It is my privilege to lead the SMC at a time when the school has entered its 20th year of service to the Indian expatriate community. In 1992, the school embarked on its journey as Kerala Board Syllabus Stream to fulfill the aspiration of a community to educate their children imbibing the cultural and traditional heritage that they treasured. Today, Indian School Darsait, a CBSE affiliated and NABET accredited school, is one of the sought after premium institutions that cater to the need of the wider expatriate Indian community.
The school has always tried to live up to the expectations of its stakeholders. We provide excellent quality infrastructure facilities to students, comparable with what any good school may offer. The science laboratories, including Physics, Chemistry and Biology, are fully equipped and well maintained. In line with our overall ICT initiatives and e-learning facilities, our Computer Science labs are state-of-the-art and provide one computer per child. The school libraries, primary and senior, have a good collection of books of all genre, reputed newspapers and the latest informative magazines and periodicals.
In line with the CBSE requirement that makes ICT enabled teaching–learning mandatory, Indian School Darsait has equipped all 72 classrooms with 46” LED televisions and white boards to facilitate digital instruction, to provide adequate exposure to digital materials, to motivate and sustain student interest, to reinforce learning, and to create a high-interest learning environment.
Digitization of administration and academic work with the software package ‘Digital Campus’ has established connectivity between the school administration, teachers, students, parents, alumni and external mentors through a common ICT platform.
T he use of Digital Campus has increased the efficiency and skill of the staff. The entire processes and procedures of the school like, admission procedures, entry of library books, daily attendance, entry of marks, result processing and analysis have been made easy and effective. The software will now enable parents to easily access online, data like status of fee payment of their wards, profile of their wards, lists of their wards’ teachers and the grades and remarks obtained by their wards in scholastic and co-scholastic areas.
Since the ultimate aim of evaluation is to bring about qualitative improvement, it should be a continuous process in order to improve the teaching-learning process.
This essence of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), implemented by CBSE, has been imbibed in its spirit and translated into day-to-day teaching learning activities of the school. Our school was one of the first schools to have incorporated CCE into its scholastic and co-scholastic areas and since then has been following this system of evaluation in its true sense.
The vision of the school is ‘to be the most preferred Indian community school in Oman.’ Towards this end, the school has been constantly striving to accomplish its mission to provide the best environment for children to enjoy learning, to empower children to unravel their potential so as to excel in different fields of their choice, to empower teachers to impart quality education to mould children into responsible individuals of society, and to provide opportunities to children for the all round development of their personality and to instill values in children to mould them into global citizens.
The growth of the institution depends on its ability to go beyond the set standards and benchmarks and therefore the school decided to go for a Quality School Governance Standard. This was realized through National Accreditation Board for Education and Training – Quality Council of India.
Today, Indian School Darsait can boast of being the first CBSE School outside India to be accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training – Quality Council of India (http://qcin.org/nabet/) through accreditation no. IS 1216 040.
The accreditation will definitely aid the school in conceptualizing national curricular objectives, strengthening the school governance, enhancing teaching–learning process and making evaluation methods more effective.
On the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Year of the school, I would like to applaud the staff, students and parents for their sincere and dedicated service for the betterment and growth of the school.