Bahrain-based NRI takes over DPS-promoted school

August 10th, 2008 - 4:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Aug 10 (IANS) Bahrain-based Indian businessman and entrepreneur Ravi Pillai has taken over the management of the New Millenium School (NMS) in Manama that is promoted by the Delhi Public Schools Society (DPSS). “We shall invest more than 2 million Bahraini dinars ($5.3 million) to make it one of the best schools in the Gulf,” Pillai told the Gulf Daly News after signing an agreement with the school’s former chairman Adel Al Saffar.

The school, affiliated to India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), was established in 2004 between DPSS and Bahrain’s Knowledge Management Group.

Pillai is the managing director of the Saudi Arabia-based Nasser Al Hajri group and is said to be the single largest employer of Indian workers in the Gulf.

The businessman said that a new campus of the school would be opened at Budaiya in addition to the existing one at the Manama suburb of Zinj. This would take the number of students in the school to 1,200 from the present 900.

“The facilities at both campuses will be upgraded to international standards,” Pillai said, adding that highly qualified teachers would be recruited from India.

“We shall focus on the overall personality development of children,” said Pillai, who was one of the recipients of the Pravasi Bharatiya award this year.

He added that entrance coaching classes would also be conducted to help students gain admission to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).

Bahrain is home to around 290,000 expatriate Indians.

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