12th International Student Science Conference Ends

The 12th International Student Science Conference this year hosted by The Doon School between the 25th to the 28th of October 2016 ​ was a huge success. ​Th​is year the theme of the conference was “Sustainable Development”.

The five days of conferences proceedings had three major focus areas based around the central theme of Sustainable Development: The first being the presentation of work done by the students of various countries. The second being keynote addresses being given by experts belonging to different areas of scientific work and the third being various field visits. In the paper presentations students from different participating schools got an opportunity to share their findings with the participants of the conference. Each paper presented was deliberated upon with several perceptive questions being raised.

​Several eminent keynote speakers addressed the students over the duration of the conference. Dr.Bivash Pandav, from the Wildlife Institute of India spoke about Tiger and Leopard conservation. Dr. P.C. Banerji, a physician by profession and a bird enthusiast by passion​, involved all the participants in bird identification and conservation​ through his interactive talks​. Mr. Biju Negi, a well-known seed conservator and the visionary behind ​the ​“Beej Bachao Andolan” sensitized the participants about the important role both farming and the farmers play in our society. He very lucidly explained the entire movement of saving the seeds and its significance in promoting sustainable agriculture.

​Other speakers included ​Ms. Manu Mehta​, a Scientist at of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Department​ and​ Dr. Brij Mohan Sharma ​a member of the Society of Pollution & Environmental Conservation Scientists (SPECS)​.

The delegates of the conference also had an opportunity to go on field visits. They visited the ‘Navdanya Farms’ an organic farm which is not just an initiative but a movement towards organic farming. The students during the visit also got an opportunity to interact with Dr. Vandana Shiva, an eminent environmentalist behind the movement promoting sustainable agriculture ​ who reiterated the importance of sustainable agriculture without the use of chemicals. The conference participants were amazed by the various methods adopted at the farm to make ‘Organic’ a way of life. The visit to the seed bank was the highlight of the trip followed by the unique experience of working in the fields and feeling one with the nature. They participants also visited UCOST where Dr. Rajendra Dobhal, Director General of Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology (UCOST), Dehradun, was especially present to interact, motivate the young scientists from all across the globe and to distribute certificates for the “LED Bulb Assembling and Repairing Workshop”.

Apart from all the academic pursuits the participants of the conference also had an opportunity to have some fun and get a glimpse of the spiritual and cultural life of India. The participants white water raft​ed at Rishikesh and attended the evening Aarti at Parmarth Nikaten. They were also enthralled by melodies of Hindustani Classical Music with a scintillating performance on the Santoor and Table by Mr. Partho Roy Choudhary and Mr. Avijit Chattopadhyay, both masters at The Doon School.

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International Student Science Conference 2016

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The Doon School has organised the International Student Science Conference (ISSC) 2016 at its campus from 24th – 29th October 2016. The general theme of the conference is ‘sustainable development’. Sixty eight delegates from the following schools are participating in the conference:

1) Hutchins School, Hobart, Australia

2) Tianjin Nankai High School, Beijing, China

3) St. Paul’s Co-educational College, Hong Kong

4) Stella Matutina Girls’ High School, Taichung, Taiwan

5) Liceo Classico ‘Marco Foscarini’, Venice, Italy

6) The Doon School, Dehradun

7) Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun

8) Welham Boys’ School, Dehradun

9) Unison World School, Dehradun

The student participants will present research work done at their respective schools to the audience and will discuss relevant issues pertaining to sustainable development.

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Several eminent speakers will also address the students on matters of the environment, ecology and conservation over the next few days. Among these are Dr. Bivash Pandav from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun whose expertise is Tiger conservation and the conservation of the Olive Ridley sea turtle. Mr. Biju Negi, Writer-Editor, Researcher, Development Consultant, Documentation Specialist and an Activist, for over 30 years who has worked at the local, national and international levels. Ms. Manu Mehta, from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun which is a branch of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) whose expertise is Atmospheric parameter retrieval and Time series analysis. Dr. P. C. Banerji is an amateur Bird Enthusiast who will give a talk on Birds of Doon Valley and Dr. Brij Mohan Sharma of the Society of Pollution & Environmental Conservation Scientists (SPECS,  whose pioneering works include science popularisation, conservation of energy and water purification

‘Common Birds of Chandbagh, a book with detailed information about  several birds inhabiting the verdant campus of The Doon School was released by the Headmaster Matthew Raggett at the inaugural ceremony.


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81st Founder’s Day celebrated

Founder's Day 2016 Chief Guest Founder's Day 2016 Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Arun Jaitley inaugurating School Yearbook

The 81st Founder’s Day of The Doon School was celebrated on October 22nd, 2016 at the Rose Bowl, the school’s open air amphitheatre. The programme was attended by the Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley, who as Chief Guest addressed the gathering.  In his speech, he highlighted the new opportunities created for India and its youth in the present, and how both would have to seize them in order to affect the pace of change.  Having alluded to global developments, start-up enterprises, and the need to converge excellence with a perspective of India’s challenges, his speech served as important food-for-thought for the audience, especially the boys who were listening intently.

Seated on stage with the Chief Guest was the Chairman of the school’s Board of Governors Gautam Thapar, who expressed his decision to retire from the board after eight years of service.  As he spoke at his last Founder’s Day programme, he reminisced about the progress the school had made during his years on the board – acknowledgements were made to several persons who had  helped in that effort.  These thoughts were echoed by the Headmaster, Matthew Raggett, in his address to the gathering, which also included a map of the school’s development in the future.

Following the speeches was a vote of thanks by the School Captain, along with a short concert by the student musicians, after which the programme concluded, marking the end of yet another annual celebration and festivities at The Doon School of its mission, achievements and continued existence.

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Doscos in the Limca Book of Records

Madhav Bhardwaaj a class 12th student of The Doon School and Manmohan Bhardwaj his father and also an ex student of the school batch of 1980, had successfully completed their planned trek of The Great Indian Desert covering on foot a distance of 305.17 kms in Bikaner-Jaisalmer area along the Indo-Pak Border in 9 days, have entered the Limca Book Of Records.

The previous record of maximum length of a trek in the desert was in the name of Indian Army with 261.59 km in 10 days in the month of February 2010.

They had applied for the Limca Book of Records for considering their longer trek as the new record, specially in view of such added achievements as less time, early summer hot weather as against Feb of the Army, and father-son duo.

This has finally been accepted as a new record.

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