Sanskrit Diwas

The Sanskrit Club and Sanskrit Department of DPS R.K. Puram celebrated the Sanskrit Diwas on 30 August 2016 with great enthusiasm. Present on the occasion were the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar and Mrs. Anita Singh; and Mrs.Amla Thukral, the Head of Department of Sanskrit.

Dr. Satya Murti , a renowned scholar of Sanskrit and philosophy presently associated with JNU was the chief guest for the event. He is multi talented personality and is well versed in Indian vocal and instrumental music.The Principal welcomed the chief guest and addressed the gathering of students of classes VI to X .

The event began with a mesmerizing dance performance on “Guru Ashtakam” followed by a One Act Play – “the sun is on strike” which spread the message of saving our environment for a better future. A group song, a dance ‘Madhurashtakam’ depicting ‘Balkrishna’ and a ‘character role play’ of great freedom fighters were next. The great dignitaries enacted by the students included Bhagat Singh, Abdul Gaffar Khan, Lala Lajpat Rai, Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. The bilingual rap in Sanskrit and Russian by the director of Sanskrit Club accompanied by beat boxing had everyone enthralled.

The chief guest praised the school for balancing the modern and traditional and shared his views on the role and importance of Sanskrit. The Vice Principal, Mrs. Anita Singh delivered the vote of thanks. The event was a treat for all Sanskrit enthusiasts.

15th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Debate

DPS R.K. Puram organised the 15th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Debate on 19 August 2016. This debate is held every year in the memory of Dhruv Rajgarhia, a student of the school who passed away in 2002. Dhruv is fondly remembered as a keen sportsman, an enthusiastic debater, a peacemaker, and one with an unparalleled zest for living. The debate was instituted by his grandfather, Late Shri K. L. Rajgarhia in 2002 in his memory .The aim was to promote debating skills amongst students and to hone and fine tune their oratorial skills. This year, 21 schools from all over Delhi and NCR participated in this prestigious debate.

Professor Anand Ranganathan, Associate Professor in the Special centre for Molecular Medicine at Jawaharlal Nehru University; Mr. Ullekh NP , journalist and political commentator for OPEN magazine and Mr. Melbin Joe Mathew, renowned Radio Jockey, judged the competition. The Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and Mr and Mrs Rajgarhia, parents of Dhruv Rajgarhia were present on the occasion.

The event began with a welcome address by the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan who encouraged the students to make the best use of this platform. The topics were given on the spot. All the contestants presented immaculate arguments on topics like ‘Industrialisation does not benefit the rural poor’ and ‘Collectivism should be preferred over individualism’ and quoted celebrated intellectuals like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.

The judges appreciated the participants and stressed on the increasing importance of debating in schools. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal; the esteemed judges and Mr. and Mrs. Rajgarhia were present for the prize distribution ceremony. In the individual category, the first position was bagged by Adit Bhardwaj of DPS R.K. Puram, second by Ishaan Chaudhary of Springdales, Pusa Road and third by Gautam Goyal of DPS International. The Best Interjector was awarded to Kaushik Garg of Springdales School, Pusa Road and the school won the Best Team prize also.

The ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks given by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal.

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Theatron 2016

‘Theatron’, sponsored by Jamboree, was organized by the Expressions Theatre Club of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram on 13 August 2016. 10 schools from across the city took part in the event. The competition had three categories: A Stage Play on the theme – ‘Monsters don’t sleep under our beds, they live inside our heads’; Street play, Face off and a surprise event.

The teacher in-charge, Ms. Sudeepta Chatterjee extended a warm welcome to the participants and spoke about theatre as a gateway of opportunity. The chief guests for the event were Mr.Munish Bhardwaj, actor, writer and director and Ms.Bubbles Sabharwal, renowned theatre artist and actor. The judges for the various competitive events were Mr. Sahil Gupta, producer, director and professional dancer; Mr. Siddharth Madan, alumnus and entrepreneur; Mr.Anirban Bhattacharya, a theatre enthusiast from Sri Venkateswara College; Ms. Shrutika Sathenapally, jury award winner for excellence in dramatics; Mr. Sparsh Rana and Mr. Ajitab Singh, alumni and ex-members of the club. A video presentation by the Expressions Theatre Club introduced the event and the organising team to the audience.

In the closing ceremony, the judges commended the performance of the students and stressed on the growing importance of theatre in schools. The Chief Guests were felicitated by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. A street and a stage play were presented by the members of the Expressions Theatre Club. The Chief Guests spoke about the dire need for popularising the culture of theatre in the country followed by a behind-the-scenes video presented to huge rounds of applause.

DPS Noida won the first position in the Stage Play, followed by DPS Vasant Kunj in the second position and DPS Gurgaon in the third. In the Street Play category, DPS Vasant Kunj stood first while Amity Noida and Modern School, Barakhamba Road stood second and third respectively. The Face-Off was won by DPS Gurgaon, while DPS Noida stood second and DPS Mathura Road third. The Best Actor awards in the Stage and Street categories were won by DPS Noida. DPS Noida also claimed the overall trophy for the event.

The event was highly appreciated by the participants and theatre enthusiasts, alike.

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Independence Day Celebration

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DPS R.K.Puram celebrated “Independence Week” from 8th – 15th August 2016 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of India’s struggle for independence. On this occasion, the Hindi Department organized “Jashna –e Aazadi “, a weeklong extravaganza which included a host of events in which students of all classes participated.

The week-long celebration commenced on 8th August when students of class 6 recreated the struggles and sacrifices of our freedom fighters through the display of various beautiful tableaus. Students chanting slogans of ‘Simon go back’ representing the boycott of the Simon Commission won tremendous applause from students and teachers alike.

On 9th August, class 7 students dressed up as various personalities from the Independence movement and recreated the famous speeches given by these leaders during the freedom struggle. Students participated in this event in large numbers and gave commendable performances. The first position was won by a participant delivering a speech given by our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi. This was followed by a slogan writing competition in which the students of class 9 participated. The students wrote various slogans relating to the Independence Movement, of which, the best slogans were rewarded.

On 11th August, a singing competition was organized for students of classes 10 and 11. The participants were dressed in traditional attire and sang patriotic songs which were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. The stimulating self compositions of Aakash Chauhan, Krishna and Pooja of Class 11, and of Siddharth Sethi, Karan Wali and Parth of Class 10, met with enthusiastic rounds of applause. This was followed by a poetry recitation competition which saw equally enthusiastic participation from the students of class 8 who recited poems based on the theme of Independence. Amongst the many heartfelt and touching poems presented, those of Aakarshi and Bhavya were greatly appreciated.

This week-long celebration culminated in the flag hoisting ceremony which was held in the school on 15th August. Mr. V.K Shunglu, Chairman of DPS Society graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Addressing the school, the Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal highlighted the importance of celebrating ‘the spirit of freedom’ and our rich cultural heritage. The Chairman, Mr.V.K.Shunglu exhorted the students to cherish freedom and create an atmosphere where there is an ‘absence of conflict’ for true development in the country. A street play was performed about various issues like the plight of farmers and the need to empower women. The Vice Principal, Ms.Anita Singh delivered the vote of thanks. A number of activities were organized for the students by various departments, ranging from Music to Psychology.

‘Ode to Freedom’, a self-composed poetry recitation competition was hosted by the English Department. The students presented their original compositions on the theme of Independence. The Hindi and Sanskrit Departments organized ‘Azadi ke Parwane’, a role play competition based on the personalities of the Independence Movement. Mosaic, a mono-acting competition was organized for theatre enthusiasts, based on the theme “Emotions faced during the partition”. Art lovers participated in Expressions and Hastkala, the on-the-spot painting and handicraft competitions. Plenty of cultural events were also organized in the Performing Arts category- Indian and Western music, vocal and instrumental. In addition, a dance Competition was held in which students performed different genres of dances ranging from classical to contemporary. The Sports Department organized track events for the students. These included a Lemon and Spoon Race for the students of classes 6-8 and a 100 m flat race for students of classes 9-12. Certificates were presented to all the participants and medals to all the winners.

The students enthusiastically participated in this wide spectrum of events and their performances were applauded. The celebrations ended on a positive note with renewed feelings of patriotism and nationalism in everyone.


DPS R.K.Puram had the proud privilege of a visit from Senior editor and known talk show host, Mr.Prabhu Chawla on 10 August 2016. Mr.Chawla is the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express, a Chennai-based newspaper in India. Earlier he was the Editor-in-Chief of the same newspaper. Prior to his assignment with The New Indian Express, he was the editor of Language publications in India Today news magazine. Before holding this post, he worked as the Editorial Director of the magazine for 24 years until August 2010. While at India Today, he hosted a popular talk show ‘Seedhi Baat’ on Aaj Tak channel where he grilled prominent personalities. He is one of the top Talk show hosts in India and his weekly show “Teekhi Baat” on the IBN7 channel had one of the highest ratings for a news-based programme. Currently, he is hosting “Sachchi Baat” on National Voice.

The Principal, Ms.Vanita Sehgal warmly welcomed Mr.Chawla to the school. Also present was Dr.Shachindra Sharma, the Representative for Class 12. Addressing the senior students in DPS R.K.Puram, Mr.Chawla traced his journey in life, as a refugee, as a lecturer of Economics in Delhi University and finally as an editor and talk show host. Through various anecdotes, he shared his experiences with various people whom he encountered in his interesting life. He exhorted the students to have a vision in life and shared his view that one should always be a learner in life for there is always something new one can pick up. According to him, “there is no age for learning and learning is a continuous process.”

After the lecture, he interacted with the students giving them an insight into his personal experiences and his best interviews. According to him, all the eminent personalities whom he interviewed brought something new and valuable to the table. All in all, it was a very entertaining, informative and fruitful session for the students.

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Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram hosted TEDx Youth, an independently organised annual event, sponsored by Jamboree on 6th August 2016. It was inspired by the widely popular TED talks, which are a global set of conferences devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks. Many prominent schools like Sanskriti School, DPS Vasant Kunj, The Mother’s International School and colleges namely, IIT Delhi, Hindu College, Kirorimal College, Amity University etc were a part of the audience. The guest speakers invited for the event were of national and international acclaim. Also present on the occasion was Ms. Sangeeta Rana, the Incharge of Tedx Youth in the school and the co-ordinator of the event; and Mr.Anil Kathuria, Head of the Mathematics Department.

The event commenced with the welcome felicitation of the guests by the Vice Principal, Dr. Renu Nayar. She spoke about TEDx as a platform to express ideas, build networks and hone our skills. The guests comprised Ms.Nandini Harinath, scientist, Mission Planning and Operations Division, ISRO Satellite Centre; Ms.Archana Sardana, a skydiver, mountaineer, Scuba diving Instructor and India’s first woman BASE Jumper; Ms.Neeti Palta, a standup comedian; Ms.Devika Gupta, alumnus of DPS R.K.Puram and founder, Peer Support System; Ms.Dhwani Nagpal, alumnus, and student, Jesus and Mary College; Abhi K Ruparelia, student of Carmel Convent High School, Gujarat; and Soham Dalwani, student of Sanskriti School.

An interesting video highlighting the importance of the talks in the contemporary world was shown to the audience. All the speakers in the current event were stalwarts – founders of organisations and highly accomplished people, sharing their views on topics like ‘The Bathroom Network’, ‘Mars Orbiter Machine (MOM)’, ‘The Ideas Toolbox’ and ‘Journey to Standup Comedy’. Autism, the Economics of humanity and Visual impairment were some of the other issues raised during the talk. The speakers supporting the event from DPS RK Puram included Aditya Joshi, Ambuj Sen Patra, Apekshita Alkesh, Ananya Kapoor and Anoop Kumar.

The event concluded with the vote of thanks by Tanmay Bansal, the student-in-charge. The audience was urged to follow the ideals of TED with ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’.

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The Investiture Ceremony of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram was held on the 4th of August 2016. The chief guest for the occasion was Mr.V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of the DPS Society. The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal warmly welcomed the chief guest. She highlighted the significant role of parents and teachers in moulding the ‘Leaders of tomorrow.’

The Chairman, Mr.V.K. Shunglu; the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal; and the Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms.Padma Srinivasan felicitated all the school appointees. The Chairman administered the oath of allegiance whereby the newly appointed duty holders promised to carry out their responsibilities with integrity and dedication, and to uphold the glorious name of the school. He addressed the gathering and congratulated the achievers. He expressed his appreciation for the diverse clubs in the school and commended them for their good work. The Head girls and Head boys spoke about the importance of the youth in shaping the country and their personal vision for the school.

The Indian and the Western choirs enthralled the audience with their performances. The diverse cultural heritage of the Indian states was exuberantly depicted through the numerous dances by the students.

The vote of thanks was delivered by the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan. The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.

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In the time of globalization, when there are varieties of career options available , students often get lost in those options. To facilitate the process of making the right choice, a career guidance programme was organized at DPS R. K. Puram for the students of class XII. The objective of the programme was to provide information regarding different colleges / universities available for respective courses, the cut-offs eligibility criteria etc.

The programme was scheduled in the following manner:

On 25th the session was for science students with biology option.
On 26th for science students with Maths, Economics and Legal studies option and
On 27th for commerce and humanities students.

The session was conducted by Mr Ankit Kapoor, Director and Mr.Anubhav Rakheja, General Manager of Pratham Institute and by Mr.Ankit Ojha. They focussed on various changes that have occurred in the medical entrances as well in Delhi University. They also discussed the different options available for the students with respect to the options they have taken as well as some neutral courses i.e. the courses that can be pursued by any student irrespective of their streams. The presentation also provided with different cut-offs, number of seats as well as eligibility criteria for different colleges. A similar session was held for parents on all three days where individual doubts were resolved.




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