Adventure Paradise, Rajaji National Park
Vanshala camp was organized from 14th October to 18th October 2018. A group of nine children of class 5 were accompanied by two teachers-Mrs. Anamika Pandey and Miss Sonali Kakkar.Vanshala aimed at inculcating knowledge about saving nature and wildlife to make us aware about their importance and our dependence on nature.Through various competitions like drawing, collage making and many more, the students were given a chance to pen down their visual sites. River bathing was an exciting experience for the students. A seasonal river was selected for this activity. To make the children understand the life of the village, village study was also conducted. Children visited the Ganga Bhogpur Village and met the Sarpanch Mr.Pyarelal and they interviewed him. He told them about the administration of the village and also provided them with additional information that wheat and rice were main crops and the major occupation was agriculture. We met the forest rancher also.He added on to our knowledge about the pugmarks of tiger and lion.Honourable Convenor divided the children into four houses-Abhimanyu, Bharat, Dhruv and Bharat for the convenience of carrying out various activities.We went to take blessings of Maa Durga by visiting the temple nearby. It was an awesome experience and students were able to imbibe the values of saving nature. A big step was taken by Ramjas foundation to remove the demons of pollution, deforestation in the era of urbanization by spreading awareness in the future citizens.
Yuvvani Audition at Akashwani Bhawan
The Yuvvani audition was on 6th of September, 2018 at the Akashwani Bhawan, Sansad Marg Road. Yuvvani is a section for the young talents, those from the age of 15-30 years. I had prepared 3 songs for the audition. I had applied for light music, Rabindra Sangeet. On the audition day, there were about 100 people in the light song category who were scheduled for that day. Yuvvaani auditions took place on 3 days, as there were many people who had applied for it, and mine was the second day. The Yuvvani singing section is divided into classical and light.
I was a bit nervous during the audition because firstly no one was allowed inside the room where the audition took place, only the musicians were there for supporting my song. And secondly, I was not allowed to see the judges. There was a curtain between the judges and the participant. I could not see the judges’ expressions, which made me more nervous. Still, I gave my best, and the result is here. On 13th October 2018, a letter arrived from the Akashwani Bhawan, which stated that i have been selected, and will be called for recordings, and also be paid. I was extremely happy. And what adds to it, is that i, being a non-Bengali have been selected under the Bengali light song category.
Visit to DRDO’s Delhi Branch
On 15th October 2018, our school organised a visit to the Deference Research and Development Organisation’s Delhi branch building for the members of the Atal Tinkering Lab (under the Atal Innovation Mission) on the 86th birthday of our former president and a great personality in the field of science and Indian defence and aviation, Late Doctor A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. This visit was also meant to bring to the minds of these young innovators, some real-life problems faced by the country and leave them in thinking solutions to those. India’s current Defence Minister, Shri Nirmala Sitharaman, along with four other personalities in the field of Indian defence sciences, was present at the function. Along with the 70 students from the different ATLs across Delhi and NCR, the students from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi campus and some young scientists already working in DRDO were there to attend the function. We were all firstly taken to the cafeteria to have refreshments, on arriving the place. After this we were gifted with a jute handbag which contained some merchandise of DRDO (T-Shirt, Ball Point Pen, Hat, Dairy) and especially, a new book that was about to be launched on that very day, titled: ‘MEMORIES: INCREDIBLE KALAM’. After this, we went to the small museum dedicated to Mr. Kalam, depicting small scale models and some real specimens of all the projects he might have worked on, and some other innovative ones too. After seeing the exhibits, we all went to an auditorium in which the ministers came later and were shown some documentaries with us after which the book and a website- ‘Dare to Dream’ was launched. After this, three young scientists from different IITs showed their ideas on presentations which were intended for the Indian Defence Forces. After this, the ministers shared their thoughts, joined us in the National Anthem, and some went for the refreshments while others (three of them) still were in the auditorium answering all types of questions from the audience, especially students. After this, we all were once again given some refreshments and soon left for our way back to school. This trip was a very interesting and informative one in which many of us were struck by new ideas to tackle problems a very similar way and have a lot more respect for our beloved Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam while also getting to know the power of our nation. Certainly, this was a phenomenal visit.
Class- X – ‘C’
VISIT TO DRDO
Our school ATL club had organized a trip to DRDO on fifteen October 2018. DRDO themselves provided an AC bus for our journey. It was an amazing trip and we were able to get a close view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. After all security checks, we had a nutritious breakfast in DRDO dining lounge. Then we proceeded further to see Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam’s great works. The models of Agni and Brahmos missiles and the shining Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna was a sight to behold. On our way to the conference hall, we have gifted a jute bag which contained a shirt, pen, hat and a book on Dr Kalam. The conference hall was filled with the media crew and the colourful flowers increased the beauty of the stage. We watched a short film on DRDO until the honourable chief guest Smt . Nirmala Sitaraman arrived. It was a lifetime opportunity to meet the defence minister of India and the current MD of DRDO, Sh. Sudhir Mishra. We had a quick presentation of innovations by three young innovator's accompanied by the release of the book “Memories: Incredible Kalam” and the opening of the DRDO official website. After the national anthem, we had a discussion with the head of TAIR and Sh. Sudhir Mishra who answered all our queries in a friendly manner. This interactive and knowledgeable session concluded with a light refreshment.
It was an eye-opening trip as it motivated us to chase our dreams and to become a leader ourselves rather than waiting for a leader to guide us. My special regard to Anu mam and principal mam who had planned this trip for us. I feel honoured to be part of this trip on the birth anniversary of Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, the missile man of India.
-ANN PRIYA, X-C
On the occasion of the 87th birth anniversary of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, I got the opportunity to visit the headquarter of Defence Research & Development Organisation of India. It was a huge lush green place beautifully decorated with colourful flowers. On entering the premises, we were warmly welcomed by their staff. Their hospitality was commendable. After a small breakfast, we were guided to an exclusive exhibition from DRDO on models of various weapons and missiles. It was completely awe-provoking to watch and study such devastating weapons. It also gave a feeling of pride as an Indian to discover the great military strength of our country.
After the exhibition we attended a session on the recalls of Kalam presided by honourable Defence Minister of India Mrs. Nirmala Sitaraman, here she launched a book ‘Memories: Incredible Kalam’ based on incidents related with Kalam’s professional life. She also dedicated a website to the missile man, ‘The Kalam Vision-Dare to Dream’. This website is designed for people like Kalam who forefeet all the barriers of poverty, illiteracy, who dare to watch dreams and work for their fulfilment. After the address of Mrs. Sitaraman, we were accompanied by the DRDO scientists and the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister of India Dr. Vijay Raghvan for a wonderful question answer session specially arranged for young students like us. At the end of the program we each of us was gifted with a copy of ‘Memories: Incredible Kalam’ book. It was really a great experience going there this not only motivated me but also enriched my knowledge.
Visit to DRDO’s Delhi Branch
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former president of India, students of Ramjas School, R.K. Puram were taken to the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The chief guest of the program was the honorable Defense Minister of India – Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman. She was accompanied by Dr. Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, Minister of state for Defense and Dr. Krishnaswamy Vijayraghavan, Scientific advisor to the PM. Along with Ramjas School, the program was also attended by the students of ASN School, Kendriya Vidyalaya and IIT Delhi. The primary focus and the aim of the program were to encourage the students to work with their full potential and innovate new technologies to fulfill the vision of a developed India. Firstly, the students were taken to an exhibition on Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. The exhibition consisted of many models of missiles and tanks and other instruments which are used during wars. After this the students were shown a short film on DRDO. This is followed by a small documentary on Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. After this some innovators were invited to present and showcase their ideas which were followed by the launch of the book “Incredible Kalam” which was published by DRDO. After this the chief guests were invited to address the students. They made the students aware about the vision of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and how we should work towards it. After this our honorable Defense Minster launched the website “Dare to Dream” which is also made by DRDO. In the end there was an interaction session between the students and Dr. Krishnaswamy Vijayraghavan. The session helped the students to recognize the correct path to work for the development and also helped them to clear their doubts.
By: Abhinav Anand