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17th Dwarka CityDirectory Launched and 17th Torch Bearer of Dwarka Award Held

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Everyyear, Dwarka City, the oldest and most trusted newspaper of the sub city honours and felicitates students and service providers – who have excelled and been in the forefront at individual basis or for the organization it represents. The Torch Bearers of Dwarka Awards is given to these individuals and students every year. This year the Torch Bearer of Dwarka Awards was clubbed with the Republic day function and painting competition. The 17th Dwarka City Directory was also launched on this occasion. 

The chief guest at this prestigious event were Mahabal Mishra, Ex MP and Ravi Gugnani, District Governor, Nominee Rotary International, 3011. Guest of Honour was Col. Anuj Chaturvedi, Administrator, Dwarka Sports Complex.
Mukesh Sinha, Managing Editor of Dwarka City, addressed the audience and explained the reason for taking out Directory and how it all started. Addressing the audience Mukesh Sinha informed, “The huge sub city of Dwarka keeps developing and new businesses keep opening in the sub city. Hence there is need to update the Directory every year. Dwarka has umpteen facilities and a newcomer or even a veteran resident might get lost or be misguided. The directory has compilation of all information and makes the search easy. Every year we get overwhelming responses and we try our best to make the directory as comprehensive as possible.” The chief guests were then called on the stage to unveil the Directory. Sudha and Mukesh Sinha welcomed the chief guests with a bouquet and shawl. The 17th edition of Directory was then unveiled by Chief Guest Mahabal Mishra and Ravi Gugnani. The guests were also welcomed by S P Singh and his team of Rotary Club of Delhi, Govinda. The new edition of Dwarka City Directory has compilation of all the information about Dwarka. It is a compendium of all information with different categories including not only doctors, lawyers, florist, gyms, boutiques, schools, showrooms and much more covering all businesses carried out in Dwarka, but also numbers of Management Committees, RWAs, MWAs and other social organizations. The new edition of the directory also lists addresses and telephone numbers of emergency services like hospitals, police, doctors, as well as of services required on a day to day basis like schools, educational institutes, chemists, shops, restaurants, banks etc. Sudha Sinha, the editor informed “This year  Dwarka City Directory has more than 100 pages extra compared to last year. It shows the genuine efforts we make to provide authentic information to the residents.” She further informed that the Directory will be given to the office bearers /MC of the societies, RWA of DDA pockets, NGOs and other voluntary organizations free of cost. The Directory will be also available at book stores in and around Dwarka on payment basis. By now the nominees, who were patiently waiting for the award ceremony, started becoming restless. There was wave of anticipation, hope and excitement amongst the audience. This year achievers were awarded the titles of Best Student Boy and Girl (Academic), and Best Students-Co-Curricular. There was a Best Teacher category too. Also, as a token of appreciation for the public servants that have been an essential part of the community, awards were given to employees of organisations such as the Best employee of DDA, Delhi Police, BSES and MCD of Dwarka. The jury members this year were Prof Dr. Prasannanshu and Dr. Anil Sethi. The jury for choosing the best nomination sat on 20th January at Radisson Blu Hotel, Spring Restaurant, Sector-13. Earlier, on the basis of parameters set which included proof of mark sheets, certificates in various schools, Inter- School, state level, national and international achievements final five students were shortlisted in each category. The teachers were interviewed by Jury members on 20th January itself. The nominees highlighted their achievements and shared their experiences. Scores were given based on achievements, and personal interview.

The jury after detailed discussion and deliberations scrutinised entries of all five nominees and then decided the final winners and sealed the envelope. Sudha Sinha welcomed the jury members on stage with a bouquet of flowers. The jury members explained the procedure of selecting the winners and said that they took a lot of time to thoroughly go through all nominations. 

The awards were then given by the chief guests. The awardees include-

Winners among Students:
1. Best Student Boy (Academic): Akash Anand - GD Goenka Public School
2. Best Student Girl (Academic): Vanshika Gupta - ITL Public School
3. Best Student Girl (Extra-Curricular): Parisha Mehta - Mount Carmel School
4. Best Student Boy (Extra-Curricular): Ambuj Ank Pathak 
(Basava International School) and Aditya Pathak 
(BGS International Public School)
5. Best Teacher: Ms. Ritu Sharma - ITL Public School

Winners among Civic Agencies:
1. Best Police Officer:  Kedar Singh, Head Constable, Sector- 9 Police Station
2. Best MCD Employee: Arun Kumar Sharma, Sanitary Inspector
3. Best DDA Officer:  Manohar, Executive Engineer
4. Best BSES Employee: Surender Dagar, Head Street Light Dwarka & West Delhi

The function drew a lot of appreciative support both from those who were honoured as well as the audience. The whole event was very well anchored by Sudha Sinha and Bhavna Pandey. The awardees that thoroughly deserved the honour, applause and cheers were happy that their work had been acknowledged and though most were modest enough, they were delighted with the recognition given to them by society, particularly Dwarka City.

From the onset, the selection process was nothing short of exhilarating. Engaging with participants from over 75 schools in the national capital region created an atmosphere charged with talent and ambition. The competition was fierce, challenging me to not only showcase my skills but to constantly strive for improvement. The rigorous evaluation process, including a comprehensive interview, pushed me to articulate my passion for extracurricular activities and underscored the commitment to holistic development. What sets the Dwarka City Torch Bearer of Dwarka Award apart is not just its prestige but the platform it provides to students like me. It's a celebration of academic prowess, leadership, and the ability to excel in diverse fields. The award is a testament to the nurturing environment within Dwarka's educational institutions, fostering a culture that encourages well-rounded individuals. My interaction with the newspaper throughout this journey has been instrumental. Their commitment to highlighting academic achievements and community contributions played a pivotal role in amplifying the significance of the award. The collaborative effort with the newspaper added a layer of transparency to the selection process, ensuring that each participant's unique journey and accomplishments were acknowledged. As the news of the award broke, the newspaper's support in crafting a narrative that goes beyond the achievement itself was invaluable. It allowed me to share not just the what, but the why and how behind my dedication to academic excellence and extracurricular pursuits. This personalized approach is a testament to the newspaper's commitment to showcasing the multifaceted stories of individuals within the community. In conclusion, the Dwarka City Torch Bearer of Dwarka Award has not only been a recognition of my efforts but a transformative experience that has enriched my academic journey. The newspaper's role in amplifying these stories serves as a bridge between the individual and the community, creating a narrative that resonates with aspiring minds and inspires them to pursue excellence. I am immensely grateful for this incredible experience and the recognition bestowed upon me. The Dwarka City Torch Bearer of Dwarka Award is not just a symbol of achievement but a beacon of inspiration for all students striving to make a difference in their academic and extracurricular pursuits
Aditya Pathak, BGS Intl. Public School

It is an absolute honour to be conferred with the 17th Torch Bearer of Dwarka Award in Extra curricular (BOYS) by Dwarka City! This incredible journey began with a nomination, followed by a thought-provoking, in- person interview that delved into the essence of my aspirations and the legacy I want to leave behind. It was a reflective experience that highlighted the importance of time and the profound impact we can make. During the interview, my stock market trading endeavours since the 8th grade took centre stage. What started as a personal interest has evolved into TRANT LTE (trantlte.com), an initiative to gamify the stock market trading experience for teenagers and young adults through a free paper trading platform. The judges were keenly interested in how I'm working to make financial literacy more accessible to our generation. Amidst stiff competition, the announcement came on January 26, 2024, that I was selected as the 17th Torch Bearer of Dwarka. It was a moment of sheer ecstasy, and I'm sincerely grateful for this recognition. This award isn't just a personal triumph; it's an opportunity to inspire and empower fellow young minds. It serves as a reminder that each of us holds the potential to make a significant impact on our community. I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has been a part of this journey, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the exciting adventures that lie ahead!.
 Ambuj Ank Pathak, Basava Intl.  School

I am delighted to be chosen the best. It was a tough competition and it was a pleasant surprise for me. I am grateful to Dwarka City for conferring this honour and it is also a recognition of the motivation, help and encouragement provided to me by my school teachers, parents and also friends which has helped me achieve this level of success.
Parisha Mehta, Mount Carmel School

I was interviewed by jury members and they asked me a lot of questions related to teaching methods. Mindset of teachers, role of teacher in 21st century and future of teacher and teaching pedagogy was discussed. As a teacher, the best recognition is to see our students do well and bring laurels to the school. But I am delighted that our own efforts are now also getting recognised, rewarded and highlighted. For this I am thankful to Dwarka City, for their very kind and understanding gesture. It makes me proud as well as gives me more inspiration to put in even greater efforts to bring out the best amongst my students.
Ms. Ritu Sharma, ITL Public School

I had an interesting conversation with Jury. The jury asked me a lot of questions but I was not able to answer all of them. When my name was announced on 26th January for the award I was overwhelmed as I had not expected my name to be in the awardee list. It was quite thrilling for me. I want to thank Dwarka City for this honour.
Akash Anand, G.D. Goenka Public School

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