Our Sponsor - A Friend, Philosopher and Guide
Ali Judian Al Rashidi, our dignified sponsor, is one of the most sincere men who has devoted his time and energy in his service to education. Born in February 1965, Mr. Rashidi showed interest in science and education throughout his life.
Though he hails from the family of businessmen, his passion for serving the younger generation urged him to open a number of schools in different parts of Kuwait. Al Jaber Local School for children with special needs, Al Jaber School for Paramedics, Indian Educational School, Jleeb Al Shyouk, and Jack and Jill Nursery School, Al Mangaf are the prime institutions that he established to lead the tender budding kids to the world of knowledge. His contribution in the field of education continues, and it will reach its culmination when his wish to establish a private university in the near future (if Allah wills) is materialised. His love for his country and his countrymen is sincere and deep-rooted. His contribution in the field of education is well appreciated as his service to his homeland.
Mr. N. K. Ramachandran Menon
A self-motivated, dynamic, confident person and a man who distinguishes himself by ‘thinking outside the boundaries’, N. K. Ramachandran Menon is the Chairman of Bhavans Kendras and Schools in Kuwait, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Ajman.
Having played various roles as a thought leader, a keen analyst, a thorough administrator, Mr. Ramachandran Menon is spearheading Bhavan’s Middle East expansion in Education and ICT. As a man of principles and values, Mr. Ramachandran Menon shows exemplary enthusiasm to be innovative in providing value based quality education. His visions, ideals, and experience are the real prime movers of IES and other Bhavans Kendras in Middle East.
Mr. Sooraj Ramachandran
Mr. Sooraj Ramachandran is spearheading the group’s Middle East expansion and initiatives of the group, especially initiatives to launch pre schools which will function as feeder schools to all the Bhavans schools in the Middle East in the future as well as initiatives to start programmes for student training for distance and higher education, professional courses and special education. Programmes for teacher training are also part of future plans. A Chartered Accountant by profession with his practice based out of India, Mr.Sooraj did his initial six years of schooling in Indian School Kuwait and the later six years in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Elamakara in Cochin, Kerala. Mr.Sooraj, who is an avid reader and a sports enthusiast, has represented his school and college teams in Cricket, Football and various Track and Field events. Presently, Mr.Sooraj stays in Abu Dhabi with his wife, Dr.Vineetha and two children.
Mr. T. Premkumar
A very passionate, committed and dedicated educator in the Middle East T. Premkumar is known among his students, staff and parents for his administrative and leadership skills. A career spanning over three and a half decade started in some of the finest schools in India and Gulf. A former research assistant with reputed Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic research published a paper on estimation of Uranium in spent fuel and then switched to the profession that is still close to his heart and never looked back. A post graduate in Chemistry with silver medal to his credit from the prestigious Regional College of Education ( now Regional Institute of Education) managed by NCERT, Mysore University, Premkumar has an experience of 36 illustrious years of teaching science in the secondary school and chemistry in the senior secondary school. He joined Bhavan, Kuwait in 2010 as the Principal after serving one of the largest coed schools in Oman as TGT Science, PGT Chemistry, HoD Chemistry department, Vice Principal and Principal of its branch for nearly 28 years. Premkumar is still engaged in teaching chemistry in grade 12 and has to his name a student securing a centum in the CBSE examination in Kuwait. He has brought the best results in the AISSCE during his entire teaching career. The alumnus of Indian School Muscat at Simmons College Boston (USA) voted Premkumar as the best teacher of Chemistry and the university awarded him a letter of commendation. He has attended the international conferences; the conference organized by IIMs and CBSE and thus has trained number of teachers during his career. For his illustrious career, CBSE has appointed Premkumar as the mentor for CBSE schools in UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. He is the coordinator for the CBSE group Mathematics Olympiad and CBSE tele-counselor. Premkumar was also appointed as the CBSE observer for monitoring the evaluation of the evidence of assessment being done at the Indian Learners Own Academy Kuwait. Apart from the routine work, he is actively involved with the Science India Forum Oman and is the Educational advisor for them and now in Kuwait he has been part of the core group that has set up the Science International Forum – Kuwait in 2014.
He has also compiled the book titled “Pinnacle of Science” that is used by the students preparing for the Sastra Prathiba contest in Oman. The Indian Ambassador to Oman has presented an award for his contribution in building scientific temperament among school children through SIF activities. Premkumar has been the convener of Oman Chapter for two consecutive years and he was the coordinator for organizing the ‘Common Gulf Council Examination’ in Oman for three years. The gulf Chemistry Olympiad was introduced in the 90s by Premkumar and is now a regular annual event. Premkumar has written and published articles on topics related to science, examination system and leadership skills. Apart from his academic and administrative excellence, Premkumar has evinced keen interest in sports being himself an outstanding sportsman who has represented the Kendriya Vidyalayas during school days, then the Regional College Mysore and later Indian School Muscat and Glass Designers Muscat. He has encouraged the staff and students in Bhavan to take up sporting activities seriously and the school has excelled in badminton and basketball. For all his outstanding accomplishments in the field of education Premkumar was awarded the most prestigious “CBSE Teacher of the Year Award – 2016”. Premkumar had submitted a paper for the forthcoming VIth International Principals Educational Conference to be held at Nagpur in India and the paper has been accepted with the comments “You weave some basic truth about education and happiness of a child hence the scrutinizing committee has the pleasure of inviting you to present the paper”. Premkumar is the convener of the Kuwait chapter that will host the 30th Gulf Sahodaya principals conference in Chennai in January 2018.
Mrs. Lalitha Premkumar
Mrs. Lalitha Premkumar, a passionate teacher and great public speaker, has 29 years of illustrious teaching and administrative experience. She began her career in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai as a Commerce teacher. Later, moved to Muscat and worked for 22 years teaching grades 3 to 8 and was promoted to the rank of Assistant Vice Principal, during which she had the responsibility of syllabus planning and staff training apart from routine work of administration. She trained teachers in activity oriented teaching and won appreciation from all stakeholders. She spearheaded the CCE program in the primary wing of Indian School Muscat, training the teachers in activity based teaching.
She joined Bhavans Kuwait in the year 2010 and ever since has been working as the Vice principal of the Primary and Kindergarten Wing.
As the Vice Principal she played a key role in developing a positive school climate by ensuring high and consistent performance standards for staff and students, facilitating team growth and constructive change processes. She has trained and inspired many children to become avid readers and speakers. She has also played a stellar role in launching the CBSE international stream in Bhavan and developed the curriculum with her team for all subjects from classes 1 to 5. She has attended the CBSE-i conferences and workshops, and other international conferences organized by the CBSE and has also extended training to the teachers of other schools in Kuwait. She demonstrates commitment to ensure quality education for all students in the primary wing. Her goal is to remain dedicated,resourceful and goal oriented with a strong commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every student.
Mrs. Rathi Ravindran
Trained as a Nursery Teacher from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan – Kochi Kendra, Ms.Rathi Raveendran was absorbed by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan as a Nursery Teacher in 1997 and deputed to IES – Bhavans – Kuwait Kendra as a teacher in 2007. Her dedication and innovative ideas towards teaching propelled her to be the Principal of JACK AND JILL – NURSERY SCHOOL OF BHAVANS IN MANGAF.
She developed an understanding of principles and processes of various aspect of child’s growth and has planned educational activities accordingly. She has attended various workshops conducted by the PROGRESSIVE CURRICULUM MANAGEMENT (PCM) at Kochi.
As an able administrator with a par excellence, she contributed immensely to the field of education and developed a fun-oriented process for tiny little learners. Meticulous and sincere – she has a flair for managing responsibilities with enthusiasm and poise.
Mr. Suresh V. Balakrishnan
Mr. Suresh V. Balakrishnan,
Master of Arts in English (SET) | Master of Arts in Political Science (SET) | Bachelor of Education in English,
Vice Principal (Middle and Senior Section),
Indian Educational School, Kuwait
A passionate teacher, Suresh. V. Balakrishnan is known among his friends and students as an articulate public speaker. A post graduate in English Language and Literature, and in Political Science, Suresh has an experience of 18 eventful years of teaching in various classes from two to twelve. He joined Bhavan, Kuwait in 2008 and has been heading the Department of English in the senior secondary section of this school. He has brought the best results in the AISSCE during his tenure. He is a certified teacher trainer graduated from the Regional Institute of English, Bangalore. He had been in the District Resource Group which trained teachers of English under the aegis of the District Institution of Education and Training, Kasargod, Kerala. He is especially interested in the collaborative classroom transactions, and has conducted workshops for the teachers in this school on different occasions. He is actively involved in organizing KQ Matters, the inter-school quiz competition, GCC Spell Bee, Toastmasters Club for teachers, Gavel Club for students, sessions on handwriting, and in-house training on communicative English. All this brought him the appreciation and honour of being the Best Performer of the year 2013-14. He holds fast to his heart the philosophy that children are born gifted, and it is the responsibility of the society to help them grow.
Mrs. Meenakshi Nayyar
Mrs. Meenakshi Dalip Nayyar M.A. (Geography),B.Ed. is a passionate teacher who has a teaching experience of twenty years in the most reputed schools of Delhi and Kuwait. Having being trained in the concept of Quality Improvement by the Indus Quality Fund, she is a firm believer that quality can never be 100% and it can only be improved. Her philosophy about education doesn’t limit itself to academics. In her opinion, holistic development of young minds takes place only through exposure to various co-curricular activities and hence her association with a number of such activities throughout her career. She was the coordinator of the first KQ Matters in 2010. She played a key role in organizing the MUN for the first time ever by an Indian school in Kuwait. She has also coordinated the environment project for IES, organized by the Big Tree Society in association with UNESCO. Her contribution to various events like Annual day, Founder’s day has been noteworthy. As the Vice Principal of the Co- Curricular Activities, her aim is to ensure the participation of the students in various activities that would showcase their hidden talents.