Indian School Muscat (ISM) on Thursday, 2nd November 2017, in a giant leap in the history of ISM, pioneered a new chapter aiming at instilling modern scientific flair amongst students. H. E. Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, unveiled the Hydroponics Project at ISM, the first of its kind ever initiated amongst Schools in Middle East and India.
Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants using only water, nutrients, and a growing medium. Plants may be grown with only their roots exposed to the mineral solution or the roots may be supported by an inert medium, such as, perlite or gravel. The students have got introduced to the various types of Hydroponics, such as, Wick Systems / Passive hydroponics, Deep Water Culture (DWC), Nutrient Film Technique (NFT), Ebb and Flow (Flood and Drain), Aeroponics and Drip Systems. In the world of time and space constraints the simple, effective hydroponics system helps in growing plants where and when one chooses. This project was initiated in ISM through the technical support by a parent Mr Muralee Manohar, who works with Themar Group.
The students elaborated on the various methods and techniques of Hydroponics and how it can be made functionally economical and viable.
H. E. Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, expressed his happiness over the way the students demonstrated the project by stating that the students of ISM not only keep themselves updated with scientific innovations and new technologies, and they also implement them in their school learning programmes.
The presence of dignitaries, Dr. Thashli Thankachen, Convener, Indian School Muscat Management Committee, Mr. Shameer PTK, Chairperson, Sports & Co- Curricular Sub-Committee, Dr. Sharmela Sondhi, Chairperson, Staff, Parent & Community Welfare Sub-Committee, Mr. Shahab Haider Rizwi, Chairperson, Projects Sub-Committee, Mr. Sachin Toprani, SMC Coordinator for Hydroponics, Mr. Dinesh M P, SMC Member and Dr. Shekhar, SMC Member, Dr Rajeev Kumar Chauhan, Principal, Indian School Muscat, school officials, parents and students have made this well inscribed event an unforgettable landmark in the history of Indian School Muscat.
Dr Rajeev Kumar Chauhan, Principal Indian School Muscat congratulated the teachers and students who have taken up this pilot project as part of STEM Education.