SPRINGDALES SCHOOL PUSA ROAD The 51 st Annual Gowardhan Dass Declamation contest was hosted by Springdales School, Pusa Road on Friday, 21 st April 2017.

The contest started in the year 1967 in the memory of Mr. Gowardhan Dass, the founder Chairman of Springdales Education Society. A fine orator, he was vitally interested in all socio, economic and political problems faced by the society.

Mrs. Ameeta Mulla Wattal, Principal, Springdales School welcomed the participants from 26 schools of Delhi and the neighbouring states. In her address she stressed on the importance of developing communication skills and a genuine concern and sensitivity towards the world and its problems.

Through her speech she motivated the young minds by saying that this world belonged to them. Few of the thought-provoking topics ranged from: Freedom of expression must be absolute, breaking down walls between Nations is passe. We are building them; to No democracy without dissent!

The contest was presided over by Ms. Hiroo Mirchandani, an Old Springdalian. The esteemed panel of judges included Dr. Nirmalya Samanta, Associate professor of English at Ramanujam college DU, Dr. Maneesha Roy, Associate professor of Political Science at Gargi college DU and Prof. Chandrachur Singh, Associate professor of Political Science at Hindu college DU.

The first position was bagged by Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan and the second by Modern School, Barakhamba Road. The host school did not compete for the trophy. Also present to grace the occasion were Dr. Rajni Kumar, Chairperson, Springdales Education Society; Mrs. P. Loomba, Manager, Springdales Schools and Gen. Cordozo, member managing board.