DPS Srinagar organised an inter-school exchange trip to Sarhad School Pune for students of the school from 8th to 15th January 2023. The trip was an instructive experience as the students experienced first hand the diversity of cultures and forge close intercultural bonds. Over the course of week, the students were engaged in a variety of carefully curated activities including interactions, visits to museums, stadiums, campuses, beaches and other places that showcased the best of natural beauty of the region as well as cultural nights.
The trip commenced with an interaction on ‘Vision India’ between the visiting students and host school students after a detailed acquaintance had been established on the history and evolution of the school. Over the following days, the students visited various places of historical and natural importance. These included a trip to Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, commonly known as the Katraj Zoo. The students sighted various snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. The students were especially enthralled by the sight of the white tiger, bears, lions and Leopards. Visits to Alibaug beach and Parvati Hill were also undertaken to impress upon the students the diversity of Pune’s landscape. While the former is renowned for its ravishing beauty and thrilling water sports, the latter offers a panoramic view of the surrounding valley.
On the last day, the visitors participated in a cultural program that offered a glimpse into Kashmiri culture and tradition. Later, the students participated in the inauguration of Lalded Girls’ Hostel for Kashmiri girls. The hostel can accommodate 100 female students who are based in Pune for studies, while daughters of martyred jawans and policemen will be given preference.
Commenting on the trip, the Principal Shafaq Afshan said, “As a school we strive to establish close relations with our compatriots in other parts of the country to cultivate a sense of kinship and cosmopolitanism in our students. We are delighted that the students enjoyed the trip and learnt a great deal about the Maharashtrian culture and cuisine not to mention the bonds they forged.” The Chairman Vijay Dhar said, “DPS Srinagar aims for holistic development which includes building solidarity and belongingness in students. These inter-school trips are conducted specifically to expose students to diversity of the nation, and encourage them to move beyond their comfort zone.”