Walking around the $140 million “smart” campus of Global Indian International School (GIIS) in Punggol, where the classrooms upstairs drip technology and analytics while ground-level processes are so well honed that the place can disperse 92 school buses in six minutes, it is hard to imagine that all this started with a $15 classified advertisement in The Straits Times.

That’s what founder and chairman Atul Temurnikar spent in 2001 as he looked about for a facility to room his idea of a school for the flowering ethnic Indian expatriate community in Singapore.

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