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‘Treat education as the best friend whom you must love and nurture’

Mr Aditya Berlia stressed the importance of education at Apeejay School, Model Town’s Annual Appreciation Day which also had Jagjit Singh Saroya (PPS), ADCP headquarters, Jalandhar, as the guest of honour



Students performing at Apeejay School, Model Town’s annual day

Apeejay School, Model Town, organised an enthralling annual day programme that was attended by students, parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, and other eminent guests. Students showcased their brilliant talents through power-packed music and dance performances, impressing one and all.

The annual day, called ‘Taabir-The Interpretation of Dreams’, began by lighting the ceremonial lamp. School principal Mr Malkiat Singh formally welcomed the guest of honour for the occasion, Mr Jagjit Singh Saroya (PPS), ADCP headquarters, Jalandhar. The event was presided over by Mr Aditya Berlia, co-promoter, Apeejay Stya & Svran Group.

(Left to right) Girish Kumar, Jagjit Singh Saroya and Malkiat Singh

Among the other dignitaries present on the occasion were Mr Girish Kumar, principal, Apeejay School Mahavir Marg, and Ms Sangeeta Nistandra, principal, Apeejay School, Rama Mandi.

In an inspiring address, Mr Saroya advised parents to become role models for their children who will eventually follow in their footsteps. He stressed the importance of hard work to achieve one’s goals. And while chasing dreams, one should make sure to take time out of their busy schedules to do their bit for society. And for this, one needs to master time management, something parents must inculcate in their children too, he added.

Aditya Berlia

Mr Berlia, on the other hand, urged students to reflect on the hard work and sacrifices made by their parents to meet their needs. “All that we do is with gratitude. Take a moment to thank your family for being there with you and supporting you through the life to come,” he said.

Mr Berlia went on to highlight Apeejay’s strife for attaining global standards of education in the pursuit of man-making and nation-building. “When we talk about scholars, studies show that all the character-building happens until class VIII. After that, we are trying to fix what has been done before. This school is undergoing rapid expansion and we are doubling down on our curriculum initiatives. In fact, our curriculum has been benchmarked with the top schools and school systems across the world. We have been asked to help schools by looking at their curriculum, and our teachers helping their teachers. This is a testament to all the hard work that students, staff, and teachers have put in.”

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While thanking parents for their support and long-standing faith in Apeejay, he advised students to treat education as their “best friend”. “It will continue to add value, love, success, enlightenment, and support. It will stick with you no matter what happens. You have to love, respect, and nurture this best friend.”

Apeejay believes in value-based education, which is vouched for by the over 65,000 alumni who constitute an integral part of the Apeejay family, Mr Berlia mentioned. “When they share their success stories, they say their fundamental mantra has been the values and character they learnt while in Apeejay.

Dr Stya Paul, Apeejay’s founder chairman, credited the entire Apeejay community for building the educational institution that it is today. Apeejay Education has always been about man-making and national-building which comes from each generation contributing selflessly and with purpose, by creating wonderful institutions.”

Dance performance by Apeejay students

The student achievers at Apeejay School, Model Town for the year 2022-23, were awarded prizes by the guest of honour. While reading out the school annual report, Mr Singh listed some significant initiatives undertaken by the school during the academic year. “A heart filled with aspirations is all that we have known since the very existence of this school. And that is what gives us the ambition of marching on till excellence is achieved in all our endeavours. This year was full of memorable milestones, achievements, and enriching learning opportunities,” he stated.

One of the landmark achievements of the school this year was receiving CBSE affiliation for secondary school. To continue the journey of excellence, Mr Singh also spoke of some of the future plans for the school, from being affiliated as a senior secondary school to the construction of a new auditorium, a basketball court, a new administrative block and reception, new classrooms, science labs, digital library, and a lot more.

Dance performance by Apeejay students

As for the cultural performances presented on the occasion, the relentless passion and hard work of the students and the teachers were manifested in an eclectic show where young boys and girls performed with great gusto and confidence. From representing the culture of Punjab through Bhangra and Jugni to enacting a beautiful play, the performers treated the audience to a wonderful artistic experience. The guest of honour specially congratulated all the students for their performances.

The grand event concluded with a formal vote of thanks and the National Anthem.

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.