Dr Harsh Vardhan intreacts with students at Idea Exchange

Idea Exchange provides students with an opportunity to interact with power influencers and thought leaders,besides our journalists. This time,the guest was Dr Harsh Vardhan, the BJP candidate for Delhi Chief Minister

Published: December 16, 2013 12:06:40 am

Arshiya (Amity International School) How do you propose to improve Delhi’s existing infrastructure in order to accommodate the influx of migrant population?

Dr Harsh Vardhan: You can’t stop anybody officially,so you have to devise a mechanism to deal with it. The concept of NCR,unfortunately,has remained on paper. The board meets once in six months and circulates minutes. That’s all. This concept has to be strengthened and this is one of the priority areas we will bring up with Narendra Modi when he becomes the Prime Minister. The first is to get statehood for Delhi,then convert the NCR Planning Board into an authority which has more power and financial strength,and to develop satellite towns.

Amity,Saket,hosts symposium

The Commerce department of Amity International School,Saket,organised a symposium on economics and commerce ‘Ecom forum’ on November 7. Schools from all over Delhi participated in the competition.

The event was judged by Prof O M Aggarwal,visiting faculty at Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management,and Prof V P Jain of Venkateshwara College,Dr Poonam Kalra,lecturer,St Stephen’s College,and Prof Kumar Bijoy of College of Business Studies.

The Rolling Trophy was bagged by Amity International School,Vasundhara 6. The prize for the best speaker (economics) was bagged by Ruchi Avtar,Amity International School,Vasundhara 6,while Navya Kapur,also of the same school,bagged the prize for best interjector (economics). Sanchi Saxena of Amity International School,Gurgoan 43,bagged the prize for best speaker (commerce),while the prize for best interjector (commerce) was awarded to Dhruv Puri of Alchon Public School,Mayur Vihar.

Folk dance fest atSt Mark’s,Janakpuri

‘Rhapsody’,a dance festival showcasing folk dances from across the world,was organised by St. Mark’s Sr Sec Public School,Janakpuri. Students of classes III,IV and V,dressed in colourful and attractive traditional costumes,gave scintillating performances. The event was attended by school director Anjali Aggarwal,principal Rama Sethi,Sheena Kalenga,principal,St Mark’s Sr Sec Girls’ School,and other distinguished guests.

DPS,RK Puram,holds IT symposium

Exun,the computer society of Delhi Public School,R K Puram,organised its 18th inter-school symposium on Nov 30-Dec 1. EXUN is one of the oldest computer clubs in Delhi. Short for ‘Experts Unlimited’,it was formed in 1992 by the head of the department,computer science,Mukesh Kumar,and a small group of enthusiasts. This year,over 50 schools from Delhi/NCR participated in 15 IT-related events.

The guest of honour at the opening ceremony was Dr Alok Bharadwaj,executive vice-president,Canon India. Also present on the occasion were principal D R Saini,vice-principal Shobha Mehta,head of the computer science department Mukesh Kumar and all teachers of the department.

The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp. Saini addressed the gathering. He extended a warm welcome to all those present and spoke about the significance of technology in our lives.

Mount Carmel shines in CBSE athletic meet

Students of Mount Carmel School,Dwarka,participated in the CBSE Cluster Athletics Meet. In the under-19 girls/boys category,Pratibha Malhan of Class XI won the gold in 1,500m race and silver in 800m race. Rahul Ghosh and Kashish of Class XI won gold medals in 4x400m relay and 4x100m relay. Viraat Singh Hooda of Class XII won gold medals in 200m race,4x400m relay race and 4x100m relay race,and silver medal in 100m race. Aditya Samuel Lal of Class XI won gold medals in 800m,400m,4x400m relay and 4x100m relay. Dr V K Williams,director,and Dr Rajeev Tyagi,senior vice-principal,congratulated the winners.

Amity girl bats her way to success

For the first time,girls from Amity International School,Sector-46,participated in the U-19 District Girls Cricket Championship and won it. Gauri Gaur of Class VI received the ‘Woman of the Match’ award. Gauri has been selected to participate in the Haryana U-19 Girls Cricket Championship and the U-19 National Girls Cricket Championship to be held in Andhra Pradesh. Gauri gave the credit for her success to her parents and her coach in school. Dr Amita Chauhan,chairman,Amity Schools,praised Gauri at her success,while principal Arti Chopra promised all help to her.

Heritage festival at DPS,Rohini

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda,DPS,Rohini,hosted the inter-DPS heritage festival ‘Uttishth Bharata’ on November 16,in which more than 50 DPS schools from all over the country participated. The festival ended with a valedictory function. The chief guest was Swami Shantatmananda,secretary,Delhi centre of the Ramakrishna Mission,and the guest of honour was Ashok Chandra,chairman,DPS Society.

The function began with a welcome address by Rita Sen,principal,DPS,Rohini,who spoke about the relevance of Swami Vivekananda in today’s context. Swami Shantatmananda reinforced the importance of value-based education in society. Dr Sharada Nayak and Dr Usha Luhtra,members of DPS Society,spoke on the rich heritage of our country. The vote of thanks was proposed by Renu Mital,director,DPS Society.

Programme on communal harmony

On Nov 21,the students of Summer Fields School,Gurgaon,celebrated the spirit of communal harmony through streetplays,speeches and discussions. The zest and enthusiasm shown by the students was admired by one and all. The students were guided by principal Yasmin Contractor. The programme aimed at instilling in young minds the feeling of ‘one nation,one spirit’.

Storytelling session at Bal Bharati

Bal Bharati,in collaboration with Scholastic,organised a storytelling session on Nov 22. There were two sessions —Datangoi by Fouzia and Valentine,and story through dramatisation by Simi Srivastava. Fourteen schools attended the session.

GD Salwan hosts quiz competition

G D SALWAN Public School,Rajinder Nagar,hosted ‘Quiz USA’,an inter-school quiz competition organised by the US embassy. The quiz was conducted by Aditya Nath Mubayi from Quizcraft.

The response was overwhelming with 110 schools from Delhi and NCR participating. In all,nearly 250 students from classes IX to XII from various schools participated. Maj-General J K Kapoor,chairman of the school,and Dr N P Dhaka,director,GDSPS,welcomed Nataliya Susal,American Center director,and the quizmaster,Aditya. The chairman blessed the students and spoke about Indian culture.

Dance recital by Hillwoods Academy

Hillwoods academy hosted ‘Virasat 2013’ under the aegis of Spic Macay. It was a rare privilege for the school to organise a dance performance by renowned Bharatnatyam exponent,Rama Vaidyanathan.

She is a disciple of legendary dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy and Saroja Vaidyanathan. The programme began with the lighting of the lamp. Rama Vaidyanathan began her dance recital with an invocation to the Almighty.

Students from various schools of Delhi,many of them learning Bharatnatyam,saw the performance and said they were left spellbound.

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