~ Laurels & awards ~

Maria's Public School, Guwahati has been awarded with the ‘Future Top 50 Schools Shaping Success Award’, instituted by Univariety and Fortune 500 (India). The Founder and Managing Trustee of the school Mrs Nellie Ahmed and the Principal Mrs Alpana Khound Phukan received the award at a solemn function at New Delhi on October 6, 2017. This was a first of its kind school recognition programme to unveil 50 top schools affiliated to CBSE, ISC and state boards across India and another 50 top schools across the international curricula. The programme recognizes schools that have demonstrated strong vision and results for the future of their students as the change-makers, the trendsetters and the innovators. The schools will also be featured in the ‘Special Exchange Edition’ of Fortune India, a publication that has global reputation for recognizing game changers in every industry.




This year three students from Maria’s Public School – Pratiksha Bora, Prince Bharali and Angikar D Das successfully completed the gold level of the International Award for Young People, (IAYP) and received the DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S GOLD LEVEL AWARD CERTIFICATE and the GOLD PIN. The IAYP is the most adaptable and successful empowerment programme for today’s youth.
The gold award ceremony was held in New Delhi where gold level qualifiers from all over the country were invited to receive their award certificates. The Award Ceremony was organised on 20th July, 2017 at the India International Centre, New Delhi. The National Award Authority (NAA), New Delhi, took immense pride in felicitating the Gold Award Holders, Award Leaders and Volunteers. This Gold Award ceremony is dedicated to appreciating the milestones and the commitment of each participant. The day was dedicated to celebrate, enjoy and cherish their achievements with friends, family and the IAYP team.
This year the National Award Authority was privileged to invite Dr Vivek Raghavan, Chief Technology Officer, Team Indus as the Chief Guest and Sue Walker, Asia Pacific Regional Director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, who graced the occasion with their presence.
Chief Guest Dr Vivek Raghavan handed over the Gold Certificates to our participants while Sue Walker honoured a select group of Award Leaders with Special and Voluntary Service Meritorious Certificates where Award leader of our school Mr Binod Baruah also received his service meritorious certificate.
As our students recall their IAYP journey, fulfilling all the four pillars of this award programme at every level i.e., Community Service, Physical Activity, Skill, Adventure Journey and the Residential Project for the gold level participants, I as an award leader of this award programme can proudly state that this programme has instilled in them self discipline, made them more independent as thinkers and decision makers, sensitized them towards their surroundings and above all made them confident, determined and resilient.

A Report by
Aparna Khanikar (IAYP Award leader)



Mrs Nellie Ahmed, Founder and Managing Trustee, Maria’s Public School received the School Excellence Award from Brainfeed on February 5, 2017 in Hotel Meredian, New Delhi. This award places MPS among the Top Assam Schools and Top 500 Schools of India. This Award is conferred in commendation with achieving Excellence in quality school Education towards the development of the society.


Laurels for ex Marian ~


Harshita Gogoi had her foundation laid in Maria's Public School. Starting from her Montessori, she passed out in the 2008 AISSE batch. Did her class 12 from Army Public School where she was the All Assam topper in Biotechnology in the Boards exam. Graduated the B.Tech in Biotechnology from SRM, Chennai. Qualified for M. S in Environmental Engineering in the University of Oulu, Finland. Graduated with flying colours, earning her M. S by achieving the degree of EXCELLENT with Oivallinen ( Distinction). Furthermore the University of Oulu has absorbed her as a Phd scholar. She has now earned the position of Full time Researcher.



Maria’s Public School has secured the third rank among the Co-ed day schools in Guwahati as well as Assam. The rankings were judged by EducationWorld, India School Rankings Awards. Mrs Nellie Ahmed Tanweer, the Founder and Managing Trustee received the certificate in Gurgaon last week and presented it before the teachers and students on the Founder’s Day on September 27, 2016 in the Birkuchi Campus of the school. While displaying the certificate and citation, she applauded the commendable efforts of the teachers and students for this achieving such honour.


Mrs Nellie Ahmed Tanweer, the Founder and Managing Trustee, Maria’s Public School was awarded the ‘White Swan Awards-for Excellence in Education, 2016’ and the school received the honour of a brand school at the ‘AsiaOne Pride of the Nation: India’s Greatest Brands and Leaders’ Summit, 2015-16’ held at the Taj Lands End Mumbai recently. These awards are a tribute to the educationists, teachers and gurus who have made a difference in the field of education in India. The awards were exclusively organised to identify and honour the exceptional brands and leaders in education from all over India who have performed above and beyond others within the field. Leaders, Brands and Educationists from various spheres and from all over India were recognized at the summit. The Founder and Managing Trustee while speaking at the morning assembly of the school dedicated the Brand award to the teachers, students and staff who furnish their best to impart and imbibe in the quest for excellence.


Mrs Aparna Khanikar, the award leader of Maria’s Public School for International Award for Young People, was privileged to be selected as one of the participants in the prestigious T4T (Training for Trainers) workshop at Miles Bronson Residential School, Guwahati from 2nd – 4th April 2016.

The Asia Pacific Regional Training Centre in collaboration with the National Award Authority (NAA) India conducted the workshop which was limited for only 15 award leaders from different parts of the country as well as from our neighbouring Asian countries. The workshop was conducted by Rob Oliphant, Regional Manager Asia Pacific, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. The main objective of this workshop was to train the award leaders on the skills and methods of training and also to develop and use the training tools effectively as trainers.

This workshop will now enable the award leader to be a licensed member of the National Training Panel of the Award foundation programme and work as a national trainer.

The Founder and Managing Trustee of Maria’s Public School Mrs Nellie Ahmed Tanweer and Principal Mrs Alpana Khound Phukan congratulate Mrs Khanikar for her selection and extended all necessary support and encouragement to undergo this training programme.


It was a proud moment for the entire Marian fraternity when the Founder and Managing Trustee, Mrs. Nellie Ahmed Tanweer was conferred with the prestigious ‘Be the Change – Stree Udhyami Award’ at the National Seminar-cum-product Exhibition of Women Entrepreneurs of North Eastern Region and Paridhan Utsav organized by the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship(IIE), Guwahati in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Smriti (GSDS) and Beti & Shiksha(B&S) Foundation from 3rd to 6th March, 2016 at Silpagram, Guwahati. She was chosen as a woman achiever of northeast India by the organizations.
On another occasion the Managing Trustee was awarded by the Chambers of Commerce, Guwahati branch on Women's Day Program at ICAI.
She received the awards for her contribution and untiring service in the field of education and entrepreneurship in northeast India. The Marian family is extremely proud to have such dynamic personality and a visionary as its guiding force.




Another milestone was erected, another landmark was achieved on August 9, 2015 when Mrs Nellie Ahmed Tanweer, Founder and Managing Trustee of Maria’s Educational Trust Assam received the NEDFi Award 2015 on behalf of the Trust for entrepreneurial initiative in the North East Region by the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) at the NEDFi House. In a solemn function organised to celebrate the Foundation Day of NEDFi, the Chairman and Managing Director Mr B P Muktieh handed over the award to Mrs Tanweer. While congratulating, the Chairman applauded the efforts of the Trust and assured that they would always offer a helping hand to the Trust in future if need be.




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