The awards function (held on 19th August) at the Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension, New Delhi, was an eagerly-awaited event. And when it was combined with the Investiture Ceremony it became a greater function.
There were over a hundred founded prizes for those who did well in studies, sports and cultural activities. And these prizes were instituted by our sponsors in the fond memory of their loved ones. The chief guest on the occasion was Shri Gourab Banerjee, a senior Advocate of the Supreme Court who became “senior” at the young age of 36. He was for some time Additional Solicitor General of India. Law runs in his blood as his father was the Attorney General of India. He has been supporting Deepalaya for the last 20 years.
Dr. Virender Sehgal, Ms. Indirani Mukherjee, our sponsors and relatives of Ms. Sarita Goswami were also present on the occasion.
Mr. A J Philip welcomed the guests.
This year, two new awards were instituted. One was “the Dr John Koodathinal John Prize for English” instituted in memory of the founder-director of the Biblical Counselling Trust of India. It consisted of a cash prize of Rs 2,501 and a medal.
The prize was given to the best student in English in Class XII by Smt Annie John, wife of Dr John.
The other was “The Perumalkovilgramam Ranganatha Nataraja Iyer Prize for Sanskrit”, instituted by his wife Janaky Natarajan who lives in Ahmedabad. He died 26 years ago. He was a simple man with a very large heart. He played a key role in the success of his niece who is now a senior IAS office
The prize was given to the best students in Sanskrit in Class VI, VII and VIII.
Out of the three winners, two belonged to the Muslim community.
The prize consisted of Rs 2001 each and a medal. It was handed over to the students by Smt Elizebath Philip as Smt Janaky Iyer could not attend the function.
The students presented a rich cultural programme that made the function quite unique. While speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gaurab Banerjee motivated the students. He said that people like us would donate once in a while but you are the heroes and leaders in the making.
There were students who won more than 5 prizes. The proud parents were finding it difficult to even keep the prizes arranged. The function ended with a vote of thanks to the guests. Mr. Banerjee was felicitated with a lamp. The guests, students and their parents enjoyed the event thoroughly.