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Literary Events Mark 64th Republic Day Celebrations in Yanbu



Indian school students of Yanbu celebrated the Republic Day this year in a way which is quite uncommon in this industrial township of Saudi Arabia. The students were given away trophies by their school principals in the assemblies bagged by them previous evening during prize distribution ceremony of Indian Engineers Forum (IEF), Yanbu chapter. “Our children are very happy today. Thanks to Indian Engineers Forum which has given our children a platform,” said Mrs. Mumtaz Khan, Principal (Girls section) of Radhwa International School. Mr. Shaji Kappil, Principal, Al Manar International School (Boys Section) said that this is highly motivating to our students that Indian Engineers Forum is conducting events for them. Mrs. Shimna Shakir, MD of Kenz International School was highly delighted to know about the programme, and offered all supports including school auditorium to IEF. “I am myself an engineer and delighted to know that Indian Engineers Forum is conducting programmes for future engineers of India,” she said. 

Executive Committee of IEF, Yanbu chapter decided to hold competition among school students of Yanbu to celebrate the 64th Republic Day of India. This, they felt, was necessary to create competitive environment and all round development of students here.

Yanbu is an industrial township with around 2500 children registered in schools. Many parents prefer to send their families to India for quality education, better exposure and more competitive environment for their children. The Executive Committee decided to cover all students from KG to Std.XII. Painting competition on the theme, “Indian Village” for students from KG to Std.II was held on 17th January, 2013. Speech competition on “Republic Day” was conducted for Std. III to V students on 24th January. For pre-senior group (Std VI-VIII), speech competition on “Builders of Modern India” was also held the same day. Students were given freedom to speak on any of the personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Ballabh Bhai Patel, Sarojini Naidu, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, and Swami Vivekananda. A Debate on “New CBSE evaluation system strengthens higher education” was reserved for final day with prize distribution ceremony on 25th January, 2013.

A large number of students participated in the painting competition. For speeches and debate, four students were shortlisted from each school. First two events were held at Kenz International School. Al Manar International School was selected as venue for final event.

On 25th January, the programme started at 4.45 PM with recitation of the Qur’ān by Master Taha.       Engr. Sabu compered the overall programme.

Er. Aboobacker K. Parambil and Er. Nizar Vazhambalath of Global Environment Management Services (GEMS), and, Er. Mohammad Khader of Clear Vision were guests of honour.

Er. Tasneem Akhtar briefly introduced Indian Engineers Forum, its history, mission, aims and objectives, and activities. He further updated the audience with IEF Yanbu activities. He informed the audience that since inauguration on 29th March, 2012, IEF Yanbu chapter has hosted a number of technical presentations such as Process Safety Management (PSM), Aspen Capital Cost Estimator, Advances in Sealing System, Six Sigma, PMP, and Advances in Dry Filtration and Dust Pollution Control, before conducting the 64th Republic events for school students. He urged Indian engineers to come forward and get involved in IEF activities so that engineering community of Yanbu can maximise the benefit of this forum. 

Next was the turn of senior students to show their acumen in debate. Engr. Mustafa of Yanpet (SABIC) anchored the debate. Each student was given 3:30 minutes to put forward his points, and 1:30 minutes for rebuttal. The debate was very interesting with cutthroat competition among the participants. Master Anees N, Master Yahya Mohammed, and Master Debayan Sengupta emerged as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners respectively. All debate participants were given token gifts as well.

Tight schedule of Chief Guest, Engr. Pranav Ganesh, Consul (consular) at CGI, Jeddah did not allow him to travel to Yanbu on this occasion. Nevertheless he sent his message which was read out to audience by Engr. Vinith Salim. The highly motivating message urged Indian students to safeguard four elements of our nation, viz Sovereignty, Socialism, Secularism, and Democracy. He also urged them to create competitive environment, and learn Arabic, one of five recognised International languages of the United Nations spoken in more than 30 countries.

Subsequently, winners of all the events were handed over prizes by Mr. Abdul Wadood Khan, Principal and HOI of Radhwa International School, Mr. Shaji Kappil, Principal of Al Manar International School, and Er. Tasneem Akhtar, IEF Yanbu chapter coordinator.

Er. Javed Ahmad Khan, Executive member of IEF Yanbu team, gave vote of thanks. He thanked Er. Aboobacker, and Er. Nizar of GEMS for sponsoring the event. He further thanked Er. Mohammad Khader, Sr. Manager at Clear Vision, and Chairman of Al Manar International School for facilitating the venue for final event. He thanked Mrs. Shima Shakir, MD of Kenz International School for facilitating with venue for Painting and Speech competitions. He also thanked Radhwa International School for the support as and when required. He thanked Students India team, esp. Er. Sabu, Mr. Niyas, Mr. Naseer, for all the supports given in organising this programme. “It would be injustice if executive members who have tirelessly worked for last two weeks for conducting these events are not thanked. Our special thanks to Er. Ayub Ali, Er. Asrar Fahmi, Er. Soji Jacob, Er. Mohammad Rumman, Er. Ehtasham Ansari, Er. Samson Mammen, Er. Farooq Ahmad, and Er. Naiyyar Anees.”

The event concluded with the singing of national anthem. Most of attendees appreciated, thanked and congratulated IEF for successfully conducting these events which are rarely held at Yanbu.

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