Muscat: Indian Schools in Oman were saddened by the demise of their founding father Sheikh Kanaksi Gokaldas Khimji who left for his eternal reward on 18th February 2021. All Indian Schools across the Sultanate remained closed as a mark of respect for the departed soul.
“Sheikh Kanaksi Gokaldas Khimji has been the godfather of Indian Schools in Oman. It is his passionate service that has established this system in Oman and ensured access to education for the Indian diaspora here. We, as the Board, schools, faculty, parents and students will remain forever indebted to his vision and contributions. On behalf of the Board and the entire Indian Schooling system, I offer our deepest condolences to his family at this time of irreparable loss,” Dr. Baby Sam Saamuel, Chairman, Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman said in his obituary message.
The contribution made by Late Kanaksi Khimji in the field of education for the children of Indian diaspora in Oman will be remembered for ages. He was instrumental in starting the first Gujarati Medium School in 1941 at Muttrah for the children of the members of the business community.
It was the zeal, enthusiasm and confidence of this visionary leader that made Indian School Muscat, the first Indian School in Oman, a breathing reality. When the school was established in 1975, there were just 135 students and 7 teachers; today, there are 21 Indian Schools with more than 46000 students and 2000 teachers. The vision belonged to Late Kanaksi Gokaldas Khimji, the doyen of the Indian Community and the first President of the Indian School Muscat Management Committee.
Indian Schools in Oman will always be indebted to the selfless services of Late Kanaksi Gokaldas Khimji.