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

Mr. T. Premkumar, Master of Science in Education,
(Regional College of Education – Mysore)
Principal,
Indian Educational School,
Kuwait,
principal@bhavanskuwait.com

T. Premkumar – MSc; Ed (Regional Institute of Education – formerly known as RCE -Mysore) is a post graduate in Chemistry Education from one of the foremost reputed teacher training institutes in India under the NCERT.

A university second rank holder –silver medallist in post-graduation studies went on to join the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research – Kalpakkam (formerly known as Reactor Research Centre) and researched on estimation of Uranium in spent fuel and has a paper to his credit. Later returned to teaching profession and joined Indian School Muscat – a premier institution in the Middle East in 1983 and served the institution in various capacities – a career spanning 28 years at Muscat, starting from being a TGT Science, PGT Chemistry, HoD Chemistry, and Vice Principal of Senior School and later as the principal of the branch school.

Recipient of “Best Teacher award from CBSE in 2017” Mr. Premkumar also received a certificate of commendation from Simmons College – Boston USA for being voted as the best teacher by the alumnus of Indian School, Muscat. In addition to excellence in academics, he excelled in sports and games representing the Kendriya Vidyalayas and the Regional College of Education, Mysore in various sports and athletic events. Attended several conferences, conducted several workshops and seminars and several hundred teachers are trained in a career spanning 37 years. Served as resource person for over 15 Indian Schools in Oman for training Chemistry teachers. In 2017, was invited to Nagpur to present a paper at the 6th International Principals Educational Conference on the topic “Generating Happy Minds – Thought behind Education” and presented a paper on influence of music, art and sports in creating happy minds at schools. The paper was accepted and published in their journal.

Appointed by the CBSE as a Tele – Counsellor for Kuwait CBSE schools, and was also appointed as mentor to three CBSE schools in UAE, Kuwait and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is also the Academic Coordinator of the Science India Forum Muscat an organization under the Vigyan Bharathi of India and actively contributes to its activities. For his outstanding contribution to SIF, Premkumar received a letter of commendation from Padma Bhushan DR. Vijay P Bhatkar and an award from the Indian Ambassador to Oman in the year 2010.  Currently he serves as the secretary to the Gulf Council of the CBSE affiliated schools in the middle east.

Mrs. Lalitha Premkumar
Mrs. Lalitha Premkumar, Master of Commerce | Bachelor of Education,
Vice Principal (Kindergarten & Primary Wing),
Indian Educational School, Kuwait,
viceprincipal@bhavanskuwait.com

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

Mrs. Rathi Ravindran,
Principal,
Jack and Jill, Mangaf
jacknjill@bhavanskuwait.com

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
sr.viceprincipal@bhavanskuwait.com

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 Nayyar, M.A. (Geography) | Bachelor of Education,
Vice Principal (Co curricular),
Indian Educational School, Kuwait,
vpcocurricular@bhavanskuwait.com

Mrs. Meenakshi Nayyar is a post graduate in Geography from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics and got her degree in Geography from Miranda House, one of the best colleges in India. She has a rich experience of 21 years of being a geography teacher and a motivator in some of the most reputed schools of Delhi and Kuwait. Her association with Bhavans Kuwait is a decade old now. She joined IES in 2008 as a geography teacher. In the year 2012 she was promoted to head the department of Social Science.  After motivating the department for five years, she was promoted to the rank of Vice Principal taking charge of co-curricular activities of IES.

This trained professional in quality management has firm belief in the dictum “quality can never be 100%, it can be improved every time.” Her philosophy about education doesn’t limit itself to academics. According to her the holistic development of young mind takes place only through exposure to various activities. She has been actively involved in organizing different activities in IES since 2008.  She was the first coordinator of KQ Matters, the prestigious interschool quiz hosted annually by IES. She heads the BMUN CLUB, which is credited to organizing the first ever Interschool Model United Nations competition by an Indian school in Kuwait. Many students who took part in different activities and contests outside Kuwait such as Youth Congress at Doon School, Dehradun, La Martiniere MUN, Calcutta, and Gems Our Own School MUN, Dubai were guided and accompanied by her. She is a passionate teacher of Geography and believes that great teachers focus not on compliance but on connections and relationships with the students.