The red brick structure of Delhi Public School (DPS) Ghaziabad stands in stark contrast to the dusty road that leads to the school.
Located on the Delhi-Meerut highway and spread over 15 acres, the campus offers Wi-Fi facility and is also home to six international-quality cricket pitches, four basketball courts and a skating rink.
The 29-year-old school is naturally one of the popular choices for parents in Ghaziabad.
“The school has a unique login ID for each student. This system allows us to be in touch with the progress in the classrooms. The teachers are very tech-savvy and are extremely organised,” said Dr Anju Rai, a gynaecologist, whose two sons study in the school.
“If my child is unable to attend school, we can access the lessons taught in class through this system.”
The school has 3,000 students and 160 permanent teachers led by an award-winning principal.
“The teacher student ratio is 35:1. This helps us give individualised attention to every student,” said Kumkum Sahai, headmistress of the secondary wing.
“Personal contact classes are held for students who are weak and teachers are constantly trained to cater to the needs of the students.”
One extra hour of sports before the school starts every morning is proof of how much importance the school gives to sports.
The world-class sporting facilities at the school have borne outstanding results too.
“Initially my parents weren’t keen on me pursuing swimming. But once I won an event and my photograph appeared in the newspapers, my parents agreed,” said nine-year-old Saira Sirohi, a Class 5 student.
She is one of the youngest swimmers in the country to cover a distance of 38 kilometre in the record time of 16 hours and 35 minutes.
Pooja Chaudhry, whose three daughters study in the school, said, “Children hardly go out to play nowadays. So the one extra hour of sports, apart from the usual ‘sports class’, takes care of all physical activity a growing child needs.”
The school’s other sports stars are Sikandar Ali Khan (13) and Prince Bajaj.
Khan, a Class 8 student, represents India in under-14 football and also captains the Uttar Pradesh under-14 team. And Class 6 student Bajaj is the the school’s star chess player who has participated in national and international competitions.
Making teaching interesting and lessons more lucid and accessible are the audio-visual modules called interactive technology boards that the teachers use as against the traditional black boards.
“While teaching with these aids one can visualise and this in turn helps kids retain what they have learnt. When children see the interactive board, they are more involved in the process of learning,” said Sangeeta Mukherjee Roy who teaches Social Science in the secondary section.
“We can customise the learning according to the needs of the students and it saves a lot of time too.”
Roy said the laptop provided to every teacher helps them formulate teaching tools better. “Encouraging and bringing the child’s potential to the fore is our prime objective,” said Rita Kapur, the school principal.