Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram

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Delhi Public School
R. K. Puram, Sector 12

New Delhi - 110022

Coordinates28°34′15.51″N 77°10′33.77″E / 28.5709750°N 77.1760472°E / 28.5709750; 77.1760472Coordinates: 28°34′15.51″N 77°10′33.77″E / 28.5709750°N 77.1760472°E / 28.5709750; 77.1760472
MottoService Before Self
EstablishedJanuary 29, 1972
ChairmanV.K. Shunglu
PrincipalMs. Padma Srinivasan
FacultyFull Time: 221
Area12 acres (49,000 m2)[1]
Color(s)White and Bottle Green   
AffiliationsCentral Board of Secondary Education

Delhi Public School (DPS), R. K. Puram (often called DPS RKP or RKP) is a co-educational day and boarding private school educating pupils from the 6th to 12th grades, located in the South Delhi district of New Delhi, India. In addition, two separate campuses in Vasant Vihar and East of Kailash comprise the Junior or Elementary School Branch for pupils from Nursery through the 5th grade.

DPS R.K. Puram often features at the top of various rankings for academic excellence.[2][3] DPS R.K.Puram is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and is recognized by the Department of Education, Govt. of NCT Delhi and the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.[4] It is also a member of the Indian Public Schools' Conference (IPSC)[5] and the National Progressive Schools' Conference (NPSC).[6]


Founded in 1972 in New Delhi, DPS R.K. Puram is a private institution run by the not-for-profit Delhi Public School Society. Ms. Lathashishtha served as its first Headmistress.[citation needed] It was the second school founded by the Delhi Public School Society, the first being the Delhi Public School at Mathura Road, and today serves as the Society's flagship school.[citation needed]

In 1978, Mr. R. S. Lugani was appointed as the school's first Principal.[citation needed] He served as Principal until 1992, and is credited with pioneering the "DPS R.K. Puram" system, which utilizes a combination of innovative teaching methods and a result oriented curriculum and evaluation system in order to maintain consistently high academic standards. In 1992, Mr. Lugani was awarded the Government of India's fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri award, by then-President of India, R. Venkataraman for his contributions in the fields of Education and Literature.[7]

Mr. Lugani was succeeded by then-Vice Principal, Dr. (Mrs.) Shayama Chona–an internationally renowned educationist and disability rights activist–who served as the school's Principal from 1992 until her retirement in August 2009. Under her leadership, the school stewarded the establishment of the Tamana Special School, a school for the education of children with special needs.[8] During her tenure, the school also began admitting students with visual and other impairments. Dr. Chona was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1999, and subsequently with the Government of India's third-highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan award in 2008–making her the only educationist to receive two of the country's four highest civilian honors.[9] In 2002, the school was felicitated at the "Computer Literacy Excellence Awards for Schools" by then-President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam as the "Best School at the State (Delhi) Level" and the second runner-up for the entire country.[citation needed] After Dr. Chona's retirement from the position of Principal in the year 2009, Dr. D.R. Saini served as Principal till March 2015, when he was succeeded by Ms. Vanita Sehgal. Ms. Sehgal was succeeded by Ms. Padma Shrinivasan in April 2020.[citation needed]

Since its founding, DPS R.K. Puram has maintained its standing as one of the most exclusive selective schools in India.[10] In 2014, for example, 2,800 applications were received for 140 Nursery school spots this year, yielding an admissions rate of only 5 percent, which–as The New York Times noted–rivals that of top universities in the United States.[11]

Current administration[edit]

Principal - Ms. Padma Srinivasan
Vice Principal - Mr. Anil Kathuria
Headmistress - Ms. Rashmi Malhotra
Headmistress - Ms. Niva Chhonkar


The school is a day and boarding school with 9,500 students on its rolls.[4] It is situated in the heart of South Delhi urban area and has a campus of over 12 acres, along with a separate sports campus spread over 6 acres.[12]

Hostel accommodation is also provided to more than 400 boarders from across the country . The hostel facility is separate for boys and girls.[13] Competition for a place in one of the hostels is intense and is awarded on a merit-only basis.[citation needed]

Recent recognition and student accolades[edit]

In July 2018, a team of 12 students from the school was felicitated for their excellence in the field of aerospace design and development - emerging as the Winners in both the Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition (ARSSDC) held in January 2018, as well as in the subsequent finals of the International Space Settlement Design Competition held in July 2018 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.[14]

In May 2017, a team of 2 students from the school was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2017 NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest.[15][16]

In December 2016, DPS R.K. Puram was recognized as "India's Best School for 2016-17" (Jury's Choice Award) by Education Today, based on various parameters including Academic Reputation, Co-Curricular Education, Sports Education, Holistic Development, Individual Attention, Leadership Quality, Infrastructure, Special Needs Education, Innovative Teaching and Value for Money.[17]

In 2016, a team of 12 students from the school was felicitated by the Prime Minister of India[citation needed] for their outstanding achievements in the field of aerospace research—including by winning the 2015-16 Asian Regional Space Settlement Design Competition (ARSSDC), and emerging as International Runners-Up in the finals of the International Space Settlement Design Competition held in July 2016 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.[citation needed]

In 2016, the school's Vice-Principal and Head of the Biology Department, Mrs. Anita Singh, was conferred with the State Award for Teachers for the year 2015-16 by the Directorate of Education.[18]

Select list of notable alumni[edit]



Film industry[edit]



TV and print media[edit]


The DPS MMS scandal of 2004 was a scandal caused by the unconsented sharing of an explicit video filmed by a student at the school. The scandal caused widespread sensation across India.[24]


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  3. ^ "6 of India's top 10 schools in Delhi: Survey - Times of India".
  4. ^ a b "About us". Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  5. ^ Conference, Indian Public Schools'. "Indian Public Schools' Conference".
  6. ^ "Member-schools-d3 - NPSC INDIA".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "From the President's desk, Tamana". Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Mittal, Tata get Padma Vibhushan". The Economic Times. 26 January 2008.
  10. ^ "Top 10 schools in Delhi".
  11. ^ Manish, Sai. "Legal Fight Over Nursery School Admissions Keeps Delhi Kids at Home".
  12. ^ "Infrastructure - Delhi Public School R.K. Puram, New Delhi".
  13. ^ "Hostels infrastructure". Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram. Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  14. ^ "DPS RK Puram wins "International Space Settlement Design Competition" in NASA – Delhi Public School R. K. Puram, New Delhi".
  15. ^ "3 DPS students win NASA Grand Prize - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 28 May 2017.
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  17. ^ "Delhi Public School R.K. Puram, New Delhi".
  18. ^ "Delhi Public School R.K. Puram, New Delhi".
  19. ^ "The Rise and Fall of Nations - W. W. Norton & Company".
  20. ^ "Joyride on the ramp". The Hindu. 9 October 2003. Archived from the original on 28 June 2004. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  21. ^ "When Raghuram Rajan visited his alma mater DPS RK Puram".
  22. ^ "Catch the MTV Youth Icons".
  23. ^ "Creating music, byte by byte". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  24. ^ Richa Kaul Padte. "What the DPS MMS tells us about consent in the digital age".

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