BLISS:  Training Programme for Teachers from North East

A Teachers Training Programme ‘BLISS’ (Biotechnology Labs in Senior Secondary Schools) was held at Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram on 28 August,2018. Second batch of 30 teachers from the States of Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura and Mizoram attended the same along with Officials from the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Indian Environmental Society and Department of Environment, Delhi.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, welcomed all the teacher delegates and assured all possible help for making the programme an enriching experience. The Vice Principal ,Ms Anita Singh, highlighted the role of Biotechnology in the fields of medicine, agriculture and industry. Ms Niva Chhonkar, Head of the Biology Department, gave a Power Point Presentation on scope, application, and curriculum design of Biotechnology.

The programme commenced with a demonstration of DNA isolation, gram positive staining of Curd bacteria, Bioinformatics-Internet based experiments, Restriction Digestion followed by Gel electrophoresis, Cell Viability Test, Serum Glucose Estimation by GOD-POD Method, DNA Isolation from spinach & banana, Karyotyping and preparation of Mitosis slide which was done by the students of Class XII in the Senior Biology Lab, assisted by Ms. Kajal Sethi and Ms. Kusum Yadav. A Demonstration by Dr Tripti Bhatnagar of Codon Biotech was given.

The delegates were made familiar with various instruments used in Biotechnology experiments like Spectrophotometer, Autoclave, Shaker Water Bath, Laminar Air Flow, Trans Illuminator, BOD Incubator, Colorimeter, Electronic Balance, Magnetic Stirrer and Rocker Shaker. The programme was assisted by Ms Jyoti Sharma.

At the end, a presentation on Environment Initiatives of the school was showcased with special reference to Pollution Survey Report and Jal Jaanch DIY stick by Ms Niva Chhonkar.

The participating teachers appreciated the contribution of teachers and students and had a great learning experience.

Theatron 2018

‘We must all do theatre, to find out who we are, and to discover what we can become’

Theatron, the Annual Inter School Theatre Fest, was organised by the Expressions Theatre Club of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram on 25 August 2018 sponsored by Jamboree. The festival was organised with an aim to provide students from a plethora of venerable schools with a platform to emblazon their passion for the stage. There were 6 distinct categories, namely, Stage Play, Street Play, Thespian Coliseum, Ad Act, Play-o-Poem and Theatrical Extravaganza (Surprise Event).

Mr Stephen Marazzi graced the occasion with his august presence. A Music and Theatre Director, graphic artist, eminent theatre personality, voice and speech trainer, drama instructor, storyteller, and illustrator,  having a repertoire of over 30 stage productions and concerts, including musicals like The Sound of Music, The Lion King, Cats, Oliver! and non musicals like Frankenstein, To Kill A Mockingbird, Macbeth and Tughlaq, he has worked extensively for publishers like WHO, UNICEF, VHAI, Oxford and TERI.

Guest of Honour Mr Stephen Marazzi and Mr Gurpreet Pathak, eminent cinema and theatre actor, theatre trainer in schools, with experience of having performed in different parts of India on socio-political issues as well as a close association with the Asmita Theatre Group, judged the Stage Play. The students, during the event, set the stage afire with their vibrant ensembles and riveting dialogues and painted a beautiful picture of the topics provided.

Mr. Mayank Garg, who is associated with India’s most prolific theatre group ASMITA with experience of over 500 stage,  2500 street plays and judging theatre competitions of various schools and colleges judged Street Play along with Mr. Vipul, a theatre artist and social activist, who has performed over 400 stage plays and 2000 street plays. In the Nukkad Natak the participants used the medium of a traditional street play to talk about various social issues plaguing society, unencumbered by gaudy props.

Mr. Tarun Kohli, founder of the Mashq Theatre group, professional contemporary dancer, theatre personality and worked with well known director Mr Hansal Mehta in Omerta,  judged Ad Act along with Ms Swati Singh, an advertising professional and a creative director with over 18 years of association with Media with diverse experiences in sectors like Public Relations and Corporate Training. Ad-Act incorporated pop culture citations as the students scrambled to imaginatively market sundry, out-of-the-box products.

Ms. Lakshmi Subramanyam, retired Associate Professor of English, Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University, writer on Modern Indian Theatre and editor of essays and books on Drama and Ms. Sukhpreet Khalon, Trustee, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas Memorial Trust, film scholar, programmer for film festivals and curator of  several film exhibitions assessed the actors of  Thespian  Coliseum. The monologues and soliloquies of the legendary bard William Shakespeare were brought to life by adroit performers, decked in vivid garb in the Thespian Coliseum, and were evaluated on the basis of their delivery and diction, costumes and props, ​body language and stage presence.

Ms Shikha Mittal, Founder and Director of the site, a website targeting needs of society and business with impact of art and street theatre and art based solutions, and Ms Kriti Pant, Founder of The Tadpole Repertory and an actor, trainer and voice over artist as well as co-director of Plasticity, a piece of materiel theatre for toddlers, judged Play-o-Poem. The judges and audience alike were held captive by the electrifying delivery of the participants complete with vivid pink colour in the air and costumes to match. The performers displayed finesse in their portrayal of various socio-cultural phenomena.

 The Theatrical Extravaganza( surprise event) was judged by Ms Aakriti Seth, who has been a part of the theatre circuit since her school days and has various street and stage plays to her credit, also is a part of productions of Three Arts Theatre Club, along with Ms Smridhi Khanna, who has been  part of the Theatreela Group and many workshops by senior theatre artists, currently working with Gartner, a research and consulting firm as a Senior Research Analyst. The surprise event tested the competitors’ improvising skills and ability to think on the spot. The first round was “Moulding” where the participants were told to assume a particular position and improvise a scene starting from there. The second round was an Expression Face-Off, where participants were giving an expression such as happiness, anger or disgust and were challenged to express it in varying degrees ranging from mild to extreme.

A few pizzas later, the participants, refreshed, headed to the AVH for the closing ceremony. The Chief Guest was felicitated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal and the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan.

The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, in her address, commended the efforts of the Expressions Theatre Club and entrusted them with meeting her expectations for the Annual Production to be put up at the end of the year. She took a trip down memory lane, reminiscing of her school and college days, when theatre had not yet taken centre stage among extracurricular activities; unlike contemporary times, wherein theatre events enjoy mass participation. She also spoke about the fact that behind every successful actor, there is a well-written script and a talented Director. She concluded with praise for Ms. Sanya Taneja, the Teacher-in-charge of Expressions Theatre Club, and coordinator of Theatron; inviting the senior members of the club up on stage and lauding their phenomenal organisation of the event. Wrapping up her speech, she reminded the students, to never imagine that they’re the best, for once they reach the top, there is nowhere else to go.

After the Principal’s speech, the Expressions Theatre Club presented a showcase of the performances that Delhi Public School R. K. Puram had put forward as their entry for the various events of the fest. They were hugely appreciated as the hall reverberated with thunderous applause.

The Chief Guest began by expressing his gratitude to the Principal for inviting him to the event and making his weekend enjoyable. He lamented the fact that he could not be in multiple places and see the various events. After ascertaining that all the participants had enjoyed at the event, he went on to thank the Principal for organising the fest and expressed his awe at its sheer scale. He was happy that students were participating in theatrical endeavours and not remaining buried in their textbooks and electronic gadgets. He concluded by complimenting the actors’ attention to detail in the the Theatre Club showcase.

The Teacher-in-charge, Ms. Sanya Taneja of the English Department thanked everyone who made the event possible.

The event ended with the Vice Principal, Ms. Padma Srinivasan, delivering the Vote of thanks. She thanked the judges for taking out time from their busy schedules and commended the enthusiasm of the participants and the efforts of the teachers.

The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.

The results are as follows:

Event Name Position  School
Stage Play First
Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar
Amity International School, Noida
St. Xavier’s Sr. Sec School
Street Play First
 Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar
Delhi Public School, Noida
St. Xavier’s Sr. Sec School
Thespian Coliseum First
Step by Step School
St. Xavier’s Sr. Sec School
Delhi Public School, Dwarka
 Ad Act First
Delhi Public School, Dwarka
St. Xavier’s Sr. Sec School
Delhi Public School, Noida
Play-o-Poem First
Delhi Public School, Noida
The Mother’s International School
Tagore International School
Theatrical Extravaganza (Surprise Event) First
Convent of Jesus and Mary School
Delhi Public School, Noida
The Mother’s International School
  1. The overall winners were St. Xavier’s Senior Secondary School.
  2. Best Actor for Street Play: Sakshi (Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar)
  1. Best Actor for Stage Play: Ansh Kapoor (Step by Step School)

Value of the month July 2018 “Responsibility”


Class teachers and subject teachers discussed the importance of being responsible and taking responsibility for one’s actions in all aspects of one’s life. They spoke about why it is essential for one to be responsible both at home and in school. Students were invited to participate in discussions. They shared stories and incidents on the importance of being responsible. They also shared quotations and slogans related to the topic and put them up in the classroom.

Class VII

Responsibility means doing what needs to be done to take care of yourself, your family, your friends, and the greater community. Class teachers and subject teachers worked towards inculcating this value in the students through various activities.

Teachers discussed the meaning and concept of ‘responsibility’. Students contributed to class discussions by speaking about the topic and sharing various quotations and stories.  They also put up posters and slogans related to the topic.

Class VIII

Responsibility means doing your actions carefully with thought put into it. It means to work for the good of one’s family, friends, and community. Class teachers and subject teachers worked towards inculcating this value in the students through various activities. Posters and quotes were put up on the walls.  Teachers discussed the meaning of the value with the help of real time examples and class room situations. Students contributed to class discussions by speaking about the topic.

DPS R.K.Puram celebrates CBSE ‘Prakriti Mahotsava’

‘A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on Earth is inconceivable without trees’. What an apt quote!

Importance of tree plantation has been stressed upon time and again. The need for tree plantation has become even greater these days because of the growing pollution in the environment.

More and more trees must be planted if we really want to survive and lead a good life. Besides exhaling oxygen and inhaling carbon dioxide, trees also absorb other harmful gases from the environment thus making the air purer and fresher. The greener the tree, the more oxygen it shall produce and the more toxic gases it will absorb.

Our environment is the greatest gift of Mother Nature to us. A clean environment is vital to have a peaceful and healthy life. But because of negligence of some human beings we have put our nature on a dangerous threshold.
In order to make the generations to come, more sensitive and concerned about their environment and to reinforce positive attitude and values towards preserving it, CBSE proposed to plant trees and ‘Prakriti Mahotsav’ ‘तरवे नमः’ was celebrated on August 16,2018.

11 native tree species of Delhi were selected and each tree was given a unique name of a martyr for proper identification and personal touch.

The plants selected were Ficus religiosa- Peepal, Azadiracta indica – Neem tree, Cassia fistula- Amaltas , Ficus virens -Pilkhan, Morus alba-shahtoot, Syzigium cumini-Jamun, Polyalthia longifolia-Ashok, Delonix regia- Gulmohar, Alstonia scholaris- Saptaparni, Aegle marmelos-Bael, Phyllanthus emblica-Amla

Names of selected female Freedom Fighters were Madam Bhikaiji Cama (24 September, 1861- 13 August, 1936),Kasturba Gandhi (11 April, 1869- 22 February, 1942), Sarojini Naidu (13 February, 1879- 2 March, 1949),Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (18 August, 1900- 1 December, 1990), Sucheta Kripalani (25 June, 1908- 1 December, 1974),Aruna Asaf Ali (16 July, 1909- 26 July,1996), Durga Bai Deshmukh (15 July, 1909- 9 May, 1981),Usha Mehta Savitribai Phule (25 March, 1920- 11 August, 2000), Begum Hazrat Mahal (1820- 7 April, 1879), Rani lakshmibai (19 November – 17 June, 1858), Kittur Rani Chennamma (23 October, 1778 – 21 February, 1829).

The students of Class X enthusiastically participated in this drive and pledged to take care of environment. The plants are kept in the central area of school so that all the students can see and identify the common plants found in Delhi.

This activity was organized by the Environment Club of Delhi Public School, R. K.Puram and was a great opportunity for the students & teachers to identify and to learn about the native trees of Delhi.

Independence Day 2018 Celebrations

The 72nd Independence Day was celebrated by the students and staff members of DPS RK Puram with full patriotic fervour on 15 August, 2018. The event was graced by the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Dr Renu Nayyar, Ms Padma Srinivasan and Ms Anita Singh and Headmistresses, Ms Rashmi Malhotra, Ms Archana Pental and Ms Dolly Chanana. The enthusiastic students displayed their talent and passion for the country through a wide range of activities and competitions judged by the esteemed alumni and teachers.


The celebration commenced with the flag hoisting ceremony, where the National Flag unfurled with a shower of rose petals and the soul stirring National Anthem which was followed by the release of beautiful  tri-colored balloons.

Ms. Vanita Sehgal, in her inaugural address started by referring to Tryst with Destiny, the speech given by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, at the stroke of the first midnight hour of independent India. She mentioned the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, and the unsung heroes who laid down their lives for the freedom of India. Exhibiting her pride for the nation, having seen it grow and reach phenomenal heights, she spoke about the role every citizen plays in the growth of a nation and also the feeling of pride of being an Indian. She thanked all the teachers and every person who made this joyous occasion a grand success. She ended her speech by wishing everyone a Happy Independence Day.

A plethora of events were scheduled with feelings of patriotism running high in the audience. The cultural programme started with the school choir’s melodious rendition of various patriotic songs. A short play, dance performance by students of  DPS RKPuram and MCD School Sector 12, left the audience awestruck. The show culminated with the school choir singing ‘ Ae Watan’, electrifying the atmosphere. Thereafter, Vice Principals and Headmistresses wished everyone and shared their thoughts on what independence means to them.

This was followed by a host of events hosted by a variety of Departments in which students from all classes participated eagerly.

The English Department organised an English Quiz for Classes VI-VIII, which was an exciting blend of idioms, popular fiction and tongue twisters. The Turncoat Debate for Classes IX-XII saw dynamic students indulge in debating over the topics provided.

The Hindi Department organised ‘देशभक्ति पर आधारित कविताओं का पाठ  ‘ for VI -VIII and ‘ दो विपरीत चरित्रों द्वारा बातचीत – आमना सामना ‘ for Classes IX – XII.

‘चरित्राभिनय ’ for Classes VI-VIII & ‘संस्कृत प्रश्नोत्तरी (व्याकरण एवं साहित्याधारित) ’ for IX and X were conducted by the Sanskrit Department.

’Struggle for Freedom’, an On- the- Spot Painting competition was hosted by the Fine Arts Department.

The Performing Arts Department organized ‘Jashn- E- Azaadi’ a music and dance competition in which students of all classes participated. The event saw a huge turnout from students wanting to showcase their talent.

The Mathematics Department conducted Mental Maths and Jumbled Series quizzes. Quiz Masters examined the students on logical reasoning, mental abilities and problem solving capabilities.

The Science Department conducted a Quiz for Classes VI- VIII and Presentations for Classes IX-XII. The Quiz was an exciting affair with a ‘Bounce and Pounce’ preliminary round and Picture based final round.

‘A Celebration of Diversity’ : Card-making Competition for Classes VI-VIII and a ‘Display of traditional attires over the ages’ was conducted for Classes IX-XII by Social Science Department.

The Sports Department made its contribution to the event by ‘Athletics and Swimming Competitions’. Certificates were presented to all the participants and medals to all the winners.

The students participated in the wide range of events with a lot of enthusiasm and their performances were widely applauded. The celebrations stirred feelings of patriotism and nationalism amongst the audience gathered.

DPS R.K.Puram launches Bio-Rad’s Science Ambassador Program

Delhi Public School, R K Puram and Bio-Rad, an US based Life Sciences Company  launched  a fun filled learning  program-“Bio-Rad’s Science Ambassador Program” on August 8,2018. Biology students of Class XII attended this program.

During the two hours program, the students and teachers were engaged in fun filled and team building activities that allowed each one of them to unleash  themselves  and be expressive. There was a lot of excitement to extract DNA from the cheek cells. Students made DNA necklace. It was a great feeling for all them to see their DNA for the first time.

Biorad’s Country Head, Mr Bijender Kumar was also present. Presentation on ‘Look closer at Biotechnology’ was made by Mr Vipan Minhas. Later Dr Nitin Ghosal spoke about importance of HbA1c in diabetes diagnosis and Thalassemia.

The students worked in groups and the group with best DNA extraction won a box of chocolates. Ice-cream challenge was also arranged. Tree plantation was organised in the school campus and the students were awarded certificates by Bio-Rad Company.

Vote of thanks was delivered by Ms Niva Chhonkar, Head of Biology Department. It was an amazing workshop and a learning experience thoroughly enjoyed by the students. The programme was coordinated by Ms KajaL Sethi, Biology Teacher.

Inter-School Language Fest- “भाषा संगम” 2018

Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organized the Annual Inter-School Language Festival – ‘भाषा संगम’ on 11 August 2018. This event aimed to provide students with a better understanding of various cultures and instill a sense of pride in their own. The number of schools participating in the event were: 13 in German, 15 in Sanskrit, 18 in Hindi and 9 in Spanish. The event comprised 8 events, 2 for each language.

The Chief Guests for the event were Ms. Padma Sachdev, a Hindi and Dogri poetess and writer, Dr. Girish Chandra Pant, Head of Department of Sanskrit, Jamia Millia Islamia and Mr. Carl – Jochen Dill, Speaker for Educational Cooperation, Goethe Institute, Max Mueller Bhavan.


For वाद-विवाद प्रतियोगिता (Debate Competition), the topic placed before the house was, “दंण्ड विना अनुशासनम् सम्भवं न” or ‘Discipline is not possible without punishment”. The students engaged in heated debates, putting forward their points in the best possible way. The event was judged by Dr. Rekha Arora, Head of Department, Sanskrit, Miranda House and Prof. Rachna Verma Mohan, Professor in Education Department of Lal Bahadur Shastri Sanskrit Vidyapeeth.

In दूरदर्शन प्रस्तुति (News panel), the participants recited shlokas, giving updates on recent news up to 20 July 2018 and performed an advertisement on social issues. The event was judged by Dr. Sushma Choudhary, Department of Sanskrit, Delhi University, Treasurer in WAVES India and Dr. Balderanand Sagar, Chief Secretary of All India Sanskrit Journalists.


(Enactment) gave students a platform to showcase their theatrical talent as they enacted classic stories from Indian literature. They were judged based on their choice of story, screenplay, dialogue delivery and their costumes. The judges for the event were Mr. Ajay Sethi, an NDTV actor and director, and Mr.Tarikh Hamid, Director, Wings Theatre Group.

For, कविता पाठ (poetry recitation) each team comprised of two participants, who had to recite a poem on the given topics. The junior team was from grade 6 to 8 and the senior team was from grade 9 to 11 who spoke on “Manav ab toh jaag” and “Jeevan,samaj aur desh” respectively. They performed with ardor and were tested on their enunciation, choice of poem and manner of recitation. The event was judged by Dr. Saraswat Mohan Manishi, a renowned Author and Poet, and Prof. Puranchand Tandon, Assistant Professor, Department of Hindi, Delhi University.

At the end of this competition, the school Theatre Group performed a play ‘Toba Take Singh’ written by Saadat Hasan Manto.


Zungenbrecher (Tongue Twister), was a unique competition in which an exciting yet difficult tongue twister was given to the participants. They were required to speak together in front of the audience and judges, and were tested on the basis of their synchronization, fluency, pronunciation and confidence. The event was judged by Ms Reema Chauhan, Assistant Professor, Gargi College and Mr. Stefan von Thenen, an intern at Max Mueller Bhavan.

Character Portrayal, was an event in which the participants had to enact and recapitulate a popular excerpt or dialogue of any famous personality of Germany. They were assessed on the basis of accuracy to the character and dialogue and delivery. The judges for the event were Ms. Manisha Bhuttan, Assistant Professor at Amity University, Noida and Ms. Sheetal B. Das, Assistant Professor at Amity University, Gurugram.


Show and Tell, was a competition where the participant had to choose a Spanish object from their day to day life and talk about it in Spanish. The presentation was evaluated on clarity of spoken words, diction, originality and creativity.

For Poetry Recitation, the student had to orate a poem of their choice and were graded on the basis of spontaneity, intonation,  voice and articulation.

The judges for both the events were Ms. Jocelyn Herrera, a Spanish lecturer at lexicos Institute and Ms. Komal Dhawan, a lecturer at Khalsa College and Daulatram College.

Valedictory Function

The Valedictory ceremony commenced with a amazing rendition of a welcome song ‘Swagatam’ by the choir of DPS R.K. Puram, which was followed by the felicitation of the Chief Guests by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal.

The Principal began by quoting Nelson Mandela, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head, but if you talk to him in his language, it goes to his heart.” She appreciated the hard work put in by all the language departments and coordinators, Ms. Fatma Kirmani, Ms. Amla Thukral, Ms. Priyamvada, Ms. Payal Arora, Mr. Aditya Kumar Sharma, Ms. Jaishree Sharma, and went on to stress on the essence of maintaining healthy relationships with other countries, through learning new languages. Supporting her previous statement, she said, “Language can divide, language can unite.”

The cultural programme initiated with a melodious Dogri song which was carried forward with an enthralling and lively qawali in Sanskrit, a Spanish dance which was an impeccable blend of elegance and beauty and ended with a nimble and spirited German song.

Dr. Girish Chandra Pant then addressed the gathering and expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards all the guests and participants present. He further mentioned that even if a student discontinues pursuing Sanskrit in school, s/he must include it in their day-to-day lives.

Ms. Padma Sachdev in her speech said that all songs, no matter what language they are in, are extremely beautiful. Local songs in Dogri are her personal favourite. She deeply emphasized on the importance of the presence of a mother in a child’s life and the pain of a wife when her husband is at war. She also recalled several interesting anecdotes from her childhood.

Mr. Carl – Jochen Dill began by quoting, “ If there are no stars, there is no beauty in the sky; if there are no flowers, there is no beauty in the garden; and if there are no languages, there is no beauty in conversing.” Appreciating the efforts put in by the Principal to promote German language and culture in the school, he explained the usefulness of learning German and how it could help in one’s future.

The ceremony concluded with the Vice principal, Ms. Anita Singh, offering the Vote of thanks. She started by acknowledging the palpable excitement on the air. Further, she thanked the Chief Guests and the Judges for their valuable time. She acknowledged the student’s commendable performance and proceeded by saying, “It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose; what matters is that you took part”. She then called all teacher in-charges along with the members of the language clubs on stage, where they were greeted with a huge round of applause.

All in all, the Language festival proved to be a great opportunity for students to interact with each other and uncover their hidden linguistic abilities.

The results for the events are as follows: 

NATYA MANCH 1st    Delhi Public school, Faridabad
2nd Delhi Public school, Dwarka
3rd  The Indian School
KAVITA PATH (JUNIOR) 1st Delhi Public School, Noida
2nd Delhi Public School, Dwarka
3rd  The Indian School
KAVITA PATH 1st Delhi Public School, Faridabad
2nd Delhi Public School, Sushant Lok
3rd  The Indian school
VADVIVAAD PRATIYOGITA 1st  Ramjas School, Pusa Road
2nd    Delhi Public School, Noida
3rd  Amrita Vidyalaya, Pushp Vihar
DOORDARSHAN PRASTUTI 1st  Delhi Public School, Faridabad
2nd   Amrita Vidyalaya, Pushp Vihar
3rd  Ramjas School, Pusa Road
TONGUE TWISTER 1st  Delhi Public School, Sector-45 Gurgaon
2nd  Delhi Public School, Noida
3rd   Delhi Public School International
CHARACTER PORTRAYAL 1st  Delhi Public School International
2nd   Amity International School
3rd     Bal Bharti International School
SHOW AND TELL 1st   Delhi Public School, Dwarka
2nd   Delhi Public School, Noida
3rd  Modern School, Barakhamba Road
POETRY RECITATION 1st   Delhi Public School, Dwarka
2nd   Delhi public School International
3rd   Delhi Public School, Noida

17th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Inter School Debate 2018

Delhi Public School R.K.Puram hosted the 17th Annual Dhruv Rajgarhia Memorial Inter School Debate on 10 August, 2018. The event saw active participation of 15 schools from all over Delhi, NCR.

Dhruv Rajgarhia, a young student of the school passed away in 2002. Dhruv is affectionately remembered as a keen sportsman, an eager debater, a peacemaker and somebody with an unparalleled zest for living. The debate was instituted by his grandfather, Late Shri K. L. Rajgarhia in his memory, with the aim of building up debating and oratorical skills amongst the students.

The Rajgarhia family and Ms Jonaki Sarma, the Teacher In-charge for the event, along with her team of teachers, graced the occasion with their presence.

The judges for the event were: Mr Daanish Kaushal, representative for the Hindu College English Debating Society at Delhi University; Ms Shagun Sethi, former Head Girl of DPS RKP and President of Debating Society at JMC; Ms. Devika Oberai, Secretary of Debating Society at JMC; Ms Pramiti Singh, Vice President of the Debating Society at JMC; Mr Anany Jain, former member of Debating Society of College of Business Studies at DU; Mr Vijeeth Srinivas, studying at Kirori Mal College; Ms Sheryl Sahni, studying at JMC; Ms Radhika Sharma, student of Law at King’s College, London; Mr Jatin Jha, Ex-president of DebSoc and currently studying at Hindu College; Mr Niket Khadgawat, studying at Hansraj College; Ms Spriha Saxena, President of Debating Society of IP College and Jagnoor Singh, member of Debating Society of Sri Venkateswara College.

The debate consisted of two parts – The first was the Preliminary Round, and the second constituted the Quarter, Semi and Final rounds.

The Preliminary round composed of 3 events – a Classical, an Extempore and a Turncoat debate.

The participants articulated and exemplified their dynamic viewpoints before the house.

The motion for the Classical Debate – “This house would make posthumous organ donations opt-out in India” – was given two weeks prior, with the stance assigned on the day of the event.

The Extempore Debate required the participants to demonstrate their stance on motions such as “The house believes that true women’s liberation is compatible with the existence of organized religion” and “The house believes that government should prioritize policies that reduce social inequality over economic growth”, which were given on the spot.

The Turncoat Debate required the participants to speak both, for and against the motion which was given on the spot. Motions like, “The house believes that the LGBTQ+ community should be more prominently featured in children’s’ education and media” and “The house believes that the feminist movement should campaign for the equal sexualisation of men in the media as opposed to campaigning against the sexualisation of women”, were given.

The three best speakers in each of the categories of the Preliminary round were awarded.

The second part of the event consisted of an Asian Parliamentary Style Debate. There  were two teams- the opposition and the proposition, each consisting three participants representing The Prime  Minister, The Deputy Prime Minister, Government Whip, Leader of Opposition, Deputy Leader of Opposition and Opposition Whip.

Eight of the original fifteen teams qualified for the Quarter Finals.  The motions put before the teams were- “The house believes that post genocide regimes should destroy all places of extermination”, “The house believes that people who abuse drugs should be treated as public health concerns instead of criminals”, “The house believes that versions of history taught by states to the education system should not be designed to promote national pride”, “The house supports moral policing of school and undergraduate students in romantic relationships”.

After an intense discussion, four teams went on to compete in the semi-finals. “Eugenics should be used to improve the quality of human population” and “The house believes that media organisations should disseminate sensitive information pertaining to national security” were the motions presented to the semi finalists.

The two best teams headed for the anticipated finals. It was the only round to feature a reply speech. The Finals took place on the motion- “In democratic post colonial states, the house would ban parties from using their involvement with the independence movement as their current rhetoric”.  The students spoke with eloquence and argued their case with great zeal. All the judges of the event were present to adjudicate it.

The Prize Distribution was conducted by Mr Rajgarhia, Mr Mukesh Kumar, the School Supervisor and Ms Jonaki Sarma, the Teacher In-charge.







The 1st Best Speaker Award went to Avantika Choda, The Indian School.
The 2ND Best Speaker Award went to Kanika Kaur, Springdales, Dhaula Kuan .
The 3rd  Best Speaker Award went to Aatif Husain, The Indian School.
The overall winner was Springdales, Dhaula Kuan.
The runner up was The Indian School.

DPS R.K.Puram hosts “Join the Greens” – an IGL Initiative

‘Join the greens’, an IGL Initiative to foster awareness on environment care among students through interactive programs was hosted by Delhi Public School, RK Puram on August 6, 2018 . Indraprastha Gas Limited or IGL is a name synonymous with cleaner fuels. With a strong commitment to build a greener environment in Delhi NCR, it has established a network of CNG and PNG to energize the capital’s homes, industries and transportation. IGL believes that schools are the cradle of change.

Two competitions were organised Environmental IGL Quiz Mania for Classes VII & VIII and Pecha Kucha – Extempore Power Point Presentation  for Class XI. The topics included  all the aspects of Environment like Pollution- causes, effect & prevention, Conservation of resources, Alternate sources of energy, Art & culture, E- Billing, Fuels, Artificial Intelligence, CNG, PNG. The competitions aimed to sensitize the students on environmental issues, showcase their hidden talents, enhance their leadership qualities, develop team spirit, get into healthy competition and be a green champ.

The IGL dignitaries for the event, Mr. Rajiv Sikka, Director Commercial for IGL, Mr. PK Pandey, Vice President, Marketing, Mr. Bhudev Singh, Chief General Manager, Marketing and Mr. Y. Subhash, Chief Manager, Marketing, were welcomed by the Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Ms. Padma Srinivasan and Ms. Anita Singh.

A Video presentation was shown to the students by the IGL on the importance of Clean Natural Fuels.

The following students were selected to represent school at State level Competition. Environment Quiz Finalists were Abhishek Agarwal VII A, Abhyuday Vadehra VII D, Anish Narang VII E, Pranav Aneja VII K, Aditya Bauba VIII C & Agastya Nath VIII F.

Nandini Parashar & Siddhant Parekh of XI D won Pecha Kucha Event.

The programme was organised by Ms Niva Chhonkar Head, Biology Department & Ms Dimple Menon, Environment Club Coordinator.

Inter School French Language Festival Postcards From Paris

Delhi Public School R.K. Puram hosted the Inter-School French Language Festival, ‘Postcards from Paris’, on August 4, 2018 with 32 schools competing in 3 on-site and 5 off-site events . The event is organized annually under the aegis of the DPS Society. The French Club students helped enthusiastically in the organization of the event.

The Chief Guest for the day was Dr. Zeenat Khadar, Joint Secretary of DPS Society, New Delhi. She is facilitating the newly established Franchisee DPS schools in India and abroad, and earlier during her teaching career, she held the position of Headmistress and Principal. Professor N. Kamala, teaching French at Jawaharlal Nehru University, was the Guest of Honour. Her English version of ‘The Diary of Mademoiselle d’Avers’ has been published worldwide along with many more works. She was awarded the Katha Award for her contribution to translation. The event was graced by the presence of the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh.

The fest consisted of 8 events – 5 on-site and 3 off-site:

Duet Song

The duet song competition comprised of 27 participating teams. They performed exquisite French tunes such as the famous Dernier Danse by Indila as well as French translations of popular songs by artists such as Ed Sheeran, Celine Dion and Luke Graham. The esteemed judges of the event were Ms. Aude Priya Wacziarg and Ms. Swati Dasgupta. Ms. Wacziarg, educated in France, Italy and India, is trained as an opera singer in academies in both Rome and France. Ms. Dasgupta has had more than 30 years of experience teaching French, spending more than half of her career in DPS R.K. Puram. She currently teaches in the University of Delhi.

Enact a Fable

More than 20 teams took part in the ‘Enact a Fable’ competition where they recreated versions of ancient fables like La Cigale et la Fourmi (The Ant and the Grasshopper) by Jean de la Fontaine. Various props were used to enhance their performances; creative costumes including face paint and headgears were also used. The contestants collaborated theatre with music and dance, captivating the attention of the judges while displaying the morals of the fables.  Ms. Asha Puri and Ms. Divya Bhatia were the expert judges for this event. The former has worked as a French translator and broadcaster, and is currently teaching in Jawaharlal Nehru University. Ms. Bhatia is a member of the guest faculty at Bharti College, Delhi University.

Ad Making

22 teams enthusiastically participated in the French ‘Ad Zap’ contest. They presented various products such as sunglasses, brushes and solar batteries in eye-catching costumes. The honorable judges of the event were Ms. Babusha Verma, French Faculty, Centre for Languages, St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and current Head of the French Editorial Board at a Foreign Language Publishing House in India, and Ms. Yarmila Sayai, is a winner of the ‘Sharpak Scholarship for Excellence’ and a former Masters student of Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier.

Just a Minute

The ‘Just a Minute’ competition had participants from 23 schools, each given a different topic ranging from ‘L’argent de poche’ (pocket money) to ‘Supermarché’ (supermarket). The contestants were marked on their fluency, expression and content. The panel of judges consisted of Mr. Sebastian Thejus Cherian, Assistant Professor, Centre for French and Francophone Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ms. Rajni Bachwani, Chargée de Mission Bourses et Alumni, Institut Français en Inde, Embassy of France in India.

Poetry Recitation

Students zealously presented poems in unique and dramatized way for the ‘French Poetry Recitation’ competition, wearing inspired costumes and using creative props. Their poems were judged by Ms. Shilpa Gupta, who has worked at various colleges of Delhi University and is currently a faculty member, French department, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, and Ms. Pooja Arora, who has a Masters Degree in French and is currently Assistant Professor in French at Amity University.

Off-site Events

The students of the participating schools worked hard behind the scenes, bringing out their creativity and love for the language. They made artistic greeting cards with catchy slogans, beautiful self-designed T-shirts and original French poems expressing their individuality and inspired ideas on Nature.

Post the events, the valedictory ceremony was inaugurated by an enthralling welcome dance by the students of the Performing Arts Society, leaving the audience marvelling at their melange of the renowned dance forms, ballet and contemporary. The Guest of Honour and the Chief Guest were felicitated by the Principal, who presented them with tokens of her appreciation.

Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the esteemed Principal, warmly welcomed the gathering with a Biblical story about the creation of languages. She continued by expressing the importance of sometimes speaking with no words in order to understand each other and remain united. She also mentioned that whatever language one speaks, it should be spoken with love, clarity and meaning in order for it to come alive. Reciting an anecdote from her past, she explained how knowing diverse languages is a strengthening power. While signing off, she said, “If you have won nothing, at least you have won friends.”

A wonderful presentation, ‘Glimpses of Morning Events’, was played which exhibited banners         and posters, students and teachers and all the events that had taken place throughout the day. The winners of the on-site events also performed their respective productions, mesmerizing the audience with their talent.

The Guest of Honour, Prof. N. Kamala, showed her passion for French by starting her address to the gathering in French language. Mentioning its merits, she explained how it was a global language, spoken in more than 77 countries, which gave an edge to all who learnt it. She concluded her speech by wishing everyone bon courage!

The Chief Guest, Dr. Zeenat Khadar, warmed the hearts of the audience with her words, graciously appreciating the wisdom brought forward by Ms. Kamala. She spoke about how everyone was a born learner, and every language we knew would take us higher.

Then arrived the much awaited magazine release of the 7th edition of DPS R.K. Puram’s French Magazine, ‘Crayon d’Or’, for which Ms. Vanita Sehgal and Ms. Anita Singh were invited to join the two respected Guests on stage. This gave way to the prize distribution ceremony for which the participants and audience were so eagerly waiting. The winning students along with their respective teachers were invited on stage to accept their well- deserved prizes.

The Vote of Thanks was given by the Vice Principal, Ms. Anita Singh. She expressed her gratitude to both the Guests of the day, and thanked all the teachers involved in the event. They were called up on stage along with the French Department teachers and students of the French Club to receive the thundering applause of the audience.

The event, proving to be an enriching experience for all who attended, ended with the national anthem.

As every year, the event comprised of both off-site and on-site events. The results of the off-site events were announced along with the winners’ showcases.

Results (Off-site events):

Results (On-site Events):

Greeting Card Making
1st – DPS International
2nd– DPS, Dwarka
3rd– DPS, Panipat Refinery
Design a T-shirt 1st– DPS, Vasant Kunj
2nd– DPS International
3rd– DPS, Panipat Refinery
Poetry Writing 1st– DPS, Greater Noida
2nd– DPS, Bulandshahr
3rd– Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar
Poetry Recitation 1st– DPS ,Vasant Kunj
2nd– DPS, Sushant Lok
3rd– DPS, Bulandshahr
Ad Zap 1st– DPS ,Bulandshahr
2nd– DPS ,Rohini
3rd– DPS, Expressway Noida
Duet Song 1st– Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar
2nd– DPS, Sushant Lok
3rd– DPS International
Consolation Prize:
Modern School, Barakhamba Road
DPS, Karnal
Just a Minute 1st– DPS, Expressway Noida
2nd– DPS, Vasant Kunj
3rd– DPS, Greater Noida
Enact a Fable 1st– DPS, Noida
2nd– DPS, Faridabad
3rd– DPS ,Greater Faridabad Sector- 81

Aarohan – Ascent of Young Minds

The Debate Society of Delhi Public School, R.K Puram hosted its 2nd Annual Inter-School Debate Competition, “Aarohan – Ascent of Young Minds” from 2- 3 August 2018. The event was divided into two halves – the English Debate on the 2 Aug and the Hindi Debate on the 3Aug. The event endeavored to give students an opportunity to showcase their strong declamatory skills and their ability to have logical and rational discussions.

 Day One

The English Debate saw the participation of teams from 40 schools, with each team consisting of two students from grades VI-VIII.

The event was judged by Ms. Clara Martin, Head, Performance and Upper School – Grades IV-VIII at Bilva Indian School, Dubai; Ms. Kiran Mishra, an English Announcer at All India Radio since 1989 with nearly 26 years’ experience in the Radio and Communication industry; and Ms. Juhi Tyagi, Chief Producer at NDTV 24*7 and an integral part of India’s only Emmy nominated News show, ‘The Buck Stops Here’.

The occasion was graced by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, along with the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, and the Head of the English Department, Ms. Atika Dayal.

The event started with the felicitation of the judges, followed by a Welcome Address by Ms. Rashmi Malhotra in which she emphasized the importance of debates as a platform that allows one to stand up for what is right and against what is wrong. A rendition of the Saraswati Shlokas was performed and their meaning elaborated upon before the commencement of the actual debate.

Participants elucidated on the topic ‘Today, parenting is more about financing children than nurturing them’ with well worded arguments, ensuring their point was put across in the best possible way.  Rebuttals from the speakers and the audience were encouraged, adding a twist to the competition and keeping the participants on their toes.

Participants were judged on the content of their arguments, delivery, relevance to the topic and participation in the rebuttal round.

Day Two

The Hindi Debate saw the participation of 42 teams from all over Delhi and NCR. The event gave a platform to the students of classes VI-VIII for evincing their oratorical skills with impactful debates in Hindi.

Dr. Manoj Sharma, a Hindi Professor at PGDAV College, Dr. Anurag Mishra, City editor of India presently the Editor of Microsoft News, and Dr. Karuna Sharma, a lecturer and Professor at the Government Education Department, were the honoured judges for the event.

The occasion was graced by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, the Headmistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra, the Head of the Hindi Department, Ms. Jyoti Bakshi, and other teacher coordinators, who helped make the event a huge success.

The event began with the felicitation of the judges by the Headmistress, which was followed  by her welcome address where she thanked them for being able to take time out of their busy schedule. She fondly talked about her childhood, when she read Hindi novels, and urged students to continue this practice. She emphasized the importance of enhancing the Hindi communication abilities.

Competitors delivered articulated debates and formidable arguments, on the topic, ‘बदलों जीवन मूल्य क्यूंकि सब चलता है ‘,exemplifying the qualities of  splendid rhetoricians. Rebuttals from the audience was encouraged, which drove the participants and audience towards devoting their undivided attention to the speakers. Participants were judged on the content of their arguments, delivery, relevance to the topic and participation in the rebuttal round.

This was followed by a speech by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, who thanked the students and appreciated the efforts of the teacher coordinators. In her vote of thanks, Ms. Jyoti Bakshi expressed how astounded she was to see students exhibit the qualities of an eloquent orator. On the behalf of all of the judges, Dr. Karuna Sharma thanked the school for presenting the opportunity of judging an event as prestigious as Aarohan.

The First position in the English Debate was bagged by Suhana Sharma from Delhi Public School, Noida, with Khushi Mishra from  Mount St. Mary’s School,Delhi Cantt securing the second position , and  Aditya Dubey from Delhi Public School, Noida securing the third position. Delhi Public School, Noida emerged as the best team.

In the Hindi debate, Tanvi Srivastav from Delhi Public School, Noida bagged the first prize, whereas Kavya Khanna from Delhi Public School, Rohini secured the second position. The third position was awarded to Nishtha Sharma from Mount Carmel School  and Aastika Jain of Springdales, Dhaula kuan The trophy for the best team was awarded to Delhi Public School, Noida.

The overall ‘Aarohan – Ascent of Young Minds’ trophy was bagged by DPS Noida.



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