QU Health, the Health Cluster of Qatar University (QU), recently organised an Open Day for Graduate Studies through the graduate office.It saw the participation of all QU Health colleges: the College of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, College of Dental Medicine and College of Nursing.The event was organised to promote QU Health academic programmes and the opportunities each programme offers. It also aimed to raise awareness of the requirements for applying for graduate studies, introduce the various study plans and the educational and academic opportunities available to students.The Open Day also provided the opportunity for students to communicate with ambassadors and representatives of each academic programme.The importance of the Graduate Studies Open Day is to provide all the necessary information and a detailed explanation for students who plan to complete their graduate studies and move forward in their scientific and practical career at QU, within the graduate studies, diploma, masters’ or PhD programme.The Open Day event for graduate studies in QU Health included the presentation of 10 postgraduate programmes in QU Health, including two postgraduate certificate programmes in health professions education and biomedical sciences, in addition to a Doctor of Pharmacy programme, and six Master’s programmes, namely: Master of Science Programme - Biomedical, Master of Public Health, Master of Human Nutrition, Master of Genetic Counselling, Master of Pharmacy, Master of Education in Health Professions, in addition to a PhD programme in Health Sciences.This event targets students intending to apply for admission to graduate programmes during Spring and Fall 2023, and introduce them to the steps to be followed to successfully complete the process. Each programme's admission requirements and expectations were discussed.Head of Graduate and Research at the College of Health Sciences, Dr Mashael al-Shafei, stressed the importance of the Open Day, saying: “The aim of the event is to introduce students who wish to enroll in the various programmes available in the sector and its affiliated colleges, the terms of admission, how to apply for these programmes and future job opportunities. We encourage students and workers in the health sector to apply and join the QU Health family.”The application window will open on January 8, 2023, and close on February 16.
Loyola International School (LIS), Qatar, hosted one of its flagship events of the year – the annual Arts and Science Exhibition – Reflections, at both the Al Nasr and Oasis campuses. In line with Loyola’s goals of bringing the best out of students, the event provided a perfect platform for students to display their understanding of academic subjects through a hands-on approach, the school said in a statement. The chief guest, Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad al-Thani, who is the chief patron of Loyola International School, graced the occasion on the Oasis campus and stressed in his speech the immense importance of education in today's globalised world. He also emphasised the valuable contribution of teachers in the field. He also spoke about the presence of diverse curricula from different countries, adding to the diversity of Qatar in the field of education. P N Babu Rajan, president of the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), who was chief guest at the Al Nasr campus, spoke about the development of education in Qatar over the years and appreciated the role that teachers play in creating a learned society. The events on both campuses kickstarted with an inaugural ceremony that consisted of singing, dancing, speeches and launching of the event with lamp-lighting and curtain-reveals. Both schools saw innumerable projects that displayed the amalgamation of the critical thinking and creative skills of students and teachers. Every department brought out the essence of their subjects by displaying creative and sophisticated projects, and along with it, creating an ambience that was mesmerising. The Malayalam department brought into the school the tropical ambience of Kerala through their 'Chaya Kada' (tea stall) and served tea and snacks to all. The Tamil department set up a gigantic 'Theru' (chariot) along with some traditional musical instruments. Each department also exhibited the performances of students. The onlookers witnessed a puppet show on the French Revolution, a mime show about anti-bullying, a stage show on Shakespeare’s famous quotations, a jingle by students on washing hands, acts on conflict management, a personality show, dancing, singing and many more. Students showed their mastery as they explained their projects with immense enthusiasm. The art gallery displayed the talents of both the students and teachers. Anup Chakravarthy (managing director of LIS), Sarat Koduru (director – Operations) and Pramod Kumar Ranwaka (principal of LIS) were all praise for the success of the event. The exhibition received innumerable compliments, the statement added.
Birla Public School (BPS) celebrated its 19th Founders’ Day over two days recently on the theme ‘Champions of Change.’ A galaxy of dignitaries and thousands of spectators attended. Chairman Gope Shahani, director C V Rappai, management representative Chindhu Rappai and life members were present on day one. Academic director-principal Harish Sanduja presented the annual report on the achievements of 2021-22. The outstanding record holders, CBSE Board examination Grade X toppers and the staff members with 10 years' service were honoured by the management. Shahani appreciated the teachers and the students for their dedication and lauded the immense efforts in presenting a marvellous show. While addressing the gathering, Rappai said: “Our school achieved the first position in Qatar in all streams of Science, Commerce and Humanities of Grade XII and again, for Grade X." The cultural carnival, performed by the Primary Section students began with a fusion dance-Jam-In-Jewels, Svarasa, Rivals of Tomorrow, Back to School, Madhuram, One World One Dream and culminated with Antarjwala. Primary head boy Mukund Anuj Kumar and head girl Aditi Manoj proposed a vote of thanks. The second day had Indian embassy first secretary (culture, education, labour) Sachin Dinkar Shankpal as the chief guest. School chairman Shahani, directors Dr Mohan Thomas and Rappai, management representatives Chindu Antony Rappai and Malvika Khimji, life members, and school officials were present. Addressing the gathering, Shankpal told students that education is the foundation of life and reminded parents that education is beyond school. "Parents are equally or rather more responsible and should be highly observant. There are too many distractions in the world. Parents should find time to spend with their children." Head boy Vaibhav Krishna and head girl Ishita Somayaji welcomed the gathering. Academic director-principal Sandhuja presented the annual report highlighting the academic and non-academic achievements. Students who accomplished extraordinary humane service, toppers of Grade XII Board Examinations AY 2021-22 and teaching and non-teaching staff who have completed 15 years of service were honoured. “Birlites’ Expression”, the biennial school magazine, was released by the chief guest. Hussain Qassim Askar, First Warrant Officer of Juvenile Police Department under the Ministry of Interior was briefly present at the function and complimented the school on its 19th Founder’s Day celebrations. Director Dr Thomas reminisced about the inception years and said: “We are at a crossroad. Education and children have changed. Children should be moulded to be responsible social beings. The task of education is a partnership between school, teachers and parents. The trendy style of youth alarms me. Let’s get into action and make efforts to observe, reach out and help.” He also quoted APJ Abdul Kalam and said “Start where you are with what you have.” A dance performance, 'Tharuni' emphasised the theme of women empowerment. The audience cheered to Hayya Hayya, when the students of the Middle Section rocked the stage, giving a glimpse of 32 countries participating in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. A mime on afforestation, 'Aranyakarana,' shedding light on the drastic climatic change was presented by another group of Middle School students. The students of the Secondary section presented 'Uhibbu Baladi – I Love My Country' merging the Indian and Qatari forms of music, elevating the positive values of love, loyalty and honesty towards one’s nation. The school’s Theatre Club refreshed the memory of the world’s greatest dramatist, William Shakespeare through the play 'Macbeth' which featured young actors of Secondary and Senior Secondary sections. The finale of the cultural programmes was ‘Auguri’, a parade by the graduating batch of Class XII. Vice-head boy Rohan Doddamane and vice-head girl Rushali Nair proposed a vote of thanks.
Doha College, one of the oldest international schools in the country, recently hosted a girls’ only football tournament, with participants from its own sporting academy Evolution Sports Qatar (EVO), as well as PSG Academy and Lusail Football Club. Girls from over 30 nationalities joined together on the floodlit 4G pitch and put their skills to the test. Saffiyah Shaikh 10-year-old Saffiyah Shaikh, a Year 6 Doha College student was thrilled at the opportunity to be part of the game. She said: “I was born in Manchester and football is a big part of the local culture. It allows me to be free on the pitch. It also teaches me discipline, to keep going and always get back up.” Football's governing body FIFA, stated that it hopes 60mn women around the globe will be playing the game by 2026. This is twice as much as the numbers that were playing less than 10 years ago. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has generated a surge in the popularity of the women's game. New generations of footballers are emerging and proving that inclusivity is a reality of the present, rather than a faraway goal. Action from a match Rosie Todd, EVO’s new Girls’ Soccer co-ordinator, shared her first impressions of the opportunities for girls to be involved in football: “I didn't really know what to expect when I arrived in Qatar a few months ago. The first time I saw the girls playing, I could tell that there was a fantastic foundation built up by EVO since the club started in 2007. With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 set to inspire thousands more, this can only keep growing and growing, and this is a positive impact we can make on the future of girls’ football.”
The 48th Annual Athletic Meet of MES Indian School was opened recently by decathlete Ahmad Hassain Moussa, who represented Qatar in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Marc Oliver, lead coach PLFA was the guest of honour. The ceremony commenced with a march past of the contingents representing Blue, Green, Red and Yellow houses. A welcome mass-drill was performed by the Junior Section students followed by a fusion of Arabic dance, martial art and mod drill along with a pyramid formation by the students of Girls’ and Boys’ sections, respectively. Roller skaters representing all the participating countries of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was among the highlights. Boys' Section sports captain Muhammad Roshan led the oath-taking ceremony for the contestants. The Olympic torch was carried by the house captains and athletes and lit by the athletes.
Ideal Indian School team emerged as champions in the Kick off 2022 Interschool Sevens Football Tournament organised by the Diaspora of Malappuram (DoM) Qatar. The Under 19 team won the final match against Birla Public School (3-0).The team members are Abdullah (captain and goalkeeper), Abdelrahman Hafiz, Abdul Latif Adil, Mohamed Wehib, Naeem Sidhique, Mohamed Fadil, Mohammad Fadi Zubair, Mujtaba Wadia Bashir, Shahad Shafeeque, Muhammed Rizal, Youssef Gamal and Shahazad Hassan. Vijayant Thapa is the coach. Principal Shaik Shamim Saheb along with the team received the trophy. Junior Section vice principal Azam Kham, Boys Section vice principal Ashok Kumar, assistant headmaster Sajid Shamim, PE Department head Mohammed Nowfal and teachers were present on the occasion.
The Qatar Medical Students Association (QMSA) in the College of Medicine at QU Health, Qatar University (QU), launched medical student exchange programmes in both professional and research exchange. QMSA, in co-ordination with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations, welcomed three students from Belgium, Slovenia, and Croatia, who selected a research project with Dr Susu Zughaier, in QU’s College of Medicine to pursue their internship and learn about antimicrobial resistance. The visiting international students had the opportunity to interact and learn alongside local medical students at the College of Medicine. This proved to be a very enriching experience for both the international and local students through an exchange of experiences, perspectives and views. The visiting students experienced the Problem Based Learning (PBL) educational module, a new concept for them as they receive traditional lecture-based teaching at their universities. Third year students Nika Perko (Croatia), and Laurens Martens (Belgium), as well as fifth year student Martin Rigler (Slovenia) joined Dr Zughaier’s lab. Two other students joined Hamad Medical Corporation clinics for professional exchange in the ER and internal medicine rotations. Dr al-Zughaier stressed the importance of the programme noting its value for any academic institution as it enriches the students' learning experience for different curricula and cultures alike. The visiting international students gained intensive research experience at Dr Zughaier’s lab where they learnt about antibiotic resistance mechanisms and testing methods. They also learned about tissue culture techniques used to investigate host-pathogen interactions. Finally, they attended PBL sessions with local medical students and a medical microbiology resource lecture.
The physical education department of the junior section, MES Indian School, recently organised an "impressive" mass drill and flash mob to ‘Welcome FIFA Qatar’. Around 1,000 students of the junior section dressed up as football players of various participating teams in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The students performed the mass drill and flash mob to the official FIFA song, 'Hayya Hayya'. Principal Dr Hameeda Kadar inaugurated the ‘FIFA World Cup Countdown and appreciated the initiatives of teachers and students to create such a crowd-puller mass drill and flash mob. Mohamed Navas, Binoy K K, Fency and Rose Maria co-ordinated the event.
To emphasise traffic rules, Grade I of DPS-Modern Indian School (DPS-MIS) conducted an activity to explain traffic rules such as appropriate times to cross a street and identify significant road signs and signals while travelling. Children demonstrated road safety techniques by enacting a play-creating scene on the road. In order to promote the Qatari national identity, Children were made familiar with the traffic police vehicles of Qatar - Lekhwiya and Al-azaa. Children were also made familiar with the traffic rules followed in Qatar. This activity not only helped in strengthening the concepts, but also enabled sensory development, gross motor skills, self-esteem, self-expression and problem-solving skills in children. Children participated enthusiastically and enjoyed the activity while learning about road safety.
Area 12, Division C, District 116, Region 11, Qatar under the aegis of Toastmaster International had their first confluence meeting recently. The novel concept promoted by Area 12 director Bhuvana Annadurai saw the participation of five clubs through a hybrid meeting. Toastmaster of the Day was Anthony Mascarenhas. The participants were from ICC One, Global Improv & Story Telling, Syrian Engineers Association, Qatar University, and TECH TM clubs. Area advisor Michael Wader presented an education module on 'Vocal Variety & Body Language', while the other advisor Khalid Hamdan insisted on consistency and practice. The other speakers presented their prepared speeches and took part in the table topics session. The feedback session had Pradeep Padat at the general evaluator.
The Ladies Throwball Tournament was organised by the Indian Sports Centre (ISC), under the aegis of the Indian embassy, on October 14 and 15 at Hamilton International School. Twelve teams from India and Sri Lanka participated. The draws and trophy release were held on October 10 at Zaitoon restaurant. Chief guest of the event was Suman Sonkar, first secretary from the embassy of India. The 122 participating teams of the tournament were the Indian Women’s Association, Indian Warrior, Karnataka Sangha Qatar, Mangalore Cricket Club, Mangalore Cultural Association, Bunts Qatar, Qatar Tamizhar Sangam, Queen Bees, Star Sports, Tulukoota-1, Tulukoota-2 and WISQ Ravens. The grand opening ceremony on October 14 was graced by Dr Alpna Deepak Mittal, wife of Indian ambassador Dr Deepak Mittal, who motivated the women players. ISC president Dr Mohan Thomas, in his address, appreciated Anil Kumar Boloor, appointed as head of throwball, and the team. He also thanked the volunteers and sponsors for their support. In his address, Boloor conveyed a message from Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Nasser, vice-chairman and chief operating officer of Venture Gulf, the event sponsor. Mangalore Cricket Club won the first quarterfinal against Star Sports, while Tulukoota-2 lost to Karnataka Sangha Qatar in the second quarterfinal. The third quarterfinal was won by Mangalore Cultural Association against Queen Bees, and Tulukoota-1 was the winner of the fourth quarterfinal against Qatar Tamizhar Sangam. The opening day ended with the semifinals. Mangalore Cricket Club won the first semifinal against Karnataka Sangha Qatar in a nail-biting finish, while Tulukoota-1 secured a comfortable victory against Mangalore Cultural Association in the second semifinal. On the second day of matches, Karnataka Sangha Qatar won the third place against Mangalore Cultural Association. The grand final was played between Tulukoota-1 and Mangalore Cricket Club. Tulukoota-1, the most balanced team in the tournament, won the final comfortably with brilliant performances by all the players. Day 2 was graced by chief guest Mariam Farid, one of the first Qatari female athletes to compete in the World Athletics Championships. She motivated the players and was highly appreciative of the organisation and execution of the event by ISC. Rukkaiya Pachisa, head of finance, ISC, welcomed the chief guest, players and sponsors. Dr Thomas applauded the efforts of his team and performance of the players and congratulated the winners. Farid and guest of honour Harish Baliga, general manager of Venture Gulf, were honoured with mementos. Trophies, awards and mementos were presented to all the winners, supporters and sponsors. The maiden ISC Trophy was lifted by Tulukoota-1. Star Sports won the Fair Play award. Muriel Merlyn of Tulukoota-1 won the Player of the Tournament award, while Aisha Mohamed of Mangalore Cricket Club bagged the Best Receiver Trophy. Sujatha of Karnataka Sangha Qatar won the Best Attacker Trophy. Boloor thanked the ISC president and his team, supporters, volunteers, all the teams and players of the tournaments, officials, sponsors and his family for their tremendous support. Reena Alex Castelino was the Master of Ceremonies for all three events. ISC vice-president Sheji Valiyakath, Indian Cultural Centre vice-president Subramanya Hebbagelu, ISC general secretary T S Sreenivas, ISC MC members Nisha Agrawal, Rajesh Kannan, Sippy Jose, Varkey Boban, Yawar Ali and Ravi Shetty, managing director of ATS (gold sponsor) V S Mannangi, divisional manager of AlMuftah Contracting Company (gold sponsor), representative from Naseem Healthcare (gold sponsor), and many associate associations' presidents and managing committee members also graced the event.
Ideal Indian School (IIS) conducted an empowerment programme for its teachers as part of the school’s policy to keep the teaching faculty updated on the developments taking place in the field of education and pedagogy. The key topic of the programme was 'Integration of 21st-century skills in classroom teaching', which focused on the discussion of the '4Cs' related to learning skills: communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. The team also had a presentation on life skills called FLIPS (flexibility, leadership, initiative, productivity and social skills). Opening the session, principal Shaik Shamim Saheb emphasised the need of focusing on developing the skills that will help students meet the challenges of the 21st century. The co-ordinator of the programme, Sajid Shamim, AHM, Boys’ Section, spoke about the rationale behind the session and its relevance in today's context. The entire session was moderated by Ashok Kumar Tiwari. The vice-principal of the Boys’ Section developed a good rapport with the speakers at regular intervals and engaged the audience by conveying the message from the speakers to the teachers. The session ended with a vote of thanks by Sajid Shamim.
A group of 13 students of DPS - Modern Indian School accompanied by Sandhya Gopalakrishnan and Dr Deepika attended Qatar School Debate League-I for Girls at Sherborne Senior School and were ranked second. Team Vyusti, Karen and Sidrah bagged the fifth position and Team Avani, Leen and Sheza sixth. In the individual category, Vyusti was ranked fourth, Leen at sixth. Avani, Karen and Sidrah at 16th and Sheza at 36th position. Aliza, Saara, Jia, Arishta, Aarohi, Ziya and Nandini attended the event as observers. "Debating is an art that can be felt and understood only when you participate in it. It has to be experienced by all your senses," commented principal Asna Nafees.
MES Indian School students Johann Cherian George (XI G) and Rifa Fathima (XI K) bagged the first position in the classical poetry competition and dramatic monologue contest held at Bright Future International School recently. Each participant put up a performance of around three to four minutes. Judgement was done on the basis of acting, diction, memorisation and dialogue delivery. Aleena Angel, Byju, Gowri Sree Rama Lakshmi Pushyami Racherla were the teachers in-charge of training the students. Principal Dr Hameeda Kadar congratulated the winners.
The MES Indian School quiz team comprising Amina Shahal (VIII K), Minha Manaf (IX P), and Mohammed Abdul Muqeet (IX D) bagged the first position in the inter-school quiz competition season-2 of ‘Insijamu Qatar - 2022’ conducted for the students of classes VIII – X and organised by Rajagiri Public School recently. Six teams from various schools participated in the final round. Qatari writer, novelist, and academic Dr Ahmed Abdul Malik, was the chief guest. MES principal Dr Hameeda Kadar congratulated the winners. The quiz team was monitored by Sheeja George and Jahfar Niyas Para, co-ordinators, Department of Social Science and Qatar History and trained by Muraleedharan Nair and Anu K S, in-charges of quiz.
Year 4 students at Park House English School were thrilled to meet the national Olympic swimming champion, Nada Mohammed Wafa, recently. In a meeting at the school, she encouraged them to follow their dreams and shared some advice on how they could reach their goals. Nada competed in the 50m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the first woman to represent Qatar at the Olympics and then again in the Rio 2016 games. During the interaction with students, Nada said: “The key to success is self-confidence whilst following your dreams and achieving your goals, as well as passion, dedication, and determination.” Principal John Smith said: "At Park House English School we feel it is important to ensure our students are inspired to be the best versions of themselves. When they meet and interact with amazing role models, they are motivated to follow their own dreams. We are very grateful that we were able to welcome Nada Mohammed Wafa to our school. As a national hero, we know that she has inspired our entire community.” Park House English School, part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP), is one of the first British schools in Doha and has a rich history of excellence.
The Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) Qatar branch meeting held recently was attended by over 90 practitioners and students from the University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST). Motivational safety speaker Kevin Scott conducted a session on ‘Normalised Risk' and leadership and belief coach Joseph Stanley held a session on safety leadership. IOSH Qatar branch chair Ahmed Elidrisy and vice chair Venkatesan Kulandaivelu spoke.
Indian Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Qatar Chapter recently conducted a medical camp for its members and their families at Reyada Medical Centre. Chapter general secretary Sunil Kamalaksha commenced the event. President Kiran Kumar Podakanti welcomed the gathering. Reyada Health Care managing director Jamsheer Hamza and sales and marketing manager Altaf Khan were honoured. Chapter officials Avinash, Abdul Basith, Venkat Reddy and Rahul also attended the inaugural event.
Qatar resident Dr Nisreen Moideen, an alumnus of MES Indian School, has secured first rank in the post graduate medical degree university examinations in radio-diagnosis conducted by the Kerala University of Health Sciences, (KUHAS), India, in May 2022. She completed her post-graduation in radio diagnosis from Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, affiliated to KUHAS, and graduation from Karuna Medical College, Palakkad. Dr Nisreen is the daughter of Moideen Panayam Padan, who is employed with Bradma, Qatar and Fathimathul Bathul Moideen, a former teacher at Ideal Indian School. During her schooling in Qatar, she topped in Qatar and secured second rank in the GCC countries in class X examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 2009. She was awarded the best outgoing student by MES Indian School in 2011 for her consistent academic excellence during the 14 year studentship at the institution and passing the class XII CBSE exam with second rank in Qatar.
The Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association Qatar (Amuaaq) held a discussion on the topic, 'Role of Aligarh Movement today in promotion of peace, progress and harmony,' recently. Renowned journalist Mohamed Wajihuddin, assistant senior editor of the Mumbai edition of Times of India, the largest-selling English daily in India, was the keynote speaker while Indian embassy first secretary (culture, education and labour) Sachin Dinkar Shankpal was the chief guest. Amuaaq president Dr Nadeem Zafar Jilani in his inaugural speech welcomed the guests and introduced the guest speaker, also an alumnus of the prestigious university and elaborated on his humble beginnings and career achievements. Wajihuddin recalled his student days in Aligarh and outlined how Aligarhians across the globe could be a force to spread, peace, brotherhood and harmony, bringing communities together. He mentioned that India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi described AMU as a "mini-India" reflecting India's rich cultural heritage, diversity and inclusiveness. He also referenced his much-acclaimed book, 'Aligarh Muslim University: The making of the Modern Indian Muslims' which was launched first at an international platform in Doha by Amuaaq and thanked the team for organising the event. Shankpal lauded Amuaaq for their social and cultural activities and expressed hope it will continue to play a great role in India's growth story. Earlier, the programme started with a recitation from Holy Qur'an by Mamnoon Ahmad Bangash and an expression of condolences and prayers for Prof Asghar Abbas, who passed away recently. A professor of Urdu, he had written many books on Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Aligarh Movement. Amuaaq chairman Jawed Ahmad stressed the need for constant dialogue to promote peace and harmony. The executive committee joined the felicitation of Wajihuddin with flowers and a shawl. Vice-president Faisal Nasim proposed a vote of thanks. General secretary M Farman Khan and executive member Abad Khan were also present.