Muscat: Three new Indian schools are scheduled to start operations in Oman soon, according to one of the directors of Indian Schools in Oman.
“There are three more projects in the pipeline, including one in Al Ansab, one in Barka and one in Saham,” Dr Baby Sam Samuel, told Times TV in an exclusive interview.
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At present, there are 19 schools accommodating 46,882 students, 1,779 teachers and 484 non-teaching staff, across the Indian schools in Oman. The huge numbers pose a challenge for the management.
“Approaching a child on a one-on-one basis becomes difficult”, he said. Although management has made sure that all Indian students in Oman have access to education by opening schools in Masirah and Khasab, the rising number of students every year has resulted in the undertaking of three new projects.
Dr Sam, who is also the General Manager of InterTech LLC, spoke about the challenges faced by small businesses and entities, as he is actively involved in providing his expertise and services to help them become established and prosper. “Lack of innovation is the major challenge. There are lot of entrepreneurs coming up on a daily basis.”
Another challenge he sees is the inclination towards seeking business from the public sector units. “Doing business with the government is the ultimate aim. The enterprise should not depend on government, and government orders alone,” he said.
Dr Sam also agrees that there is a level of bureaucracy, which is being addressed by the government and other authorities, that has proven to be a hindrance for young entrepreneurs.
“The rest of it has been slightly addressed, including public sector leniency, financial infrastructure, technology infrastructure. But bureaucracy is prevalent.”
However, he added, “Easing business and investment opportunities is on the right track, as it is the need of the hour, but I would say the bureaucratic challenges and government regulations need to be a little more flexible for businesses to operate far better.”