In attempt to initiate research and innovation and to provide inspiration and motivation in diverse spheres of learning. The Indian School is constantly exploring new initiatives which involve not merely our but also other schools of Delhi and NCR.
The1st of our inter-school events for each session, Malhaar which started out as a Music and Dance Competition has evolved into a veritable celebration of the fine arts and technology with the inclusion of two new disciplines – computer animation and art. As always the theme for the year is woven into the theme of each event.
Each year the school selects a new theme for the contest – In the previous years we have focussed on European Music and folk dance, the North East of India for which we invited Padma Shri Raj Kumar Singhajit Singh & Smt. Charu Sija Mathur to give a lecture demonstration on Manipuri dance. In the earlier years, we concentrated on the Moghul era and the students danced the Kathak with Padma Shri Shovana Narayan as our Chief Guest. Last year 550 students from schools across Delhi thronged our school for Dilli Meri Jaan!
This year our chief Guest was Padma Vibhushan Sonal Mansingh presiding over a presentation of dance from countries along The Silk Route.
Malhaar has become a much awaited event on the Delhi school circuit.
DR. AMIDAS GORADIA DEBATE
The Dr. Amidas Goradia Debate is held in December in memory of the Chairman’s ancestor Dr. Amidas Goradia, the first Indian allopathic doctor to graduate with a gold medal from Bombay University in 1863. The Debate provides a great platform for students to learn the cut and thrust of debate, to pause and parry before driving home an argument.Because of the tremendous enthusiasm it generated, we have now introduced a Hindi debate for classes IV and V.
The topics are of national interest and the debate is presided over by a distinguished panel of judges.
GIRTON COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE & THE INDIAN SCHOOL ESSAY PRIZE
In yet another attempt to promote excellence in learning, The Indian School, New Delhi with Girton College, University of Cambridge sponsored an essay competition for schools of Delhi. It met with overwhelming response in the first year with 34 schools sending two students each to participate in the contest. A special feature of the contest was that 15 short listed essays are judged in Cambridge.
This mission was to encourage analytical and passionate thinking along with creative writing and to offer a breath of freedom from rote learning. Who better than Cambridge to help in this exercise? Ranked among the top three Universities of the world, Cambridge traces its history back to 1209.
Three of India’s prime ministers studied there – Pandit Nehru,Rajiv Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh apart from countlessmen and women who are makers of modern India. They include Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and Mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan, Dr. Swaminathan of the Green revolution. Poetess Sarojini Naidu, the Nightingale of India, significantly was at Girton College.
Three years ago, a 17 member team of Girton College alumni had visited our school. They included distinguished educationists, lawyers, scientists and progeny of Sir Charles Darwin! The idea of sponsoring an essay competition generated from the visit.
It may be pertinent to mention here that four members of the governing body of The Indian School are alumni of Cambridge University.