As a celebration of its 60 years of existence, the DPS Society is organizing an education conference on Tuesday, December 7, at the Siri Fort Auditorium, titled 'School Education at Crossroads: Challenges Ahead'
The conference will be inaugurated by Delhi lieutenant governor Tejendra Khanna.
The foundation of the DPS Society was laid in 1937 when JD Tytler, chaplain of the Church of Redemption at the Vice-Regal Lodge (now Rashtrapati Bhavan), started a school called New Delhi Church High School. In 1946, under the name Naveen Bharat High School, the school moved to North Avenue, and in 1949, the school - now DPS, Mathura Road - moved to its present location.
DPS Society chairman Ashok Chandra, addressing the media at DPS, Mathura Road, said on Friday the DPS family comprises 129 schools from across the world, including 11 which are wholly owned by the DPS Society. The rest are run in collaboration with other organizations.
"For instance, in Assam, we are partnered with the Oil India and ONGC," Chandra said.
On expansion plans, Chandra said, "We already have branches in Germany and Indonesia. And in India, a branch is coming up in Khanna, Punjab; and a second DPS is coming up in Bhopal."
JS Bawa, the conference convener, said, "We partner only organizations, not individuals."
On being asked what "challenges" would be discussed during the conference, Chandra said, "There are several. Today, parents are not satisfied with the same kind of education that was being provided 30 years ago. We have to ensure that our students become global citizens in the true sense by learning foreign languages, by participating in exchange programmes etc."
Another aspect that Chandra emphasized on during the press conference was the role of teachers. "I am against the commercialization of education. But I also believe that educating the country is too big a responsibility for the government to handle alone. Setting up a school building and infrastructure is not enough. I think private participation in the education sector is necessary."