30 August 2012 was a memorable day for Delhi Public School, RK Puram as it hosted the Japan Education Fair, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Japan-India diplomatic relations. Ritsumeikan India Office (RIO), in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan, The Japan Foundation and the host school organized the event. 11 Japanese universities and other organizations like Origami Oritai India, The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Casio India Pvt. Ltd, Panasonic India Pvt. Ltd and Yakult Danone India Pvt. Ltd participated in the event. Rear Adm. M.M.Chopra, Vice-Chairman, DPS Society was the chief guest.
24 schools across Delhi sent students learning the Japanese language and seeking to pursue higher education in Japan to the educational fair. The lighting of the lamp ceremony took place. Prof. Ashok K Chawla, Prof. in-charge, RIO elaborated on the objectives of the event and introduced his fellow speakers, Rear Adm. Chopra and Mr Ryoji Noda, Counselor, Embassy of Japan in India. The Principal of DPS. RK.Puram, Dr. D.R.Saini, welcomed all the guests and traced the history of relations between India and Japan and the importance of this event in strengthening them. Mrs Shobha Mehta, Vice-Principal of the school was also present on the occasion. Mr Satoshi Hata then delivered a vote of thanks to all present there.
The cultural ceremony consisted of a scintillating dance and music performance by the students. Dr A. Mani, Vice President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Mr K. Tanaka. GM of Corporate Planning, Panasonic India Pvt Ltd, Prof Monte Cassim, Vice Chancellor, The Ritsumeikan Trust and Mr. K. Eda, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan in India, enlightened the audience about the study experiences as well as the application procedures for undertaking higher education in Japanese Universities. The fair was held in the Audio Visual hall which was decorated splendidly for the occasion, showcasing Japanese culture and heritage. Stalls of the universities as well as the organizers attracted the students who zealously took part in the event. Other highlights included the Japanese Animation “ Chibi Maruko-chan”, an Origami workshop by Origami Oritai India and a video show including “ Japan’s Environmental technologies”, ‘ High Speed Train System”, etc.
This event was extremely successful and provided an insight into the system of education in Japan and was a great help for Indian students desirous of pursuing higher studies in Japan.