DPS Mathura Road marked 70 Years of Excellence in a celebration held at Siri Fort Auditorium on 27 December 2019. The Chief Guest for the occasion was His Excellency Shri Anil Baijal, Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and the Guests of Honour were Padmashree Prof. (Dr.) Mahesh Verma, Vice Chancellor – Guru Gobind Singh IP University and Shri Naveen Jindal, a renowned industrialist and politician. Padmabhushan Shri V. K. Shunglu –Chairman, The DPS Society and Vice Chairman, DPS Mathura Road presided over the event.
The celebrations began with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp and a formal welcome and felicitations of the distinguished guests. Mr. V.K. Shunglu congratulated the school on the benchmark of completion of seventy years and wished the mother school of the DPS fraternity many more such accolades.
In her address, Principal, Ms. Deeksha Khera recounted the achievements of the school since its inception and also highlighted the vision of the school in fulfilling the goals of Education 4.0 which focuses on smart technology, artificial intelligence, and robotics; all of which now impact our everyday lives.
The Chief Guest for the occasion – His Excellency Shri Anil Baijal, Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Delhi entreated students to develop a sound value system that would go a long way in building up a strong future for them. With emphasis on campaigns like Swachha Bharat Abhiyan, FIT India Movement and Save Water, he beseeched the audience to be more proactive in matters of the environment. Prof. (Dr.) Mahesh Verma praised the ethos of the school and advised students to strike a balance between being technologically updated and morally upright. Mr. Naveen Jindal, a former DIPSITE reminisced his school days and congratulated the school on achieving the seventy-year landmark.
The distinguished guests then released the school’s annual magazine which documented the activities and achievements of the school over the previous academic year.
This was followed by performances by the school’s choir, which presented the school song and orchestra – both of which left the audience truly mesmerised. The welcome dance – Samagam – an amalgamation of Kathak, Odissi, Kathakali sought to pay a tribute not only to DPS Mathura Road but also all its core schools and The DPS Society.
The highlight of the function was Navras – a Musical Dance Drama presented by students of Class IV and V. Through this dance drama, the students portrayed the nine emotions or ‘rasas’ as experienced by a human being in different life situations. The most compelling of the nine rasas was the Bhayanak Ras which kept everyone in the auditorium on the edge of their seats as the little ones from the school’s primary wing performed their roles with utmost perfection. Ms. Ranjana Dean, Head Mistress – Junior Wing thanked the students and staff for putting up a synchronised and diligently worked upon show.
The formal Vote of Thanks was proposed by Ms. Reema Sharma, Vice Principal (Academics) and the programme concluded with a rendition of the National Anthem.