Jagannath Area, Dera, Talcher Angul, Odisha - 759103
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Honourable CMD, MCL, Shri Animesh Nandan Sahay, Madam Anju Sahay, our guide Shri S.C. Padhy, Director (Personnel), Madam Susmita Padhy, Our mentor pioneer of DAV movement in Odisha, Dr. H.K. Mohanty, Shri Amalesh Kumar, GM, Jagannath Area and Chairman, Local Managing Committee, Madam Parna Kumar, Dignitaries from MCL, Representatives of various Trade Unions, MCL, Friends from media, my revered colleagues from neighbouring DAV Institutions, Respected parents, well wishers, my colleagues and my loving children.

In this historic evening I extend a hearty welcome to one and all and seek the blessings of lord Jagannath for the successful completion of glorious ten years i.e. from 2002 to 2013.

Friends, Schools no longer just impart education but aim towards holistic education replete with wholesome knowledge , hobby class, extra co-curricular activities but does that lesson the role of parents! NO. Feel the experts, parents and educationist alike. The role of parents is always quite vital and very important to give proper shape to the growth of the children.


The length of time that students spend in the school make the later an important institution for inculcating values be it moral or spiritual . In my view a school should provide each child a culturally appropriate environment and values love and protection needed to grow in body mind and spirit. The stimulating environment and scientific curriculum lay the foundation which helps every child achieve success in all phases of life.


At the same time there is also a need for holistic parenting where the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the child are to be looked after by the parents.

Based on the above philosophy spirit and concept, we in DAV, Dera started our journey in the year 2002 when we took over the school from the erstwhile Kendriya Vidyalaya. Since then we have never looked back. All out efforts are being made by team DAV to make this school the light house of the security and the pillar of knowledge. In our school the learning process is systematized to enrich the thinking power of the students and learning pressure is minimized to maximize the retention capacity.

We offer holistic and value based education to our pupils coupled with close monitoring adopting scientific method and frequent assessment which are paying rich dividends to the students community. Monthly quizzes, seminars, debates, study tours, exhibition, environmental studies, SUPW work all these together add unique experience to the children maximum experience thus making our school the bee hive of activities round the year.

Friends, at DAV Dera, we believe, it is much more important for every child to become a good human being rather than good student. We reaffirm our faith and belief in the philosophy that "Be good and make others good". Special care for the slow learners by conducting remedial classes is a normal feature of our academic activities. Conducting regular seminars for the students helps them to gain confidence and enhances their depth of knowledge, language skill etc.

Ours is a co-educational school with classes running from LKG to Std - XII with an enormous strength of above 1700 students and 57 teachers to carry out academic transactions. The school has implemented CCE from the grass root level and for this we not only give priority on academics but also try to nurture the potential of the children in extra curricular activities. All possible steps are being taken to groom them as meaningful citizens and to help them face the challenges of life boldly. Keeping this in view we have detailed well planned CCA programmes through out the year and the school has been divided in to four houses Shanti, Maitri, Prerna & Pragati. Regular Yoga classes are being conducted to keep the children mentally and physically fit.

The incessant striving and concerted efforts by our dedicated teachers has started yielding magnificent outcome. We have achieved cent percent result both in standard X & XII. During the last academic session 20 students of class - X secured CGPA - 10 which is really a remarkable achievement. Dibyajyoti Prusty of class XII Sc. topped the school by securing 94.6% and has bagged CBSE Merit Scholarship. A. Lilly of XII Com. topped the school by securing 84.2%. Since the year of inception, the students of our school have been successfully qualifying for various Engg. & Medical courses.

The year 2011 was a year to rejoice for the whole institution. One alumni of this almamater, Debabrata Sahoo could successfully qualify CBSE Pre Medical Test, while other three alumni, Lovely Kumari, Tapas Sahoo & Soumya Ranjan Pal successfully qualified the Odisha Medical JEE and have been pursuing their career in medical science in the leading medical institutions at Kanpur, Cuttack & Burla. Shiv Kumar Pradhan and Sonam Singh both have joined the NDA, making the institution feel proud. D. Jaswant Kumar, Prabin Pradhan & Abhijeet Dutta could make it to get a berth in the prestigious NIT Rourkela and have brought laurels to the school. Pragyan Sagarika Pani has been awarded DBT Biology scholarship from Govt. of India, Ministry of Science & Technology for her outstanding performance in Biology. In the form of award she has got a Gold medal, a certificate of merit and a cash award of Rs. 20,000/-.

While academics is given utmost importance, we leave no stones unturned in improving the sports talent of the students. Last year nearly 20 students of our school participated in various District & State level tournaments and athletic meet. Many of them have brought laurels for the institutions by winning the Champion trophy. Each year the school celebrates the sports function to which renowned sports personalities of the state are being invited to give a boost to the morale of the students. Miss Anuradha Biswal, Miss Ranu Mohanty, Miss Shrabani Nanda & legendary Hockey player Padmashree Dr. Dillip Tirkey have already set their foot on the soil of the institution on the occasion of various sports functions to inspire the budding sports talents.

The school observes various national festivals to create awareness among the students. Each year on the occasion of children's day the school organizes Science and Art & Craft exhibitions in the school premises. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti a peace rally is being organized to spread the message of peace everywhere. We arranged a blood donation camp in 2010 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti in which many of our staff members voluntarily donated blood. Besides, the school observes World Environment Day, World AIDs Day, Martyrs Day, Utkal Diwas, and many other festivals each year.

The school is proud to have NCC, Scouts & Guides and Junior Red Cross wings to train the young minds in the spirit of service and patriotism. We have 50 cadets in the junior division NCC. Last year we had cent percent result in NCC - A certificate exam. The NCC cadets have attended various camps and have organized rallies on various occasions to create awareness among the masses. There are 32 Scouts & 32 Guides and 32 students in Junior Red Cross under the able guidance of Sri Birendra Kumar Das, Associate NCC officer who has completed the pre-commissioned training from Officers' Training Academy at Nagpur.

Our Scouts and Guides students have already attended various camps at Delhi, Ahmedabad & Punjab. This year 10 Scouts and 10 Guides have qualified for Rajya Puraskar test held at PBK High School, Banarpal. 9 Scouts & 9 Guides along with scout master Mr. R. N. Acharya and Guide captain Mrs. Sonali Swain went to attend the National Camp at Amrtisar, Punjab last year in which our school was adjudged as the best school.

To get rid of the classroom monotony and to make the education more lively and practical, we have set up an I-Class room giving access to students from LKG to Class - XII. This I-Class room plays a vital role to enable the students to visualize, imagine and innovate something of their own.

We have planned to set up some more I-Class room in near future to improve the quality of education. We have set up a Language Lab. for speech correction, perfection and varities of language issues. A Maths Lab. has also been set up to make the learning of mathematics more lively and interesting.

A new annex building has been built to accommodate the Junior section especially the KG students. We have a vision to make our KG wings a model one by setting up a new I-Class room there and giving them access to computer education. It is said that child is the father of the nation. So our aim is to make the foundation strong. Not only this, setting up a Science Park is also in the pipe line. Progress in DAV Dera is an ongoing process and the odyssey will continue. The faith reposed on us from all corners will never be shattered. Our vision is beyond the horizon and we are determined to surge ahead crossing all the hurdles. We never feel complacent with what we have because we have still miles to go. But for this we beseech the blessings and benevolent support of our patron MCL & the whole hearted cooperation of worthy parents.