TEDxYouth@DPSRKPuram 2018

Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram hosted its 5th Annual edition of TEDxYouth, an independently organised event, in partnership with Unity Group, on 10 November 2018. The format has been adapted from the widely popular Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) talks, which are dynamic and compelling short speeches broadcasted worldwide, committed to spreading ideas by famous personalities in various fields.

The Teacher-Organizer, Ms. Sangeeta Rana, along with her crew of teachers, guaranteed that the event ran smoothly. They were assisted by the student body for TEDxYouth.

The guest speakers were felicitated by the Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal. Mr Patruni Chidananda Sastry, Mr Sudhanshu Kaushik, Ms Tanya Kathpal, Mr Rahul Subramaniam, Professor Dhananjay Gadre, Ms Taksh Sharma, Ms Anuska Biswas, Ms. Anushka Bansal  and Ms Oishika Chowdhary were the acclaimed Guest Speakers for the event. Student speakers included Mr. Arihant Hemendra, Ms. Gayatri Bhattacharya, Ms. Praniti Gulyani, Mr. Vinayak Pachnanda and Mr. Vishad Khanna.

The event commenced by showcasing an entertaining TED-produced video highlighting the importance of the talks in spreading novel ideas across the world.

The Principal began her welcome address by quoting Dr. Suess, “Be who you are and say what you mean; because those who mind, don’t matter and those who matter, don’t mind”. She reminisced about her urge to please people around her and fit in, but regardless of how hard she attempted she generally stood out. She emphasised that it takes time to learn that one should be happy that one is different. She enunciated on how it takes most women, including herself, years to be comfortable and independent without any outside support. Before concluding her speech, she thanked her father for not letting her take an easy way out and thus helping her stand  on her own two feet. Lastly, she thanked the Teacher in-charge, Ms. Sangeeta Rana, for her excellent organisation of the event and hoped everyone would have a learning experience.

Following it, the visitor speakers were welcomed warmly to share their experiences on their chosen themes and they wonderfully captured the interest of the audience.

Guest Speakers included Prof. Dhananjay Gadre, Director, TI Centre for Embedded Product Design, NSUT, who spoke about, “Invent in India with DIY”.

Mr. Patruni Chidananda Sastry, Expressionist Indian Classical Dancer, talked about, ”Dance, an art for Embracing oneself”.

Mr. Sudhanshu Kaushik, Founder of Young India Foundation, conveyed his thoughts on, ”How Can You Help Bring Young Leaders and Representatives?”.

Ms. Tanya Kathpal, Founder of Eat My News, shared her views on, ”How to be Confident”.

Mr. Rahul Subramaniam, Managing Director of Athena Education, expressed his opinions on the topic,”My Dream School: Envisioning The Future of Secondary Education”.

Ms. Anuska Biswas, Student of La Martiniere for girls, Kolkata, shared her experience of, “ How My Learning Disability Became My Greatest Strength”.

Ms. Taksh Sharma, Creative Director of KHEM, communicated her beliefs about “ Breaking down the Barriers: Deconstructing the Gender Binary”.

Ms. Oishika Chaudhary, Freshman at New York University, delivered a lecture on “ Why, What Your Three Year Old Reads, Matters”.

Ms. Anushka Bansal, Student of Venkateshwar International School, gave her opinion on ”The Bystander’s Dilemma”.

Student Speakers, Mr. Arihant Hemendra, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram, articulated about, “Shocks and Changes: The Arihant Hemendra Guide to Surviving a Roller Coaster Life”.

Ms. Gayatri Bhattacharya, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram , shared her experiences about ”How The Law of Attraction Changed My Perspective of Life”.

Mr.Vinayak Panchnanda, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, spoke about,”The Creativity Misconception”.

Mr. Vishad Khanna, Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, vocalized his opinions on “Mind The Mind”.

Ms. Praniti Gulyani,Student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, talked on, “Just A Poet”.

The diverse themes covered were related to arts and culture, confidence building politics, gender fluidity, learning from disabilities and was an overall enriching experience for all present.

The event concluded with the Vote of T hanks given by Ritin Panchanda, the Chief Organizer of the event.