstances have always attracted many educators to be with you for any time possible.

I consider myself lucky to receive training many a times since 2009 from you Ma'am, which has definitely helped me a lot in understanding myself in dealing with children. I hope you have considered me as one of your obedient students too. With hope to see you soon and best wishes to you and your team for making a difference In the field of Education in our country, I on behalf of students and staff extend heartfelt gratitude towards the most memorable and fruitful time spent here at Sacred Heart.

Pankaj Kumar Shaw, Teacher of DAV Model School

Dear Madam

Hope you remembered me! This is Pankaj Kumar Shaw. I met you last year in DAV Model School, Durgapur. It was a crucial time because I was dying as a teacher. But, meeting with you completely changed me as a teacher. I have resolved now that as long as I survive, I will survive as a proud teacher. You really touched a heart and changed his life as a teacher. You are really a Massiah ! In the mean time, there is a good news, now I have got a government job in a school in Chandannagar. Last week, I attended one workshop in Kolkata which was a good experience, it reminded me of you. But I have a regret. I want to attend more of your workshop which had not happened since the last time. Please let me know if I can attend your workshop in future.

Thank you once again for your immense contribution in my life as a teacher.


C.A. Sullivan, Principal of Julien Day School

Dear Madam,

At the very outset I take the opportunity to thank you for conselling to conduct the workstops with the two sets of parents of our school on Saturday, September 10, 2016. As mentioned earlier, and again on Whatsapp. I would like to reaffirm that your workshop was a grand success, For the first time our parerts we’e exposed to a workshop such as this. To be honest, initially they did have some self doubts but al the end of each workshop, the parents tell thorougly satisfied and gratefu for such timely advise, information and guidance communicated to them in a lucid and succinct manner.

We do look forward to seemg you more often on o premises as far as counselling is concerned. We truly have faith and trust - UMMEED you and your team. Please do convey the above to your team as well.

Meenakshi Atal, Vice-Principal of The Heritage School

“Salony my dear, your sessions are always very engaging and focused. All who attend always take back lots of ideas. Thank you for being a think tank, a guide, counsellor, guru.


Sr. Phyllis, Principal of Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School

Respected Madam,

I would like to appreciate the good work carried out by you and Ummeed. Your Efforts in the field of Teacher empowerment, workshops for parents and student development programs seems quite fruitful and effective. I would like to place on record that Ms. Salony Priya is a phenomenal motivational speaker who enthralled our teachers at a workshop on High impact teaching techniques to our staff on 22th Aug 2015. The Teachers found her very down to earth, Pragmatic and realistic. Wishing you all the best for your future endeavors.

Ms. Parasuraman, Principal of MLZS Howrah

Dear Salony,

Thank you for conducting an interactive and need of the hour session with my parents and teachers. As a new and progressive school you are of aware of the challenges we are facing in all areas and I am sure you would appreciate our need to update and upgrade our skills to take the institution to greater heights. I once again sincerely thank you for your support. Looking forward to our partnership.


Sister Una, Senior Teacher of Mt. Carmel Sr. Section School

A Visionary is a leader of excellence who sees what others do not see, who achieves for now and plans for the future, who positively imparts different generations and raises up other visionaries.” These words most aptly describe the visionary we have amongst us today, Mrs. Salony Priya, our resource person. The world need more visionaries like you to lead the way to more optimistic and promising times for our future generations. The seminar has been extremely insightful. Your words have definitely given us food for thought and we hope to become catalysts for bringing about the much needed paradigm shift in building a progressive society. We are grateful to you for energizing us by sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience. Your accomplishments in the field of youth development by empowering and enabling them using positive psychology, introducing revolutionary changes in the field of teaching and, advocating better parenting techniques are awe inspiring. Just as your touched and transformed the thoughts and lives of thousands, you have definitely ignited a positive spirit amongst us. We wish you continued success in your endeavours in transformations at the grass roots which will go a long way in sustaining perpetuating developments.

Mr. Philips, Vice Principal of Holy Angels School, Rajpura

“Salony Priya touched our hearts today and I could not leave the session for a minute, comprehensive, crisp, to the point, hilarious, and truly inspiring. God be with her, Many educators need her.”


Amiya Ranjan Sanyal, Senior Deputy Director of School Education Deptt. Govt. of W.B

Dear Mrs. Salony Priya,

Feeling delighted to know your achievements in the field of education for the last four years. Its also an impetus to me to know how a sapling which was sown four years back is now a full blossomed tree giving an oasis to millions & millions of people who have thirst for knowledge & wisdom. Your association on behalf of UMMEED with me is really a gala experience in my journey of life.

Rajni Shekhar, Principal of D.B.M.S English School

My association with Ummeed and Salony Priya has been long. I have attended various workshop conducted by her for leaders, teachers and students. She has conducted sessions for my teachers on discipline by design and motivation and many students’ issues like angermanagement, bullying etc.
I have been attending the basic counseling skills workshop forthe past six months. It has truly been an enriching experience. It has helped me to introspect and develop a deeper insight into myself. It has equipped meto be an effective listener and pickup nonverbal signals and understand then spoken word of students and faculty members. I have developed more a nonjudgmental style of leadership. Enabling me to understand the psyche of students. I have been able to better understand issues of adolescents and the students can understand that l am there for them. A hope to be a good pastoral guide and to be able to touch and offer support to students and adults. Salony Priya and her team at Ummeed are doing wonderful job. May their tribe increase.


Toshika Aadhar, Teacher of The Sanskaar Valley School

Dear Ma’am

l’am indeed happy to hear the good news of the work you are doing. I believe you are doing wonders in motivating, guiding, and walking hand in hand with student and parent community. This is actually the need of the hour as the competition is so much prevalent from early classes, and not to forget the severe cut throats at senior and competitive levels too. The stress is so well judged and managed by you ma’am. The people who are in your fold are indeed lucky to be a part of a system who is so professional, yet caring and loving.

Bhaswati Biswas, President of Soroptomist International of South Kolkata

Dear Salony Madam,

Greetings from Soroptimist International of South Kolkata! On behalf of the members of SI South Kolkata I take this opportunity to offer my sincere gratitude to UMMEED for a successful counselling session by Ms Kasturi Mukherjee and Ms Urbi Chatterjee on 8th March 2014 at Ashoka Niketan, a home for the senior citizens in Raj pur Sonarpur. ‘Initiate Change’ was the Theme for International Women’s Day and after the session the residents said they felt good starting a new lease of life here at the Home making new friends and sharing their lives and experiences with one another. The members also felt tremendously uplifted at the end of the evening. We look forward to your support and cooperation in the future.


Mr. Nigel Michael DSouza, Principal of St. Patricks Higher Secondary School

"Hope in life can heal, can enable and can empower everyone”. The session conducted by Ms. Salony Priya, Founder Director - UMMEED — Positive Living Initiative, with the teachers of St Patrick’s Higher Secondary School and St Vincent’s High and Technical School, Asansol, re—kindled this sense of hope in the hearts of the teachers who attended this session. The calling of a teacher has become more difficult and challenging in the present times. This daylong session with Ms. Salony Priya invited us to view our profession as a celebratory picnic on a hill-side from which we can savour the gratifying achievements of the ‘already’ and have a glimpse of the unfolding mystery of the ‘not yet’.

The session was indeed a journey of recollection, introspection and realization of our roles as educators and the possibilities that can be explored to enable and empower the young minds and hearts that are put in our care. From this vantage point between ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’, this enriching session with Ms. Salony Priya will not only help us to look back and celebrate the harvest with gratitude for all that has been but also look forward with enthusiasm and conviction to the beauty of the great unknown that is waiting to be explored and celebrated.

We feel inspired by the beauty of our of session and also greatly motivated to enable and empower our students to walk out into the world with their ‘heads held high’.

Sheetal Bamalwa, Owner of Sheetal Bamalwa

Hi Salony,

I remember you today out of great learning we had as a forum on the 27th of Feb. I had lots to write also on the day I had the learning but it was just a feeling that I had a great learning, guess wasnt enough push for writing to you. Today after less than a fortnight I have a bundle of happy experiences due to the change of understanding in conversing with my kids. I think not Just the family health education, you changed my respective towards life. I think you have a great gift and can bring a lot of change in the society. I have recommended you to lot of my friends. Thanks and all the best for your projects.


Nandini Shukla, Principal of Kerala Samajam Model School

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Mrs. Salony Priya of Ummeed conducted a workshop on ‘Class Room Management and Teacher as a Counsellor’ on 2nd July 2011. The workshop was organized by Pearson Longman and attended by all the teachers of KSMS.
The four hours just flew by as Ms. Salony took the teachers on a journey through the minds of children, the impact that a few words and gestures of a teacher have to make or break a child’s hope for the future.
Comments like ‘The Best Workshop ever attended’ are apt to sum-up the participants’ view. The resource person was the strongest point of the programme.’ said the teachers. The workshop brought forth all learning about emotional changes of students. Things that were taught in B.Ed. but had been lost in the daily humdrum of achieving targets and giving good outcomes.
Her lively, charming personality and heart-to-heart talk enamoured her to all present. She gave simple and fresh solutions to recurring problems that nagged teachers in their day-to-day work. The entire topic though heav was dotted with laughter and positive energy emanating from her words.

Rita Banerjee, Senior Teacher of Carmel High School

What drew me to Umeed was the charisma of its Founder Director Salony Priya. She is a counselling psychologist, teacher, educational consultant and HR trainer. It is only natural that when one begins to write on the completion of a successful year of this powerful organization, one cannot but begin with Ms. Salony Priya, who is an inspiration and possesses the qualities of a remarkable leader. She has the competence, dominance, warmth, likeability and trust worthiness that make for a successful psychologist As the pioneer of a successful organization, she is a motivator who exudes confidence and reflects a high degree of enthusiasm whereby people respond more openly to her passion and dedication to her cause. She is a confident leader, calm, composed and steadfast who inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and the best efforts of her team members. This leader works with an analytical insight keeping her goal dearly in focus.

While working as a teacher trainer with Umeed I have noticed how this organization is commit ted to excellence and is highly proactive in order to achieve excellence in all areas, Umeed has the hallmarks of a dynamic organizational structure. It is made of members who synergise individual competencies. There is palpably good working relationship among its members, a shared mission and a strength that comes from openness, willingness, receptivity, empathy and the humility to learn from others. The team members use their knowledge. skills, and expertise to identify individual needs of its clients while at the same time, sharing a common goal that increases the organizational business productivity.

I have felt in Umeed an environment of accountability and personal responsibility that makes for a successful team. What has impressed me also is the management style of its leader with task allocation, coordination and supervision whereby the system seems to works like a well-oiled machine. It is my conviction that collaboration with Umeed brings to schools special skills. In its mission to empower, energize and enable, Umeed reaches across disciplines to build a better a world. It creates a climate that facilitates a healthy development of adolescents and adult members of society.

It aims to provide opportunities to cultivate the capacity to enjoy life, to be creative, to be able to do things ones own way, to learn to interact with all kinds of people, people of all ages, races, with different interests and lifestyles as well as with people from different economic and cultural backgrounds. Umeed counseling in schools aims for emotional health of youth, enabling them to make meaningful commitments to humanity without losing themselves.

Youth has the potential for all human experience and the adult generation is partly responsible for helping youth to be able to cope with its own problems as well as be able to take on the overall problems of society. The world may never be perfect but a lot can be done. Umeed, with its outstanding skills and remarkable competence has taken the initiative to strengthen the positive forces, to enhance the health of our youth and thus influencing the future of us all. I am proud to be a part of Umeed in its triumph and glory and wish its founder director Ms. Salony Priya and its valued members many prosperous years of service to humanity.

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