IES Prin­ci­pal re­ceives ‘CBSE Teach­ers’ Award’

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Suc­cess is no ac­ci­dent. It is hard work, per­se­ver­ance, learn­ing, study­ing, sac­ri­fice and most of all, pas­sion for ex­cel­lence. This dic­tum is true about T Premku­mar, one of the most suc­cess­ful CBSE prin­ci­pals in the Mid­dle East. His im­mense con­tri­bu­tion to the field of ed­u­ca­tion has now earned him the most cov­eted ‘CBSE Teach­ers’ Award 2016’ in­sti­tuted by the CBSE to ac­knowl­edge the out­stand­ing ef­forts of the great ed­u­ca­tors.

The Award Cer­e­mony

The CBSE award cer­e­mony was held on Septem­ber 11, 2017 in Delhi in the pres­ence of newly ap­pointed CBSE Chair­per­son Anita Kar­wal IAS, Mem­ber Sec­re­tary NCTE Sanjay Awasthi, Di­rec­tor NCERT Dr Hrushikesh Se­na­p­aty, Sec­re­tary of CBSE Anurag Tripathi and sev­eral other dis­tin­guished dig­ni­taries from the MHRD, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of NVS, KVS and Govern­ment schools. The only awardee from abroad.

The Min­is­ter of State for Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment (HRD), Govern­ment of In­dia, Upen­dra Kush­waha fe­lic­i­tated the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) teach­ers for their con­tri­bu­tion to the field of ed­u­ca­tion. Thirty-Three teach­ers from across the coun­try and abroad were con­ferred CBSE award for their in­no­va­tions in class­room teach­ing for the year 2016-17. The se­lec­tion of the awardees is based on the aca­demic ef­fi­ciency and im­prove­ment, in­ter­est, rep­u­ta­tion in the com­mu­nity, per­se­ver­ance, and com­mit­ment to­wards ed­u­ca­tion, said a state­ment from CBSE. Premku­mar stands tall among the awardees as he was the only awardee from abroad.

The min­is­ter con­grat­u­lated all the awardees and said that their con­tri­bu­tion in na­tion build­ing and lib­er­at­ing gen­er­a­tions is un­par­al­leled. “The Board is pleased to present the an­nual CBSE teach­ers awards 2016-17 to re­ward those teach­ers who go be­yond their call of duty to in­spire stu­dents to greater heights, have ac­com­plished mile­stones in their pro­fes­sion and con­trib­uted in up­lift­ing the over­all per­for­mance of their re­spec­tive in­sti­tu­tions,” said Anita Kar­wal Chair­per­son, CBSE.

Hu­mil­ity meets ex­cel­lence

Premku­mar is an ed­u­ca­tor par ex­cel­lence. He has painstak­ingly yet pas­sion­ately de­signed the ca­reer of his stu­dents for ac­com­plish­ment. He chis­eled them for suc­cess and en­dowed them with the seeds of great­ness. He is in­deed a prized blend of hu­mil­ity and ex­cel­lence. A young Premku­mar grew up in Tamil Nadu. He at­tended Ken­driya Vidyalayas across the na­tion and grad­u­ated from KV Kal­pakkam. He brought lau­rels to the in­sti­tu­tion by be­ing the ath­letic cham­pion of the school. The ti­tle ‘Ath­letic Cham­pion’ fol­lowed him to the neigh­bor­ing state Kar­nataka as well. “Ed­u­ca­tion is the key to suc­cess in life, and teach­ers make a last­ing im­pact in the lives of their stu­dents”, said Premku­mar. He at­tributes his love for science to his teach­ers in the Ken­driya Vidyala who in­stilled sci­en­tific tem­per in him. He smil­ingly added. “Suc­cess is a science; if you have the con­di­tions, you get the re­sult.” The great teacher-trainer be­came elo­quent when he rem­i­nisced about his stu­dent days. “My teach­ers had a pro­found im­pact on me. I made up my mind to fol­low their foot­prints de­spite my fam­ily’s wish.”, said the vet­eran ed­u­ca­tor bask­ing in the glory of his no­table achieve­ment.

Premku­mar be­gan his ca­reer as a re­search as­sis­tant at the Indira Gandhi Atomic Re­search Cen­tre, Chennai. His dili­gence en­abled him to work on ‘the ex­trac­tion of ura­nium in spent fu­els’ at the Tara­pur Nu­clear Re­ac­tor, Mum­bai, In­dia. How­ever, he for­sook the well-paid govern­ment job to fol­low his heart and to be­come a teacher. He found lit­tle hap­pi­ness in deal­ing with ex­an­i­mate chem­i­cal el­e­ments and de­cided to pur­sue his dream. With­out a pinch of re­gret, he re­signed the lu­cra­tive job and em­braced ped­a­gogy whole­heart­edly. The newly re­cruited mid­dle school teacher rose to the rank of a se­nior PGT within no time and in due course of time, he was pro­moted to the po­si­tion of the Head of the Fac­ulty, Depart­ment of Chem­istry fol­low­ing his as­cen­sion to the po­si­tion of the vice prin­ci­pal of the higher sec­ondary sec­tion of one of the largest co­ed­u­ca­tional school in the Gulf re­gion - In­dian School, Muscat. The en­thu­si­asm for the progress of the school and ut­most ded­i­ca­tion were re­warded fit­tingly. Premku­mar was unan­i­mously cho­sen to lead the In­dian School Al-Seeb in Muscat. It is in­deed a mat­ter of pride for this awein­spir­ing ed­u­ca­tor that he was the only home­grown ad­min­is­tra­tor of ISM till date. His con­tri­bu­tion to the field of pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion in Muscat, Oman earned him a let­ter of com­men­da­tion from Sim­mon’s Col­lege, Bos­ton, USA. A mat­ter of great pride in­deed for the en­tire In­dian di­as­pora in the Mid­dle East!

He was en­trusted with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the then bud­ding Al-Seeb School in Muscat by the man­age­ment. He took charge of the school as the Prin­ci­pal and helped the school be­come one of the best schools in Oman to­day. His love for sports never ceased. On the other hand, his love for sports and games reached its pin­na­cle dur­ing his ten­ure in the In­dian School, Muscat. He rep­re­sented In­dian Schools in Oman Cricket League and played in the Di­vi­sion level. He was also the found­ing mem­ber of Vi­gyan Bharati (Science In­dia Fo­rum) and re­mains as the ed­u­ca­tional ad­vi­sor

Premku­mar also served the CBSE Muscat Chap­ter as the Ed­u­ca­tional ad­viser. He was nom­i­nated as the con­vener of the Oman Chap­ter for two years con­sec­u­tively. An­other feather in his cap was when he was cho­sen by the In­dian school board of gov­er­nors as their trainer for the sub­ject Chem­istry for all the teach­ers of Chem­istry in Muscat. “I pay trib­ute to the five prin­ci­pals in Oman with whom I worked. They taught me the var­i­ous at­tributes to be a suc­cess­ful teacher and an ef­fi­cient ad­min­is­tra­tor,” said Premku­mar.

A ma­jor mile­stone in the ca­reer of Premku­mar was his de­ci­sion to be a part of the renowned Bha­vans group of In­sti­tu­tions in the Mid­dle East. He joined In­dian Ed­u­ca­tional School in 2010 as the prin­ci­pal of the flag­ship school owned by the Abu Dhabi based Bha­vans Mid­dle East which runs nearly a dozen pre­mium schools across the Mid­dle East. One of his early ven­tures in Kuwait was to es­tab­lish Science In­dia Fo­rum (SIF) or Vi­gyan Bharati in the soil of Kuwait. Un­der his guid­ance, Bha­vans Kuwait rose to the first po­si­tion within a very short span of time. The for­merly aca­demic cen­tered in­sti­tu­tion es­tab­lished it­self as a cen­ter of mul­ti­di­men­sional learn­ing shortly. Bha­vans Kuwait since then marched ahead to­wards per­fec­tion through the shim­mer­ing light of re­sound­ing suc­cess un­der his able lead­er­ship.

No stone was left un­turned in his pur­suit of per­fec­tion. Bha­vans Kuwait found it­self as the ‘Gulf Top­per School, Cen­ter for CBSE Math Olympiad, and many more. He was ap­pointed as the CBSE Coun­selor by the CBSE. He gar­nered many more ac­co­lades and mem­o­rable recog­ni­tion to his credit. Bha­vans Kuwait also won plau­dits in the field of sports.

Clus­ters to Na­tion­als have seen Bha­vans flag flut­ter­ing higher and higher in the skies of sports and games. Bha­vans nearly mo­nop­o­lized all the lit­er­ary and lan­guage events in Kuwait. Balakalamela cham­pi­onship, Xpres­sion Cham­pi­onship, St.Ber­chaman’s Ex­tem­pore Speech Com­pe­ti­tion and what not? Bha­van­ites have even left their foot­prints in Slove­nia where they have proved their might and met­tle in the In­ter­na­tional De­bate Con­test. The ed­u­ca­tional vi­sion­ary of our times - N K Ra­machan­dran Menon (The Chair­man, Bha­vans Mid­dle East, Abu Dhabi) is the guid­ing spirit be­hind Premku­mar.

Premku­mar grate­fully ac­knowl­edges his in­valu­able guid­ance in trans­form­ing Bha­vans Kuwait into a school with a vi­sion and a mis­sion for the global learn­ers of the 21st cen­tury. “My award is ded­i­cated to my chair­man, N K Ra­machan­dran Menon”, said a grate­ful Premku­mar when asked whom he would ded­i­cate his award to. He also added that he owed his suc­cess to his highly pro­fes­sional team at IES - ped­a­gogues par ex­cel­lence and the most tal­ented stu­dents of Bha­vans Kuwait apart from his dear fam­ily mem­bers.

“I al­ways val­ued some­body call­ing me a teacher more than be­ing called an prin­ci­pal or an ad­min­is­tra­tor.” “My first love is teach­ing,” said the proud awardee. Achieve­ments af­ter achieve­ments have made Premku­mar only hum­ble. He rules out the age-old au­thor­i­tar­ian the­ory of man­age­ment. He is al­ways seen in and around the cor­ri­dors mo­ti­vat­ing his team mem­bers and stu­dents alike. He be­lieves that lead­er­ship not about glo­ri­ous crown­ing acts but about keep­ing the team fo­cused on a goal and mo­ti­vat­ing the team­mates to give their best to achieve the goal.

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