International Indian School Jeddah

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Coordinates: 21°33′01″N 39°13′33″E / 21.55028°N 39.22583°E / 21.55028; 39.22583

International Indian School Jeddah
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TypePublic school
MottoKnowledge is Light
Established1969 (est.)
ChairmanShamsuddin Kodakoddan
Staff600 (est.)
Enrollment18,000 (est.)
CampusUrban, 8 acres (32,000 m2) approx.

The International Indian School Jeddah, (Arabic: المدرسة الهندية العالميه بجدة‎; Hindi: अंतर्राष्ट्रीय भारतीय विद्यालय जेद्दा) formerly known as the Embassy of India School, is an elementary and secondary school for the children of Indian nationals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with boys and girls taught separately in English. It was founded in 1969.[1]


On the encouragement of the local Indian community, Rafiuddin S. Fazulbhoy started the school on a small scale in 1969. It was then called "Embassy of India School, Jeddah". The construction of the present girls' section started in 1982 with the foundation stone laid by Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and was completed in 1984. The construction of boys' section was started in 1992 and completed in 1994. As of 2011, the school teaches more than 12,000 students. Later on another building was added for KG Section in 2011 and yet another in 2016.[2][3]


The Indian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the Patron of the school.[4] The Indian Consulate oversees the functioning of the school through an Observer in the rank of a Consul.[5]

The administration of the school is carried out by the Chairman and five members of the Managing Committee.[6]

Courses offered[edit]

The school offers five subjects for primary and secondary levels to prepare the students for AISSE examinations.

In senior secondary Humanities, Commerce and Science are offered as course streams. The optional subjects include Mathematics, Computer Science, Informatics, Home Science, Physical Education, Biology and languages like Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, etc.


The school is affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi [1] under the Affiliation Number 5730001. The CBSE School Code is 72562. It is also a CBSE Examination Centre with Centre Code 8807.


The founder of the school, Rafiuddin Fazulbhoy, was awarded Pravasi Bhartiya Samman, highest honour conferred on overseas Indians, by the President of India in 2008.[7][8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b School, Global Indian International. "International Indian School Jeddah".
  2. ^ "Saudi Gazette/ Saudi Arabia".
  3. ^ "Info".
  4. ^ "IISJ to Have Nominated Advisory Committee". 7 September 2006.
  5. ^ "IISJ bids farewell to school observer". 12 December 2015.
  6. ^ "IISJ plans higher fees; says expansion needed to admit more students". 1 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Mauritius PM, Bilimoria, Trinidad center among diaspora awardees -".
  8. ^ "Emerging opportunities in India highlighted". 9 January 2016.
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