The 7th Armaan Dogra Memorial Football Tournament

The 7thAmaan Dogra Memorial Football Tournament started on the 25th of November 2014 at DPS R.K.Puram. The tournament was first initiated in 2008. It is an annual event held in the memory of Armaan Dogra, a student of the school who was snatched too soon by the cruel hands of fate. Armaan was a passionate football player and a fan of Manchester United. Though a scholar badge holder, he excelled in other co-curricular activities, like acting, dancing and sports. His wit and humour made him exceedingly popular amongst his peers and teachers.

The programme commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp which was accompanied with Sanskrit shlokas dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. The Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini felicitated the Chief Guest, Mr. Ajit Mohan Sharan, IAS Officer and the Guest of Honour, Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, Director of The All India Football Federation. According to Dr.Saini, though Armaan was not physically present amongst us, he would always live in our hearts. Present in the audience was the family of Armaan Dogra along with other dignitaries including a team of doctors from AIIMS;Dr Anoop Saraya, Professor, Department of Gastroenterology; Dr. S.P. Yadav, Senior Consultant ,Department of Urology; Dr. PC Chopra, Senior hospital administrator and Mr. S.P. Kandpal, Senior Administrator, AIIMS. Also present at the event were the Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta, the Vice Principal , DPS Shiksha Kendra, Ms. Pushpa Agarwal, Headmistress, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms. Anita Singh and Mr.N.Suresh, the Head of the Physical Education department.

A beautiful dance was performed by the students which combined elements of Indian classical with Western contemporary dance. The zealous students of the DPS Shiksha Kendra, a school for the under privileged run of the premises of DPS R.K.Puram, enthralled the audience with a scintillating dance performance.

Dr. P.N. Dogra, father of Armaan Dogra and Head of Department of Urology, AIIMS, spoke fondly about his son and remarked that the tournament was held to cherish the memory of his son and make his favourite game popular among the children.

The guests were introduced to the team members and the much awaited match began with the release of balloons. The inaugural match took place between the All Stars Team of classes 6, 7, and 8 and the All Stars Team of class 9, with the latter emerging victorious with a score of 2-1.

The ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks by the Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta, whose words, “In the sunshine we know Armaan is watching every bit of the match and enjoying it with all his heart,” touched the hearts of all those present. The tournament will continue till the 16th of December.



Anti Bullying Workshop

The Psychology Department of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organized an ‘Anti Bullying Workshop’ on the 21st of November 2014. The event was organised by Ms. Vithika Rahul, Head of the Psychology Department. The workshop, conducted by Ms. Avantika Malhutra, Founder of Soul Canvas was held for the students of Class VI. The workshop commenced with a clapping session, an activity designed to infuse self-esteem in the students. This was followed by a PowerPoint presentation on ‘The Perception of Bullying’. There was also a video presentation, which showcased the adverse effects of bullying. Finally, a role play activity was conducted for the students to create awareness on the nature of bullying. Ms. Avantika Malhutra, the organiser of the workshop, spoke about the effects of bullying on the victim and the psyche of the bully. The event was an extremely informative experience for all present.



SCHOLAR BADGE CEREMONY CLASS XII (SECTIONS A-M)

The scholar badge ceremony of class XII (section A-M) was held at DPS R.K. Puram on 24th November 2014. The ceremony is a landmark event in the school’s calendar as it acknowledges the students’ excellence in both academics and extracurricular activities. The Chief Guest of the occasion was the Chairman of the DPS Society, Mr. V.K Shunglu. The Principal, Dr. D.R Saini, the Vice Principal, Mrs Shobha Mehta and the Vice Principal of DPS Shiksha Kendra, Mrs Pushpa Agarwal, the Headmistresses Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Mrs. Anita Singh, were also present.

The ceremony commenced with the inaugural lighting of the lamp. Then there was an enthralling performance by the school orchestra in Raga Hansdhwani on Taal Teentaal. The Chief Guest was felicitated by the Principal, Dr. D.R Saini with a token of appreciation. The Principal welcomed the Chief Guest and the proud parents in his address. A medley of Indian classical dances by the students of DPS R.K Puram-‘ Madhanisa’- left the audience spellbound.

The various students of class XII, including the presidents of the student council and the Head Boy and Head Girl, expressed their views on how the school has equipped them to succeed. This was followed by a scintillating dance performance by students of DPS Shiksha Kendra, celebrating the vibrancy of Incredible India. The Chief Guest, Mr V.K. Shunglu addressed the gathering, congratulating the parents of the scholar badge awardees and stressed on the importance of values and ethics.

The rep of class XII, Mr Sachinder Sharma conducted the much awaited award distribution with Mr V.K Shunglu, Dr D.R Saini and Mrs Shobha Mehta presenting the awards. Meritorious students were awarded gold medals, blue ties and blue blazers for continuous academic excellence. Gold medals, red ties and red blazers were awarded to students excelling in extracurricular activities such as sports, music and dance. The vote of thanks was given by the Vice Principal, Mrs Shobha Mehta who said, “I believe the children will continue to do well for the nation and the world.” The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.

Scholar Badge Opening Ceremony Class XII 2014 (Sections A-M)

Scholar Badge Award Ceremony Class XII 2014 (Sections A-M)



Exun 2014 – Day 2

Exun-2014 Activities (Day-2)

Exun-2014 Closing Ceremony



Exun 2014 – Day 1

Opening Ceremony

Exun 2014 – Intro Video

Exunclan, the computer club of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram in collaboration with the photography club, Digex, short for ‘Digital Excellence’, hosted its 19th Inter-School IT Symposium, EXUN 2014, sponsored by Intel, T.I.M.E and Compton Computers (P) Limited, on the 22nd of November and the 23rd of November. Exun, short for ‘Experts Unlimited’, is one of the oldest and the most reputed computer clubs in Delhi and NCR, formed in the year 1992 by the head of the computer science department, Mr. Mukesh Kumar and a small group of computer enthusiasts. This year around 50 schools from Delhi/NCR participated in the 17 events organised by the club.

Our esteemed and dynamic Principal, Dr. D.R Saini, was also the guest of honour at the opening ceremony. Also present at the occasion were the Head of the Computer Science Department, Mr. Mukesh Kumar and all the teachers of the Computer Science department.

The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Principal, Dr. D.R Saini addressed the gathering and extended a warm welcome to all the guests. He spoke about the importance of teamwork in our lives and how we can all learn from each other. A short Exun video was presented highlighting the growth of the club through the years, which received a huge round of applause by the audience. The first day consisted of 9 events including Group Discussion, programming, creative event, Ideathon, Gaming, Digex photo run and the preliminary rounds of the Junior quiz, Senior quiz and the crossword.

Sudocrypt v4.0, the online cryptic hunt was another initiative by Exun that witnessed participation by over 900 students from over 10 countries.

It was a fruitful experience for all as they carried back fond memories to cherish.

Activities – Day 1



IT@CuttingEdge 2014

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted the fourth edition of the Inter-DPS IT Festival -“ IT@ Cutting Edge 2014” on Friday, 21 November 2014. The event was a huge success and garnered massive participation. An online cryptic hunt – “DeCryptonite v3.0” was held on 16-17 November 2014. It received 6189 registrations from 80 Delhi Public Schools. The top performers cracked 9 mind-boggling cryptic levels. Over 250 participants from 31 schools under the aegis of the DPS Society participated in the various on-site events. The Director of DPS Society, Mrs. Renu Mital, was the chief guest. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini welcomed everyone. Also present on the occasion were the Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta; and the Superviser and Head of the Computer Science department, Mr.Mukesh Kumar who coordinated the event with his team of teachers. The event included workshops on diverse technological concepts such as Game Designing, Robotics, a Mock Parliament session on “24 x7 Student-Teacher Connect” and Digital Imaging, a competitive event. There was also a seminar for teachers on “Google Apps Workshop”, an interactive session of Google Apps. The Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini addressed the audience, expressing his view on the importance of technology in our daily lives. The Chief Guest, Mrs. Renu Mital talked about the importance of IT. According to her, “Information Technology is the only answer to solving the problems of the world and children are the best at understanding it.” The Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta addressed the need to link the virtual world with the real world by incorporating technology in our daily lives.

The web designing workshop was conducted by the Exun alumnus – Souvik Das Gupta. The Exun Member – Tanay Kothari took charge of Game Programming. The Robotics Workshop was handled by Mr. Ajitkumar KG alongwith the members of Robotics Club. The mock parliament session was held on the topic – “24x7 student teacher connect” which was conducted by the team of Political Science department headed by Mrs. Vandana Chandhoke. Mr. Mukesh Kumar HOD Computer Science, Ms. Bani Dhawan from Google India and Ms. Jimmy Puri from Learning Links conducted an interactive session on Google Applications for all the visiting teachers.

The ‘Digital Imaging’ competition was won by the ‘Warp’ team from DPS Mathura Road, with the second and third prizes going to DPS Vasant Kunj and DPS Panipat Refinery respectively.

At the end of the fruitful day, all the participants were awarded certificates and awards by the Principal alongwith all faculty members of the computer science department. It indeed was a day filled with excitement, creativity and knowledge.

IT@CuttingEdge 2014 Opening Ceremony

IT@CuttingEdge 2014 Activities

IT@CuttingEdge 2014 Closing Ceremony



‘TOBACCO ROUTE: A JOURNEY TO DEATH’
AN INTER SCHOOL DECLAMATION AND PAINTING COMPETITION

The Anti-Tobacco Club of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram in association with The World Lung Foundation-South Asia organised an Anti-Tobacco Interschool Declamation and Painting competition on 18th November, 2014. The chief guest for the event was His Excellency Gustavo De Aristegui, the Ambassador of Spain. The guest of honour was Dr. Shyam Aggarwal, Chairman of the Oncology Department at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. Also present was Padma Shri awardee Dr. G.R.Khatri, President of World Lung Foundation- South Asia which is crusading against Tobacco since 2005. The panel of judges included Prof. J.P.S Uberoi, Head of the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics (retd); Mr. R.K. Goswami, a retired IAS officer from UT cadre; Mr. M.S. Rawat, educationist and retired Principal of Sarvodaya Vidyalaya; Prof (Dr) Charulata Singh, Director of Vivekananda School of Journalism and Mass Communication, GGSIP University and Mr. Amit Kapoor, Head, International Watercolour Society, India.The Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta; Vice Principal of DPS Shiksha Kendra, Mrs Pushpa Agarwal; the Headmistresses, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and Mrs.Anita Singh were also present on the occasion.

The program commenced with the lighting of the lamp and felicitation of the guests followed by a cultural event, with a mellifluous orchestral and choir performance by the school’s music society. The Dance Society put up a mesmerizing dance, ‘Krishna Stuti’ followed by a lyrical jazz performance.

The Presidents of the Anti-Tobacco club made a presentation highlighting the adverse effects of smoking on the youth, and the measures needed to rectify it. The Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini welcomed the guests and shed light on the horrible consequences of the usage of tobacco.

The Chief Guest, His Excellency Gustavo De Aristegui addressed the students and stressed on the relevance of the anti tobacco campaign in today’s day and age and the need for students to speak out against the use of tobacco. The Guest of Honour, Dr. Shyam Aggarwal provided key statistics about the use of tobacco among India’s youth, and the massive financial and personal costs incurred by the victims. He along with all the others present, took a pledge to fight this menace. He urged students to play their part in spreading the message of ‘anti-tobacco’. The event comprised two competitions, a Declamation and a Painting Competition on ‘Tobacco Route: A Journey to Death’. Students from 29 schools participated in both events, where they spoke forcefully against tobacco usage and made exquisite paintings outlining the same.

Dr. Harit Chaturvedi, Senior Consultant at Max Cancer Centre, Max Hospital, Saket was the chief guest at the prize distribution. The painting competition was won by Ashutosh Kumar of DPS Meerut, who claimed an award of Rs 5100. The runners up were Megha Kalai of Ryan International School, Vasant Vihar and Srishti Gupta of Bal Bharti School, Rajinder Nagar. The declamation was won by Ridhima of Apeejay School, Pitampura. The second prize was a draw between Dhwani of DPS International and Harshita of DPS Bulandshahr . The third prize was also a draw between Malvika Dhawan of Springdales, Dhaula Kuan and Aditi Solanki of DPS Greater Noida.

The event was organized by the Head of the Biology Department, MrS.K.Arora; Ms Niva Chhonkar, Ms. Jyoti Sharma and the teachers of the Biology department.



All India IPSC Tennis & Squash Championship 2014

The All India IPSC Tennis (Boys U-14, U-17 and U-19 & Girls U-14, U-17 and U-19) & Squash Championship was inaugurated at DPS R.K.Puram on 5 November 2014. 16 Public schools from all over India participated in it.
The closing ceremony on 8 November 2014 was graced by the presence of Col Amarbir Singh, the executive director of the All India Tennis Association; Mr. Girish Bajaj, an ex Dipsite; Mr. Dudeja, former Principal DPS NTPC Dadri; Mr. B.S. Yadav, Principal DPS Jodhpur; and Mr. Tejpal Singh. They were welcomed by the Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini; and Mr.Suresh, Head of the Physical Education department and the coordinator of the event.

The ceremony commenced with the final match for the Under 14 Individual Boys category. The cultural program consisted of a song sung by the students of DPS RK Puram, titled, ‘The future is in your hands’. Addressing the participants, the Principal, Dr.Saini stressed on the importance of sports and how team work and practice lead to victory.
In the results tally, Rohan Mehra DPS RK Puram was named the Best Player in the Boys Tennis while Riddhi Ramesh of DPS RK Puram was the Best Player in Girls Tennis.

Overall runner up GirlsMNSS Rai,Sonipat
Overall winner GirlsDPS R.K. Puram, New Delhi
Overall Runner up BoysModern School, New Delhi.
Overall Winner BoysDPS R.K. Puram, New Delhi.
Overall Winner Boys & GirlsDPS R.K. Puram, New Delhi.
Best Player Squash GirlsVruddhi Doshi (Daly College Indore)



Dr. Prem Kirpal Memorial Art & Poetry Competition

On 30 October 2014, Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram hosted the annual Dr. Prem Kirpal Memorial Inter-School Art and Poetry Competitions, ‘Art Poetica’, in fond memory of the former Chairman of the DPS Society. Dr. P.N.Kirpal.

The Chief Guest at the Prize Distribution Ceremony was Mr V.K Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society. The Guest of Honour was Chief Justice B.N. Kirpal(Retd) who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Aruna Kirpal. Other prominent dignitaries present in the audience included Mr. Ashok Chandra and Mr Narendra Kumar, former Chairmen of DPS Society; Mr Pramod Grover, Treasurer of DPS Society and Vice Chairman of DPS R.K. Puram and Dr. Sudipta Ghose, Member of the DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. The guests were welcomed by the Vice Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta and the Headmistresses, Ms.Vanita Sehgal and Mrs.Anita Singh.

Students from 34 schools participated in the competitive events, ‘Blend Art’, ‘Artistic Poesy’, ‘Lyrical Canvas’, ‘News-In-Views’, ‘Double Harness’ and ‘Stage-A-Verse’, which took place simultaneously at different venues. Blend Art involved recitation, dramatization and painting of the essence of a poem selected by the participants. In Artistic Poesy, participants composed a ballad on the five paintings given as a prompt. Lyrical Canvas required participants to make a monochromatic painting on the emotion prevalent in a line of a famous poem. News-In-Views was an on-the-spot competition wherein a black and white sketch was made by each team to illustrate a given news article. In Double Harness the participants formed couplets on the basis of three prompts – a line, a word and an emotion given to each student in three rounds. ‘Stage-A-Verse’ had participants writing and enacting a skit in verse on a given prompt. A team of eminent judges assessed all the events.

The Valedictory function commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest and the Guests of Honour. The Vice Principal, Ms Shobha Mehta, reminisced about the special bond the DPS Society shared with Dr. Prem Kirpal and emphasized that the ‘Art Poetica’ provided a platform to budding poets to showcase their talents. This was followed by a musical rendition of a poem composed by Dr Prem Kirpal, “Sun in my room”. The cultural programme also included a joyful song by the young middle school students and a presentation of the memorable and profound speeches of Shakespeare and those of the leaders of the modern time, which are linked by a similarity of profound and farsighted thoughts. The Chief Guest, Mr. Shunglu and the Guest of Honour, Justice Kirpal released ‘The Bubbling Cauldron’, the English Literary Magazine. The Chief Guest, Mr V.K.Shunglu, in his address to the audience encouraged the organization of such vibrant and healthy competitive events every year.

In the awards tally, Army Public School, Delhi Cantt won the first prize for Blend Art followed by Apeejay, Noida and Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan. Artistic Poesy was won by Amity International, Noida; followed by Summer Fields School and Cambridge School at the second and third positions respectively. DPS R.K.Puram bagged the first prize for Lyrical Canvas followed by Sanskriti School and DPS, Gurgaon. DPS, Dwarka; DPS, Gurgaon and Modern School, Barakhamba won the first, second and third prize for the News-in-Views. There was a tie at the first position for Double Harness between Modern School, Barakhamba and Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan followed by DPS International and Bluebells International. Stage-A-Verse was won by Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan , followed by DPS R.K.Puram and DPS Rohini at the first, second and third positions.

The overall winner was DPS R.K.Puram followed by Springdales, Dhaula Kuan and DPS Gurgaon at the second and third positions. Since DPS R.K.Puram was the host school, the trophy was handed over to Springdales School. The Headmistress, Ms Vanita Sehgal, delivered the vote of thanks and expressed appreciation for the efforts of the students and the English department in organizing the event. The programme concluded with the national anthem.

Closing Ceremony (Part-I)

Closing Ceremony (Part-II)



Cleanliness and Plantation Drive

DPS R.K.Puram organized a cleanliness and Plantation drive outside school campus in the bus parking area. The drive was initiated by Dr. D.R. Saini, Principal, DPSR.K.Puram; Mrs.ShobhaMehta, Vice Principal; Ms. VanitaSehgal, Headmistress (Classes VIII-X); Mr.S.K.Arora, Head of the Biology Department; Mrs. Niva Chhonkar and Ms. Kusum Yadav, Environment Club Teachers, along with Class XI and XII Environment Club members, actively participated in the plantation drive.

After Ozone level testing it indicated that the parking area has higher Ozone level and trees help in reducing it so Aurocaria trees were planted on the road divider outside school after cleaning the surrounding area. Bougainvillaea was planted alongside the road leading to the Boys Hostel on 21st October 2014.

Dr D.R. Saini planting Aurocaria outside the school campus
Dr D.R. Saini planting Aurocaria outside the school campus



‘Enriching Health, Hygiene and Sanitation’ Talk for DPS R.K.Puram Staff

A Health, Hygiene and Sanitation Talk was conducted on 17 October2014 for the DPS R.K.Puram staff in the Audio Visual Hall by the school doctor, Dr Pushpinder Singh. Dr Singh spoke about the importance of cleanliness at home and at the workplace. He cited a common practice of not segregating and disposing waste properly and showed how this could lead to vector borne diseases like diarrhoea. He highlighted that maintaining personal hygiene by bathing every day, trimming nails and hair, brushing teeth twice helps in warding off common diseases. He said that life style disorders like diabetes, hypertension can be controlled with a proper diet (fibre from fruits and whole grains) and regular exercise. The Vice Principal, Ms Shobha Mehta delivered the vote of thanks.

Pamphlets on ‘Health, hygiene and Sanitation tips’ were distributed to the staff members. The pamphlet focused on ‘A good clean start, a fresh new you, a happier and healthier family’. Staff members were advised to eat at least 5 different vegetables everyday especially green leafy ones, to eat less of processed food, to turn off mobile phone at times to enjoy nature, have at least one meal with the family and to inculcate healthy habits in the children too. In all, staying fit,active, with good sleep, relaxation, consuming less salt and maintaining a healthy body weight and a healthy heart are the keys to happy healthy life.

School Doctor,Dr Pushpinder Singh conducting the Health, Hygiene and Sanitation Talk for DPS R.K.Puram Staff



‘Banega Swachh India’ in collaboration with NDTV

As a part of the Swachh India Campaign launched by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, NDTV had organised “Banega Swachh India” in collaboration with Dettol (Reckitt Benckiser) in five cities of India on the 15th of October 2014 on the occasion of Global Hand Washing Day. This drive aims to create awareness about the importance of sanitation and hygiene in daily life.

In Delhi, it was held in Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram where children of the age group of 6-15 years from various schools and NGOs across the city gathered to paint their idea of a clean India. The children were provided with all the required stationery and they poured all their creativity into their work.

Later an NGO,‘Sakaar Outreach’ educated the children about the ten steps to a healthy hand wash, in which the children enthusiastically participated. They were also informed about the diseases like diarrhoea and respiratory problems as children are powerful agents of change.

The winners of the painting competition were Shaurya Gupta from DPS, East of Kailash, Reena Halder from Shri Amichand Inter College, Greater Noida and Arya Lohiya from DPS Vasant Vihar who bagged the first, second and third prize respectively. Three consolation prizes were given to Diksha Nimble and Kavisha Thapliyal from DPS Vasant Vihar and Rishab Singh from Sakaar Outreach.

This is an important initiative to ensure that India becomes a clean, hygienic and healthy nation.



The All India IPSC Basketball Championship (Boys U-14, U-17 & Girls U-17)

The All India IPSC Basketball Championship (Boys U-14, U-17 & Girls U-17) was inaugurated at DPS R.K.Puram on 7 October 2014. 22 Public schools from all over India participated in it. It was inaugurated by Mr. Manoj Singhal, an educationalist, Mr.Manavjit Sandhu, national shooter, Arjuna & Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee and an ex dipsite; Ms.Neha Agarwal, national table tennis player who participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and and Dr.D.R.Saini, the Principal of the host school, DPS R.K.Puram. Mr.Manoj Singhal declared the tournament open.

The closing ceremony on 10 October was graced by the presence of the Chairman of DPS Society, Mr. V. K. Shunglu and Mr. Ajay Kumar, IRS minister and a respected alumnus. They were welcomed by the Principal, Dr.D.R.Saini; Vice Principal, Mrs. Shobha Mehta; Mrs .Pushpa Agarwal, Vice Principal, DPS Shiksha Kendra; Head Mistresses, Vanita Sehgal and Anita Singh; and Mr.Suresh, Head of the Physical Education department and the coordinator of the event.

The ceremony commenced with the final match for the Under 17 Boys category. The cultural program consisted of a mesmerising Gujarati dance by the students of DPS Shiksha Kendra, an enthralling performance depicting the value of dreams through dance, and a melodious rendition of ‘Top of the world’ by the choir of 8th standard. The Sports Captain, Jasmine Bajaj spoke about IPSC and how, among its numerous benefits, it develops the feeling of cooperation and helps prepare students for service through all walks of life.

Addressing the participants, the Principal, Dr.Saini stressed on the importance of sports and how team work and practice lead to victory.

In the overall results tally, in the Boys Under 14 category, the first position was secured by LK Singhania Education Centre, Gotan, Rajasthan followed by Welham Boys, Dehradun at the second rung. In the Boys Under 17, The Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai was the winner followed by Welham Boys, Dehradun. The Girls Under 17 team saw MNSS Rai Sonipat emerge as the winner while the second position was bagged by The Yadavindra Public School (YPS) Mohali, Chandigarh.

It was a proud moment for the winners and a treat for all sports enthusiasts.

 



The International Day of the Girl Child

The ‘International day of the girl child’ was celebrated at DPS R.K.Puram on 14 October 2014. The chief guest was Mr.John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. Also present was Dr.Ashok Dyalchand,founder of AGRT-Institute of Health Management and Ms.Pakzoon Dastoor, Manager of Advisory Research at Dasra. The Principal, Dr. D. R. Saini along with the Vice Principal, Mrs Shobha Mehta; and the Vice Principal of DPS Shiksha Kendra, Mrs Pushpa Agarwal, welcomed all the guests. The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. A clip on the child marriage was shown to the students.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable John Baird was presented with a shawl as a token of appreciation. The students of DPS Shiksha Kendra performed a scintillating dance depicting the reality of a girl child. The principal addressed the gathering about the significance of cultural exchange and stated that both the countries, India and Canada should be closer in this era of technology. Mr. John Baird spoke about the importance of encouraging girls so as to empower them and help them achieve their full potential.

Dr. Ashok Dyalchand addressed the gathering with his words of wisdom and highlighted the life skills which need to be provided to the villages and slums, especially to empower girls through knowledge and learning. Another delegate, Ms. Dastoor spoke about NGO’s working with their organisation, ‘Dasra’ and the statistics of girl child marriages.

There was an interesting interactive session in which Dr. Dyalchand and Ms. Dastoor answered the various queries of the students.



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.



Farewell

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.

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Sanskrit Seminar

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.



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