Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi
Annual Day and Prize-Giving Function
Saturday, November 25th, 2017
The only constant in life is change and when the winds of change blow they usher with them an era of creativity, innovation and new ideas. Such went the theme of the ballet presented by the students of the school at the Annual Day and Prize Giving Ceremony held at Siri Fort Auditorium on Saturday, November 25th, 2017.
Dr. Kiran Datar, Chairperson, Board of Management, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan welcomed the distinguished guests while Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal, Springdales School presented the Annual Report.
The esteemed members of Managing Boards of Springdales Education Society and Springdales Schools presented the awards to the meritorious students for their excellence in Academic and Co-curricular Activities. The event was graced by H.E. Mr. Abu Adnan Alhaija, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of state of Palestine and Mr. Ben Joubert, Deputy High Commissioner, High Commission of South Africa.
Serenading an array of songs ranging from Italian and Irish to a fusion of Hindi and Urdu, the Senior School Choir captured the ethereal beauty of music in all its nuances.
The Senior School Ballet "The Winds of Change" - a powerful audio-visual performance with dance, song and visual projections focused on youth who are the change makers and whose future depends on the extent to which they address the concerns about urgent global issues bequeathed to them by earlier generations.
The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr. Neerja Sharma, Manager, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan.
Extends Helping Hand to Bihar Flood Victims
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Deeply affected by the recent floods in Bihar the students, staff parent body of Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan have responded to the human tragedy by donating generously in kind.
Touched by the pictures of sufferings, children voluntarily extended their support and reciprocated by contributing clothes, woolens, utensils and toys to be sent to the flood affected areas. A truck load of sacks, cartons, huge packets and toys was flagged off on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 and sent to 'Goonj' - an NGO.
The overwhelming response through the donations in kinds by parents was the result of the efforts of the Interact Club of the school which works tirelessly for the cause of humanity all year round.
Once again the school has stood together as one and shown its solidarity towards a humanitarian cause.
Kusum Verma Memorial National Inter-School English Festival
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Celebrating the power of Human Spirit, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan in collaboration with the Old Springdalian Association (OSA) hosted the 15th Kusum Verma Memorial National Inter-School English Festival in memory of Late Kusum Verma, Former Head of the English Department.
This year the Creative Fiesta paid a tribute to the indomitable spirit of humans and his struggles through rendition of poems centred on the theme "The Human Spirit-An Answer?" The "Power of Knowledge" to pave the road to wisdom and enlightenment was explored by the participants through their Creative Writings. The students envisioned a hopeful future for humanity through their Enactments on the theme “The world needs...."
Welcoming the Guests to the Creative Fiesta Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan suggested that "The Human Spirit is a social construct that defines our personality and our philosophy of life."
The first position in the category of self-composed poems was bagged by Springdales School; Dhaula Kuan while Springdales School Pusa Road received the First prize in Category B. Mother's International School was adjudged the winner in the Creative Writing Contest whereas Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan won the first Prize in Enact an Act Competition. The Overall Trophy was awarded to Indraprastha International School, Dwarka.
Thursday, August 10th, 2017
The school hosted the 13th Dr. A. K. Saha Memorial Young Scientists Experimental Project - Inter - School Contest on Thursday, August 10th, 2017. The project was initiated by two former students of the school, Dr. Abhijit Saha and Dr. Prasenjit Saha in the memory of their Late father Dr. A. K. Saha, Former Scientist at National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi.
The Annual venture inculcates a spirit of enquiry and objectivity amongst budding scientists. This year the theme of the contest was "Ideate - Innovate - Create - for a better future" and two events were held as a part of the contest - Investigatory Project Competition and the Science Quiz. Eighteen leading schools of Delhi participated in the preliminary round of the contest out of which ten schools were selected to participate in the final round.
Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal, in her address said that the theme Ideate - Innovate - Create - for a better future is central to the idea of longevity of our planet and the future of Science belongs to the youth.
Professor Shiv Vishwanathan, Vice Dean (Institution Building), Centre for the study of Science, Society and Sustainability, O.P. Jindal Global University, presided over the function and said that for a sustainable world, we need dissident scientists who have the courage to question and accept their mistakes.
The Investigatory Projects were adjudged by :
(i) Prof. Sher Ali, Senior Staff Scientist, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences, Jamia Milia Islamia
(ii) Dr. Anupama Singh, Scientist and Head, Chemical Division, IARI, Pusa
(iii) Dr. Avanish Kant, Senior Hydrologist, Consultant - World Bank
(iv) Mr. Praveen Gosain, Regional Director - India, S.E. Asia & Australia,
Corning Reactor Technologies, Corning Technologies India (P) Limited
Springdales School, Pusa Road was adjudged the overall winner of the A.K. Saha Memorial Trophy, and also the Indian Science Congress Trophy instituted for innovation in Science for their project "Photocatalytic Rod".
Annual Inter House Choir Festival
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
It was a moment of immense pride for the school as H.E Mr. F.K. Morule, High Commissioner, High Commission of the Republic of South Africa presided over as the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Function of the Africa Week organized on the occasion of International Mandela Day in the school on 18th July 2017. Present on the occasion were H.E. Ms. Judith K.K. Kangoma Kapijlmpanga, High Commissioner of Republic of Zambia, Dr. Wael Albattrekhi, Minister-Counsellor, Deputy Chief of the Mission, Embassy of the State of Palestine and the parents of the students from Tanzania, Ghana and Palestine studying in the school.
The Annual Event was a long standing tradition to honour and celebrate the humanitarian ideals of Dr. Nelson Mandela and witnessed the culmination of the Africa Week held from July 11th to July 14th 2017 during which the students wrote slogans, essays, poems and articles on the theme "Action Against Poverty".
Paying rich tributes to the icon of peace, Principal Dr. Jyoti Bose urged the students "to uphold values and beliefs of Nelson Mandela by translating them into action for the benefit of society."
The School Choir traced the history of South African struggle for freedom by rendering a medley of songs in Zulu. In an endeavour to sensitize the younger generation to Nelson Mandela's 'long walk to freedom', a short film produced by the BBC on 'Nelson Mandela - His Life Story' was screened and the students presented articles and audio video presentations. In a befitting tribute to Dr. Mandela, the talented dancers of the school presented the song "Asimbonanga" originally sung by Joan Baez. The song echoed the victorious celebrations of the people when their Messiah was freed from prison.
In an informative and inspirational speech, H.E. Mr. F.K. Morule elucidated the real essence of International Mandela Day to come forward and spend 67 minutes each day to serve mankind. He emphasized on the need to live the legacy of this iconic man and recreate a global community on the ideals of tolerance, compassion, humility and international understanding. He further expressed his solidarity with the people of Palestine in their struggle for freedom.
The icing on the cake was to hear Mrs. Rajni Kumar, Founder of the Africa Club and Chairperson, Springdales Education Society relating her journey from the inception of the club to her steadfast support for the Africans in their fight for democracy.
The festive morning concluded with the singing of the National Anthems of South Africa and India.
Annual Inter House Choir Festival
Saturday, May 13th, 2017
The school Auditorium reverberated with rhythm and melody as 600 talented singers came together to re-create a musical fiesta on the occasion of the Annual Inter-House Choir Festival held on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. The Chief Guest for this glittering event was Mr. Rahul Ram, renowned Musician and Member - Indian Ocean. Mr. Srijan Mahajan, Renowned Drummer - Parikrama and Old Springdalian of Golden Jubilee Batch 2005 was invited as a Guest of Honour.
Welcoming the guests to the musical extravaganza, Dr Jyoti Bose, Principal complemented the budding Springdalian singers for bagging the third position at the International Festival of Musical Creativity – "Earth is our Common Home" in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
The graceful mudras of the Kathak Dancers transported the audience into an ethereal world. Resonating the myriad hues of human emotions, the eight houses of the school wove a vibrant tapestry of musical notes through an array of songs sung in Irish, Japanese to Italian, Bulgarian, Urdu and Hindi languages. Portraying an expansive range of languages and cultures, the Choir celebrated the universal appeal of music. It was a moment of great joy and pride as Mr. Srijan Mahajan, Ex-Springdalian accompanied the choir of 4 Houses on the drum, leaving everyone spellbound.
Mr. Rahul Ram appreciated the school for providing a rich platform to its students. His powerful and passionate rendition found an echo in the hearts of the audience and filled the auditorium with thunderous applause.
Endeavour House was awarded the First prize, Equality House and Unity House received the second and third prize respectively. Anubhav Dhyani bagged the Trophy for the Best Soloist in the Male category whereas Kheya Ghosh received the prize for the Best Solo Performer in the Female category. Muskaan Anand was adjudged the upcoming female singer.
The DSLP Annual Award Giving Ceremony
Friday, April 28th, 2017
Commemorating the relentless efforts and deep commitment of the student community to uphold the beacon of literacy, The Delhi School Literacy Project celebrated its 29th Anniversary of Annual Award Giving Ceremony on 28th April, 2017 in the school auditorium.
Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal, welcomed the guests, student volunteers and the learners.
Presenting the Awards and Certificates to the participating schools, the Chief Guest Mr. Ajay Tirkey, I.A.S., Joint Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development congratulated the DSLP and its member schools on sustaining the programme. He advised them to continue their work and aim for the stars.
Bhatnagar International School, VasantKunj bagged the Sufia Ajmali Trophy for making the largest number of literates. The Henry Selz Foundation Trophy for the school making the second largest literates was won by Springdales School, Pusa Road. The UNICEF trophy for the school showing maximum participation was won by New Era Public School, Mayapuri. The proud recipient of Baldev and Kamala Bhatia Memorial Trophy for their work in the community was Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan.The Rotary Club Trophy for the Best All Round Performance went St. George's School, Alaknanda. The Satpal Singh Memorial Trophy for new programs & initiatives was awarded to Evergreen Sr. Sec. School, Vasundhara Enclave. The M.L.Kapoor Memorial Trophy for excellence for the student who has made highest numbers of learners,went to Muskan Midha of Manav Sthali School, for making 160 learners.
Presenting the Annual Report, the Honarary Advisor to the DSLP and Chairperson, Springdales Education Society, Mrs. Rajni Kumar, congratulated the winners and thanked the 110 member schools and 12 donors for their constant support in making the DSLP a grand success.
Mrs. P.Loomba, Honorary Secretary, DSLP who has been working tirelessly in monitoring and guiding the project proposed the Vote of Thanks.
EARTH DAY ASSEMBLY - 2017
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
This year we celebrated the 47th Earth Day which is witnessed across the globe, every year on the 22nd of April to demonstrate support for environmental causes. This Earth Day was celebrated with the theme incorporating, 17 Sustainable Development Goals given by United Nations, under the Agenda 2030: Transforming the world. Through this assembly students not only discussed the Environmental issues but gave pragmatic solutions to various global issues that require urgent addressing and will revitalize our planet. They came up with articles, poems, innovative solutions through Science and Technology and a few start up ideas.
The assembly showcased the efforts of the school and its students to incorporate UN's vision into practice and translate the dream of creating a better, beautiful and brighter world into a reality.
Interaction with children of Bapu Public School at Bhagwanpura Basti, Badli
Thursday, April 20th, 2017
In collaboration with Al-Noor Charitable Society 40 Springdalians accompanied by 8 teachers participated in the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao day at The Bapu Public School on 20th April 2017. Under the able guidance of Mrs. Salma Ansari, President of Al-Noor Charitable Society and wife of Honourable Vice President of India Dr. Hamid Ansari, the society has adopted Bapu Public School along with various schools at Aligarh.
We are now supporting the school with Notebooks and Stationary and will continue to support
Mrs. Ansari interacted with the Springdalian students and discussed about their perspectives on the topic of Child rights and Right to Education and how they could play a vital role as Youth. The audience comprised of students of Bapu Public School, their parents & teachers, students of Guru Harkishan Public School and community people of Bhaghwanpura Basti." As a part of the programme our students participated in Nukkad Natak conveying strong message on significance of literacy. Our school choir presented a song "Jal Uthi Mashaal" and Saksham Gaur, student of class XII recited a Hindi poem "Mein Yuva hoon" depicting role of youth in transforming India. Mrs. Ritu Madan, Head-Senior School thanked Mrs. Ansari for giving an opportunity to the students to spread the message and create an awareness regarding significance of literacy amongst the community. On behalf of our school we have gifted students of Bapu Public School a hamper of stationary items, books and note books to enable them for better education.
Mrs. Ansari was overwhelmed by the performance of our children and touched by the awareness & spirit of children towards social issues and their willingness to work. She appreciated the vision of Dr. Rajni Kumar and commendable work done by Springdalians under the able guidance of Dr. Jyoti Bose.
Shri I.P. Kapoor Memorial Football Tournament
Thursday, April 13th, 2017
It is a matter of great pride that the school won the the 8th Shri I.P. Kapoor memorial football tournament held at Springdales School, Pusa Road on 13th April, 2017 for the third consecutive year. The event is held to commemorate the dedicated services of Late Shri I. P. Kapoor, Senior Physical Education Teacher and to inculcate in students the values of team-spirit and sportsmanship about which Shri I.P. Kapoor was very passionate.
Dr.Rajni Kumar, Chairperson Springdales Education society graced the occasion to cheer the teams from both schools.
The two teams played with a lot of zeal and were cheered by the audience. It was a delightful and enthralling game which captivated everyone till the end.
The deciding goal was through a penalty and Springdales School, DhaulaKuan emerged the proud winners.
Blood Donation Camp
Friday, March 31st, 2017
As a part of our commitment to reach out to society, the Interact Club of the school in collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society organised a Blood Donation Camp on Friday, March 31st, 2017. It was heartening to see a large number of the parent body,faculty members and class IV staff came forward to contribute their bit towards this humanitarian cause. The donors went through a series of medical check-ups before donating blood. The Interactors participated with great enthusiasm and deepened social awareness amongst the donors.
Kindergarten and Junior School Sports Bonanza 2017
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
A crowd of eager students and their excited parents assembled at the playground of the School, as the Junior School Sports Bonanza was celebrated on 22nd and 23rd February, 2017. On the first day Mrs. Neeta Rastogi, Principal, Sadhu Vaswani International School for Girls while on second day Mr. G.S Randhawa, Padam Shri, first Arjuna Awardee and former Athlete were the Chief Guests respectively. Dr. Rajni Kumar, Chairperson, Springdales Education Society along with many distinguished guests graced the occasion. Welcoming the Chief Guest and other esteemed guests, Principal,Dr Jyoti Bose Springdales School Dhaula Kuan delightedly welcomed the Chief Guests and promised that Sports days at Springdales were days of enthusiasm, fun and frolic for the little ones showcasing their athletic prowess on the tracks and in displays of physical cultures.
The Athletic Meet kick started with a colourful Childrens procession and release of balloons by the Chief Guests to herald the festive days.The scintillating displays of Physical cultures like Ship Ahoy, The Circus Comes to Town, Let`s Go Green, Sports for All, Yoga for fitness and Colours of Harmony were well appreciated. A Taekwando display by the students showcasing the dexterity and precision of the young athletes in action, captivated the exuberant audience followed by the track events which included enjoyable races for the audience. Affirming the importance of Sports and Games in our lives, Mrs. Rastogi, congratulated the little children for putting up an impressive show. She further affirmed that Springdales epitomises fragrance and freshness and the lively atmosphere she had just witnessed, made it clear that at Springdales, children are provided opportunities to bloom at their own pace and foster healthy competition simultaneously . Mr. Randhawa too, applauded the little children and stated that he had just attended one of the best Sports day at the school level 60 years . He further extended an offer to provide training to the promising athletes of Springdales at the Jawaharlal Stadium.
Mrs Sujata Maleyvar Headmistress, Springdales School Dhaula Kuan proposed the Vote of thanks on both the days and congratulated the students, staff and all who helped to put up a stellar performance.
The Farewell and Citation Ceremony
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan bid adieu to the graduating class of 2017 on February 14th, 2017 amidst the proud parents of the outgoing batch, members of the school Management Board and distinguished guests. The Guest of Honour for the evening was Prof. Vaiju Naravane, Professor of Journalism and Media Studies,Ashoka University.
Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal, in her eloquent address advised the students that they "do not need magic to change the world as they carry all the power inside themselves". She further suggested that "Life is profound and passionate and should be lived undauntingly with 'The Madness of Daring'. You have to push as hard as the age that pushes against you."
Wishing luck to the students as they cross over the threshold of school life into a new world, Prof. Naravane urged the students to accept 'failure as a part of life'.
The school choir revealed the students' journey has been 'Rhythm of Life' ...with a powerful beat to make new sensations as they flip their wings and fly up high. This was followed by the ceremonial lighting of the lamp for each student as the citations were being read out by the Principal for each student. The students and the parent body thanked the school for moulding their 'tiny tots' into caring and concerned global citizens. In a true Springdalian tradition, the children linked arms with their classmates and teachers and sang the time honoured Scottish ditty 'Auld Lang Syne'.
In the soft light of the traditional earthenware lamps which they placed around a globe epitomizing the school motto 'Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam' - the world is a family, the class 12 students pledged to earnestly work towards the building of a better, brighter and beautiful world. The touching ceremony concluded with the induction of the students to the Old Springdalians Association.
Giving her greetings on the occasion, Mrs. Rajni Kumar, Chairperson, Springdales Education Society advised students that whenever they are standing at the crossroads faced with a moral dilemma and do not know which path to tread, they should reflect upon the ethos and values which Springdales has inculcated in them.
International Children's Festival
Thursday, February 9th, 2017
At a scintillating confluence of world cultures "International Children's Festival" held in the school, H.E. Mr. Adnan Abu Alhaijaa, Ambassador of Palestine, H.E. Ms. Suzannah Jessep, Deputy High Commissioner, New Zealand High Commission, Mr. Ben Joubert, Deputy High Commissioner, South African High Commission and Mr. Dietrich Graf von der Schulenburg, Head of the Cultural Department, German Embassy were the Special Guests.
In her welcome, Principal Dr. Jyoti Bose reiterated the key role of education in promoting International Peace and Understanding. She took immense pride in the fact that 'quest for harmony and inclusivity is the hallmark of Springdalian Education'.
Held since 1989, this occasion celebrates the ideals of Shri Yudister Kumar, the architect of Springdalian Education whose cherished goal was the friendship and mutual understanding between children of the world. With around forty foreign students from over twenty countries and Ranked No.1 in India for five consecutive years in Internationalism by Education World C-Fore Survey, Springdales has truly lived to its school motto "Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam".
The evening wove a magnificent tapestry of the rich and vibrant cultures of the world as the foreign students of Japan, France, Egypt, Australia, Palestine, the Russian Embassy School and Springdalians came together to conjure a cultural extravaganza. The delegation from Heungdeok High School, South Korea who is currently in India on an Exchange Programme, won the hearts of one and all as they swayed to the beats of a popular Bollywood number.
Presenting mementos to the participants, the Diplomatic Guests from different Embassies complimented the school for forging bonds of friendship and love through such meaningful programmes
Founder Principal Mrs. Rajni Kumar in her Vote of Thanks advised the young Springdalians to have faith in their abilities, strive for excellence and live life in service humanity.
Visit of Delegation from Experimental School, Beijing, China
Monday, February 6th, 2017
Special Exchange Programmes lie at the heart of Springdalian curriculum and ethos; encouraging the students to think beyond boundaries for a greater mutual understanding and exchange of cultures.
A special assembly was organised by The School on 6th February, 2017 in the Hall of Friendship and Peace to welcome a delegation of 34 students and 4 teachers from THE EXPERIMENTAL SCHOOL of the CAPITAL NORMAL UNIVERSITY, BEIJING, CHINA under the 'HEART TO HEART AGREEMENT' with the GOVERNMENT OF CHINA a 21 member delegation from The School visited Beijing in October 2016.This was a reciprocal visit.
The Heart to Heart agreement aims at promoting mutual understanding of each other's culture, way of life and education system as well as building confidence and friendship between the people of two nations.
The guests were welcomed by Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan at a special assembly. Speaking on the occasion she said that there is no better learning and understanding than travel which allows us to discover, explore and connect to people of varied cultures. "Children are the link to world peace - and they do not hold any barriers in their heart", she added.
Celebrating peace, togetherness and friendship, the school choir took the audience on a musical odyssey through the rendition of the song, "The Rhythm of Life" that teaches us to lead our lives fully, with passion and tells us to be happy in all situations as everything is transient.
Senior school students presented an article on Indo-China Friendship, focusing on the fact that China's and India's friendship dates back to ancient times and the two nations will continue to be the two major forces calling for a multipolar world and the main engines driving world economic growth.
Celebrating the diversity and abundance of Indian heritage, the students of the Senior and Junior School enthralled the audience with their Bengali Dance and Hindi song 'Aayi Rut Suhani Aayi'.
The guests transported the audience to the land of tea and silk with their mesmerising song and Fan dance. Earlier in the day, the guests were taken for a round of the school. They attended workshops on Madhubani art and appreciated the richness of Indian culture. They also visited the Junior School to gain knowledge about the Indian system of education. The visit concluded with presentation of mementoes to the Chinese ambassadors of peace and friendship.
Winter Staff Seminar
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
The School pulsated with innovative and thought provoking ideas as erudite speakers from varied occupations shared their novel perspectives during the Winter Staff Seminar entitled "Turning Mirrors into Windows": Sculpting the Imagination, Expressions and Values of Gen Next on January 10th and 11th, 2017.
Welcoming the staff members of all three units, Guest Speakers and Resource persons, Dr. Jyoti Bose, Director, Springdales Schools and Principal, The School highlighted the need to examine the gospel truth and emphasized on the necessity of broadening the horizons of the students by opening up vistas to help them to explore the future possibilities.
Delivering the Keynote Address, Professor Shiv Visvanathan, Vice Dean and Executive Director, O.P. Jindal Global University urged the schools to become the bastions of democracy where the students are proactively engaged in co-creating a socially just society. He further advised the educationists to become the kaleidoscope through which the mirrors can be turned into windows and provide the students a comprehensive perspective on history.
Dr. Geeta Chandran, Padmashree, renowned Dancer and Choreographer and Founder President, Natya Vriksha portrayed an individual’s quest of self,which acknowledges the world outside through her captivating dance recital.
A gamut of workshops conducted for different levels inspired the teaching fraternity to reinvent their approach towards teaching. An engaging panel discussion on the topic "The Changing Environment of the 21st Century" chaired by Ms. SonalKalra, National Editor, Hindustan Times, Ms. Devalina Dave, Former Reader Delhi University and Dr. Kanika K. Ahuja, Associate Professor, Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi University brought out the imperative need to align the school culture and education with the techno-savvy Gen Next to retain its relevance.In his presentation titled 'The idea of India', Major Maroof Raza hailed India as a Nation with an immense potential to grow evolve into a country to reckon with on the world stage while Mrs. Valentina Trivedi, Creative Writer and Teacher Trainer highlighted theart of "story telling as a powerful teaching tool".Dr. Neerja Sharma, Manager, Springdales, Dhaula Kuan and Former Associate Professor, Lady Irwin College, Delhi University demonstrated a variety of activities to integrate differently abled children comfortably into the mainstream curriculum.
Mr. Aporajito Bose, Diversity Manager, Springdales Schools envisioned a positive change through a concerted effort aimed to create a cleaner, litter free environment within the school through proper waste disposal management.Through a lively and interactive session, Mrs.Ameeta Mulla Wattal, Principal ,Springdales School ,Pusa Road and Mr. Pranav Mukherjee, Theatre Expert demonstrated the way Shakespeare’s language elucidates the entire gamut of human emotions and its timeless appeal and relevance.
Congratulating the Springdalian Staff for their unceasing contribution throughout the Diamond Jubilee Year, Mrs. Rajni Kumar, Chairperson, Springdales Education Society reiterated the role of teachers in igniting the 'spark', latent in every child.
Y. Kumar Memorial Contest
Proving their mettle in the sphere of International Understanding and Universal Brotherhood, Navya Oberoi, Head Girl and Aryan Ahmed, Deputy Head Boy did the school proud as they emerged the winners of the coveted 40thY. Kumar Memorial Contest organized by Springdales School ,Pusa Road which saw participation of 40 reputed schools from across Delhi and NCR. The Contest was an endeavour to celebrate the ideals of Shri Yudhister Kumar,the architect of Springdalian Education and gave the school its ethos and philosophy which reflects in our motto "Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam".
In a myriad of competitions organised over two weeks in the month of February, ranging from Essay Writing, Quiz, Group Discussion and Interview Round, the participants displayed their understanding of global issues of concern which are making a major impact on the society now and in the future.
Navya Uberoi won the prestigious Y. Kumar Award for International Understanding and Quiz whereas Aryan Ahmed was adjudged first in the Group Discussion.
Prof. Dr. Shiv Visvanathan, Vice Dean and Executive Director, Centre for Study of Science, Society and Sustainability at the O.P. Jindal Global University presented the awards.
ANNUAL SPORTS FIESTA
Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
The school ground came alive with vibrant energy and athletic exuberance as Springdales School celebrated its Annual Sports Fiesta on Wednesday, 28 December 2016.
Air Marshal Jasbir Walia, VM, VSM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command, Indian Air Force took the salute from the Eight Houses as the Springdalians marched past with their banners proudly held aloft and the House Flags fluttering high. An oath to participate in the events is the true Sportsman Spirit was taken by the Head Boy, Head Girl and the House Captains before the Chief Guest declared the Athletic Meet open and unfurled the School Flag.
The sporting prowess of the budding athletes came to the fore as they competed with great vigour in the various track and field events.
An impressive martial display of Taekwondo presented by the Junior School students won great applause by the audience. It was a moment of great pride as Sports Captain - Sarthak Sharma was presented with "The Kapil Dev Award and Scholarship for the most promising Sports Boy". Endeavour House was awarded the Trophy for the Best Marching Squad the Trophy for the House Best in Athletics was won by Forward House.
Honouring the students who have achieved National Level participation in Sports in the year 2016-17, the Chief Guest Air Marshal Walia complimented the students for their quest for excellence. Feeling nostalgic about his own days in Springdales which he considers to be the best school in Delhi, he advised the students to pursue their dream with full fervour and aim for excellence in their chosen field.
Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal delivered the Vote of thanks.
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
Celebrating the season of sharing, caring and a season of hope for the coming year associated with Christmas, the school organised a Christmas Concert. The school choir cast a magical spell on the audience as the auditorium resonated with the message of love and peace through the soulful rendition of 'While the shepherds watch' and 'Carol of the Bells'.
Saba Qadri, a senior school student, urged the gathering to imbibe the true essence of the festival and to build bridges of friendship and humanity by reaching out to the underprivileged section of the society.
The Inclusive Education Children of the Saath Saath Centre spread cheer and happiness amongst the audience with their lively and colourful presentation 'Here comes Santa Claus'. The Elocution Club of the School echoed the wide panaroma of human emotions including hope, humour, love for nature and gratitude for our brave soldiers through a bouquet of poems.
Adding a new flavour to the programme was the highly entertaining theatrical presentation 'The Canterbury Ghost', a very special adaptation of Oscar Wilde's famous novel Canterville Ghost.
Sunday, December 11th, 2016
The school ground was a witness to fun, frolic and frenzy as the school celebrated its Annual Winter Carnival on Sunday December 11.
The visitors, which included the members of the Managing Board, parents and students- both old and present, were captivated by a wide and vibrant array of stalls ranging from clothes and jewellery to bags and accessories. The school ground reverberated with the pulsating music and the mesmerising performances by the band. The carnival was indeed a foodies paradise as it offered a wide range of mouth watering and rich delicacies. The students enthusiasm was evident at the games stall, which provided a wide platform to the visitors to exhibit their skill at various games. The Handicrafts Department and Electronics Department were a real delight for one and all. In an effort to show their concern for the environment our students of the Environment Club put up a stall showcasing a variety of eco-friendly products made by them and it was indeed a great crowd puller. The special attraction of the day was the Fashion Show put up by the Senior School students. The Children's Section welcomed the visitors with some exciting stalls such as Back to school Bake the Cake etc. While the mothers of the junior school students set the ramp on fire, the fathers displayed their culinary skills by enthusiastically participating in Cooking without Fire Contest.
The Carnival concluded with distribution of prizes to Best Volunteers of the games stall and for the Best Decorated Stall.
Annual Day and Prize–Giving Function
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
Mr. Kapil Dev, Indian Cricket Legend presided over as the Chief Guest at the Annual Day and Prize Giving Ceremony of the school held on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 in the Hall of Friendship and Peace.
Dr. Neerja Sharma, Member, Board of Management, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan welcomed the distinguished guests. While Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal, presented the Annual Report of the Senior School, Mrs. Sujata Maleywar read out the Junior School Annual Report.
Conjuring up a musical spell, the Senior School Choir rendered the inspirational Maori Song 'Kia Hora Te Marino'and the famous English Song 'Rhythm Of Life' which motivated us to lead a life infused with passion and purpose. The soulful Sufi Number Chhaap Tilak composed by Amir Khusro expressed love and gratitude to the Almighty for all his bounties bestowed on us. Rejoicing and revelling in the hope of a new dawn, the Junior School regaled the audience with a Gujarati composition from the film Kai Po Che.
Presenting the Awards to the meritorious students from the Junior and Senior School for their excellence in Academic and Co-curricular Activities, the Chief Guest, Mr. Kapil Dev in his inimitable style complimented the staff and parents for "creating a wonderful environment" for the students to blossom and wished he had studied at Springdales. Mr. Kapil Dev was a wonderful Chief Guest, whose inspiration filtered down to the audience of all ages as he earnestly urged the parents to allow children to pursue their dreams. Acknowledging his long association with the school, Mr. Kapil Dev announced one year long scholarship for the Best Student in Sports.
The auditorium resonated with a thunderous applause as everyone rose to give a standing ovation to Mrs. Rajni Kumar, Chairperson, Springdales Education Society Founder Principal and Chairperson, for her relentless endeavours in shaping SPRINGDALES as an educational institution 'par excellence'.
Closing Ceremony of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Sirifort Auditorium was a witness to a spectacular and scintillating evening as Springdales Schools celebrated the Closing Ceremony of its Diamond Jubilee Year which was presided over by H.E. Ms. Harvinder Sidhu, High Commissioner, Australian High Commission, and Mr. S.Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India.
Welcoming the esteemed guests comprising erudite scholar, members of the Diplomatic Corps, parents, students and staff members Dr. Jyoti Bose, Director Springdales Schools affirmed that "the Epilogue was an evening of thanksgiving and a celebration of all that Springdales has stood for in the last sixty years."
Feeling immensely elated and proud on establishing Springdales as a school with an identity of its own-where new ideas germinate and grow, Mrs. Rajni Kumar, Chairperson, Springdales Education Society and Founder Principal, suggested that “her hopes lie in every student of the school”,who are the real “movers and shakers of the world. Taking the celebratory mood further, Mrs.Kumar felicitated all those, who with their collective wisdom, have helped in nurturing the ethos of Springdales.
Congratulating the school for completing 60 years of educational excellence, H.E. Ms. Sidhu lauded the efforts of the school in shaping the lives of thousands of children.
An audio visual presentation capturing the mesmerizing events that marked the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations enthralled the audience.
Weaving together the elements of Springdalian philosophy imparted through the six decades of the school, 600 students of the Dhaula Kuan branch cast a magical spell on the audience through their cultural extravaganza VASUDHAIV KUTUMBAKAM, which showcased how the Springdalians are intensely aware of the realities of the world around them-whether in the family, the Community, the Nation or the International scenario and have always stood up against injustices and inequities and offered hands of support in our hope of contributing to a world of peace and harmony.
The evening concluded with a soul stirring presentation Waqt ki Awaaz –An Appeal by the students of the Pusa Road branch which highlighted the importance of education in the development of an individual and thereby progress of a nation.
'Absolute Maxima'- An Inter-School Mathematics Contest
Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Honing the talent of the young learners as well as providing them with a suitable forum for a deeper comprehension of Mathematics, Pi Club of Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan organized Absolute Maxima, an Interschool Maths Contest on 5th November, 2016. Top 16 schools of Delhi participated in a myriad of events that included Battle of Wits- a Rubik Cube Relay and Puzzle round for class 6 -7, Mathematical Paradigm- a Model Making Competition for class 8 -9 and Mathematical Tripos- a Mathematical Symposium for class 10- 11.
Mr. P.K. Sharma ,Head of the Department, Mathematics welcomed the guests and the participating schools.
Presenting the prizes to the winners, one of the judges Mr. Praveen Gosain, Regional Director, Corning Tech. India highlighted the importance of value systems in today’s materialistic world and urged the students to follow their passions and dreams wholeheartedly.
Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj received the first prize in Battle of Wits, Springdales School, Dhaula kuan bagged the first prize in Mathematical Tripos as well as in Mathematical Paradigm. The Overall trophy for the best team was won by Springdales school, Dhaula Kuan but being the host school it did not compete for the trophy and it was handed over to the second best team Springdales School, Pusa Road.
Mrs. Ritu Madan, Head, Senior School, proposed the Vote of Thanks.
REPORT ON ANTI CRACKER CAMPAIGN
Friday, October 28th, 2016
In an endeavor to create awareness on the hazardous effects of crackers on our health and environment, the Interact Club of the school organized various activities ranging from article and slogan writing, poster making, class room discussions and Just A MINUTE competitions to express their views on how to make Diwali safer and Eco friendly.
An assembly was also organized to spread the message of safe and pollution free Diwali wherein the students were sensitized about the exploitation of young children working in the fire cracker industry. They were also briefed about the preventive measures to be undertaken to avoid untoward incidents of fire accidents as well as food adulteration. Students were also motivated to celebrate this festive season by sharing the joy with lesser privileged children of the society.
Celebrating Diwali with the community children of Shriram JJ cluster,the students shared sweets and made Rangoli with them; upholding the Springdalian ideal of "Living is Giving".
Collage depicting students posters and slogans for ANTI CRACKER CAMPAIGN
News Wiz Champions
Sunday, October 16th, 2016
In a nail biting finish of the National Wiz Quiz Grand Finale organized by the India Today Channel, hosted by Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai, Consulting Editor, India Today Group, Springdales, Dhaula Kuan emerged the Champions after a neck to neck contest with 27 All India Teams shortlisted by elimination rounds for 1000 school Teams from all over the country.
Students of Class XI, Navya Uberoi and Pranav Bhogal held the coveted News Wiz Trophy and with Keys to a Tata Tiago Car that each of them had won, in addition to a Scholarship worth Rs. 10 lakhs from the Lovely Professional University. Mr. Aroon Purie, Editor in Chief of India Today and Mr. Chetan Bhagat were the Celebrity News Guests for the Grand Finale.
The News Wiz Quiz was a unique one of its kind drawing upon current world and National Events in addition to the coverage by all media events. Kudos to Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai for being such an inspiring Quiz Master!
Congratulations to Springdales, Dhaula Kuan with this momentous achievement!
Valedictory Function of Literacy Week-2016
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Celebrating 28 glorious years of the Delhi Schools Literacy Project, The Valedictory Function of Literacy Week-2016 was held in the School, on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 9:30am in the Hall of Friendship and Peace. The festival is an endeavour to bring the school and community together, working collectively towards the goal of an inclusive, integrated and socially just society; with everyone enjoying equal rights and performing their social responsibilities.
Welcoming the guests, Principal, Dr. Jyoti Bose lauded the unabated efforts of the student volunteers and the schools in eradicating illiteracy. Giving away the Awards and Trophies to the schools for myriad activities including Poetry Recitation, Street Theatre and Poster Making that took place during the literacy week, the Chief Guest Ms Swati Maliwal, Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women, Govt of NCT of Delhi, in a fiery and passionate speech cited instances of crime against women rampant in the national capital and her aggressive crusade against this social evil. She,therefore, exhorted the citizens of tomorrow to 'Be the change you want to see'; urging them to be the agents of social revolution and fight for the rights of women.
At the presentation of awards, the M.P. Mathrani Trophy for excellence in the literacy Week in South-East zone went to Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan. In North-West zone the trophy was won by Springdales School, Pusa Road. The S.M. Arya Memorial trophy was awarded to Dev Samaj Modern School, Nehru Nagar .The Henry Selz Trophy for the maximum interaction between the school and the community was won by New Era Public School , Maya Puri. The Laxman Aggarwal Trophy for the best Street Theatre in North-West Zone was bagged by Mira Model School. Army Public School ,Dhaula Kuan won the H.L. Verma Memorial Trophy for the best Street Theatre in South East Zone. The Sri Ram Jolly Memorial Trophy for the Best Group Song went to S.S Mota Singh Senior Secondary School,Janak Puri. OSA Living Is Giving Trophy was awarded to Springdales School , Dhaula Kuan.
Mrs. Rajni Kumar, Honorary Advisor and Founder of Delhi School Literacy Project, thanked the member schools for their continuous support and deep involvement in uplifting the deprived sections of the society.
The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Honorary Secretary of DSLP, Mrs. P. Loomba.
Teachers' Day Celebrations
Monday, September 5th, 2016
The school auditorium was witness to a glittering and musical extravaganza as it organized a Cultural Evening on the occasion of Teachers Day.
Dr. Jyoti Bose ,Principal welcomed the guests that comprised members of the Management, veteran and current staff members,their spouses, members of Old Springdalian Association and other distinguished guests.
The auditorium reverberated with rhythm and melody as the staff members of both the Dhaula Kuan and Pusa Road units enthralled the gathering with a wide array of captivating performances.
In a moment of immense pride for the school, Mrs. Ritu Madan, Head Senior School was felicitated for receiving the prestigious State Teacher's Award 2016 for her outstanding contribution to the field of education.
Ms. Mala Gupta received the Pied Piper Teachers Award for her rich contribution towards the school and students.
The highlight of the evening was an enticing vocal recital by eminent vocalist Ms. Vidhi Sharma which left the audience spellbound.
In a jubilant mood, Mrs. Rajni Kumar, Former Principal and Chairperson, Springdales Education Society gave her greetings on this festive occasion.
Teachers' Day Morning Assembly
Monday, September 5th, 2016
The school organized a Special Assembly on 5th September to felicitate the teachers who work relentlessly to mould the personality of the future citizens. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Rev. Father Thomas Kunnunkal, Former Chairman CBSE.
In her address Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal, highlighted the crucial role played by the teachers in widening the horizon of the students.
The student pupil expressed their taken of gratitude to the teaching fraternity by presenting bouquets and cards to them.
School Birthday Celebrations
Thursday, September 1st, 2016
The school ushered in its 61st Birthday with a grand celebration. The spirit of faith and hope was reignited in the heart of one and all present as the atmosphere resonated with a promise of upholding the cherished ideals of brotherhood and inclusivity that the school stands for.
Welcoming an exuberant audience comprising of the Management, Staff, students, alumni, ex-teachers and founder members, Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal expressed her elation and pride over the fact that "the school stands proud and tall and is ranked amongst the top ten schools of the country."
In a unique tradition,the school choir sang the Birthday Song as the members of the management came together for the cake cutting ceremony.
This was followed by a captivating cultural amalgamation of music and dance. The choir resurrected the song composed on the occasion of the 1st Birthday of Springdales in 1956 and brought alive the memories of the bygone days. The energetic dancers of the school made the audience revel in the musical frenzy as they set the stage alive and presented a medley of songs old as well as new, spanning generations. The scintillating beats of the school orchestra filled the auditorium with rhythm and melody.
Giving her greetings on this momentous occasion Mrs. Rajni Kumar, Chairperson - Springdales Education Society and Founder Principal complimented the young Springdalians for their vibrant and mesmerising performances.
Independence Day Celebration
Friday, August 12th, 2016
The school celebrated the 70th milestone of Independent India with a meaningful cultural programme on Friday, 12th August, 2016 in the school Auditorium.
Unfurling the Tri colour, the Chief Guest Mr. S. Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, was overwhelmed to witness the spirit and essence of Nationalism profoundly portrayed through the cultural programme.
The Auditorium reverberated with the soulful rendition of patriotic songs and musical notes presented by the school choir and orchestra. The thought provoking articles and presentations projected the challenges faced by India at 70 and the proactive role to be played by the youth of the country .The finale "This land is your land" conjured up a vibrant panorama of diverse India.
Dr Jyoti Bose, Principal, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, advised the students to energise and unite in order to resolve the "unfinished agenda" of building a tolerant and peaceful nation.
Kusum Verma Memorial National Inter-School English Festival
Friday, July 29th, 2016
Celebrating the triumphant spirit and charismatic persona of Late Mrs. Kusum Verma, Head of the English Department, the School in collaboration with the Old Springdalian Association (OSA) hosted the 14th Kusum Verma Memorial National Inter-School English Festival.
This year the English Festival was a tribute to Shakespeare which included rendition of the Bard's soul stirring sonnets and also brought alive the turmoil of his magnificent characters through the presentation of soliloquies. An Experiential Theatre Workshop introduced the participants to the sublime art form of dramatic expression.
Welcoming the Guests to the Creative Fiesta Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal, Springdales School ,Dhaula Kuan eulogised the Bard for his universal appeal and remarked that his plays and sonnets portray the quintessential ebb and flow of life.
The first and the second position in the category of Sonnets were bagged by Bluebells International and Springdales School,Pusa Road whereas Springdales School ,Pusa Road and St.Thomas's received the First and Second prize for rendering Soliloquies. The proud recipient of the Overall Trophy was Springdales School,Pusa Road.
CONNECTIVITY, DIVERSITY, EMPOWERMENT AND PEACE OPEN DAY- 2016
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
In an endeavour to provide a landscape that mobilizes the full potential of our learners, emphasizing human connectivity and modifying their global visions, the school organized its annual Exhibition on Saturday, 23rd July, 2016 on the theme "Connectivity, Diversity, Empowerment and Peace."
The exhibition showcased the Holiday Homework of the students done during the summer vacations, their Research Projects and Science Models. PowerPoint presentations in each classroom elaborated upon the theme of the Class Boards and enabled our budding talents to find purpose and meaning in life so that they could connect to the community, nature and humanitarian values.
The highlight of the day was the various innovative scientific models presented by the Computer Club of the school which included Quadcopters, Agrivation which could be used for sprinkling pesticides on crops aerially and Quizine dedicated to quizzing.
Building bridges of understanding between the parents and the teachers, individual cards were handed out to all the parents; accentuating the personality traits of their wards.
Monday, July 18th, 2016
In a moment of immense honour and delight, Ms. Lorna D. Daniels, Political Counsellor, South African High Commission presided over as the Chief Guest at the Valedictory function of the Africa Week organized in the school on 18th July 2016. The Annual Event was a celebration of Dr. Nelson Mandela's service to humanity and witnessed the culmination of the Africa Week held from May 2nd, 2016 to May 6th , 2016 during which the students wrote slogans, essays, poems and articles on the theme From Diversity to Inclusivity in Africa.
Paying rich tributes to the icon of peace Principal Dr. Jyoti Bose urged the future citizens " to carry on the legacy of Dr.Mandela , to come together and realize his dream of building a unified sense of nationhood."
The School Choir spread the unmistakable flavours of the Rainbow Nation by rendering Pop Singer Brenda Fassie's popular number Memeza expressing agony of the victims of Apartheid and 'Malowe highlighting the beauty of South Africa. In an attempt to immortalize Madiba's extraordinary contribution to the cause of freedom and democracy the students presented articles and audio video presentations. In a befitting tribute to this meesenger of peace, the young dancers of the school cast a magical spell on the audience through the ethereal Peace Dance Performance and then transported them to the vibrant land of South Africa through their foot tapping on a popular song Pata Pata sung by the Grammy Award winning South African singer Miriam Makeba.
Lauding the efforts of the school in spreading the cherished ideals of Dr. Mandela, Ms. Lorna Daniels felt greatly touched as the School bid her a fond farewell for completing her successful tenure for 5 years in India and her strong association with the school.
Annual Inter House Choir Festival
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
In a scintillating morning of culturally diverse rhythms,600 budding singers and musicians came together to create magic in the school on the occasion of the Annual Inter- House Choir Festival held in "the Hall of Friendship and Peace"on May 11th,2016.
The Chief Guest for this glittering event was Ms Tulsi Kumar Ralhan, Singer, Director at T Series Stage Works, Academy of Film Music and Performing Arts. Mr Chayan Adhikari, Musician and Educator and Former Springdalian presided over the function.
Welcoming the guests to the musical extravaganza, Dr Jyoti Bose, Principal , acknowledged the universal appeal of music and took immense pride in the fact that Springdalians 'breathe and live music'
The graceful mudras of the Kathak Dancers transported the audience into an ethereal world. Transcending the barriers of time and space, the eight houses of the school mesmerised one and all with their soulful music as they sang an array of songs ranging from Punjabi to Maori to Italian. The heart-warming melodies resonated the myriad hues of human emotions.
Complementing the talented singers of the school for singing in diverse languages ,Ms Tulsi Kumar advised the students to follow their dreams with passion and 'enjoy whatever they do.' She rendered her popular number "Soch Na Sake'' from the movie Airlift which left the audience spellbound.
Unity House was awarded the First prize, Freedom House received the second prize followed by the Amity House. The Consolation Prize was bagged by Equality House. Aditya Mehguni and Swarnim Bahuguna shared the Trophy for the Best Soloist in the Male Category whereas Muskaan Anand received the prize for the Best Solo Performer in the Female category.
The DSLP Annual Award Giving Ceremony
Friday, April 29th, 2016
Commemorating the relentless efforts and deep commitment of the student community to uphold the beacon of literacy, The Delhi School Literacy Project celebrated its 28th Anniversary of Annual Award giving ceremony on 29th April 2016 in the school premises.
Welcoming the guests on a festive morning of celebration Dr. Jyoti Bose, Principal, applauded the "united strength and involvement" of the schools of Delhi that are part of this noble project.
Presenting the Awards and Certificates to the participating schools, the Chief Guest Mrs Rina Ray, IAS, Additional Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development praised the "incredible feat" of the students to eradicate illiteracy and also motivated them to develop the habit of reading.
Bhatnagar International School, Vasant Kunj bagged the Sufia Ajmali Trophy for making the largest number of literates. Henry Selz Foundation Trophy for the school making the second largest literates was won by Springdales School, Pusa Road. The M.L. Kapoor Memorial Trophy for Excellence in the field of Literacy goes to Manav Sthali School ,New Rajinder Nagar. The UNICEF trophy for the school showing maximum participation was won by Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan. The proud recipient of Baldev and Kamala Bhatia Memorial Trophy was GTB 3RD Centenary School, Mansarovar Garden. The Rotary Club Trophy donated by Rotary Club Chanakya Puri for the Best All Round Performance went to New Era Public School , Maya Puri. The Satpal Singh Memorial Trophy for new innovative methodologies was awarded to Laxman Public School. The M.L. Kapoor Memorial Trophy for excellence in the field of Literacy goes to Geetanshu Handa of Manav Sthali School, New Rajinder Nagar for making 101 learners literate.
Presenting the Annual Report, the Honarary Advisor to the DSLP and Chairperson, Springdales Education Society, Mrs. Rajni Kumar complimented the student volunteers for their passion, fervour and dedication towards the national cause by working consistently in their mission to help eradicate illiteracy.
Mrs. P. Loomba, Honorary Secretary, DSLP who has been working tirelessly in monitoring and guiding the project proposed the Vote of Thanks.
50th Gowardhandass Memorial National Level Declamation Contest
Friday, April 22nd, 2016
The school pulsated with fresh perspectives and thought provoking ideas as young minds from across the country reflected on current global and national issues of concern on the occasion of 50thGowardhandass Memorial National Level Declamation Contest held on April 22nd, 2016 commemorating the Diamond Jubilee Year.
The soul stirring session was Chaired by Prof. Vaiju Naravane, Professor of Journalism & Media Studies, Ashoka University and judged by an esteemed panel of judges including Mr. Maroof Raza, Consultant and Strategic Affairs Expert, Ms. Anuradha Sen, Director, Curriculum and Teacher Empowerment, Shiv Nadar Schools and Dr. Priti S. Dhawan, Associate Professor, Lady Shri Ram College.
Dr. Jyoti Bose, Director, Springdales Schools and Principal, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan welcomed the august gathering
The spark of ignited minds brought a new ray of hope and positivity for a better, brighter and beautiful tomorrow as the future citizens articulated their views on a wide array of topics spanning from politics, media sensationalism, refugee crisis, sedition laws to self-awareness and human values.
Congratulating the participants on their fantastic performance, Prof. Vaiju Naravane, in her remarks highlighted that effective public speaking is not merely about rhetoric but also about establishing a connect with the audience and getting them to listen.
The proud recipient of the Overall Trophy was Padma Seshadri Senior Secondary School, Nungambakkam, Chennai while Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hisar received the Runners-up Trophy. Ratnabh Mukerjei from Springdales School, Pusa Road was adjudged the Best Speaker.
The Nonagenerian Concert
Saturday, March 5th, 2016
The spirit of festivity & jubilation of the Diamond Jubilee Year continued as the school organised "The Nonagenarian Concert" to celebrate the Birthday of the living legend Mrs. Rajni Kumar, Chairperson, Springdales Education Society, as she turned 93 years young on 5th March 2016.
It couldn't have been a better start of the day for her than the children in colourful party attires lined up for the Guard of Honour & being presented with handmade cards, flowers & home baked cakes. This was followed by the cake cutting ceremony in the auditorium.
In an endeavour to show their love, affection & fondness & make her feel special on her birthday the students presented a cultural programme. The grace & elan of the Senior School girls enthralled and all by dance reflecting the ethos of International Peace & brotherhood, the cherished ideal of Mrs. Rajni Kumar. The students took their very own Nani Kumar down the memory lane through the enactment of an incident from her life. The heart touching presentation by the Junior School students was a tribute to the multifaceted & dynamic personality of Mrs. Kumar. The Springdalian Queen of Hearts tapped her foot and danced to the tunes of her all-time favorite 'Que Sera Sera' rendered by the senior school choir. The lively dance performances by the junior and senior school students mesmerised the audience.
The highlight of the event was a movie that paid tribute to world's renowned Nonagenarians and to Mrs. Rajni Kumar.
Deeply overwhelmed by the colourful & captivating cultural programme, Mrs. Kumar expressed her elation at the wonderful performances put up by the students and offered her heart felt gratitude to each one of them.
Environment Festival "Hamara Paryavaran"
Friday, February 26th, 2016
The Springdales Education Society as a part of its Diamond Jubilee Celebration organized a Two day Environment Festival "Hamara Paryavaran", at its Environment and Work Experience Farm on the 26th and 27th of February 2016.
Our school has been running an active Environment Project for the last 40 years, wherein junior and middle School students regularly visit the farm to learn about the importance of our Environment and be a part of the Natural surroundings. Students at an early age are introduced to Farming methodologies and their importance. It helps create a Social Consciousness, Dignity of labor and respect for nature. The Festival aimed at showcasing the 'Hands on Programme' for the students of the Junior and Middle School students.
The two day event included, Awareness, provided by organizations connected to Environment and renewable resources, like "Save the Tiger", "Teri", The Go Green – Solar Energy and LED Lighting plan along with Science models prepared by the students. Action, which consisted of presentations by the students of Std. IV and V based on themes like Plastic My Friend, but Natures Enemy, The Importance of the 3 R S, A Day in the life of a farmer, Stop being a Litter Bug and Conservation in our Daily lives. Adventure which included activities related to a Healthy life style. Art, in which students participated in Environment Workshops and created artifacts out of waste material. Senior students exhibited Science models including mini air-conditioners and water purifying equipment.
The Festival was inaugurated by Chief Guest Mrs. Sheila Dikshit who appreciated the work of the students and referred to Springdales as a Unique School which went beyond the teaching in the Classroom. The guests included parents and Old Springdalians, who had participated in similar activities, during their years at School.
The Guest of Honour was Mrs. Lata Vaidyanathan who spoke of how children must keep their hearts clean and aim to better Human Beings. The Pioneer of the Environment Movement Mrs. Rajni Kumar spoke of how Springdalians through the years have pioneered the Movement to protect and preserve our Environment.
ANNUAL DAY AND PRIZE GIVING FUNCTION
Thursday, February 18th, 2016
At an enthralling function, the school, celebrated the Junior Annual Day and Prize Giving Ceremony on Thursday,18th February,2016 . Mr. Sergey V. Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation was the Guest of Honour.
Dr.Jyoti Bose, Principal extended a warm welcome to all the guests and Mrs. Sujata Maleyvar, Headmistress Junior School presented the Annual Report.
Spreading the universal message of peace, love friendship and harmon , which are a part of Springdalian ethos all through its journey of sixty years, the students presentation entitled "TOGETHER WE CAN ,TOGETHER WE WILL" was a spectacular fusion of dance, drama and symphony. The Junior School Choir celebrated the indomitable strength of womanhood and new beginnings with a varied rendition of songs ranging from English to Spanish to Gujarati.
Presenting the prizes to the meritorious students, Mr. Sergey V. Karmalito appreciated the endeavours of the school
The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Mrs. P. Loomba, Manager of the School.
Giving her greetings, Mrs.Rajni Kumar , Founder Principal and Chairperson Springdales Education Society applauded the efforts of the students for their meaningful performances.
THE FAREWELL AND CITATION CEREMONY
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
The School gave a fond farewell to the outgoing batch of 2016 on 13th Feb, 2016 in the presence of their proud parents, members of the Management Board and distinguished guests. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Prof. Shiv Visvanathan Vice Dean and Executive Director, Centre for the Study of Science, Society and Sustainability, O.P. Jindal Global University
In her welcome address Principal Dr. Jyoti Bose advised the students to work with compassion, empathy and commitment. She inspired them by saying that opportunity was knocking at their door and that they must be responsible for the choices they make. "There is a hero in each of you and your character becomes your destiny" she said.
In his eloquent speech on this solemn occasion, Prof. Shiv Visvanathan mentioned that competence alone cannot get one very far and dissenters unlike conformists will make the future. He motivated them to use their courage to build a new nation of peace and challenged them to alter the India of tomorrow by being "collectively brilliant" rather than "individually brilliant".
The school choir encouraged the students to embark upon their new life changing journey with confidence and courage through their musical rendition.
Giving her greetings, Mrs. Rajni Kumar Founder Principal and Chairperson, Springdales Education Society advised the students to work for the betterment of the world expressing that life is the most precious thing and it must be lived well in the service of humanity.
This was followed by the ceremonial lighting of the lamp for each student symbolising that he or she is setting forth on the road to the future with the blessings of the teachers and Principal. It was accompanied by the citations read out by the Principal for each one highlighting their achievements in various fields and their contribution to school life. The students' and parents' representatives too paid tributes to the school by sharing their thoughts and experiences. While placing their lamps around the globe epitomizing the school motto Vasudhev Kutumbkam-the world is a family, the students pledged to work with commitment towards making the world a better and happier place. They were then inducted to the Old Springdalians Association emphasising the beginning of a new chapter in deepening their bonds with the school.
Proposing the vote of thanks on behalf of the management, Dr. Kiran Datar, Chairperson, Managing Board reminded the students that in this changing world the values that this institution had given them will stand them in good stead in the future.
The function concluded in true Springdalian tradition with all linking arms with one another and singing the time honoured Scottish ditty 'Auld Lang Syne'
International Children's Festival
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
At a mesmerizing function "International Children's Festival" celebrating the cultures of the world, the Ambassador of Palestine H.E. Mr. Adnan Abu Alhaijaa presided as Guest of Honour.
In her welcome, Principal Dr. Jyoti Bose emphasized the need to develop the mutuality of existence between different cultures and religions of the world.
Held since 1989, this occasion pays tribute to Shri Yudister Kumar, the architect of Springdalian education whose cherished goal was the friendship and mutual understanding between children of the world. To this day, Springdales has truly lived its school motto "Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam" and the evening showcased the foreign students of the school from Japan, Sudan, South Africa, Australia, Russia and Palestine. Students from the Russian Embassy School, Turkish School and Springdalians presented foot tapping dances and songs.
Presiding as Special guests were Mr. Sergey V. Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Ms. Alejandra Garcia Fuertes, Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of Spain, Ms. Lorna Daniels, Counsellor (Political), South African High Commission and Mrs. Daniela Dobre, First Counsellor, Embassy of Romania who later presented mementos to all participants.
H.E. Mr. Adnan Abu Alhaijaa, Ambassador of the State of Palestine congratulated the school for completing 60 glorious years of excellence in the field of education and Founder Principal Mrs. Rajni Kumar in her vote of thanks reiterated the need for children to be educated to appreciate the diversity of the human race and work in their own small ways towards world peace.
December 23, 2015
In an endeavour to celebrate the spirit of festivity,friendship and happiness associated with Christmas, the school organised a Christmas Concert in the auditorium. The celebration began with the school choir spreading the message of love and peace through the rendition of 'Hark the Herald Angels ' and 'O Holy Night'.
1. Dhaula Kuan – Dhaula Kuan is a major intersection of roads in Delhi, India. The name also now refers to the surrounding the intersection. Five major thoroughfares in Delhi meet at Dhaula Kuan, passing through the intersection are the Ring Road and National Highway 8, which feed traffic around Delhi and from Central Delhi to Gurgaon, and points south and southwest, respectively. National Highway 8 is also the route of traffic from Delhi to Delhi Airport. A major infrastructure project during the 1990s and early 2000s led to the construction of an interchange that eliminated stop lights. In addition to being a road hub, Dhaula Kuan is also a primary stop on the Delhi Ring Railway and is the location of a Delhi Metro stop on the Connaught Place - Airport line. Currently, Dhaula Kuan serves as an exchange point for multimodal travellers. The name Dhaula Kuan, means white well when translated to English from Hindi, and refers to an ancient water well in the area that has white-colored sand. Shah Alam II is said to have been fond of excursions across his limited domain, from the Red Fort to the Palam area, leading to the verse, Sultanat-e-Shah-e-Alam. Dhaula Kuan is located along route in the Jheel Park complex. This is to be satisfy Dhaula Kuan has now come to refer to the neighbourhood that surrounds. The latter includes both small scale industry and restaurants, major institutions and points of interest in the neighbourhood include, The South Campus of the University of Delhi, including the Sri Venkateswara College and the Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College. Springdales School Dhaula Kuan Metro Station is located on the Delhi Airport Express Line of the Delhi Metro and this station is the only elevated one along the Airport Express Line and features check-in facilities. This station has opened for public for the first time on Independence Day, Monday 15.08.2011
2. New Delhi – New Delhi is the capital of India and one of Delhi citys 11 districts. The National Capital Region is a larger entity comprising the entire National Capital Territory along with adjoining districts. The foundation stone of the city was laid by George V and it was designed by British architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. The new capital was inaugurated on 13 February 1931, by Viceroy, New Delhi has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under Prime Minister of India Narendra Modis flagship Smart Cities Mission. Calcutta was the capital of India during the British Raj until December 1911, Delhi had served as the political and financial centre of several empires of ancient India and the Delhi Sultanate, most notably of the Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857. During the early 1900s, a proposal was made to the British administration to shift the capital of the British Indian Empire, as India was officially named, from Calcutta on the east coast, to Delhi. The Government of British India felt that it would be easier to administer India from Delhi in the centre of northern India. The land for building the new city of Delhi was acquired under the Land Acquisition Act 1894. The foundation stone of New Delhi was laid by King George V and Queen Mary at the site of Delhi Durbar of 1911 at Kingsway Camp on 15 December 1911, during their imperial visit. Large parts of New Delhi were planned by Edwin Lutyens, who first visited Delhi in 1912, the contract was given to Sobha Singh. The original plan called for its construction in Tughlaqabad, inside the Tughlaqabad fort, construction really began after World War I and was completed by 1931. The city that was later dubbed Lutyens Delhi was inaugurated in ceremonies beginning on 10 February 1931 by Lord Irwin, Lutyens designed the central administrative area of the city as a testament to Britains imperial aspirations. Soon Lutyens started considering other places, however, it was rejected by the Viceroy when the cost of acquiring the necessary properties was found to be too high. The central axis of New Delhi, which faces east at India Gate, was previously meant to be a north-south axis linking the Viceroys House at one end with Paharganj at the other. During the projects early years, many believed it was a gate from Earth to Heaven itself. Eventually, owing to space constraints and the presence of a number of heritage sites in the North side. A site atop the Raisina Hill, formerly Raisina Village, a Meo village, was chosen for the Rashtrapati Bhawan, then known as the Viceroys House. The reason for this choice was that the hill lay directly opposite the Dinapanah citadel, which was considered the site of Indraprastha
3. India – India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country, and it is bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast. It shares land borders with Pakistan to the west, China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast, in the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Indias Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a border with Thailand. The Indian subcontinent was home to the urban Indus Valley Civilisation of the 3rd millennium BCE, in the following millennium, the oldest scriptures associated with Hinduism began to be composed. Social stratification, based on caste, emerged in the first millennium BCE, early political consolidations took place under the Maurya and Gupta empires, the later peninsular Middle Kingdoms influenced cultures as far as southeast Asia. In the medieval era, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived, much of the north fell to the Delhi sultanate, the south was united under the Vijayanagara Empire. The economy expanded in the 17th century in the Mughal empire, in the mid-18th century, the subcontinent came under British East India Company rule, and in the mid-19th under British crown rule. A nationalist movement emerged in the late 19th century, which later, under Mahatma Gandhi, was noted for nonviolent resistance, in 2015, the Indian economy was the worlds seventh largest by nominal GDP and third largest by purchasing power parity. Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the major economies and is considered a newly industrialised country. However, it continues to face the challenges of poverty, corruption, malnutrition, a nuclear weapons state and regional power, it has the third largest standing army in the world and ranks sixth in military expenditure among nations. India is a constitutional republic governed under a parliamentary system. It is a pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society and is home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats. The name India is derived from Indus, which originates from the Old Persian word Hindu, the latter term stems from the Sanskrit word Sindhu, which was the historical local appellation for the Indus River. The ancient Greeks referred to the Indians as Indoi, which translates as The people of the Indus, the geographical term Bharat, which is recognised by the Constitution of India as an official name for the country, is used by many Indian languages in its variations. Scholars believe it to be named after the Vedic tribe of Bharatas in the second millennium B. C. E and it is also traditionally associated with the rule of the legendary emperor Bharata. Gaṇarājya is the Sanskrit/Hindi term for republic dating back to the ancient times, hindustan is a Persian name for India dating back to the 3rd century B. C. E. It was introduced into India by the Mughals and widely used since then and its meaning varied, referring to a region that encompassed northern India and Pakistan or India in its entirety
4. Central Board of Secondary Education – The Central Board of Secondary Education is a Board of Education for public and private schools, under the Union Government of India. Central Board of Secondary Education has asked all schools affiliated to follow only NCERT curriculum, the first education board to be set up in India was the Uttar Pradesh Board of High School and Intermediate Education in 1921, which was under jurisdiction of Rajputana, Central India and Gwalior. In 1929, the government of India set up a joint Board named Board of High School and Intermediate Education and this included Ajmer, Merwara, Central India and Gwalior. Later it was confined to Ajmer, Bhopal and Vindhya Pradesh, in 1952, it became the Central Board of Secondary Education. CBSE affiliates all Kendriya Vidyalayas, all Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, private schools, Jain International Residential School, Bangalore Jain Heritage School, Bangalore CBSE conducts the final examinations for Class 10 and Class 12 every year in the month of March. The results are announced by the end of May, the board earlier conducted the AIEEE Examination for admission to undergraduate courses in engineering and architecture in colleges across India. However the AIEEE exam was merged with the IIT-Joint Entrance Exam in 2013, the common examination is now called JEE. CBSE also conducts AIPMT for admission to medical colleges in India. In 2014, the conduct of the National Eligibility Test for grant of junior research fellowship, apart from these tests, CBSE also conducts the central teachers eligibility test and the Class X optional proficiency test. With the addition of NET in 2014, the CBSE has become the largest exam conducting body in the world
5. State school – State schools generally refer to primary or secondary schools mandated for or offered to all children without charge, funded in whole or in part by taxation. The term may refer to public institutions of post-secondary education. State education is inclusive, both in its treatment of students and in that enfranchisement for the government of public education is as broad as for government generally and it is often organized and operated to be a deliberate model of the civil community in which it functions. Although typically provided to groups of students in classrooms in a school, it may be provided in-home, employing visiting teachers. It can also be provided in non-school, non-home settings, such as shopping mall space, State education is generally available to all. In most countries, it is compulsory for children to school up to a certain age. In the case of private schooling, schools operate independently of the state, the funding for state schools, on the other hand, is provided by tax revenues, so that even individuals who do not attend school help to ensure that society is educated. In poverty stricken societies, authorities are often lax on compulsory school attendance because child labour is exploited and it is these same children whose income-securing labor cannot be forfeited to allow for school attendance. The term public education when applied to schools is not synonymous with the term publicly funded education. Government may make a policy decision that it wants to have some financial resources distributed in support of, and it may want to have some control over. Grants-in-aid of private schools and vouchers systems provide examples of publicly funded private education, conversely, a state school may rely heavily on private funding such as high fees or private donations and still be considered state by virtue of governmental ownership and control. In some countries, private associations or churches can operate schools according to their own principles, when these specific requirements are met, especially in the area of the school curriculum, the schools will qualify to receive state funding. Proponents of state education assert it to be necessary because of the need in society for people who are capable of reading, writing. In most industrialized countries, these views are distinctly in the minority, Government schools are free to attend for Australian citizens and permanent residents, whereas independent schools usually charge attendance fees. They can be divided into two categories, open and selective schools, the open schools accept all students from their government-defined catchment areas. Government schools educate approximately 65% of Australian students, with approximately 34% in Catholic, regardless of whether a school is part of the Government or independent systems, they are required to adhere to the same curriculum frameworks of their state or territory. The curriculum framework however provides for flexibility in the syllabus. Public or Government funded schools are found throughout Bangladesh and these schools mostly teach students from Year 1 to 10, with examinations for students in years 5,8, and 10
6. Delhi – Delhi, officially the National Capital Territory of Delhi or NCT, is a city and a union territory of India. It is bordered by Haryana on three sides and by Uttar Pradesh to the east, the NCT covers an area of 1,484 square kilometres. According to 2011 census, Delhis city population was about 11 million, Delhis urban area is now considered to extend beyond the NCT boundary to include an estimated population of over 26 million people making it the worlds second largest urban area. As of 2016 recent estimates of the economy of its urban area have ranked Delhi either the top or second most productive metro area of India. Delhi is the second wealthiest city after Mumbai in India, with a wealth of $450 billion. Delhi has been inhabited since the 6th century BC. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and it has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and modern Delhi is a cluster of a number of cities spread across the metropolitan region. New Delhi is jointly administered by the government of India and the local government of Delhi. Delhi is also the centre of the National Capital Region, which is a unique interstate regional planning area created by the National Capital Region Planning Board Act of 1985, Delhi ranks among the cities with the worst air pollution in the world. There are a number of myths and legends associated with the origin of the name Delhi, one of them is derived from Dhillu or Dilu, a king who built a city at this location in 50 BC and named it after himself. The coins in circulation in the region under the Tomaras were called dehliwal, according to the Bhavishya Purana, King Prithiviraja of Indraprastha built a new fort in the modern-day Purana Qila area for the convenience of all four castes in his kingdom. He ordered the construction of a gateway to the fort and later named the fort dehali, another theory suggests that the citys original name was Dhillika. The people of Delhi are referred to as Delhiites or Dilliwalas, the city is referenced in various idioms of the Northern Indo-Aryan languages. Dilli dilwalon ka shehr or Dilli Dilwalon ki meaning Delhi belongs to the large-hearted/daring, aas-paas barse, Dilli pani tarse, literally meaning it pours all around, while Delhi lies parched. An allusion to the sometimes semi-arid climate of Delhi, it refers to situations of deprivation when one is surrounded by plenty. The area around Delhi was probably inhabited before the second millennium BC, the city is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of the Pandavas in the Indian epic Mahabharata. According to Mahabharata, this land was initially a huge mass of forests called Khandavaprastha which was burnt down to build the city of Indraprastha, the earliest architectural relics date back to the Maurya period, in 1966, an inscription of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka was discovered near Srinivaspuri. Remains of eight cities have been discovered in Delhi
7. Indian Army – The Indian Army is the land-based branch and the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India serves as the Supreme Commander of the Indian Army, and it is commanded by the Chief of Army Staff, two officers have been conferred with the rank of field marshal, a five-star rank, which is a ceremonial position of great honour. It conducts humanitarian rescue operations during calamities and other disturbances, like Operation Surya Hope. It is a component of national power alongside the Indian Navy. The army has been involved in four wars with neighbouring Pakistan, other major operations undertaken by the army include Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot and Operation Cactus. The Indian Army has a system, but is operationally and geographically divided into seven commands. It is a force and comprises more than 80% of the countrys active defence personnel. It is the 2nd largest standing army in the world, with 1,200,255 active troops and 990,960 reserve troops, a Military Department was created within the Government of the East India Company at Kolkata in the year 1776. Its main function was to sift and record orders relating to the Army that were issued by various Departments of the East India Company for the territories under its control. With the Charter Act of 1833, the Secretariat of the Government of the East India Company was reorganised into four Departments, including a Military Department. The army in the Presidencies of Bengal, Bombay & Madras functioned as respective Presidency Army until April 1895, for administrative convenience, it was divided into four commands at that point of time, namely Punjab, Bengal, Madras and Bombay. The British Indian Army was a force for the primacy of the British Empire both in India and across the world. In the 20th century, the Indian Army was an adjunct to the British forces in both the world wars. 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War I for the Allies, in 1915 there was a mutiny by Indian soldiers in Singapore. After the United Kingdom made promises of self-governance to the Indian National Congress in return for its support, Britain reneged on its promises after the war, following which the Indian Independence movement gained strength. Indian officers given a Kings commission after passing out were posted to one of the eight selected for Indianisation. In World War II Indian soldiers fought for the Allies, in 1939, British officials had no plan for expansion and training of Indian forces, which comprised about 130,000 men. Their mission was internal security and defence against a possible Soviet threat through Afghanistan, as the war progressed, the size and role of the Indian Army expanded dramatically, and troops were sent to battle fronts as soon as possible
8. Ritu Beri – Ritu Beri is a New Delhi based international fashion designer. Ritu Beris name is synonymous with the globalization of Indias fashion industry. She learned the Art of Fashion at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, a Protégé of Francois Lesage, the famous French embroiderer, Beri launched her label in India in December 1990. She was the First Asian Designer to head a French fashion brand, Jean-Louis Scherrer, recently, she launched The Luxury League, a not-for-profit organisation, to promote creativity & innovation in the luxury industry of India. Ritu Beri was recently appointed Advisor to Khadi & Village Industries Commission and she is also associated with USTTAD launched by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs in 2015. Ritu Beri comes from an Army background and her father, Col. Balbir Singh Beri, belonged to the elite regt. of the Indian Army ‘THE BRIGADE OF THE GUARDS’, he was commissioned into 3 GUARDS and he was an adjutant at IMA, Dehradun. Her mother, Indu Beri, is an entrepreneur & her Brother, the designer, in 2004, married Bobby Chadha, who is a pioneer in Corporate Aviation in India. The couple have a daughter, Gia, born in August 2007, Ritu Beri did her schooling from Many Schools all over India due to her fathers army background. She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College after which she went on to study fashion at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, the designer is amongst the first batch of NIFT which included only 25 students. Her final collection at NIFT was titled ‘Maharanis of India’, back then fashion was not considered a serious business - it was a plaything for a small elite. It was then that I first understood where I was heading…To be a fashion designer, Ritu Beri launched her label, Lavanya, in December 1990. In 1992, Liberty, London, bought a huge consignment, in 1997, she created Ritu Beri Fashion Fraternity, as a stepping stone for young designers wanting to launch their brands. And this was Indias First Fashion Week, in 1997, Ritu Beri also became the First Indian Designer to be featured in PROMOSTYLs Acuastyl, a prestigious magazine which forecasts fashion trends worldwide. In August 2000, Ritu Beri flagged off the first Lakme India Fashion Week, Ritu Beri was the first Indian designer to present a Couture show in Paris, where she successfully launched her first luxe collection in 1998. Her success led her to be named by The Time magazine as the person to watch in international business. Suzy Menkes, the editor of the international Herald Tribune quoted, Ritu Beri from Delhi gave a lesson in high fashion aesthetics. Newsweek quoted, By Blending Indian & Western Styles, designer Ritu Beri is fashioning her own successful International Brand, Francois Lesage, the world’s most famous embroiderer was Ritu Beri’s mentor, guide & philosopher. ‘He gave me the confidence to never give up hope but to go after my dreams, in 2000, Ritu Beri was the first Asian Designer to head a French Fashion House, Jean Louis Scherrer, to design their pret-a-porter collections
9. Chetan Bhagat – Chetan Bhagat is an Indian author, columnist, screenwriter, television personality and motivational speaker, known for his English-language dramedy novels about young urban middle-class Indians. A noted public figure, Bhagat also writes for columns about youth, career development and current affairs for The Times of India, bhagats novels have sold over seven million copies. In 2008, The New York Times cited Bhagat as the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history, bhagats screenwriting efforts have included the dramedies Kai Po Che. 2 States and the action-superhero movie Kick and he won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Kai Po Che. at the 59th Filmfare Awards in January 2014. Bhagat was born in New Delhi, India and his father was an army officer and his mother was a government employee in the agricultural department. His younger brother, Ketan Bhagat, is also a novelist and he completed his school career from The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan in Delhi. He received his degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 1995. Bhagat recounted in an interview with Newslaundry that he applied thereafter to the investment banking company Goldman Sachs and he has been married to Anusha Suryanarayanan since 1998, who hails from Tamil Nadu and who was his classmate at IIM Ahmedabad. In 2008, The New York Times cited Bhagat as the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history, time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Bhagat voices his opinion frequently at leading events and he quit his investment banking career in 2009, to focus on writing. He debuted as a writer with the 2014 film Kick. Bhagat has columns in The Times of India and Hindustan Times and he was a judge on the Voice of India Star Anchor Hunt. Chetan Bhagat also hosts 7 RCR on ABP news, which began airing 11 January 2014, the show features a series of biographies of Indias prime ministerial candidates. Bhagat was interviewed on Comedy Nights with Kapil, a movie based on his novel Half girlfriend with the same title, is scheduled to release on 19 May 2017. He was the judge of the reality show Nach Baliye. He was featured in Forbes India magazine as top celebrities of India in 2016 and he was listed at 40th out of 100
10. Mini Menon – Mini Menon is an Indian journalist who focuses on political, economic and business news. She is currently Co-Founder and Editor at Indy Network and was formerly the Executive Editor of Bloomberg TV India, where she was in charge of news and features shows. Mini has won awards for her work as an anchor and journalist and In 2013 she was adjudged as one of the 10 most influential women in Indian Marketing, Advertising. She is called a face on Indian news television by The Times of India. Mini was born in Jammu in a Malayali family from Kerala and her early years were spent across India as her father where was posted in different parts of the country. Mini participated in and won the Femina Miss India Asia Pacific title after her second year in college in 1996, Mini graduated from St Stephen’s College, Delhi with a degree in History. She went on to do her Masters in Communication Research in the University of Pune, in 2001, she won the Chevening scholarship and went to study Broadcast journalism in UK. As co-founder and editor of Indy Network, Mini Menon will drive the content, over the last 16 years, Mini has covered both political and business news. Menon first started working at TVi and moved on to Star TV Network and she was the news anchor for Goodlife on CNBC TV18 in 2004. At Bloomberg TV India, Mini did a series, Inside Indias Best Known Companies. She also led feature programming and had been responsible for creating cutting edge shows like The Pitch and Assignment, in 2013, Minis book - Riding The Wave - on seven of Indias leading businessmen was published by HarperCollins
11. Femina Miss India – Miss India or Femina Miss India is a national beauty pageant in India that annually selects representatives to compete in Miss World. It is organised by Femina, a magazine published by The Times Group. The reigning Femina Miss India titleholder is Priyadarshini Chatterjee who was crowned by the outgoing Miss India Aditi Arya, the first Miss India was Pramila, from Calcutta, who won in 1947. It was organised by the local press, in 1952, two Miss India pageants were held, Indrani Rehman and Nutan were the winners of the pageant. Nutan was crowned as Miss Mussorie, the pageant was held by the local press. Indrani Rehman was crowned at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in the month of April,1952. Indrani later represented India at Miss Universe 1952, the edition of Miss Universe pageant. In 1953, Peace Kanwal from Punjab was crowned Miss India 1953 at KARDAR-KOLYNOS Pageant, the pageant was organised by Abdur Rashid Kardar. She later established herself as a Bollywood actress, in 1954, Leela Naidu from Maharashtra was declared Miss India, and the same year was featured in Vogue magazines list of the worlds ten most beautiful women. There was no Miss India pageant from 1955 to 1958, in 1959, Eves Weekly organised its very first Miss India contest called Eves Weekly Miss India to send Indias representatives to the Miss World pageant. Fleur Ezekiel was crowned the eventual winner and she represented India at Miss World 1959 held in London, United Kingdom. The first ever Femina Miss India pageant was held in year 1964, meher Castelino Mistri of Maharashtra was crowned the first ever Femina Miss India. She was chosen to represent India at Miss Universe 1964 held in the United States, reita Faria was the first Miss India ever to win any international beauty pageant. She was crowned Miss World 1966 in London, United Kingdom and she was the winner of Eves Weekly Miss India contest. The same year Femina Miss India winner Yasmin Daji represented India at Miss Universe 1966 and was crowned 3rd Runner Up at the event and she was the first ever Femina Miss India Winner to get placed at any international beauty pageant. Later the second runner up represents India at Miss Teenage Intercontinental, on some occasions the 2nd Runner up or a finalist was sent to Queen of Pacific pageant from 1969 to 1975. Zeenat Aman was the first ever Femina Miss India titleholder to win an international pageant and she was crowned Femina Miss India Asia Pacific and went on to win Miss Asia Pacific 1970 held in Philippines. In 2002, the winner was designated to Miss Earth instead of Miss Asia Pacific. In 2010, Tantra Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. in partnership with Sushmita Sen, the winner of this pageant participated in the Miss Universe pageant from 2010 to 2012
12. Sunil Chettri – Sunil Chhetri is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Indian club Bengaluru FC and the Indian national team. He is both the player, and all-time top goalscorer for the India national team, with 53 goals in 93 appearances. He was also the captain of the team from 2011 till 2016. Chhetri began his career at Mohun Bagan in 2002. He then moved to JCT where he scored 21 goals in 48 games and he signed for the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer in 2010, becoming the third player from the subcontinent of note to go abroad. However, that stint in the United States did not last long and soon he was back in Indias I-League where he played for Chirag United and this time he was signed by Sporting Clube de Portugal of the Primeira Liga where he played for the clubs reserve side. It was with the team that Chhetri gained fame and made a name for himself. He helped India win the 2007 Nehru Cup,2009 Nehru Cup and he was also one of Indias best players during the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup in which India won the tournament and thus qualified for their first AFC Asian Cup in 27 years. He then led India in scoring during their campaign at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup with two goals. Chhetri has also been named AIFF Player of the Year four times in 2007,2011,2013 and 2014. Sunil Chhetri was born on 3 August 1984, to KB Chhetri, an officer retired from the EME Corps of the Indian Army and his father played for the Indian Armys team while his mother and her twin sisters played for the Nepal womens national team. Chhetri started playing football from a young age taking part in various tournaments, Chhetri began his career with Mohun Bagan of the National Football League after playing with City FC of New Delhi. After his first season with the club, the 2002–03 season, the next season, Chhetri scored only two goals. The first came against Sporting Goa while the second came against Indian Bank as Mohun Bagan once again finished in the half of the table. Chhetri then once again scored two goals during the 2004–05 season, this time Mohun Bagan finished eighth in the league. In 2005, Chhetri signed for JCT for the 2005–06 season, during that season, Chhetri scored three goals. He scored twice against Salgaocar before the third came against Sporting Goa, meanwhile, in the Santosh Trophy, Chhetri scored two hat-tricks for Delhi in the group stages of the 61st Santosh Trophy against both Orissa and Railways. However, despite Chhetris best efforts, Delhi were eliminated in the final round after losing 1–0 to Tamil Nadu in extra time
13. Robin K. Dhowan – Admiral Rabinder Robin Kumar Dhowan PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC was the 22nd Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. He assumed office on 17 April 2014, succeeding Admiral D. K. Joshi and he previously served as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff from August 2011 to April 2014. Admiral Dhowan was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 1 January 1975 after graduating from the National Defence Academy and he was honoured with a telescope for being the Best Cadet, and was later awarded the Sword of Honour on completion of his midshipman training. He is a Navigation and Direction specialist, and during his career he has commanded the missile corvette INS Khukri and he also served as the Chief of Staff at Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam and the Chief Staff Officer at the Western Naval Command. From 2002 to 2005, he was the Naval Adviser in the Indian High Commission at London and he then took charge as the Commandant of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, and later served as a Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. He was appointed as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff in August 2011 and he enjoys playing golf and yachting
14. Neha Dhupia – Neha Dhupia is an Indian actress and beauty queen who is predominantly known for her work in Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam language films. She was born in Kochi, Kerala in a Sikh family to an Indian Navy Commander and she made her acting debut in a stage play and later appeared in a music video for Euphoria. Dhupia made her debut in 1994 Malyalam film Minnaram. Her Hindi film debut came in 2003 with Qayamat, City Under Threat, in addition to her film career, Dhupia is a winner of the Femina Miss India title. Dhupia was born in Kochi, India to a Punjabi Sikh family and her father, Commander Pradip Singh Dhupia, served in the Indian Navy and mother, Manpinder, is a homemaker. She went to Naval Public School then transferred to Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan and she graduated from Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi, affiliated to the University of Delhi, with Honours in History. Dhupia made her debut in a play in New Delhi called Graffiti. Thereafter she appeared in a video for Indipop band Euphoria. She was placed in the top 10, Dhupia made her film debut in the 2003 Bollywood film Qayamat, City Under Threat, which had an average performance at the box office. She rose to fame with her role Julie and then appeared in Sheesha in a role of twin sisters. She then starred in such as Kyaa Kool Hai Hum and Shootout at Lokhandwala, which did well at the box office. In 2011, she played Eva Braun in the film Dear Friend Hitler about Mahatma Gandhi and her most recent films are Moh Maya Money, Paying Guest, Action Replayy, De Dana Dan and Pappu Cant Dance Saala. She has worked on her first international project with Chris Kattan in IFCs Bollywood Hero, Dhupia has run in the Mumbai Marathon to support the Concern India Foundation and helped to raise over 5 lakhs. She also helped to raise money for victims of the 2011 Sikkim earthquake and she performed at the GR8 Womens Award 2012. She also participated in the Hiru Golden Film Awards 2014 in Sri Lanka as a special guest along with Bollywood actors such as Sunil Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Anil Kapoor, and actress Bipasha Basu. 2016 - MTV Roadies as Gang leader 2011 - Comedy Circus as host List of Indian film actresses Femina Miss India Neha Dhupia at the Internet Movie Database
15. Manisha Koirala – Manisha Koirala is a Nepalese actress known for her work in Indian cinema, as well as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and social activist. Koirala has established herself in bollywood and worked in Hindi cinema, though she has appeared in several Nepali, Tamil, Telugu, born to politician Prakash Koirala and Sushma Koirala in the politically prominent Koirala family of Nepal, she was trained in Bharatnatyam and Manipuri dance. She made her debut in the Nepali film Pheri Bhetaula –A year later. Recognised for her acting prowess, Koirala was noted for her performances in such as Bombay, Akele Hum Akele Tum, Khamoshi, The Musical. She has won the Filmfare Critics Award thrice and has received nine nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress so far, although box-office collections of her films have varied considerably, critics have noted that her niche as an actor remains unharmed irrespective of her commercial potent. Off-screen she is frequented in the media as a child with her bohemian stance and candid comments often described as outspoken. She was awarded Nepals Humanitarian Ambassador at the We Care for Humanitys 3rd Global Officials of Dignity Awards which was held at UN Millennium Hotel in August,2015, Manisha Koirala was born in Kathmandu to Prakash and Sushma Koirala. Her grandfather, Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, was Prime Minister of Nepal during the late 1950s-early 1960s and she studied at VKM, Varanasi until Class X. She stayed with her grandmother in Varanasi during her studies, after passing tenth standard she shifted to the Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. Her ambition was to be a doctor, but a modelling stint opened a path into Bollywood. Her brother Siddharth Koirala is also an actor of Hindi cinema and had collaborated with her once in the film Anwar, in 2004, she returned from New York after receiving a diploma in film making. She became a member of an independent documentary filmmakers society and she had studied at New York University. Her first film was Pheri Bhetaula, a Nepali movie released in early 1989 and her first Hindi movie was Subhash Ghais Saudagar in 1991. She starred in a number of films during 1992–1993 before Vidhu Vinod Chopras love saga 1942, A Love Story and her performance in the film Bombay was a milestone in her career which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. She was seriously noticed by Bollywood after the release of 1942 and she also starred in Mansoor Khans romantic musical Akele Hum Akele Tum as the ignored wife who leaves her husband and child to fulfill her singing talent and subsequently becomes a popular star. In 1996 she received positive reviews for her performance in the drama Agni Sakshi, the film became one of the biggest hits of that year at the Indian box office. Later that year, she acted in Sanjay Leela Bhansalis directorial debut, Khamoshi, The Musical where she played the role of Annie, a critic from Channel 4 wrote, Koirala. Demonstrates the full range of her ability, rather than playing against it as she has had to do in more traditional films
16. Shiney Ahuja – Shiney Ahuja was born in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, to Col. Suraj Prakash Ahuja, an officer of the Indian Army, and his wife Seema Ahuja. He has a sister who is settled in Texas. Ahuja studied at numerous schools across the country, wherever his father was posted, including several years at St. Xaviers School, Ranchi and Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan. A quintessential sportsman, Ahuja was adjudged the ‘Best Sports Boy’ in school and he excelled in football, volleyball and cricket. In particular, he was fond of cricket and took coaching classes from Mr. Gursharan Singh at the National Stadium. During this time he discovered a strong passion in Theatre as in Sports. It was this passion that would win him admission to Hansraj College, Delhi University, after a series of auditions, Shiney was among the three who got selected from over 300 aspirants. While in college, Shiney began to pursue acting seriously and he attended several acting workshops held at the National School of Drama, New Delhi. Later, he joined the theatre group Tag where he met Barry John, shortly thereafter, he joined Barry John’s Acting School in Delhi. After completing college, Shiney secured his first commercial ad for Pepsi and this instantly brought him into consideration by the top ad agencies. Flooded with offers, Ahuja worked in over 40 ad films in year, including Cadburys. He also featured in the music video ‘Pyar ho Gaya’ for the British-Asian band Stereo Nation, in the same year, Sudhir Mishra was auditioning for a film by Pritish Nandy Communications, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Sudhir saw Shiney in the Pepsi commercial and called him to audition for Kay Kay’s character – Sidharth Tyabji, upon Shiney’s request, Mishra also auditioned him for the role of Vikram Malhotra. Shiney was selected from over 200 aspirants for the role of Vikram Malhotra, the film went on to win critical acclaim, and was screened at as many as 12 film festivals over 6 months. These included film festivals at Turkey, Estonia, River to River, Berlin, Edinburgh, Washington, Dallas, India, Bite The Mango festival, the Commonwealth festival, the film was released commercially in 2005 with minimal publicity but a national footprint across India. Ahuja swept away several best actor awards given for the year, thereafter, he played the lead role in Mahesh Bhatts Gangster, a popular commercial movie genre and Woh Lamhe opposite Kangana Ranaut. Other films followed including Life in a Metro, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, two of his films, Ek Accident with co-star Soha Ali Khan and Har Pal with Preity Zinta are yet to be released. In June 2009, Ahuja was accused of rape, by his maid, some news outlets reported that he had admitted to having consensual sex with the maid but he has denied it
17. Shonali Nagrani – Shonali Nagrani is an entertainment television presenter and host of the IPL. Along with the IPL, she has appeared in Hindi language films. She entered the Femina Miss India pageant in 2003 and was crowned Femina Miss India International, allowing her to compete in Miss International 2003, alongside appearances as a model, Nagrani has hosted the IPL, and has presented the show for four consecutive years. She was voted as one of Indias 50 Most Desirable Women for the year 2011 and 2012 by the Times of India, Nagrani hails from a Sindhi Punjabi family in Delhi. She studied at Good Shepherd English School in Bengdubi, Bagdogra and Army Public School in Dhaula Kuan and she graduated from the Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi in 2003. Nagranis family also consists of a background, as her father is a retired Indian Naval officer. In 2013, she married her boyfriend Shiraz Bhattacharya in Kerala and she was crowned Femina Miss India International 2003 and as a result, she was selected as Indias representative in Miss International for 2003. She was consequently entered and finished as 1st runner up at Miss International 2003 that was hosted in Tokyo and she also subsequently was given the chance to meet the Prince of Wales at a reception on his official tour of India in 2003. Since then, she has been a model, appearing in shows for numerous modelling companies. She was voted as one of the top 50 Most Desirable Women in 2011 and 2012 by the Times of India, Nagrani has enjoyed success as a television presenter, featuring on Indian and British television. In her early career, she hosted Popcorn on Zoom TV and she also appeared as a guest TV presenter for the Christmas special episode of Indian Idol. In 2007, she made her entry into the GECs with the Great Indian Laughter Challenge on Star One and she hosted the IIFA Awards in Dubai for Star Plus in 2007, which was followed by the GIIMA in Malaysia for Sony TV. Furthermore, she went on to feature as the host of Mr. and Ms. TV on Sony and her other work includes hosting Filmy Cocktail and Dumdar Hits. She was also on Colors competing in Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2009, in 2011, she entered the Bigg Boss house as a contestant in the fifth season of the show, and went on to host the New Year special of the show with Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Nagrani has been an active host for cricket shows since 2006 and she subsequently hosted the 2007 Cricket World Cup for Indian viewers. In 2008, she hosted a show titled Extra Innings, a show showcasing and highlighting cricketing action, in 2010, she hosted another T20 World Cup analysing program with co-presenters Cyrus Broacha and Wasim Akram, which aired on ESPN-Star Sports. Since then, she has made her foray into UK television, Nagrani has also appeared in Hindi language films in predominantly supporting roles. However, she has featured in two roles in Dil Bole Hadippa. and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
18. Anuj Nayyar – He was born and grew up in Delhi, India. His father, S. K. Nayyar, worked as a professor in Delhi School of Economics while his mother, Meena Nayyar. Capt. Nayyar received his education from Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan. He was a student who consistently performed well in academics. He graduated from the National Defence Academy and later was commissioned into the 17th Battalion, in 1999, the Indian Army detected a massive infiltration by Pakistani military and paramilitary forces in the Kargil region of Jammu and Kashmir. The army quickly mobilized its forces to drive out the Pakistani infiltrators from Indian territory, Capt. Nayyar, a junior commander in the 17 Jat Regiment, was one of the more than 500,000 Indian troops deployed in the region. His first major operation involved securing Pt.4875, also known as Pimple II, due to its strategic location, securing Pt.4875 was a top priority for the Indian Army. The peak, which stood at 15,990 feet above sea level, had steep slopes. In a last-ditch attempt, Nayyars Charlie Company decided to secure the peak without waiting for any support on July 6,1999. During the initial phase of assault on Pt.4875, Nayyars company commander was injured, after the initial setback, the assault team split into two groups, one led by Capt. Vikram Batra and other by Capt. Nayyar. The Pakistani infiltrators had constructed several bunkers on Pt.4875, Nayyars team, which consisted of 7 personnel, located 4 enemy bunkers. The company began to ascend Pt.4875 during which it came under heavy artillery, however, the team counter-attacked, which also included hand-to-hand combat, forcing the Pakistani soldiers to retreat. During the battle, Nayyar killed 9 Pakistani soldiers and destroyed three medium machine gun bunkers, under Captain Nayyars leadership, the company had successfully cleared three of the four bunkers and began its assault on the last remaining bunker. While clearing the bunker, an enemy rocket propelled grenade fell directly on Nayyar. Despite being grievously injured, Nayyar continued to lead the men in his company. He succumbed to his injuries but not before clearing the last bunker on Pt.4875, none of the soldiers from Nayyars team of Charlie Company survived the battle. Two days after Pt.4875 was secured, it was counter-attacked by Pakistani infiltrators during which the team of the Charlie Company, led by Captain Batra. The securing of the Pimple Complex area paved the way for the recapture of Tiger Hill which finally forced Pakistan to retreat its forces to pre-conflict positions, Capt. Nayyar was posthumously awarded the Mahavir Chakra for his bravery and leadership in combat
19. Maha Vir Chakra – It replaced the British Distinguished Service Order. The medal may be awarded posthumously, the medal is made of standard silver and is circular in shape. Embossed on the obverse is a five pointed star with circular center-piece bearing the gilded state emblem of India in the center. The words Mahavira Chakra are embossed in Devanagari and English on the reverse with two flowers in the middle. The decoration is worn on the left chest with a half-white and half-orange riband about 3.2 cm in width, more than 155 acts of bravery and selfless courage have been recognized since the inception of the medal. The most MVCs awarded in a conflict was in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Provision was made for the award of a bar for an award of the Maha Vir Chakra. To date, there are six awards of a first bar. Award of the decoration carries with it the right to use M. V. C. as a postnominal abbreviation
20. Vir Chakra – Vir Chakra is an Indian gallantry award presented for acts of bravery in the battlefield. It replaced the British Distinguished Service Cross, Military Cross and Distinguished Flying Cross, award of the decoration carries with it the right to use Vr. C. as a postnominal abbreviation (note the care to distinguish this abbreviation from that for the Victoria Cross. It is third in precedence in the war time gallantry awards and comes after the Param Vir Chakra, established by the President of India on 26 January 1950. The statutes were amended 12 January 1952 to readjust the order of wearing as new decorations were established, the medal is 1-3/8 inch circular silver medal. A five pointed star, with the chakra in the center, and, on this, the decoration is named on the rim and suspended from a swiveling straight-bar suspender. The decoration is almost always named and dated on the edge, around a plain center, two legends separated by lotus flowers, above Vir Chakra in Hindi and in English. The ribbon is 32 mm, half blue and half orange-saffron. Dark blue 16 mm, saffron 16 mm, the award carries with it a cash allowance and, in some cases, a lump sum cash award. This has been a controversial issue throughout the life of the decoration. From 1 February 1999, the government set a monthly stipend of Rs.850 for recipients of the award. In addition, many states have established individual pension rewards for the recipients of the decoration, some of the notable Vir Chakra awardees include, Maj Vickram Anand Vir Chakra awardees, TWDI IAF Vir Chakra awardees, Bharat Rakshak
21. Gautam Rode – Gautam Rode is an Indian actor and television host. He has appeared in television shows which include Baa Bahu Aur Baby, Lucky, Saraswatichandra and Maha Kumbh, Ek Rahasaya. He made his Bollywood debut with the 2002 film, Annarth and he has also done small roles in some Bollywood films. The turning point in his career were the shows Saraswatichandra, Maha Kumbh, Ek Rahasaya, Ek Kahani, currently, he is working on his Bollywood film Aksar 2 opposite Zarine Khan. Gautam Rode was born on 14 August 1977 in Delhi, India, earlier, Rode and his family used to stay in New Delhi, but later they shifted to Mumbai. Rode had to many financial crises in Mumbai. Rodes father, Surendra Rode is a broker and his mother. Rode also has a sister, Rashmi. Rode did his schooling from Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan in Delhi and he completed his college from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College. He is a fitness enthusiast and a vegetarian and he currently stays in Kandivali, Mumbai. Rode made his debut to Indian television with the show Jahan Pyaar Mile on Zee TV, in 2000, he played episodic roles in TV shows such as Rishtey, Apna Apna Style and Thriller at 10. In 2002, he made his debut to Bollywood with the film Annarth co-starred Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty and he played the role of Inspector Sameer Deshmukh in this film. Taran Adarsh of entertainment portal of Bollywood Hungama wrote of his performance, Newcomer Gautam Rode has good screen presence and he does very well in stunts. In 2005, he appeared in his film, U, Bomsi & Me alongside Sonal Sehgal. He played the role of Sam Mac Patel a radio jockey who wants to be a writer, taran Adarsh wrote of his performance, Gautam, who made his debut in ANNARTH, has evolved as an actor. He is excellent in sequences when his wife out on him. In 2005, he played his first noticeable role of television of Anish Kotak in Baa Bahu Aur Baby, in the same year he also played his first lead role and the title role of Lucky in the show, Lucky. He later did supporting and cameo roles in shows which include Princess Dollie Aur Uska Magic Bag, Betiyaan Apni Yaa Paraaya Dhan, Ssshhhh. Koi Hai, Simplly Sapney, Rubi, in 2009, Rode featured in the film Agyaat alongside Nithin and Priyanka Kothari
22. Suparno Satpathy – Suparno Satpathy is a noted and highly respected socio-political leader from the state of Odisha in India. He is the great-grandson of Legendary Odia author Padmabhushan Late Kalindi Charan Panigrahi and he is the Chairman of Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust, a leading organisation of India working for social causes. From 2007 till 2012 he held the office of Convenor PMYSA-Orissa, Ministry of Panchayati Raj and he was a part of the Indian National Congress party from Dec 2006 till 21 March 2014. He joined Aama Odisha Party a day after resigning from the Congress, suparno Satpathy unsuccessfully contested for Member of Parliament in the 2014 Indian general election from Dhenkanal. Suparno Satpathy is a popular columnist specialized in socio-political and environmental issues, Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust The official website of Shri
23. Harbhajan Singh – Harbhajan Singh Plaha, commonly known as Harbhajan Singh, is an Indian international cricketer and former captain of IPL team Mumbai Indians and Punjab state for the 2012–13 Ranji Trophy season. A specialist spin bowler, he has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off spinner, Harbhajan made his Test and One Day International debuts in early 1998. His career was affected by investigations into the legality of his bowling action. However, in 2001, with leading leg spinner Anil Kumble injured, in that series victory over Australia, Harbhajan established himself as the teams leading spinner by taking 32 wickets, becoming the first Indian bowler to take a hat trick in Test cricket. He is also an Officer in the Punjab Police and has held the rank of a Superintendent of police, a finger injury in mid-2003 sidelined him for much of the following year, allowing Kumble to regain his position as the first choice spinner in Tests and ODIs. Throughout 2006 and into early 2007, Harbhajans accumulation of wickets fell and his average increased. Following Indias first-round elimination from the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Harbhajan was replaced by other spinners in the squad for both formats. He regained a position in the team in late 2007. In early 2008, he was given a ban by the International Cricket Council for racially vilifying Andrew Symonds and he appeared in Total Nonstop Action Wrestlings Indian promotion, Ring Ka King. He was in the World Cup-winning team of 2011 Cricket World Cup and he was conferred the Padma Shri, Indias fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009. Harbajan Singh was born into a Sikh family and he is the only son of Sardar Sardev Singh Plaha, a businessman who owned a ball bearing and valve factory. Growing up with five sisters, Harbhajan was in line to inherit the family business, Harbhajan was trained as a batsman by his first coach Charanjit Singh Bhullar, but converted to spin bowling after his coachs untimely death saw him turn to the tutelage of Davinder Arora. Arora credits Harbhajans success to an ethic that included a three-hour training session in the morning. Following the death of his father in 2000, Harbhajan became the family head, in 2002 he ruled out his own marriage until at least 2008. In a country where cricketers are idolised, Harbhajans performances have brought him government accolades, despite having a job with the constabulary, Harbhajan sustained minor injuries in March 2002 in an altercation with police outside the team hotel in Guwahati. The scuffle broke out when Harbhajan remonstrated with officers after they refused to allow a photographer into the hotel, Harbhajan cut his bowling arm and injured his elbow when he was struck by the police. Singh was caught at Auckland airport for failing to declare that he had filthy boots in his luggage and his only excuse was that he couldnt be bothered complying with New Zealand quarantine laws. He was fined $200 on the spot, among Indians, Harbhajan is more commonly known as bhajji
24. Rakul Preet Singh – Rakul Preet Singh is an Indian film actress and model who predominantly works in Telugu film industry. She has also appeared in a few Tamil, Hindi and Kannada films, Rakul started a modelling career while in college, during which she also made her acting debut in the Kannada film Gilli. In 2011, she participated in the Femina Miss India pageant in which she was placed fifth and won five pageant titles, including Miss India People’s Choice. She subsequently opted to become an actress, making her Telugu debut in Keratam the same year and her Tamil debut in Thadaiyara Thaakka. In 2014 she also made her Bollywood debut in Yaariyan in which her performance was better received, in a short span of 2years she established herself in Telugu. Born in a Punjabi family in New Delhi, Rakul did her schooling from Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan and later studied Mathematics at Jesus and Mary College and she has been an active golf player and played nationals. Rakul, who said that she had dreamt of being an actress. In 2009 she made her debut in the Kannada film, Gilli. She stated that she signed up the film with the aim to earn a little pocket money. She won critical acclaim for her role in the film returning to complete her degree. Apart from the Miss India Poll, Rakul won four subtitles at the pageant including Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face, Femina Miss Talented, Femina Miss Beautiful Smile and Femina Miss Beautiful Eyes. She returned to films in 2011, featuring opposite debutant Siddharth Rajkumar in Keratam, the film was also made in Tamil simultaneously with the same cast but a different director as Yuvan, though the film is yet to release. In 2012, she appeared in a role in the Tamil film Thadaiyara Thaakka. In 2014, Rakul debuted in a role in Bollywood with Divya Kumars directorial debut Yaariyan. By mid-2014, she was working on four Telugu films simultaneously, Sriwaas Loukyam and G. Nageswara Reddys Current Theega were her next releases. She received positive reviews for her performances in films, with 123telugu. com going on to claim that she was slowly becoming a star actress. Her next released film was Pandaga Chesko, ntr and Boyapati Srinus Sarrainodu opposite Allu Arjun. She also has a Hindi film, Ramesh Sippys Shimla Mirchi, in January 2016 she signed a film under the direction of Boyapati Srinu opposite Bellamkonda Sreenivas for which she charged ₹1.5 crore