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The world is one big family at Apeejay School Jalandhar (Rama-Mandi)

Apeejay School Rama-Mandi celebrates Annual Appreciation day. Students mesmerize the audience with captivating performances.

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Apeejay School Jalandhar (Rama-Mandi) organized a spectacular annual appreciation day celebration on December 30.  The theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ meaning the world is one big family. Through this theme, the school gave a message to all that by educating and caring for everyone, the human heart begins to see all as members of the same family.

Mr Jagdish Raj Raja, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Jalandhar was the Chief Guest of the function. Mr Nishant Berlia, Pro-Chancellor of the Apeejay Stya University and member of the management board of Apeejay Stya and Svran group virtually presided over the function.

The celebrations commenced with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest, Mr Jagdish Raj Raja, accompanied by Principal, Ms Sangeeta Nistandra. Lord Ganesha is the deity of all auspicious beginnings. Thus, the celebrations began with a dance performance paying homage to Lord Ganesha. Students of classes 6-8 gave a mesmerizing dance performance on the song ‘Jai Dev Jai Mangal Murti’ invoking the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

Principal, Mrs Sangeeta Nistandra addressed the audience and presented the annual report for the academic year 2021-22. She said, “The school is committed to Dr Stya Paul’s vision of making the students experience the joy of learning. The school toppers in secondary and senior secondary board examinations have achieved an aggregate score of above 90%. The school has also been awarded twice for academic excellence this year; The Brainfeed School Excellence Award and Innovative Practices for Academic Excellence Award.”

She added, “Every month the school highlights three core moral values. The values for this month are Integrity, Humility and Resilience. We at Apeejay Rama-Mandi are totally committed to them. Even during the difficult time of the pandemic, we have virtually celebrated every important occasion. Here at Apeejay Rama-Mandi we believe in man-making and nation-building.”

Mr. Nishant Berlia was nostalgic about his school days. He addressed the audience saying, “In addition to my role in the Apeejay Stya and Svran group, I have also been an Apeejay student, now an alumnus and also an Apeejay parent. So it gives me immense joy to be present at such an occasion.”

He added, “Our family and organization was born in Jalandhar and has grown from Jalandhar. Currently we have more than 40,000 students and programs going upto even doctoral levels. It is the wonderful sense of community that we have experienced in Jalandhar that has helped us rise exponentially.  We are guided by my grandfather, Dr Stya Paul’s vision and so we look at the world but keep our roots firm in our culture and values. I would like to congratulate Apeejay Rama-Mandi for their excellence and decades of hard work in the field of education. I wish them the very best in this journey.”

Chief Guest, Mr Jagdish Raj Raja lauded Apeejay Rama Mandi for their commitment to value based education. He said, “Apeejay institutions are giving quality education to students since the last five decades. I often say, if someone’s children are studying in an Apeejay institute, the parents don’t need to worry about anything. The school prepares the students for everything in life.” He added, “I wish Mrs Sangeeta Nistandra and Apeejay Rama-Mandi the best and my appreciations to all the students. Jai Hind!”

The words of wisdom were followed by an enlightening dance drama on the life of Swami Vivekananda performed by students of classes 8-12. The dance-drama celebrated the theme of the annual day ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ by celebrating different world cultures through iconic songs.

It was followed by a soulful Sufi song performance by students of classes 4-12. The students enchanted the audience with their charismatic performance of the songs ‘Padharo Mhare Des’, ‘Chaap Tilak’ and ‘Duma Dum Mast Qalandar’. 

It was followed by the most awaited event of the annual day, the Bhangra dance performance. Students of classes 5-12 captivated the audience with their passionate performance of Gidda and Bhangra to lively Punjabi folk tunes. 

Vice Prinicpal, Ms Aarti Shorey Bhat proposed the vote of thanks. The celebrations concluded on the happy note of wishing the audience a happy new year.

Arijit Roy is a trainee correspondent at Apeejay newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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