Monday, January 22, 2018
SCHOOL IN SPOTLIGHT

CROWNING GLORY

As one of the foremost members of the DPS Society, DPS Gurgaon has grown into a name to reckon with in Delhi NCR. School Live had the pleasure of having a conversation with the Principal, Aditi Misra on the journey that has been.


From the aegis of DPS Society, how was DPS Gurgaon setup?

The first Delhi Public School was set up at Mathura Road, Delhi, in the year 1949, by a group of visionaries. Later, in the 1980s, several PSUs opened schools in collaboration with the DPS society. With their associations with PSUs, the DPS society became open to the idea of associating themselves with individuals, in order to establish the schools in the adjoining cities. As a result of this association between Mr. and Mrs. Ravi Jaipuria and the DPS society, Delhi Public School Gurgaon, was established, in 2002.


Fourteen years on, how has the journey been for the school, and for you as the principal?

I had joined the school as a Headmistress in 2001, and was soon promoted to the post of the principal.

When I had joined DPS, I had thought that an experienced Principal would join, under whom I would be groomed.

It was a pleasant surprise for me, when I was made the principal in a few months.

Kindly talk us through some of the special achievements of the school.

The success or achievements of any school are measured by the results that the students obtain in their boards or the number of students that gain admission in respectable colleges for higher education, after passing out from the school. In that regard, DPS Gurgaon has been generating excellent results, every year, consistently. Also, a large number of our students, every year, are accepted into respectable colleges, not only in India, but also abroad.

However, I do not believe in counting only the academic achievements of an institutions, as a measure of their success. Therefore, I feel that Shiksha Kendra is one of the major achievements of DPS Gurgaon. The school opened its gates for the underprivileged children in 2003, and from the humble beginnings of just 250 students, Shiksha Kendra now educates over 1300 students. We aim at inculcating empathy and love for others in our students, and Shiksha Kendra helps them in this regard. We, as an institution, might not be able to educate a large number of students, but we are content with the fact that we put in our best, in bringing about a change in the society.

Another thing that the school takes utmost pride in, is our relationship with the parents. DPS Gurgaon is one of the only schools that involves parents in all its activities. We invite parents to organise events, chaperone the kids and involve themselves in their child’s school life. Nowadays, when we see both the parents working to earn a livelihood, it becomes all the more important to lay an emphasis on the strengthening of the bond between the child and the parents. Therefore, DPS Gurgaon is proud of the strong, healthy relationship between the parents and the students, as well as the parents and the school management.


What are some of the challenges you feel we face today in the education sector, as a principal and an educator?

The one thing that worries me the most is that the parents do not take kindly to a teacher’s feedback. The parents nowadays, take offence to a teacher’s remarks and do not understand that the teacher only wishes to see an improvement in the child. Another thing that bothers me, is when parents call themselves their children’s friends! In a lifetime, a person makes numerous friends but will have only one set of parents! So, a parent’s role is very special.


How, in your opinion, has technology changed the face of education?

In our times, if we wanted to show our students a video clip, we would first have to find the video clip in the National library, and would then have to take all the students to the library, for them to view the clip. However, today, every bit of information is available to both the teacher and the students, at their fingertips. This readily available visual aid, makes teaching and learning more interesting and more interactive.

How inclusive is the school of the special needs children?

DPS Gurgaon pays specific attention to the special needs students. We do not believe in isolating the special needs students from the rest of the students and therefore, we try to sensitize all our students towards special needs and requirements. The school employs counsellors, who regularly interact with the special needs students and look after the smooth functioning of their academics. The special needs students are motivated and aided in their process of learning by means of games, activities and interactive sessions. The Individual Education Programmes are designed in such a way, that it helps each student in achieving their goal.


Kindly tell us about the various foreign exchange programmes that the school participates in

The school currently participates in three foreign exchange programmes. Our 10 year old German exchange programme, 5 year old French exchange programme and 3 year old Polish exchange programme, provide excellent opportunity to our students, where they can not only observe, but also participate in a culture, foreign to them.

Today, we live in a global village and therefore an experience of a new culture, facilitates the development of a holistic viewpoint of the world.

The students that participate in our exchange programmes, get a chance to live with the family of German, Polish or French students, and I feel there can be no greater cultural exchange than this.Furthermore, we encourage our children to celebrate diversity!

What are some of the goals you have set for yourself, in the coming future?

My goals for the future change every year, one year I want to allow the senior students to make all the administrative decisions, and not just be a member of the student committee. Children are creative and innovative, and I’d like to give them opportunities to hone this talent.

Another goal that I work toward every day is, making the parents realise that students should be allowed to pursue a career of their choice, that students should be allowed to chase their passions.

I hold an open house, where I invite ex students of the school, who are now following their passion, and are happy. My motive is to make them realise that if their child pursues something that they are passionate about, success is bound to follow.

October-2016