DPS Rohini beats all, conquers north poll
Chart Buster Modern schooling principles and practices help DPS Rohini become no. 1 in North Delhi Harsha Baruah and Jatin Anand reportsindia Updated: Nov 18, 2009 17:00 IST
In many ways, the history of Delhi Public School (DPS), Rohini —one of the newest entrants to the now 150-school-strong DPS fraternity — mirrors that of the first DPS established at Mathura Road in 1949.
An initiative that began small — during an afternoon shift at the borrowed premises of DPS, Mathura Road in July, 1995 — DPS Rohini has come a long way in a short span of time.
It began with a strength of 250 students and just eight teachers and now runs from its own building in Sector- 24 Rohini.
It has more than 2,000 students and an almost perfect academic record, achieving all of this in just 14 years.
“Since we belong to the DPS family, we have certainly had an edge over others,” says Rita Sen, the founding headmistress and current principal.
With a clear cut emphasis on the “holistic development” of its students, both academics and performing arts are given prominence at the school.
“When it comes to prioritising between academics and co-curricular activities, I would like to believe that DPS Rohini lays 60 per cent emphasis on the former and 40 per cent on thelatter,” Sen says.
Taking a break from watching Dead Poets’ Society in the audio-visual room, Class 11 student Pramati Anand says she feels her school strikes a good balance between academics and co-curriculars. She has previously studied in Manav Sthali School and DPS Navi Mumbai.
A parent, who did not want to be named, says the school has many good things to offer but does not hold enough parents and teachers meetings.
“This means parents are not always taken into confidence when the school decides to adopt, maybe, a new practice or a start new project.”
One aspect the school does want to improve upon is space for sports. “Land is very hard to come by,” says Minakshi Khurana, headmistress of the junior section.
“At the moment, we have a tie-up with the DDA’s Rohini sports complex. The students have also been demanding a swimming pool,” she smiles.
The school also has two libraries, with the junior section library housing around 5,000 books, and the senior 15,000.
The school has an infirmary with a full-time doctor and a nurse. It also has a trained counsellor to advise children on academic as well as other problems.
Counsellor Shubha Chandrashekhar, an MA in Psychology, says her job includes helping differently-abled children or hyperactive students cope with stress and also help children facing adolescence anxieties.
“My approach is to get parents and teachers involved. The solution has to be a team effort. Sometimes, teachers refer children to me, and in some cases children approach me directly...,” she says.
With subjects like computer education and even foreign languages like French, German and Japanese accessible to students from Class 2 onwards, DPS Rohini ensures a well rounded growth of its students’ personalities.
Numbers: 2,415 students, 138 teachers
Academic rigour: Toppers of Class 10 and 12 for 2008-09 scored 97 per cent and 95.6 (Commerce) per cent, respectively
Nursery cost: Admission charges: Rs 100; monthly fee: Rs 2,325;
annual charges: Rs 5,000
No. of nursery admits: 140 (approximately)
2. Bal Bharati, Pitampura
Principal Meenu Goswami of Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura, believes her school’s USPs are “topnotch infrastructure and the philanthropic management”. The school also lays special emphasis on inculcating Indian values in its students. Sports are compulsory for all in the school, as is yoga. An Army officer, who has two children studying in the school, said, “In the Army, transfers from one place to another are common. It is not always possible to send one's children to a school of one's choice. I chose Bal Bharati because it offers all the sports and extra-curricular activities that one expects in an Army school.”
Says Principal Goswami, “We select teachers on the basis of their persona, apart from their proficiency in their subject and educational qualifications." The school “tries to ensure the school is fair to teachers in every aspect; there are been hardly any cases of teachers wanting to leave the school”.
AT A GLANCE
Numbers:4,976 students, 203 teachers
Academic rigour: Toppers of Class 12 for 2008-09 scored 94.6 per cent (Commerce), 95.6 (Science) per cent and 94.2 per cent (Humanities)
Nursery cost: Admission fees of Rs 200, caution money (refundable) of Rs 500, annual charges in 2009-10 amounted to Rs 1,140
3. Apeejay, Pitampura
It may not have a canteen, but Apeejay, Pitampura, does have an in-house flavoured-milk booth. It may have fared high in terms of academic rigour — thanks to an impeccable academic record right from its inception — but it also strives “to create and maintain in the students a strong sense of morality and social justice”.
“For us, quality education is less about academics and more about value inculcation,” says D.K. Bedi, the principal. Students from Classes 8 to 10 are encouraged to participate in blooddonation camps and community services such as visiting senior citizens and orphanages in and around the Pitampura and Rohini areas every week.
The man who has been leading Apeejay, Pitampura since it was set up in 1992 takes more pride in the “intellectual honesty of his students than their report cards”.
“I believe academic performance is a by-product of intellectual and moral honesty. If the character of a student is good and his ethics are in place, good academic results will automatically follow.”
AT A GLANCE
Numbers:2,630 students, 119 teachers
Academic rigour: Toppers of Class 10 and 12 for 2008-09 scored 94.5 per cent and 94.6 (Science) per cent, respectively
Nursery cost: Monthly fee of Rs 2,550. There are no annual charges
No. of nursery admits: 180