Timeline of a hundred glorious years

1920

Rai Bahadur Lala Sultan Singh,
President, Board of Trustees, 1920-1930

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Rai Bahadur Lala Sultan Singh
President, Board of Trustees, 1920-1930

The father of the founder of the school, Rai Bahadur Lala Sultan Singh, was an enlightened and public-spirited citizen of Delhi. Modern School owes not only its inception, but also its subsequent development during the formative years to this great visionary. He was a Banker to the state and was awarded the "Kaiser-e-Hind" medal and the title 'Rai Bahadur' by the British. Sultan Singh's home in Kashmiri Gate was an open house for all national leaders. Mahatma Gandhi stayed with him on several occasions whenever he was in Delhi.

Sultan Singh was involved with several Jain organizations. He was a broad-minded man who had travelled the world and had close friends in other communities like Muslims, Sikhs and Christians - both in India and overseas. He was a man of taste, and had a zest for life.

Rai Bahadur Sultan Singh not only arranged the best education for his son, but was also very keen to mold his character. He used to constantly encourage his son, Lala Raghubir Singh, through letters while he was in London.

Rai Bahadur Sultan Singh gave Raghubir Singh his full support to realise his dream. In 1920, he put his sprawling mansion in Daryaganj at Raghubir Singh's disposal and gave him 5000 rupees (a princely sum in those days) for establishing Modern School. Sultan Singh persuaded many of his rich and powerful friends to join the school society. These included engineers Rai Bahadur, Devi Singh and Teja Singh Malik along with building contractors Baisakha Singh, Narain Singh and Shobha Singh.

He abundantly gave his time and thought to school-related activities and through his personal influence and efforts, collected substantial funds for the school building. While travelling overseas, he visited educational institutions to keep himself abreast with the latest trend and tried to incorporate meaningful and relevant features in the school, which was so dearly cherished by him.

1920

Kamala Bose,
Principal, 1920-1947

Kamala Bose was the first Principal of Modern School.

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Kamala Bose, Principal, 1920-1947

Kamala Bose was the first principal of Modern School and served the school for 27 long years with unerring dedication and devotion. She came from a very respectable and intellectually inclined family of Bengal, well-known for its efforts towards rural upliftment since 1874. She had a distinguished academic record. When she graduated in 1907, she was awarded the much-coveted Padmavati Gold Medal by her university. The initial 27 years offered by this amazing lady to the school, were marked with labour, dedication and unstinted loyalty. Ms. Bose was the one who worked with Lala Raghubir Singh to translate all their theories, ideals and ideas into practice. She had an uncanny understanding of human nature, was a great administrator and gave her best years to the institution. She nurtured it and watched it grow. The ideals she cherished and strived for all her life were to attainment of knowledge, belief in humanity, and to keep the school away from religious and social prejudice.

"Whatever has been achieved by the school has been due chiefly to her sound educational ideas. Her resourcefulness and foresight and above all the vigour of her personality have been assets of the greatest value. She so completely identified herself with the school, that it is impossible to imagine the one without the other." -Lala Raghubir Singh

August 1920

The Modern School Society

In 1917, Raghubir Singh took the first step towards establishing an educational institution by undertaking an 'educational tour'.

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August 1920 - The Modern School Society

In 1917, Raghubir Singh took the first step towards establishing an educational institution by undertaking an educational tour. He visited various educational institutions like Cawnpore Theosophical School, Muir Central College Allahabad and Theosophical High School founded by Ms Annie Besant at Benaras. The institution that left an indelible mark and really touched his heart was The Bolpur School established by Thakur Rabindranath Tagore. Finally, The Modern School Society was registered in August 1920 under Act XXI of 1860 and the school actually commenced work from 20th October 1920 with a class of about six children on the rolls. The first students were Raghubir Singh's three children, Teja Singh's son and daughter, Devi Singh's two sons and Sir Sobha Singh's two boys.

The syllabus is drawn by the Education Sub Committee: Raghubir Singh, Rattan Lal, C.H.C Sharp, N.K. Sen, Kamala Bose, Pandit Har Narain Shastri, Maulvi Abdul Rahman.

1920

Lala Raghubir Singh

Every human achievement of any significance begins with a vision. Lala Raghubir Singh, fondly known as Lalaji, envisioned a new kind of school.

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Lala Raghubir Singh

Every human achievement of any significance begins with a vision. Lala Raghubir Singh, fondly known as Lalaji, envisioned a new kind of school. He nurtured the desire to give a new meaning and content to education in the Indian context. This led to the founding of Modern School in 1920. He aspired to create a public school that would run along western lines and at the same time uphold Indian traditions. Modern School was not any school, but was a movement for better education on which rested the edifice of freedom and social change. Every child who passes through Modern School carries with him at least some of the spirit that Lalaji possessed.

Raghubir Singh was born in Delhi on September 5, 1885 into a Digamber Jain family. In 1913, Raghubir was married to Premvati, the daughter of a prosperous Jain family of Pahari Dhiraj, near Sadar Bazar. They had three children; Pratap Singh (Born. 1915), Virendra Singh (Born. 1917) and Rita Vari (Born. 1919). Soon after, Premvati's health deteriorated and she was bedridden. Raghubir Singh had to nurse his wife and look after his three children. Sultan Singh had hoped that his son would take over the management of his substantial interests in banking and real estate. The next six years were a period of serious apprenticeship when Raghubir Singh was taught about his father's businesses. Raghubir Singh was initiated into a life where study, sports and fine arts would be balanced by a sense of responsibility for family affairs, including the intricacies of running a complex and diversified business.But Sultan Singh soon realized that his son's interests lay elsewhere.

Raghubir Singh's vision was to raise a generation of boys and girls whose outlook would be modern, but who would respect their rich culture, traditions and be dedicated to their past. In 1917, Raghubir Singh took the first concrete step towards this goal. He undertook a tour of several educational institutions. After his visit to 'The Bolpur School' of Rabindranath Tagore, he wrote to his father:


"The poet said that he was very pleased to hear about our proposed institution... A proper provision must be made for the arts."

Lala Raghubir Singh's great ideal was cooperation between body, mind and spirit; the central principle being 'learning by doing'. The satisfactory results attained, convinces one of the triumph of the experiment. Modern School became a reality as a result of a dedicated team of people-the father and son team, the mentors, the teachers, the patriots-who stood behind the vision and the ideal.

20th February 1923

The Civil and Military Gazette

The Civil and Military Gazette,Lahore, publishes an article - "The Modern School, an Interesting Educational Experiment".

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The Civil and Military Gazette

The Speech Day of the Modern School came off this afternoon. The School Committee were At Home, to a very large and representative gathering of guests, both European and Indian ladies and gentlemen. Among those present were Sir Muhammad Shafi, Kanwar and Kanwarani Maharaj Singh, Dr Besant, many members of the Legislative Assembly and the Council of State. Some very well-rendered displays in drill, Montessori methods, art work and music were given by the pupils. Perhaps the most appreciated was the excellent performances given by the little ones in instrumental music, which with painting is compulsory for each pupil.

Sir Muhammad Shafi made a brief speech before the conclusion of the function, congratulating the managing committee and the staff of the school, on the great and rapid success of their undertaking, which he considered was a most patriotic venture.

This institution, almost the only one of its kind in North India, constitutes a most interesting experiment, and has great possibilities in the education future of the country. It was started in October 1920, independent of any existing organisation but with a first rate staff and the most up to date equipment and fittings. No outside help was asked for, the promoters and the parents of the pupils bearing the entire cost of putting the school on its feet. It started with twelve children, sons or daughters of the local gentry; the number has by now risen to thirty-five, ten of them being little girls and two are Europeans. There is still room for another twenty-five or thirty children who as a rule are not admitted after the age of eight. There are four resident pupils who come from outside Delhi and the school offers home care and comforts to children sent from other stations.

Freedom of Text Books

The teachers are given complete freedom to choose their own text books and to follow the methods of instruction they think best in their subjects, sufficient latitude being allowed in the time table. One of the strongest sides of the school work is the Montessori Class for which a fully qualified Montessori mistress, was brought out from England last year. The school is bilingual from the very beginning, the children being taught to speak English and Hindi very naturally and with great ease. Vocal music is compulsory and the older children receive instruction in instrumental music. A small school orchestra will be organised in the near future. Considering the fact that all the scholars come from rich homes, where they as a rule do hardly anything with their own hands, the school authorities have been very wise in setting apart one hour every day for manual work in which every child has to take part according to his age. Boys above eight years of age have to work in the carpentry workshop three times a week and at gardening the other three days. Referring to the health of the pupils the Secretary made a striking statement in the course of his report. He said, 'The beneficial effect of the school on the health of the children is demonstrated from the fact, that whenever there have been any long holidays the weight curve on the charts, in most cases, has shown a tendency to go down. It has invariably risen again after the school has reopened. The regular life in the school has a decided effect for the better'.

The school staff consists of a qualified lady Principal, two qualified lady teachers and four masters. The tuition fees for each pupil have so far been Rs. 50 per mensem (month) which also includes the cost of meals supplied during school hours. In order to enlarge the scope of the school, the committee has reduced fees for new admissions from Rs. 50 to Rs. 35.

The school, supplying as it does a long-felt want for a first rate preparatory school for the children of Indian gentry, needs to be given every encouragement. It does not ask for any Government aid at present as it is felt that the requirements of the Education Code are too rigid for the development of a novel experiment of this kind. The Superintendent of Education, Delhi, in the course of his last quinquennial (five yearly) report spoke of this institution as an experiment which constitutes constructive criticism of the present system.

1927

The Board of Secondary Education gives recognition to the School

1928

Handover of the Present site at Barakhamba Road to the School

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Handover of the Present site at Barakhamba Road to the School

In 1928, acting Chief Commissioner, J.N.G. Johnson recommends to the Government of India, the school's application for a plot of land in New Delhi.

On 4th August 1930, after prolonged negotiations between the Trustees and the Government of India, with the help of Sir Girja Shankar Bajpai, Member Education, the present site on Barakhamba Road, covering twenty-five acres of land, was handed over to the school and the lease was registered. A committee was formed to examine the working of the school and to suggest improvements. Its members were S.N. Mukerji, Principal St. Stephen's College, Reverend C.B. Young, St. Stephen's College, and Rai Bahadur N.K. Sen, Registrar, Delhi University.

1929

The first school trips are taken to places outside Delhi. Senior boys are taken to Amritsar, Lahore, Pindi and Taxila. Juniors to Rajputana, Jaipur, Ajmer and Chittorgarh

3rd June 1930

Sir Sobha Singh,
President, Board of Trustees, 1930-1977

As Lala Sultan Singh, first President of the Board of Trustees passes away, he is succeeded by Sir Sobha Singh.

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Sir Sobha Singh, President, Board of Trustees, 1930-1977

As Lala Sultan Singh, first President of the Board of Trustees passes away, he is succeeded by Sir Sobha Singh.

If there was a human dynamo, Sir Sobha was one. He enjoyed a long association with Modern School especially in the capacity of the President, Board of Trustees for 47 years. He attributed his success in life to hard work and total commitment to the task at hand. He was the principal contractor responsible for the construction of the main building of the Modern School, at Barakhamba Road.

As a civil contractor, the extent and quality of his work are visible in the construction projects he undertook in New Delhi, most noteworthy being the Connaught Place. He was a member of the Delhi Municipal Committee, the Improvement Trust which was planning New Delhi, the New Delhi Municipal Committee and later President NDMC for 5 years (1942-1947). In 1930, he was awarded the title of Sardar Bahadur, in 1938 the OBE (Order of the British Empire) and was knighted in 1945. He was nominated to the Council of State, now the Rajya Sabha, in 1942. Sir Sobha Singh was held in high esteem by the Government.

13th November 1924

Mahatma Gandhi visits the school

"I was very happy to see this modern institution. The cleanliness of the school is worthy of praise. I have only one fear. If in the flush of the modern, the ancient is lost it would greatly harm young girls and boys. I take the liberty of saying this because I see the purity of the motive of the inception of the school and I want this institution to progress"

13th November 1924
Mahatma Gandhi visits the school

"I was very happy to see this modern institution. The cleanliness of the school is worthy of praise. I have only one fear. If in the flush of the modern, the ancient is lost it would greatly harm young girls and boys. I take the liberty of saying this because I see the purity of the motive of the inception of the school and I want this institution to progress".

1928

The first Rudra Prize

The first Rudra Prize was awarded to Sardar Bhagwant Singh. The prize is named after Sushil Kumar Rudra, Principal St. Stephen's College, one of the earliest proponents of the school.

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1928 - The first Rudra Prize

The first Rudra Prize was awarded to Sardar Bhagwant Singh. The prize is named after Sushil Kumar Rudra, Principal St. Stephen's College, one of the earliest proponents of the school. It is given to the most outstanding student of the year, combining character with learning.

"To run a school on proper lines, efficiently and permanently, you need a permanent endowment. Education on a sound and permanent basis can never be a commercial undertaking on strict business lines. It must be based on gifts of the wealthy- for the good and general welfare..."
-S.K.Rudra, 5 July 1923, Dalhousie

24th August 1931

Laying of the School Foundation Stone

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24th August 1931 - Laying of the School Foundation Stone

Messrs. C.G. and F.B. Blomfield are engaged as architects. The foundation is laid on 24th August. All trustees, staff and students place a brick each to signify the joint efforts. Construction begins under the close supervision of Sardar Sobha Singh. In November, the Montessori wing moves to the new premises and classes begin in tents. In 1932, the Western Wing is completed in May and the Montessori section moves into the new building.

4th January 1933

Historic March to Barakhamba Road

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4th January 1933 - Historic March to Barakhamba Road

The whole school, including members of the Management Committee, the staff, old students, and the entire student body led by Diljit Singh, the youngest son of Sardar Sobha Singh, marches in a procession from Daryaganj to the premises on Barakhamba Road.

24th October 1934

The School enters into its 15th year

Old students are invited for the first time to commemorate the fifteenth year of the founding of the school.

1934

Students collect 500 rupees for the Bihar Earthquake Relief Fund.

1934

Students work through the entire summer to construct their own tool-shed. Right from digging the foundations, to roofing and plastering of the structure - they accomplish the entire task.

1935

Rai Bahadur Baisakha Singh builds the riding school stables.

13th January 1937

Mahatma Gandhi visits the school and blesses the children

February 1937

Sir Kikabhai Premchand donates a Sanatorium to the school named Lady Kikabhai Sanatorium.Presently, the building houses the office of the Board of Trustees.

1935

The school building is completed

28th February 1935

Laying of the Foundation stone of the gymnasium

The foundation stone for the gymnasium is laid by a prominent Delhi businessman and philanthropist Lala Hanuman Prasad. Named after his father, the gymnasium is called Chunni Lal Gymnasium.

28th March 1936

Rabindranath Tagore inaugurates The Hall of Religions

What I could see has impressed me greatly and left no doubt in my mind that it is one of the best educational experiments in India having a natural life's growth of its own and therefore helping the young minds to grow in an atmosphere of happiness and background of various activities of culture.

-Rabindranath Tagore
28 March 1936

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28th March 1936 - The Hall of Religions is inaugurated by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

The Hall of Religions is inaugurated by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The fresco on the wall depicts men and women of all religions and nationalities going towards the 'Light of Truth'. The artist is Sukumar Bose of the school's art department. Books of all religions are placed there for the students to browse through. It is a meditation room. The seniors are divided into four Houses, Asoka, Akbar, Shivaji and Tagore. A separate House for girls is named Laxmi. Each House is responsible for the cleanliness of a portion of the school building. The House Captains are responsible for ensuring that school rules are observed by members.

2nd February 1937

Her Excellency, Marchioness of Linlithgow inaugurates the gymnasium and the swimming pool . The funds for the construction of the swimming pool have been provided by the government and Lala Shankar Lal, Secretary, Delhi Cloth and General Mills.

January 1939

Scholarship for students

Staff and students put up a variety show for scholarships for deserving students and raise Rs 1000.

June 1940

The Delhi Olympic Association and Punjab Swimming Championship is held at Lahore. The school wins several prizes.

13th December 1938

Social Hour with students

Sir John Sargent, Educational Commissioner, visits the school and attends the monthly 'Social Hour' with students.

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13th December 1938 - 'Social Hour' with students

Sir John Sargent, Educational Commissioner, visits the school and attends the monthly 'Social Hour' with students. He writes in the Visitor's Book, "A good building does not necessarily mean a good school, but so far as I could judge from a comparatively short visit, everyone seemed to be taking advantage of the exceptionally fine environment in which they find themselves. There seemed to be a conscious purpose and a concentrated effort about this school which would convince even skeptic who has watched many vaunted educational experiments go up in smoke, that here, at any rate, something of real value is in the process of emerging."

1945

334 Students on rolls

In its twenty-fifth year the school has a total enrolment of 334 students.

1950

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad visits Modern School

"This school is one of the best teaching centres for developing the personality and character of the boys", he commented.

6th February 1947

Sarojini Naidu inaugurates a children's art exhibition.

29th August 1949

National Cadet Corps (NCC) starts with Sardar Swaran Singh as instructor. The first NCC camp held in December at Kanjhawala.

9th March 1949

Maria Montessori visits the school and speaks on child education

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9th March 1949 - Maria Montessori visits the school and speaks on child education

"My visit to Modern School in New Delhi has left me with an impression that this is not just a school but a splendid example of modern education. Furthermore, it has developed as a center for education of the future with a system of instruction which is in keeping with the present world."

- Maria Montessori

1st November 1947

Mahendra Nath Kapur is appointed Principal

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1st November 1947 - Mahendra Nath Kapur is appointed Principal

Kamla Bose retired after having served the school for twenty seven years and Mahendra Nath Kapur joined the school as Principal. He was a caring person whose rapport with the teaching and non - teaching staff and students was exemplary. Like a sculptor, he skillfully moulded the lives of all students who passed out from the school. In 1969, he was awarded the Padmashri for his immense contribution towards the cause of education.

1951

Dr. Rajendra Prasad addresses students on Founder's Day

"It is gratifying to note that the school has maintained uniform progress in many directions and that you are constantly on the look out for ways and means to maintain high standards."

1952

Jawaharlal Nehru visits the school on Founder's Day.

"I have been impressed by the school and I have formed good opinion of it. It is alive and active."

1st October 1952

'Young Farmer's Club' is formed.

Three-quarter acre of land allotted to the club is used by students to learn farming skills.

1953

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
visits the school

"I am happy to find that this school pays attention to the harmonious development of the child".

26th January 1952

Republic Day Celebrations

School participates in the Republic Day parade for the first time and presents the pageant 'Conquest of Everest'.

1952

Kindergarten's own weekly journal, Sandesh is launched

 

1952

School starts a psycho-medical clinic

 

1953

A group of students leave with the Principal for an educational tour of Europe.

1954

"If anyone is oppressed by a sense of pessimism as to the future of education in this country, one would go back after a visit to this school a confirmed optimist"

- Shri C.D. Deshmukh,
Union Finance Minister.

1954

C. Rajagopalachari visits the school

1955

"I have been greatly impressed by the narrative that I have just listened to. You, I hope share with me a sense of satisfaction and gratification which the remarkable success achieved by this institution must give every one of us."

- Shri G.B. Pant,
Union Home Minister.

1957

Dalai Lama visits the school

Dalai Lama visits the school and specifically the Hall of Religions, where prayers of all denominations are held every Thursday.

Dalai Lama visits the school

Dalai Lama visits the school and specifically the Hall of Religions, where prayers of all denominations are held every Thursday.

1957

"I have seen many public schools, but here I have seen not that spirit of exclusiveness but the spirit of imbibing from every part, from every place and from every sphere whatever is necessary for the benefit of the younger generation... I saw a small India here. It is a process of harmonising, it is a process of integrating social aspects of this country. It is a process of bringing together the various elements living in the country, in a small way and trying to integrate them..."

- Shri U.N. Dhebar,
President, Indian National Congress.

1958

Students undertake Padayatra with Acharya Vinoba Bhave.

26th October 1959

Lala Raghubir Singh, the founder of Modern School, passes away leaving behind a rich legacy

1960

Sarod recital on Founder's Day by twelve-year old Amjad Ali Khan.

1960

Kanjoos, an adaptation of Moliere's L'Avare by Hazrat Awara, directed by Mr. Ved Vyas, is staged by the alumni of the school. The first play establishes a tradition of theatre for entertainment.

1956

"There is experimentation with techniques of visual presentation. There are examples of trying to teach by more than the method of the printed page; there is an effort to get into the muscles of the children the knowledge that otherwise would be purely a matter of imagination."

- Dr Luther Evans,
Director-General, UNESCO.

11th August 1957

The Historical Society celebrates the centenary of the uprising of 1857

10th October 1958

Lala Raghubir Singh lays the foundation stone for Junior Modern School at Humayun Road

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10th October 1958 - Lala Raghubir Singh lays the foundation stone for Junior Modern School at Humayun Road

It was through the efforts of Sir Sobha Singh, President Board of Trustees of Modern School for over forty years, that the New Delhi Municipal Committee allotted four acres of land in a prime location in the city for the construction of the Junior School at Humayun Road. On 10th October 1958, the Founder, Lala Raghubir Singh laid the foundation stone for the school. Unfortunately, just a year later, on 26th October 1959, he passed away. The school was built in record time and was named after him-Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School.

The Foundation Stone was laid at the site where the main office stands today and soon after the 'havan' - the prayer ceremony, the prayer song taught to students by Kamala Nigam resonated in the air. Not many people know that this prayer is sung even today at the assembly for the junior classes and starts with, "Prabhu, dhanyavaad hum dete tumko, tumne humko kaam diya, kaam hamara meetha..."

The land allotted at Humayun Road was L shaped, the architect wisely used the short hand of the "L" for the school building leaving almost 3 acres for the playing fields. The construction was closely supervised by Brigadier Virendra Singh, Sardar Bhagwant Singh and Mr. M.N. Kapur.

1958

"I have been interested in the institution for a long time and I am glad to note the progress made by it and the record of the students in studies, sports and creative arts. The school has been doing excellent work in training both boys and girls for leadership."

Dr K.L. Shrimali
Union Education Minister.

1959

"I am very happy to find that you have in this school fine combination of work in the scholastic field and also work in the various other types of activities which make the school a good school."

Prof. Humayun Kabir,
Union Education Minister.

1960

This school has progressed from more to more and from strength to strength.

-Shri V.K. Krishna Menon
Defence Minister.

20th October 1961

Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School is formally inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru

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20th October 1961 - Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School is formally inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru

On October 20, 1961, the then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was invited to inaugurate the newly built Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School at Humayun Road. He graciously accepted the invitation and was accompanied by his sister, Smt. Vijay Lakshmi Pandit. Upon his arrival, he was taken around the building.

A cultural programme had been organized specially for the occasion. It was an evening function held outdoors. A stage and two special platforms were set up on the far side of the school grounds facing the main block. As the Chief Guest reached the site, the whole building was lit up, presenting a beautiful sight.

Pandit Nehru addressed the august gathering and expressed his delight at being present at such a momentous occasion. He delivered his speech in Hindi, and some extracts translate thus:

I recall, a little more than thirty years ago, I do not remember the date though, your school was located in Darya Ganj, somewhere opposite Dr Ansari's house. On my trips to Delhi, I often stayed with Dr Ansari, a great leader of his time. I also visited your school a couple of times and my daughter Indira studied there for a brief period. I feel happy coming here for I share old bonds with your school. Children, you have the great opportunity to study. Study well, do well and take interest in your work. Learn in a manner that it becomes play and play in a manner that it becomes learning.

The lighting of the ceremonial lamp was followed by a delightful musical programme by the senior, junior and kindergarten students. An enjoyable and colorful dance drama 'Kingdom of Cards', based on a play by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, was staged. Narendra Sharma's treatment of the ballet was both sensitive and imaginative and the show was a big success. As Pandit Nehru watched the show, he expressed his appreciation for the theme chosen for the evening, the presentation, the story and style of the ballet.

1962

"I can see that the school has gone ahead and ensured for itself a distinguished place among the good schools of the country."

- Dr Zakir Hussain
Vice-President of India.

1962

"Adarsh" - the first annual magazine by RS Junior Modern School is published.

1964

"I knew the Modern School was one of the best schools in Delhi. I am now beginning to wonder if it is not one of the best schools in India."

- Shri M.C. Chagla
Union Education Minister.

1965

Horse Riding is introduced at R S Junior Modern School

Horse riding was a popular activity enjoyed by students. The horses came from the stables at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, and riding was taught at the site where the Savitri Pratap Singh Block stands today.

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Horse Riding is introduced at R S Junior Modern School

Horse riding was a popular activity enjoyed by students. The horses came from the stables at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, and riding was taught at the site where the Savitri Pratap Singh Block stands today. Modernites remember their riding instructors, Captain Ganpat Singh, Tara Singh, and Subedar Raja Singh with fondness and immense respect.

"Horse riding was the last item on the afternoon's programme. The display was well worth watching. The daily, The Hindustan Times, while commenting on the fine feats of horsemanship by boys went on to say - The Horse Riding display was the highlight of the meet. The audience repeatedly applauded the young boys doing attractive feats perched on their mounts. The Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Mrs T.S. Soundram Ramchandran was the Guest of Honour. She stressed the role of sport and physical activities in a child's development and praised the high standards achieved by the school."

- Excerpt from the Annual Sports Day Report by Mr S.P. Bakshi, former Principal, Modern School Barakhamba Road, Adarsh 1965

1965

Kiran Seth Memorial Prize is instituted for the best sportsman of the year. Kiran Seth was killed in action in 1965 in the Sialkot sector.

1966

"Modern School should be an ideal for other schools."

- Dr A.N. Jha
Lt.Governor of Delhi.

3rd March 1967

Registration of The Modern School Old Students Association (MSOSA)

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3rd March 1967 - Registration of The Modern School Old Students Association (MSOSA)

The Modern School Old Students Association (MSOSA) was registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 (Punjab Amendment) Act, 1957, as extended to the Union Territory of Delhi on 3rd March 1967. It came into being with the objective of engaging itself in various philanthropic activities, through its vast network of Modernites, to contribute towards the growth of society in a positive and meaningful manner. It is one of the most active and vibrant alumni organisations in the country with a membership of more than 16,000 across the globe. The 'Modernites Scholarship Fund' was instituted by MSOSA to provide free education in Modern School to meritorious students from the underprivileged background. It also organises various socio - cultural events throughout the year and invites voluntary contributions from Modernites. The Inter-School Hockey & Squash Tournaments, Inter- School Annual Debate and Leadership Lectures by eminent Modernites from different walks of life are some of the other activities it organises.

1961

N.K Bose is appointed the Headmaster of Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School

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1961 - N.K Bose is appointed Headmaster of Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School

N.K. Bose was soft-spoken, gentle and humble. An affable person, he was a senior teacher at Modern School, Barakhamba Road for many years, and the perfect choice to establish the new school at Humayun Road.

1963

"But when it comes to the education of their own children, they (the leaders of public opinion) readily choose schools like the Modern School."

- Shri T.T. Krishnamachari
Union Finance Minister.

1965

"It is my privilege and pleasure to be in such an institution."

- Dr Karan Singh
Governor of Jammu & Kashmir.

1968

"The Modern School has become a pace-setter for the capital..."

- Smt Indira Gandhi
Prime Minister of India.

1968

Rameshwar Dayal Goyal appointed Headmaster, R S Junior Modern School

R.D. Goyal joined Modern School as a teacher of History in 1943. In 1968, he took over as the Headmaster of the Junior School and served in this capacity till 1975. He then moved over to Senior School and worked there till 1979. Known to be a kind, unassuming and humble person, he will be always remembered with a lot of respect for his devotion and dedication towards the cause of education.

1969

"The education given here generates in the minds of the students a healthy national feeling."

- Shri Gopal Sarup Pathak
Vice-President of India.

1968

The foundation stone of Sir Shankar Lal Hall at Modern School Barakhamba Road is laid by the then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The expense is borne by Mrs. Savitri Pratap Singh, daughter of Sir Shankar Lal.

Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi Visits the School

The foundation stone of a multipurpose hall at Modern School Barakhamba Road , named the Sir Shankar Lal Hall is laid by the Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi. It is proposed as a multi-purpose complex and is donated by Sir Shankar Lal's daughter, Mrs. Savitri Pratap Singh.

1965

The Milk Break

The Milk Break was a regular feature of the school that was introduced when the school started.

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1965 - The Milk Break

The Milk Break was a regular feature of the school that was introduced when the school started. Every student had to drink a bottle of milk unless he was exempted for medical reasons. Being lactose intolerant was one of the many reasons cited by students for escaping the 'ordeal', and the deficit was then compensated for with two glucose biscuits. Without a doubt, the biscuits were more in demand, and gradually they took over from the milk bottles.

1969

Nursery and Kindergarten renamed Elementary School.
Four Houses in Junior School named after flowers - Champa, Moulsari, Gulmohar and Neel Kamal.

23rd May 1969

Principal M.N. Kapur receives the Padmashri from the President of India

23rd May 1969 - Principal Kapur receives the title Padmashri

Another proud moment for Modern School was in the year 1969, when the President of India bestowed Padmashri on M.N. Kapur, the Principal of the school, in recognition of his dedication to the cause of education and eminent position as an educationist.

1970

Shri V.V. Giri, the President of India inaugurates Sir Shankar Lal Hall.

1970-1974

The New Boarding house at Modern School, Barakhamba Road is constructed

Glimpses of Yesteryears

Functions at the school have invariably been graced by the visits of dignitaries and persons of eminence.

 

1970

Modern School celebrates its Golden Jubilee

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1970 - Modern School celebrates its Golden Jubilee

The Golden Jubilee celebrations of Modern School commenced with great enthusiasm. Students of R.S. Junior Modern School presented a ballet named 'Krishna Sudama'. The then Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Dr. A.N. Jha was the Chief Guest on the occasion, who applauded the efforts of the students. The ballet was an immense success and received tremendous applause from the audience. The imaginative stage settings were created by Uma Sahay and Bishamber Khanna, light effects by A.K. Chaturvedi and Bajaj, music by A.K. Chaudhary, and direction and choreography by B.C. Sharma were greatly appreciated. The show was recorded and televised several times.

1971

An exhibition of photography, 'Fifty Years of Modern School' is held on the school's Golden Jubilee

1971

The Chief Guest Dr. Karan Singh, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation along with his wife being escorted by M.N. Kapur, Principal Modern School, Mrs. Kapur and Mrs. Virendra Singh on Founder's Day 1971.

1972

Amrit Sachdeva appointed Principal of the new Modern School, Vasant Vihar. Unitil the new building was ready, classes were to be held at Humayun Road in the afternoon.

1972

Air Chief Marshal PC Lal appreciating the work of students at the Science Exhibition on Founder's Day, 1972.

24th January 1975

Foundation stone laid for Modern School, Vasant Vihar

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24th January 1975 - Foundation stone laid for Modern School, Vasant Vihar

It was on 24th January 1975 that Sir Sobha Singh, President, Board of Trustees accompanied by Members of the Board, Modern School, laid the foundation stone for the new Higher Secondary School, Modern School, Vasant Vihar. In a record time of five months, by mid-June 1975, a three-storied building came up and in another six weeks the campus came alive with excited children and enthusiastic parents.

After the Inaugural Ceremony on 21st July 1975, the school started functioning. Initially, the school had only Nursery and classes 1 to 5. It was only in October 1975 that the construction of the second phase of the school building began. This was to be the Senior School Block. The construction was completed in eight months. Ved Vyas, who had been associated with Modern School for over 28 years took charge as the first Principal of the school.

1975

Ved Vyas appointed Principal, Modern School, Vasant Vihar, 1975 - 1986

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Ved Vyas appointed Principal, Modern School, Vasant Vihar, 1975 - 1986

Ved Vyas was an educator par excellence. Teaching, he believed, is the noblest of professions. He expected the cardinal qualities of commitment, dedication and industry in his fellow teachers. And, they never disappointed him. His rich legacy lives on through his students spread all over the world, and all those whose lives he touched. He was, and continues, to be an institution.

1977

P.C. Chowdhry appointed Principal Modern School, Barakhamba Road

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1977 - P.C. Chowdhry appointed Principal Modern School, Barakhamba Road

M.N. Kapur retires after serving for 30 years as Principal, Modern School Barakhamba Road, and is succeeded by P.C. Chowdhry.

Mr. P.C. Chowdhry completed his Master's in Economics from Allahabad University and B.Ed. from Delhi University. A keen sportsman, he played Ranji- trophy Cricket. He started his career in Modern School, Barakhamba Road as a teacher and in 1964 he was appointed Principal of an India aided school in Kathmandu, Nepal. He returned to Delhi to take over as the Principal of Salwan Public School and continued as the Principal till 1977. He was awarded the Padmashri by the President of India Mr. V V Giri in the year 1972 for his contributions in the field of Education and Sports. In 1977, he took over as Principal of Modern School and continued in that position till 1981.

1975

Ashok Pratap Singh joins Modern School as Member, Board of Trustees

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1975 - Ashok Pratap Singh joins Modern School as Member, Board of Trustees

Ashok Pratap Singh, son of Lala Pratap Singh, joined Modern School as Member, Board of Trustees in 1975. He took over from Gen. Virendra Singh as the Hony. Secretary, Board of Trustees in 1982. He has served as Chairman, Managing Committee of Modern School, Barakhamba Road and Modern School, Vasant Vihar. His keen involvement in the functioning of the schools, his acumen and deftness in handling pertinent issues related to the growth of the three institutions is noteworthy. A graduate in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, Ashok Pratap Singh served the school as President, Board of Trustees, from July 2010 till 2018. Grandson of the founder of the school, Lala Raghubir Singh, he has always been actively involved in promoting the school's ethos and philosophy. Under his dynamic leadership and guidance, Modern School geared towards expansion and two other branches came up, one at Kundli, Delhi ECNCR and the other at BPTP, Faridabad.

1977

Lala Pratap Singh appointed President, Board of Trustees

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Lala Pratap Singh appointed President, Board of Trustees, 1977-1993

After serving the school for several years, Sir Sobha Singh, President of Board of Trustees retired in 1977 and was succeeded by Lala Pratap Singh, the elder son of Lala Raghubir Singh. Not only was he amongst the first batch of students in the school at Daryaganj, he had also taught in the school for a brief period and had held the office of the President, Board of Trustees. Ever a gentleman, he carried with himself a quiet sense of dignity and a strong sense of values. Nearly fifty years of his life were spent in the Eastern part of the country, but during the earlier and later years of his life, he lived in Delhi. Both he and his wife Smt. Savitri Pratap Singh took a keen interest in school activities.

1978

Rupees 20,000 collected for flood victims of Delhi.

1979

Theatre at School

Sanjay Kumar, a theatre person and Modernite 1979 batch, traces his love for theatre to his youngest days at R.S. Junior Modern School.

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1979 - Theatre at School

Sanjay Kumar, a theatre person, and Modernite 1979 batch, traces his love for theatre to his youngest days at R.S. Junior Modern School.

"First workshop: KG 2B - The two period long workshop was conducted by Shri Om Shivpuri. He gave us a narrative and wanted us to cry. I cried so much that it took young Geeta aunty, in her first year of teaching and later to become the Headmistress of the school, two hours to quieten me. Some baptism into theatre!"

1980

Olympic size swimming pool at Modern School Barakhamba Road is inaugurated by Justice Prakash Narain

M N Kapur, Principal, Modern School, sharing his views with B D Jatti, Vice President of India

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, President of India, with Mrs. & Mr. M N Kapur, Principal, Modern School.

18th April 1979

Sir Sobha Singh passes away. In the same year Sir Sobha Singh Block for senior classes starts functioning at Modern School, Barakhamba Road.

September 1981

Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School is bifurcated

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September 1981

Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School is bifurcated from Modern School, Barakhamba Road for reasons of administrative expediency. Since then, RSJMS remains an independent institution, with its own Headmistress, Managing Committee, teaching and office staff.

1981

Mool Raj Mehndiratta, appointed Principal, Modern School, Barakhamba Road

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1981 - Mool Raj Mehndiratta, appointed Principal, Modern School, Barakhamba Road

Mr. Mool Raj Mehndiratta succeeded P.C. Chowdhry as the Principal of Modern School, Barakhamba Road. A man with a photographic memory, he continued to hold the baton till June 1982.

Doris David is appointed Headmistress, R S Junior Modern School, 1980-1990

 

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Doris David is appointed Headmistress, R S Junior Modern School, 1980-1990

Doris David joined R.S. Junior Modern School on 21st July 1980. During ten years of her dynamic stewardship, the school gained enormous strength and stature and came to be recognized as one of the best primary schools, not only in Delhi but in the whole of India.

Her service in the field of education was given due recognition by Delhi Administration and other non-government organizations in the form of suitable awards and certificates. As a person, she was kind, humane and extremely understanding. 'Dee Dee' or 'David Aunty', as she was lovingly called, had tremendous leadership qualities and was a guiding spirit for teachers. After her untimely demise in 1990, the School Hall was named after her. The Doris David Hall has witnessed major school events, house functions, and morning assemblies. In the year 2007, the hall was upgraded to a state-of-the-art auditorium when major renovations and air conditioning works were undertaken, and the latest light and sound equipment installed.

Under the able stewardship of Doris David, the 'Read Aloud Programme' was started in school. It was implemented to enhance listening skills in children and expose them to the world of fairy tales, fiction, and moral-based folklore. Parents and grandparents volunteered to come once a week to read aloud to students. An initiative taken by her, 'The Valedictory Function' for the outgoing batch of students of P5 was started in the early 1980s. A tradition started then, continued down the years. Held in the evening, the function was attended by special invitees, dignitaries and families of participants, which was the entire batch of Class 5. The programme commenced with the Awards Ceremony in which meritorious students were felicitated and was followed by a spectacular cultural show. Many Modernites vividly remember the Candle Light Ceremony and the soulful rendition of - Zindagi ka diya leke aaye hai hum, gyan ki roshni aap de dijiye.

September 1982

General Virendra Singh, after having served for twenty-three years, hands over charge of Honorary Secretary Board of Trustees to Ashok Pratap Singh.

1982

Satya Pal Bakshi is appointed Principal, Modern School, Barakhamba Road

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1982 - Satya Pal Bakshi is appointed Principal, Modern School, Barakhamba Road

After obtaining post-graduate degrees in English and Sociology, S P Bakshi embarked on his career as a teacher of English at Modern School, Barakhamba Road. In the year 1970-71, he was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in a High School in a small town called Fort Wayne, USA. He served as the Staff Advisor to the school magazines 'Sandesh' and 'Adarsh'. He left Modern School in 1977 to take over as Principal of Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan. In 1982 he took over as Principal, Modern School, Barakhamba Road. The first Blood Donation Camp was held in his tenure and is still organized every year. The Squash courts were also constructed during his time. Modern School added another jewel to its own crown in the form of the Platinum Jubilee Block which is equipped with modern laboratories, lecture rooms and a mini multi-purpose hall for audio-visual facility. He retired in the year 1996.

1983

Interact club starts for social service activities at Modern School Barakhamba Road.

1983

Hobbies like gardening, Ikebana, sewing as well as journalism and typing are introduced at Modern School, Barakhamba Road.

27thOctober 1984

First Annual PTA Dinner at R S Junior Modern School

The first social get together cum dinner was organised by the Parent-Teacher Association

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1984 - First Annual PTA Dinner at R S Junior Modern School

The first social get together cum dinner was organized by the Parent-Teacher Association in the school premises at which Maj. Gen. Virendra Singh was the Chief Guest. Attended by over 500 parents and guests, the event was the first of its kind in the history of the school. A cultural program was organized for the occasion.

1986

The Geetanjali Maken Award for English Elocution is instituted

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The Geetanjali Maken Award for English Elocution is instituted

In memory of Geetanjali Maken, a Modernite, and daughter of former President of India, Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma, an intra-class competition in English elocution is held every year. A keen debater during her college days, Geetanjali passed away in a tragic accident. A Running Trophy is presented every year to the winner on the occasion of the Valedictory Ceremony for P5 at Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School.

1986

Teaching of Computers becomes part of the school curriculum

31st July 1986

Ved Vyas retires as Principal Modern School, Vasant Vihar and K.J. Vari takes charge and remains as Principal till 2000

1989

Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma chairs the Indian Public School Conference at Modern School Barakhamba Road

14th August 1986

Silver Jubilee Celebrations at R.S. Junior Modern School

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14th August 1986 - Silver Jubilee Celebrations at R.S. Junior Modern School

R.S. Junior Modern School celebrated its Silver Jubilee in the year 1986. The celebrations started on 14th August 1986 on the premises. The then Chairman of the Managing Committee, Maj. Gen. Virendra Singh unfurled the National Flag and saplings were planted by the dignitaries present.

On Monday, 27th October 1986, a special function was held to commemorate the occasion at the Siri Fort Auditorium, Asian Games Village. Air Vice Marshal H.L. Kapur, the then Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, was the Chief Guest. The programme started with a welcome song and was followed by a musical pageant, 'The Golden Bird.'

Mrs Maitra, an ex-staff member, remembers:

"This was larger than any project we had executed till then ... It was written by Mrs Dhulia and directed by me. It traced the history of India from the Aryan period to our independence. All present in the auditorium wondered at the style and professional skill shown by the children."

Message by Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India

"Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School has established itself as one of the premier educational institutions for children in Delhi. It is at this sensitive and tender age that the foundation of character, knowledge and health is built in our children. It is a difficult and important task which must be approached with thought and care."

14th October 1990

Mrs D. David, Headmistress of R S Junior Modern School passes away.

14th October 1990

President, Shankar Dayal Sharma visits Modern School

1991

Air Chief Marshal S.K. Mehra, a Modernite, presents a Hunter aircraft to the school, which is kept in the front lawns of Modern School, Barakhamba Road.

10th May 1991

The foundation stone of Savitri Pratap Singh Block is laid by Ashok Pratap Singh.

1995

Five thousand students enrolled in the three branches as compared with the total enrolment of six students in 1920.

1996

RK Bhatia appointed Principal, Modern School Barakhamba Road

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1996 - RK Bhatia appointed Principal Modern School, Barakhamba Road

RK Bhatia started his journey as a teacher in the Department of Mathematics in 1971. He took over the charge of Ranjit House from Mr Ved Vyas as the House Master in 1972 and continued till he climbed the proverbial ladder with utmost sincerity and dedication and became the Principal in 1996. Besides being a good human being he had a sound academic background. The unending list of his achievements include being the Head Examiner, CBSE and the CEO for marking scheme (All India) for Mathematics (class XII).

1996

RSJMS becomes a member of the Newspaper in Education (NIE) programme

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1996 - RSJMS becomes a member of the Newspaper in Education (NIE) programme.

Every student of class 5 participates and receives a student edition of the newspaper daily. Craftwork and other activities are conducted by resource persons arranged by the TOI, thereby giving education a new dimension. Currently, P4 and P5 students participate in the HT- Pace and NIE programmes respectively.

1997

RSJMS calendar introduced

21st July 2000

Installed with the latest computer equipment, a new computer lab is made for the senior students of RSJMS.

1st November 2000

Special Remedial Education Centre starts functioning at R S Junior Modern school

1st November 2000 - Special Remedial Education Centre starts functioning at R S Junior Modern school

A Special Remedial education center under the guidance of Mrs. Sandhya Jain, who is MA (Psychology) and holds a diploma in educational & vocational guidance, started functioning.

28th June 2000

Mohini Virendra Singh passes away.

2000

The school library at R S Junior Modern School is renovated and renamed the Mohini Virendra Singh Library, funds for which are provided by Maj. General Virendra Singh and his family.

2000

Goldy Malhotra appointed Principal, Modern School, Vasant Vihar

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2000 - Goldy Malhotra appointed Principal, Modern School, Vasant Vihar

A poet, painter and teacher, Goldy Malhotra has had an illustrious career in teaching fine arts, administration and innovation. She is the proud recipient of the Shiksha Shiromani Award by the International Study Circle - 2002 ; Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award - 2002 ; Dr. Radhakrishnan Award 2003, Teacher's Award by CBSE - 2004; and President's National Teacher's Award - 2010. She retired in 2011.

1991

Trophy instituted by the Air Chief Marshal S.K. Mehra for a student who shows exemplary display of courage, initiative and adventure.

1991

Geeta Dudeja appointed Headmistress, R S Junior Modern School

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Geeta Dudeja (Headmistress, 1991-2003)

Having joined the school as a teacher in 1964, Ms. Geeta Dudeja taught and guided her students for twenty-six long years before she assumed charge as the Headmistress in 1990. During this time, she interacted closely with three generations of Modernites and with her unconditional love and warmth, imparted the profound values of gentility, righteousness, and sincerity. Her indefatigable spirit and boundless energy were palpable in every nook and corner of the school.

30th March 1994

M.N. Kapur passes away in New Delhi.

28th October 1993

Savitri Pratap Singh Block is inaugurated by Mohini Virendra Singh

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28th October 1993 - Savitri Pratap Singh Block is inaugurated by Mohini Virendra Singh

28th October 1993 was another glorious day for R.S. Junior Modern School. A new wing was added to the school building. Mrs. Mohini Virendra Singh inaugurated the new block and dedicated it to the memory of Mrs. Savitri Pratap Singh, who had been member of the Board of Trustees, for 16 years. The Savitri Pratap Singh Block houses the pre-primary classes and has colorful and spacious rooms equipped with child-centric learning resources. Activities like art, clay, music, dance and computers are offered to students. There is a small central courtyard where Nursery and KG functions and morning assemblies are held.

September 1994

Pradeep Virendra Singh

Son of Gen. Virendra Singh, Pradeep Virendra Singh joined the Board of Trustees as a member in 1994

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Pradeep Virendra Singh

Pradeep Virendra Singh, son of Gen. Virendra Singh, joined the Board of Trustees as a member in 1994 and served as the Chairman of the Managing Committee of Modern School, Vasant Vihar from 2002 to 2008. An unassuming and amiable personality, he interacted warmly with staff and students and took a keen interest in the activities of the school. He was snatched away by the cruel hands of destiny in July 2008 but will always be remembered for his affable and pleasant disposition.

20th October 1995

Another block was added to the campus at Barakhamba Road on the school's Platinum Jubilee and named the Platinum Jubilee Block. It houses the S6 and S7 classes.

1997

The
Savitri Pratap Singh Hindi Elocution Contest

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1997 - Savitri Pratap Singh Hindi Elocution Contest

An annual intra-class Hindi Elocution Competition for P5 students was started in 1991-92. In 1997-98, it was named after Savitri Pratap Singh as Savitri Pratap Singh Hindi Elocution Contest for P5.

2000

Lata Vaidyanathan appointed Principal, Modern School, Barakhamba Road.

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2000 - Lata Vaidyanathan appointed Principal, Modern School, Barakhamba Road.

Lata Vaidyanathan is a veteran educationist and was the Principal of Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan's School at Chandigarh and the Founder Principal of Eicher School at Parwanoo. She spearheaded the movement for ensuring burden-free education & joyful learning for children. She has authored many books for pre-primary and primary school children. She was privileged to have been selected to attend the classroom teaching course titled "The Project Zero Classroom 2004" at the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA under Programmes in Professional Education during the summer vacation of 2004 for understanding the concept of 'Understanding' at the classroom level. She was honoured with the 'National Award to Teachers' for the year 2003 given by the President of India on 5th September 2004. She retired in 2014.

1993-97

Major General Virendra Singh appointed President, Board of Trustees

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Major General Virendra Singh
President,Board of Trustees, 1993-1997, 2000-2010

Lala Pratap Singh, President Board of Trustees passes away on 11th October 1993 and is succeeded by Maj. General Virendra Singh.

Maj. Gen. Virendra Singh, the second son of Lala Raghubir Singh was closely associated with the school for over fifty years. In 1947 he was sent to Japan on military duty but was called back to look after his ailing father and shoulder the responsibilities of the school. After the demise of his father, Virendra Singh took charge as Secretary, Board of Trustees in 1959 and held this position till 1982. What conspicuously stood out in the scrutiny of his outstanding track record of community service, education and profession of arms was the humanist in him whose genuine concern for those in need was deep seated and spontaneous. The oldest soldier of the Cheshire Movement in India, he was Founder Chairman, Delhi Cheshire Home which was established in 1957. He held the distinction of pioneering several social causes and made notable contribution in the fields of education, commerce, and the business world.

He served as the Chairman of the Managing Committee of R S Junior Modern School from November 1981 till May 2000.

29th March 1995

Maneka Gandhi visits the school

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29th March 1995 - Maneka Gandhi visits the school

The P5 Valedictory function was held on 29th March 1995. The ballet "Nav Prabhat" with a cast of 259 students was a thundering success. The well-known environmentalist, Mrs. Maneka Gandhi was the Chief Guest.

1995

A book on the history of Modern School was released during the Platinum Jubilee Year. It was co-authored by Mr. Khushwant Singh and Mrs. Syeda Hameed, both old students of Modern School.

5th September 1995

On the occasion of the birth centenary of late Lala Raghubir Singh, a dinner party was organized on the premises of R S Junior Modern School.

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5th September 1995

On the occasion of the birth centenary of late Lala Raghubir Singh, a dinner party was organized on the premises of R S Junior Modern School. A gathering of 600 people which included employees of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Modern School, Vasant Vihar, R S Junior Modern School, PTA members, retired staff members and members of the managing committee.

20th October 1995

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

School enters the Platinum Jubilee Year. The musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" is presented at Siri Fort by students of Modern School, Barakhamba Road. Ballet' Mukhtatantar', is presented by Narendra Sharma, the school's former dance guru, as part of the celebrations.

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20th October 1995 - Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

School enters the Platinum Jubilee Year. The musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" is presented at Siri Fort by students of Modern School, Barakhamba Road. Ballet' Mukhtatantar', is presented by Narendra Sharma, the school's former dance guru, as part of the celebrations.

On the occasion, P5 students of RSJMS staged an action song "Long Live Love". Their work at the arts and craft exhibition at Modern School, Barakhamba Road was appreciated by one and all. The students of RSJMS also participated in the Joint Sports Meet held at Modern School, Vasant Vihar and their performance was applauded. At the Platinum Jubilee concluding function on 21st October 1995, the students of RSJMS presented a group song.

1997

Sardar Bhagwant Singh appointed President, Board of Trustees

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1997 - Sardar Bhagwant Singh appointed President, Board of Trustees

Sardar Bhagwant Singh, along with his younger brother Khushwant Singh was among the first batch of students in Modern School in 1920, which was then at Daryaganj. He went on to join St. Stephen's College, Delhi and then worked with his father, Sobha Singh in his construction business. He was responsible for the construction of most of the school's buildings including R.S. Junior Modern School (1961) and Modern School Vasant Vihar (1970). Bhagwant Singh served as the Chairperson of the Managing Committee of Modern School, Vasant Vihar. He also served as President of the Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2000 before resigning due to health reasons. His commitment towards the cause of education and work was exemplary.

2000

Anuradha Singh appointed Chairperson, R S Junior Modern School

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2000 - Anuradha Singh appointed Chairperson, R S Junior Modern School

The year 2000 witnessed some changes in leadership. Maj. Gen. Virendra Singh took over from Sardar Bhagwant Singh as President, Board of Trustees. He handed over the Chairmanship of the school to Mrs. Anuradha Singh, a trustee.

A gentle and poised lady, Anuradha Singh, worked with diligence to see the school progress from strength to strength. She served in this capacity for six years and then in 2008 took over the responsibilities of the Chairperson, Managing Committee, Modern School, Vasant Vihar.

In August 2019, she was again nominated as the Chairperson of R S Junior Modern School.

2001

Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund

Five Lakhs collected for the Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund and handed over to the Chief of the Air Staff on 26th February 2001 by Maj Gen Virendra Singh, who was accompanied by the Head Boy of R S Junior Modern School, Rushil Kaul.

2001 - Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund

Five Lakhs collected for the Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund and handed over to the Chief of the Air Staff on 26th February 2001 by Maj Gen Virendra Singh, who was accompanied by the Head Boy of R S Junior Modern School, Rushil Kaul.

2004

Junior Flash

An annual inter-school competition in computer related activities is introduced

2004

English Language Meet

An annual inter-school literary event, the English Language Meet is introduced. The meticulously planned diverse range of literary activities make it a much-awaited event, with participation of students from several prestigious educational institutions of Delhi.

14th September 2004

Hindi Utsav

An annual event for classes P1-P5 is introduced

24th March 2006

Valedictory Function for the outgoing batch of P5 is held. The Chief Guest is Shri S Jaipal Reddy, Minister Urban Development, GOI. The students presented 'Navchetna' - a musical.

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Valedictory Function

The Valedictory Function was the most spectacular event in the Academic Calendar of the school. Celebration of the P5 students' transition, this ceremony was introduced in the early 1980s. A symbolic rite of passage, this ceremony is a warm send-off to the students of Class 5, who are on the threshold of entering the bigger and wider world of senior school. Little did anyone imagine that a function with a humble beginning would over a period of time take such huge theatrical dimensions, churning out year after year jaw-dropping spectacles of sound and sight. From environmental and historical themes in Hindi to shows based on the works of English classic stalwarts like Shakespeare, G.B. Shaw and Charles Dickens, students have given live performances. The verve astounding, live choir and music intoxicating, the shows are as diverse as can be and are a testimony to the student-teacher hard work.

10th August 2007

The renovated Doris David Auditorium is inaugurated by Kapil Sibal, Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, GOI. A musical - 'Ek Swapn Saakaar Hua' was presented by the students.

2007 - Doris David Hall gets renovated and air-conditioned

Doris David Hall gets renovated and air-conditioned. It is inaugurated by Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister of Science and Technology.

19th March 2008

Musical adaptation of the famous literary work of L Frank Baum- The Wizard of Oz is staged by the P5 students on the Valedictory Function. Mr Sunit Tandon, eminent theatre and media personality is the Chief Guest

19th December 2008

Ruskin Bond visits R S Junior Modern School

10th September 2009

Mukti Bodh - Musical presentation by students

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10th September 2009 - Mukti Bodh - Musical presentation by students

Tracing the story of the origin of River Ganges, the presentation highlighted environmental issues affecting the sacred river, which could change it from a perennial to a seasonal river in the near future. The school took an initiative in creating awareness in students about climate change. Mrs. Sheila Dixit, C.M, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

2002

www.rsjms.comschool website goes online

2003

Manju Rajput (Headmistress, 2003 - 2019; Principal, 2019 onwards)

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Manju Rajput (Headmistress, 2003 - 2019; Principal, 2019 onwards)

In the year 2003, Manju Rajput took charge as Headmistress, R S Junior Modern School. Widely experienced, she is driven by an innate desire to see the school excel in every field. Her untiring efforts have received due recognition with the school receiving several accolades in various inter-school competitions, for achievements in sports, literary and co-curricular activities. A dynamic leader, she is a great motivator and with her vision and foresight for the school, she has succeeded in taking it to greater heights. She brought with her a fresh perspective and approach, and under her leadership, the school has seen tremendous growth and success. Always open to suggestions and positive change, she encourages her staff and students to realize their potential. She has been instrumental in building an 'army' of happy and confident individuals at RSJMS.

24th March 2004

The House System at R S Junior Modern School is restructured

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24th March 2004 - The House System at R S Junior Modern School is restructured

The twelve Houses were reorganized into eight to bring in more efficiency in the management of the system and accommodate newly introduced activities based on life skills and inter-house events. The Houses were named after -Acharya Vinoba Bhave, Chhatrapati Shivaji, Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha, Mother Teresa, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Sarojini Naidu, Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Sir C.V. Raman.

31st August 2005

The first Monsoon Youth Parliament Session 2005 is organised to create awareness about the working of the Parliament in students, develop leadership qualities in them and enhance their debating skills. In 2006, Dr GVG Krishnamurthy, former election commissioner of India was invited as Chief Guest for the same event.

31st August 2005 - Monsoon Youth Parliament Session 2005 was organized

Monsoon Youth Parliament Session 2005 was organised with an aim to create awareness of the working of our Parliament and to train the younger generation in debating skills and develop leadership qualities.

On 26th July 2006, another monsoon session of the Youth Parliament, an enactment by the students of P5 was held at school premises. Aimed at creating awareness about the working of the Parliament and training the students in oratorical skills, the show received positive feedback from the guests present. Dr. GVG Krishnamurthy, former election commissioner of India was the Chief Guest.

May 2006

Mira Pradeep Singh nominated Chairperson, R S Junior Modern School.

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May 2006 - Mira Pradeep Singh nominated Chairperson, R S Junior Modern School.

Mira Pradeep Singh, a Modernite herself and wife of Pradeep Virendra Singh joined R S Junior Modern School as a teacher in 1987 and taught till August 1992. An embodiment of patience, serenity and grace, she enjoyed her stint as a teacher. In 2000, she joined the Board of Directors as a Member and has shouldered the responsibility of the Chairperson of the school from 2006 to 2012.

10th August 2007

A delegation representing several educational institutions in Singapore visits the school.

2008

Student Exchange Programme is started with Nanyang Primary School, Singapore

 

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2008 - Student Exchange Programme is started with Nanyang Primary School, Singapore

In an endeavour to facilitate effective learning among students, for them to become more confident, responsible and adept at dealing with situations, the school provides opportunities where they are exposed to change and challenges. With this objective in mind, a Student Exchange Programme was started with the Nanyang Primary School, one of the highly acclaimed educational institutions of Singapore in 2008 and has now become an annual feature of the school. Students of Class 5 participate in a 10-days' programme, through which they get an opportunity to interact with students of another country and culture, in their campus and country. Besides classroom sessions, students learn nuances of their art and craft through various activities. They learn to appreciate views and methodologies of others. As ambassadors of their school and country, they make friends for life.

The school trip left me bewildered. The classroom sessions, learning from my buddies, learning the Chinese language and art and craft... all were an experience of a lifetime. The dances performed by us were applauded. Three cheers to Sharvi, who defeated their best chess player!
-Samarth Garg, P5 F, Sandesh 2011.

The students of Nanyang Primary School have also visited RSJMS. Besides attending classroom sessions and visits to places of historical interest, they learnt about Indian art and craft through hands-on sessions in tie-and-dye, block printing, Madhubani painting, puppetry and clay modelling.

2009

International School Trips introduced

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2009 - International School Trips introduced

To acquaint students with the culture and traditions of another country and give them hands-on learning experience, an international trip to Egypt was organised in 2009. Thereafter, trips were planned to Greece, Turkey, Bali, Sri Lanka, Japan, Italy and Central Europe in the following years. The experience would become complete when on their return, the students organized a cultural evening with live performances and audio-visual presentations and invited the Ambassador of the country they visited as the Chief Guest.

2003

The Investiture Ceremony for the Prefectorial Board is introduced by the Headmistress, Manju Rajput

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2003 - The Investiture Ceremony for the Prefectorial Board is introduced by the Headmistress, Manju Rajput

The Investiture Ceremony was introduced by the new Headmistress in 2003. The newly appointed Prefectorial Board took the Pledge of Honour and promised to discharge assigned duties and responsibilities with diligence and sincerity. Witnessed by parents and grandparents, the ceremony filled the badge holder with a sense of joy and accomplishment and his kin with pride and honour. A testimony to early manifestations of leadership qualities in young boys and girls, the ceremony was an important event in the academic calendar of the school.

2004

Manju Rajput, Headmistress R S Junior Modern School is honoured with the Rajya Shikshak Award.

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Manju Rajput received numerous awards for her accomplishments as the Headmistress, R S Junior Modern School.

18th November 2008
The Headmistress was presented 'Shiksha Ratna Puraskar' for her meritorious services, outstanding performance and remarkable role, by Dr Bhishma Narain Singh (Former Governor of Tamil Nadu and Assam) at a seminar on "Role of Education in Modern India" at New Delhi.

7th April 2010
The Headmistress was conferred with Health Education and Literacy Award at the Health Summit 2010 on the occasion of World Health Day. She was felicitated as a talented Principal for bringing awareness and promoting health, education and literacy in school.

30th May 2010
Ms Manju Rajput was selected by the Science Olympiad Foundation for the Best Principal Award 2009 - 2010 of the 9th National Cyber Olympiad for promoting science, math and IT amongst students. At the award ceremony held at Chinmaya Centre of World Understanding Auditorium, she was felicitated by Professor Abhai Maurya, Vice Chancellor, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

5th June 2010
The Headmistress received 2010 'World Environmental Education and Department (WEED) Award' which was presented to mark the occasion of World Environment Day at India International Centre, New Delhi.

2004

RSJMS was invited by the President's Secretariat to put up a programme of Christmas Carols at Rashtrapati Bhawan to celebrate the festival of Christmas.

23rd March 2005

At the Valedictory Function for P5 students, Sharon Lowen, the renowned Odissi artist is the Chief Guest

2005

Inter School Girls Basket Ball Tournament

Sponsored by MSOSA, the first Modernites Invitation Inter School Girls Basket Ball Tournament is held at RSJMS.

2005 - Inter School Girls Basket Ball Tournament

The first Modernites Invitation Inter School Girls Basket Ball Tournament is held at RSJMS. The tournament is sponsored by MSOSA with participation from several prestigious schools in Delhi.

23rd March 2007

Padmashree Ranjana Gauhar, the famous Odissi dancer was the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Ceremony. Students presented 'Ritusamhaar', lyrical adaptation of a play by Kalidasa.

20th March 2009

Extracts from various Shakespearean plays, with diverse emotions as the common thread, were woven into a musical for the Valedictory Function for class 5 students in - 'Mind, Will and Shakespeare- a Montage'. Tom Alter, renowned theatre and film personality was the Chief Guest and Sagarika Ghose, Senior Editor with CNN-IBN was the Guest of Honour.

20th March 2009 - Mr. Tom Alter visited the school

A renowned theatre person and film personality, Mr. Tom Alter visited the school as the Chief Guest for the Valedictory Function. The students presented the musical- "Mind, Will and Shakespeare - a Montage".

2010

Ashok Pratap Singh appointed President, Board of Trustees.

19th March 2010

Adapted from Pygmalion, a famous literary masterpiece by George Bernard Shaw, the musical, 'A Woman Such as She' was presented on the Valedictory Ceremony for P5. Justice A P Shah, Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

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19th March 2010

Adapted from Pygmalion, a famous literary masterpiece by George Bernard Shaw, the musical, 'A Woman Such as She' was presented on the Valedictory Ceremony for P5. Justice A P Shah, Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

The musical adaptation of the timeless classic movie and play, My Fair Lady, was no less in scale or grandeur than any Broadway production. It was a magnificent display of colour, talent and theatrics! Where else and which other school gives a chance to 300 odd children to feel so special and be on stage or be part of the choir for one production and hold the audience's attention for close to two hours.

- Rohit Rai Tandon, father of Siddharth Rai Tandon, P5 B (2009-10)

2010-2011

Summa Cum Laude Award is instituted

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2010-2011 - Summa Cum Laude is instituted

This award was instituted in the Academic Session 2010-11. Not to be presented annually, this award is to be given to a student for his exemplary achievements in academic and co-curricular pursuits in and outside the school over a period of time and for setting up the highest standards of excellence for fellow students to emulate. Aatmik Gupta of P5-A was the first recipient of the Summa Cum Laude.

2011

Meenakshi Sahni appointed Principal, Modern School, Vasant Vihar.

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Meenakshi Sahni appointed Principal, Modern School, Vasant Vihar.

The current Principal of Modern School, Vasant Vihar - Meenakshi Sahni, is a progressive educationist. She was awarded 'Woman of the Decade' for Educational Excellence by All Ladies League and World Economic Forum in 2017. She initiated the Young Leaders Conclave in 2013 to empower a guild of aspiring young leaders.

2011

Renovation of the School Library, Art Room, Clay Room, Resource Centre and the Main Office with state-of-the-art features.

2011 - State of Art facilities

The School Library, Art Room, Clay Room, and the Resource Centre were renovated with state-of-the-art features. The Main Admin Office of the school was re-designed, washrooms were also re-done with modern fixtures.

2012

R S Junior Modern School enters into another Student Immersion Programme - this time with Colegio Teresa Berganza, Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, Spain.

2013

Teaching of French, Spanish and German to students of classes P4 and P5 is introduced in R S Junior Modern School.

2014

Dr. Vijay Datta appointed Principal, Modern School, Barakhamba Road

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2014 - Dr. Vijay Datta appointed as Principal, Modern School, Barakhamba Road

Dr. Vijay Datta has almost three decades of experience in the public school circuit. He secured a Ph D in Modern Trends in Education - 'A detailed study of Life Skills and Emotional Intelligence as a correlate of Scientific Attitude'. He was awarded 'Shiksha Rattan' for his remarkable contribution to the field of education. Prior to joining Modern, Dr. Datta was Principal Army Public School, Dagshai. It is in recognition of his sterling service towards education and character building that Dr. Datta was decorated with the Army Commander's Commendation for Distinguished Service.

2015

'Power Of 5' Campaign

To support the initiative launched by Goonj- an NGO working for the betterment of underprivileged children, the school collected under-utilised school material brought in by students, and donated it. Ever since, this practice has become a constant feature in reaching out to the less privileged.

9th August 2016

Ambika Pant is appointed, Hony. Secretary, Board of Trustees, Modern School.

2018

Two Polish astronauts from the European Space Agency visit school

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2018 - Two Polish astronauts from the European Space Agency visit school

Two Polish astronauts from the European Space Agency visited the school and interacted with students of P5. They gave them an insight into space technology and shared information and videos about the Kerbal Space Program as well as the International Space Station Tracker (isstracker.com).

20th September 2018

On the Founder's Day, students of classes P4, P5 presented an adaptation of the Hindi epic- 'Rashmirathi' by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, the poet laureate of India. Dr Harshvardhan, Hon'ble Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, GOI, was the Chief Guest.

28th September 2019

The students of P4 and P5 presented 'Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai', a programme which chronicled the life, achievements and the glorious career of Lata Mangeshkar, one of the most popular and charismatic playback singers of all times. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Shri Ashok Pratap Singh, Senior Trustee and Former President Board of Trustees, Modern School.

20th December 2019

Annual Sports Day for P3 to P5 classes is held

2011

Sardar Bhagwant Singh Literary Research Award

This award is instituted in memory of late Sardar Bhagwant Singh by his family. Deserving students of Class P5 receive this award for excellence in literary pursuits, creativity in verbal and written expression on the Valedictory Ceremony for P5 students.

26th March 2011

Valedictory Ceremony for P5- A musical-'Oliver Twist', an adaptation of the famous classic by Charles Dickens, was presented by all students of Class 5. Ms Barkha Dutt - journalist, television anchor and Modernite was the Chief Guest.

13th October 2011

RSJMS celebrates its Golden Jubilee

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13th October 2011 - RSJMS celebrates its Golden Jubilee

The formal commencement of the Golden Jubilee of R S Junior Modern School began on 13th October 2011. Sheila Dikshit, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. To commemorate fifty years of the school, a photography exhibition - "Thenceforth" was held, an audio cd with the school prayers was released and "A School for Many Seasons" - a film on the history of the school was launched. The mural on the front façade of the school, titled "Bodhicitta", made by Pramod Kumar, the art teacher of the school, was unveiled.

"Dwipadee" was the second event in a series of functions to mark the Golden Jubilee. On 20th October 2011, the renowned Santoor maestro, Pandit Bhajan Sopori and his talented son, Abhay Rustom Sopori who is a Modernite, enthralled the audience with their mesmerising recital of Santoor for over two hours. The concert which kept everyone spell bound for the entire duration, reached a crescendo with the awe inspiring jugalbandi between the father and the son, much to the delight and enjoyment of the audience.

The Grand Finale of the Golden Jubilee was held on 3rd November 2011 at the Siri Fort Auditorium. Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. A coffee table book "The Milk Break and After" was released by the Hon'ble Chief Guest to mark this momentous occasion. The highlight of the evening was the musical "Bodhicitta" a spectacular show with a cast of approximately 450 students. The Siri Fort Auditorium witnessed a packed house with approximately 2000 people in the audience. The students received a thunderous applause for their commendable performance. A complete in-house production - direction and training of students, production of sets, designing of costumes, was all done by the teachers of the school. With the theme and concept as visualised by the Headmistress Manju Rajput, the script for the musical was written by Alka Sethi, the live choir with over 75 students rendering melodious compositions was trained by Rita Banerjee and Charu Mehta, and the spectacular well-synchronized dances were choreographed by Akanksha Seth. It was a proud moment for everyone present. The evening was well attended by distinguished guests, alumni, parents, grandparents, retired teachers and students.

23rd March 2012

Dr Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, Delhi University is the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Ceremony. Students presented an adaptation of the film - 'The Sound of Music'.

2013

Smart boards are installed in classrooms

21st March 2014

Prasoon Joshi, a National Award winner, Advertising and Communication icon, author and lyricist, was the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Function for Class P5. Evolution of western music over the last 60 years was depicted through a musical- 'A Journey of a Thousand Miles'.

20th October 2015

Virendra Singh Block, next to the Savitri Pratap Singh Block at R S Junior Modern School is inaugurated by Mira Pradeep Singh, former chairperson of the school and wife of Pradeep Virendra Singh.

20th October 2015 - Virendra Singh Block was inaugurated by Mira Pradeep Singh

On 20th October, Virendra Singh Block was inaugurated by Mira Pradeep Singh, former Chairperson of R S Junior Modern School and wife of Pradeep Virendra Singh.

16th September 2016

The students presented 'Full Circle' - a show dedicated to the life and works of William Shakespeare on the occasion of Founder's Day celebration. Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship was the Chief Guest.

2018

Student Immersion Programme with Montessori Ganztagsgrundschule Beuren Kleeblatt, a renowned Primary School in Leinefelde-Worbis, Germany begins

2019

Ms. Manju Rajput designated as the first principal of Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School.

21st October 2019

Inauguration Ceremony of the Centenary Celebrations

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21st October 2019 - Inauguration Ceremony of the Centenary Celebrations

The Inaugural Ceremony for the Centenary Celebrations of Modern School was held in the school premises on Monday, 21st October 2019. Shri Manish Sisodia, Hon'ble Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The event was also attended by Shri Ashok Pratap Singh, Senior Trustee and Former President, Board of Trustees and Ms. Anuradha Singh, Chairperson, RSJMS and other trustees. Eminent Modernites and luminaries who were part of this grandiose celebration were Justice Sanjay Kishen Kaul, Judge, Supreme Court of India; Justice Mukul Mudgal, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana; Dr Navin Dang, Director of Dr Dang's Lab Pvt. Ltd.; Lt. Gen. Shankar Prasad, Lt. Gen Vijay Lall, Shri Bhajan Sopori, the famous santoor payer, Mr Vishal Uppal, the ace tennis player. After the ceremonial lighting of the lamp, the Principal Ms. Manju Rajput addressed the august gathering and highlighted the glorious history of the school and commitment of every stakeholder towards building the future. To mark the occasion, a specially designed Centenary Logo was unveiled. In his address, Shri Ashok Pratap Singh spoke about Modern School's commitment towards nation building. The Chief Guest Shri Manish Sisodia hoisted the Centenary Flag in the front lawns of the school.

7th October 2011

Maj. Gen. Virendra Singh passes away.

17th November 2011

Shatak Ko Salaam

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17th November 2011 - Shatak Ko Salaam

ITIHAAS - Indian Traditions and Heritage Society, organized an event called "Shatak Ko Salaam". The best entries, out of the 237 received, were selected by an eminent jury panel and awarded at Teen Murti Bhawan by the Chief Guest, Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, wife of the then Prime Minister, Shri Manmohan Singh. The project involved searching for and documenting things, places, traditions or individuals who are 100 and telling an original story about them in the form of a case study that traces their trajectory, reflecting on how the era they belonged to shaped them into what they are and what they in turn have given to their surroundings. 29 entries were shortlisted in the final round on the basis of Originality, Creativity, Resources Used, Presentation, Teamwork and Masterstrokes. The students of RSJMS were declared winners for their entry- '100 years of Gymkhana Club, Delhi'.

The film made for the purpose by the students was screened at Gymkhana Club, New Delhi. Parents of the participants, officials of the Delhi Gymkhana Club, PTA members and a few distinguished guests attended the screening and lauded the efforts of the students.

May 2012

Dr Kiran Datar appointed Chairperson, R S Junior Modern School

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May 2012 - Dr Kiran Datar appointed Chairperson, R S Junior Modern School

Ms. Kiran Datar has to her credit over 45 years of experience in the field of education. Having started her career as a lecturer and reader in History, Dr. Kiran has held various posts such as Dean of Colleges, Officiating Vice Chancellor and Advisor at the University of Delhi, Advisor of National Knowledge Commission, Government of India. She has to her credit many awards and distinctions and has a passion for writing. She was a member of the Advisory Committee to set up the Bharat Ratna Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University in the NCT. She was Chairperson of the school from May 2012 till May 2017.

22nd March 2013

The musical adaptation of the famous classic 'The King and I' is presented at the Valedictory Function. Amitabh Kant, a Modernite and CEO, MD of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor is the Chief Guest on the occasion.

14th February 2015

The first Founder's Day Function of the school is held. A presentation by students of classes P3-P5- 'Invictus' is dedicated to the achievements of people of African descent and how despite their accomplishments, the community still is a victim of ostracism and social injustice. The Chief Guest was Her Excellency, Ms Gennet Zewide, Ambassador of the Federal Republic Democratic of Ethiopia in New Delhi. The Guest of Honour was His Excellency High Commissioner of Ghana, Mr Samuel Panyin Yalley.

20th December 2015

'Om Hiranyagarbhaya Namah'- (Salutation to the Golden Womb) - depicting the glory and grandeur of the Sun, was presented at the Founder's Day function. It captured the myriad facets of the sun as the symbol of life, hope, power, strength, enlightenment and positivity. Ms Anupama Raag, a bureaucrat from the UP cadre was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

2015

Upgradation of Infrastructure

An eight-lane, 200 mtrs synthetic athletic track - made with high performance polyurethane sports surface is laid out for the students to train in running. Students availed the facility of a new cricket pitch and a well laid-out soccer field in the same year.

23rd September 2017

Students of classes P3-P5 participated in a presentation on the occasion of the school's Founder's Day that traced the route of the famous network of roads- 'The Silk Route'. Dr Sambit Patra, National Spokesperson of Bhartiya Janata Party was the Chief Guest.

August 2018

Ketaki Sood appointed President, Board of Trustees, Modern School

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Ketaki Sood appointed President, Board of Trustees, Modern School

A Modernite herself, Ketaki Sood became a member of the Board of Trustees in 1975. She served on the Managing Committees of the three schools continuously since the early 80s, and has served as the Chairperson of the Managing Committee of Modern School, Vasant Vihar from 1994 to 1999 and the Chairperson of Modern School, Barakhamba Road from 1999-2005. Since August 2018, she is serving the school in the capacity of President, Board of Trustees.

13th - 15th October 2018

At the Asian Conference on Education (ACE) in Tokyo, organized by International Academic Forum (IAFOR) the Headmistress, Manju Rajput presented a paper titled 'Social Inclusion: A systemic approach to child's well-being'.

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13th - 15th October 2018 - At the Asian Conference on Education (ACE) in Tokyo, organized by International Academic Forum (IAFOR) the Headmistress, Manju Rajput presented a paper titled 'Social Inclusion: A systemic approach to child's well-being'.

Co-authored by Ruchi Thakkar, the School Counsellor, the paper served as a guide to transform the learning environment into inclusive and equitable learning spaces, based on Urie Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory. It focussed on educational policies in India and its commitment to universal education.

2019

Introduction of Happiness Curriculum

The school teachers designed modules of the "Happiness Curriculum", and introduced it for the students of the school. Well-integrated within all curricular and co-curricular teaching, the modules focus on providing students with an engaging environment, enriching experiences and a happy journey.

April 2019 -Introduction of Happiness Curriculum

The school teachers designed and introduced "Happiness Curriculum", which comprises five modules- Introduction to Happiness, Care for the Body, Care for the Mind, Care for Others and Care for our Passions. It primarily focuses on giving the children an engaging environment, enriching experiences and a happy journey.

2019

Education in Robotics for classes P3-P5 introduced

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2019 - Education in Robotics for classes P3-P5 introduced

With the intent to provide practical and activity based learning, the school collaborated with NASCA- an organization that offers a comprehensive range of pedagogical approaches that integrate seamlessly with the school curriculum in the field of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

The programme covers:

- Robotics - with which children deepen their understanding of how forces affect motion and explore concepts of energy and brings science, technology and mathematics to the classroom
- Coding and Programming - It allows children to create projects
- Physical Sciences, Physics, Mechanics, Mathematics and Electronics

and beyond...

As we turn yet another page in time, we at Modern School, value the rich legacy entrusted to us and are dedicated towards empowering the future generations with the necessary skills and competencies for overall development. We look forward to scaling further heights in individual and collective accomplishments, and reaffirm our commitment to create conducive environments for students and teachers - to seek, learn, evaluate and assimilate information and knowledge on various subjects from diverse sources, for them to make a positive contribution to the society and communities.

Through every programme, academic or co-curricular designed to enrich learning experiences for children to think independently and critically, the school will continue to ensure that children become responsible self-directed learners, who question, reflect and persevere. Children will be encouraged to challenge their own capabilities, take initiatives and calculated risks, and display a fair amount of resilience. Through information literacy, critical and inventive thinking, and global awareness, it is desired that a culture of achievement and ambition continues to exist among all stakeholders.

It will be our constant endeavour to consciously work on teaching the core values of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management. Enhancing Social and Emotional Competencies through Responsible Decision Making skills, Civic Literacy and Cross Cultural Skills, Communication and Collaboration, for the teacher and the taught to co-create seamless learning territories, will continue to be a priority. Powerful learning of this nature demands skilled passionate facilitators, who serve as learning concierges, virtual network guides, gaming experts and community organizers.

Modern School has already secured the unparalleled distinction of holding a coveted position among educational institutions in the country. We thank every stakeholder for contributing towards this success - the Trustees, past and present Heads of Schools, teachers and employees, and all students who have passed through the portals of the school and brought laurels to their alma mater.

"The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving."
Oliver Wendell Holmes