Thursday, November 17, 2011 was a red-letter day for DPS R K Puram as Honourable Christy Clark, Premier, British Columbia as well as Mr. Stewart Beck, High Commissioner of Canada to India, visited the school along with their delegation , to enhance Canada’s great friendship with India, profile the great opportunities of public education in British Columbia, and to encourage young talent to study there.
After the Lighting of the Lamp ceremony, the guests proceeded to the Audio-Visual Hall for the cultural program. They were warmly welcomed by the Principal, Dr. D.R. Saini, with a token of appreciation. This was followed by scintillating cultural show put up by the students. It commenced with a truly absorbing Indian classical music piece based on ‘ Raag Ahir Bhairav’, which was followed by a vibrant and exuberant Marathi folk dance performance.
Dr. Saini then addressed the gathering and invited the guests to take over the podium. Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO and Scientific Director of MITACS Inc. introduced the Premier, mentioning her love for education and her desire to reach out to the rest of the world, following which the Premier herself addressed the gathering on how India is ready to ‘step into its future, and become the world’s largest economy’. She also stressed on the importance of strengthening ties between the two nations and encouraged students to pursue higher studies in British Columbia. An interactive session took place. Students posed various questions to the Premier regarding the quality of education in the Canadian universities, the costs involved, possibilities of immigration, availability of work permits while pursuing higher education, and also asked questions on the cold weather conditions and how they impacted student life. Along with the information, the Premier told the students that the University of British Columbia (UBC) is ranked 21st in the world. She also presented a book on British Columbia to Dr.Saini, and said that she hoped many would read it and visit the province in the future.
It was indeed an enlightening experience for all students present there.