DPS RK PURAM CELEBRATES COMASTITVA 2023
‘The success of the young entrepreneur will be the key to India’s transformation in the new millennium.’
ComAstitva’23, an annual inter-school festival hosted by the Commerce and Economics Department of DPS R.K. Puram, was hosted on Saturday, 26 August 2023, under the able guidance of the Headmistress, and Coordinator for The Commerce and Economics Department, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra. The festival consisted of both offline and online events, allowing students from schools across Delhi-NCR to showcase and expand their commercial and entrepreneurial skills. A variety of events gave exposure to students of grade XI and XII to the world of finance, economics and business, helping them to develop a marketing mindset and various other business related skills.
The online events consisted of :
Eureka (The Idea)
This event provided a platform for students to exhibit their innovation and marketing skills by creating a digital presentation on a business idea related to topics like education, healthcare, and FinTech. The participants were judged based on creativity, content and practicality. The event was judged by Ms. Poonam Gupta, Professor in Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics.
The creativity and accounting knowledge of the participants was brought to test in this event, where they were instructed to provide a caricature depicting an accounting principle or concept. The judgement criteria were originality, visual appeal and graphic representation. Students were required to probe the various accounting principles and blend in their imagination with the same. The esteemed judges included Ms. Jyotika Bahl, Associate Professor of Gargi College, Delhi University, and Ms. Neeti Banga, Associate Professor of NIFT Delhi, who provided their able guidance and judgement.
VideoVerse (Online Video-making Competition)
In this event, participants were expected to make a one minute video analysing the monetary policy of the United States and its effect on India and the rest of the world. The participants were judged on the basis of coherence and effectiveness, technical allure, and utilisation of creative tools. Mr. Abhishek Gupta, a Senior Economist covering India and the South Asian frontier for Bloomberg in Mumbai, and Ms. Sumedha Madan, a management student at SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, were the judges for the event.
The offline events were:
The Speaking Ninjas
This event challenged students to articulate their viewpoints on diverse matters in the business realm. There were thirty teams in total and each consisting of two members who spoke for and against the topic “We lose when we work with a giant Artificial Intelligence system such as CHAT GPT’’ within one minute. Arguments put forth by each participant combined with interjections from the fellow competitors created an atmosphere of healthy yet competitive debate and discussion. They were judged by Ms. Monika Bansal, who is a Professor in the Department of Management Studies at Deen Dayal University and Dr. Taruna.J Agarwal, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Management Studies at Delhi University.
The Accounting Bingo
In this event, participants from 30 schools were invited to attempt a time-bound questionnaire consisting of 15 questions for the preliminary round from which the top 7 teams were selected for the final round. The preliminary round ended with a tie for 7th position, resulting in a closely fought tiebreaker. The participants who reached the final round played a game of tambola, which tested their knowledge and accounting skills, engaging them in a didactic competition to secure the final positions.
Econexus-Design & Slogan Extravaganza
This event required the participants to design a unique Indian G-20 logo along with a slogan. Charged with enthusiasm and creativity, students of class 11 and 12 worked tirelessly creating beautiful designs within the time period of one hour. 28 teams consisting of 2 students each brought new shades of colour to the G20 events through their art. Dr Astha Ahuja, Head of Department of Economics at Aryabhatta College, Delhi University and Ms. Shruti Vats , a dedicated educator, mentor, and researcher at the University of Delhi presided over the event as judges.
At the culmination of the ComAstitva, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, Principal, DPS RK Puram congratulated all participants and reiterated the importance of healthy competition, and lauded the contestants for their courage in being able to showcase their talent before an audience. She also spoke about the impermanence of failure, and urged all students to continue striving for excellence. A captivating fusion song was performed by the school choir, which was followed by an invigorating dance performance, inviting spontaneous applause from those present. The Chief Guest, Mr. Ishan Bakshi, Associate Editor, The Indian Express spoke about the importance of confidence in the life of a student, adding that he was amazed by the enthusiasm and conviction with which the participants performed. The Headmistress Ms. Rashmi Malhotra gave the vote of thanks, thanking the Principal for allowing this mega event to take place, The Chief Guest for making the school proud as an extremely successful alumnus, the Judges, the Vice Principals, and the behind the scenes’ teachers for making the event a huge success. The ceremony drew to a close with the singing of the National Anthem.