Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram organised the Annual Scholar Badge Ceremony for Class XI on the theme “Celebrating Life”. Scholar Badge ceremony is the much-awaited annual event that recognises the academic and co-curricular excellence of students. The chief guest on the occasion was Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik.
The school principal began her welcome address by praising the backbone of the society: Parents, Teachers and the Police. She narrated an anecdote relating to the day’s theme: about privileged people, who shop in a mall, whining about the items that they could not buy; while on the other hand, a few street children, who had practically nothing with them, were still cheerful. “They are celebrating being alive whereas we were celebrating only a day,” she said.
Following this, she regretted that she had spent a major part of her life waiting for the right moment to do things. “It is only when a moment becomes a memory do you realize how valuable it is”. She advised the parents to teach their children to enjoy life today as in the happy fulfillment of this moment they would sow the contentment for tomorrow.
She concluded her speech with a quote by Abraham Lincoln, “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.”
Mr. Patnaik talked about how India is turning into a superpower economically but is not really excelling in civic sense. He laid emphasis on the importance of discipline: civic and self. In his speech, he narrated an anecdote about when he went to UK for training. This incident made him realise how deeply rooted self discipline should be in school kids. He praised the school and its excellence. According to him an introspective approach towards society is very important and he advised the kids to maintain an equilibrium between job, family and health.
He also talked about the cyber world that we are living in today. He mentioned how technological advancement has led to the gadgets becoming an integral part of our lives. He advised kids, parents and teachers to have a ‘Cyber Recess’: a day’s break from the cyber space which could be utilized for recreational purposes. He mentioned the various programmes that the Delhi Police has initiated for the youth – Sashakti, a programme that reaches out to the girl students of various Delhi schools and teaches them self defense as well as Himmat Plus, a mobile app.
Later scholars were presented badges, blazers, pins, ties and certificates of merit. The Prantik Roy Memorial Gold Medal, for an all-round performance, was awarded to Sagnik Anupam.