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Indian School Darsait gets ready to celebrate 20th anniversary


From left, Harish Sidhartha, Christopher Joe, Omanakuttan N., Subhash K. Nair and Biju Samuel during the press conference held in the school. Pic: A. R. Rajkumar / TIMES OF OMAN

Muscat: Indian School Darsait (ISD) is all set to celebrate its 20th anniversary at the school auditorium. ISD is one of the most sought after institutions that caters to the need of the wider expatriate Indian community and is one of the pioneer institutions, providing for quality education and character building for the last 20 years.

"This is a major milestone for the school as we reach 20 years," Omanakuttan N., president of the school management committee said in a media briefing. To mark the beginning of the 20th year celebrations, the school will be organising a special function today at 6pm under the patronage of J. S. Mukul, ambassador of India to Oman. Anil Khimji, director, Khimji Ramdas, Tonny George Alexander, chairman of board of directors, Indian schools in Oman and Adeeb Ahamed, chief executive officer at Lulu International Exchange will also be present.

During the function today, the school will felicitate the visionaries and educators who have helped the school grow. The felicitation includes honouring the former presidents of the SMC and also the teachers who have rendered more than 15 years of dedicated service to the institution. "This will be the start of the year long celebrations that we have planned. We have several other innovative programmes that will be held during the next one year and our 20 years of success will be highlighted in every function that we will hold in the school," he explained.

The launch of the new school website and online Digital Campus will be yet another highlight of today's function. ISD was initially set up for the children of the Indian community from Kerala. With 127 students on its rolls in 1992, the school followed the Kerala State Board Syllabus. However, with over 3,000 students currently studying in the school from various Indian states, the school is now affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi (CBSE).

It is worth noting that ISD is the first school outside India to be accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET). "It was not an easy task to receive such a unique affiliation from NABET," said Subhash K. Nair, officiating principal of the school. "We have utilised the maximum resources and its efforts in extending quality support to the less privileged," Subash noted.

The senior school building is now owned by the school and the school also has plans to buy the junior school building in future. "We are planning to start a fund raising campaign for this initiative. To buy the senior school building was a major achievement for us and now we are in the process of buying the junior school which is currently located opposite to our main school building in Darsait," Omanakuttan said.

The excellent academic results in Grades X and XII examinations over the years are another testimony to the toil and dedication of the teachers and students alike. According to Omanakuttan, the school has a strategic plan to provide quality infrastructure facilities in the coming years. "We are planning to build an extension so that we can have additional facilities such as extra class rooms, music and art rooms and gymnasium," he said.

The digitisation of administration and academic work through the software package Digital Campus establishes connectivity between the school administration, teachers, students, parents, alumni and mentors through a common ICT platform. The entire processes and procedures of the school like, admission, issue of library books, daily attendance, maintenance of scholastic and co-scholastic assessment records, result processing and analysis can be made easy and effective.

The software will now enable the parents to easily access online, profile of their wards, communication from their wards' teachers and the grades and remarks obtained by their wards in scholastic and co-scholastic areas and fee payment status. "At the outset we would like to thank everyone including the staff and parents who are involved in helping the school grow," Omankuttan added. School management committee members Biju Samuel, Christopher Joe, Harish Sidhartha also attended the media briefing held at the school auditorium.

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