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Admission available at some Indian schools in Doha

Offering respite to parents, some Indian schools in Doha have announced that they have few slots available for admission in various grades. Olive International School, which has three campuses in Qatar, has said that they have few slots left in grade 1 to 8, The Peninsula reported. When contacted by the newspaper, the school  confirmed they have a few slots on the three campuses for grades 1 to 8. Scholars International School also said that a few slots are available for KG-2.  The report also said that some slots are also available in Noble International and Doha Modern Indian School. When admissions opened earlier in the year, there was a big rush in most Indian schools and many children were not able to secure an admission in their preferred school. This had led to the Indian Embassy issuing circular asking parents to register with the embassy if they had not…

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Foundation stone laid for second campus of DPS-MIS

The foundation stone for the second campus of DPS-MIS, one of the leading Indian schools in Qatar, was laid in Al Wukair area on Saturday. Indian ambassador P Kumaran, school’s chief patron Mohamed bin Hammam al-Abdulla, patron Aisha bint Mohamed bin Hammam, managing committee president Hassan Chougule, vice president Yassir Nainar, other members and many other dignitaries were present at the ceremony. DPS-MIS Wukair campus is spread over 32,000sq m and out of which over 21,000sq m is dedicated as built-up area for teaching- learning facilitation. The proposed building will be equipped with all essential and modern facilities to provide holistic development to around 3,600 students and is expected to be ready by September next year. While addressing the gathering, Chougule said DPS-MIS ‘has carved a niche for itself and is the first choice school of the country’s Indian expatriate community.’ “The school’s spectacular growth is mainly owing to its…

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Indian Embassy sets April 7 deadline to receive info for school admission

The Indian Embassy in Qatar has set April 7 as a deadline for receiving information about Indian students who are struggling to get admission in schools. “The collected information will be submitted to the Ministry concerned within a stipulated time-frame. Information on admission issues may be sent at the designated e-mail (doha.admission@gmail.com) by April 7 2018,” said the Embassy in a statement. Earlier, the Embassy had announced plans to take up the admission issue with local authorities concerned to solve the problem. As per the earlier statement, parents are requested furnish the following details: Name of the student and QID number Age of the student Nationality of the student School desired Class/Grade desired Father’s name Contact telephone. The Embassy took up with initiative after it received many requests for assistance, citing non-availability of seats in Indian schools in Doha. Recent changes in age-limit for KG admission has raised the demand for…

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Leaked papers: No re-examination for NRI students, confirms CBSE

India’s Ministry of Human Resources and Development has announced that there is no evidence of any leakage of examination papers outside India and as a result there will not be any re-examination for NRI students pursuing studies at CBSE-affiliated schools outside India. “Our information is that there is no leak outside India, so there will be no re-exams outside India,” Education Secretary Anil Swarup IAS said. As per to the latest information, Class 10 Maths re-test is expected to be held in July while Class 12 Economics exam will be conducted on April 25. The exams were cancelled after reports question paper leak emerged from Delhi. No evidence of paper leakage outside India The official said that there were no pan-India leakage nor there was any evidence of paper leakage outside India. “Regarding Class 10th re examination, as leak was restricted to Delhi and Haryana, if at all a re-exam…

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Indian Embassy in Qatar seeks details of students waiting for admission

The Indian Embassy in Qatar has announced it is collecting details of students waiting for admission to any of the Indian schools. A statement issued by the Embassy on Monday said it has received a number of requests for assistance, citing non-availability of seats in Indian schools in Doha. “In order to take up the issue with the Supreme Education Council, Ministry of Education, we need to get a better sense of the number of children who have failed to get admission in an Indian school in Doha,” the statement said. The details should be emailed the Embassy at: doha.admission@gmail.com As per the statement, parents are requested furnish the following details: Name of the student and QID number Age of the student Nationality of the student School desired Class/Grade desired Father’s name Contact telephone. As the admission season draws to a close, worries of parents who have yet not succeeded in…

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School buses in Qatar to have cameras to record safe distance violations

Qatar’s Traffic Department has come up with an innovative initiative to make sure vehicles are keeping safe distance with school buses. As per the new plan, school buses will be equipped with cameras that will register violations against vehicles that do not keep proper distance with school buses. “For the first time in Qatar, a school bus will be exhibited at Darb Al Saai during the 34th traffic week starting this evening. The bus is equipped with camera that can register violation for not keeping safe distance with school buses,” Major Jabir Muhammad Odhaiba, Assistant Director of Traffic Awareness Department told The Peninsula. About when the department will launch the camera-equipped bus, he said: “Now we are waiting for feedback from other concerned authorities regarding this innovative idea.” The 34th traffic week will last till March 24, and will be open to the public in two shifts from 8to 12…

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Indian schools in Qatar to reopen on September 9, No change in age limits

Indian schools in Qatar will reopen on September 9, 2018 after the summer vacation as the Ministry of Education and Higher Education has approved a request from the institutions. No change in age limit for KG admissions Following the requests from Indian schools, the Ministry has also revoked the decision to reduce the upper age limit for KG class admission by one year. For Indian schools, the existing age limit will continue for one more year. Earlier, Ministry had issued a circular stating that maximum age to join KG1 has been revised to 3 years, 11 months and 29 days as of September 30 instead of 4 years, 11 months and 29 days. This would have affected students whose parents have decided to skip a year. If the rule was implemented, such parents would have to seek admission in KG2. According to The Peninsula, the change in age limit will…

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Indian schools in Qatar allowed to give preference to Indian students

Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education has allowed Indian schools in Qatar to give preference to Indian students in admissions, The Peninsula has reported citing school officials. In view of the severe shortage of seats in Indian schools, the Private Schools Office at the Ministry has given a verbal instruction to the Indian schools in this regard the report said. The schools can also stop enrolling students from other nationalities from the next academic year. The instruction, however, will not affect the existing non-Indian students in the nearly a dozen Indian schools in the country. Almost all Indian schools in Qatar have students from other nationalities such as Egyptian, Lebanese, Srilankan, Pakistani etc. Indian schools are often preferred by middle income expatriates as they are more affordable than other curriculum schools and offer good quality education. The admission crisis As it has been the case for last several years, all Indian schools in…

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Schools in Qatar await ministry approval to increase tuition fees

Many private schools in Qatar, including Indian schools, are awaiting the approval of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to raise their tuition fees, Qatar Tribune has reported. The schools say the fee hike is justified as their expenses are growing and they have to maintain the quality of education as an increased number of students are seeking admission in their institutions. When the number of students increases, the school’s administration is forced to increase facilities and that always comes at an additional expense. Some of the Indian schools in Qatar catering to the large Indian expatriate population in the country are also seeking a raise in tuition fee. Ideal Indian School (IIS) Principal Syed Shoukath Ali and Doha Modern Indian School (DMIS) Principal Rakesh Singh Tomar said that their schools have applied for a tuition fee increase from the ministry. Both principals stressed that their schools’ efforts in…

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CBSE-i curriculum discard poses dilemma for thousands of students

Thousands of students in various Indian schools worldwide are in a dilemma over CBSE’s move to discard its international curriculum. India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently issued a circular announcing discontinuation of its CBSE-i curriculum, from 2017-18 academic year. According to CBSE, the international curriculum was initiated as a pilot project in 2010-11 and will be scraped away due to operational difficulties. The circular states that schools outside India that have approval for both CBSE-i and CBSE curricula should shift the CBSE-i students to CBSE curriculum. Meanwhile, those schools that offer only CBSE-i and are not affiliated with CBSE have also been asked to withdraw the curriculum and seek regular CBSE affiliation offering main curriculum. However, with several schools unable to provide any concrete solutions parents and students are in a predicament as to what needs to be done. Mixed response by parents, schools “We began the stream in the academic year…

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