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Public School, Greater
Noida, and (below)
Students performing at a
competition during a
cultural programme at
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|Delhi Public School, Greater Noida, may be a relatively
recent addition to the DPS family, but this has given it
the opportunity to build in innovative systems, making
it among the best.
||“Children need a different approach”
Management approaches have to keep pace with the changing world, feels Ms Kamini Bhasin, Principal, DPS, Greater Noida.
The general perception is
that school, like yours, is
for the well heeled; your
This is definitely not
based on facts. We not only
enrol children from weaker
but work beyond
the premises of the school. Remember, we have a
responsibility towards the society too. We operate
Shiksha Kendra with an objective to enrol girls
from Udyan Care an NGO for the underprivileged
girl-child so that they join mainstream schooling
aand avail benefits of equal opportunity in education,
without any discrimination.
DPS is in its sixth decade of successful operation.
Do you foresee a need to change management
We are about to complete sixty years as DPS.
The very success of DPS till date, is because of management's
forward looking and proactive policies.
Having said that, I would like to state that our
society is changing fast, and so management too, has
to keep that pace with the changing environment.
What we thought of a good management practice say,
twenty years ago may appear mundane today.
How do you view Quality Council of India's initiative
on accreditation standard for Quality
The fact that our staff attended workshops conducted
by QCI is indicative of our desire to bring in
Quality school governance. The staff, after attending
the workshop, briefed me and I was impressed. I
have sent the booklet issued by them to my head
office. We have to go through the details contained
therein and incorporate specifics which would augment
our existing efforts.
You said society is changing and so mindset of
children too would change. Is it difficult to manage
the school today?
The child today, is more aware of what is happening
around his or her immediate environs, thanks
to the media. Add economic growth and this has ushered
in materialism. It is up to us elders teachers to instil a sense of responsibility, good behaviour
and teach them not to seek things beyond their
means. Management practices remain the same but
approach towards it has changed. However, dealing
with children requires a somewhat different treatment now. I believe good counselling is essential
because a child's mind is very receptive and engages
them in good ethics.
elhi Public School, popular as DPS, neither
needs an introduction nor a pedigree.
Started as Church High School in 1941 by
Rev (Dr) J D Tytler in Viceroy Estate, its
name was changed to Naveen Bharat
School after Independence. The school was finally
shifted in 1949 to Mathura Road and
renamed as Delhi Public School. Like a
small seed that grows into a mighty
tree, DPS at Mathura Road boasts
of 120 schools in India and
abroad. Amongst private
schools in the country, DPS is
reckoned as the largest chain
The schools are managed
by the DPS Society — a nonprofit,
body, widely recognised
for its progressive approach and
commitment to excellence. Distinction
and diversity are the twin hallmarks
of its philosophy while educational
leadership and scholarly achievement its mission.
The DPS at Greater Noida is its newer branch,
established only in 1996. A thin line divides notoriety
and reputation of any school. Almost six decades of
dedicated, hard work has placed DPS on an enviable,
coveted pedestal and the spin off is unmatched brand
image. “I have a different view. No school
is average or bad, it is a question of
dedication of teachers in nurturing
young, impressionable minds,”
opines Kamini Bhasin, principal.
She adds, “What is the role
of a school? Academics,
undoubtedly, are the first priority.
But the school has a
greater role to play beyond
academics and that is moulding
youngsters into responsible,
compassionate human beings to
take a greater role in the service of
Being comparatively new, the infra-structure is aesthetically conceived and built optimally
in an area covering 14 acres. The present concept of
‘space’ for intellectual stimulation in schools and colleges
has been followed. One does not realise that the
school has 2500 students currently, and yet, there is no
claustrophobic ambience. “In the near future, we would
add another 1000 students, since we have adequate
infrastructure to meet the demand,” mentions Bhasin.
The classrooms are large, airy and aided by natural
light. Modern teaching aids supplement these attributes.
has a well-stocked library. Laboratories are modern and
have well appointed computer lab. “We plan to add
more computers to accommodate more students, rather
classes in a given timeframe,” says the principal. The
school’s management often trumpet their teaching community’s
excelleoknt academic prowess. “I want to ask
whether the school’s role finishes only in imparting
good education! Are we not equally responsible for
developing students into all-round personalities?” questions
Ms Bhasin, adding, “Academics may form a major
part in a child’s development but there are other attributes
such as honesty, integrity, social values, arts and
culture, sports and outdoor activities which are instilled
in their formative years.”
There are 20 clubs to cater to the needs of students
that include riding, swimming, athletics, and we even
boast of an orchestra. “Each child has a gift in one or
more events and our endeavour is to channelise their
inherent gift in the right direction,” says a teacher. The
teachers too, make extra effort to identify such ‘gifted’
children. “We have an excellent orchestra,” beams
On the academic front, DPS, Greater Noida has
fared exceedingly well and vies with other schools in
the DPS family. In extra-curricular activities, it is faring
even better. “Piloting the growth of this school is a
blessed experience, a pilgrimage. It is an opportunity to
touch many lives, to build up healthy relationships and
to nourish tender souls,” mentions Bhasin.
The motto — Service before Self — is practiced in
letter and spirit. The DPS Family believes in serving others
willingly, graciously and selflessly and not accepting
anything in return for the service rendered. There is
greater pleasure in giving than in receiving, for serving
others is like serving God.