The Salwanians are achieving remarkable feats in all walks of life. The school has churned out thinkers, leaders and scholars in every field who owe their success to the firm foundation laid down by their alma mater.
The Salwan Public School Old Students Association, popularly known as SPOSA, is an integral part of the school community. The alumni participate enthusiastically in all school programmes and render their support graciously.
A Montage of Memories
An Interaction with eminent educationist,
Mrs. Reena Cheema
Q. Madam, you served as the Principal of many reputed schools including S.S. Mota Singh School, New Delhi and Guru Harkrishan Public School, New Delhi. Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in teaching?
A. We were truly blessed to have wonderful teachers who moulded our lives. My teachers inspired me to pursue a career in teaching. Ms. Luthra, Ms. Kohli, Mr. Nanda, Ms. Astavans… For the Salwanians the list is endless!
Q. Please share the most fulfilling experience of your career spanning 25 years.
A. While serving as the Principal of United Public School, Kanpur, I identified a child with learning disabilities and provided specialized coaching to enable him to cope with the challenges of mainstream education. The child grew up to become a successful doctor. This is the most rewarding experience of my career.
Q. Presently you are working as an educational consultant. Please tell us about the initiatives that you have undertaken.
A. I have been actively involved in various initiatives for promoting quality education in rural areas through multi-dimensional educational programmes. I have been coordinating the planning, implementation and assessment of school improvement processes in order to bring the rural schools at par with urban schools.
In Conversation with
Dr. Achal Bhagat
Q. Sir, you have been doing exemplary work as a mental health activist. Please tell us about your initiatives.
A. I am the Founder Chairperson of Saarthak, an NGO working on issues of Mental Health. Presently I am heading a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, cognitive behaviour therapists and family therapists who provide psychiatric services and train people as well as organizations to deal with mental health problems. We are actively involved in rights movements for gender rights, rights of persons with disabilities and rights of persons with mental illnesses.
Q. Please share some fond memories of your school days.
A. I owe my communication skills to the debates that I won and lost in school. I remember Ms. Indu Kohli as the most encouraging person, Mr. Dinesh Bahadur Singh for instilling a spirit of enquiry, Mr. Binjoo for interpreting poetry, Mr. Dilip Bedi for making physics interesting and Ms. Rakhee Sharma for making English language learning an enjoyable experience.
Q. What advice would you like to give to school students who are planning to pursue a career in medicine?
A. Become a doctor if you are passionate about it. Be humble, respect people as people and do not treat them as cases. I feel it’s a very noble profession, and requires one to value life and be committed.
In Conversation with
Mr. Jitender Kohli
JitendraKohli is a 1971 batch alumnus of Salwan Public School. He then joined IIT Delhi (Electrical Engineering). He is currently the Managing Director of Electronic Tender and is rated as one of the foremost experts globally in the area of e-procurement. His book, ‘The Business guide to India’ (published by Butterworth Heinemann, UK/Singapore) was rated as a bestseller.
It is well known that the strength of a building significantly depends upon the robustness of its foundation. If the foundation is weak, the building will never be strong. Similarly, the learning and experiences imbibed during one’s school days have an important bearing in multiple ways on the course of one’s life and career.
It is not only the subjects studied which constitute important learning but also the habits and the skills developed. The choices made during this formative and impressionable period create the steel-framework of a person’s life and career, and have a greater impact in determining success and happiness in future.
A question relevant for career planning for most students is regarding the stream of subjects which can be chosen in High School. Today, our environment provides us with innumerable options. As you observe the world and people around you, ask yourself what kind of work and professions inspire you. Do you have the motivation and determination to develop the required acumen and skill set? What are the alternatives?
The seeds of success and failure are sown during your schools days. So while enjoying this period of your life, create a robust steel-framework for experiencing Success and Happiness for yourself, and also share the fruits of such endeavour with those close to you, as well as, the society at large.
Rendezvous with Young Singing Sensation,
Ms. Harjot Kaur
Q. A proud recipient of many accolades including the prizes bagged at the Baal Kala Utsav (2013 and 2014), the Hum Kishore Festival (2013), the Delhi PratibhaPuruskar and the Hannah Montana – The Big Popstar Dream Contest, among others, you are a source of inspiration for many. Please tell us about your journey so far.
A. I am grateful to my school for providing numerous opportunities to hone and showcase my talent. Training in Hindustani Classical music under the guidance of Guru Pt. Baldev Raj Verma and learning the nuances of Sufi Music at school from the renowned Sufi singer Ustad Maa Zila Khan have been the most gratifying experiences of my life.
Q. You have carved a niche for yourself in the world of vocal music. What was the most significant turning point in your career?
A. Winning the 1st runner-up award in the Super Singer Contest organized by Radio City – FM 91.1 in 2014 was undoubtedly the most important turning point in my career. It boosted my confidence and provided the much-needed exposure for participation in the Music Reality Show, The Voice of India.
Q. What message would you like to give to budding singers?
A. Grab every opportunity that comes your way and chase your dreams with undeterred will-power.