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Mrs. Kamala Bose (1920-1947)

Mrs. Kamala Bose was the Principal for 27 years, ever since the school's inception in 1920, to the dawn of Independence of India in 1947.

She established the the foundations of Modern School with her tireless endeavour. She and her staff laid down a tradition of excellence. When she retired in 1947, a search for her successor took place.

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Mr. M.N. Kapoor (1947-1977)

Earlier Mr.M N Kapoor served as an illustrious member of the erudite faculty of Mayo College Ajmer. 1947 was a tumultuous year for India. India was not only going through the euphoria of the end of The British Raj, but also through the throes of partition with Pakistan. Many Muslim students left the school to migrate to Pakistan. Hindu-Muslim tensions enveloped the sub-continent. During this time, Mr. M.N. Kapoor took the helm of this ship and charted its course for thirty years. Under his able guidance, the school touched new heights of success and established itself as the premier high school in India. Topping the All-India Merit Lists, excellence in sports, and cultural activities, Modern School embodied the core of India. Not just a school for the elite, but a school with equality of class, creed, caste, and sex. Various luminaries visited the school over the years. Mr. Kapoor always encouraged students to interact with these personalities, and often quoted them to inspire the student body in the assembly. Mr. Kapoor was a noted educationist of his time. His articles, published as a series in The Statesman, provide a glimpse into his philosophy.

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Mr. S.P. Bakshi (1982 - 1996)

After obtaining post graduate degrees in English and Sociology, he embarked on his career as a teacher of English in Modern School. In the year 1970-71, he was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in a High School in a small town called Fort Wayne USA. He served as the Staff Advisor to the school magazine ‘Sandesh’ and ‘Adarsh’. He left Modern School in 1977 to take over as Principal of the Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan. In 1982 he was entrusted the responsibility of nurturing the values of secularism, humanity, catholicity of temper and ability to face crisis as Principal of Modern School. Modern School stood for excellence and he attempted to fulfil the Founder's vision of a modern education. The first Blood Donation Camp was held in his tenure, which is still held every year. The construction of the Squash Courts were also added to the inventory of the school. Modern School added another jewel to its own crown in the form of the Platinum Jubilee Block which is equipped with modern Laboratories, Lecture Demonstration rooms and a mini multi-purpose hall for audio-visual facility. He retired in the year 1996 after successfully ensuring an all-round development and refinement of the students’ personality which forms a distinguishing feature of Modern School.

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Mr. R.K. Bhatia (1996 - 2000)

He started the journey from being a Maths teacher in 1971 to later spearheading Modern School as its Principal. He was a Maths teacher par excellence and climbed the proverbial ladder with utmost sincerity and dedication. He took over the charge of "Ranjit House" from Mr. Ved Vyas as the House Master in 1972 and continued it till he became the Principal in 1996. In 1974 he became the Head of the Mathematics Department succeeding Mr. Kanwar Juneja. In the year 1996 he was rightly honoured with the post of Principal, Modern School Barakhamba Road. Besides being a good human being he has a sound academic background. The unending list of his achievements include being the Head Examiner, CBSE and the CEO for marking scheme (All India) for Mathematics (class XII).

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Mrs. Lata Vaidyanathan (2000 - 2014)

Mrs.Lata Vaidyanathan (M.Sc. M.Ed.) is a veteran educationist who stands dedicated and committed to the promotion of child-centred education. During her illustrious career well over a couple of decades, she was the Principal of Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan’s school at Chandigarh and the Founder Principal of Eicher School at Parwanoo. She has spearheaded the movement for ensuring burden-free education & joyful learning for children. She firmly believes that each child is unique and that the educational system should facilitate and address the uniqueness and individuality of each child. According to her, art, music, dance, sports and other cultural activities form an integral part of education. As a practitioner of Multiple Intelligence approach to the learning process, she seeks to ensure that the class room transaction is oriented towards meeting the individual’s needs and in ensuring Total Quality Management in education. On invitation and with Boeing’s sponsorship, she has visited twenty one schools and six universities including Harvard in the U.S.A. She has authored many books for pre-primary and primary school children. She was privileged to have been selected to attend the classroom teaching course titled “The Project Zero Classroom 2004’ at the Harvard Graduate School of Education at Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA under Programmes in Professional Education during the summer vacation of 2004 for understanding the concept of ‘Understanding’ at classroom level. She has been honoured with the ‘National Award to Teachers’ for the year 2003 which was given to her by the President of India on 5th September 2004.

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Dr. Vijay Datta (2014 - Present)

BSc, MA(Eng), M Ed, Ph D in Edn

Dr Vijay Datta, BSc, MA (Eng), MEd, PhD in education, GOC-in-C Commendation, President’s National Awardee, Shiksha Rattan has almost three decades of experience in the public school circuit. A major part of this was at MAYO COLLEGE AJMER. Having secured a PhD in Modern trends in Education- ‘A detail study of Life Skills and Emotional Intelligence as a correlate of Scientific Attitude’, he was instrumental in bringing the concepts of Life Skills to the country besides propagating the idea of Emotional Intelligence and Scientific Attitude. He was awarded Shiksha Rattan for his remarkable contribution to the field of education.

Dr Datta was the ‘Dean’ and ‘Housemaster’ at Mayo College, Ajmer. He has a total of 32 years of experience in the public school circuit. During this period Dr Datta successfully completed the skills development programme in Technology based Learning. He conducted numerous seminars and courses. He also trained teachers as Master trainers and conducted workshops for teachers on Dyslexia. Dr. Datta served as a resource person and an expert for various workshops and seminars at the Regional Institute of Education, Ajmer, a constituent unit of NCERT. Besides being in charge of debates and Editor of various publications he directed several plays. He also organized various cultural and sports activities. Dr. Datta was supervisor of various games and sports. His passion however remains Horse Riding, Tennis, Golf, Parasailing and Flying Micro light aircrafts. Dr Datta, is also the Vice President of Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA). It is the Premier body for tennis in Delhi State and responsible for popularizing and promoting the sport of Tennis.

During Dr Datta’s tenure at APS Dagshai the school was recognized amongst the top residential schools of India. Under his stewardship, the school was rated as the number ONE residential school in the country on the parameter of value for money. Under his able guidance the school participated in and won many prizes in various sports and co-curricular activities at the district, state and national levels. With Dr Datta at the helm the school recorded an unprecedented rise in academic performance index. Not only he has enhanced the academic standards but with due emphasis on co-curricular and sports gave the school a true Public School character. Dr Datta deeply encouraged the values of humanism and compassion in his wards. He initiated programmes in Adult Education and AIDS Awareness. He also nurtured the quality of empathy towards the lesser privileged.

It is in recognition of his sterling service towards education and character building that Dr Datta was decorated with the Army Commander’s Commendation for Distinguished Service.

Currently, Dr Datta heads Modern School, Bakarakhamba Road, New Delhi for the fifth year running. Dr Datta has been active with Round Square Conference activities for a long time, he has attended several Round Square Conference programmes including the Round Square Conference Summit at Cape Town, South Africa. He has been on an exchange programme to the Townley Grammar School, London and for his contribution to School Education, he has been adjudged the ‘Principal of the year’, by the Indo British Business Forum, London.

Dr Vijay Datta was awarded the ‘President’s National Award ’ by the Vice President of India, on behalf of Mr Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India, who later felicitated the Award Winners at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This award was recommended by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education and Literacy, in recognition of Dr Vijay Datta’s valuable services to the community as an educator of outstanding merit.

Dr Vijay Datta received the ‘Award of Leadership’ for being an exemplary Educational Leader, in the British Parliament, London, United Kingdom. The event was organized by the University College, London and the Award was given by Mr Virendra Sharma, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, House of Commons, London and Member of the International Development Committee.