GEMS Principals honored by the Indian Government

Published September 9th, 2009 - 12:52 GMT

Two GEMS Principals in the UAE have been honored by the Government of India for their outstanding contribution to the teaching profession.

Thomas Mathew, principal of Our Own High School Sharjah – Boys Branch, has been awarded the CBSE Teacher Award, 2008, and Aziz Akhtar, Principal of Our Own Indian School, has received the National Teacher Award 2008 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The awards are presented annually to educationalists who make a meaningful difference to the student and teaching community.

Both Principals were presented the awards by Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human Resources Development, Government of India, at different functions held to celebrate ‘Teacher’s Day’ in India.  Akhtar received the award from the Minister and Vice – President of India Dr. Hamid Ansari. 

Sunny Varkey, Chairman, GEMS Education, said: “This is a wonderful recognition of the quality of education being provided at GEMS schools. Principals like Thomas Mathew and Aziz Akthar offer a unique blend of education and leadership experience. I congratulate both principals on their award and we are privileged to have such distinguished professionals in our schools.”


Dr. Farooq Wasil, Director Asian Schools, GEMS Education said, "I am delighted that our Principals have been honored by the Government of India. It surely validates the strength of leadership that has contributed to enhancing the educational experience of their students and the school community at large.” 

Mathew has worked in the field of education for the last 26 years and has been with GEMS Education for the past 14 years. Earlier, he founded the Air Force Vidya Bharati School in Gwalior, India and also served as the principal of Hamdard Public School, a boarding school in New Delhi.

With more than 30 years of experience in education Akhtar has been working with GEMS Education for the past 9 years. Our Own Indian School has grown under his leadership. He has also authored several books in General Science and Chemistry and enjoys theatre and sports.

The Teacher’s Day is celebrated annually on September 5 in India to mark the birth anniversary of the country’s first vice-president, second president and eminent educationalist Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

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