SINGAPORE - In the early years of 2000, as the number of Indian expatriates in Singapore grew, the Economic Development Board invited the Delhi Public School (DPS) of India to set up a campus here.
The aim was to cater to the educational aspirations that Indian expats had for their children and the school opened its doors on April 19, 2004 with 250 students.
"DPS was an obvious choice, given its good reputation in India," explained the principal of DPS, Colonel (Ret) Charanjit Gill.
Mr Gill, who has 30 years' experience in the education industry, before which he served 25 years in the Indian army, took over as principal of the school seven years ago.
"The school was founded in 1949 in Delhi and currently has 150 schools around the world," he added. DPS now has 1,700 students enrolled from kindergarten to senior secondary (Classes XI and XII) levels.
The man who set up DPS here was Mr Chandra Prakash Kabra, currently chairman of the international school's Singapore campus.
A chartered accountant and company secretary with 26 years of work experience, he came to Singapore in 1994. His professional background, varied work experience and entrepreneurial abilities drove him to set up his own processing plant and a successful business enterprise in granite and dimensional stones.
With his family here with him, it was his desire to provide a good education for his children that inspired him to become an educational entrepreneur as well.
"We strive to provide holistic development for our students. Our 240,000 sq ft campus has many facilities that keep us on a par with other international and local schools. All our classrooms are air-conditioned and we have 24 extra-curricular and co-curricular activities clubs to cater to the varying interests of our students," said Mr Kabra.
Mr Gill added: "DPS' unique trait is our personal touch. Our teachers take more personal responsibility for each of their students and they make the effort to know every student's personal details."
The school has students of 13 different nationalities. Said Mr Kabra: "We are like an extended family. And we consider ourselves borderless."
Mr Gill, who says he enjoys working with children, added: "Five to 7 per cent of our students are non-Indian international students from China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Korea, the US, the UK, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, just to name a few."