Scholar Badge Ceremony 2020-21 – Class VII

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”  ― Aesop  

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organised the much-awaited scholar badge ceremony for class VII on 29 January 2021, via the virtual platform Zoom. The theme for this year’s event was – ‘Little things make big days.’ 

The honourable Chief Guest for the day was Shri Balbir Singh, the Add’l Solicitor General of India, Supreme Court. Dr. Ambuj Roy, Professor of Cardiac Surgery, AIIMS, and an alumnus of R.K. Puram, kindly consented to be the Guest of Honour. 

The event commenced with the symbolic lighting of the lamp. This was followed by an upbeat and welcoming orchestral performance by the budding instrumentalists of DPS R.K. Puram’s Western Music Society.  A video highlighting the exceptional accomplishments of the students in numerous fields under the dynamic leadership of the Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, was presented.

The Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, welcomed the various attendees and thanked the esteemed guests for sparing time from their busy schedules to attend the coveted Scholar Badge ceremony.  She recognised and appreciated the spectrum of extraordinary results her pupils’ produced in academics, co-curriculars and extracurriculars, and remarked that DPS R.K. Puram prides itself on providing all-round development. Speaking upon the event’s theme, Ms. Srinivasan encouraged students to pay extra attention to the seemingly trivial things in their day-to-day lives. According to her, these minute details and gestures define one’s existence, and have the most significant long-term impact. She concluded her address by imploring the young scholars to always look for opportunities to practice tiny acts of kindness and generosity, and leave an indelible mark in this world to be remembered till posterity. 

The Chief Guest, Mr. Balbir Singh, marvelled at the young scholars’ vibrancy and brilliance and commended the school for aptly nurturing them. He also applauded DPS R.K. Puram’s faculty for executing the transition from physical to online classes seamlessly whilst also ensuring the continuation of extra-curricular activities. Mr. Singh urged the parents to inculcate certain useful hobbies and interests in their children, such as reading, music, puzzles, etc. to keep them stimulated, and stressed on the significance of prioritising ‘little things’ such as one’s sleep schedule, diet and physical health in these tumultuous times. 

Dr. Ambuj Roy, the Guest of Honour, congratulated the numerous prize recipients and their parents. He urged the young scholars to pursue their passions and consistently expand their knowledge through reading. As a medical professional, Dr. Roy also advised the young students to maintain a strict vigil on their health in their formative years. He elaborated on this by sharing that the seeds of most heart diseases are sown at a young age; these can manifest themselves in the form of bad food habits, lack of physical activity, or experiments with substance abuse. To combat this, Dr. Roy encouraged students to adopt a healthy lifestyle and diet, and exercise regularly. His core message was simple – work hard, and play harder. He concluded by reminding everyone that the coronavirus was far from eradicated and requested that they continue to follow the appropriate safety measures. 

The prestigious award ceremony was conducted by the Representatives of Class VII. Ms. Ritu Raj felicitated the Second Green Badge awardees, while the First Green Badge awardees were felicitated by Ms. Nalini Gautam. In addition to this, numerous students also received Red Ties, Pins and certificates. 

The Headmistress, Ms. Niva Chhonkar , addressed the audience and proposed the final vote of thanks. She extended her gratitude towards the distinguished guests for taking out time from their busy schedules to encourage the students, and also to the Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan for giving the meritorious students this platform to be recognised for the relentless effort in reaching this height of success. Ms. Chonnkar acknowledged the constant support of the parents in meeting the demands of these unprecedented times and helping children adjust to the new normal. She also expressed her gratitude towards the event incharges, Ms. Binu Channan and Ms. Kaveri Dhar, the technical team, the music department, as well as the various coordinators for their invaluable efforts, and commended the students on their exemplary performances.

The event concluded with the National Anthem and a short message on Covid-19. 

Scholar Badge Ceremony 2020 – Class XI (Sections K-X)

 “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” ― Maya Angelou. 

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted the annual Scholar Badge Ceremony for Class XI (sections K – X) on 22 January 2021, via, Zoom, the virtual platform. The theme for the event this year was “A diamond earns its sparkle from the pressure it endures’.

The esteemed Chief Guest for the day was Mr. Amit Khare, an IAS officer, who presently holds the office of Secretary, Higher Education, and Secretary, Ministry of I&B.  

Mr. Atul Kumar Thakur, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, South District, New Delhi, and an alumnus of DPS R.K. Puram 2002 batch, kindly consented to be the Guest of Honour.

The event commenced with the symbolic lighting of the lamp, followed by a harmonious orchestral performance by the talented and skilled instrumentalists of D.P.S. R.K. Puram’s Indian Music Society. 

A short film highlighting the wide-ranging achievements of the students, scaling greater heights, undeterred by the unique challenges of this neoteric academic session, was presented. 

In her opening address, The Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, congratulated the scholar badge awardees on their exemplary achievements, both academic and extracurricular, in fields including debating, theatre, music, sports, dance etc. She reiterated the wide range of opportunities available to the students at R.K. Puram, which, according to her, provides  holistic development and facilitates students in becoming well-rounded adults who are an asset to society. Drawing an analogy between how graphite must endure severe and sustained pressure in order to transform into a  diamond.She reassured and inspired her pupils, stating how the tricky circumstances and misfortunes one suffers through are what ultimately help them earn their ‘sparkle’. In her opinion, resilience is the real key to all accomplishments, not talent. She concluded her speech by urging the young scholars to work hard and find success, and commended them, their supportive parents and the hardworking teachers for never failing to produce stellar results. 

The Western Music Society then performed a mellifluous and sanguine song, “Victorious”, which showcased the persistent determination and tenacity of the students to strive for success and victory despite trying times, tying into the theme of the event.  

In his address, the Chief Guest, Mr. Amit Khare commended the faculty and students of D.P.S. R.K. Puram for coping excellently in the face of adversity, and undertaking the great endeavour of conducting virtual classes and activities. According to Mr. Khare, teaching and learning must go hand-in-hand. He then spoke about the new and revolutionary National Education Policy, which aims to accomplish the same. He praised DPS R.K.P. in this regard.In his opinion, the teachers’ meticulous care and dedication towards their pupils is the reason R.K. Puram’s alumni are able to distinguish themselves in every imaginable field. He also elaborated that we, as a society, will have to re-learn and adapt to unprecedentedly new environments and challenges in the coming years, in both academic as well as professional spheres. In light of this, the exceptional foundations which R.K. Puram provides its students will be more crucial than ever, according to Mr. Khare. 

The Guest of Honour, Mr. Atul Kumar Thakur, began his address by congratulating the young scholars on their remarkable achievements. He stated how R.K. Puram’s motto ‘Service Before Self’ instils and equips each student with the skill-set and knowledge required to reach higher realms of achievement. He urged the pupils to always strive to do better and expand their capacities in pursuit of excellence. Mr. Thakur also stressed the importance of creating holistic and inclusive learning spaces that cater to all students’ requirements and interests and narrated his personal experiences at R.K. Puram regarding the same. He stated how merely being educated and skilled is not enough; one must also imbibe the right attitude, and know how best to apply their skills to better the world around them. According to Mr. Thakur, work never feels like work when one aligns their interests to it. Thus, he concluded by expressing his wish that the students’ passion and aptitude govern their choice of higher education and profession, and urged them to allow their setbacks and failures to guide them towards success.  

The much anticipated award ceremony was conducted by the Representatives of Class XI. Ms Ritu Kumar felicitated the Blue Tie, Blue Badge and Blue Blazer awardees, while the Green Badge awardees were felicitated by Ms S. K. Nagalakshmi. 

The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice-Principal, Dr Renu Nayyar, who addressed the gathering and thanked the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour for taking time out of their hectic schedules to grace the ceremony with their presence and enlightening the students with their invaluable words of wisdom. She commended the students on their consistently outstanding achievements, and thanked the parents for their continued support. Dr. Nayyar also thanked the staff and students for making this proud event a success despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.

The event concluded with the national anthem and a message on Covid-19.

Scholar Badge Ceremony 2020- Class XI (A-J)

Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the will to continue that counts”

  • Winston Churchill 

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted the annual Scholar Badge Ceremony for Class XI on 15 January 2021, via the virtual platform of Zoom. The theme for the event this year was “A diamond earns its sparkle from the pressure it endures”. The esteemed Chief Guest for the day was Dr. Joseph Emmanuel, Director of the Central Board of Secondary Education, India.

Dr Amitabha Bagchi, Professor, Dept. of Computer Science & Engg., Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, kindly consented to be the Guest of Honour. 

The event commenced with the symbolic lighting of the lamp, followed by an orchestral performance by the talented instrumentalists of the Indian Music Society.  

A short film highlighting the wide-ranging achievements of the students, undeterred by the unique challenges of this neoteric academic session, was presented. 

In her welcoming address, the Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, congratulated the awardees on their accomplishments in a wide range of school experiences which encompass both academic and extracurricular activities. She shed light on the numerous opportunities provided to the students at DPS R.K. Puram, which facilitates them in becoming the best version of themselves. Drawing analogies between diamond’s way of earning sparkle from the pressure it endures, she emphasized on the importance of tough times and resilience in a man’s path to success. In her opinion, the way of dealing with adversities is to work in such a way that it makes us stand out from the crowd. She concluded her speech by congratulating the students and thanking their supportive parents and the hardworking teachers.

The Western Music Society performed a mellifluous and upbeat song, “Victorious”, which showcased the relentless determination and tenacity of the students to strive for success and victory even during these strenuous times. 

The Chief Guest, Dr. Joseph Emmanuel, expressed his happiness and gratitude on being a part of the celebration of the numerous achievements of DPS R.K. Puram. He congratulated the leadership, students, faculty and parents. He recognized the stature maintained by the school in both academic and co-scholastic areas during its journey through the years, and emphasised on  the fact that excellence could only be achieved through hard work and perseverance. 

Dr. Emmanuel also drew attention to the necessity of developing good values and virtues in students. Speaking of the new National Education Policy which envisages the development of all rounder citizens, he commended DPS R.K. Puram for already having implemented it, setting an example for all other institutions in the country. He touched upon the sustainable development goals of the United Nations to illustrate how working together in unity can truly transform a nation, and spoke briefly of India’s biggest asset; its youth. He concluded his address by expressing his hope that R.K. Puram’s tradition of hard work, building good character and attaining excellence continues. He congratulated all the students and the entire DPS family for upholding and maintaining its position as the number one school of the country.

The Guest of Honour, Dr. Amitabha Bagchi, an alumnus of 1992 batch, expressed his gratitude to the Principal for giving him the opportunity of being a part of the ceremony and congratulated all the award winners. He then spoke about DPS R.K. Puram’s role in shaping his life and teaching him the importance of time. He specifically pointed out two things he felt everyone should adopt in their lives. Firstly, he stated that we ourselves are responsible for our own happiness and secondly, we must hear out people who don’t share our opinions and see them for who they are. According to him, in that process, we can create a meaningful life for ourselves. He concluded by encouraging students to find a true purpose in life.

The award ceremony commenced with the felicitation of the Blue tie awardees by Ms. Shalini Harisukh, followed by the second Blue Badge and first Blue Badge winners. Ms. S. K. Nagalakshmi felicitated the Blue Blazer, second Green Badge and first Green Badge awardees. 

The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayyar, who addressed the gathering and thanked the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour for gracing the ceremony with their presence and for enlightening the students by sharing their words of wisdom. She praised the students for their achievements and consistent efforts and thanked the parents for their continued support. She also thanked the staff and students for making this event a success. 

The event concluded with the national anthem and a message on Covid-19.

Scholar Badge Ceremony Class IX-2020

“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.” 
Anaïs Niin  

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted the annual Scholar Badge Ceremony for Class IX on 19 December 2020 via the virtual platform of Zoom. This year’s event derived its theme from a Pablo Picasso quote – “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” 

The esteemed Chief Guest for the day was Ms. Namita Pradhan, Member of the Delhi Public School Society and the Managing Committee of DPS R.K. Puram. 

Mr. Dharmendra Sharma, the Senior Deputy Election Commissioner, and alumnus of DPS R.K. Puram, kindly consented to be the Guest of Honour. 

The event commenced with the symbolic lighting of the lamp, followed by an upbeat and welcoming orchestral performance by the talented instrumentalists of the Western Music Society.  

A short film highlighting the wide-ranging achievements of the students, undeterred by the unique challenges of this neoteric academic session, was presented. 

In her welcoming address, the Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, congratulated the recipients of the various awards and commended the students’ exceptional performance in both academic and extracurricular fields. According to her, the diverse and holistic education provided at R.K. Puram complements and supplements classroom learning. She motivated students to identify where their aptitude lay and work diligently towards achieving excellence in their field of choice. Ms. Srinivasan also expressed her sincere appreciation and gratitude towards the teaching staff and faculty, whose dedication and hard work allowed classes and activities to continue despite unique and challenging circumstances. She concluded her address by thanking parents and students for their unwavering support and willingness to adapt in these unprecedented times. 

This was followed by a graceful dance performed by the students of the Indian Dance Society on the popular Odia folk song ‘Rangabati’. 

The Chief Guest, Ms. Namita Pradhan commended the staff and faculty of DPS R.K. Puram for reaching out to students and ensuring the continuation of stimulating extracurricular and academic activities despite the limitations and complications posed by the new platforms. According to Ms. Pradhan, there is an advantage to being confined to one’s home; in that, it forces one to seek out and develop new interests, and acquire new skills. She confessed to wishing this event were occurring in person and expressed her desire to see the bright and proud faces of students on stage and parents in the audience. She also discussed the importance of cherishing one’s school friends and keeping them close throughout life, and shared her experiences regarding the same. She concluded her address by emphasising the importance of hard work, imagination and drive, and encouraged the young scholars never to limit their ambitions.

Mr. Dharmendra Sharma, the Guest Of Honour, began his address by stating he was “suitably impressed and notably intimidated” by the wide-ranging achievements of the bright young minds present. He emphasised the importance of recognising and celebrating all-round excellence in areas such as drama, sport, debate, and dance side-by-side to celebrating academic accomplishments. He encouraged the young students to find time for moments of fun and relaxation and avoid becoming too stressed either as a consequence of the uncertain times we are facing or their hectic schedules. He concluded by re-stating the significance of following one’s passions and working hard to achieve them, with the simple quote – ‘Aim for it, go for it.’ 

The eagerly awaited award ceremony commenced with the felicitation of the Armaan Dogra Memorial Award (awarded to one student from each class IX batch for all-round excellence) to Aadya Kashyap of IX K, followed by the awarding of the First Blue Badge/Blue Blazer/ Red Tie/Red Badge to numerous proud recipients. It was conducted by the Class Representatives of Class IX, Ms. Payal Arora and Mr. Sanchit Chauhan. 

The vote of thanks was proposed by the Headmistress Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, wherein she thanked the honorable guests for sparing time from their busy schedules to inspire all present with their kind words. She congratulated the students and parents and thanked them for their attendance. She also extended her gratitude to the coordinator Mr. Mukesh Kumar, the technical team, the Activity Incharges Ms. Binu Channan and Ms. Kaveri Dhar, Mr. Daniel and Mr. Lemmy from the Music Department, and the Representatives of Class IX for working tirelessly to make the event possible. 

The ceremony concluded with the national anthem.

Scholar Badge Ceremony 2020 Class VIII

“Failure defeats losers, but it inspires winners.” – Robert Kiyosaki

Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram hosted its eagerly awaited, prestigious Virtual Scholar Badge Ceremony for class VIII on December 12, 2020. The theme of the event was ‘A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.’

The online event commenced with the auspicious lamp lighting ceremony. The Western Music Society performed a harmonious and upbeat song, “Victorious”. The song showcased the relentless determination and tenacity of the students to strive for success and victory even during these strenuous times. 

The ceremony was graced by the Chief Guest, Dr. Kiran Datar, Member of the DPS Society and Managing Committee of DPS R.K. Puram and Mr. Prabhjeet Singh, President of UBER India and South Asia as the Guest of Honour. A video presentation about school achievements illustrated the scaling heights conquered by students under the dynamic leadership of the Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan. The exemplary performance of students in academic and non-academic fields highlighted their resilient spirit in the face of these unprecedented circumstances. 

The Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan commenced her address by congratulating all the awardees and spoke of the ceremony being a celebration of the accomplishments and extraordinary achievements of all the students. She highlighted the diverse and holistic education provided at DPS R.K. Puram. She spoke of the various hardships faced by the teachers in managing the online classrooms and grasping the new technology and commended them for their efforts and coordination in order to interact with the students virtually. Addressing the students, she talked about great leaders proving themselves by never quitting and always following their hopes and ambitions. She narrated the story of a dreamer who never gave up, the Missile Man of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.. She encouraged the students to stay united, cooperate, collaborate and work as a team to achieve all goals. She concluded her speech by reassuring the students that these tough times will not last long, and hoped for a wonderful school year ahead. 

A graceful and ebullient Indian folk dance performance was put up by the performing arts society. The energetic dancers lit up the virtual dance floor with their moves. 

The chief guest, Ms. Kiran Datar commenced her speech by congratulating all the awardees and talked about how they could equip themselves to further excel in life. She delved into explaining how power and responsibility go hand in hand and how the combination of power and responsibility makes the students the future leaders of the world. She emphasised on the fact that along with intelligence, emotional stability too is required to lead a healthy and successful life. She analogised surfers facing the waves with a smile and riding its crest to students overcoming challenges in life. She then said that the most important attribute to help us face these challenging times is unity and collaboration. She spoke about our institution being a leader in its own field, how it has achieved so much and how it’s valued by everyone. She empathised with the teachers by commenting on how it has been challenging for the faculty to keep up with the changing times and how students should help them and support them through the process. She concluded her address by expressing her gratitude to everyone for having invited her at the wonderful Scholar Badge ceremony of class VIII. 

Mr. Prabhjeet Singh, the Guest of Honour, expressed his gratitude towards the Principal for giving him an opportunity to be a part of the Scholar Badge ceremony. He felt honoured to be back at the institution that has had a major influence in shaping his life and also for the opportunity to interact with the young future leaders. He congratulated all the students for their achievements. He talked of the impact of the pandemic on businesses and the economy. He further went on to share five major learnings from his own life, on how to face life and career choices ahead. He asserted that the students need not follow any benchmarks set by society, rather they need to aim high and set their own benchmarks. Next, he claimed that although it is important to plan ahead, one should always be open to serendipity. He also stated the necessity of giving back to society. He reassured the students, and said that sometimes, it is okay to fail, but it is never okay to quit. Lastly, he emphasized on the importance of being a good human being. He concluded his address by congratulating all the students, parents and teachers for their efforts in putting up the show.

The award ceremony commenced with the felicitation of Blue Blazer awardees by Ms.Reema Khosla, followed by that of the Green Badge awardees by Ms.Pratibha Sacher. Ms. Sacher then proceeded to present the awards for co-curricular activities, the Red Blazer, Red Tie, Pin, and Certificate of Appreciation. The Gold Medal was awarded to students for 100% attendance.

The Headmistress, Ms. Niva Chhonkar then addressed the gathering and thanked the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour for gracing the occasion with their presence and for sharing their experiences with the students. She congratulated the students for their achievements and thanked the parents being encouraging, sharing timely feedback and  providing a conducive & comfortable learning atmosphere  at home.She expressed her gratitude to the staff for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experiences and fostering curiosity amongst the students during such challenging times. She thanked everyone for putting effort into organising and presenting the ceremony successfully. 

The ceremony concluded with the national anthem.

Scholar Badge Ceremony 2020 Class X

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Will Durant

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted its much celebrated Virtual  Scholar Badge Ceremony  for class X on December 4, 2020 . The theme for the event was, ‘The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.’

The virtual ceremony commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Western Music Society presented a melodious performance of  the song ‘I Will Not Fear,’ that showcased the unwavering conviction of the students to strive for victory even during these unforeseen times.

The ceremony was graced by the Chief Guest , Ms. Vrinda Sarup, Member of the DPS Society and the Managing Committee of DPS R.K. Puram and Mr. Aakash Chaudhary, Managing Director and Co-Promoter of Aakash Educational Services Ltd., as the Guest of Honour.

A video presentation demonstrated the scaling heights achieved by the school under the able leadership of our Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan .The commendable performance of the students in both academic and extra-curricular fields illustrated their determined spirit in the face of adverse circumstances.

The Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivisan, congratulated the awardees on their exemplary accomplishments in a range of school experiences which encompass both academic and co-curricular activities. She articulated the plethora of opportunities that DPS R.K. Puram offers, focussing on the cognitive growth as well as the emotional development of the students. She highlighted the tangible excellence of the students’ endeavours as ambassadors of the school on national and global platforms. She expressed her appreciation towards the teachers and the support staff for their strength of character and perseverance in acclimatising to the developments during these unprecedented times. She extended her gratitude to the parents for their relentless support. In her opinion, a self-disciplined student is a true learner, achiever and winner. She remarked that the view from the window that education equips us with defines the path ahead. She concluded her speech by encouraging the students to give flight to their imagination to achieve marvelous results in life.

A graceful Indian and Western fusion dance, accompanied by the inspirational poem, ‘Udaan’ was performed by the Performing Arts Society- inspiring us to stay strong and tenacious, and aim to fulfill our dreams.

Ms. Vrinda Sarup, the Chief Guest,  addressed the gathering  by congratulating the award winners. She expressed her appreciation for the tremendous hard work and effort put in by teachers and students . She conveyed that the award ceremony celebrates not only the students’ academic achievements, but also their individual personality and humane characteristics such as compassion, leadership and self confidence. She acknowledged the efforts by the teachers without whom it would not have been possible to achieve such great heights, inching closer to the pinnacle of success. She concluded her speech by wishing the students the best of luck for their future endeavours.

Mr. Aakash Chaudhary, the Guest of Honour, thanked the school for inviting him to be a part of the ceremony. An alumnus of DPS R.K. Puram, addressed the audience by recalling his first Scholar Badge Ceremony, remarking how emotional and significant the event is in a student’s life in school, and that the scholar badge is a symbol of what one can be, and what sets them apart from the crowd. He congratulated the students for not only earning the award, but also for being a student of this prestigious institution, which he felt is an honour in itself. He remarked on the commendable and often overlooked efforts made by the teachers, and applauded the parents for being a part and parcel of their child’s learning experience. He acknowledged the paradigm shift in learning caused by online learning and encouraged the students to persevere through these tough times. In the end, he commented that the motto of the school, “Service before Self”, emboldens him to value morals above all. He motivated the students to continue learning from their failures and wished them luck. 

The award ceremony commenced with the felicitation of Blue Blazer and Blue Badge awardees by Ms. Sini Annie Abraham, followed by that of the Green Badge awardees by Ms. Surbhi Gupta. Ms. Gupta then proceeded to present the awards for co-curricular activities, the Red Blazer, Red Tie, Pin, and Certificate of Appreciation. The Gold Medal was awarded to students for 100% attendance.

The Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, then addressed the gathering and expressed her gratitude to the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour for elevating the dignity of the ceremony with their reputable presence, and for sharing their wisdom. She further acknowledged and appreciated the efforts put in by the teachers, the support staff, and the parents and applauded their resolute strength and support. 

The ceremony concluded with the national anthem.

Scholar Badge Ceremony 2020 Class XII (Section A-K)

“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” 
-Steve Maraboli 

DPS R.K. Puram hosted its much awaited Virtual Scholar Badge Ceremony for Class XII, sections A to K, on 29 November, 2020. The theme for the event was ‘You are a mindset away from winning battles’. 

The online ceremony commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Performing Arts Society showcased an enthralling virtual western instrumental orchestra that reflected the talent of the budding musicians. 

We were honoured to have Mr. B.K. Chaturvedi, Vice Chairman, Delhi Public School Society and Managing Committee DPS R.K. Puram as the Chief Guest and Mr. Anurag Tripathi, Secretary, Central Board of Secondary Education as the Guest of Honour.

A video presentation about school achievements illustrated the scaling heights conquered by students under the dynamic leadership of the Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan. The exemplary performance of students in academic and non-academic fields highlighted their resilient spirit in the face of these unprecedented circumstances. 

The Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, congratulated the award winners and spoke of the ceremony being a celebration of success and achievement of the students in numerous fields including academics, co-curriculars and extra-curriculars. She highlighted the experiential learning and the breadth of opportunities in the wider curriculum provided to the students at DPS R.K. Puram, along with a diverse and well-rounded education resulting in exceptional performance of the students. She extended her appreciation  to the teachers as well as the support staff for their hard work and dedication in adapting to the developments during these unprecedented times. According to her, a winning mindset can transform a student  to an achiever, winner and conqueror. The Principal remarked that the event was a celebration of such a mindset that results in success. She concluded her speech by expressing gratitude to the supportive parents and wished the students the best of luck for their future endeavours. 

A soulful rendition of ‘Yeh waqt na thehra hai’ was presented in a harmonious melody by the choir, advocating for a strong and unwavering attitude that inspires others during these challenging times. 

Mr. B.K. Chaturvedi, the Chief Guest, commenced his address by congratulating the award winners and their parents for their guidance, encouragement and support to the children. He felicitated the teachers for their immense contribution and for seamlessly adapting to the online mode of teaching. Recalling the huge loss of life during the Bengal famine, he compared it to the ongoing pandemic. He also advised the students to make use of the numerous opportunities available to them as they graduate from school. Drawing analogies between famous French mathematician Rene Descartes’s method of solving a complex mathematical problem by addressing the smaller, simpler parts first to resolving life situations. He further encouraged the students to adopt a four edged approach to life consisting of hard work, honesty, humility and human grit to succeed in life and wished them the very best.

Mr. Anurag Tripathi, the Guest of Honour, expressed his gratitude to the Principal for giving him the opportunity to be a part of the Scholar Badge ceremony and congratulated all the award winners for their achievements. He appreciated the efforts of all the teachers for adopting the new mode of online teaching within a short span of time. He mentioned that the main aim of education is to transform students into good human beings and citizens who contribute to their society and nation. He discussed the salient features of the NEP 2020 and its endeavour to promote experiential learning, creativity, innovation and research. He encouraged the students to utilise the opportunities of a good learning environment at school and urged them to give back to society.

The award ceremony commenced with the felicitation of Gold Medal awardees by the class XII representative, Ms. Kusum Yadav , followed by Blue Tie, Blue Blazer, Blue Badge and Green Badge recipients. Ms. Anubha Gopal then presented the extra-curricular awards which were  the Red Blazer, Red Tie, Pin and Certificate of Appreciation to students who showed exemplary achievements outside the walls of the  classroom. 

The Vice Principal Dr. Renu Nayyar then addressed the gathering and thanked the chief guest and the guest of honour for gracing the occasion with their presence and for sharing their words of wisdom. She congratulated the students for their achievement, hardwork and perseverance and thanked the parents for their support. She thanked the staff and students for the effort put in during these times in organizing the ceremony. 

The event concluded with the national anthem. 

Scholar Badge Ceremony 2020 Class XII (Sections L-X)

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” 
-Plutarch 

DPS R.K. Puram hosted its much awaited Virtual Scholar Badge Ceremony for Class XII, sections L to X, on 27 November, 2020. The theme for the event was ‘You are a mindset away from winning battles’. 

The online ceremony commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Performing Arts Society showcased an enthralling virtual western instrumental orchestra that reflected the talent of the budding musicians. 

We were honoured to have Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman, Delhi Public School Society and Managing Committee DPS R.K. Puram as the Chief Guest  and Mr. Mayank Singh, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of India, United Nations as the Guest of Honour.. 

A video presentation about school achievements illustrated the scaling heights conquered by students under the dynamic leadership of the Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan. The exemplary performance of students in academic and non-academic fields highlighted their resilient spirit in the face of these unprecedented circumstances. 

The Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, congratulated the award winners and appreciated the spectrum of extraordinary results they produced in academics, co-curriculars and extra-curriculars. She emphasised on the importance of a well-rounded education and remarked that DPS R.K. Puram prides itself for delivering a holistic learning experience. She extended her appreciation  to the teachers for playing a key role in helping mould confident and self-assured students and adapting to the developments over the past months. According to her, a winning mindset can transform a student to an achiever, winner and conqueror. The Principal remarked that the event was a celebration of such a mindset that results in success. She concluded her speech by expressing gratitude to the supportive parents and wished the students the best of luck for their future endeavours. 

A soulful rendition of ‘Yeh waqt na thehra hai’ was presented in a harmonious melody by the choir, advocating for a strong and unwavering attitude that inspires others during these challenging times. 

Mr. V.K. Shunglu, the Chief Guest, commenced his address by congratulating the class XII students for their lofty achievements. He remarked upon the rapidly changing times and the challenges it poses to employment and education opportunities. He acknowledged the crucial role counselling can play in guiding students from a tender age towards the career of their dreams. He expressed appreciation for the competitive environment offered by DPS R.K. Puram, which seasons its students to endure hardships and navigate their path through hurdles of all sorts. He wished the students success in the transition from school to college and wished them luck in all endeavours. 

Mr. Mayank Singh, the Guest of Honour, expressed his gratitude to the Principal and Mr. V.K. Shunglu for giving him the opportunity to indulge in a thoughtful dialogue with the students. Being an alumnus of DPS R.K. Puram, he explained the various pressures, adversaries and challenges one faces after school, especially during such trying times. He advised the students to choose their battles wisely and focus on their own strengths and interests. He remarked that the path to success carries its trials and tribulations which one can overcome with a healthy and diligent work ethic. He congratulated the students on being outstanding performers and wished them luck. 

The award ceremony commenced with the felicitation of Gold Medal awardees by the class XII representative, Ms. Richa Aggarwal, followed by Blue Tie, Blue Blazer, Blue Badge and Green Badge recipients. Ms. Anubha Gopal then presented the extra-curricular awards which consisted of the Red Blazer, Red Tie, Pin and Certificate of Appreciation to students who showed exemplary achievements outside the classroom. 

The Vice Principal Dr. Renu Nayyar then addressed the gathering and congratulated all parents and students in attendance. She proceeded to talk about how success has a different meaning for each individual and advised the high achievers to continue in their endeavours. She thanked the staff and students for the effort put in during these times in organizing the ceremony. 

The event concluded with the national anthem. 

Class VII Scholar Badge Ceremony 2019

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram hosted its annual Scholar Badge Ceremony for class VII on 3rd of December, 2019. This event aims at honouring the curricular and co-curricular achievements of the students for the year 2018-19. The theme of the event was “When I went beyond myself, the pathway finally opened” – a message that inspired the scholars to work diligently for their ambitions and effectively utilise their potential.

The event commenced with the auspicious lamp lighting ceremony by the Chief Guest, Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and Dr. Renu Nayar and the Headmistress, Ms. Niva Chhonkar to invoke the blessings of the Almighty. The scintillating beats of the orchestra welcomed the gathering to this prestigious event. A video presentation was displayed showcasing the achievements of the students in several spheres.

The Principal felicitated the Chief Guest, Dr. Mohapatra, who is currently the Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorological Department. He is the permanent representative of India with WMO and has been elected as a Member of the Executive Council. With a Ph.D in Physics and 26 years of experience in meteorology, he has made significant contributions towards the improvement of early warning services of IMD. He is popularly known as the “Cyclone Man of India”. He is also the author of more than 75 research papers and has been awarded prestigious accolades like the 25th Biennial Mausam Award.

Ms. Vanita Sehgal began her address by expressing her pride in the curricular and co-curricular achievements of the scholars, saying that “their achievements just get larger and larger.” She elaborated how the school encourages holistic development of its students and provides them with numerous opportunities to acquire valuable skills, which succour them to grow as individuals.She emphasised on the theme by sharing anecdotes such as that of the Wise Old Man repeating his jokes to discover no one laughed at them thrice, condemning lamenting over the   same problem over and over again, and of the Gifted but Lazy Child who took for granted his parent’s money. The evident conclusion was that the students should be made to realise the value of money and be held accountable for their actions, at the same time be optimistic by having faith in themselves.

She then said, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” and urged the gathered to make perpetual efforts  in order to achieve their goals. The Principal also recalled influential lines of a popular song called ‘The Climb’ by Miley Cyrus, which is adored and sung widely by adolescents. She commented how one has to encounter challenges which seem as huge as a mountain but with determination and hardwork one can scale these heights.

The Cultural Programme began with a soulful and upbeat rendition of the choir, which left the audience spellbound. This was followed by a spirited drama in Hindi depicting the wisdom and teachings of Kabir Das through the lives of two young school going boys. The English speeches sought to preach that even in unfortunate times, happiness and satisfaction can be discovered if one braces their heart and mind. Two exemplary dance pieces were presented before the audience, earning a loud applause for their enchanting movements and magnificent poses.The children recited ‘A Different Perspective’.The poem emphasised the importance of looking at things in a positive light. When recited top to bottom but shows the negative aspects of life when recited in reverse order.

The Chief Guest, Dr. Mohapatra, extended his greetings to the esteemed Principal, proud parents and scholars. He expressed how D.P.S. R.K. Puram serves as an ideal platform to spread the message on the information on climatic changes and its effects and how honoured he was to have the stage. He further elaborated upon the dire need to equip students with knowledge on climate  in order to protect oneself and others against natural hazards and minimise the loss of life. He appreciated the various projects undertaken by the school regarding this concern and offered his maximum support and proposed the idea of “collaborative work”. Commenting upon the theme, he urged the gathered to believe that “everyday is a success story” and wished them the best for their future endeavours.The Chief Guest along with the Principal and Headmistress honoured the meritorious students and the Prize Distribution Ceremony was conducted by the Class Representatives, Ms. Ritu Raj and  Ms. Richa Basrao.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by the Headmistress, Ms. Niva Chhonkar. The event concluded with the National Anthem. 


Scholar Badge Ceremony for Class XI

“Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought”
                                                                                                                      – Simone Weil 

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram conducted its Annual Scholar Badge Ceremony for class XI on 8th of November, 2019. This glorious celebration of the curricular and co-curricular achievements of students in the year 2018-19 was held with great zeal and enthusiasm. 

The theme of the event ‘Feet firmly on the ground, head held high’ was woven around speeches and Poetry Recitation while being anchored by actors playing Aladdin and his wife, lovable characters of Arabian Nights adored widely by children. They took the gathering into a mystical fantasy land yet kept it well grounded. 

The event commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, Shri B.K. Chaturvedi alongwith the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Padma Srinivasan and the Headmistresses, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra and Ms. Niva Chhonkar.

The scintillating beats of the orchestra welcomed the audience to this illustrious assembly. The soulful rendition brimming with music and rhythm created a lively atmosphere. A video presentation showcasing various milestones achieved by these proficient scholars was screened. 

The Principal along with the Vice Principals felicitated the Chief Guest, Mr. B.K. Chaturvedi.Shri B.K. Chaturvedi is a member of the Delhi Public School Society and the Managing Committee of D.P.S. R.K. Puram. In 2004, he was appointed as the Cabinet Secretary and in this capacity, he advised the Prime Minister on important policy issues. He is also a former member of the Planning Commission of the government of India and he has authored two books and several papers in the field of public administration and governance.He has been conferred with the Padma Bhushan for his valuable contribution to the Civil Services.

The Principal was welcomed on the stage to address the gathering. She commented upon the theme of the event by narrating multiple stories, like that of a vain Butterfly and sensible Cockroach, and deriving from them that humility and modesty are necessary virtues to be possessed by an individual. She reminded the students that “being grounded does not mean you do not have a vision” and urged them to have ambitions and make perpetual efforts to achieve them. On this prestigious occasion, she commemorated Prantik Roy, an able student with extraordinary compassion in whose honour an award was dedicated later in the ceremony. 

She cited an example of Mahatma Gandhi in order to advocate the importance of being practical and down-to-earth while reliving his vision for the nation. She pointed out how there was always scope for improvement, no matter how much we may have conquered. To further elaborate upon the theme, she quoted Martin Luther King by saying, ““If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do ,you have to keep moving forward.” Ms. Vanita Sehgal appreciated the diligent efforts of the Vice Principals, Class Representatives, Activity Incharges Ms. Sudeepta Chatterjee and Ms. Shelly Malhotra and the Music and Dance Departments. 

The Cultural Programme commenced with the melodious voices of the choir in harmony, enlivening the spirit of the theme. The characters of Arabian Nights, Alaadin and his wife, presented a drama to emphasise on how following one’s dreams dreams passionately leads to their fulfillment . Following this brilliant piece of enactment, a thought-provoking  Poem Recitation on achieving a vision that consists of curing social illnesses was showcased while many examples of successful leaders were given through speeches to further highlight the importance of having a telescopic eye while keeping your feet firmly on the ground. A spectacular dance-drama performance was staged to portray the Gandhian vision and its relevance in the present society. 

The Chief Guest congratulated the students, parents and teachers on this joyous occasion. He appreciated the theme of the event and Gandhian message of peace delivered by the students. He emphasised on how academics play a crucial role in a student’s life and took this opportunity to also mention the importance of “good values” like integrity and perseverance. According to him, hard work is essential to achieve success and “there’s no going away from it”. In the end, he urged the students to thrive persistently and wished them the best of luck. 

The Chief Guest, the Principal, the Vice Principals and the Class Representatives felicitated the scholars by presenting badges, blazers, pins, ties and certificates of merit. The Prantik Roy Memorial Gold Medal, for an all-round performance, was awarded to Priyanshi Ahuja. 

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by the Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Padma Srinivasan.The event concluded with the National Anthem. 

Scholar Badge Ceremony CLASS IX

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
~ William Arthur Ward

The Scholar Badge Ceremony of Class IX, was hosted by DPS R.K. Puram on 25 October 2019 for the academic session 2019-20. This prestigious annual celebration recognizes the sincere dedication and focused hard work of the meritorious students and their achievements in the previous academic year.

The event was graced by the presence of the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan and the Head Mistresses, Mrs Rashmi Malhotra and Ms Niva Chhonkar. Dr and Mrs Dogra, parents of Armaan Dogra and initiators of the all-rounder Student of the Year award for class VIII, were also present. The Chief Guest for the day, Ms. Shovana Narayan, a member of the DPS Society since 1998, was felicitated by the Principal. She currently serves in the Indian Audit and Accounts Services, and is a Deputy Director General at Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Department of Telecommunication. 

The programme began with the scintillating beats of the school orchestra. This was followed by a presentation on the school’s academic results, and a plethora of eminent co-curricular and extracurricular achievements,and  concluded with the school’s mission statement. 

The Principal  addressed the gathering  by welcoming the Chief Guest and the parents of Armaan Dogra. Emphasizing on the theme of the ceremony, “At the precipice, we change”, she highlighted the importance of change and evolution. Using anecdotes, she accentuated the importance of diligence, persistence and positive feedback. Quoting the poem “Leisure” by William Henry Davies, she said that instead of waiting to reach the precipice, one should change before it’s too late. She concluded by thanking the various departments for their dedication, and expressed her pride in the school. 

The cultural programme started with a monologue on the exigencies of life, followed by an enigmatic fusion dance. The event proceeded in the format of a game show, which exemplified the theme through examples of King Ashoka, Srikanth Bolla, Laxmi Agarwal and Dashrath Manjhi. The students presented these through captivating, eloquent poems in Hindi about ‘antarman’ or ‘the inner heart’. The struggles of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivor and an Indian campaigner with Stop Sale Acid, were asseverated through a speech and a mirror mime. A spry, vigorous ‘josh dance’ preceded the presentation of Dashrath Manjhi, a labourer in Gehlaur village. A charismatic dance embodying the phoenix rising from the ashes wrapped up the cultural programme. 

The Chief Guest then spoke to the audience, expressing her admiration for the innovative and well-presented performances. Emphasizing on the fact that “change is the only constant factor”, she brought out the contrast between the constancy of values and the evolution of tradition. She went on to speak about society’s concentration on external appearances, and the compartmentalization of individuality, leading to a prominent lack of creativity. She stated that teachings can come from the most unexpected of places, and one will constantly be faced with challenges. She elaborated upon the significance of analytic reasoning and the spirit of curiosity. She ended her speech by congratulating the awardees, but said that everyone is a winner as long as they pursue their passion with perseverance and courage. 

The Award Ceremony commenced with Dr and Mrs Dogra presenting the Armaan Dogra Memorial Trophy to Parth Kumar, IX-K. She addressed the students, urging them to appreciate each moment of their life.The award ceremony was conducted by the Class IX Representatives Ms Surbhi Gaur and Ms Shruti Vijyan.

The Headmistress, Mrs Rashmi Malhotra, delivered the vote of thanks, and  the ceremony concluded with the National Anthem. 

Scholar Badge Ceremony Class VIII

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

The Annual Scholar Badge Ceremony of Class VIII was organised by DPS R K Puram on 18th of October, 2019. The efforts of the students were celebrated through a spectacular programme that was graced by the presence of Ms. Namita Pradhan. Ms. Pradhan is a member of the DPS Society who has over 30 years of experience in development with extensive understanding of International Health. She has also been an integral part of the World Health Organisation, Geneva.

The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal; the Chief Guest, Ms. Namita Pradhan; the Vice Principals, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and  Dr. Renu Nayar,and the Head Mistresses Ms. Rashmi Malhotra and Ms. Niva Chhonkar. This was followed by the felicitation of the Chief Guest.A mesmerising performance by the orchestra and a choir welcomed the audience to this celebration.This was followed by a film showcasing glimpses into momentous events and school achievements over the year.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, welcomed the parents and students with memorable anecdotes to attest the theme of the event ‘Better Late Than Never’. She confided in the audience that students are her greatest motivation and quoted Paulo Coelho to say “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”  She emphasized that the value of a student is not in the awards that they receive but in the hard work they put in. She urged the audience to overcome their prejudices and embrace opportunities as they arrive because it is never too late to become better human beings. She conveyed her gratitude to all who contributed to the success of the event through their effort.

The cultural programme saw a melodious performance by the Indian choir, followed by a powerful English choral recitation and Hindi play which beautifully brought out the environmental problems the world is facing today and how individuals can deal with them at their level.The participants of the event celebrated life through a zealous Western dance performance and a Shubh Aarambh Dance.

Ms. Namita Pradhan addressed the gathering and commended the students on their magnificent performances. Reminiscing about her past, she recognised this stage of a students’ life as a crucial step into adulthood. She emphasised  on the abundance of opportunities available to this generation and encouraged them to seize these opportunities and be passionate about everything they do. She concluded her address by stating the importance of what we give to society rather than what we get.

The prize distribution, the most eagerly awaited segment of the ceremony was initiated by Ms. Reema Khosla. The students were felicitated for their academic and co-curricular excellence with red and blue blazers. A vote of thanks was delivered by the Headmistress, Ms. Niva Chhonkar. The event concluded with the National Anthem