On Saturday, 7 November, 2015, a group of 21 committed teachers of Commerce from as many as 12 Indian schools in Kuwait discussed their pleasures and predicaments associated with the teaching of the subject in the wake of curriculum overhaul by the Central Board of Secondary Education, India. The venue was IES (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan) auditorium and the workshop was organized by the Department of Commerce, IES under the aegis of BIERAT (Bhavans Institute of Education Research and Training- Middle East).
The workshop began on a solemn note with a Sanskrit prayer followed by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. The Chief Guest for the day lit the lamp amid applauses of approval. The Chief Guest as well as the keynote speaker for the day was C.A. (Dr.) G.S.Grewal, a well-known speaker, and a renowned author of many books that are followed by the students and teachers across India and abroad at the +11 and +12 stages both in the CBSE and the ISC streams for over 25 years.
Anita Sadananda, the Vice Principal (Middle and Senior Wings) extended a floral bouquet of welcome to the Chief Guest and formally ushered him to the venue while the participants of the workshop gave him a standing ovation.
T. Premkumar, Principal, IES welcomed the gathering on behalf of the Bhavans family. In his address, he introduced the Chief Guest cum Keynote Speaker as a highly successful professional, educator, writer, a teacher-trainer par excellence and above all, one of the most trusted commerce curriculum designers of the Central Board of Secondary Education of India.
The discussions and deliberations followed. Serious discussions in the areas like 'One Man Company' and 'ESOP' were appreciated by the participants. The delegates were seen actively involving themselves in the discussion process much to the liking of the resource person Dr. Grewal. The interactive session lasted nearly 3 hours. Mr. Grewal addressed all the concerns that the teachers raised during the session.
Mr. Grewal in his address to the participants said that he found the commerce teachers in Kuwait rightly vibrant and enthusiastic. He appreciated the teachers for their whole-hearted participation. He also lauded them for the quality of questions they had asked him during the workshop. He expressed his happiness over the discussions transpired at the workshop. He also added that the teachers of Commerce in Kuwait are more cognizant and more enthusiastic than their counterparts in UAE, India and elsewhere where he has recently held similar workshops. He thanked the Chairman, the Principal and the Vice Principal (Middle and Senior) for the initiative taken to organize a truly professional and a high standard workshop. Dr. Grewal also profusely thanked the School Management for the hospitality extended to him.
Anita Sadananda, the Vice Principal (Middle and Senior) proposed the vote of thanks and lavished praises on Dr. Grewal for his knowledge and subject expertise that helped the all the participants clear about the curriculum changes that is brought about recently by CBSE. She also expressed her gratitude toward N.K. Ramachandran Menon, the Chairman Bhavans Middle East for his keen interest and opportune action that greatly facilitated the organizing of the most rewarding workshop of the academic year.
She also expressed her gratitude to all the partakers for their worthy presence and active involvement. She also thanked the school managements of the delegates for their unstinted support without which the workshop would not have been possible.
T. Premkumar, Principal, IES presented Dr. Grewal a memento to express the gratitude of Bhavan’s family as well as the participants of the workshop for the quality time he spent with the delegates. In return, Dr. Grewal presented the delegates a book on ‘Accountancy’ authored by him.
The emcee for the day was Saji Thomas, a senior member of the Department of Commerce, IES.