Muscat: Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir celebrated its 23rd Founders' Day with great enthusiasm and fervour on December 6, 2012.
J. S. Mukul, ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, was the chief guest for the occasion. Sheikh Kanaksi Gokaldas Khimji, a prominent member of the business community in Oman was the guest of honour.
Accompanying him were Gulabsi Ratansi, Sudhir Keshavji, Anil Khimji and Kiran Asher. Harshendu Shah, president of the school managing committee along with its members as well as the members of the board of directors, Indian schools in Oman, members of the Educational Cell of Banyan Merchant Community, other dignitaries, patrons, donors, well-wishers and parents graced the occasion.
Harshendu Shah, in his address to the gathering, reassured all present of the school's commitment to maintain the highest standards of education being imparted.
He appreciated the efforts of the teachers for excellent results in the board examinations.
He also mentioned that everything possible was being done to bring about further improvement of the school in the near future.
Principal Dosapati N. Rao presented the annual report for the academic year 2012-2013. Through a video presentation the school's achievements in the diverse activities were highlighted.
Mukul officially launched the new school website to mark this important occasion. The ambassador also gave away prizes to the meritorious students to honour their remarkable achievements in curricular and co-scholastic activities.
The members of the school's academic and non-academic staff who have completed 10 and 20 or more years of service were honoured.
The ISWK management honoured three of its faculty members; Olivia Abraham (kindergarten) received the prestigious Dr H. L. Vermani award for excellence in teaching. Esmeralda Noronha and David Paul received individual commendation as excellent teachers. The award, instituted in the year 2010, is given to teachers rendering meritorious service to the students of Indian schools in Oman.
Kanaksi Khimji on behalf of the school presented a memento to the chief guest as a token of love and regard. The school managing committee in turn felicitated Kanaksi Khimji for his benevolent, generous and unstinting support to the cause of education, particularly to the Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir right from the time of its inception.
In his address to the august gathering, the chief guest lauded the role of Indian schools in Oman in addressing the developmental needs of the students. He congratulated the students of ISWK for their ability to excel in academic as well as co-scholastic fields.
He exhorted the students to achieve success through hard work and imagination and also set goals for their education in future to be pursued with single-minded devotion and dedication.
He expressed concern over the fact that easy availability of information through the audio-visual media had the propensity to kill the reading habits of the students.
The students of the school staged an impressive cultural programme as a highlight of the function. Echoing the message enshrined in the school's motto — Tamaso ma Jyothirgamaya —from darkness to light, students performed a dance drama choreographed to this eternal theme from the Upanishads.
The celebrations concluded with the harmonious strains of the school choir singing The Winner Takes It All.