Mr. Craig L. Hall, the U S Consul General in Kolkata along with his team visited DPS
Ranchi, on the 8 th of July for an interactive session with the students of DPS, Ranchi
as well as other schools of the town with an objective to make them aware and give
them a broad perspective of the opportunities available in the universities of the USA
to pursue higher studies. His team included Mr. Greg, Padro, Ms. Shivanti, Ms.
Sonam Luthra and Mr. Nikhil Bhatnagar.
The entire school was geared up for the day and an air of thrill and excitement
prevailed in the entire school campus especially among the students of classes XI
and XII who were a part of the session.
The programme began with a welcome song ‘Swagatam’ and honouring the guests.
The principal, Dr. Ram Singh, extended a warm welcome to Mr Craig L, Hall and his
team. He also welcomed other dignitaries, guests, principals, parents, teachers,
students and all who had come to be a part of this momentous occasion.
The other guests who were present today were Mr. Anurag Gupta, ADGP,
Jharkhand Police, Dr. B. B. Agarwal, Pro- Vice- Chairman of DPS, Ranchi, Mr. K.B.
Bhargav, Principal, DPS, Dhanbad; Mr. Abhishek Kumar, Principal,DPS, Gaya; Mr.
K.D.Singh, Principal, DPS, Jamshedpur; and other Principals from Ranchi Sahodaya
School Complex like- Mr. Rajan Verghese, Mr. Manoharlal, Mr. S.D. Singh, Mr.
S.K.Mishra, Mr. P.K.Thakur,etc.
Students from almost 20 schools of Ranchi like- VVPS, Surendranath School, Sarala
Birala, Loyola Convent, DAV Nageshwar, Kairali School, SSVM, etc. who had come
to attend the programme along with their escort teachers.
In his welcome speech, the principal shared a few notable achievements of the
school and thanked the stakeholders of the society for the immense growth of the
After this Mr. Greg Padro, The Associate Public Affairs Office gave a detailed profile
of Mr. Craig L. Hall. He said, Mr. Hall took up his assignment as U.S Consul General
in Kolkata August 19. Initially he had served as the Deputy Political Counsellor in the
US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia; Seoul, Korea; Canberra, Australia, etc.
Then Mr. Hall felicitated 2 children ADITYA ABHISHEK who secured AIR 346 in
JEE-ADVANCED and SHRISTY SARAWGI, the Commerce topper of the school in
AISSCE-2016, following which a power point presentation regarding AFS i.e, a
program which has an essence of ‘Stay and Study’ in a different cultural setting
along with YES program i.e, a program which recognized the importance of youth
exchange as a key to building bridges between citizens o USA and countries around
the world, particularly those with significant Muslim populations and to grant them
scholarships for one academic year in the US was shown to the students.
Then began the Interactive Session in which the students asked several questions
which they had in their minds like career options available in the US, about
scholarships, about Visas, whether going abroad will be beneficial before or
after Graduation, etc.
Animesh of Class XI asked about the process of acquiring visa, Anurag of
class XII asked about the different courses offered in Biotech and subjects
related to Biology. Yet other student asked about Ivy League Universities.
Each question of the students was answered satisfactorily by the US Consul
General, Mr. Hall and Ms. Shivanti.
Students and teachers from different schools were also invited who took equal
interest in asking questions to the Consul General. A few of them said,” We are
extremely grateful to the principal of DPS, Ranchi who invited us and gave us such a
Some 40 students from Zila School, Ranchi with which DPS, Ranchi has
collaborated to work for were one academic year also given an opportunity to be a
part of this event and get exposure about the options available in the universities of
the USA. When asked a few of them about how they liked the programme and how
would it be beneficial to them, they said “We never thought that we would be getting
such a broad view of the opportunities available in the USA for higher studies”.
The whole idea of the programme was to give an insight to the students of the
opportunities for higher studies in the US i.e, to provide a clear cut idea of the
ranking of the universities, the funding scholarship options, the eligibility and the
admission criterion, the cost involved, the kind of career options available, the ways
to prepare for the qualifying exams and how to apply for the visas.
DPS Ranchi and the US Consul General have agreed upon to work in
unison in order to benefit the students and teachers of DPS, Ranchi as
well as students of other schools by giving a base for the following
1. Opportunities available for educational and cultural exchange.
2. Opportunities for teacher training whereby teachers from DPS, Ranchi could
go for a short period to teach and work with the students in the US and also to
invite teachers from the USA to do the same in DPS, Ranchi.
3. Opportunities for cultural programmes and talks and also to invite American
artists and experts to DPS, Ranchi.
4. Opportunities to work with other schools in Ranchi whereby DPS, Ranchi
could act as a contact point and be facilitator between the US Consulate and
various educational institutions in Ranchi and Jharkhand.
5. Work in collaboration with the US Consulate in Kolkata in areas of Human
Trafficking and other social causes of interest.
For the same A Centre for Overseas opportunities has been setup in DPS Ranchi
which was inaugurated by honourable Consul General Mr. Craig L. Hall.
Principals of different schools when asked about their opinion of the programme and
the efforts taken by principal, Dr. Ram Singh, to have gone an extra mile, expressed
their delight and congratulated him and his team of dedicated teachers for being so
considerate towards the future citizens.
Principal DPS, Gaya Sri Abhishek Kumar said,’ All the queries were well attended. I
highly appreciate the Information desk set up at DPS, Ranchi where children from all
over Jharkhand can get information at the click of a button.”
Sri. K.B.Bhargav, Principal DPS, Dhanbad, was of the opinion that the programme
was extremely well organized and it gave the children a deep insight about the
various options available in the US.
Mr. K.D. Singh, Principal DPS, Jamshedpur said, ‘ Earlier eminent personalities like
Gandhiji, Nehruji, etc. could only think of overseas education but such programmes
will enable todays’ youth to pursue a career abroad.”
Sri Rajan Verghese, Principal VVPS, said that it was a welcome change and the
children got a wonderful exposure.
Sri S.K. Mishra, Principal International Public School said,” It was really an enriching
session and will go a long way.”
When asked the principal of DPS, Ranchi about why this thought of inviting a
Consul General came to his mind, he said, “ I really feel honoured that with the
help of Mr. Craig L. Hall and his team, DPS Ranchi will be able to do something
extraordinary for the students. According to me, the International exposure to the
students about the opportunities available in the US universities for pursuing
higher studies might have set minds of the students in motion and will
undoubtedly be beneficial for them in near future.” He added, “In this world of
Globalisation, it is my prime concern to nurture my students to be Global
Citizens.” He further said that the school had earlier collaborated with the British
as well with the Australian Council to provide a bigger platform to the students
and in coming future we are planning to get in contact with other embassies too,
to help our students to achieve the best from life.
Before the departure of our distinguished guests The Main Gate of the school
was also inaugurated by Mr. Hall in the presence of all other eminent guests.
The crowd of students coming out after the programme had a dream in their eyes
and each one aspired to try their luck in the universities of USA.