The writer is the First Modernite Scholar. He is a poet, writer and an entrepreneur exploring possibilities in 36 countries around the world.
The year was 1985. Riding pillion behind my dad
on the rickety ‘Hamara Bajaj’ scooter we crossed
Barakhamba Road. My dad slowed down and point-
ing towards Modern School he said, “This is one of
the best schools in India”. I asked, “Papa why don’t I
study here”. He replied, “I cannot afford to send you
to this school. It’s expensive and I have three chil-
dren to send to school”. Possibility was paused.
The year was 1986. The advertisement in the
newspaper said that Modern School was offering
100% scholarship to two meritorious students who
could not afford to study there. Possibility was being
We applied for the interview. On 26th June 1986, the day of the interview, we reached Modern School with a lot of hope. There were so many kids who had come to explore the possibility and try their luck. Possibility was being probed.
All other applicants were studying and mugging up multiplication tables. My mother asked me, “What is 19x6”. I could not answer. She told my dad that he had wasted Rs 50.00 on the application form. She said I would not be selected as I was totally unpre- pared and did not even know what 19x6 equaled. She saw no hope. Possibility perished.
During the interview, Mr. Bakshi, Mr. Puri and a few others (I cannot recall), just asked me about my dreams and aspirations. I recited poetry, talked a lot and told them that I wanted to become a pilot. I wanted wings. I wanted to explore the world. The in- terview ended. My mother was disappointed and felt that the interview did not go well. Also the fact that I was not asked to recite multiplication tables, meant that the interview panel did not see any possibility in me. Possibility was perplexing.
A month later postman delivered a letter from Modern School. The letter read, “Congratulations on your son’s selection for admission and award of scholarship in Modern School”. I was the only one to be awarded The First Modernite Scholarship. They could not find a second suitable candidate. Possibili- ties have no patterns.
Though I did not become a pilot but Modern did give me wings and opened a whole new world of possibilities for me to explore. I explored my debat- ing skills (later became an RJ at All India Radio), and writing skills (led me to work as a business + cre- ative writer). Exploration of science at Modern led me to study engineering and computer applications after school. The kind of exposure and confidence that Modern gave me made me even hungrier to explore new possibilities. Possibilities persist if you persist.
I went to USA to study business management, on a 100% scholarship. Preparedness and confidence attained at Modern coupled with the spirit of explor- ing possibilities led to my selection for this business management program, from amongst candidates from 13 countries. I am now an entrepreneur explor- ing possibilities in 36 countries. Possibilities open new paths.
Modern School has shaped my present and my fu- ture. The Modernite Scholarship Program is not just a financial aid to students; it is a world of possibilities. There are a lot of other schools that offer financial aid to students, but they do not offer the kind of possi- bilities that Modern can offer. These possibilities can change a student’s life the way it has changed mine. At Modern, these possibilities promise parity.
Thank you, Modern, for all the possibilities.
Being called as a Modernite is a feeling itself, it’s a single world which speaks its value."
WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW :I am currently Studying in National Institute Of Fashion Technology Jodhpur and pursuing Textile Design which is a four year course and I am in 6th semester (3rd)
MEANING OF BEING A MODERNITE :When I came to Nift, the first question people asked me was which school am I from and saying I am from Modern Barakhamba had an immediate reaction to it. Being called as a Modernite is a feeling itself, it’s a single word which speaks its value.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN SCHOOL : I remember my interview very clearly today also. Lata Ma’am was the principal in 2009. I remember myself laughing and answering like all normally because I didn’t what this interview will get me.Today I see myself as a confident, Independent girl living alone in all new city between different people and doing exactly what I wanted to do. Today when I look back and see my journey in Modern School it feels like I have come so far from the day when I was selected. The Ifra in 2009 was a little girl who was new to a totally different world and was scared about how she will face the new world of Modern School but with the help of my teachers and my parents I made it.
HOW THE TRUST HELPED ME REALISE MY DREAMS:MSOSA trust has helped in my higher education by covering my academics fees in the first two years of NIFT, which has been a great support. And today undoubtedly I give all the credits of who I am to Modern School and the MSOSA trust.I hope to be a part of MSOSA in future.
Hi, this is Khushboo Sharma from 2008-2015 batch.
Before entering Modern School Barakhamba Road, I pursued my education from Paradise Public School. I came to know about the scholarship scheme through a newspaper advertisement and appeared for the same.
After completing 7 years of education at Modern, I went on to pursue BA (History Hons) from Miranda House, Delhi University, followed by a Master’s degree in History.
I also experimented by going beyond academia by enrolling myself into a Yoga certificate course from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga. I am currently pursuing B.Ed from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan.
I am a professional Yoga Instructor as of now.
Message to the Trust - I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their constant support and motivation. Forever grateful to the trust.
Message for the current scholars- स्वस्मै स्वल्पं,समाजाय सर्वस्वं - A little for yourself and everything for others. Work hard and never give up.
Hi, I am Gauri Rastogi from the batch of 2006-2013.
Prior to Modern School Barakhamba Road, I pursued my primary education from DAV School, Shalimar Bagh. I got to know about the MSOSA scholarship programme through a newspaper advertisement and applied for the same. I successfully passed the criteria and my education was sponsored by Mr. Neeraj Kaul.
After completing schooling at Modern, I went on to pursue Software Engineering from Delhi Technological University.
I am currently working with Amazon, Seattle, USA.
Message to the trust - Eternally grateful for the opportunity to grow and learn.
Message for the scholars- Keep working hard and enjoy life to its fullest. Continue to shine. Always there to support.
Hi, this is Nida Khanam from the batch of 2016.
I pursued my primary education from Shafique Memorial School. A large part of my primary education was in Urdu medium. I got to know about the MSOSA scholarship program through a newspaper advertisement and applied for the same with the hope of changing the landscape of my academic life and my career ahead.
I passed the written test followed by an interview and to my good luck, I was one of the five students who were selected for the scholarship in 2009. My education at Modern was fully sponsored by Mr. Chander M. Lall.
I initially struggled academically owing to the complete change in the language medium but eventually went on to get the highest marks in my stream and set an all-time record by securing 99% in the English language (something I initially struggled with the most)!
After completing my schooling at Modern, I went on to pursue Political Science Hons. from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and was awarded the best student of Political Science for the year 2017. Thereafter, I pursued law from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi.
I am currently a practicing advocate, employed as an Associate with an Intellectual Property boutique law firm- Lall & Sethi.
Message to the trust- Modern School and MSOSA Trust introduced me to a world of opportunities and endless possibilities. It truly empowered me and made me realise that I could dare to dream.
Message for the scholars- Dream. Dream big and make it happen!
The limitations in your life are only in your head. There is nothing holding you back but yourself. Paint the world with your grit and perseverance. I am just a call away if you need anything. All the best!
B.Sc. Aeronautics (Dual Degree Programme) in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from Jamia Millia Islamia in collaboration with Pawan Hans
I never would have imagined pursuing this professional course, but MSOSA and the Modernites Trust has helped me live my dream. The Modernites Trust never let my financial problem become a barrier in my education and career. The Trust provided aid even after school for all the three years of my course. The members of the Trust always showed their support since the beginning and even during the hard times of COVID – 19. I am very grateful to all of them and remember all the members of the Modernites Trust in my prayers.
B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, (IIIT-Delhi).
I am proud to have been a student of an institution as prestigious as Modern School Barakhamba Road, which has given me unparalleled opportunities, exposure and memories that are to be cherished for a lifetime. I express my heartfelt gratitude to MSOSA and the Modernites Trust for the generous and unwavering support. The Trust has continued to partially sponsor my higher education studies, to help me accomplish my dreams.