We are very lucky to have Shri Salman khurshid as our guide & Mentor. Salman Khurshid is an Indian politician and was the Cabinet Minister of the Ministry of External Affairs. He belongs to the Indian National Congress. He is a lawyer, and a writer who has been elected from Farrukhabad Lok Sabha constituency in the General Election of 2009. He belongs to the Farrukhabad area. Prior to this he was elected to the 10th Lok Sabha (1991–1996) from the Farrukhabad Lok Sabha constituency. He became the Union Deputy Minister of Commerce in June 1991, and later became the Union Minister of State for External Affairs (Jan. 1993 – June 1996). He started his political career in 1981 as an Officer on Special Duty in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) under the prime minister ship of Indira Gandhi.
Early life and Education
Born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, he is the son of Khurshed Alam Khan a former Union Minister of External affairs, Government of India, and maternal grandson of Zakir Hussain, the third President of India.
He studied in St. Xavier’s High School, Patna, Delhi Public School, Mathura Road and college at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi andSt Edmund Hall, Oxford, Oxford, UK (B.A. (English and Jurisprudence), M.A., B.C.L.). He also taught as Lecturer in Law at Trinity College, Oxford.
Party Political Offices
He has been the President of the Uttar Pradesh Pradesh Congress Committee twice. He was also the President of the Delhi Public School Society and Dr. Zakir Hussain Study Circle.
Our Indian standard of education is excellent. Our students are amongst the best in the world. They score high on marks – to the extent of securing even 100% in English! But can we truly say that our children are well rounded? Not just masters of marks but also fluent in languages, communication and general knowledge? Have they developed a team spirit and qualities of leadership - which participation in sports ensures? Do they see beyond the confines of their school and home to recognize inequalities around – which participation in social work can help develop? They may be top of the heap in securing marks but can they hold their own in public debates or present themselves admirably in an interview – which participation in debates and elocution and drama ensures? There is so much of the past that was character forming which our schools have discarded or forgotten in the pursuit of High Grades. Institutions like National Cadet Corps and Scouts and Guides; Institutions like the Social Service League; the Arts, Crafts, Culture and Philosophies of our country that our children are unfamiliar with; the history which is crumbling around us and our children don’t even know what they are losing; all this and more has a lot to offer and must be gathered with care before it is all scattered in the vicissitudes of time. The Delhi Public World Foundation, a Dipsites Pedagogy System and Knowledge Initiative pioneered by a group of graduates from the DPS Schools who have since made a mark in the world, seeks to take education to a higher level. Not just rote learning and coaching the way to high scores and competitive examinations but an overall holistic comprehensive and focused initiative to produce all-rounded human beings. Of course we intend to maintain the highest standards of education. That is a given. What we emphasize is the road we are taking to get there – perhaps the road less travelled; but a road which we hope is filled with adventure, with curiosity, with wonder. This is a challenge that we at the Delhi Public World Foundation have taken up in earnest. The wealth of knowledge and experience of our Life Trustees, Term Trustees, Advisory Council and Members of the Education & Resource Council is being harnessed to open our students’ eyes to all the wonderful things that not just this country but the world has to offer. To appreciate art as well as to create it – through Pottery and Painting; Sculpture and Mosaic. To establish their own individual identity through creativity. To not only carve a Printing Block or make Handmade Paper out of rags and waste but also to carry it further by printing on the paper and then on to adding value by making greeting cards, stationery, decorative boxes, etc. Modules are being created for our children to engage in Self Care, Social Service, Animal Welfare and Environment protection. To make them appreciate, understand and anticipate the dire necessity of valuing our depleting wildlife, threatened environment and ecology. To bring to them firsthand knowledge and information of new energy saving techniques and technology – Solar Energy, Rainwater Harvesting and just simple Vermicomposting from household waste. They are encouraged to take time off from cramming for exams and tests to take part in Drama, Elocution, Music, Dance and all those varied expressions of impulsive creativity. As to express themselves on canvas or in stone or even just create a bonsai plant or a simple Ikebana. In simple words we want them to be children, leading an exciting child’s life and not be forced to become pre-mature adults! Please join us and be part of our new adventure full of wonder and care.
“If you want to think one year ahead, plant rice. If you want to think ten years’ ahead, plant trees. But if you want to think a hundred years ahead, educate people.
- A Chinese proverb.
Education is a well thought systematic instruction aimed at character building of a society. An eminent sociologist, Emile Durkheim defines education as the influence exercised by the adult generation upon those who are not yet ready for adult life.
In modern times, goals of education are socialization; character building and socio-economic development of the country by creating knowledge based society.
India is the oldest living civilization of mankind. Any society, devoid of education can never be civilized. Our society boasts of a very rich tradition of education which has kept on transforming itself with times. Our civilization have been cradle of knowledge in every sphere of life, be it art and music, medicine or science and technology. Our forefathers were aware about the role of education in shaping the destiny of a nation.
As proud citizens of this great nation, we strongly believe that time has come to actively contribute in the growth and development of our society. It is the need of the hour to contribute to our society by earnestly by performing our “Fundamental duties” in promoting harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities; to guide the youth of the nation to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture, and to motivate them to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity so that nation constantly rises to the higher levels of endeavour and achievements.
One of the major challenges of the present times is the shaping of young minds, bombarded with enormous information through various forms of media. Further each child's future follows a unique path and momentum. Our primary task is to identify the true potentials and orientations of each child individually and shape them so as to enable them to become the true torch bearers of our vibrant society and also prepare them to bear the responsibilities of society as tolerant, creative, compassionate and innovative adults. We at DPS World School, Gorakhpur, are fully committed towards preparing personalities with wisdom, honesty and dedication, which will not only contribute to the development of the society but will also inspire the future generations, making us proud by their due contribution in success story of our nation.
To sum up, I would like to quote the poem of one of the greatest humanist, mankind has ever produced, Shri Rabindra Nath Tagore;
“ Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments, by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by thee, into ever-widening thought and action, into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”