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August 15, 2019 Independence Day Celebrations 2019

73 years ago, with the eyes of the world upon us, India reinvented herself. Starting out with clarity of purpose towards the future, our country declared in a unified voice that we are one! It wasn’t our distant ancestors, far removed by the eons in time, but our own grandfathers and great grandfathers that gave up everything so that we may live our lives free and independent.

On the occasion of Independence Day, Mr. Mayank Vaishnav, of the department of Hindi, took a page out of history and shared a few snippets from the remarkable legacy of Shri Durga Das Khanna, after whom the Foundation was named and established in 1991. Born in 1908 into an affluent family, he gave scant regard to material comforts and instead threw in his lot with the freedom struggle along with his peers and close friends, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. Well educated, a voracious reader and an intellectual, he was counted amongst the biggest adversaries to the British Empire in the pre-partition state of Panjab, and was also confined to jail for his role in the freedom movement. In the years after independence, Shri Durga Das Khanna continued to work tirelessly for the downtrodden and underprivileged sections of society, aided and later emulated by his grandson, Atul Khanna, Director of the Durga Das Foundation.

The Student Council and the entire staff, assembled for the flag hoisting ceremony by the Director and the School Captain, Arsheya Kang, which was followed by the National Anthem. Vijayant Chaudhary, a student of Class 9 recited a beautiful, self-composed poem on the occasion which was greatly appreciated by everybody.

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August 10, 2019 Wordsmiths 2019 Concludes to a Splendid Performance

Day two of Wordsmiths 2019 began on a compelling note as the young students from across 16 esteemed schools of the region took part in the Radio Newscast, Extemporaneous Speaking and the Round 2 of the After Dinner Speaking and Dramatic interpretation, leaving the audience enthralled with their fitting display of emotion and dramatisation.

Students were tested on their ability to think on the spot and knowledge on current affairs during the Extemporaneous Speaking Event. The young speakers deliberated on topics ranging from international terrorism to the emerging trend of online cab services, from climate change to politics.

The two day public speaking extravaganza was brought to end by a mime performance staged by the students of the school focusing on the ever growing menace of mobile phones in our lives.

The first prize in the Extemporaneous Speaking Category was bagged by Sahib Sharma from the Learning Paths School. The second prize was awarded to Shivansh of Sunbeam School,Varanasi while the third spot was shared by Mitul Kaul of Vivek High School and Paavna Pannu of Strawberry Fields High School.

The first prize in the After Dinner Speaking event was secured by Moksha Sharma of St. Kabir while the second prize was awarded to Advika Sinha of St.Stephens. At the third place was Aramya Jaiswal of Sacred Heart.

For the Dramatic Interpretation category, the first position was held by Mansirat Kaur of Sacred Souls School. The second position by Ekeesha of Vivek High and the third position by Vedant Vasudeva of Shemrock School.

In the Radio Newscast event the first prize was bagged by Ahaan Jain and Paavna Pannu of Strawberry Fields High School, at the second position were Harapriya and Harshita of Sacred Heart School. The third spot was awarded to Mitul Kaul and Harshit Singh of Vivek High.

The winning trophy for the Best Overall Performance for this year went to Vivek High School, Chandigarh. The literary and public speaking event saw some riveting performances and many promising orators. And with the feedback from our eminent panel of judges we look ahead to another round of hard hitting performers next year.

By Paavna Pannu

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August 9, 2019 Diploma Student Develops Innovative App for Instant Advice to Diabetics

Adavya Bhutani, a student of Strawberry Fields High School, studying the IB Diploma Programme has developed a unique app that comes as a relief to patients suffering from diabetes. GlucoDoc- Mobile based platform that enables patients who suffer from diabetes to get instantaneous feedback on abnormal blood sugar levels from their treating doctor. It replaces the need for traditional hospital visits and facilitates faster communication that can be the turning point in case of emergencies. The app also lets patients securely save their active medications and blood sugar reports. The app is currently launched in India on the google play store and has 100+ users.

The plan going forward is to get feedback from the users and use that in conjunction with other engagement metrics to improve the app.Furthermore, Adavya is also looking into developing an AI algorithm and assigning a severity index to every report to reduce the latency even more. Additionally, new features such as medication reminders and weekly doctor tips coupled with interface and design improvements like displaying past glucose reports in a timeline could be the key to attracting more users and doctors on the platform.

He further added, when he saw the patients facing complications in monitoring their blood sugar level on regular basis, inspired him to design the app to assist the patients and the physicians. According to WHO, 69.2 million people in India suffer from diabetes which is the highest across the world, and this number is expected to reach 98 million by 2030. Patients need careful and frequent monitoring of blood sugar levels and almost always require immediate change to medications and diet to prevent any complications. When he realized that a lot of people were stressed out and taking inappropriate doses because of not being able to connect with the doctor right away, he decided to work on an application that could potentially bridge this gap and be more convenient to use

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August 8, 2019 Sharad Vivek Sagar speaks from the heart at SFHS

Students at SFHS were treated to a highly engaging and emotionally charged talk by Sharad Vivek Sagar, the Founder and CEO of Dexterity Global, an organisation committed to powering the next generation of leaders through educational opportunities. Rising from humble beginnings, he is charting a trailblazing path in the field of education and public service, earning many accolades, felicitations and awards and inspiring a generation.

Listed on the global Forbes 30 under 30 List, inducted in the list of 100 Next Century Innovators by the Rockefeller Foundation, invited by the Nobel Peace Centre to the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, included in the “Queen’s Young Leaders” and dubbed “the Vivekananda of 21st Century” by the media, Sharad voices the dreams and aspirations of countless young people across the globe as they aim to scale the pinnacle of success on the sheer merit of hard work, perseverance and dedication.

Sharad, an Indian youth icon and a 21st century leader, insisted that he was not a motivational speaker, yet his words and his down to earth style connected instantly with the students as he spoke at length about myriad topics from making impactful choices in life to preparing for leadership roles. The young audience were eager to seek his views on several perceptive queries ranging from his definition of success or failure, to the question of whether leaders are born or created. He transfixed his listeners with the story of his transition from being an observer and participant, to, an influencer and motivator.

Powering his vision of creating a 21st century leadership to face 21st century challenges, he has spoken globally and been invited to some of the world’s most prestigious and influential institutions. His work connects millions of students in India with educational opportunities and his organisation has enabled young students to secure over 40 crores rupees in scholarships from institutions around the world.

Swami Atmajna Nanda ji, Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission, instrumental in bringing Sharad to the city, was also a guest at the event and exhorted the students to rise to the opportunity to work for the global community with dedication and passion, as epitomised by Sharad Sagar.

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