THE INDIAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL, KUWAIT

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RENOWNED ARCHITECT PADMA SHRI PROF. G. SHANKAR VISITS ICSK SENIOR



On 6th November 2016, Padma Shri Prof. G. Shankar, the pioneer of people's housing movement based on cost effective and sustainable building technologies in India, honoured The Indian Community School (Senior) Kuwait with his presence. His concept of green architecture has brought about a much-required qualitative change to the shelter sector in Kerala, India. His sensitivity to the needs of the common man, the marginalized, the fisher folk, the slum dwellers and the tribals earned him the title of 'People's Architect'. Since 1987 he is UN Consultant for disaster mitigation (Srilanka & Maldives). He is also the Chairman of the National Committee constituted by the Government of India to formulate guidelines on disaster resistant building technologies. He is the founder and chief architect of Habitat Technology Group, an NGO working in the shelter sector in south Asia with responding centers in India and in other developing countries like Bangladesh, Srilanka and Nigeria. Presently it is a group of 400 professionals with a support base of 30000 trained habitat workers.

The programme commenced with an introduction of the Guest by Dr.V.Binumon, Principal & Senior Administrator ICSK. He welcomed the Guest Padma Shri Prof. G. Shankar who was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Sugatha Shankar, a retired English professor to the function.

In his address to the students he exhorted them to be the future of the nation & explained to them the importance of travel to expand one's horizons. He equated travelling to the experience of reading thousands of books. Talking about his desire to help the downtrodden he shared his experience with Mother Teresa, who served as a motivational figure in his life. He draws inspiration from the architect Laurie Baker and has taken up the mission to involve the people in every step of the building process. He then appealed to the students to wholeheartedly help the less fortunate to secure their dreams. He also entreated them to take the road less travelled so that they can make a positive difference in the lives of others. A memento, as a token of appreciation was presented to the Guest which was followed by a photo session to capture the moment for eternity. The programme culminated with the vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Sam. T. Kuruvilla, the Vice Principal.