(VK DUGGAL) – His 41 years life @BBAFS / AFBBS in his own words !
Duggal Sir, as we all remember was the “Silent Engine” that seamlessly managed everything at BBAFS / AFBBS for years.Honestly nothing would move without his involvement. Most Able Administrator / Friend to all / Man who provided solution to anything and everything / Motivator / Solution provider / Counsellor / Relationship man / Energetic / Passionate and the list goes on. OSA is greatly indebted to him for all his support from the time OSA was initiated by
in 1986. He has guided us / supported us and encouraged us in all our endeavours . Gratitude and Respect !
“Says Mr Duggal“
A very warm greeting to you all !
Thanks you all for being part of my beautiful journey which commenced in July 1969. Management of AFBBS was gracious enough to extend my tenure/services beyond the age of superannuation. I had finally retired on 31 Dec 2010 (41 yrs of service) as Administrative Officer – cum – Consultant in School Administration.
I had seen the school going from strength to strength. At the time of my joining, BBAFS was in the transformation mode.The strength was 400 students, school was housed in war time barracks (only one third of present Sr. school building was a pucca structure). Campus had undergone transformation & war time barracks gradually gave space to well designed modern / imposing buildings.
Though it is difficult to include everything about a 41 yrs journey, I would like to share certain memorable moments & experiences.
Being the youngest member of the staff, I had got all the love and affection from my seniors, Mrs. S. Nanda, Mrs. S. Samial, Mrs. K. Khanna, Mrs. L. Dayal, Mrs. S. Jain, Mrs. P. Kohli, Mr. K.L. Wadhwani, Mr. U. S Bindra….. and was called “Chhota Bhaiya” with love. Later became Duggal Bhaiya and finally elevated to Duggal Uncle.
However during mid 1970, I wanted to leave School. So one day after School, I went to Mrs. H. Baxi, Principal and Peeped in, and she said “Walk-in Mr. Duggal”. As other staff members ,Mrs. Nanda, Mrs Dayal, and Mrs. Samial were sitting there, I hesitated and said I will come later and requested her to kindly give me a personal hearing. She said “Any thing urgent” and I said Yes ma’am. She replied “Ye sab log Apne hein” So you can share without any hesitation.I said Ma’am, I am not feeling comfortable as the quantum of work assigned to me is not sufficient to keep me busy for 6 hours.
She let out a big laugh and said “Look at him a very honest confession whereas everyone is grumbling.” However, she offered me a seat and made me comfortable and advised me to hold on for couple of months.
She was an intelligent lady and after a month or so, she called me and stated that the school was in the process of upgradation from Middle to Higher Secondary School and would be introducing Class IX from the academic session 1971, subject to recognition / affiliation from Delhi Govt / CBSE. “CAN YOU TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE, of course, in addition to your existing duties.” You have to liaison with the concerned authorities, in order to complete the process. This may require working beyond the normal working schedule.I said ma’am, I will make my sincere effort in this regard. She smiled and wished me “Best of luck”. I took her blessings and touched her feet and we both had tears in our eyes. She said “KEEP ME POSTED”.
HERE STARTS MY GROOMING
I still remember that after finishing my routine work I was running on my motorbike to CBSE at Ring Road and Delhi Administration at Old Sectt. Since, I was going to these places very often, one day Mr. Subash Gupta, Asstt Secy. and in-charge of affiliation branch of CBSE asked me “Bhai, Practically every day you are in my office for one or the other reason. Isn’t there any senior person in your management to accompany you ? ” . In sheer frustration, I replied, “Sir, I am the only Wela Admi (an idle person with no work), therefore I am here.” He smiled and offered me a seat and called one of his juniors to help me. The concerned person gave me a Questionnaire to complete, so that the process for affiliation could start.
Since the School was closed and Mrs Baxi had gone home so I went to her residence at Nizamuddin, in order to give her a feed back. She acknowledged her happiness. With lot of running around, the school got provisional affiliation to start class IX with effect from 1971. The process of running around continued and finally the school got permanent recognition from Delhi Govt. in 1975 and permanent affiliation from CBSE in 1986.
As soon as we got the approval from CBSE, Mrs. Baxi assigned me Class IX to teach Accountancy which I continued till Mr. Anand Swaroop took over.
However, during the course of completion of the questionnaire issued by the Delhi Govt. and CBSE there was a column with regard to “ACHIEVEMENTS IN ACADEMICS, CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, GAMES & SPORTS.”
Since no academic batch had appeared at the CBSE LEVEL, we (Mrs Baxi, Mrs Nanda, Mrs Samial and myself) deliberated the matter. Appreciating the necessity of games and sports in the school and in order to lay greater emphasis on physical development of the child, we formulated a policy and resolved to enter into sports in a big way.So after School hours our buses used to drop students at NIS for practice of various games under the charge of Mr US Bindra, our sports teacher.
In view of our passion in Sports, Mrs Baxi and I used to visit NIS very often and spend a considerable time to encourage children, as well as interact and establish rapport with coaches and officials of NIS. One day we met Dr R.L. Anand, Director NIS and he had introduced us to coaches and officials of NIS and extended help wherever it was required.
Though enough talent was available in the school but due to young age group of our children and meagre students strength, we had to fill up the gaps by inducting students from outside to complete the team. So under our policy, “CATCH THEM YOUNG” we sought the help of NIS coaches for talent hunting. However, most of the children selected by us or recommended by the respective coaches were requesting freeships. Since the School had no policy or funds to extend freeship we approached our family friends etc. Later we could prevail upon the management to grant atleast two freeships to meritorious students.
However in between few incidents happened which completely transformed AFBBS’s resolve in achieving excellence in all spheres.
1. TAFS vs AFBBS
Mr. Hari Dang, Principal, TAFS, (our sister Institution) in one of the meetings of the Apex Body at Air HQ (wherein senior officials of IAF including wife of Chief of Air Staff) had passed a very SARCASTIC remark with regard to standing of AFBBS amongst elite Schools of Delhi / India as TAFS was a member of Indian Public School Conference comprising of Daly College, Indore, Mayo College, Ajmer, Sanawar School, Shimla, Doon School, Deharadun etc.
When Mrs. Baxi returned back from the Air HQ, she was visibly perturbed and narrated the incident. Next day we had a meeting of senior staff members and resolved to give a befitting reply to Mr. Hari Dang. After the meeting Mrs. Baxi sought an appointment with the Chairman APEX BODY, and conveyed her feelings and requested him to organize a competition in almost all games and sports, debates, declamations etc. etc.
The Apex Body agreed and formed a team comprising of senior. Air Force Officers including 4 AVMs to organize the competition.
Every one i.e. students, staff, coaches and experts hired by the school played a vital role in our preparation to meet the challenge. It gives me immense pleasure to share that the students and staff rose to the occasion and we gave TAFS a befitting reply in almost all the disciplines. Consequently AFBBS emerged as a very mature and disciplined Institution in a very short span and took over supremacy from well established schools like Modern, DPS, St-Columbus etc. etc.
Even our March past contingent was a treat to watch.It will not be out of place to mention that the School had excelled when no sports infrastructure was available in the School.
2. PRESS AND PUBLICITY
I established a great rapport with press and TV. Consequently we were hitting the news paper head lines practically every day.
3. AFBBS VS MODERN SCHOOL CRICKET MATCH
We were playing a cricket match against Modern School, on their home grounds. Kirti Azad (now a politician and ex – MP) was the captain of Modern School cricket team.
Modern school won the toss and elected to bat. Soon Modern School lost four wickets for only two runs including the wicket of Kirti Azad.
Kirti got agitated and misbehaved and did not not want to leave the batting crease. His father who was then Minister of Education was also watching. He called Kirti to leave the crease and come out but he did not. Consequently the minister requested the Officials of Delhi Govt. to take and appropriate action. The Delhi Govt. officials present on the filed took a serious view of the situation and announced that the match would be played again. The date and venue would be communicated later. Finally the match was played at AIR FORCE CRICKET GROUNDS, RACE COURCE, New Delhi in the presence of IAF Officials, officials of Delhi Govt., and press and TV. The match was conducted under the supervision of TEST MATCH EMPIRES. AFBBS won hands down.
4. VISIT OF SHRI V.P.SINGH, PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA
One day Mr
and Ms. Ritu Nagpal (
Ritu Nagpal Jhingon
) came to me and stated that OSA was contemplating to invite Shri VP Singh, the new Prime Minister of India.
To my surprise I got a call from one of our parents who was a member of the PM Security Team for conducting a security drill. I informed the Principal and subsequently he shared the news with the Chairman, Managing Committee. Initially the CMC got annoyed, but reconciled very soon. Right from CMC to CAS, all had extended their full support and were part of the ceremony. The Prime Minister was so impressed with the School that his grand children joined AFBBS .
I could still see the same zeal in Mr.
and his team in organizing various events in AFBBS. GOD BLESS Niraj and Team OSA.
5. Rehearsal for Asian Games – 1982.
While the cricket match between AFBBS and Modern School was in progress at Air Force grounds, the AIR OFFICER COMMANDING, AF STN. RACE COURSE, apprised Mrs. Baxi, Principal that AF STN, ND would shortly be hosting a “SPORTS FESTIVAL” and would appreciate if senior girls from AFBBS could lead the MARCH PAST CONTINGENT as Flag Bearer during the opening and closing ceremonies. He also sought our help in organizing press publicity etc.
When I spoke to my friends in DELHI DOORDARSHAN, they happily agreed and used this event as a “REHEARSAL FOR ASIAN GAMES – 1982.” Consequently the sports festival got an excellent publicity in the print and electronic media for full one week.
In view of our help in organizing the Sports Festival I was given the AOA’s commendations.
6. IAF CRICKET TEAM VS AFBBS
Impressed by the performance of Cricket team of AFBBS, the Air Officer Commanding, Race Course and WG CDR R. K. Ohrk, Captain of IAF cricket team who were watching the match between AFBBS and Modern School proposed a friendly match between AFBBS and IAF cricket team as an Annual Feature. Since, this was a big challenge and in order to motivate our children we promised them an English Bat for securing a century or taking 5 wickets. In matches against the IAF team our students put their heart and soul and played as professionals. Our students gave a stiff competition to the IAF cricket team.
Appreciating their zeal and in order to boost their morale we gifted them English bats procured from former Captains of Indian Cricket Team, Mr. Bishan Singh Bedi and Lala Amarnath.
7. PERSONAL AND EMOTIONAL MOMENTS
I would like to share a personal incident with you all. One fine morning around 7 am Mrs.
(then our Vice Principal) rang our bell holding “DAHI & HONEY” in order to wish good luck to my elder daughter Payal who was appearing for her board exams- Class XII, which made us so emotional that both of us still cherish that beautiful gesture by her.
8. STUDENTS OF AFBBS DOING WELL
My endeavour had always been to maintain a healthy and cordial relationship with all the students and even with their parents. In Academics, our students have figured in the merit list of both All India Secondary and All India Hr./Sr. Secondary School Examination, Sports, Creative and Performing Arts. I sincerely appreciate the students of AFBBS who took up all these challenges and brought laurels to the school at State / National and International level to win top honors. I feel great when I see them doing well in their life. Though the list of these students is endless, however, few names are….
Sachin Pilot – Minister of state, under the Govt. of Dr Manmohan singh presently Dy. CM, Rajasthan.
Vaibhav Ashok – President of Rajasthan Cricket Association.
Alamjeet Kaur Chauhan – Miss India 1996 & Miss Universe in Costumes
Film / TV Star / Modelling –
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
– Director of Rang De Basanti/ Delhi 6 / Miryza
Tilotama Shome -Actress “Monsoon Wedding” and TV Artists Ayesha Julka, Anupama verma, Gurpreet Tejpal, Mohit Malik, Gaurav Chandana
Well known TV Journalist : Samita Chakravorty , Surya Gangadharan, Divya Laroyia, Anisha Khan, Chetan Bhattacharya, Aditi Singh , Ms Anusha Bose, Ms Arti Singh, Mr Pradeep Singh
Multinationals- lot of our Ex students our holding a prestigious post / assignments/positions-
, Ranjit Kamath,
Prakash Hemnani – Chain of Chela Ram & Sons (World Wide)
– World Bank (IFC) / Board Member – Xac Bank / Director & Advisor of IT Leading IT companies
Gopal Govil -IAS Officer
OUR STUDENTS HAVE REPRESENTED AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL IN BADMINTAN, YACHTING, SAILING, SWIMMING, GOLF, AND CRICKET ETC. ETC.
Badminton : Vikram Bisht
Yachting / Sailing : Anil Tandon, Manu Shourie, Deep Rekhi, Niraj Vedwa . All represented India
Shooting – Vivek Singh (Gold in Commonwealth Games & Arjun Awardee) .Sonika Manan, Alok Singh, Sachin Upadhaya
Lawn Tennis – Rishi Sridhar, Vinod Sridhar, Neeladity Roy
Golf – Amit Luthra (Golf Medalist, Asian Games 1982)
Skiing – Neha & Swati Ahuja
Martial Arts – Deepak Uppal ,Imparted training to Delhi Police.
Athletics – Anil Sethi
CRICKET – Maninder Singh, Test player and TV commentator. Nikhil Chopra , Test player and TV commentator. Gursharan Singh – Test Player
Three students of AFBBS namelyPawan Arora. Maninder Singh and Gurucharan Sigh were members of Indian School Boys Cricket Team which toured England under the Captaincy of Ravi Shastri and brought laurels for India.
Prominent students of AFBBS who played Ranji / Country :- Tilak Raj, Ashwani Kapoor, Atul Mohindra, Karan Pal, Mohd Hyder, Zeeshan, Harsh Mathur, Sumit Dogra, Amrinder Singh, CP Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Pawan Arora, Jaspal Singh, Sanjay Chauhan……..
Well how can miss Vijay RamakrishnanandSimmi,, our two special students dedicated and committed. Both have excelled in studies and passed out with flying colours. Both are doing well in their life.
My sincere apologies to all those students whose name I could not mention.
I hereby acknowledge the kind patronage of the Indian Air Force management. I am proud of my long association with AFBBS and cherish the distinction of having worked under the stewardship of Mrs H Baxi (founder principal), Mr K K Mohindroo, Mrs S Walia, Mrs
and Mr Anand Swaroop. The present incumbent Mrs.
did not take any time to settle down into the new assignment as they knew the staff and working style of the school very well.
Each principal had contributed and made a sincere effort in realization of individual potential, development abilities and interest for the full grooming of students personality and nurturing a sense of responsibility.
It was a pleasure to work with a very committed and dedicated staff. Since AFBBS was family to me and I have grown with the school. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the staff members past and present (Teaching, Non-Teaching, Drivers and Support Staff) for their heartiest co-operation and team spirit during my long tenure. I must confess I retired as a very contented person and will continue to cherish my association with AFBBS and the elite organization known as Indian Air Force.
I call upon all members of the staff and students to persist in jointly achieving, improving and outshining past glory.
our new flag bearer a fruitful tenure and all the very best in her future endeavours.
I also wish that AFBBS will progress leaps and bounds and achieve greater heights in the years to come.