Monday, November 28, 2011


Shiv Jyoti Public School is a premier educational institution in the city of Jalandhar. On introduction by my alma mater Dr. K.C. Mahendru, Former Principal of DAV College Jalandhar, Shiv Jyoti Public School invited and hosted me as the Chief Guest at the Annual Day function of the School on November 26, 2011. It was indeed an honour for me after a long service as a faceless diplomat. It was a new but rewarding experience for me to interact with educationalists and intellectuals back home where I belong.

Shiv Jyoti Public School is run by Pandit Drit Ram Charitable Trust named after a visionary and missionary in the field of quality education in the region. The School was stated in 1988 with 40 students and hosts more than 2500 students by now. It has a parent School by the name of Shiv Devi School for Girls which is of more than 50 years standing. I was informed that Pandit Drit Ram was a champion of education for girls and was staunch nationalist and Arya Samaji. It was a rare honour for me to unveil the bust of Pandit Drit Ram on the campus of the School. It was gratifying to know that Shiv Jyoti Public school not only aims to achieve educational excellence but also all round development of children with an added imputes to moral and social education. I was happy to hand over merit certificates and awards to the brilliant and dedicated students of the School. The cultural inputs to the Function done by the music faculty and students of the School were just superb from Vandna to Katak and Yoga.

It was satisfying to note that Shiv Jyoti Public School has a policy to help the poor and under privileged students with a view to impart affordable education to the needy. I could even notice that one of the blocks in the School has been named after the great Guru Ravidas. It is in line with the mission and philosophy of its founding father Pandit Drit Ram. Dr. D.D. Jyoti and his wife Smt. Krishna Jyoti are the guiding force of the Pandit Drit Ram Charitable Trust and the Schools. Principal Vibha Sharda of the School is an eminent educationist and manager. The Annual Day function of the School was very well organized under her able stewardship. She was totally involved with great spirit but with noticeable humility. Shri Varinder Sabharwal, General Secretary of the Managing Committee of the School is yet another great personality behind the success and prosperity of the institution with a vast legal and administrative experience. I was happy to meet them all at one go at the function. WE need more such schools.

I take this opportunity to wish the Shiv Jyoti Public School further success and progress in the years to come.

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