Alumni of Jaipuria Group of Educational Institutions got the opportunity to take a walk down the corridors of nostalgia during the third Alumni Meet 2018 organized by the Jaipuria Group on 6th October 2018 at Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Delhi. The programme was inaugurated by Sh. Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, Jaipuria Group. Directors of the Institutions, Principals of the schools, advisors, Deans, members of the Faculty, and various other dignitaries, along with the alumni of the group, were present in the event. The meet commenced with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp to invoke Goddess Saraswati. Around 400 alumni ranging across various batches and various institutions of the group attended the annual Meet – Connections. In his inaugural address, the Chairman extolled the achievements of the Alumni in all walks of life and expressed his feeling of pride that the Alumni of Jaipuria group were holding positions of responsibility in various Government organizations, PSUs, Private sector, and Academic Institutions. Many alumni have become entrepreneurs and are providing jobs to others. The Chairman acknowledged and appreciated the contribution of all the alumni towards Nation Building and towards exalting their Alma Mater. The Guest for the occasion was Dr. Himanshu Rai, Professor at IIM Lucknow and he, in his address, congratulated the management of Jaipuria Group of Educational Institutions for successfully organizing the annual Meet and appreciated the zeal of the alumni to assemble on the occasion from different parts of the country and from outside the country as well. He further emphasized the importance of strengthening the bond between the alumni and the alma mater.
A few alumni from different institutions and schools of the Group also shared their experience. The experience sharing became very emotional when the alumni started to recollect their memories of their student lives – the memories to cherish. Ms. Shikha Banerjee congratulated all the Alumni of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur and wished them success in all their future endeavours.
Later, the alumni also indulged in some fun-filled activities organized by the Alumni Association. Great bonhomie was observed everywhere with old students reliving their old memories with their batch mates, seniors and juniors. Many of the current students were also seen interacting with their pass out seniors and learning from their experiences.
The key highlight of the day was the live and scintillating performance by Abhijeet Bhattacharya. The alumni were seen dancing in groups to the tune and the songs of the famous singer making the ambience more electric.
It is an endeavor aimed at providing a platform for students of schools from all over Delhi / NCR to stimulate innovation and celebrate computing, creativity and Information Technology.
‘Compufest’ is a Jaipurian legacy – A passionate two–day extravaganza visited by multitude of young ignited superstars bubbling with palpable energy and soaring spirits. A plethora of dazzling, nerve wracking and exhilarating activities astound the young enthusiastic feisty minds, whose sheer brilliance and competitive spirits foster triumph.
It was a momentous day for Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Vasundhara, Ghaziabad as Ms Manju Rana, Principal Cum Director of the school and Ms Madhavi Goswami, Environment Ambassador of the school were conferred with ‘Inspiring Green Leader Award’ and ‘Inspiring Green Educator Award’ respectively at the 2nd NYC Green School Conference held at New York, USA ,on September 24, 2018.
The earnest initiatives and endeavours of 24 School Investors, Administrators, Teachers and Principals from across the globe, in the direction of Environment through Education, were acknowledged and honoured during the event.
The event was an International Academic event that aimed at bringing together the growing community of Green School Educators to further the shared mission of creating high-performance Green Schools.
The life, journey and ingenious works of the Green School leaders shared at this platform were highly inspirational. It was enlightening to know about the various practices undertaken by the Green schools in this direction: to name a few- curricular and funding resources, work on embedding sustainability into school campuses with outdoor classrooms, improved learning outcome through nature connected learning environment and many more.
Celebrated leaders and Inspiring Speakers from across the world from the fields of Education, Environment, Government, Non-profit organizations and Business took the stage in this event. Keynote Speaker of the event was Ms. Robin Organ, Founder Project Green schools USA. Other speakers were National Green Council Members, Linda Flannelly – Lindenhurst High schools , Cynthia Nichols – German International School New York , Sandvika High School Norway, Gbujie Daniel Chidubem – team 54 Project USA, O. S. Mbuya- Professor and Director , Centre For Water Resources, Florida Climate Institute USA ,Madhumita Ghosh- Practice Lead AI – IBM and Vipin Shah – former Project Head of Government Green School Gujarat , Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan , Gandhinagar, Government of Gujarat.
The programme provided a platform to learn about the Green Curriculum, Green Teachers, Green Policies and Practices, future Green Pedagogies, Green School strategies, discover ideas for creating Green Schools and other solutions of challenges faced.
With the school joining the International Eco Schools Guild, ethical responsibility towards preservation of the environment is even higher than before. Recognition of the efforts of school at an International forum like United Nations is not just another feather in the cap of school’s achievements but also a catalyst boosting us to continue with this noble work relentlessly and with zeal. Seth Anandram Jaipuria School will incessantly work towards rekindling of human spirit which is more awakened and sensitive to the idea of salvation of our treasurable environment.
2nd October, 2018 was commemorated in India to mark the 149th birth anniversary of Gandhiji. Even after seven decades of his demise, people all over the country, fondly remember him as ‘Mahatma’ who crumbled the colossal British Empire in India with the weapons of truth and non-violence. Every year this day is also observed as The International Day of Non Violence.
In a world (during Gandhiji’s time) that was being ravaged by wars round the globe and where ‘an eye for an eye’ was the only prevalent school of thought, Gandhiji’s philosophy worked as a balm for the bleeding souls. His beliefs resonate with the divinity of the saints’ sermons as they aim at the piousness of soul than just body.
Gandhiji’s immense faith in the ultimate arbiter of our fate-God, ‘Satya’, ‘Ahimsa’, love, equality, justice and yearning for an ideal society make his philosophy pertinent even to today’s scenario. A mere glimpse around the world proves the veracity of this point. ‘I did cheat in the exams but it was just a one mark question’, ‘One year of my child will get wasted, so there is no harm in taking admission by paying exorbitant price for it’, ‘Nothing wrong in mustering illegal funds for success in the elections’, ‘I tricked him into admitting his guilt’… commonly heard statements and an allusion to the fast-pace degradation of our values. Bereft of truthfulness, our ethics need to be revamped with virtuosity and an understanding commensurate with Bapu’s thoughts. If only we begin to express our disapproval with the statement that ‘ends’ justify the ‘means’, just like Gandhiji, the world will not witness the want of nobility and grandeur of souls.
Years of bickering over Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid issue has brought together hundreds of politicians and ‘saviours of religion’ unitedly to claim the disputed land, boisterously raising the slogans of ‘adherence to dharma’ but conveniently forgetting the supreme ‘dharma’ -service to mankind and love for God’s creation, the principle, lived in spirit and essence by Gandhiji.
How easily ‘malice’ , ‘hatred’ , ‘spite’ find their way into the hearts of the people today and the expanding sway of terrorism is a testimony to it. If only Gandhiji’s spirit could pervade the vindictive human mind, it would have expounded them that true might lies in forgiveness and ’ahimsa’ in an attribute of a strong person.
Let this era be the revival of Gandhian philosophy, let’s live up to his ideals, let Gandhiji be our inner eye…. This will be the true tribute to our ‘Mahatma’!
From Seth Anandram Jaipuria to Lady Shriram College, the journey has always been meaningful and ever cherishing. There are a lot of things, memories, events which I shall treasure forever. Writing this piece in College Library, I recount how we were taught- ‘Don’t talk! Read your book only’, ‘Return your book on time.’ and many more rules embedded with values. For me, my school has been my second home. The red bricked building which has given me all it could.
“Don’t look for Miracle, you are yourself a miracle.’- This is what Jaipuria School has taught me. I am unique, so are you. Knowing yourself is, indeed, a lifelong process but that journey began from the day I stepped in the premises of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Vasundhara, Ghaziabad. I was like a clay, could be molded in various beautiful ways and so did I. From being shy to confident and bold, from being apprehensive to fearless and to creative and passionate. All this has been engrained in my foundation as a person. My school has given all the opportunities and platforms where I could nurture and explore myself.
Principal Ma’am was with us since the inception of the school and is fondly connected with all her students. Her charismatic and ambitious personality has always been an inspiration for me. She gave me not only academic opportunities but also prospects which made me grow as a person. My teachers have been ever supportive throughout and had put in their every little effort to bring out the best in me. They are the ones who taught me what life is, how challenging it could be but it is on us how we take the challenges, resist them and persist through them all.
Most importantly what I have gained from my experiences is “If you can dream it, you can do it”. Securing All India Rank-2 was something I dreamt of and something I subconsciously worked for. Being a humanities student, we look for perspectives, analyzing, and looking things through different lens. All this was very much part of our class discussions, class teachings and one on one interaction with peers and teachers. Having a keen interest in debates, I have secured rank 1, 2, and 3 in various inter school events and gathered a lot of experience and information. And that’s what it has always been about – questioning, contesting, changing and most importantly learning from all we can. I think, knowledge is indeed an ocean and we are just on shore. That quest should be there and curiosity must persist at all times. School is the best start anyone can make and I’m grateful for each and everything which this place has given me for lifetime.
At the end, no matter how great a person becomes, it’s about how happy and humble we become. I feel blessed for having being part of this journey with Jaipuria which has imparted knowledge in most joyous ways. I’ll always miss being part of it.
– Anoushka Chandra
The journey of a thousand miles begin with one step and if that one step is driven by a firm resolve to reach the destination, nothing can stagger us. This is how the journey of Anoushka Chandraand Kshitij Anand, students of Seth Anadram Jaipuria School, saw its advent. Being the Second and the Third All India CBSE National Toppers Class XII- 2017-18, securing 498 & 497 out of 500, respectively, Anoushka and Kshitij have placed the school at a new pedestal of glory. Kshitij Anand has also brought laurels to the school by securing the First position all over India in Science stream.
With dreams twinkling in their eyes and heart brimming with zest for life, they entered the portals of Seth Anadram Jaipuria School. Each day in their school life seemed to be waiting for them with new ventures, novel avenues and formidable challenges,like it does for every learner in the school but not everyone is able to extract nectar of learning from the opportunities that come across in their life. Anoushka and Kshitij did it! Learning for them was not bound to the precincts of academics rather it extended its arms to co-curricular activities as well. Working with perfection and working diligently had become their attitude and therefore nothing less than ‘best’ would emerge from any task undertaken by them. Be it the colossal responsibility of a Head Girl, heading the peer education sessions, taking charge of mega events like Annual Day and Inter-school competitions, earnest preparation for Debate competitions, stunning the audience with her emphatic oratory skills or articulating her opinions in MUNs, Anoushka came through them with flying colours. Same is the success story of Kshitij. Who could have wondered, a child with analytical acumen, praised for his perspicacity could also be blessed with a musical aptitude and is adept at playing guitar?His directorial adroitness and script writing competence inspired awe among the audience during the farewell ceremony when the students cheered with glee and mirth at the witty and fascinating skit scripted and directed by Kshitij.
Anoushka and Kshitij, the polymaths of Seth Anadram Jaipuria school, believed in competing with their own selves rather than competing with others. They made sure that with each passing day they came out better – not just as students but also as good human beings. Pride makes an easy way into our mind with success but the burgeoning accolades and fame never swayed them from the path of modesty. With heads still bowed with humility and hearts still brimming with hopes and aspirations,Anoushka and Kshitij received felicitations and honours from the Honorable HRD Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri. Adityanath Yogi and DM Ghaziabad Smt. Ritu Maheshwari. The Chairman, Seth Anandram Jaipuria Education Society, Shri Shishir Jaipuria acknowledged the meritorious Jaipurians with a cheque of rupees One Lakh each along with a Certificate of Honour. We wish them success and happiness in their future endeavours!
I’m Kshitij Anand, alma mater of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, pursued Science Stream for my higher secondary education. With the blessings of my affectionate elders, supporting teachers, mentors, and my extreme hard work, I have been able to secure the National Rank 3 (overall) and the National Rank 1 in Science Stream in CBSE Class 12th Board Examinations 2018.
I also cleared various competitive examinations like NTSE (2016), RMO (2017), KVPY Scholar (2018), NSE (2018), INAO (2018) and attended the training camp at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Mumbai in May’18. I’m grateful to my school and teachers, who always motivated me and worked decisively towards extracting out the maximum potential from me and my friends, helping us perform constructively.
At Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, the best thing is that the traditional concepts and approaches of rote learning are not promoted at all, not even in the most preliminary exams such as unitary tests. The student learns the concepts from the basic level and develops a logical method of approaching problems with the help of books prescribed by CBSE as well as other supplementary books. The teachers at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, always explain to the students, in a comprehensive manner, how to focus on precisely putting up points and facts appropriately in an answer helping us score more. The curriculum followed at the Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, is inexplicably vibrant and exemplary. It not only focuses on academics but also exposes the student to a diaspora of sundry cultural and technological activities. Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, is the one of the rarest schools in the nation to house the Atal Tinkering Lab, and just one visit to this lab will give you the best vibes of what a modern classroom should possess. The inculcation of discipline and efforts put in by teachers in view of personality development is very commendable and needs no sort of explanation, the success of the school speaks well of it.
Haggard faces, worried looks, mental and physical exertion, anxiety at its peak, high palpitations – if lately you have started showing all these symptoms, then my dear children, you are going through stress and since examinations are on, it could be clearly attributed to it.
In today’s era of cut-throat competition where a child may fail to get subject of his choice in class XI or is unable to get admission in an institute he has always longed for or not able to tread the path of his dream career just because he lagged behind by an iota, one cannot deny the importance of scores one achieves in the examinations. However, if only stress could magically help us in accomplishing our goals, one would advise us to take a maximum dose of it. The truth is that rather than doing any good, it only adds to our miseries. It is not a mere myth but proved scientifically that stress has a deleterious effect on physical and mental health of an individual. Starting from disrupting our immune system, causing negative impact on heart,to an imbalance of our hormones, stress works miraculously fast in oozing out the nectar of life from an individual’s life.
However much we may preach not to take stress, what if it still creeps in and makes its abode in our mind and body.Of course, we cannot yield to it. We have to fight it because if we don’t overpower it, it will overpower us. I am sure no one likes to be dictated by anyone be it a person, thing or a habit. Let’s follow a few simple steps to avoid being ensnared in the web of stress and to pacify the butterflies fluttering in our stomach:
- Have plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables. The pistachio and Walnuts are excellent for the retina and brain.
- Avoid having heavy meals as it may slow you down both mentally and physically. Go for small meals at regular intervals
- Get at least 6 – 7 hours of sound sleep.Staying up late nights will make up feel uneasy and stressful throughout the day.
- Practice breathing exercises. The Meditation or the sports activities are also of great help.
- A mix of a bit of exercise, fresh air and good food is enough to beat the exam blues.
- Avoid television, films, chatting, long phone calls and online messaging unless necessary. These will tire your brain. Speak less, allow your brain to spend time with yourself and absorb what you learn.
- Avoid having junk food and caffeine and always keep yourself away from fizzy drinks.
- Never take parental pressure and stay focused on your own goal.
- Do not keep the revision till the last minute.
Last but not the least, though marks are important, they do not make or break your world. Give your best to the task in hand and be happy. In the words of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ on January 29-“My view is that examination is a celebration. Take it as if it is a festival, and when there is a festival or celebration, then the best comes out of us. We feel the society’s strength during celebrations. Whatever is the best comes out… Smile more to score more.“
Great personalities have brought differences to the world! with simple inventions and discoveries, by creating minor changes, by introduction of unusual but yet, the common people have become the famous personalities. Great personalities have brought impeccable transformation and amazing changes in the usual routine. Whether it is politics or arts or science, whether it is religious or philosophical, whether it is big or small, the impact made by people made them famous personalities for instance Mother Teresa the most lovable women with kindest heart in the world, who knows nothing but love and care! The father of Nation India, Mahatma Gandhi who fought for justice through non violence, the man of simplicity!
Similarly we at our school also organized such kind of an activity “Dress Me Up” in which children were assigned some countries like United Kingdom, Spain, India, Germany etc in which they dressed up according to the great personalities of those countries. It was truly a successful event in which children gained lot of knowledge about different personalities and participated enthusiastically.
The students of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Vasundhara, Ghaziabad had an insightful talk with the school alumni, Captain Shalini Singh who is a proud Indian Army Veteran, inspirational speaker and reigning Mrs India Classic, Queen of Substance. Capt Shalini in her talk emphasized on the fact that it is your mind that has to change, and not the situations. With the change in your mindsets and thought processes you can achieve anything the way you want. You are the in charge of your life, no one else is. Students were extremely motivated towards the actuality that it is we, ourselves who are responsible for whatever happening in our lives. Adapting positivity leads to positive occurrences in your life and vice versa. Focus is the key element to achieve anything and one must be clear about his/ her visions or goals. You will always be surrounded with multiple distractions, but it is your focus that makes you adhere to your desired path. Captain Shalini put light on the importance of shaping one’s destiny. One must not give up, ever! You are never to be bothered about others; you are here to judge your own capabilities. She concluded her session saying, “Believe in yourself” and “Give up on giving up”.
The Principal cum Director, Mrs Manju Rana, thanked her for her inspiring words and for being there to guide the young Jaipurians for their lives. The students of class XII were truly enthused to hear her and were certain to abide by what all they took away with them through the session.