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India Schools : The Punjab Public School, Nabha


The Punjab Public School was started in 1960 with a view to provide quality public school education to the deserving children of the ex-servicemen, serving personnel of the defence forces and the civilians. The guiding force in the opening of the school was Sardar Partap Singh Kairon, the then Chief Minister of Punjab. The school was formally inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President of India, in April 1961. The school in its initial stages was financed by the Post-War Services Reconstruction Fund and the Punjab Government made buildings and land available to the school and also gave substantial financial help. The most important characteristics of this school, as of other public schools, is that we follow the noble principle of the Indian Constitution i.e. equal opportunity to all in the field of education. Admission is open to all and not restricted to students of a particular class, creed or community.

School Overview


School Campus

The Punjab Government donated the New Secretariat, the Old Secretariat, and the Guest house of the Nabha State to the school in 1960. These buildings, modern in design, are well suited to the local climatic conditions. The New Secretariat, now known as Kairon Block, forms the academic and administrative block of the Senior Wing and also houses the beautiful teak paneled Library Hall. The Old Secretariat is used as a hostel for 160 boys of the Middle classes of classes VII and VIII. The Guest House, an impressive building with marble floors and Burma teak, houses the Junior Wing with hostel facility for 150 boys and 100 girls. There are approximately 30 acres of lawns and gardens around these buildings. In addition, there is another 60 acres of land being used as playfields and the school farm. The whole school can play games at the same time.

Teaching Staff

To impart quality education and bring about cultural synthesis, highly qualified staff is drawn from all over India. Teacher taught ratio is maintained at 1:20. The Deputy Headmaster synchronizes the academic work and discipline in the school. Matrons look after the hygiene and personal welfare of the students in hostels. At present there are 46 staff members and 7 instructors.

Pupils

It is a co-educational institution. The total strength of the school is roughly around 840 students. The school is divided into four Houses i.e. Beas, Jumna, Ravi and Sutlej. The "House system" creates a spirit of healthy competition in the sphere of sports and other activities. The champion house is awarded the "Cock House Trophy" and is entitled to fly the School flag on the House. Each House is under the charge of a House Master.

Affiliation

The Punjab Public School, Nabha is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), New Delhi. Students are prepared to take ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination) at the end of Class X and ISC (Indian School Certificate Examination) at the end of class XII. The school offers study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science in the Science stream and Commerce, Accountancy, Economics, Mathematics and Computer Science in Commerce streams. English is of course compulsory and the medium of instruction.


Fees/Admission


Fees

Fess and other expenses are payable on 01 April/01 October, as applicable. If dues are not received within 10 days, a fine @ 5% for each month or part of the month shall be levied on the arrears payable. If the arrears together with fine due are not paid within two months, the students will be struck off the rolls and sent back home. The School fees are payable only by Band Draft drawn at Nabha.

  Boarders NRI Day Scholars
1st Term
School Fees Rs. 16625 Rs. 25050 Rs. 8862
Entrance Fees Rs. 1000 Rs. 1000 Rs. 1000
IPSC Fund Rs. 200 Rs. 200 Rs. 200
Clothing, funds, Medical Fees etc. Rs. 10000 Rs. 12000 Rs. 8000
Caution Money(Refundable) Rs. 4000 Rs. 8000 Rs. 4000
Total Rs. 31825 Rs. 46250 Rs. 22062
2nd Term
School Fees Rs. 16625 Rs. 25050 Rs. 8862
Clothing, funds, Medical Fees etc. Rs. 6000 Rs. 10000 Rs. 4000
Total Rs. 22625 Rs. 35050 Rs. 12862

Admission

The children are admitted in Class IV, V and VI through a competitive examination. The sole criterion for admission is the merit of the child. Admission are based on entrance tests, which are generally conducted in the month of January for admission to class IV, V and VI. Admission to higher classes depends on vacancies which exists from time to time. The Application forms can be had from the school office on payment of Rs. 200/- through a Bank Draft payable at Nabha in favour of The Headmaster, the Punjab Public School, Nabha.


School Academics


Scholarship

Some of the students are recipients of scholarships from Government of India, Punjab and Haryana. These are merit-cum-means scholarships. Students get these scholarships on merit and the quantum of scholarship is determined on the basis of means of the parents. Scholarships are also awarded to deserving children of service/ex- service personnel up to the rank of NCO, out of the Post-War Service Reconstruction Fund. In addition we have provision of allotting bursaries to the service class children including that of officers.

Wisconsin University - USA Scholarship : Mr. Darshan Singh Dhaliwal, an ex-student of PPS, and a prominent and distinguished NRI has arranged for scholarships for 5 students of our school to pursue their higher education after class XII in the University of Wisconsin.

Results/Exam

Terms : 2 Terms : Baisakhi and Diwali
Academic year : 1st April to 31st March

Academic evaluation, in terms of student’s efforts and achievements is done regularly. Teachers award "effort and achievement" grades to students towards the end of every month. Record of academic performance is maintained and discussed in staff meetings every months at the end of marking period. Mark cards for poor performance of the students are sent to their parents. The end of the term examinations are planned at the end of every academic session. While deciding promotion to the next class, average of monthly results called sessionals, is also given due weightage. Two progress reports are sent to the parents each year. The school holds the record of producing consistently highly satisfactory results in academics.

Students play games throughout the year. The major games are cricket, football and hockey. Tennis, basketball, volleyball and badminton are also played. Horse riding and swimming are also a regular feature on the sports scene. There are short sessions of athletics, boxing and cross country runs. The boys put up gymnastics show on Founder’s Day and have their Athletic Meet towards the mid December. The school participates in Inter Public School Meets and Matches in athletics, cricket, football, hockey, horse riding and swimming. The school won the IPSC Hockey Tournament Trophy 1999 held at Sri Dashmesh Academy, Anandpur Sahib.

Extra Curricular Activities

The school has a distinction of having all three wings of NCC Army, Navy and Air Force which motivate the cadets to join the Armed Forces. The school is also an active member of the International Award for Young People (earlier known as Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme). To ensure that students get broad based education a large number of clubs and societies actively function in the school. To name a few Nature and Ecology Club, Photography club, Computer Club, Hiking Club, Horticulture Society, English Literacy Society, Riding Club, World Forum, Cycling Club, Electronics Club Dramatics, History society and Philatelic association. These are run by the boys under the supervision of the teachers. Each of the four houses present a show from time to time and the school Dramatic Society stages plays in English, Hindi and Punjabi. The school orchestra is very popular with the students. Indian and western music band, elocution and drama play a big role in the lives of our students assisting in the development of self confidence. A lady dance teacher is available to help the girls learn classical and semi-classical dances. Students also take part in holiday book test, quiz competition and participate in inter school debates and All India essay competitions. The school’s Pipe band has the distinction of participating in all the major events held at Nabha, Patiala and also participating in the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi. The school Bhangra team represented Punjab in 1998 at the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi. To stimulate a spirit of adventurous living, the boys are encouraged to participate in adventure and leadership activities. The boys regularly participate in adventure courses conducted by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Uttarkashi. A few of the teachers have also been trained at these national institutions to act as qualified instructors for adventure training.



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