October 2012

Dear Parents,

In the whirlwind of activity that is the life of our busy school, there is often very little time to reflect on what is happening, because so much is happening! It is a great pleasure to share with you first of all the fantastic academic outcomes of 2012, which I have discussed also during the orientation weekend and opening assemblies of the school year. We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our IB and IGCSE students, and we wish them yet further success in the next exciting chapter of their lives! Just have a look at the following table of our IB Toppers’ scores and destinations, and you will realize that we have every reason to be excited and proud:

Damini Ghosh 44 Princeton University Economics
Shruthi Badri 44 Amherst College Physics
Paul Jolly 43 Harvey Mudd College Engineering
Shruthi Singapur 43 Harvey Mudd College Physics
Manmeet Saluja 42 National University of Singapore Engineering
Meher Abrao 42 London School of Economics Social Policy and Economics
Samir Mathrani 42 Columbia University Computer Science and Mathematics
Aman Mantena 42 Columbia University Physics
Yeshoda Karuturi 41 Washington University, St Louis Economics
Chakshu Agarwal 40 Georgia Institute of Technology Engineering
Kushagra Kanoria 40 University of Michigan Mathematics
Tanvi Lal 40 Emory University Liberal Arts
Nipun Parasrampuria 40 ICAS, Manipal University Engineering
Devesh Saraf 40 Emory University Business Management
Omkar Vichare 40 University of Pennsylvania Economics and Mathematics
Shrivant Bhartia 40 Northwestern University Engineering
Sanaya Irani 39 University of Warwick, UK Politics and International Studies
Abhishek Goenka 39 Harvey Mudd College Engineering
Karishma Kewalramani 39 University of California Berkeley Psychology and Political Science
Sharan Motiani 39 Tufts University Economics
Aneesha Reddy 39 University of Michigan Engineering
Medha Agarwal 39 University of Birmingham, UK Medicine
Vishal Khemka 39 New York University Economics
Vivek Srinivasan 39 Georgia Institute of Technology Engineering
Parigna Praveen 39 Duke University International Relations and Music Technology
Rhea Karia 39 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business Management and Technology

Our IGCSE students also had a fantastic year, with 69% of all examination papers taken being graded A*-A, 90% of all examination papers graded A*-B, and 98% of all papers graded A*-C. 75% of our IGCSE students obtained a Distinction, and 25% a Merit. Our Toppers list would surely be the envy of any school in the world!  These were the best IGCSE results in the history of the school.

Abhinav Jha 9 A*
William Schmitt 9 A*
Anika Nagpal 9 A*
Guhan Muruganandam 9 A*
Roohi Dalal 9 A*
Weerachai  Areechitsakul 9 A*
Malay Gajamer 8A*, 1A
Ankitha Mandava 8A*, 1A
Parul Agrawal 8A*, 1A
Bhai Jagveer Singh 8A*, 1A
Sagar Jajoo 8A*, 1A
Divya Mehta 8A*, 1A
Sarayu Krishna 8A*, 1A
Juhi Goenka 8A*, 1A
Karan Arora 8A*, 1A
Chirag Parvangada 8A*, 1A

A record-breaking number of TISB students also topped the country in the IGCSE individual subject examinations:

Roohi Dalal English Top In India
Arun Iyer English Top In India
Divya Mehta Drama Top in India
Abhinav Jha Drama Top In India
Sagar Jajoo Business Studies Top In India
Roohi Dalal Computer Studies Top In India
William Schmitt Music Top In India

Beyond this, the performance of our current grade 12 students in the SAT examinations is also stunning:

Agni Bhattacharya 3×800
Ishan Somshekar 2×800
Aman Fatehpuria 2×800
Krishna Chaitanya Aluru 2×800
Revant Kunwar 800
Avi Kejariwal 800
Chirag Govardhan 800
Karan Shishoo 800
Dhruv Trigunayat 800
Ashish Sharma 800
Utsav Shah 800
Keval Hutheesing 800
Manu Hegdekatte 800
Aparna Bagade 800
Kratika Mishra 800
Kavya Garikipati 800

In addition to this, Meera Hejmadi and Ishan Somshekar have reached the semi-finals of the prestigious US National Merit Scholarship competition.  It is a point of great pride that our school continues to go from strength to strength academically!

The beginning of the school year has been intensely busy, starting off with an exciting and action-packed orientation weekend for over 200 new students at the school. We have settled in beautifully to the new school timings, and have enjoyed a huge number of extracurricular activities, including numerous sports tournaments. It is also been a pleasure to welcome representatives from some of the very top universities in the world, as they come one by one to recruit our students. Grade 12 students are currently well underway to preparing their university applications, with some students already invited for interview at Cambridge University, and others having already received offers of admission to US/UK universities! We have had an excellent workshop delivered by engineering professors at Waterloo University, Canada and also a Science Quiz competition run by staff from Exeter University, UK.   Students benefited from a fabulous theater workshop conducted by the Kolkata playwright Parnab Mukherjee.   Our senior school prize day was an opportunity to celebrate the pure excellence of our students, and it is amazing to realize how many students have achieved so much in their school career and wider life in the community. We’ve also had an excellent Science Week and Social Science Week, featuring a wide range of competitions, quizzes and creative activities, culminating in marvelously interactive assemblies, plus Green Day, Peace Day, Teachers’ Day and Ethnic Day, all of which were celebrated with great enthusiasm.

Our annual series of special dinners for all the grades in the boarding houses has started, and our inter-house competitions in tennis and basketball have also been well attended and highly competitive, as was our inter-school swimming meet, which was contested by no less than 13 schools.   We took a huge number of medals in the Stonehill Swimming meet.  In the Jain Sports Tournament we secured third place in Junior and Open Boys’ Tennis and Senior Boys’ and Girls’ Badminton, and were runners up in the Senior Boys Football and Water Polo. Pujit Agarwal was named Player of the Tournament in Table Tennis and Ankitha Mandava won the Gold Medal in Cross Country.  We were overall champions in the swimming competition at Jain, and our girls also took the championship in the TISB swimming meet, with our boys placing 2nd.  Our Girls’ football team won the Mallya Aditi tournament in a penalty shootout.  Richa Gadgil took the Gold in the Phoenix Market City swimming (freestyle) competition and Silver in the backstroke.  Ishan Pandita has been selected for the Airtel Rising Stars Football Talent Hunt from among 2000 competitors.  TISB came second in the Interschool Team Chess Tournament held at Greenwood High. Arjun Bharat has advanced to a ranking of number 2 in India (and number 5 in the world!) in Chess for his age group, and recently drew against Indian Grand Master Sandipan Chanda.

In the context of sports, we also would like to congratulate our youngest group of school leaders, the newly appointed Division B and C Captains:


Ashvin Kumar, Naveen Balay, Arnav dev Gupta, Krishna Chaitanya Aluru, Amritanshu Kajaria, Rahul Babu, Roshan Babu and Arjun Singh represented the school in the first round of the Indian Robotics Olympiad with great distinction and will proceed to the National Finals in Delhi soon.   In the Harvard Model United Nations meet in Hyderabad, Agni Bhattacharya won the coveted Outstanding Delegate award, whilst Harsha Devaraj and Jigar Kothari won Honorable Mention awards, and Shivang Gupta, Ashish Sharma and Sachin Ravichandran acted as Assistant Directors.  Utsav Shah, Keval Hutheesing, Krishna Chaitanya Aluru, Revant Kunwar and Shivang Gupta have placed third out of 11,000 teams in the Oracle ThinkQuest 2012 International Application development competition for under 17 year-olds.   Our Quiz Teams did well at the National University of Singapore Science Summer camp, with Karan Shishoo, Avi Kejariwal and Nikhil Rajasubramanian taking 2nd place and Anisha Mathew, Ananyaa Sreekumar and Manya Gupta placed 3rd among hundreds of participating schools.

Our students continually amaze me with their imaginative projects and capacity to realize their dreams.  Maithreya Sitaraman, Karan Shishoo and Ashish Sharma have devised a solution to the fluctuation of yields in the Indian tomato crop and the Government of Karnataka is ready to implement their idea.  Agni Bhattacharya and Krish Bharat have published a peer-reviewed paper in a major scientific journal exploring the possibility of producing an alternative fuel from animal fats.  Raghav Kalra achieved the scout rank of Eagle for his project on water hygiene in rural Andhra Pradesh.  Kanika Vaish, Ashwath Segu and Shravni Ramkumar produced and performed in a play called ‘Shut Up and Vote,’ designed to raise awareness of our democratic rights.  Arjun Gandhi and Agni Bhattacharya have set up an NGO to supply used computers to impoverished village schools.  Kavya Garikapati, Aparna Bagade and Kratika Mishra conducted an in-depth study of special needs educational provision in Bangalore.  Sriram Ganesan helped to organize a fundraising concert for the NGO Parikrma, which is dedicated to the relief of underprivileged children.  Samridh Saluja had a paper on cyber safety in high schools published in an international journal and also presented his paper at an international conference in Delhi, where it was judged one of the best papers delivered in the conference.  Roohi Dalal conducted a research project in celestial mechanics (tracking the orbit or asteroids) at the Summer Science Program at the New Mexico Institute of Technology.  Abhinav Jha worked with a Professor at National Law School of India to raise awareness of the implications of the Right to Education Act.  Divya Mehta undertook a Meta-Healing Process training course offered by the International Why Am I Sick Association.   VIVUM 2011 completed its huge social service donations project with major contributions of UPS systems and school fees sponsorship at Vidyanikethan School for disadvantaged children, shoes and uniforms for children at the Colours of Life NGO, various supplies for Swanthana Home for Girls, continued sponsorship of heart operations for children at Sri Jayadeva Cardiological Institute, and much more.  We are very proud of our students’ strong sense of civic duty and we look forward to a fabulous VIVUM 2012 in November!

In alumni news, Advait Sarkar has obtained the rare and coveted First Class degree from Cambridge University in Computer Science and is now embarking on his MSc at Cambridge whilst taking up work as a Data Scientist at Atheon Analytics.  Advait obtained a first class in all of his papers and in his dissertation, and was ranked 13th in the University, winning the Sudbury-Hardyman Prize.  Aayushi Rai, who is pursuing her M.D. degree at The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, spent two months this summer conducting medical research at the Cleveland Clinic, USA.  Akshay Bareja is conducting advanced research into the use of stem and satellite cells in the treatment of muscular disorders at Duke Medical Center, North Carolina.  Janhavi Varthak has been elected to the Senate at Stanford, toured as a dancer with the Stanford Bhangra, acted as an Oral Communications Tutor and volunteered with the NGO Aarti in Andhra Pradesh, helping with livelihood programs for women and English workshops for children.

In a few weeks’ time we will be hosting an International Schools Theatre Association Conference, with schools from Europe and Asia coming for the event, the first of its kind in India.  We just hosted a Singaporean cricket team (defeating them resoundingly!) and will soon have our exchange partners from Landau, Germany, with us.  Students will engage in a social service trip to Rajasthan during the Dasara Break, and also take part in Creative Technology courses on campus.

We are only a few weeks into term and so many good things have happened already.  We look forward to a fantastic year ahead at TISB!.


Best wishes,

Dr Matthew Sullivan