Bhavan's principal T. Premkumar receives CBSE Teachers Award

Thursday, September 14, 2017

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, passion for excellence. This dictum is true about Mr. T. Premkumar, one of the most successful CBSE principals in the Middle East. His immense contribution to the field of education has now earned him the most coveted ‘CBSE Teachers’ Award 2016’ instituted by the CBSE to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the great educators.

The Award Ceremony

The CBSE award ceremony was held on September 11, 2017 in Delhi in the presence of newly appointed CBSE Chairperson Anita Karwal IAS, Member Secretary NCTE Mr Sanjay Awasthi, Director NCERT Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty, Secretary of CBSE Mr Anurag Tripathi and several other distinguished dignitaries from the MHRD, representatives of NVS, KVS and Government schools. The only awardee from abroad.

The Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD), Government of India, Upendra Kushwaha felicitated the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) teachers for their contribution to the field of education. Thirty-Three teachers from across the country and abroad were conferred CBSE award for their innovations in classroom teaching for the year 2016-17. The selection of the awardees is based on the academic efficiency and improvement, interest, reputation in the community, perseverance, and commitment towards education, said a statement from CBSE. Mr.T. Premkumar stands tall among the awardees as he was the only awardee from abroad.

The minister congratulated all the awardees and said that their contribution in nation building and liberating generations is unparalleled. "The Board is pleased to present the annual CBSE teachers awards 2016-17 to reward those teachers who go beyond their call of duty to inspire students to greater heights, have accomplished milestones in their profession and contributed in uplifting the overall performance of their respective institutions," said Anita Karwal Chairperson, CBSE.

Mr.T. Premkumar – Humility Meets Excellence

Mr. Premkumar is an educator par excellence. He has painstakingly yet passionately designed the career of his students for accomplishment. He chiseled them for success and endowed them with the seeds of greatness. He is indeed a prized blend of humility and excellence. A young Premkumar grew up in Tamil Nadu. He attended Kendriya Vidyalayas across the nation and graduated from KV Kalpakkam. He brought laurels to the institution by being the athletic champion of the school. The title ‘Athletic Champion’ followed him to the neighboring state Karnataka as well. “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students”, said Mr.Premkumar. He attributes his love for science to his teachers in the Kendriya Vidyala who instilled scientific temper in him. He smilingly added. “Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.” The great teacher-trainer became eloquent when he reminisced about his student days. “My teachers had a profound impact on me. I made up my mind to follow their footprints despite my family’s wish.”, said the veteran educator basking in the glory of his notable achievement.

Mr.T. Premkumar began his career as a research assistant at the Indira Gandhi Atomic Research Centre, Chennai. He worked there extensively and exhaustively on reprocessing the spent furel. His diligence enabled him to work on ‘the extraction of uranium in spent fuels’ at the Tarapur Nuclear Reactor, Mumbai, India. However, he forsook the well-paid government job to follow his heart and to become a teacher. He found little happiness in dealing with exanimate chemical elements and decided to pursue his dream. Without a pinch of regret, he resigned the lucrative job and embraced pedagogy wholeheartedly. The newly recruited middle school teacher rose to the rank of a senior PGT within no time and in due course of time, he was promoted to the position of the Head of the Faculty, Department of Chemistry following his ascension to the position of the vice principal of the higher secondary section of one of the largest coeducational school in the Gulf region – Indian School, Muscat. The enthusiasm for the progress of the school and utmost dedication were rewarded fittingly. Mr. T. Premkumar was unanimously chosen to lead the Indian School Al Seeb in Muscat. It is indeed a matter of pride for this awe-inspiring educator that he was the only homegrown administrator of ISM till date. His contribution to the field of private education in Muscat, Oman earned him a letter of commendation from Simmon’s College, Boston, USA. A matter of great pride indeed for the entire Indian diaspora in the Middle East!

He was entrusted with the responsibility of the then budding Al-Seeb School in Muscat by the management. He took charge of the school as the Principal and helped the school become one of the best schools in Oman today.

His love for sports never ceased. On the other hand, his love for sports and games reached its pinnacle during his tenure in the Indian School, Muscat. He represented Indian Schools in Oman Cricket League and played in the Division level. He was also the founding member of Vigyan Bharati (Science India Forum) and remains as the educational advisor

Mr. T.Premkumar also served the CBSE Muscat Chapter as the Educational adviser. He was nominated as the convener of the Oman Chapter for two years consecutively. Another feather in his cap was when he was chosen by the Indian school board of governors as their trainer for the subject Chemistry for all the teachers of Chemistry in Muscat. “I pay tribute to the five principals in Oman with whom I worked. They taught me the various attributes to be a successful teacher and an efficient administrator.”, said Mr.Premkumar.

A major milestone in the career of Mr.T. Premkumar was his decision to be a part of the renowned Bhavans group of Institutions in the Middle East. He joined Indian Educational School in 2010 as the principal of the flagship school owned by the Abu Dhabi based Bhavans Middle East which runs nearly a dozen premium schools across the Middle East. One of his early ventures in Kuwait was to establish Science India Forum (SIF) or Vigyan Bharati in the soil of Kuwait. Under his guidance, Bhavans Kuwait rose to the numero uno position within a very short span of time. The formerly academic centered institution established itself as a center of multidimensional learning shortly. Bhavans Kuwait since then marched ahead towards perfection through the shimmering light of resounding success under his able leadership.

No stone was left unturned in his pursuit of perfection. Bhavans Kuwait found itself as the ‘Gulf Topper School, Center for CBSE Math Olympiad, and many more. He was appointed as the CBSE Counselor by the CBSE. He garnered many more accolades and memorable recognition to his credit. Bhavans Kuwait also won plaudits in the field of sports. Clusters to Nationals have seen Bhavans flag fluttering higher and higher in the skies of sports and games. Bhavans nearly monopolized all the literary and language events in Kuwait. Balakalamela championship, Xpression Championship, St.Berchaman’s Extempore Speech Competition and what not? Bhavanites have even left their footprints in Slovenia where they have proved their might and mettle in the International Debate Contest.

The educational visionary of our times – Mr.N.K. Ramachandran Menon (The Chairman, Bhavans Middle East, Abu Dhabi) is the guiding spirit behind Mr.T.Premkumar. Mr. Premkumar gratefully acknowledges his invaluable guidance in transforming Bhavans Kuwait into a school with a vision and a mission for the global learners of the 21st century. “My award is dedicated to my chairman, Mr.N.K.Ramachandran Menon”, said a grateful Premkumar when asked whom he would dedicate his award to. He also added that he owed his success to his highly professional team at IES – pedagogues par excellence and the most talented students of Bhavans Kuwait apart from his dear family members.

“I always valued somebody calling me a teacher more than being called a principal or an administrator.” “My first love is teaching”, said the proud awardee.

Achievements after achievements have made Premkumar only humble. He rules out the age-old authoritarian theory of management. He is always seen in and around the corridors motivating his team members and students alike. He believes that leadership not about glorious crowning acts but about keeping the team focused on a goal and motivating the teammates to give their best to achieve the goal.

Express your comment on this article

Lynn Cuskey-Wertz
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Congratulations Mr. Premkumar. You deserve this recognition and more. I grew up hearing my dad (Dr. Walter Cuskey) speak highly of you, and he always had such great respect for you, as do I. You're such a tremendous inspiration to others. Thank you for all your wonderful contributions to this world.

Dr. S. Neelamani
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Congratulations for Dr. Premkumar for this award. You really deserve this and many more in the future for your noble contribution.

Dinesh Pillai
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Most respected sir,

After Oman Observer, today Times of Oman has given a wider coverage of your accomplishments and what more do we parents of Oman school where you were a PILLAR for over 2 decades and half need to rejoice. Sir, even after you left Oman if the news papers here are celebrating your success, it is a TRIBUTE to the excellence that you have always lived for. What a loss for us here in Oman cannot be described in words. We want you to come here and accept a befitting felicitation and please make it at the earliest. May you continue to shine wherever you are. We always pray for you and your lovely family that stood by you always.

Dinesh Pillai

Sheela Nair
Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dear Premkumar Sir,

All the way from Oman your first home (you used to say) come this message of congratulation on the award that is conferred upon you. Somewhere in 2000 you were to get this but one sign eluded that which all knows here. As Col Mani has put it, there are many more things I too can list but to satisfy whom sir? You are a gem of a person, a great passionate teacher and an able leader. Your students are shining stars and they are the lucky ones to have gone through your hands. In Kuwait you are growing stronger only because you are loyal to the institution where ever you are. Whole Oman read your article in the Observer that is a TRIBUTE to a great teacher of ours. God bless you sir.


Dr. Peter Fernandez
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017

Congrats sir .
Thank you for being a wonderful guide and inspiration inspiration to all of us.

shebey thomas
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017

Congrats Sir we are proud of you

Lt Col RVS Mani (Retd)
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dear Sir
Joy knew no bounds. The deserved got it. You deserved it. Must have been much before; better late than never. Heartiest Congratulations.

If not you, who else could be:-
(a) A Principal, who is looked upon as a role model from LKG to XII students.
(b) A Principal, who had never said No to any good initiatives.
(c) A Principal, who had children's welfare and upliftment, utmost in his mind.
(d) A Principal, who had run a school in rented 2 Bed Room apartments - without any reservations.
(e) A Principal, who drove 70 odd Kms to visit another school to take XII Chemistry classes for another school, almost daily.
(f) A Principal, who had been CBSE counsellor for students.
more than anything,
(g) A Principal, who is more accessible to parents and teachers 24 hours, 7 days, 365 days a year.

I am sure, all your students, now well off in their life, owe their progress to you a large extent.

With Profund Regards

Rama Thilagam Regupathy
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Really inspiring Sir!
. "The easiest thing to do is talk, the toughest thing to do is action"

Geetha K
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Many Congratulations to our daughter's Principal. You deserve much more than this for your humble nature, vast knowledge and able administration. You have transformed Bhavans as the article says from an academic training institute to what it is today a truly multidimensional learning center and that makes me and all the parents that we know here in Kuwait feel that you are a principal of substance. May God bless you and give you the strength and your awards will come from above!


S Radhakrishnan
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dear Sir
You deserve it though it is belated.
You are the source of inspiration for many in their career.

Annadatha V Murali Manohar
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Great news!... Bravo!!.

Premkumar garu, YOU DESERVE THE AWARD.

This is a great testimony and recognition for your efforts... in NOT just teaching... but a benchmark, for teachers. As I know you for almost a decade, I say with confidence, that all your students would be proud of your achievements.

Keep up your great work.

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mr. Premkumar, please recall the last telephone call I made to you before my child took the CBSE examination in March after your counseling session was over when the last line my wife told you with tears in her eyes is - GOD WILL BLESS you sir abundantly and your hard work will never go unnoticed. Sir, today as a parent of another Indian school, I feel proud to say that you have made a difference in the life of not just my child who was insulted by her own teachers and the head of the school but entire Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. My wife and I will always remember this act of kindness and as the report says your great achievements in this field has just made you the most humble human being. May your family be blessed always sir. In the name of the LORD - Amen


Rahul C
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Most respected and revered guru our dear PK sir, the first message of congratulations has come from the heart of a ISMite Dr. Raymol and that itself shows the kind of legacy that you have left behind in the soils of Muscat and in particular soils of ISM. CBSE is too late to recognize your contribution to the students in the gulf. ISM will never ever be able to have a stalwarts like yourself , Raghavan sir and Krishnamurthy sir. You trio ruled over two decades and thousands of ISM students today stands tall all over the world due to your sheer commitment, dedication and hard work. Today I am PROUD you dear guru of mine who turned carbon in me to diamond and I am shining as wished for me. Pranam, Pranam, Pranam sir...My parents convey their respect to you my all timemost favourite teacher and a hero of many!! Luv you PK sir.

Suresh K S
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017


Dr. Raymol Manoj
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Congratulations Sir ! Your students from Indian School Muscat are very happy to know abt this prestigious Award !!!

Reehana Parvesh
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Great award to the Great human on this earth.

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Congratulations sir,

Raveendran Subbiah
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Congratulations Sir. Its a well deserved recognition.

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