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Apeejay School Saket has carved out an identity of excellence as one of the best CBSE schools in India: Dr Neha Berlia

The Annual Appreciation Day of Apeejay School Saket had all the flavours and colours that one can imagine, says Chief Guest, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur

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The annual Appreciation Day event of Apeejay School Saket, provided a platform to some of the biggest stars on the Indian political and administrative firmament along with celebrated stalwarts of Indian culture. Held in virtual mode in keeping with Covid-19 protocols, Dr Neha Berlia, Co-Promoter of Apeejay Stya & Svran Group presided over the vibrant and engaging event that saw the participation of Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr. Anurag Thakur.
Some of the biggest names from the world of culture – dance legend Birju Maharaj, sarod virtuoso Amjad Ali Khan and noted danseuse Shovana Narayan – sent their wishes to the students and teachers and school management, congratulating them warmly, through their messages.  

Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr. Anurag Thakur, was the chief guest

Dr Neha Berlia, recognised as one of India’s Greatest Leaders 2017-18 at the Pride of India – Celebrating the 71st Year of India’s Independence, Awards & Summit, congratulated the school management for organising the event. “A special appreciation is due for the school for going ahead with the celebration on a virtual platform despite all odds in the present trying times. Congratulations to the school for its achievements in all realms, academics, extracurricular activities, sports and community outreach activities.”

Dr Berlia applauded the all-round achievements of the school that went beyond scholastic pursuits. “Apeejay School, Saket has carved out an identity of excellence for itself as one of the best CBSE schools in the country. Not only has it received some of the best rankings and awards but has consistently produced excellence in both scholastic and co-scholastic pursuits as also success stories of students in various elite competitive examinations.”

In his message, the chief guest, Mr Anurag Thakur, congratulated Apeejay Education on choosing Ikigai (the Japanese philosophy of finding a reason for your being) as the central theme for the celebrations. “It is really a wonderful experience to witness the online annual appreciation day of Apeejay School Saket that has all the flavours and colours that one can imagine. Each and every event was carefully crafted and the best part was the exuberant participation of the students. The theme, Ikigai, itself speaks volumes about the thought process at Apeejay,”said Mr Thakur. “I would like to appreciate the management of Apeejay Education Society led by Madam Sushma Paul Berlia Ji that is always consonant with the motto of Apeejay ‘Soaring high is my nature’. It is really a blessing for the children to study at such a school that cares about each and every requirement of its students. With the change of the pandemic, still looming upon us, it was really thought-provoking to see the positivity and the confidence of the future citizens of India,” he added.

DS Negi, CEO, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre, was among the esteemed guests at the event

Pioneers of high-quality blended learning and NEP visionaries

Dr Neha Berlia said that value-based education experience of global standards leading to man-making and nation building is the cornerstone of Apeejay Education. “In the wake of the pandemic, Apeejay Education found effective online alternatives of high quality blended hybrid learning. It is here to stay and we are making the most of it.  Being at the forefront of IT-enabled education and cloud computing for years, we have been able to leverage the strength of its advantage very quickly in accordance with the need of the present times with requisite training and mentoring of our teachers and staff.  As our institutions gear up for reopening, the need for a smart campus with integrated digital tools and blended hybrid mode of learning has become more important than ever before and we are duly prepared for it,” she said.

From left, musical stalwarts Sarod virtuoso Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj and renowned danseuse Shovana Narayan

At all times, the vision of Apeejay Education is to usher in value-based holistic education leading to man-making and nation-building. “We are glad that our existing practices have found huge resonance in the National Education Policy (NEP) of 2020, also mentioned by the architect of NEP 2020 and the former head of Indian Space Research Organisation Mr Krishnaswami Kasturirangan Ji, when he graced our function to mark the birth anniversary of Dr Stya Paul, my late grandfather and our founder-chairman,” added Dr Berlia.

Mr Sujeet Eric Masih, Principal, Apeejay School, Saket

The Principal, Mr Sujeet Eric Masih, said Apeejay School, Saket had opened its doors in 1987 and has since blossomed into one of the premier elite institutions in South Delhi. “At Apeejay School Saket, we strive for excellence with sincerity of purpose, instilling independence of thought and action among our children and developing sensitivity towards others. Apeejay School, Saket was ranked in the top 3 schools  in The Times School Survey 2021 in the Leaders category … We owe this to the futuristic approach of the management, the continued efforts of our leaders and the diligence of our facilitators for upholding the vision. Apeejay School Saket has been selected for Brainfeed School Excellence Award 21-22 that is awarded to the top schools of the country as well as applauded as the ‘Outstanding School in Learning Initiative, Skill Development and Innovation 2021’ by ArdorComm Media Group. We are proud to announce that Shashwat Shivam and Vayun of 2020-2021 batch, have cleared JEE Advance. Shashwat has got admission in the prestigious institution IIT-BHU and Vayun has got it in the reputable institution IIT-Delhi.”

Among the special invitees was former IAS officer and present-day CEO at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre Mr DS Negi. Impressed with the play Aatm Jagriti (Awakening of the inner self), performed by the students, Mr Negi urged them to look beyond the world of the Internet and materialistic pursuits and invest in relationship-building. “Pursuit of academics is important. The academic opportunities available to students these days are infinite but forming good human relationships is equally important. According to an 80-year-old longitudinal study on Adult Development conducted by Harvard University, the happiest people in the United States were those who had cultivated human relationships. Those who have lots of friends, a loving family and a loving neighbourhood. Beyond a point, money is just a number. What is important is the cultivation of good human relationships.”

One of the most eagerly anticipated items on the schedule of the annual Appreciation Day were the virtual prize distribution ceremonies across categories such as Board Toppers, Scholars, Super Scholars and Co-curricular activities. Congratulating the achievers, Dr Neha Berlia said: “ 

“I congratulate all those who have got prizes today. To those who have not won any prizes, I would like to say, never give up on your dreams and follow it up with determination to get the success you deserve. You will get tomorrow what you didn’t get today.”

“Being at the forefront of IT-enabled education and cloud computing for years, we have been able to leverage the strength of its advantage very quickly in accordance with the need of the present times with requisite training and mentoring of our teachers and staff. As our institutions gear up for reopening, the need for a smart campus with integrated digital tools and blended hybrid mode of learning has become more important than ever before and we are duly prepared for it.”

-Dr Neha Berlia, Co-Promoter, Apeejay Stya & Svran Group

Aasheesh Sharma is a seasoned journalist with an experience of more than 25 years spread over newspapers, news agencies, magazines and television. He has worked in leadership positions in media groups such as Hindustan Times, India Today, Times of India, NDTV, UNI and IANS. He is a published author and his essay on the longest train journey in India was included in an anthology of writings on the railways, brought out by Rupa Publications. As the Editor of Apeejay Newsroom, he is responsible for coverage of the latest news and developments in the Apeejay institutions. He can be reached at [email protected] He tweets @Aasheesh74

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