Here is the text of the speech of the President Dipsites Association at the launch of DPS World
Foundation on Sunday evening 16th August 2015 at Leela hotel, Chanakya puri New Delhi.
Some Initial pics are here. More are being added, please check back soon.
“Good evening Dipsites, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Over almost three quarters of a century ago, the idea planted by some visionaries for nursing enlightened,
educationally refined leaders for then newly independent India, has flourished and grown in a profound manner.
But as often happens in the affairs of humankind, in the pursuit of growth, the essence and soul of the idea is
lost: Form flourishes but substance retreats. Furthermore, despite its expanse, DPS found itself unable to offer
space to its own children who were inevitably attracted to other platforms.
Three former students and one former Principal of DPS have over the years remained in an ineffective minority
on the DPS Society.
The alumni of DPS Mathura Road were lucky to have a registered Association but the other schools did not think
it important that the alumni have their permanent organisation. After several decades the DPS Mathura
Road Dipsites Association opened it’s portals to alumni from other DPS schools as well.
Looking at the remarkable collection of talent some Dipsites felt that the Association has a limited charter that
can be served well by more voluntary effort but a larger platform is needed to engage the Dipsites potential
in the core competence of furthering education at all levels.What we imbibed from DPS we must share with
those not equally lucky. Many new people are venturing into the field of education and
it would be ironic if those most closely connected with it were to remain aloof.
Thus was born the idea of exploring the special world of Dipsites and marshal it’s untapped
energy for Gen-X education for the 21st Century. The Foundation purports to showcase and
advance the special cultural feel of the experience of DPS and therefore the DPS WORLD or the
World of DPS-Dipsites. (DPSites)/(DPS Alumni).
Born of DPS but reaching Beyond. It draws inspiration from DPS but goes beyond that
experience conceptually, physically, intellectually. In keeping with this aspiration, our logo
combines the laurel leaf with the light and the word. Mere light is not enough and the word, in
darkness, is lost.
In the years and decades ahead education will be extensively debated and recalibrated, hopefully
on utilitarian and liberal perceptions but the ideological battles too could be significant. Our
Foundation hopes to be at the forefront of the debate on education and to intervene with
comprehensive data and research in educational methods, drawing upon the best endeavours
throughout the world. Of course in the pursuit of excellence and equity we will also establish
schools. It is there that we will find sustenance and fuel for challenges of the future.
Drawing inspiration from legendary Principal Mr. Din Dayal and three evocative pieces of
literature- ‘Where the mind is without fear’ by Rabindranath Tagore, ‘Striving towards
perfection’ by Rudyard Kipling and Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Letter to his son’s teacher’,
every child in India and overseas is envisioned to benefit from this.
DPS World Foundation then.is a movement.
A movement that encompasses an ambitious, noble, productive journey to enrich the world with
unparalleled knowledge combining the art of learning with access to the best global pedagogues.
And, setting up DPS World Schools, classrooms and playfields which will shape children to be
true leaders of humankind equipped with refinement, competence and compassion,
servicing the growing middle class, a great strength of contemporary India.
This knowledge initiative conceptualized and spearheaded by a group of prominent Dipsites
including Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Shri Salman Khurshid, Meeraben Shah,
Manvender Singh ‘Vindi’ Banga, Rajiv Soni, Ashlesha Madappa, Ashok Gandotra,
Chintamani Rao, Pradeep Pant, Dr. Rakshanda Jalil, Rajeev Talwar and Rajiv Bhatnagar-
to achieve excellence in education with a transparent commitment to ‘equity for all’, cutting
edge technology combined with the human touch and uniqueness of the ‘teacher taught’ bond of
the DPS experience.
The Foundation is conceived to be largely populated by Dipsites in whose definition are included
spouses, parents and progeny of alumni. There will of course be included outstanding, talented
non-Dipsites to add value and infuse fresh ideas. Periodic policy formulation will be done by the
Core Life Members of the Foundation on the recommendation of the General Assembly of
Members. We are trying to get through to outstanding Dipsites spread across the world to be able
to, in a short while, offer a rich intellectual and professional base for our fellowship.
The constituent governing body consists of eminent personalities as Life Trustees, Term Trustees,
Advisory Council, Education & Resource Council.
An example of commitment is displayed by Poonam Arora, a term Trustee, Headgirl 1975 batch,
currently Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion,. Grinnel College, Iowa, USA ‘Happy to join this worthy cause.
Global education is a passion of mine. I would be able to suggest curricular initiatives to the schools/ Foundation
members and to recommend professional development programming for faculty. I can also help with connecting
with colleges in the USA and the Middle-East. I suggest that the Foundation establish scholarships for global
education from private donors and other foundations. I have a strong connection with the National Union of Teachers in The UK which does a lot of global initiatives’.
Now, a word about membership of Dipsites to DPS World Foundation..
The benefits will include:
* A DIPSITES DIRECTORY AND YELLOW PAGES – on which work has already commenced.
. To see more click here
There will be criticism, scoffs, even attempts to thwart efforts, but that makes make it even more challenging.
Mark Zuckerberg had not thought that more than one billion people will get connected via Facebook which
he had developed in his college dorm just for getting in touch with a few friends on campus.
Come; let us all join this movement. to give meaningful and wholesome expression to the vision of Dipsites.
As they say, ‘No Army Can Stop an Idea Whose Time Has Come’