The Central Board of Secondary Education strongly advised all the CBSE affiliated schools to create awareness in eradicating the menace of tobacco usage amongst the teenagers by conducting competitions such as Poster Designing, Cartoon Making, Essay Writing, Short Story Writing and Quiz. IES carried out the instructions of the CBSE and on 16 May 2014, these contests were organized in the school to generate awareness among adults and students.
The topics were about the harmful effects of tobacco that kills more than 5 million people a year and the best entries were sent to the board. The competitions and awareness program have been organized under the aegis and the recommendation of the CBSE which plays an active role in sensitizing the youth to the many social evils that prevail in India and elsewhere. Their efforts to engage students is a noble attempt to guard the youth from the dangers of tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse.
The competitions were held at various venues under the guidance of the heads of the English, Science, Art and Social Science departments. More than 200 students actively took part in the competitions. All the competitions were adjudged by the senior staff members of Bhavans Kuwait as per the instructions of Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi.
Maya Jaypal and Nandakrishnan Mukundan of class 7 bagged the first and second prizes respectively in the Cartoon Making Competition. Aarathi Anil Kumar and Aditya Jayapal of grade 10 won the first and second places respectively in the Poster Designing Competition.
Megha Varnika and Varshini Murali were adjudged as the first and second prize winners of the Essay Writing Competition.
Deepu George Simon of class 5 emerged as the winner of the Short Story Writing Competition. The first runner up of the Short Story Completion was bagged by Tiasha Majumdar of class 5.
Kshitij Divakar of grade 12, Susan Ann Roy of grade 11 and Amrita Pai of grade 9 were declared as the joint winners of the Quiz Competition.
Mr. T.Premkumar, the principal of Indian Educational School praised the efforts of the organizers, and congratulated the winners on their success. Upon asked, he said that Bhavans believes in imparting values through education. He said that Bhavan has always endeavored to help the students become law-abiding, dignified global citizens with vision and mission. He added that this is evident from the success of Bhavans institutions in India and abroad. â€‹