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Aware of scholastics, society both

delhi Updated: Dec 22, 2010 23:11 IST
Hindustan Times
Delhi schools

Ahead of the curve

The two-decade-old school focuses both on academics and extra curricular activities, and chooses to impart education through a mix of modern teaching and vedic learning.

With diverse students' clubs ranging from biotechnology, photography and first aid to fine arts, the school gives it students a lot to choose from. Focusing on the differently-abled, the school has also started teacher-training programmes on autism and other disabilities.

"Skill-building and training are imparted on a continuous basis. I have been for workshops like management and leadership, broadening the learning curve for me," said Shweta Handa, an English teacher at the school.

The school has bagged the government's 'national IT award' for computer literacy. It is equipped with more than 50 e-pathshalas to facilitate effective teaching, 14 laboratories, two libraries and three computer-training centres. "We constantly revamp our teaching methodology and curriculum with the changing environment to impart quality education," said principal Premlata Garg.

Aiming to create leaders

The CBSE has awarded 16 certificates for academic excellence this year to the school.

Spread over a campus of two acres, this 1982-established school has smart classrooms that use LCD screens, projectors and separate teacher computer systems. Education is imparted with the help of graphics, illustrations and animations in 3D format.

Shaheed Rajpal D.A.V. Public School has three well-stocked libraries, and believes in regular parent-teacher interaction.

"With a full-time counsellor guiding students on future prospects, the school envisions to equip them with knowledge and skills essential to become leaders in the 21st century," said principal Renu Loriya.

Teaching students skills for life

Managed by the Lott Carey Baptist Mission in India, this school spread over a three-acre campus is well equipped with 47 IT learning rooms and seven laboratories. A dedicated annual budget of R5 lakh is undertaken for teacher training, which includes workshops that also look at subjects such as financial marketing, management and leadership development. "This helps us in integrating basic life skills with the school curriculum," said a senior teacher.

"I will carry with me the values and skills that my school has inculcated in me," said Parul Vohra, a class 12 student of Somerville. "Looking back at my school days, I can proudly say I have obtained not only a great circle of friends but also soft skills essential for success in life."

Academically inclined

From topping the national science olympiad to winning three gold medals in skating, the school has come a long way since its inception in 1999. This school was the third in the chain of Amity Schools and was established by the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation. Along with laying stress on competitive exams, the school has hired a dedicated special educator to assist children with special needs.

"The school has established itself as one of the prominent institutions across east Delhi, with equal focus on both academics and extra-curricular activities," said Mukta Mehra, whose daughter studies in class 3. Well equipped with nine laboratories, education for students at Amity International caters to diverse needs. The innovative teaching methods at all levels helps maintain a constant interest and thirst for knowledge among the students, which is evident from the excellent academic results that the school produces year after year.

"Along with stressing on academic excellence, we have pioneered community projects pertaining to sustainability, environment and empowerment to inculcate social responsibility," said vice principal Rashmi Sharma.

Amity has a dedicated guidance and counselling centre that help in meeting with all the difficulties faced by students and teachers alike. The school has an ideal teacher-student ration, which allows for personalised attention to each child. Maximum participation in a wide range of activities is also possible for each child in this scheme of things.

*Amity International did not participate in the survey. Its ranking is based on extrapolation of data from the perceptual survey.

Reaching out to society

A unique students' project at Ryan called "each one teach one" imparts basic education and life skills to the lesser privileged. The school is also a recipient of the National Balshree Award for scientific innovation, and has started several academic as well as community development programmes since 1991, when it had around 250 students and 15 teachers. The school shifted to its current premises in 1995, and has grown to more than 3,000 students and about 150 teachers. The school has won the CBSE athletics meet and more than a dozen gold medals in events such as karate, swimming and athletics over the years. "Continuous teacher training, extra-curricular activities with a focus on community development programmes and a rigorous academic regime ensure holistic growth of each student," said principal Sandhya Sabu.

An all-round focus

YD Ahuja, the former mayor of Delhi, established this school in 1978. Vivekanand School is equipped with facilities for skating, volleyball, handball, taekwondo and judo on its three-acre campus. The curriculum focuses on academics, intra-personal skills and sports, with 14 students' clubs and training programmes for IT, innovative teaching and stress management. "Over the years, our methodology has evolved to accommodate modern teaching techniques," said school manager Pradyumn Ahuja. "However, our mission to equip students with necessary academic, social and professional skills essential to succeed has remained the same."

The fun part about the school's website is the "Word/Phrase of the Day", where new words are explained by way of simple sentences. An interesting aspect of the website is that students can apply for leave online!

Indian values, modern teaching

Established in 1975, the emphasis here is on retaining Indian cultural values even as students are equipped to face the world with modern teaching. The school, which was initially in Shahdara, shifted to its current premises in 1991.

Equipped with 30 IT learning rooms, several playgrounds and a unique science garden, ASN students have won three national titles in academic and sport competitions.

"Parents are actively engaged during various initiatives, be it change in curriculum or teaching methodology," said MP Singh, whose son Vishal studies in class 8 at the school. "We send students to an old age home to socially sensitise them while the teachers are sent for workshops by the RK Mission to make them finer human beings", said vice principal Sonia Luthra.

Debopriya Sarkar, an alumna of 2005, who now works with a leading media organisation says, "I was there when the school was just a tent! Having spent 14 years of my life there, I can say that they were a fun-filled lot! There was never this pressure to study all the time, and there was a lot of focus on sports. Our teachers were very encouraging."

A separate resource centre for the nursery wing enables teaching using multi media and audio-visual resources.

Other schools to watch out for

Mother teresa public school, Preet Vihar

Although the school focuses on academics, which is evident from the number of students selected for the NTSE and admitted into the IITs, emphasis is also laid on sports, especially cricket. Most teachers in this school, which has a two-acre campus, have more than five years of teaching experience.

Website: www.mtps.in

Mayur Public School, IP Extension

Located in the middle of residential societies in Indraprastha Extension, the school has three playgrounds. It has a 100 per cent board result.

Website: www.mpsipextn.com

Vidya bal bhawana, Mayur Vihar Phase 3

The school's known for its focus on sports, with experts to guide students in skating. It also offers incentives by way of scholarships to meritorious students.

DAV Public school, Mausam Vihar

The school has as many as 28 IT-enabled learning rooms. It has about two dozen teachers who have had special training for nursery teaching. The school also has a robotics club.

Website: www.slsdavps.com

St Lawrence convent, Geeta Colony

The school, spread over four acres, has around 35,000 books in its library. Teachers here are given special training in disaster management.