Tech Edge 2010

Organisers/Event Venue:
Birla Vidya Niketan, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Dr Ambedkar Nagar, New Delhi

Date of the Event:
23-July-2010

Senior Programming – WINNERS

  • Sakshi Gupta (XII)
  • Rishabh Marya (XI)

Senior Quiz – SECOND RUNNERS UP

  • Aditya Jain (XII)
  • Rohan Nagpal (X)

PANEL DISCUSSION ON ‘CREATING A SAFE, CARING AND RESPECTFUL CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT’

On 28th July, 2010, Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram held a Panel Discussion on ‘Creating a safe, caring and respectful Classroom environment’. The event, a DPS Society initiative, was coordinated and anchored by two teachers, Ms. Niva Chhonkar and Ms. Shailesh Bhandari. The panel consisted of some distinguished teachers, namely Ms. Deepa Raghavan, former Vice Principal ,DPS, R.K.Puram, Ms.Vanita Sehgal, Headmistress, Ms. Archana Pental, Head of Political Science Department, Ms. Prema Pandey, Events Coordinator, and Ms Etishree Bhati, the School Counselor. The panel also consisted of parents such as Dr.Saveena Raheja, Ms.Mini Raheja, Ms.Mallika Garg, Ms.Neelima Gupta and Ms.Savita Kokhar, along with a number of students.

The Vice Principals, Mrs.Shobha Mehta and Dr. R.G. Verma started the programme by welcoming everyone and presenting the panelists with tokens of appreciation. The discussion started with Behaviour Management of students in the classroom, the issue of disruptive children and how the teachers can ensure effective teaching while dealing with children in such circumstances. The consensus on this question was mainly to let students settle down in the first few minutes and then have an uninterrupted teaching session. Issues like the possibility of laying down ground rules for children and steps to ensure effective teaching in classrooms were discussed. The discussion moved on to the use of foul language in school and the increasing use of social networking sites which may be detrimental for the students. The students deliberated on foul language being termed as ‘cool’ and the school counselor, Ms. Etishree Bhati talked about the children’s psyche and the reasons behind this trend.

An interactive session took place, wherein the audience proposed questions to the panelists. Many of the questions were regarding the freedom of students, home coaching and incessant pressure from parents regarding academic performance. It was felt that teachers should be more interactive and break the monotony of classes and both parents and teachers should serve as role models for the students. The importance of inculcating positive behavior and accountability of their actions in students to help them make informed choices, was highlighted.

All in all, it was a very enriching experience for the students, one that would help them focus and realize the importance of Classroom learning.


Pre Pharmacy Club

(A Scientific Club that serves humanity)

Founding Date
13.07.2010

Founding Principle
Building and challenging Scientific Minds, where Chemistry and Biology
become interesting and purposeful

Approving authority

  • IPA (The Indian Pharmaceutical Association) &
  • DR. D.R. Saini., Principal DPS. R.K.Puram

Club Constitution
Proposed Student body: Founder & President, Vice President, General Secretary, Treasurer, Members

Faculty body
Mr. Prem Dhawan, Ms Mamta Sharma, Ms Prema Pandey

Objectives of the club

  1. Ensure approval and continuous support of the IPA (Indian Pharmaceutical Association)
  2. Spread the awareness of Pharmacy, its scope and future for high school students at DPS, R.K.Puram. Detailed information about course studies, stream of choice and scope of employment.
  3. Celebrate ”Pharmacy Day“ annually and invite members from the IPA, Drug control authorities, Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharmaceutical journals, Pharmacy colleges and universities in India and abroad as guest speakers. Encourage students to take up scientific journalism and post articles for printing in the Pharma media worldwide.
  4. Organise plant visits to Pharmaceutical units in India and abroad in order to get a firsthand experience of the state of the art technology involved in pharmaceuticals and its allied industries.
  5. During Plant visits get an experience of the application of Physics, Maths and Chemistry in Manufacturing Pharmaceutical dosage forms and Biotechnology products. Experience analysis of compounds with latest technologies and interact with a team of scientists involved in Research and Development of new dosage forms.
  6. Motivate Pharmaceutical companies to grant students summer internships and scholarships.
    Integrate the Pre Pharmacy Club with the Pharmacy colleges in India and overseas thereby facilitating placement of students.
  7. Develop a website for the club with the assistance of the Department of Computer Sciences headed by Mr. Mukesh Kumar and integrate it with clubs overseas especially in the United States of America, U.K. and Canada.

Highlights:

  • Sanction of Rs 200,000 from patrons to be disbursed annually as Internship awards and Scholarships.
  • Summer internships from Pharmaceutical Companies have been approved.

Founder Member and Student Coordinator:

  • Jannat Saini, XII-C (Batch of 2010-2011) – Email: jannat_saini@hotmail.com

Summer Pharmaceutical Internship and Scholarship Program 2009 – Dominican Republic

Jannat Saini student of class XII-C with special interest in Pharmacy as a choice of further studies was awarded by Nifarmed,S.A. a renowned Pharmaceutical company in the Dominican Republic a scholarship of US$ 1,250(Twelve hundred and fifty US Dollars) and a Certificate of Internship after successfully completing her duties as an intern at the Department of Pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, Sales management and Inventory Control for a period of Six weeks (25th of April 2009 to 8th June 2009).The internship and scholarship program is awarded by Nifarmed,S.A. after a very competitive selection of candidates based on their academic profile, essay writing abilities, interest in pharmaceutical sciences and community service. The internship program is a very scientific, challenging and realistic experience which develops your leadership and Spanish speaking skills.

Jannat has been a passionate writer from the time Mr.Kushwant Singh published her poem “Mat ewe matics” in his coloumn in the HT(Hindustan Times) “With Malice towards one all. With the years Jannat has developed an ardent interest in scientific Journalism and has been appointed a “special student correspondent” by the “Indian Pharmacist”, an all India Pharmaceutical Journal. She has penned her internship experience in the form of her Article “My Enlightening Internship…In the Dominican Republic.”

Pre Pharmacy Club

(A Scientific Club that serves humanity)

Founding Date
13.07.2010

Founding Principle
Building and challenging Scientific Minds, where Chemistry and Biology
become interesting and purposeful

Approving authority

  • IPA (The Indian Pharmaceutical Association) &
  • DR. D.R. Saini., Principal DPS. R.K.Puram

Club Constitution
Proposed Student body: Founder & President, Vice President, General Secretary, Treasurer, Members

Faculty body
Mr. Prem Dhawan, Ms Mamta Sharma, Ms Prema Pandey

Objectives of the club

  1. Ensure approval and continuous support of the IPA (Indian Pharmaceutical Association)
  2. Spread the awareness of Pharmacy, its scope and future for high school students at DPS, R.K.Puram. Detailed information about course studies, stream of choice and scope of employment.
  3. Celebrate ”Pharmacy Day“ annually and invite members from the IPA, Drug control authorities, Pharmaceutical Industry, Pharmaceutical journals, Pharmacy colleges and universities in India and abroad as guest speakers. Encourage students to take up scientific journalism and post articles for printing in the Pharma media worldwide.
  4. Organise plant visits to Pharmaceutical units in India and abroad in order to get a firsthand experience of the state of the art technology involved in pharmaceuticals and its allied industries.
  5. During Plant visits get an experience of the application of Physics, Maths and Chemistry in Manufacturing Pharmaceutical dosage forms and Biotechnology products. Experience analysis of compounds with latest technologies and interact with a team of scientists involved in Research and Development of new dosage forms.
  6. Motivate Pharmaceutical companies to grant students summer internships and scholarships.
    Integrate the Pre Pharmacy Club with the Pharmacy colleges in India and overseas thereby facilitating placement of students.
  7. Develop a website for the club with the assistance of the Department of Computer Sciences headed by Mr. Mukesh Kumar and integrate it with clubs overseas especially in the United States of America, U.K. and Canada.

Highlights:

  • Sanction of Rs 200,000 from patrons to be disbursed annually as Internship awards and Scholarships.
  • Summer internships from Pharmaceutical Companies have been approved.

Founder Member and Student Coordinator:

  • Jannat Saini, XII-C (Batch of 2010-2011) – Email: jannat_saini@hotmail.com

Trinidad and Tobago and Indian Students in Cultural Exchange

THE SWAHA Organization of Trinidad and Tobago recently facilitated an exchange programme with Delhi Public School, RK Puram, of New Delhi, India.

A group of 15 students and a teacher under the leadership of Dr.Asha Lata Pandey (Head of the Sanskrit Department) participated in a students’ exchange programme with Swaha Hindu College in Trinidad and Tobago and had a wonderful time visiting several historical sites and schools in TT. The group also paid a courtesy call to the President George Maxwell Richards and had an interactive session with him.

The foreign secretary – Mr.Suruj Bachan, talked to them about the financial and foreign affairs of Trinidad and asked the students about their aspirations.

The students also visited the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Cultural Cooperation (MGICC) where the Director, M M Sharma, held a function in their honour to showcase Trinidad and Tobagos culture and talent. Students of the MGICC performed a chutney dance, sang songs and other cultural items to music from India. The students from D.P.S.sang “chaupaais”from “RAMCHARITMANASA”.

The visiting students also performed at the MGICC. Leader of the group, Dr Pandey, said she was amazed that students from this part of the world could pronounce the Hindi words so fluently

“It is very nice to see that the Indian culture is alive outside of India,” she said.

Indian High Commissioner Mr. Malay Mishra welcomed the students to Trinidad and Tobago and told them this country has the longest diaspora of 165 years of people from India.

The students’ visit to the University of TT was captivating with them seeing a robot playing tabla, a cloning machine which is one of the three in the world and cricketers like Mervyn Dillon and Tony Gray giving them a round of the playgrounds. The students and group leader Dr. Pandey had very educative and interesting interactive session with Prof. Prakash Persad, Provost; Undergraduate Studies at the University of Trinidad The University organized a violin recital for the students. This visit was covered by the media in Trinidad and can be seen on the internet.

Delegation details

Name Class
Mr Abhishek Jain X-A
Ms Vasudha Mathur VIII-J
Mr Tushar Goyal X-J
Ms Ipshita Kumar X-J
Mr Dhananjay Grover X-J
Mr Shourya Khanna IX-M
Mr Jaish Khurana IX-F
Ms Aditi Kumar VIII-A
Mr Garvit Jain VIII-E
Ms Ananaya Kant VIII-B
Mr Vidhur Khurana VIII-I
Mr Prateek Jha VIII-A
Mr Anand Chichra XI-R
Dr. Asha Lata Pandey HOD, SANSKRIT DEPTT. (Group Leader)
Mr Mohammad Hameed Khan MUSIC TEACHER

This exchange was the first of its kind in a number of ways. It was not just the exchange between the schools but between the two cultures. The students had much more exposure to add to their learning experience and to enrich extracurricular talents.

The high points of the trip were-

(i)                 the performances and the interaction of the students with Swaha Hindu College students and teachers,

(ii)                formal and informal meetings with important dignitaries (President George Maxwell Richards, Foreign secretary Mr. Suruj Bachan, the Indian High Commission His Excellency Mr. Malay Mishra,Provost of the Trinidad University Prof.Prakash Persad  and two famous cricketers-Mervyn Dillon and Tony Gray.

(iii)             Visits to the important temples, industrial areas and famous beaches

(iv)             Visit to Tobago Island.

The president of Trinidad and Tobago met the delegation for 2 hours and appraised them with various aspects and the education system of his country.

The foreign secre tary – Mr.Suruj Bachan, talked to them about the financial and foreign affairs of Trinidad and asked the students about their aspirations.

During the visit to the University of Trinidad, the students interacted with the two famous cricketers of the country Mervin Dillon and    .They saw the cloning machine which, we were told that there are only three in the world. The delegation saw a robot, playing tabla. Pt Balram Persad ,Principal Swaha Hindu College and Pt.Ishwar Madho Maharaj(Dean of the Faculty) had organized many events and visits for the delegation  where students and teachers of both the schools participated and learnt a great deal about each other’s country and culture.

Seating Plan (Class XI Session 2010-2011)

SECTION STREAM ROOM NO. CLASS  TEACHER
A SB (MATHS/PSY) HS103 MS. NEELU OBEROI
B SB HS102 MS. SHALINI CHANAN
C SB HS101 MS. SHASHI BALA AGRAWAL
D SB HS104 MR. MANOJ ARORA
E SB HS03 MS. KUSUM YADAV
F SC A01 MS. PREETI GANGAHAR
G SC A02 MS. SUDEEPTA CHATTERJEE
H SC A03 MS. MONICA BHATIA
I SC A04 MR. ANIL KUMAR VERMA
J SC D03 MS. SHALINI HARISUKH
K SC HS01 MS. ANITA RATHI
L SC  + ST HS02 MS. NIVA CHHONKAR
M SE HB102 MR. RATI KANT JHA
N SE HB01 MS. JYOTSNA TANEJA
O SE HB101 MS. ANUBHA
P CM F304 MS. VIJAYLAXMI
Q CM F305 MS. GURPAL KAUR
R CM F306 DR. ATIKA DAYAL
S CM F307 MS. M. SUDESHNA
T CM+CI F308 MS. NEERJA JAWA
U CM+CI F309 MS. ARUNIMA DAS GUPTA
V HU HB201 Mrs. Rupa Das
W HU HB202 MS. ANURADHA DANG

Visit of Ms. Joan Higginbotham, NASA Astronaut

On 06-July-2010

6th July 2010 was a red-letter day for DPS R.K.Puram as the renowned astronaut Ms.Joan Higginbotham, visited the school. Ms.Higginbotham is the third African American woman to go into space, after Mae Jemison and Stephanie Wilson. She began her career in 1987 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, as a Payload Electrical Engineer in the Electrical and Telecommunications Systems Division. Within six months she became the lead for the Orbiter Experiments (OEX) on OV-102, the Space Shuttle Columbia. She has undertaken several special assignments and actively participated in 53 space shuttle launches during her 9-year tenure at Kennedy Space Center. She was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996. She logged over 308 hours in space during her Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-116 in 2006 where her primary task was to operate the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS).

Ms.Higginbotham was accompanied by Mr.Chris Barber, Director of International Space Science Educational Trust,UK; Mr.Sandeep Joshi, Director, Mission Apollo and Brigadier Sunil Gokhale, COO, Mission Apollo. The Principal, Dr.D.R. Saini extended a warm welcome to all the guests.

Mr. Sandeep Joshi, Director of Mission Apollo addressed the audience and introduced them to Mission Apollo and the various opportunities for students to be part of it through the Astronaut’s Camp and the Star Trek programmes organized by Mission Apollo along with ISSET, UK. Mr. Chris Barber exhorted the students to concentrate on their academic performance so that they could have a wider range of career options to choose from.

Next was the moment the students were eagerly waiting for. Ms. Joan Higginbotham addressed the gathering and showed an audio-visual presentation of life and the various activities inside a space shuttle. She shared her experiences during the space journey in 2006 with the students, something she described as ‘simply incredible’. Ms. Higginbotham had an interactive session with her audience where she answered various queries of students ranging from space walking to everyday activities like eating and moving about in space.

The Vice-Principal, Mrs.Shobha Mehta delivered the vote of thanks.
It was a once-in-a lifetime experience for the students, one which they would cherish all their life.

School Closed on Monday 05-July-2010

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram and its Junior Schools (DPS Vasant Vihar and DPS East of Kailash) will remain closed on Monday, 05-July-2010 for teachers and students.

Weekly Test for classes 6 to 10, which was scheduled for Monday, 05-July-2010 will now be held on Tuesday, 06-July-2010.

Class 12 Assessment Exam scheduled to be held on Monday, 05-July-2010 will now be held on Thursday, 08-July-2010.

Note: School will remain open for Administrative Staff and Class 4 Staff