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School notes : Dr A P J Abdul Kalam visits Rukmini Devi Public School

It was a dream-come-true moment for the students and staff of Rukmini Devi Public School when Dr A P J Abdul Kalam visited the school on April 9.

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam visits Rukmini Devi Public School

It was a dream-come-true moment for the students and staff of Rukmini Devi Public School when Dr A P J Abdul Kalam,former President of India and a noted visionary,visited the school on April 9. The former President interacted with the students who were all eager to pose their questions to him. Dr Abdul Kalam was cheered by the jubilant students all the way from the school gate to the venue of the programme. School Principal Anita Garg said the occasion of Dr Kalam’s visit to the school would forever be deeply embossed in the mind of each student. She added that for most of the staff and students,Dr Kalam was a role model and his persona would go a long way in molding the lives and aspirations of today’s generation.

School Chairman K C Garg welcomed Dr Kalam and said that he was a person who should be emulated and gave glimpses of his illustrious life and achievements. He encouraged the students to look at Dr. Kalam as their role model and to aim for the sky.

The speech by Dr Abdul Kalam motivated the students with oaths to render fruitful service to the nation. He congratulated the management,staff members and teachers of the school on successful completion of 25 years.

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He began with a stirring poem,“I am born with potential,have wings and I’ll fly,” focussing on the National Mission and the uniqueness of each individual.

Kalam said that inventions and discoveries are the ways by which one can achieve that ‘unique you’,and mentioned that the four criteria which helps an individual to develop that uniqueness was great aim,continuous acquired knowledge,hard work and perseverance. Concluding his speech,Dr Kalam said that India can achieve Vision India 2020 if every youngster in the nation with a population of 6 million youth can ask this question to himself or herself every day: “How can I be of help?” The interactive session was a lifetime experience for the students. It enlightened them and they went back with ignited minds and an oath to aim high and fly. The programme culminated with a vote of thanks by Dr Raman,the chief mentor of the school society.

40 years of ‘Excellence in Education’ at DPS R K Puram


Delhi Public School,R K Puram,a premier educational institution founded in 1972 under the aegis of DPS Society,celebrated 40 years of ‘Excellence in Education’ on April 18.

Pratibha Devisingh Patil,Hon’ble President of India,was the chief guest on the occasion. Other guests included Patil’s husband Devisingh Shekhawat,Salman Khurshid,Minister of Law and Justice,Montek Singh Ahluwalia,Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and Admiral M M Chopra,Vice Chairman of the DPS Society. Ashok Chandra,Chairman of the DPS Society,presided over the function.

One of the most prestigious schools in India,DPS R K Puram has carved out a niche for itself in the field of education. The DPS alumni fraternity holds responsible positions in all walks of life in India and across the world. Declared Number One in Academic Excellence for the fourth consecutive year as per the Education World Day Schools Survey,2011,this year,the school was also been ranked as No. 1 for ‘Value for Money’ and ‘Community Service’.


An exhibition of art,science and social science projects made by students was displayed in the school. The ceremony commenced with the National Anthem,after which the lighting of the lamp took place. Diwakar Sharma,Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs runner-up and student of DPS R K Puram,captivated the audience with his soulful rendition of the song ‘adharo Mhare Des.

A cultural programme was organised by the students of DPS R K Puram. Its junior wings,Vasant Vihar and East of Kailash,jointly performed an orchestra.

President Pratibha Patil lauded the success of DPS R K Puram in various fields and highlighted the role of teachers in guiding and moulding the youth.

She emphasised the importance of holistic development and stressed upon the role of education in inculcating civic sense among the citizens.

Vice-Principal Shobha Mehta delivered the vote of thanks. Live coverage of the programme was aired on — the school website.

Pt Shivkumar Sharma at TIS,Vasant Vihar


If music is what feelings sound like then the audience at Tagore International School,Vasant Vihar,will unanimously say that Pt Shivkumar Sharma’s music not only delighted the soul but also uplifted the spirit. Tagore International School,in collaboration with Spic Macay,organised a recital of santoor by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.

The event was a part of the Spic Macay Virasat 2012,dedicated to Shrimati Sumitra Charat Ram,a Padmashri award recipient and founder of the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.


Ramkumar Mishra who was giving a splendid support on tabla and Deepak Kalra on tanpura added to the beauty of the santoor. Together it sounded like a perfect blend of music,which not only relaxed the mind and also soothed the soul.

Sanskriti Utsav 2012 at St Mark’s,Meera Bagh

To commemorate World Heritage day,St Mark’s School,Meera Bagh,celebrated Sanskriti Utsav 2012.


Around 25 schools from all over Delhi participated in the day-long event. Students of Class V participated in a ‘History Comes Alive’ competition which saw the participants bringing alive the famous characters in Indian History. Whether it was Akbar or Ashoka,Chanakya or Rani Jhansi,Shivaji or Gandhiji…the competition was an innovative way of learning about the famous historical characters of India.

Students of Class VIII made beautiful posters on the theme ‘Heritage’ as part of the poster-making competition.The panel of judges had a tough time deciding the winner as each poster paid tribute to the rich heritage of India. The event culminated with a mega multimedia quiz for students of Classes IX and X.

Purnima Datt,Director ,INTACH,Adrian D’Costa,General Manager,Network18,Shrinkhla Sahai,Sahapedia,and Kanika Singh,Delhi Heritage Walks,graced the event with their presence and gave away the prizes to the winners of various competitions.

Investiture ceremony at Hillwoods Academy

The student council of the Hillwoods Academy was bestowed with the honour and responsibility to uphold the ideals of their alma mater in a solemn ceremony held in the school on April 17.

Ayeesha Sareen and Aradhya Neeraj were selected for the posts of Head Girl and Head Boy,respectively.

Jatin Sharma was given the honour of School Prefect. Deergha Manocha and Prashali Chauhan were given the responsibility of co-curricular activities. Ojasvi Khandelia and Aditi Gupta have been designated as Sports Captain for the year 2012-13.

An oath ceremony was conducted by the Head Boy and Head Girl to solemnise the special occasion.

The newly appointed Head Boy and Head Girl assured the head of the institution and the faculty members that they would perform their duties with utmost sincerity and dedication without showing any arrogance.

Education head and the Counsellor of the school urged Students’ Council members to be responsible,alert and work in unison.

The head of the institution blessed the newly appointed Students’ Council and motivated them to work diligently setting a precedent for others.

Rita Ganguly performs at Tagore Int’l School

On Friday,April 20,the auditorium of Tagore International School,Vasant Vihar,resounded with the mellifluous notes of the renowned vocalist Prof. Rita Ganguly.

Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth — SPICMACAY — gave the students of the school the golden opportunity to witness the mesmerising and soul-stirring performance of an extraordinary artiste,who has devoted her life to Indian classical music.

The school is celebrating the culture of India by hosting the event ‘VIRASAT 2012.’ The event was aimed at making the youth aware about the rich traditions,culture and heritage of India.

Just like fragrance adds on to charm of flowers,the entire team of maestros on various instruments,added charm,melody ,rhythm and note to the lyrics of the vocalist.

Each musician displayed capabilities beyond comparison in their own genres,vis-à-vis, Janaab Akhtar Hussainji on the tabla,Janaab Srighulamaliji on the sarangi,Janaab Salamataliji on the harmonium and Sushree Rajnandini on the tanpura.

None of the students knew what was in store for them until the performance began. Rita Ganguly started with the song,‘Mere Ram Gadi Vale’.

Her voice and the tune of the song captured the minds and hearts of all and no one could help but sing along with her. After the song,on popular demand,she rendered Rag Bhairavi and Rag Sohini.

The audience was mesmerised with her performance. Sri Gulam Ali on the Sarangi and Janab Akhtar Hussainji on the tabla beautifully complemented the rendition of the Ragas.

Rita Gangulyji went on to impart her knowledge on various Ragas,their notes,octaves and scales.

She talked about the 12 notes and explained that everyone can sing up to one-and-a-half octave. The students were curious to know more so they had an interactive session with her. Rita Ganguly answered all questions with a lot of enthusiasm and patience.

The bond that the exponent and the students shared was not just that between an artiste and an audience,rather a strong connection between their souls. The day cast its spell on everyone and was one to be remembered as one of the most special days ever.

First published on: 30-04-2012 at 02:26:23 am
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