Indian School, Sohar

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Indian School, Sohar
Indian School Sohar logo.jpg
Coordinates 24°20′23″N 56°44′47″E / 24.33972°N 56.74639°E / 24.33972; 56.74639Coordinates: 24°20′23″N 56°44′47″E / 24.33972°N 56.74639°E / 24.33972; 56.74639
Type Private
Motto Darkness to Light!!
Established 1982
President Mr. Abraham George
Principal Sanchita Verma
Gender Co-educational
White, rectangular building with many windows
New school building

Indian School Sohar (ISS) is an English co-educational school for Indians in the Al Hambar area of Sohar, Oman. It was founded in 1982, and is managed by members of the Indian business community. The school has students from kindergarten to Class 12 and is affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education in India.[1]


ISS was named for its student community, and Asha Sakrani was its first principal. The school was founded to educate Indian children in and around Sohar. There were eight students initially; the school was in a single room, with Sakrani as the only teacher and the principal. Students sat on mats, and the only furniture was a table and chair. As enrollment and faculy increased, N. Subramanian became principal in 1992 and the school later moved near the souq. CBSE accreditation for class ten was received in 1994, and the following year the first class took the class-ten board (CBSE) examination. In 2001, class twelve received CBSE affiliation.

The school grew from one room in 1982 to two two-story buildings with 38 classrooms. Sanchita Verma became principal in 2012, replacing J.K. Arora. Its logo reads "From darkness to light" in Sanskrit and English, with a lamp in the centre flanked by a pair of swans and an open book (symbolising learning).[2]


The school has physics, chemistry, biology, 3 computer, Junior Sc. and 2mathematics laboratories . 2, Art -and-crafts rooms, 3 libraries and music rooms are also available. All the classes from KG to XII have multimedia smart boards to augment traditional teaching methods. ISS offers CBSE-formatted education to over 3,500 students. The sections of each class were increased, with some going up to J grade. Kindergarten classes are held in a separate building. Recently, another building has come.It is spacious and has a/cs even in corridors.It is monitored with cameras everywhere.


In April 2012 the school operated on a 7:50 am–2:10 pm schedule, Sunday to Thursday; this included nine classes and a lunch break. Students may not leave during school hours, and the school has a uniform dress code. In the 2011 AISSCE (Class 12 Board exams), students scored 99 in chemistry, 98 in informatics practices, 97 in biology, 96 in mathematics, 95 in English and 95 in physics.[3][4]thirty six students received a CGPA score of 10 in the 2016 Class 10 CBSE examination. The gulf topper in Sc stream in 2015 Archana CM was from Indian school Sohar. [5] and Class 12 results were also good.[6]

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ISS entered Gulf-zone events in 2009. The school has won a cricket championship and have finished second in football. Its annual athletic meet features aerobics, a P.T. display, races, shot put, discus throw and gymnastics. Teachers also participate in co-curricular activities; in 2009, seven students and a teacher participated in Indian national athletics.


ISS won the Shastra Pratibha Contest in 2008 and 2009 in the sub-senior group, receiving the Indian Ambassador's Rolling Trophy. The contest is organised by Science India Forum, with the trophy awarded to the winning school. A school team, composed of Akshay Purohit, Gaurav Mokhasi and Sachin Siby was runner-up in the school-team category in the annual Times of Oman quiz.[7][8] The finals were held on 17 April 2009 in the Qurum amphitheater. One hundred seventy-nine teams participated from all over Oman, and ISS finished fourth; Indian ambassador to Oman H.E. Anil Wadhwa visited the school.[9] ISS organises competitive events for students to hone their skills.[10]

ISS has been part of the national news.[11][12][13][14] The school has participated in international Olympiads, including the 2009 International Informatics Olympiad. Seven students secured a perfect 10 in the 2011 Class 10 (AISSE) exams.[15] Four students from the 2010–2011 Class 12 received INSPIRE scholarships (Rs 400,000 over five years) from the Department of Science and Technology for reaching the top one percent in the 2011 CBSE Class 12 Board exams.[16] A Class 11 student won third prize in the Ambassador's Polemic Challenge and was congratulated by Anil Wadhwa, ambassador of India to Oman. ISS students topped the Young Bulls competition held in 2012.[17] The ISS annual Sports Day has been covered by the Times of Oman.[18] The school received the Ambassador's Trophy for most improved school in Oman from Ambassador J.S. Mukul at a conference at Muscat.[19]

In 2014 CBSE Board( AISSCE)Class 12 results were very encouraging. Thirty three students scored 95% and above marks in English, Fourteen secured 95% marks in Mathematics. Sushanti Ritraj topped with 95.6% aggregate. Hetanxi Hemant Singadia stood second with 93% and Shivani Pandey 3rd with 91.8% marks. Girls outshone the boys.[20]


  1. ^ CBSE, ISS; CBSE (11 September 2009). "Affiliation". EDUCATIONAL. CBSE. p. 1. Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Logo". Indian School Sohar. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Oman, Times; Times of Oman (18 April 2009). "Times of Oman Quiz". News. Times of Oman. p. 1. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  8. ^ Oman, Times; Times of Oman (18 April 2009). "Times of Oman Quiz". News. Times of Oman. p. 1. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  9. ^ Embassy, ISS; Indian Embassy (November 2007). "Ambassdor's Visit" (PDF). News. Indian Embassy. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  10. ^ Oman, ISS; Times of Oman (24 May 2007). "Competitions". News. Times of Oman. p. 1. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  11. ^ Creative Minds. Times of Oman, Page 7, August 1,2007
  12. ^ Maths Operation contest. Oman Tribune, Page 3, Nation, 31 August 2007
  13. ^ Tribune, Nation, 9 August 2007
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
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  16. ^ CBSE circular no. CBSE/CU/INSPIRE-2011/ dated 1 July 2011
  17. ^ Times of Oman Market Section Page B 10 dated 05/02/2013–
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  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 June 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 

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