International Indian School, Riyadh

International Indian School Riyadh
المدرسة الهنديه العالمية بالرياض
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Saudi Arabia
Coordinates24°43′22″N 46°46′21″E / 24.72278°N 46.77250°E / 24.72278; 46.77250Coordinates: 24°43′22″N 46°46′21″E / 24.72278°N 46.77250°E / 24.72278; 46.77250
EstablishedOctober 9, 1982; 40 years ago (1982-10-09)
FounderZeenat Musarrat Jafri
School districtRawdah (Boys), Malaz (Girls)

International Indian School Riyadh (Arabic: المدرسة الهنديه العالمية بالرياض), formerly the Embassy of India School, Riyadh is a K–12 gender-isolated English-medium community-based foreign school in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, run by the Indian embassy. Established in 1982 upon persuasion from then Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, it was the first community-based institute in which was established to primarily serve the Indian diaspora in the country.[1] It offers curriculum prescribed by the Central Board of Secondary Education and is approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of Saudi Arabia.


IISR logo until 2022

In the wake of sudden and exponential influx of Indian workers and professionals in Saudi Arabia as a consequence of the 1973 energy crisis and subsequent oil boom, the new generation of expatriate families in the country struggled to provide their children with quality-education as the British and American schools were costly enough, and thus, infeasible. Zeenat Musarrat Jafri, an Indian educator from Lucknow and a former teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya who had arrived in Riyadh in 1979 with her husband,[2] also faced similar hurdles in enrolling her three-year old son into a proper school. She soon realized the importance of a community-based school in the country and reached out to the-then Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi during her four-day state-visit to Saudi Arabia in April 1982[3] and asked her to speak to the Saudi authorities to get a permission for the school.[4] The school was founded on 9 October 1982 as Embassy of India School, Riyadh with just 20 students[2] to cater to the educational requirements of the children of Indian expatriate community working in and around Riyadh city.[5]


To comply with national educational policies in Saudi Arabia, boys and girls have been accommodated in two separate buildings since 1995. Prior to that, students up to primary grades were placed under coeducation system and the boys and girls in higher grades were taught in separate shifts. The present Boys' school functioned as the only campus till a second premises 5 km away on Khurais Road was started to accommodate female students.

Girls' School

The Girls' School is presently located at Al Farazdaq Rd, Malaz district since 2011. The earlier location at Khurais road about 5 km away from the Boys' School. The girls school is spread over 921600 square(2 acres) meters[6] and includes 120 class rooms, a basketball court, library, computer lab, science labs and canteen. The school has its own fleet of buses to transport students and staff from home to school and back.


The school has a Principal, Principal incharge(admin) & Head Misters of respected section and a seven-member Managing Committee.[5] The school's patron is Ahmad Javed, current Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.[7]


Mr. Parker and Mr. Mohammed were the first and second principals respectively when the school was located at the old airport road. Mr. Siddiqi of Hyderabad was the third principal of the school when the school was based in Sulaimaniya. Prior to this Mr. Siddiqi had been the principal of Embassy of Indian School, Dammam.

Dr. Afsar Khan was the fourth principal of the school (who joined in 1987) and remained at the helm of its affairs till 2000. During his reign, the school grew from a strength of 1600 to a strength of 8500. Prior to this assignment, he was the Principal of Indian School in Salalah (Sultanate of Oman) and had previously served as the Principal of Model High School, Aurangabad for 5 years.

In 2000, Mr. Manzar Jamal Siddiqui, an alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University, was appointed as the school principal. Mr. Siddiqui started his career as a postgraduate chemistry teacher at Syedna Tahir Saifuddin High School, Aligarh Muslim University (known as Minto Circle School till 1966) in 1975 and served as Principal (1995-2000). In late 2011, he reached the retirement age of 60 years and asked to be relieved so that he could go back to India and run an educational NGO.

The next principal is Dr. Shaukat Parvez. Before joining the school in 2011, he served as the Principal of International Indian School Tabuk for 6 years. Dr. Parvez started his professional career as a lecturer at M.R.S.M. College, Darbhanga, Bihar. He had worked as a teacher in Biology and Section Supervisor at IIS Riyadh for 13 years before leaving for IIS Tabuk and has now resigned from the position.

Mrs. Meera Rehman is the Vice Principal of the boys section and Mrs. Asma Shah is the Principal in charge of the Girls Section.

Student life

The school serves kindergarten and grades 1 through 12. The grades are grouped into sections Kindergarten (lower and upper KG), pre-primary (grades I and II), primary (grades III to V), middle (grades VI-VIII), secondary (grades IX and X) and higher secondary (grades XI and XII). Each section has office bearers - Captain, Vice Captain and Captains for four colour houses for LKG-UKG, I-V and VI-VIII, and for IX-XII they have Captain, Vice Captain, Head Girl/Head Boy, Sports Secretary, Joint Secretary and Captains for four colour houses to help teachers and school staff to manage school and students.

The school has been following a semester pattern of exams since 2008 before which a trimester pattern was followed. The academic year begins in the first week of April, with summer and winter breaks in July–August and December respectively.

Apart from the high academic standards envisaged by the scheme of studies, an array of co-curricular activities in Elocution, Debate, Declamation, Recitation, Quiz, Essay —writing, Exhibitions, Sports, Picnics, Annual Day, every Thursday circles and several other such activities are incorporated in the curricular for the growth and the development of the pupils.


  1. ^ Prakash, Rakesh (10 January 2017). "School for expats in Saudi Arabia wins Muslim woman top award". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Zeenat Mussarat Jafri: Pravasi Samman Award". Islamic Voice. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Prime Minister Indira Gandhi gets a red carpet welcome in Saudi Arabia". India Today. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Community organizations recognize services of Indian school's founder in Riyadh". Arab News. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Schoolofficials-IISR". Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Schoolofficials-IISR". Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Administration-IISR". Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.

External links

  • Official Website
  • Alumni group
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