The Delhi Public School recently awarded its meritorious students at a prestigious badging ceremony held at its school ground in R. K. Puram. The function is an annual event that seeks to felicitate exemplary senior school students each year. The Vice-Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University, Professor (Dr.) C Raj Kumar was the chief guest on the occasion amongst other leading academics, scholars, alumni and parents who took part in the elaborate ceremony. Delivering the welcome address on the occasion Dr. D. R. Saini, Principal, Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram, highlighted the importance of a sound education system capable of equipping students for life, he said, “The importance of education in the life of an individual cannot be overstated. It shapes individuals in their formative years and imbues them with values that would govern all their choices in life. It is said if you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. Indeed, one can even say that the quality of education will determine the destiny of the nation.” “It is an honour and a privilege to be the Principal of DPS R.K. Puram, the school that stands for excellence and continuously sets the highest standards, the school that is an alma mater which all alumni look back to with fond memories, the school that has given this country many distinguished personalities and leaders in diverse fields.”, he further added. Delivering the Chief Guest lecture at the congregation, Professor (Dr.) C Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, O. P. Jindal Global University, highlighted the acute shortage of faculty in academic institutions across the country, and said, “The leading educational institutions face an acute shortage of strong faculty in the country. As per statistics, the IITs alone face a faculty shortage of close to 32 per cent and almost all the central universities in the country are confronted with a faculty crunch impacting the quality of education in the country.” “Education is fundamental to development and growth of a country and its citizenry, and the current scenario with over 40% faculty positions lying vacant across institutions cannot be allowed to continue. The youth of our nation must come forth and embrace this challenge by opting for academics as their first and foremost career choice”, he noted. Dr. Kumar further highlighted the important need of having holistic education programs for the youth of the country, he said, “Achieving and maintaining a degree of quality, quantity, inclusivity and accessibility all together is the need of the hour in the educational institutes of the country, we need to develop holistic education programmes that would best serve not just oneself but also society at large.” His inspirational and moving dialogue generated a rousing response from the audience, an ovation that lasted several minutes. Mr. Amit Jain, President, Uber India, who is an alumnus of DPS, RK Puram was also present on the occasion. Mr Jain spoke at length on the learning he imbibed during his time at the school and how the experiences had helped sculpt him as an individual. He credited his alma mater and Dr. Saini, whom he fondly called as, ‘guru’, as the instrumental factors that had helped him chase his dreams and succeed in life as an individual. The programme also highlighted various achievements of the students through a video presentation, which ranged from golf, poetry, dance, astrophysics and chess.