Swachh Bharat Mission – DPS RKPuram
In keeping with the spirit of the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ initiated by the Government of India under the leadership of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the Directorate of Education has decided to organize the ‘Swachh Bharat-Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign’ in all the schools from 2nd to 31st of October 2014.
DPS R.K.Puram held a special assembly on 1st October in which the whole school comprising the students, the teachers and all members of the staff took an oath to keep their school and surroundings clean. The Principal, Dr. D.R.Saini delivered the oath. Students presented a patriotic dance and several patriotic songs were sung. The Headboy, Headgirl and school appointees expressed their views about the need for maintaining cleanliness. Addressing the school, the Principal, Dr.Saini appealed to everyone to make a concerted effort to keep their surroundings clean.
Swachh Bharat Mission in the country is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. The Mission has been launched to tackle sanitation and waste management issues in the country. During this time various competitions and events like poster making, drawing, skits and plays will be organized in the school. The aim is to make cleanliness a habit, to promote awareness about good sanitary practices such as clean toilets, clean surroundings and impart information on health and hygiene to the students.
The school gave a fond farewell to a host of senior teachers who had retired. These comprised Mrs Prema Pandey, Dr.V.D.Aggarwal, Mrs Kaumudi Sharma and Mr.D.K.Garg. Two other teachers, Dr.Kanchan Mehrotra and Mrs Sneh Arora could not be present due to certain unavoidable reasons.
Dr. Asha Lata Pandey delivered the welcome address and the music department made a soulful presentation. The Principal presented the Plaque to each of them. Each teacher addressed the gathering, reflecting on their long association with the school and the memories they would carry away with them. The Principal, Dr.Saini; The Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta and the Headmistresses, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and Mrs.Anita Sehgal paid tribute to the teachers.
Panchtatva-the Environment Club of DPS R.K.Puram Develops an Herbal Garden
‘Panchtatva Saviours’ got together to create an Herbal Garden in the school campus on 27 August 2014. Sapling Plantation of common medicinal herbs was initiated by the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini. The aim of developing this garden is to create awareness amongst the students about the rich treasure of therapeutic herbs around us. Modern day medicines are expensive, strong and have side effects while the herbal extracts have long lasting effect and do not weaken our system.
Scientists are now turning to secondary metabolites from plant source like Giloe, Sadabahar for Cancer treatment. Ms Shobha Mehta,Vice Principal; Ms VanitaSehgal, Headmistress (Classes VIII-X); Ms Anita Singh, Headmistress (Classes VI and VII);Mr S.K.Arora, Head of the Biology Department; Ms Pushpa Agarwal, Vice Principal, DPS Shiksha Kendra and Ms Niva Chhonkar, Environment Club Incharge along with Class XII Environment Club members actively participated in the plantation drive.
A collective information about the medical application of these herbs was presented by the Environment Club members through a book and Power Point.
The students of DPS Shiksha Kendra students enacted a Street Play on the theme ‘Save the trees’. The saplings of Ashwagandha, Baheda, Satavari, Aloe vera, Amla, Giloe, Shammi, bael, Jamun, Neem, Basil, Gugul, Henna, Ajwain, Motiaetc were tagged with their scientific name along with their medical use.
Teacher’s Day Celebrations
Teacher’s Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at DPS R.K.Puram. A fun-filled cultural programme was arranged by the students consisting of a medley of old songs. They added a dash of humour by having a funny quiz for teachers A small skit was also presented.
It was a day when the whole school paid tribute to its teachers and faculty members.
Investiture Ceremony 2014
Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram had its Investiture ceremony on 5 September 2014. The chief guest on the occasion was Mr.V.K.Shunglu, the Chairman of the DPS Society. The event commenced with the inaugural lighting of the lamp by the esteemed Chief Guest, who was warmly welcomed by the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini and the Headmistresses, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and Mrs Anita Singh. This was followed by a scintillating performance by the school orchestra.
The Chairman administered the oath of allegiance whereby the newly appointed duty holders promised to discharge their responsibilities with honesty and sincerity and to take the school to greater heights of glory. The appointees spoke about the school and what it meant to them. The outstanding achievers of the school, those with 100% score in various subjects in the Class XII CBSE Examination 2014, were felicitated. The efforts of the various JSTSE and NTSE scholars and other students winning laurels were also applauded. The cultural programme commenced with a dance performance followed by a fusion of Indian classical dances. The students of DPS Shiksha Kendra enthralled the audience with a dance about the importance of education.
The Chief Guest, Mr. V.K. Shunglu addressed the audience highlighting the pivotal role of teachers in the education system. He congratulated the Headmistress of middle school, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, Head of Business Studies department, who have been bestowed with the prestigious Rajya Shikshak Puraskar by the Delhi Government. These awards are instituted for expertise in teaching and involvement in extracurricular activities. The DPS Society felicitated other teachers for their valuable contribution to the school.
The Principal, Dr. D.R Saini launched a book, ‘Baolis of Delhi’ by Aditya Mehta, a student of class twelve. ‘Baolis of Delhi’ is a research on stepwells and water’s importance in India. Aditya is also the President of Frameworks, the Architecture Club of the school. This was followed by melodious performances by the Indian and Western choirs. The headmistress, Mrs. Anita Singh delivered the vote of thanks. The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.
The Sanskrit Department of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram organized a Sanskrit seminar on the topic, ‘Practical Application of Simple Sanskrit’ and ‘Strategies for developing interest in Sanskrit amongst youth’, on 27 August 2014. The panel was chaired by Prof. K.C. Tripathi, NCERT; Prof. Shashi Tewari, Head of Sanskrit Department, Maitreyi College(Retd.)and Dr. Pravesh Saxena, an accomplished Sanskrit scholar and a poetess of Sanskrit language.
The Principal, Dr.D.R. Saini and Dr. Asha Lata Pandey, Head of Department of Sanskrit welcomed the guests. Also present were Sanskrit teachers from DPS East of Kailash and DPS Vasant Vihar; and Ms. Tarini Awasthi, an alumnus of the school, who presented a paper. Sanskrit students of the school formed the audience.
The programme commenced with the traditional ‘Ganesh Vandana’ followed by the felicitation of the guests. The Indian choir sang a ‘kajri ‘composed by Prof. K.C. Tripathi. The Principal addressed the gathering and emphasized upon the importance of propagating Sanskrit and Indian culture, reiterating that Sanskrit is the mother of all languages. Dr Saxena tried to link Sanskrit with modern technology and trends. Ms Awasthi focused on the problems that have led to the decline in interest in Sanskrit and put forward valuable suggestions for its upliftment. Prof. Tewari focused on how there is unfathomable knowledge in Sanskrit. He made the session even more interesting by telling stories with meaningful morals and reciting shlokas.
The seminar ended on a perfect note with an interactive question-answer round followed by the vote of thanks by Dr.Asha Lata Pandey, who elaborated upon the importance of bringing the traditional knowledge system of Sanskrit into the mainstream. In the end, keeping in mind the Vedic Verse, ‘Sanjachchadhvam Samvadadhvan’, everyone sang the ‘shanti path’ together and declared the week-long celebration and the Sanskrit seminar close.
International Business Mélange 2014
Bill Gates said “It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” and on this note the International Business Mélange was declared open. The event was hosted by Delhi Public School, R.K Puram on the 28th and 29th of August, 2014 and was an initiative of the Business Studies Society. The event received registration from over 65 schools including schools from Malaysia, U.A.E and Nepal. This year, the mélange comprised of the following on-site events: the Business Quiz, the Visionnaire, The Mock Stock and the Ads Act. The online events included the e-poster making based on unequal opportunities, caricature making on corporate corruption and the sonnet writing on business ethics.
Dr. P.C Jain, Principal of Sri Ram College of Commerce, graced the occasion as the chief guest. The other judges for the event were Dr Vandana Jain, Assistant Professor, SRCC; Dr Rachna Jawa, Associate Professor, SRCC; Mr Sandeep Sethi, Education Officer, CBSE; Dr Vinita Dar, Associate Professor, I.P. College; Dr. Mallika Kumar, Associate Professor, SRCC and Ms. Neeti Dixit, Guest Faculty at Miranda House and SRCC. The Principal, DPS R.K. Puram, Dr. D.R. Saini; the Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta and Mrs Rashmi Malhotra, Head of the Business Studies Department, welcomed the guests.
The cultural programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The guests were welcomed with a soothing symphony by the Indian Orchestra and were felicitated with a bouquet by the principal. This was followed by a melodious song by the Indian choir and a Bharatanatyam performance. A presentation portraying the achievements of the Business Studies Society of the school was showcased before the audience. Next in line was a scintillating French choreographed dance. The cultural programme also included a self-composed A cappella by the Western Choir and was a tribute to the Indian farmers. The chief guest, while addressing the audience, highlighted the fact that business and economics are the driving force of a country.
Stephen Fleming, former captain of the New Zealand National Cricket Team graced the occasion and in his address to the audience, congratulated the school on its success and motivated the students to seize the moment and grab every opportunity that comes their way.
The Ads Act involved the students marketing imaginary products like ‘Bolt Shoes’, ‘Hatred fire extinguisher’, “Einstein Memory Pills’ and “Anupam Kher shampoo. There were a few Western and Bollywood dance performances between the ads, to keep the audience entertained. The Mock Stock tested the skill and strategy of the students. The event, modelled on stock exchanges the world over, required the students to create and manage their own portfolios which helped them to get an insight of share transactions by trading on real time basis. The Visionnaire which required the students to form a fictitious company and create a presentation that showed the social purpose which was the essence of the company, saw a total of 53 schools participating in the event.
The business quiz, the most intellectual of the competitions, was conducted to test the knowledge of students in the fields of business viz. terms, taglines and brands. It consisted of 2 rounds and started with a questionnaire. Only six teams out of about 40 cleared the preliminary round and went on to the finals. The entries for the caricature, sonnet writing and poster making, however, were sent online.
The judges, Dr.Saini and Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, along with her team of teachers distributed the prizes. The results for the online events are as follows:
||1. DPS R.K. Puram
2.Convent of Jesus and Mary
3. Sommerville, Noida
||1. Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School, Jaipur
2. Darbari Lal DAV Model Sr. Sec. School and DPS Nepal
3. Amity International, Mayur Vihar
||1. Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School, Jaipur and DPS R.K. Puram
2. DPS Noida
3. Fr. Agnel School
The overall trophy for the online events was won by DPS R.K. Puram, but being the host, it was passed on to DPS Noida. In the onsite events also the winner was DPS R.K.Puram but the trophy was passed on to Amity International School, Saket.
||1. DPS R.K. Puram
2. Amity International, Noida
3. Amity International, Mayur Vihar
||1. DPS R.K. Puram
2.Tagore International School
3. Bal Bharti, Pitampura
||1. Carmel Convent School, Chanakyapuri
2. New Era Public School
3. Amity International, Saket
||1. DPS R.K. Puram
2. Sanskriti School
3. Amity International, Saket
The event was an immensely enjoyable one for all business enthusiasts.
Business Melange 2014 (Day 1)
Business Melange 2014 (Day 2)
Psycho-Socio Fest Mosaic 2014
The annual Psycho-Socio festival, ‘Mosaic 2014- Patterns of life’ was held at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 22 August 2014. It provided a platform to the students to blend academic excellence with their creativity. Around 41 distinguished schools from all over the NCR participated in the event. It commenced with a welcome speech and a mesmerizing dance performance. The Chief guests for the event were Mr. Ankit Tyagi, a renowned journalist from Headlines Today, and Dr. Sarika Sarangi, a pro-active psychologist who is also the founder-director of SEWAK (the Society for Empowerment, Well being, Achievement and Knowledge). The Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini; Ms.Vithika Rahul, Head of the Psychology Department and Dr.Rita Khanna, Head of the Sociology Department welcomed the audience. The Principal spoke about the rising interest of students in pursuing the two subjects.
Mosaic was an amalgamation of three events namely: Mind Games – a psychology and sociology quiz, Canvas – the poster making competition, and Showcase – a psychological and sociological analysis of an advertisement. The Psychology Quiz covered a wide range of topics included both textual as well as audio-visual rounds. The Sociology Quiz was divided into 10 rounds of challenging, theoretical, pictorial and visual questions based on the Indian society. Ms. Bhavna Sabarwal judged ‘Canvas’ which gave an opportunity to all the budding artists to exhibit their talent through the beautiful strokes of their paint brushes. The topic for the poster making competition was ‘Understanding Adolescence’ or ‘The Changing Identity of the Indian Woman’.
The closing ceremony began with a melodious duet, a soothing violin piece, and another soul stirring song by the students of DPS R.K. Puram. Then the much awaited results were announced. DPS Dwarka bagged the first position while DPS Rohini came second in the Psychology Quiz. In the Sociology Quiz, Holy Child Auxilium stood first and Vasant Valley stood second. For ‘Canvas’ the first position went to St. Thomas School followed by Amity International School, Saket. Vasant Valley won the first prize while Ramjas School stood second in the ‘Showcase’. The rolling trophy was awarded to Vasant Valley School. The judges were extremely pleased to see how high the students had set the bar for themselves and gave their hearty congratulations to all for their enthusiastic participation.
Workshop on Photography by Canon
Digex, the school’s Photography Club, provides a platform for photography enthusiasts in the school to display their skills with the camera. It has been affiliated with Canon since the previous academic session, 2013-2014.
Digex Club organised a workshop conducted by Canon EOS Academy representatives. Mr. Bharat Singh, Assistant Manager, Center for Photo and Movie Development Image Communication Products Group from Canon India Pvt. Ltd was invited along with his team to take the session on photography techniques. The idea of the workshop was to further the interests of amateur and relatively experienced photographers in different genres of photography. The representatives talked about different conditions that photographers face, gave tips on how to work around a road block to get a desired shot and answered the students’ queries. Students were provided cameras for hands-on learning to apply what they had learned through the discussions. The workshop was arranged by Ms. Sarika Kaushal, the teacher incharge of Digex. The students were also given the participation certificates from Canon, by Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Headmistress for VIII, IX, X.
Workshop on Photography by Canon at DPS R.K.Puram
The 13th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Debate
DPS R.K. Puram organised the 13th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Debate on 20 August 2014. The debate is held every year in the memory of Dhruv Rajgarhia, a student of the school who passed away in 2002. The debate was instituted by Shri K.L. Rajgarhia in 2002. 14 schools from all over Delhi participated in it. Mrs Vandana Tandon, Freelance Trainer at The Times of India; Mrs Vinita Sethi, Asst. Secretary General, FICCI and Mrs Anjana Agarwal, a professional in the field of communication, judged the competition. The Principal, Dr D.R. Saini; Vice Principal, Mrs Shobha Mehta; Headmistress, Ms Vanita Sehgal; Ms.Anuradha Dang, incharge of activities; Mr and Mrs Rajgarhia, parents of Dhruv Rajgarhia; and Ms Anandita Nair, an upcoming actress and an alumnus of the school, were present on the occasion.
The participants were given an hour to prepare their arguments on the topics which were given to them on the spot through a draw of lots. Each team consisted of 3 members- one for the motion, one against and one interjector. All the contestants presented immaculate arguments on topics like ‘Dialogue is always the best way out’, ‘Fantasy fiction does more harm than good’ and ‘It is possible for a person to live a moral life without religion’ and quoted mavericks like Richard Nixon and Henry Ford.
The judges commended the participants. Mr. Rajgarhia thanked everyone for being a part of the competition. The results were as follows:
1st Position- DPS R.K.Puram
2nd Position- DPS Vasant Kunj
3rd Position- Springdales, Dhaula Kuan
4th Position- DPS Mathura Road
First- Anvay Tewari- DPS R.K.Puram
Second- Rajdeep Dasgupta, Springdales, Dhaula Kuan
Third- Ansuiya, Sanskriti School
Nishant Goel, DPS Vasant Kunj
The Sanskrit Department of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram organized a Sanskrit Diwas on 14th August 2014. The entire program was conducted in Sanskrit and the event showcased a number of competitions like “Nibandh Lekhan” (Essay Writing), “Shlok Ucharan” (Prayer Recitation), “Sanskrit Natika” (street plays) and “Yuva Sansad” (Youth Parliament) in order to disseminate information to the students regarding the vitality of Sanskrit.
Two leading lights, who have contributed immensely to the promotion of Sanskrit language, namely, the chief guest for the event, Dr Girish Nath Jha, Associate Professor at the Computational Linguistics Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the guest of honour, Ms. Shruti, an educationist, musician, teacher and exponent of Indian traditional knowledge systems and philosophy, were present on the occasion. They were welcomed by the Principal, Dr. D.R.Saini and the Head of the Sanskrit Department, Dr. Asha Lata Pandey.
The event started with the lighting of the lamp and the “Ganesh Vandanam”. The cultural programme had a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the exuberance of Sanskrit. The Principal, Dr. D.R.Saini addressed the audience and emphasised on the importance of Sanskrit and its relevance as a foundation for other languages. There was a group song, followed by a play on the beauty of nature and man’s destructive tendencies. Next the students performed a Kavyaali (Qawwali) in Sanskrit followed by a street play, depicting the significance of Sanskrit. The chief guest put forward a presentation on the importance of preserving and promoting the language. The Guest of Honour, Ms.Shruti graced the stage with her presence, where she shared her thoughts at the current state of Sanskrit in present times, and advocated a renewed interest in Sanskrit amongst the youth. She concluded with a soulful vocal performance of a Sanskrit shloka (Shivoham).The students put forward a mellifluous rendition of Vande Mataram, and the vote of thanks was delivered by the Head of the Sanskrit Department, Dr. Asha Lata Pandey.
Canada-India Friendship Day Celebrations
The High Commission of Canada, New Delhi, in partnership with Delhi Public School, R .K. Puram celebrated the Canada-India Friendship Day on August 14. This colourful event was marked by a presentation on educational opportunities in Canada, face-painting and a “best dressed” competition featuring the national colours of both countries.
This was the third in a series of Canada-India Friendship Days that the High Commission of Canada has been celebrating in the build-up to India’s Independence Day, for the past three years.
The chief guest on the occasion was the Acting High Commissioner of Canada, Mr. Jess Dutton. He was accompanied by Mr Robert Dutka, Second Secretary, Advocacy program; Ms Archana Mirajkar, Senior communications Officer; Ms Smriti Saxena, Media and communications Officer;
Mr Anuj Bhasin, Trade Commissioner, Education and Ms Jasvinder Kaur, Executive, Advocacy program. The guests were welcomed by the Principal, Dr. D.R Saini, the Vice Principals, Ms. Shobha Mehta and Mrs. Pushpa Agarwal and the headmistresses, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms. Anita Singh.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini addressed the gathering and spoke of the significance of cultural exchange and stated that both the countries should be closer in this era of technology. Mr. Jess Dutton, in his interaction with the audience, emphasized the importance of strengthening Indo-Canadian bonds. The National Anthem of the two nations were sung.
The cultural program began with enchanting and scintillating dance performances by the students of the school. A short film highlighting the beauty of Canadian culture was presented by the Canada Tourism agency along with a Power Point Presentation on education opportunities in Canada This was followed by a quiz on Canada in which the students participated with great enthusiasm. A fashion walk was showcased incorporating the national colours of both the nations. Mallika Gupta of class XII recited a poem on friendship between the two countries. Last but not the least, the occasion ended with exciting face painting, turban tying and sessions of photography.
Independence day Celebrations
5 August 2014 was a special day for ‘Genesis’- the Biotechnology Club as the students of Class XI and XII got a chance to interact with their alumni in the USA through Video Conferencing.
A webinar was organised in the Biotechnology Lab with Priyamvada Gupta and ShouryaSonkar Roy Burman, the Biotechnology students of DPS R.K.Puram, presently pursuing different courses in the USA.
Priyamvada Gupta, after graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh in Biological Sciences has joined the Santa Clara Law School for Intellectual Property Law Studies.
ShouryaSonkar Roy Burman, a B.Tech (Biological Sciences & Bioengineering) from IIT, Kanpur, is currently pursuing a Ph.D Programme in John Hopkins University, Maryland.
The Principal, Dr D.R.Saini appreciated their efforts and expressed his best wishes for their future endeavours. Ms Anita Singh, Headmistress Classes VI & VII, highlighted how proud DPS R.K.Puram is, of their achievements and they were the role models for other students.
The Biotechnology students cleared a number of queries related to availability of Biotech courses and future prospects, current research areas and how to prepare and apply for these courses.
The session was organised by Ms Niva Chhonkar, the Biotechnology Incharge with technical support from Mr Mukesh Kumar, Head of Department of Computer Science. The students thoroughly enjoyed the session
Biotechnology Webinar at DPS, R.K. Puram
Econorm 2014, the annual Economics Inter-School Competition was hosted by DPS, R.K. Puram, held on 8th August 2014. It was a well represented event with the participation of 33 schools. Dr. D.R. Saini, Principal, DPS R.K. Puram felicitated the Chief Guest Ms. Rachna Shah (IAS) presently Additional Resident Commissioner of the Government of Kerala in New Delhi. The Chief guest address the audience and HOD Economics Dr. Renu Nayyar, proposed a vote of thanks for her kind presence.
The events held were Tele-A-Tale, Econoniz, Poster Making and a Surprise event.
The Esteemed Judges were Dr. Rachna Jawa (Associate Professor, SRCC), Ms. Pooja Sharma & Dr. Amit Goyal (Lecturer) Daulat Ram College.
The rolling trophy was won by DPS Gurgaon, Sector-45, and the winners were awarded prizes by Dr. D.R. Saini and Dr. Rachna Jawa.
The Principal appreciated all the participants. He also praised the efforts of the Economics Department for the Success of Econorm 2014.
Economics Fest 2014
Landforms Made By Endogenic And Exogenic Forces
The geography department organized the annual model making exhibition on on landforms made by endogenic and exogenic forces on the 1st of August 2014. Dr. Harleen Kaur, Reader in Dyal Singh College, Delhi University and our principal Dr. DR Saini inaugurated it. Mrs. Madhumita Kothari, Mrs. Anita Singh (Head Mistress), Mrs. Rupa Das (HOD Geography) and Mrs. Sangita Bajpai (Coordinator, Class VII Geography) accompanied and appreciated the innovative techniques, recycling material and exciting ideas that the students of class VII displayed. Dr. Harleen was impressed by the in depth knowledge and creativity of the students.
Model Making Exhibition
Visit of the Japanese Delegation from Kunori Gakuen High School, Yamagata
Under the aegis of the Jenesys 2.0 Dispatching Programme – High School Students Exchange Programme- 12 girls and 7 boys from Kunori Gakuen High School in Japan visited Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram on Thursday,24 July 2014. They were accompanied by two teachers: Mr Suzuki Sei and Mr Iwaya Yoshihiko and two co-ordinators from JICE: Mr Kurihara and Ms Obara.
The students were accorded a traditional Indian welcome with flower garlands and ‘tilak’. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp to the strains of Sanskrit shlokas. The visitors then proceeded to the school auditorium where the Principal, Dr D.R.Saini welcomed the guests and praised the culture of Japan with its ethos of patience, punctuality and hard-work. The students enjoyed a presentation on Indian Culture followed by a scintillating performance on the ‘Dances of India’.
The Japanese students in turn, showed an interesting Power point presentation showcasing various aspects of the Japanese Culture followed by dances; both traditional and modern. The audience, comprising students of Class 10, enjoyed the performances.
The Headmistress, Vanita Sehgal, said that the presentation by the Japanese students was so fascinating that it made one yearn to visit the country.
The students also observed an English Class taught by the Headmistress, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, and then proceeded on a tour of the school and the Sports Complex where the boys played a friendly football match with the school team. They also spent a lot of time interacting with the Japanese students of DPS RKPuram.
The visit ended with a touching farewell between the Japanese students and their Indian counterparts.
Felicitation of Indian Classical Gurus at DPS R.K.Puram
Delhi Public School, R. K .Puram was honoured by the visit of five eminent Indian classical dancers- Guru Smt. Saroja Vaidyanathan, Guru Smt. Kodhai Naraynan, Guru Smt.Rashmi Jaiswal, Guru Smt.Rashmi Khanna and Guru Ms.Madhumita Raut on 18 July 2014.
The event commenced with a classical music performance by the school orchestra. The Principal, Dr. D. R. Saini, addressed the students and stressed on the importance of Indian classical dance. Also present were Mrs.Pushpa Agarwal, Vice Principal, DPS Shiksha Kendra and Mrs.Shobha Mehta, Vice Principal, DPS R.K.Puram. The school felicitated the gurus for their exceptional contribution to classical dance along with the dance gurus of the school, Ms. Renu Bassi and Mr. Daniel Fredy.
A presentation on the achievements of the students of DPS R.K. Puram in the fields of dance, music, sports and academics was shown followed by the dance performances of bharatnatyam, odissi and kathak by the students. The gurus spoke to the students about preserving India’s great cultural heritage. The programme ended with the Guru vandana by the students. The event was a treat for all lovers of Indian dance.
Visit of Ms. Sharmistha Mukherjee
16 July 2014 was a memorable day for Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram as Ms. Sharmistha Mukherjee, a highly accomplished Kathak dancer, a keen choreographer, a passionate columnist and activist, visited the school. She has achieved world-wide acclaim in her field and has performed in over forty countries. Present on the occasion were the Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini; the Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta; the Vice Principal, DPS Shiksha Kendra, Mrs. Pushpa Agarwal; and the headmistresses, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Mrs. Anita Singh.
The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp, and the chief guest, Ms. Mukherjee was welcomed with a bouquet by Dr. Saini and a performance by the Indian orchestra, which was followed by a video regarding the achievements of the school. The Principal addressed the students and highlighted the importance of talent, passion and hard work, which is the key to success. Tapas Bhardawaj, a student of DPS R.K. Puram threw light on the significance of dance in Indian culture.
The cultural program began with a melodious song by the Indian Music Choir. The students presented a series of dances, starting with the mesmerising Kathak performance, the energetic fusion Bharatnatyam and finally the graceful Russian ballet and Contemporary dance. The girls of DPS Shiksha Kendra, a school for the underprivileged run on the premises of DPS R.K. Puram, presented an exhilarating dance drama on the plight of the girl child.
Ms. Mukherjee addressed the gathering and encouraged the students to follow their dreams and highlighted how art can be, ‘not only a passion but also a profession’ and spoke about the responsibilities of the students as the youth of today and the future of tomorrow.
The Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta delivered the vote of thanks, and the event ended with the national anthem.
It was a truly enriching experience for one and all.
Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS 2.0) Programme
Ms Saeko Sohma, Programme Chief , Youth Exchange Division, International Exchanges Department, Japan International Cooperation Centre visited DPS R.K. Puram on 20 May 2014 to discuss the visit of Japanese High School students on 24 July 2014 under the Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS 2.0) programme. Students of DPS R.K.Puram will be visiting Japan during the month of May under the same programme.