DPS, Dunes schools shine with top-class education

DPS, Dunes schools shine with top-class education
Updated 25 January 2016

DPS, Dunes schools shine with top-class education

DPS, Dunes schools shine with top-class education

RIYADH: Envisioning excellence for their students with one of the best-equipped schools in the Middle East, Nadeem Tarin, chairman of the managing committee Delhi Public School (DPS), Riyadh and the Dunes International School (DIS), Dammam, has set higher standards for students so that they succeed in academics and excel in their professional career.
“With that objective in mind Ibrahim Al-Quyed, chairman of the board, and Sultan Salman Al-Saady, the board member, along with a strong management team of Mairaj Mohammad Khan, Fahad Al-Jarais, Mohammed Amjad Khan, Salim ur Rahman, Aoud Al-Qahtani, Khursheed Shah Khan and Dharmendra Menon are offering world-class facilities at the schools in a strong bid to achieve excellence in academics as well as co-curricular activities,” said Tarin, who has just returned from India, his home country.
Tarin was honored with Uttar Pradesh Ratan, an award constituted for the Uttar Pradesh Prawasi Diwas by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Jan. 4, in appreciation of his philanthropic works expanding business in India and abroad.
Tarin, who has lived in the Kingdom for more than three decades and helped to establish a number of prestigious educational institutions in the Kingdom and India, besides being a successful engineer and businessman, told Arab
News that the three-day UP NRI (non-resident Indians) Day was attended by more than 150 top NRIs from the Gulf, the United States, Canada, Singapore, Fiji and Europe.
Notably, Tarin has also been awarded with an honorary doctorate by his Alma-mater and India’s Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), popularly known as the Oxford of the East.
Tarin,  a philanthropist, added: “Our vision extends beyond the narrow walls of the classrooms and textbooks as it intends to give the students in the Kingdom a truly global perspective by providing international level schooling facilities.”
Greeting the Indian community on the occasion of the 67th Republic Day, he noted that the Dunes and the DPS will be providing high quality education to its students.
Speaking on the occasion of the Republic Day, Tarin congratulated students, teachers and parents, who have contributed to make this school an ideal institution.
“Our primary aim is to develop qualities of unity and integrity, honesty, trust, tolerance and compassion among our students and promote a spirit of inquiry with a view to fostering a scientific temper within the bonds of humanism, and help the students to become a meaningful part of their environment and see that courage and industry have their due reward,” he said.
“To me the very purpose of quality education is character building.”
Children are malleable material who can be shaped into persons of excellence,” Tarin said, adding that being into the school management, we have to be exemplary to our students if we want them to be assets to the society and the nation.
“I feel it is important for every child to enjoy a sense of achievement. Every child should be encouraged to perform to the fullest ability and due importance should be given to learning in areas beyond academics,” he said, pointing toward a number celebrities, including Mohammad Azharuddin, Kapil Dev, Mahesh Bhatt, Kiran Bedi and Shatrughan Sinha, visiting the school campus to motivate students.
“An institution should be a living place that shapes children’s lives and builds their character,“ Tarin added.
To assess the school’s performance only by high academic scores by their students is not sufficient; it is equally important for a school to be a place for happy children with a love for learning and sound value system, said the educationist.
“To achieve these objectives, we need to work jointly with the parents of our students to create a climate for open exchange of views and experiences, supporting each other’s quest for quality on all fronts,” he added.
“The pursuit of excellence encouraged at these two schools rests on the positive belief that every person has it in them to produce work, the quality of which can be described as first class,” he observed.
He added: “Working at the best to this end, DPS and Dunes administration endeavor to provide a large and dedicated teaching staff with a wide range of skills and interest, a varied and wide choice of activities — academic, aesthetic and athletic — an environment enriched with the excitement of discovery, challenge and competitiveness and discipline based on the belief that responsibility comes before freedom.”
Tarin maintained that the DPS and the Dunes professes its students not only to describe the world around them, but also to prescribe the best ways to live and compete at the global level.
“This is reflective of the fact that we serve others willingly, graciously and selflessly, while we are not expecting anything in return for our selfless service because there is greater pleasure in giving than in receiving,” said Tarin.
“By serving others, we serve the purpose of the Almighty,” Tarin said, expressing his admiration for teachers and students, and congratulated the parents for extraordinary results of students every year by the DPS and the Dunes in secondary school examination.


Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 30 July 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 14 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 505,003
  • A total of 8,226 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 14 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,187 new infections on Friday.
Of the new cases, 256 were recorded in Riyadh, 212 in Makkah, 174 in the Eastern Province, 118 in Jazan, 64 in Madinah, 59 in Asir, 58 in Hail, 52 in Najran, 36 in Al-Baha, 31 in the Northern Borders region, 28 in Tabuk, and seven in Al-Jouf.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 505,003 after 1,176 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 8,226 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
Over 26.3 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says

Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says
Updated 30 July 2021

Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says

Saudi Arabia keen to protect human rights, HRC chief says
  • In observance of Friday’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Al-Awwad said the Kingdom is making significant and constant efforts
  • Al-Awwad wants to criminalize and combat human trafficking through a set of actions and measures that ensure human dignity

RIYADH: Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, president of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and chairman of the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, said Saudi Arabia is keen to protect and promote human rights.

Al-Awwad also wants to criminalize and combat human trafficking through a set of actions and measures that ensure human dignity and protect it from all forms of abuse and exploitation.

In observance of Friday’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Al-Awwad said the Kingdom is making significant and constant efforts to combat human trafficking through the establishment of the Saudi National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking.

The committee enacts regulations and legislation that ensure protecting victims and safeguarding their rights on a local and global level.

Not only did the Kingdom issue regulations and legislation to combat human trafficking, but it was also keen to make the necessary efforts to enforce them, Al-Awwad said.


Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours
Updated 30 July 2021

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province conducts 1,524 COVID-19 health tours

DAMMAM: Municipalities throughout Saudi Arabia have ramped up efforts to monitor compliance with health and safety measures introduced to help stop the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Eastern Province municipality recently carried out 1,524 inspection tours in one day at shopping malls, commercial centers, and stores.

Checks resulted in nine commercial outlets being shut down, while 77 violators were issued with penalties for ignoring health regulations, which included breaches of overcrowding rules and failure to use the Tawakkalna app.

Officials have urged members of the public to report any suspected health breaches by phoning the 940 call-center number or contacting authorities via the Balady app.


Seven Saudi mosques reopen after sanitization

Seven Saudi mosques reopen after sanitization
Updated 30 July 2021

Seven Saudi mosques reopen after sanitization

Seven Saudi mosques reopen after sanitization

RIYADH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has reopened seven mosques in four regions that were temporarily closed for cleaning after coronavirus disease infections were confirmed among worshippers.

The ministry said on Thursday that two mosques were reopened in Riyadh, two in Qassim, two in Hail, and one in the Eastern Province.

Coronavirus infections have led to the closure of 1,909 mosques in the Kingdom in the past 173 days. The mosques were reopened after cleaning measures were completed.

The ministry urged worshippers and employees to follow precautionary measures, including wearing face masks, using their own prayer mats and maintaining social distancing.


21 members of Saudi-backed team killed clearing Houthi mines in Yemen

21 members of Saudi-backed team killed clearing Houthi mines in Yemen
Updated 30 July 2021

21 members of Saudi-backed team killed clearing Houthi mines in Yemen

21 members of Saudi-backed team killed clearing Houthi mines in Yemen

JEDDAH: Twenty-one members of a Yemen-based team of Saudi and foreign mine clearance experts have lost their lives over three years operating in what has become known as the world’s largest minefield.

The tragic death toll was revealed in figures showing the scale of the project being carried out in the war-torn country in cooperation with local Yemeni teams under the umbrella of the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (Masam).

Launched by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) on June 25, 2018, the initiative has so far cost $133 million, Masam’s director, Osama Al-Gosaibi, told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

He said the project’s field teams had dismantled 263,797 landmines, unexploded ordnance, and other deadly explosive devices. Since the start of the program up until July 23 this year, bomb squads dealt with 169,792 unexploded ordnances, 83,943 anti-tank mines, and 3,984 anti-personnel mines covering 25 million square meters of Yemeni territories.

The Yemen government said that the Iran-backed Houthis had planted more than 1 million landmines in the country since the start of the conflict in 2015, turning it into the most-mined nation since World War II.

KSrelief recently extended the Masam contract for another year, at a cost of $33.6 million. The project is carried out by Saudi and international experts through Yemeni teams that have been trained to remove all kinds of mines planted randomly by Houthi militias.

Al-Gosaibi pointed out that one of the main challenges faced by the teams was having to work without maps indicating the location of mines. In many cases they had to rely on local residents identifying suspected mined areas, which significantly slowed the clearance process, he added.

KSrelief’s general supervisor, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, said that the renewal of the Masam contract with the executive partner was, “out of the center’s sense of humanitarian responsibility toward the Yemeni brothers.”

He added: “It is extremely important to clear the Yemeni territories of the mines that Houthi militias manufactured and planted in a random, unpredicted, and camouflaged manner and that have caused permanent disabilities and injuries and human losses, including women, children, and seniors.”

According to statistics published by the Yemeni Observatory on Landmines in March, devices planted by Houthis in Taiz alone had killed and injured 3,263 civilians since 2015.

Data from the Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations, also known as the Rasd Coalition, showed 1,929 civilians, including 357 children and 146 women, have been killed in the past six years, and 2,242 civilians, including 519 children and 167 women, were disabled due to landmines.

During that same period, the coalition documented the destruction and damage of more than 2,872 public and private facilities in several Yemeni governorates, all due to anti-personnel and anti-tank landmines.