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.