The second day of the 73rd Conclave of Principals of Indian Public Schools’ Conference held at DPS RK Puram began with a visit to the Rashtrapati Bhawan where the Principals from schools all over India shared a common platform with the Hon’ble President of India, Shri. Pranab Mukherjee over a cup of tea followed by a photo session. The sessions commenced after lunch wherein Mr. Vineet Joshi, Chairman CBSE, Mr. Ashok Kumar, CEO and Principal Indian School, Dubai and Mr. Jawhar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati were the key speakers. A panel discussion lead by Mr. M.I. Hussain, Principal, DPS Mathura Road was also a notable inclusion in the day’s proceedings.
Mr. Vineet Joshi, Chairman, CBSE spoke on the ‘Role of Schools in Nurturing Leadership’. The session was opened by the Principal of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Ms. Lata Vaidyanathan who gave the guest speaker a warm welcome. The gathering had many questions to ask of Mr. Joshi and appropriate clarifications were given. The closing speech was delivered by Mr. Jayant B. Singh, Principal of Rajkumar College, Raipur.
The next session of the day was conducted by Mr. Jawhar Sircar, CEO of Prasar Bharati. The session was opened by Mr. Jagpreet Singh, Principal, The Punjab Public School and closed by Mr. R.S. Khatri, Principal of The Hyderabad Public School at Begumpet. Mr. Sircar emphasized on the importance of communication skills in effective leadership. Quoting evidences from history, he made the session interesting by explaining what made Gandhi, Adolf Hitler and other great personalities effective communicators.
The chief guest for the day was Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, former CJI and Chairman of National Human Rights Commission. Ms. Suniti Sharma, Chairperson of IPSC welcomed him while Kr. Sumer Singh, Honorary Secretary of IPSC proposed the vote of thanks to the chief guest. The Principal of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, Dr. D.R. Saini honoured the chief guest with a shawl, memento and a bouquet of flowers. Justice Balakrishnan spoke on the significance of holding a Principals’ Conclave and reiterated the importance of understanding and giving cognizance to the RTI and RTE of children.
Mr. Ashok Kumar, CEO and Principal of Indian School, Dubai addressed the gathering on ‘The Changing Trends in Education in the Global Scenario’. The session was opened by Lt. Col. T. Chakravarty, Principal, Rashtriya Military School, Dholpur and closed by Cdr. (Retd) V.K. Banga, Principal, Mann Public School, Delhi. He powerfully communicated his message through a powerpoint presentation thereby holding the attention of the gathering.
The panel discussion on ‘Issues and Challenges in the Implementation of RTI and RTE in IPSC Schools’ was lead by Mr. M.I. Hussain, Principal, DPS Mathura Road. The other panelists were Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Vijay Singh Lalotra, Principal of Mayo College, Ajmer, Dr. Vijay Dutta of Army Public School, Dagshai and Capt. A.J. Singh of Pinegrove School, Dharampur. A lively debate and an interactive session later made the session highly interesting. Noteworthy interjections were made by Capt. (Retd.) V.K. Verma, Principal and Director, MNSS, Rai and Mr. Anil Kr. Sharma, Principal, Birla Vidyamandir, Nainital. Mr. Hussain rounded up the discussion by voicing the unanimous view of the panel that RTI and RTE were parliamentary, constitutional and legal in nature and must be adopted in the true spirit.
The cultural programmes marked a resplendent finish to the second day of the conclave. Songs and dances of a dazzling variety drawing their inspiration from across the globe were presented by students of Springdales School, DPS Vasant Vihar, East of Kailash, R.K. Puram and Noida and DPS Shiksha Kendra. While on the one hand there was the Palestinian Dance and the Western Band drawn from an international platform, the students displayed their expertise in performing Indian classical and folk dances equally well. The students of DPS Shiksha Kendra displayed their sensitivity to the underprivileged by presenting a dance-drama on ‘Say No to Child Labour’.
The Principal of the host school, Dr. D.R. Saini thanked all the delegates for their active participation in the day’s proceedings.
Day 1: 04-January-2013
The 73rd Conclave of Principals of Indian Public Schools’ Conference began with the customary regalia on the 4th of January 2013 with the hoisting of the IPSC flag and lighting of the lamp. The students of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram invoked the blessings of the Almighty with a Hindi devotional musical rendering. The Conclave is being held on the theme ‘Building Ethical Leadership’ and is being attended by outstation as well as Delhi NCR based Principals of Public Schools who are being housed in the school premises.
The Chief Guest was Mr. Ajit Seth, the Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India. It was presided over by Shri. Ashok Chandra, Chairman of the Delhi Public School Society. The dignitary of eminence who graced the occasion was His Excellency Mr. Stewart J. Beck, the High Commissioner for Canada. Other eminent members of the IPSC present were Ms. Suniti Sharma, Chairperson of IPSC, Mr. Sumer Singh, Honorary Secretary of IPSC and Mr. B.K. Sood who was also the recipient of the prestigious Bhisham Pitamah Award.
Ms. Suniti Sharma presented the IPSC report for the year detailing the accomplishments of the IPSC schools in the previous year. The Chief Guest, Mr. Ajit Seth and Ms. Suniti Sharma, IPSC Chairperson conferred the first Bhisham Pitamah Award on Shri B.K. Sood for his long and illustrious career. The award comprised a citation, a shawl and a memento. Expressing his gratitude for the award, Mr. B.K. Sood addressed the gathering by narrating the experiences of his life, his inspirations and initiatives. Finally, he dedicated his award to Mr. Din Dayal, former Principal of Delhi Public School, Mathura Road and whom he fondly calls his mentor.
Mr. Ashok Chandra, Chairman Delhi Public School Society released the IPSC journal and Directory and Mr. B.K. Sood’s book titled ‘My Struggles and Achievements’ was released by Mr. Ajit Seth, the Chief Guest of the ceremony.
Mr. Ajit Seth, the chief guest of the Conclave reiterated the importance of inculcating ethics in the modern generation youth and stressed on the important role played by the educators and schools in this direction. Dr. D.R. Saini felicitated the eminent guests. Mr. Sumer Singh, Honorary Secretary of IPSC proposed a vote of thanks which marked the end of the Opening Ceremony of the Conclave.
The cultural events presented by students of various schools were a spectacular treat to the eyes of the august gathering. This included a mesmerizing Hindi group song, a dazzling dance based on the Shanti Mantra and one on Pt. Birju Maharaj’s composition. A Tibetan Dance was presented by the students of Army Public School, Dagshai which had already won the hearts of many in an Inter-School Folk Dance Competition.
The Conclave resumed its proceedings post lunch with the first session of Mr. Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister and the Telecom visionary of India. He spoke on the topic ‘The Role of IT in transforming Education and Administration towards an Ethical Future’. The session was opened by Mr. M.V. Prasad, Member IPSC and closed by Ms. Suniti Sharma, Chairperson IPSC.
The second session was on “Building Ethical Leadership-Acquisition of Knowledge and Skill” and the keynote speaker was Prof. R.C. Deka. The session was opened by Mr. Prem Kashyap, Principal, Pestle Weed College, Dehradun and closed by Ms. Sangita Chima, Headmistress, Lawrence School, Ooty.
The day ended with impressive dance performances by students of various schools. The highlights of the cultural events were a mellifluous English song rendition by students of DPS RK Puram, a Ganesh Vandana by students of DPS East of Kailash, Flamenco by DPS Vasant Kunj, Bachpan dance by DPS Vasant Vihar, Krishna dance-drama and Ma Dha Ni Sa dance by DPS RK Puram and finally Satyamev Jayate by DPS Shiksha Kendra.
The 3-day deliberations will include all issues concerning the betterment of the children of our nation, in the spheres of education, health, nutrition, technology, environment, co-curricular activities and sports, with a special focus on enriching their childhood experiences and empowering them to realize their potential.