Scindians Salute the Nation on 15th August

The country’s 70 th Independence Day was celebrated at The Scindia School today; 15 th August 2016. It was a moment of pride and glory as the Chief Guest; Justice Sanjay Misra arrived in a car flanked by the Scindian boys on horses.

The Chief Guest was received by the Principal; Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat and then introduced to the entire staff. The event began with the national anthem. The Chief Guest; Justice Sanjay Misra is an alumni of the school. He was in school from 1964-1969, Ex Chaitanya House. Then the Chief Guest hoisted the flag. Principal; Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat escorted Justice Sanjay Misra as he inspected the houses while the school band played some memorable tunes. While the Chief Guest took the Guard of Honour marching tunes were played by the band. The band played the Trumbone King, Colonel Bogey, Ma Tujhe Salam, Chariots Of Fire, Final Countdown etc. It was a treat to watch the marching troop march in perfect order. They were full of enthusiasm and felt proud to march smartly.

In his welcome address Principal; Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat felt elated and welcomed the Chief Guest, Justice Misra with pride. He said that it is a matter of pride to be associated with the most worthy institute for education, a legacy which is passed down from generations. Dr Saraswat considered the Chief Guest as one of the thousands of Scindians who has set a precedent in life.

The Principal also welcomed Mr Ram Chandra Mukund Muchrikar, who is103 years old. As the chief accountant Mr Ram worked diligently for 38 years. Dr Saraswat felt that no day could be more suitable as today to give a befitting tribute to two noteworthy Scindians who graced the occasion. Dr Saraswat reiterated the fact that independence means freedom from ignorance and pettiness. He urged the boys to imbibe the attributes of character, integrity and wisdom in their lives.

The Chief Guest; Justice Sanjay Misra motivated the boys and said that independence is not just political independence but it comes with responsibility. The rights and corresponding duties which need to be performed are inseparable. Each citizen should be disciplined and it will eliminate every obstacle. Justice Misra reminded the boys that they are privileged to be a part of a premier institution where they gain knowledge and imbibe human qualities. The school offers opportunities to nurture individuality, confidence and compassion. Justice Misra gave his best wishes to all the students for a successful tenure. He encouraged the Scindians to have the courage to make a difference by their sincerity and integrity.

Then all house masters escorted the Chief Guest and the dignitaries to Oval Field for a tree plantation initiative.

Subsequently everyone went for Asthachal and the dignitaries offered petals at Gandhi ji’s statue and observed a minute’s silence in honour of the great freedom fighters. The junior boys sang Mera Vatan. The Principal, Dr Saraswat felt it was a great moment as the entire family sat together in introspection. On behalf of the Scindian fraternity he presented a bouquet and a shawl to Mr Ram. Dr Saraswat motivated the boys to rise above petty things and remember that the true aim of life should be living for others.

A Royal Embrace

On 21st February 2016, Her Highness Rajmata Madhavi Raje Scindia visited the Fort to inaugurate the recently restored and renovated, erstwhile Junior School Academic Block, which has now been converted into a ‘Heritage Housing Block’.

On her arrival, Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat introduced her to the entire staff and then to the members of the Golden Jubilee Batch of 1966. She lit a lamp on arrival to mark the auspicious function, and proceeded to personally see the residential quarters. She was much pleased by the work, and appreciated the functionally and aesthetically well-appointed quarters. The Old Boys, their wives and the staff too had profuse words of appreciation for the same.

This was followed by a high tea in the same compound where staff members, Old Boys and their wives mingled with each other and exchanged notes.

After tea, Her Highness Rajmata Madhavi Raje Scindia was escorted by the Principal, Dr M.D. Saraswat for a round of the school to see the recent infrastructural developments that have taken place in the School.

Scindians Celebrate Sonsa Day

Sonsa Day is observed on the second Sunday of February every year. The main aim is to motivate the children from Sonsa by organizing activities and games for them. Events are also held for women and senior citizens and children from Jaraga and Badholi apart from Nathokapura. the chief guest on this occasion was Shri Bhujbal Singh, President, Zila Panchayat. Under the leadership of Dr B S Bhakuni many faculty members and some boys went to Nathokapura to celebrate Sonsa Day. The boys clapped, cheered and waved as the young children of the village took part in various games. The faculty members showed their solidarity with the villagers by their presence and made them feel special. In all it was an interesting day and the boys returned with a deep feeling of love and respect for the residents of this village.
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67th Republic Day Celebration on the Fort

The country’s 67th Republic Day was celebrated on 26th January 2016 with great pride and honour. The Chief Guest on this occasion was Mr Sanjeev Kathpalia, an eminent Old Boy of the school, Batch of 1968. Mr Kathpalia is the Chief Advisor to the Republic of Turkey in the Prime Minister’s Investment Support and Promotion Agency. Mr Sanjeev Kathpalia is an alumni of IIT Delhi and IIM Kolkata. Mr Kathpalia has served the Unilever Group and has also served as the President of the Belgian ETEX group of their South Asia’s operations supply chain and R&D.

Mr Kathpalia was given a ceremonial welcome as he was escorted to the Madhav Field by the School Horse Riding Team. Upon arrival the Chief Guest was introduced to the faculty. After the flag hoisting ceremony the school band played some tunes led by Under Officer Kuldeep Umraiya. It was followed by Inspection of Parade by the Chief Guest who was escorted by SSP, Arindam Bharadwaj accompanied by Aviral Jain and Nitesh Thakuri. The highlight of this year’s parade was the participation of Class of 1983 in the Republic Day Parade.

Soon after this the Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat addressed the gathering and expressed his gratitude to the freedom fighters. Dr Saraswat motivated the boys to help the nation to progress towards peace, prosperity and harmony. The Principal advised the boys to find a purpose in their lives and realise their latent greatness as the boys are endowed with boundless possibilities.

In his inaugural address Mr Kathpalia motivated the boys and said that an entire undiscovered world lay ahead beckoning them to explore the unknown. He reiterated the fact that the knowledge he got from his teachers has left an indelible impact in his life even though net has a plethora of information. The character development in these formative years will always be a motivating factor in life thereby imparting holistic education. The present generation has plenty of choices and they must strive hard to shape their future and pass on the legacy to the next generation. At the end he recited `The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost eloquently. Click here to listen the speech

Then students, faculty and guests moved to Astachal where rich floral tributes were paid at Gandhiji’s statue. A patriotic song by students of Junior House was a befitting tribute to the freedom fighters. Then Mr Raman Tandon and Mr Rupen Chakravarty; representatives of Class of 1983 addressed the gathering. They owe their success to the teachers and felt proud to be a Scindian. The school taught them to fight and they motivated the boys not to be scared of falling but have the courage to rise after a fall.

After observing silence for a minute a Group Photograph of Batch of 1983 was taken at Astachal. Then the Old Boys and the faculty members proceeded to Principal’s residence for breakfast. At the end the Old Boys had an interaction with school Review team and then they departed for their respective places of stay. The boys felt spirited and the feelings of patriotism could be felt in everyone’s heart.

118th Founder’s Day

Founders’ Day is traditionally a very important day in the school calendar when members of the school community – students, governors, staff and friends – meet to commemorate those who founded the school and who have bequeathed resources to its development. An atmosphere of celebration filled The Scindia School when the students and teachers gathered to celebrate the Founder’s Day. Click here to see Photographs of the event.

The chief aim is to actively develop the ambition and potential of every student, whether it is academic or any other sphere. The school believes that a student can achieve anything with focus, perseverance and confidence. The Old Boys said unanimously that they owe their education to their founders.

The day was celebrated with fervor, zest and enthusiasm in the school. An extravaganza of activities was conducted. All activities were designed to contribute towards an all-round development of young Scindians.

The day began with unfurling of the school flag by Mr Mayank Arora from Batch of 1990. Various magazines were released by Mr Arora and he was assisted by the student editors of their respective magazines. He felt that the school life teaches a child to adapt and manage people from diverse background. Mr Mayank Arora felt that the initial formative years are very important for every student.

The Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat addressed the gathering in the morning assembly as expressed his admiration for the importance of silence at the beginning of the day. Dr Saraswat emphasized the role of a teacher in a student’s life as he feels a teacher lives for a cause.
As a mark of gratitude Mr Rajiv Kumar from the Batch of 1990, Ex Siddharth House presented a trophy in honour of Dr Suman Gupta. This trophy will be executed from next year and it will be given to the best house in elocution in the Junior School.

Then the Annual Athletics Finals were held at the oval field from 09:30 AM-11:30 AM. The Chief Guest was Wing Commander Dr Nandan Khalonkar, Batch of 1958.

The finals of various events were held. The young daring riders gave a riding display exhibiting their equestrian feats. Adi Nagpal came galloping bearing the school flag. Yuvraj Bhatia and Jagjeet Jain gave the standing salute. Amrit pal Singh Virk did tent pegging. The school band gave an amazing performance as they played Sam Bahadur, Bharat Ke Jawan, Chariots Of Fire along with Blessings Of God and more.

The awards were announced and the best athlete of Junior House A Group was Adwait Sharma and in B Group it was Kartikeya Kulshrestha. The best athletes of Senior House A Group were Ashish Khare, Aviral Jain and Divyaditya Singh and they were also given Sanjeev Raje Trophy. Whereas in B Group Anurag Yadav was adjudged as the best athlete. In seniors the inter house A Group Trophy was won by Jayappa House and in B Group it was bagged by Ranoji House. The overall trophy in senior group was won by Jayappa House. Mr Anurag Dixit was declared the winner in Old Boys’ race and he used to be a champion in his younger days at the school.

In a proud moment the old boys joined the march past decade wise after the events were over. They were led by Wing Commander Dr Nandan Khalonkar from the Batch of 1958.

Soon after the race the exhibition was thrown open for parents and guests in the School building from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM. The star attraction was a wide array of exhibitions that were displayed by the students. The untiring efforts by the students and teachers showcased the hidden talent of the young Scindians.

The much awaited evening began with the arrival of Chief Guest in the evening to witness the Founder’s Day programme at Shukla Memorial Open Air Theatre. The Chief Guest on this occasion was Honourable Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, Dr Shashi Tharoor. It was an honour to have President Board of Governors, His Highness Maharaja Jyotiraditya Scindia, Maharani Priyadarshni Raje Scindia, Professor Gautam Baruah and SOBA representatives.

The Chief Guest was escorted to the school building by the School Horse riding team led by Aadi Nagpal from Teli Temple. Upon arrival the Chief Guest was introduced to the Board of Governors and Senior School Prefect, Arindam Bharadwaj. The Chief Guest and the dignitaries went round the exhibitions beginning with handicrafts made by Nathuka Pura residents.

After the exhibition senior citizens from Sonsa Village along with members of the faculty and prefects were introduced to the Chief Guest. Then Dr Shashi Tharoor was greeted by the School band. They played Arjuna, Colonel Bogey, Fan Fair, Chariots Of Fire, Dola Re Dola and Mera Mulk.

Upon their arrival the formal part of the evening began with the school song. The Chief Guest and His Highness Jyotiraditya Scindia paid floral tribute to Maharaja Madhavrao Jayajirao Scindia and to Maharaja Madhavrao Jiwajirao Scindia.Click here to see the complete show.

Then the school orchestra gave a melodious performance. This year’s composition was based on Raag Mand which is derived from traditional Rajasthani folk songs. It had an amalgamation of Taals, most notably- Dadra, Keherwa, Deepchandi and Teen Taal which have been used in a variety of ways to further enhance the composition. The initial piece of this composition had been taken from the famous Rajsthani song- Kesaria BaalMaa Padharo Maro Desh. As the composition moved forward, it got infused with the Western style of music. There was also a special part in this composition in which, for the very first time, there was a solo vocal performance by Mandeep Singh Gurjar along with the chorus.

After the school orchestra’s performance the Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat read out the school annual report. He said, “The school has won accolades for shining in sports, debates and adventure. Besides exchange programmes, the school made its presence felt in Round Square Conference both in India and abroad.” It was also an opportunity to acknowledge the School’s outstanding achievements of the past year and gain an insight into its future.

Then President Board of Governors, His Highness Maharaja Jyotiraditya Scindia welcomed the Chief Guest, Dr Shashi Tharoor. His Highness reiterated the fact that willingness to confront the feelings of hope, energy and anxiety is the key to success in any institution. A paradigm shift has begun and it must be explored to the maximum as a student must take advantage of the amenities provided by the modern world. Apart from this building empathy for fellow beings will enrich a student immensely.

Then the Principal Dr. Madhav Deo Saraswat announced the Annual Awards. The Chief Guest, Dr Shashi Tharoor gave away the awards which are given to students and houses for excellence in different verticals of the school.

The Annual Awards are as follows:

1. The Umang Mathur Memorial Trophy for the best in academics in Class XI for 2014-15 goes to PULKIT AGARWAL of MADHAV HOUSE.
2. The Mahendra Mishra Memorial Trophy for the best Sportsman in Class XI for 2014-15 goes to SHIVANSH KALRA of JAYAJI HOUSE.
3. The Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia II Medal for All Round Proficiency in class XI for 2014-15 goes to DIVYADITYA SINGH of JAYAJI HOUSE.
4. The Sampitroda award for the best innovative project ‘’ for 2014-2015 went to Atul Korkoo and Pulkit Agarwal for their creation,`The Flame Tube’.
5. The R. B. Pawar Medal for scoring the highest percentage of marks in Mathematics in class XII Board examination 2014-15 goes to PETER LAIRENLAKPAM of JAYAPPA HOUSE.
6. The Governor’s Medal for scoring the Highest Percentage of Marks in Class XII Board examination 2014-15 goes to ANUSTUP GARAI of MADHAV HOUSE.
7. The Field Marshal Cariappa Shield for the best sportsman for 2014-15 goes to HARISH KUMAR of JAYAPPA HOUSE.
8. The Maharaja Jeewaji Rao Scindia Medal for All Round Proficiency in class XII for 2014-15 goes to SHISHIR GARG of DAULAT HOUSE.
9. The Khurshid Lakdawala, Jr. HOUSE EFFICIENCY SHIELD for 2014-2015 goes to KANERKHED HOUSE.
10. The Guru Hargovind Singh (Gurdwara) Trophy for the best house in academics for the year 2014-2015 goes to MADHAV HOUSE.
11. The Nepal Trophy for the best House in games & sports for 2014-2015 goes to JAYAPPA HOUSE.
12. The General Efficiency Shield for 2014-2015 goes to JAYAJI HOUSE.

Mr. Gopal Chaturvedi was felicitated for his dedicated and continuous service to the institution for 10 years.

On behalf of the Department of Painting, Fine Arts and Sculpture Kuldeep Umaraiya and Harshraj Gond presented mementoes to the Chief Guest, Dr Shashi Tharoor. Felicitating staff and students, the Chief Guest shared memories of his school days and expressed his happiness to see old traditions being maintained in tandem with modernization at the school. Dr Shashi Tharoor was highly appreciative of the enormous talent which was exhibited through the exhibitions. He was glad the school has nurtured the talent and was hopeful it will continue to do so in future.

Dr Tharoor was extremely glad to hear about the Social Service League as it was a privilege to acknowledge the under privileged. At the end Dr Tharoor motivated the teachers to make a difference in the lives of the boys.

It was time for the much awaited conversation which was conducted by Mr Vishesh Sahai, member of faculty of the School. He was assisted by the boys of the school audio squad.

Then President Board of Governors, His Highness Maharaja Jyotiraditya Scindia read out the citation for the Madhav Award and conferred the award on Shri Gautam Baruah, an eminent Old Boy of the school. Then the Madhav Awardee, professor Gautam Baruah addressed the gathering.

Finally the ceremony symbolizing the handing over of traditions of the school by the Madhav Awardee to the youngest Scindian was performed. To do the honours professor Gautam Baruah read out the message and handed over the lamp with the replica of the school flag to Ansh Raj. It was a poignant moment to witness the sight.

The evening culminated in a memorable theatrical performance entitled, `Mrignayani`. Finally The Senior School Prefect, Arindam Bharadwaj proposed a vote of thanks to the Chief Guest and the dignitaries on behalf of the entire school.

The evening ended with the National Anthem as the august gathering experienced a joyous Founders Day celebration at The Scindia School. On 22nd and 23rd October 2015 the students leave for Educational Camps. From 24th- 28th October 2015 IPSC Under- 14 Cricket Tournament will be held at the school and IPSC Service Project will be held at Nathu Kapura from 23rd -29th October 2015.

Old Boys’ Day

On 20th October 2015 the Scindian family warmly welcomed the Old Boys of 1975, 1990, 1995 and 2005 Batch and their families. Students of Junior School (Classes VI, VII and the freshers of Class VIII) displayed their yoga and karate skills on the Oval Field followed by rhythmic exercises.

They did Surya Namaskar in M formation and it was followed by Pyramid Formation. Along with the first pyramid they did Sarwang Aasan followed by Dhanur Aasan in the second formation. It was followed by Chakra Aasan and in the fourth pyramid the boys did multiple aasans such as Setuband Aasan, Karnpeed Aasan, Dwipad Aasan and Pashchimottan Aasan.

Then the budding karate practioners showcased their skills in punching, striking and open hand techniques. Agrim Kapoor performed Kata. Then Agrim, Kenchay and Parabal performed Bunkai. Self defense techniques using lathis were displayed by Palzang, Pratham Dalmia and Namsang. It was a delight to watch Angad, Kartikey Adwait and Shivay break tiles and a pot. At the end Tushar Gupta broke tiles on fire and it was indeed daring.

At the end the young Scindians displayed rhythmic exercise which is a perfect example of coordination and combination. Soon after this the young daring riders gave a riding display exhibiting their equestrian feats. Adi Nagpal came galloping bearing the school flag. Yuvraj Bhatia and Jagjeet Jain gave the standing salute.

Ayush Singh displayed rudiments of vaulting including show jumping. Amrit pal Singh Virk did tent pegging and Abhinav Gautam and Siddharth Agarwal gave rear salute. At the end the riding team came in a line saluting the spectators. At the end the Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat congratulated the performers and said that they performed with perfection and joy.

It was followed by parent teacher interaction from 9.40 am to 12.30 pm. The parents were briefed about the performance of their children. The day began on a cheerful note as the Old Boys and parents went around admiring the exhibitions displayed by young Scindians. An exciting cricket match between Old Boys and Present boys at the Madhav field added cheer to the morning. Click here to see photographs.

The Old Boys and their families went for a round of the school and they were escorted by School Students ambassadors. It was a pleasure to watch the old boys, parents and teachers meet informally during lunch at the school mess. Then they proceeded towards their respective houses.

The old boys interacted with the teachers when they met them for lunch at the school mess. Soon after they visited all the houses and were reminiscent of their Good Old Days. SOBA Annual General Body Meeting was held in the Assembly Hall at 2.40 pm. The members engaged in discussions on ways to strengthen their school. In the afternoon there was a Hockey and Basketball Match between Old Boys Vs Present Boys at 04:00 PM. It was loudly cheered by the audience and it was a treat to watch the boys play with a great deal of enthusiasm.

In the evening there was an entertainment programme at SMOAT by the Old Boys of 1990 Batch. SOBA President, Mr Gopal Bhargava welcomed the guests and said that it was a moment to reacquaint with and relive the school life.

SOBA secretary, Mr Sandeep Agarwal read out the report for the year 2014-15. Then the Chief Guest on this occasion, Wing Commander, Dr Nandan Khanolkar was introduced by the Vice President, Mr Banjul Badil. When the Chief Guest addressed the gathering he went down the memory lane.

SOBA heartily welcomed Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat and Bursar, Col Sanjiv Kaushal. Then SOBA award was conferred upon Mr Krishan Mohan Agarwal. Then announcement about the launch of mobile apps directory was made by the Chief Guest. It was immediately followed by the launch of SOBA flag by the SOBA Awardee, Mr K M Agarwal. The audience cheered when ALUMNI card was launched by Mr Bakshi and Mr Rajiv Wadhwa. The coveted SOBA award was given by the Chief Guest and Madhav Awardee to the Kanpur Chapter, which worked very hard to further the cause of the alumni association. The blood donation report was read out and Mumbai Chapter stood way ahead of the rest with a donation of 132 units.

Finally the much awaited cultural programme began and it was thoroughly enjoyed and cheered by the audience. The evening ended on a high note with dinner for Old Boys and staff at the Principal’s residence and everyone looked forward to the next day, i.e. the Founder’s Day.

Founder’s Day 2015-October, 19th

The School has been in the grip of Founders fever since the beginning of October but the excitement has now reached its climax. The exhibitions have been set up and the volunteers trained to perfection. Monday, 19th October saw the final round of exhibition by the Principal and the final rehearsal of the cultural evening. Whatever creases remained have now been smoothened out and the school is set to welcome all its guests. The newly renovated academic Block, Dining Hall and all other places present a beautiful welcoming look. The manicured gardens and the decorative lights are further enhancing the festive mood and the splendour of the Fort. With the cafe operational and various mouthwatering delicacies on offer the boys can be seen indulging in gastronomic delights with absolute abandon.
The Old boys have already started flocking the school in large numbers and all through the day they could be seen visiting their Houses, reuniting with their Batchmates, reliving the good old days and sharing their stories with the present students. In the afternoon the Batch of 1990, which celebrates its Silver Jubilee Reunion, played a football match with the present boys. This was followed by another match between the Batch of 2005 and the present Boys. The entire school had gathered to witness the same and cheer for the Scindians, irrespective of which Batch they represented. The match was won by the present students however everyone appreciated the spirit and energy of the Old Boys. A special astachal had been organised in the evening for the Old Boys specially the Classes of 1975,1990,1995 and 2005. The alumni were welcomed by the Deputy Senior School Prefect, Akash Jaini and the Music Department put up a musical evening. On behalf of all the Old Boys some members shared their joy at coming back and also their gratitude at the warm reception accorded to them.
Amidst all this celebration hectic preparations are also on for the Parent teacher Meeting which is scheduled for the 20th of October. The venues have been set up, report cards and remarks sheets have been duly prepared and the ushers briefed about their responsibilities. click here to see more photographs.

We are all looking forward to yet another grand Founder’s Day.

A Pleasant Beginning To A Three Day Event

On 18th October 2015 some old boys along with their families from the Batch of 1975 came to school. They visited the school and the houses. After lunch they interacted with the staff members and later visited Saas Bahu Temple and other places on the fort. They were thrilled to visit their school after such a long time. Click here to see photographs.

Preparations For The D Day

The Founder’s Day preparations are in full swing. The children are all geared up for the exhibition. The houses and the school is getting decked up for the main day. The Principal, Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat can be seen interacting with the students who are rehearsing for the upcoming event or preparing for the exhibitions. He is taking keen interest and giving his valuable inputs.

The French and German Society along with various other departments are working nonstop to release their respective annual magazines. The children’s dedication can be seen during orchestra practice.  The junior school students are practising hard to showcase their talent in yoga, karate and rhythmic exercises. The school band is also seen practising early morning and in the evening.

This year a Hindi play entitled,’Mrignayani’ is going to be staged. In an effort to highlight the work done for the community the Social Service League is planning to display various pictures depicting the theme. The star attraction is a wide array of photos that are clicked round the year by the students of Photography Club. The best of them will be displayed as part of the exhibition. The Computer Department is not lagging behind and working very hard to showcase the achievements of the school in general. In all efforts can be seen everywhere as all the children and faculty members are deeply involved to make this Founders Day a memorable event.

Little Champ who made Scindians proud!

Shubhamanyu Lahiri, Grade VII B, participated in the Model United Nations Conference held at Pathways World School, Gurgaon. He was a member of the Ballistic Missile and Nuclear Proliferation Committee and represented Uruguay. There were 15 other schools that partook in the MUN and his committee had approximately 90 delegate from different schools. Shubamanyu got laurels to ‘The Scindia School’ by being awarded the High Commendation Trophy. The prodigy was the youngest participant at the event. Way to go Shubhamanyu!!!

Farhan Akhtar & Milkha Singh graced Founder’s day evening

Day 3:

At a special morning assembly on 21st October 2014 the Principal, Mr Samik Ghosh read out prayers for Founders, Governors, Old Boys, Staff and prefects. Then the Chief Guest, Mr Devendra Bhatnagar (ex Jayaji 1974) was invited to hoist the school flag and to speak on this occasion. He lay emphasis on the symbolic raising of flag and said that the school flag has a lot of relevance for a student. He felt that dedication to a cause equips a student to counter and combat the challenges in life. He released Qila Quotes, Review and the Year Book 2013-14. Mr Akshay Arora, House Captain, Ranoji House (1989) was invited to address the assembly. He urged the boys to cherish the bonding with each other and use time judiciously. He released the French magazine; L’ Aube, German magazine; Zeitgeist, Geography magazine; Axis, the Science magazine; Nucleus and Commerce Newsletter; The Business Bugle. At the end the entire school sang the school song.

75th Althletics Finals took place after the morning assembly. Madhav awardee, Shri Sanjeev Aga was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Jayappa House came 1st in Group A and Daulat House came 1st in B Group. Harish Kumar and Anant Kumar were adjudged best athletes in Group A and Group B respectively. The overall trophy went to Jayappa House. Avishkar Khetri stood first in Junior A Group and Somansh Girdhar was adjudged as the best athlete in Junior Group B. In Junior House the overall trophy was bagged by Kanerkhed House. Two new records were broken. In medley race Jayappa House broke the old record and in Shot Put Gautam Priyadarshi created a new record.

Everyone was delighted to see the band boys play the tunes wearing their band uniform. The horse show was appreciated by the audience. Decade wise march past of the Old Boys was the attraction of the Athletics meet.

117th Founder’s Day began in the evening when the Guests of Honour, Mr Farhan Akhtar and Mr Milkha Singh arrived with President Board of Governors, His Highness Maharaja Jyotiraditya Scindia. They were escorted by school horse riding team lead by Sanshrisht Bhatia.

The dignitaries were introduced to the members of Board of Governors and senior citizens of Sonsa village. Mr Farhan Akhtar and President Board of Governors along with the Principal went around the exhibitions. Then they were introduced to the prefects and the faculty members.

After the exhibition the band played Colonel Bogey, Mustafa, Fanfare and Chariots of Fire. It was lead by Under Officer, Varun Nepram.

The much awaited evening began with the arrival of Chief to witness the Founder’s Day programme at Shukla Memorial Open Air Theatre. The President Board of Governors, Guests of Honour, and Principal, Mr Samik Ghosh paid floral tribute to Maharaja Jiwajirao M Scindia and Maharaja Madhavrao J Scindia. The school choir sang the school song.

The School Orchestra played the composition ‘Move On.Make Your Own Way’. The theme celebrates the spirit of Mr Milkha Singh’s life and the values of the biopic, ‘Bhag Milkha’. The composition with its melody, poetry and confluence of various taals, was based on Raag Marwa and the movement reflected the thrust to surge ahead with grit and determination facing countless obstacles on the way.

The Principal, Mr Samik Ghosh read out the annual report and highlighted the academic and co- curricular activities along with sports achievements of the school. He reiterated the fact that the school has been rated number 3 among all boys residential school. He expressed his gratitude to the BOG, alumni and families for their unflinching support during difficult times.

President Board of Governors, His Highness Maharaja Jyotiraditya Scindia invited Guests of Honuor to give away the annual awards to the meritorious students while the Principal announced the awards. In his welcome speech President Board of Governors glorified Mr Milkha Singh as a true representative of India who exhibits diversity of talent. Regarding Mr Farhan Akhtar he said that he is a youth icon with tremendous versatility.

As he spoke to the distinguished set of future winners of the country he emphasized that the need of the hour is creativity, original thinking and an all-round development of character. He urged the students to pursue a hobby which is their passion.

1. The Umang Mathur Memorial Trophy for the best in academics in Class XI for 2013-14 went to Shishir Garg of Daulat House.
2. The Mahendra Mishra Memorial Trophy for the best Sportsman in Class XI for 2013-14 went to Ayush Prakash of Daulat House.
3. The Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia II Medal for All Round Proficiency in class XI for 2013-14 went to Shishir Garg of Daulat House.
4. The Sampitroda award for the best innovative project for 2013-2014 was shared by two groups.
A. ‘Predicting The Velocity Of Source And Whether The Object Is Receding Or Approaching Using Doppler Effect’ BY Shishir Garg and Utsav Akhaury.
B. ‘Low Budget Water Filter’ BY Manikya Bansal, Kshitij Raj and Utkarsh Bansal.
5. The R. B. Pawar Medal for scoring the highest percentage of marks (99%) in Mathematics in class XII Board examination 2013-14 went to Aman Agarwal of Shivaji House.
6. The Governor’s Medal for scoring the Highest Percentage of Marks in Class XII Board examination 2013-14 went to Bhuwan Saraogi of Daulat House.
7. The Field Marshal Cariappa Shield for the best sportsman for 2013-14 went to Jaskaran Singh Bakshi of Jayaji House.
8. The Maharaja Jeewaji Rao Scindia Medal for All Round Proficiency in class XII for 2013-14 went to Bhuwan Saraogi of Daulat House.
9. The Khurshid Lakdawala, Jr. House Efficiency Shield for 2013-2014 went to Kanerkhed House.
10. The Guru Hargovind Singh (Gurdwara) Trophy for the best house in academics for the year 2013-2014 went to Madhav House.
11. The Nepal Trophy for the best House in games and sports for 2013-2014 went to Daulat House.
12. The General Efficiency Shield for 2013-2014 went to Jayaji House.

Dr Mrs Maitryee Bishnoi and Ms Sangeeta Jain were felicitated for their dedicated and continuous service to the school for 20 and 10 years respectively.

On behalf of Painting, Fine Arts and Sculpture Hobby Sansrisht Bhatia, Aman Kumar and Amrit Pal Singh presented mementoes to the Guest of Hounour, Mr Milkha Singh and Harshraj Gound presented a memento to the Guest of Hounour, Mr Farhan Akhtar.

Then Mr Farhan Akhtar addressed the gathering and urged the students to emulate the quest for excellence. He believed that excellence is having grit and determination to do things in the best possible way.

Mr Milkha Singh got a standing ovation and felt proud to speak in Hindi. He stressed that hard work, will power and dedication is the only key to success. He wished ardently if any Indian can bring back the gold medal that he missed in Rome Olympics. He narrated some anecdotes much to everyone’s delight.

Then Mr Nalin Mehta, an eminent broadcast and print journalist and an Old Boy of the school interviewed the Guests of Honour. Mr Mehta was assisted by the boys of the school audio squad. There was an interesting interaction between them. The eager audience asked some questions and they replied with ease referring to numerous instances from their personal lives.

President Board of Governors, His Highness Maharaja Jyotiraditya Scindia read out the citation for the Madhav Award and conferred the award on Shri Sanjeev Aga, an eminent Old Boy (Jeevaji 1962-66).

It was followed by the ceremony of symbolic handing over of cherished values and traditions of the school to a young Scindian by the Madhav Awardee Shri Sanjeev Aga. He handed over the lamp with the replica of the school flag to Shubhamanyu Lahiri. Mr Aga felt that self -respect should be the motivating factor in life and the students must never stop striving for excellence with a sense of decency and fair play.

SSP, Utsav Mehra proposed a vote of thanks on behalf of the entire school.
At the end the one act play entitled `The Yellow Kite’ was staged. It was directed by Mr Sukesh Arora and Mr Mohit Mukherjee. The story revolved around a kite flying competition between two rival groups of boys. The play touched upon issues of sportsmanship, effort, talent and courage to confront our deepest fears.
The celebrations ended with the hope to carry forward the legacy with aplomb making it momentous and memorable.

Day 2:

On 20th October 2014 the Scindian family warmly welcomed the Old Boys of 1974, 1989 and 2004 batches and their families. Students of Junior School (Classes VI, VII and the freshers of Class VIII) displayed their yoga and karate skills on the Oval Field followed by a display of coordinated movements with coloured cloths and in the end a grand human pyramid formation.

They did Surya Namaskar, Bhujang and Chakra Aasan. Then the budding karate practioners showcased their skills in punching, striking and open hand techniques. Self-defense techniques using lathis were displayed by Avishkar, Sonam, Karma and Harsh. It was a delight to watch Sonam, Atharve and Nipun break tiles and a pot.

Next there was a very colorful display of parallel line formation.126 students formed human pyramid and it was highly applauded. The mass drill was performed using solid cloth strips forming check pattern and various other colourful patterns.

Soon after this the young daring riders gave a riding display exhibiting their equestrian feats. Sanshrist Bhatia came galloping bearing the school flag. Amrit Pal Singh, Kabir Verma and Yash Saharan displayed rudiments of vaulting including show jumping and steeple chase. Sanshrist Bhatia and Amrit Pal Singh did tent pegging and Ayush gave rear salute. At the end the riding team came in a line saluting the chief guest and spectators. At the end the Principal congratulated the performers and said that they perofrmed with perfection and joy.

It was followed by parent teacher interaction from 9.40 am to 12.40 pm. The parents were briefed about the performance of their children. The Old Boys appreciated the efforts of the Scindians as they went around the exhibitions. An exciting cricket match between Old Boys and Present boys added cheer to the morning. It was a pleasure to watch the old boys, parents and teachers meet informally during lunch at the school mess.

Soon after lunch the alumni visited their Houses. During SOBA Annual General Body Meeting the high routine processes were gone through and the members engaged in discussions on ways to strengthen their school. In the afternoon there was a hockey match between Old Boys and Present boys.

The entertainment programme in the evening at SMOAT was sponsored by the class of 1989 with the presentation of SOBA Award and SOBA Cup. SOBA President, Mr Vikram Mathur welcomed the guests and said that it was a moment to reacquaint with and relive the school life.

The Chief Guest was Mr Raj Singh (ex Madhav House, 1969) – an author, philanthropist and a successful entrepreneur. He is a pioneer in innovative tourism and has two heritage resorts in Bharatpur and Kanha. Mr Raj Singh owes it to the school which refined him and inculcated the spirit of commitment, sincerity and hard work.

SOBA Award was conferred upon Mr Neel Madhav Roy (ex Ravindra 1968), an outstanding alumni, for bringing laurels to the school. In his speech Neelda mentioned how `bells’ brought discipline into the system.

The coveted SOBA Cup went to the Indore Chapter which worked very hard to further the cause of the alumni association and have successfully contributed to SOBA. A certificate was conferred upon Kanpur SOBA for maximum blood donation with 80 bottles.

The evening ended with Benny Dayal, a famous Bollywood singer singing and everyone grooved to the foot tapping numbers.

Day 1:

Founder’s Day celebration commenced with a soccer match in the afternoon on 19th October 2014 between Batch of 1989 vs Present Boys at 3.30 PM at Siddharth Field. All the boys, faculty members and their families witnessed the match. It was a delight to watch the two teams compete with each other excitedly.

Later in the evening at 5.30 PM there was a special Astachal.The famous director, Mr Anurag Kashyap came as part of Batch of 1989. Karan Chahar welcomed the Old Boys and read out an article on the life and principles of Mahatma Gandhi. It was followed by a melodious song by Mr Raja Banerjee entitled `Surya Ast Ho Gaya, Gagan Mast Ho Gaya’. Mr Navneet Kaushal sang ‘Kahin Dur Jab Din Dhal Jaye’. The Old Boys felt nostalgic as they remembered the good old days.

On 18th October 18 students from Class XII accompanied by three teacher escorts went to Agra to take part in a cycling event and they were welcomed by Agra Old Boys. Two Old Boys – Gagan Khosla (1974) and Arjun Saraswat (2010) began cycling at 1 am on 19 October from Delhi. They were joined by other Old Boys and the cycling team from the School at Agra. The group expanded as students from IITM, LNIP, SKV, our Head of Middle School, the cross country cycling champions from Sonsa village and the Old Boys of Gwalior chapter joined in at Rairu.

The young Scindians lined up along the path and waved and clapped to cheer for the cyclists as they arrived at school around 6.30pm. They were escorted by horse riders. The cyclists were garlanded and received at Madhav Pavilion. Upon arrival the school Band played Colonel Bogey, Mustafa, Fanfare and Chariots of Fire. Varun Nepram was the Band Major.

Mr Vikram Mathur, President SOBA welcomed the two enthusiastic cyclists from Batch of 1974 and 2009 along with 18 boys from class XII. Mr Gagan Khosla (Batch of 1974) got a standing ovation amidst loud cheer as he expressed his gratitude towards his batch and the school. Arjun Saraswat (Batch of 2009) was equally excited after the cycling adventure. The cyclists were given mementoes. The Principal in his brief talk highlighted the spirit of adventure that makes a Scindian special. This adventure activity was organized by Batch of 1974. 10 cycles were gifted to the school community and 2 for the champions from Sonsa. Mrs. Raksha Siriah was called upon by the Principal to accept the cycles on behalf of the school for her long association with adventure sports and cycling.

The evening ended with thundering cheering by the students – ‘Come on, come on, everybody say- S-C-I-N-D-I-A…!’

Scindians Celebrate Independence Day

68 th anniversary of the country’s Independence was celebrated on 15 th August 2014. Upon arrival at the Oval field flanked by young horse riders, the Chief Guest, Mr Vikram Misri, an alumnus of Shivaji House-81, was welcomed by the Principal and introduced to faculty members. Mr Vikram Misri is an eminent IFS Officer and currently the Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of India.

Mr Vikram Misri unfurled the National Flag as the School Band played the National Anthem. The Chief Guest inspected the parade following which the troops marched past the flag.

The Welcome Speech was given by the Principal and it was followed by the Chief Guest’s speech.

The patriotic slogan, “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” echoed at the Oval field.

Throughout the programme the school brass band played various tunes such as My Motherland, Sare Jahan Se Achha, Victory, Morning Noon and Night and Ey Watan Ey Watan.

The celebration continued at the Astachal where flowers were offered at Gandhiji’s statue by the Chief Guest, Mr Vikram Misri, Principal, his wife, Vice Principal, Master of Ceremony, Senior School Prefect, Girls ’ Representative and Junior School Representative. A befitting tribute as paid to the freedom fighters through a patriotic song sung beautifully by the students.

The Chief Guest felt delighted to return to school after 33 years. A walk through the school a day before made him nostalgic as he silently paid homage to his teachers.