School News January 2019


TEDxYouth @ HFSI 

HFS International has added one more feather to its cap with the initiation of TEDx Youth @HFSI 2018 (Technology, Entertainment and Design) on the 24th  of November, 2018 at Hiranandani Foundation School.

The theme for the event – Limitless was chosen to reflects the vision of the HFSI family in that age is no limit to achievement. The event endeavoured to inspire the youngsters who will soon embark on life’s journey, with lessons on limitations and hardships strewn along the way. However, it is the stories of the dedicated individuals who have the mettle to overcome all limitations that resonate with us and galvanise us. The event’s goal was to inspire, empower and encourage the young audience to define their own limits by breaking free from those set by others and to infuse in them the notion that life is limitless.

To exemplify the powerful message, the school had invited a range of extraordinaire speakers who are maestros in their fields.

In the opening speech, the Head of School, Ms. Kalyani Patnaik about the importance of starting conversations in order to stimulate young minds and help them grow. She stated, “Students, nowadays, listen to reply, not to understand” and proceeded to stress on the fact that it is essential to listen to other people’s experiences and knowledge in order to grow.

Dr. Santosh Kshirsagar, the first eminent speaker, spoke to the audience about the importance of understanding the Devanagari script, among other ancient scripts. He believes that knowledge of such scripts can unlock the mind, and open it to so much more. The talk by Nikita Mehra, the eighteen year old sagacious speaker, spoke to the audience about the importance of counselling.

Nine year old Advika Nair, the youngest speaker of the event, spoke to the audience with a voice full of excitement and passion. It was delight for audience. Ms. Venkatraman aired her views about her struggle to find job with purpose and how she was able to manifest her dream job. She talks about her three matras that allow you to be limitless and shared her golden formula with the audience: INTENT+EFFORT+GRACE=EXCELLENCE
Ms. Komal Hiranandani educated the audience about the concept of ‘unintended consequences’, how they play a part in our lives and how we must deal with them. Dr. Radha Kumar, Erudite Professor at St. Xaviers for Ancient Indian Culture, spoke fervently about the importance of teaching the Indian youth about our ancient Indian history.

Mr. Bharat Dabholkar’s enlivening speech had the audience’s funny bones tickled with his witty sense of humour and talked on how important it is to be unique and original.

The talks were complemented with performances themed on “GIRL POWER”  and MALALA DANCE from our HFS International Students. There were also video clippings of famous TEDSpeakers like Head of TED, Chris Anderson; Azim Khamisa; Nilay Kulkarni and Maysoon Zayid that added to the flavour of the event. The event received a thundering applause from the audience, appreciating HFSI IBDP II students who have shown excellent entrepreneur and leadership skills in managing the event from the beginning to the end independently.


Safety and self defence for girls

The Women Development Center (WDC) of Bunts Sangha’s S.M. Shetty College of Science, Commerce & Management Studies, Powai organised a self defense training camp for girls on 11th December, 2018. Asst. Professor Kalpan Rai Menon was in-charge of the workshop along with teacher members, Asst. Prof. Himani Shukla & Asst. Prof. Nabila Kazi. This workshop was an initiative taken by Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad and was organized in the light of ‘Mission Sahasi’.

The objective of the workshop was to educate girls in preventive and curative counter protective measures that can be taken in life threatening situations. The resource person for the workshop was Mr.Ashok Dethe who is a 5thDan Black Belt and 4thDan Black Belt. Mr. Dethe explained the meaning of self-defense and its importance to the girls present. He emphasized on the statement ‘Jaan Pyaari Ya Izzat’ and explained the importance of life over reputation. He also focused on the need for awareness, boldness, creativity, dynamic tactics and escape & rescue. He explained how to avoid problematic situations with daily accessories that any girl would carry. He divided the tactics in 5 different parts and explained each one of them by selecting a group of volunteers amongst the crowd. Girls were given tips on how to convert body weight against the attacker-body mechanics and how to lock a person such that he can’t move if the attacker is on top of her.

Besides the self defense class, students were given a few other tips that could come handy in dangerous situations. Participants of the event will get to be a part of the Mega event to be held in the presence of CM Shri Devendra Fadnavis. The event was a great success with girl students participating in huge numbers.


JKIP discovering new talent every month

In the seventh JKIP forum powaikars discovered 2 young wonders in the world of literature and fine art. 

The amazing poetic talent named Moushumi stirred the audience with her verses as anchor Dr. Ruchi recited her poems.  In a very simple way her devout mother shared how the family overcame huge obstacles in the path of Moushumi , to complete her studies.  After her schooling from Spastic Society of India she graduated from Wilson College and did PG from MU. Moushumi's perseverance and courage inspired everybody and instilled pride being a Powaikar.  

Another teenage wonder Kiran Patil, winner of multiple national awards, mesmerized the audience with the beats from the tabla rendered with finesse as an accompaniment to the ghazal performance by Aslam Khan, grandson of Ustaad Amir Hussain (Farrukhabad Gharana) proved to be a good reason of full house packed.

Literary buds can bloom at any age, was the message from two senior citizens, Octogenarian Retd Air force officer Mr Chauhan and septuagenarian Ms. Geeta Ashavadi, who shared their beautiful creations. Continuing  the new trend of mutli lingual forum set by JKIP  Marathi poems were also recited by Sapna Banger, Supriya Naik and Vivek Govilkar (ex HR Head ORACLE).
Surprise guest from Hiranandani Brigadier (Retd.) Sudhir Kumar graced the occasion.    Special guests from the Urdu adab Miraq Mirza (author, screen and literary writer), Arif Azmi, Mir Saheb Hasan, Anis Adil and Haneef Qamar from the popular urdu magzine ‘Taryaq’ generously appreciated the amateur poets and encouraged them to write.
Next Forum: 20/1/2019, 4 pm, Raheja Vihar, same place. Message/send poems for openmic* to Organiser Hempushpak Arora at 9892618127. * conditions apply


Award for Trudentz

Trudentz Multispeciality Dental and Orthodontic clinic in Chandivali, Powai has been nominated in the "Clinic of the year (Multiple chairs) " category at the recently concluded Famdent awards held in Mumbai. Additionally Dr. Neeraj S Rohida was awarded "Dentist of the Year" in the Dental research and innovation category.

The Famdent Excellence in Dentistry Awards held annually, recognize the highest standards of excellence in the Dental profession, honoring individuals in respective fields for their outstanding achievement.