Times Scholars, an initiative of The Times of India, is a scholarship programme to which about 45,000 students of class 12 from all over India applied in September 2012. 20 candidates were declared Times Scholars after a five-stage selection process, including two students of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, Shreya Vardhan and Barun Patra. The Top 20 candidates will receive a scholarship of Rs. 5 lakh. Another student from DPS RKPuram, Ishita Mishra was also among the top 40 candidates, who reached the final round and will receive a scholarship of Rs. 5 thousand. The preliminary screening round was followed by an aptitude test held on 23rd September, 2012. Students were selected on the basis of this test for the regional interview round, after which 100 candidates from across the country were selected for the national interview round held at the Times Centre, Noida on 2nd November, 2012. 40 students were finally shortlisted for the final round on 3rd November, out of whom 20 were selected as Times Scholars.
Shreya has been an outstanding student. She had a CGPA 10 in classes 9 and 10, 94.2% in class 11 and 95% in the class 12 mid-term examination. Currently the Head Girl of the school, she is the Founder Member of the Physics Society and Editor of the Physics Magazine. Barun Patra has won numerous accolades for programming events in different interschool computer symposia, namely MINET at Mother’s International, MODEM at Modern School Vasant Vihar and CORE at DPS Dwarka .He is the Head of Programming, EXUN clan and has received the Ishwar Chandra award twice for being the section topper in class XI and XII; and the Prantik Roy Memorial award in class 10. Barun has been a scholar badge holder throughout, having received the NTSE scholarship in class IX, the blue tie, Gold Medal, and the Red blazer for I.T (programming).