THE INDIAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL, KUWAIT

"We have talked about it often. The time to do something concrete is now and no other day better than this day". Mr U.C Kohli spelt out his plans at a gathering to celebrate the Independence Day of India. He unveiled his plans of starting a school for the Indians in Kuwait. Mr Kohli along with Mr Sharma, Mr Sethi and Mr Varghese had done the homework.History Image Faith, dedication and unlimited enthusiasm coerced them to pursue their dream of setting up the school. The original plan envisioned a school of fifty to a maximum of one hundred fifty students gradually.A reasonable amount of rupees collected and promises from several others made them move a step ahead in realizing their dream.

A building in Nugra for a monthly rent of little over 500 rupees, furniture from other similar institutions and voluntary services by Mrs. Sethi as Headmistress made up the basics of the school. The Indian School Kuwait (ISK) was the very first foreign institution to be established in the State of Kuwait and was inaugurated by the then Minister of Education. The golden key of the school is displayed at the Kuwait Museum.

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ISK started on 5th May 1959 at Nugra with just twenty two students. It then shifted to Hawally in 1960 and later on to Istiqlal Street. In May 1969, ten years later, ISK opened its first branch at Mangaf-Fahaheel with five teachers and about seventy students in classes KG to STD III. This was of great benefit to those who lived in the Fahaheel and Ahmadi areas.

ISK by then had a total of 39 classrooms and around one hundred teachers working in two shifts. In 1970 the ISK shifted to it new building in Salmiya. In March 1972, the first batch of students appeared for the All India Higher Secondary Examination.In 1974, the school occupied the second building in Salmiya.In 1975, the ISK adopted the national pattern of education i.e. 10 + 2 + 3.In 1976, the school started the afternoon shift.In 1977, the last batch of students answered the All India Higher Secondary Examination and in the same year the first batch of 10 + 2 appeared for the AISS Exam.

Thousands of students have graduated from ISK who now occupy positions of eminence in different walks of life. The name 'Indian School Kuwait' was changed to 'Indian Community School Kuwait'. The school now has four branches, three in Salmiya and one in Khaitan with a collective strength of more than six thousand students. It has grown to its present stature, thanks to the tireless efforts of the founders, dynamic leadership of the management, generous support of the parent community and dedication of the staff members.