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Wildlife Photographer Awards

Heartiest Congratulations Ms. Aishwarya Sridhar

This year marks a milestone for Indian wildlife photography as Aishwarya Sridhar, alumnus of Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel bagged an award in the adult competition – making her the youngest and the first girl to win the coveted award from India.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards were announced on 14th October, 2020 by the Natural History Museum, London. Established as the most reputed awards in the genre of wildlife photography, it witnessed over 50,000 entries coming from over 80 countries this year and only 100 images were awarded.

Aishwarya received the Highly Commended Award in the Behaviour-Invertebrates Category for her entry titled ’Lights of Passion’. The breath-taking photograph was captured using the Canon 1DX Mark II and Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 lens at 24mm; 24 sec at f2.8; ISO 1000. Although the leopard-frequented forest could be ‘terrifying’, it was the perfect place for Aishwarya to look for fireflies. After two hours of hiking, she found a tree dusted in gold from the bioluminescence of thousands of fireflies. Shooting 27 images over a 24-second exposure and combining them using focus stacking software, she highlighted the vibrancy of this scene.

Fireflies are a type of winged beetle that use light to lure potential mates. Of the many species, each has a distinct pattern and intensity of light in order to recognise its own kind. Fireflies are affected globally by habitat destruction and light pollution, which can make them lose track of time and position, disrupt their mating or even blind them.

The DPGA family wishes Ms. Aishwarya all the very best for her future endevours

All India Winners (November 2019 and March 2020)

Another proud moment for Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel.

Very happy to share with you all that Ms. Tanishka Hemjith (2018-2020) Cambridge A level has bagged highest marks in Hindi.

Heartiest congratulations to her and her Hindi facilitator Ms. Sushila Mishra.

Category Qualification SyllabusSeries Centre Name
High Achievement Cambridge AS Level Hindi Language March - November 2019 Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel

KenKen winners from Dr. Pillai Global Academy

With the aim to promote international mindedness, students from grades 3 to 12 at Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel participated in the KENKEN competition.

KENKEN International Championship is an annual competition that helps to improve students’ performance in Math class and on standardized tests. KENKEN is a unique logic-based and strategy-driven Japanese Math puzzle that increases students’ math excellence and improves their higher-order cognitive abilities.

The competition was conducted at 5 levels: School Level, City Level, State Level, National Level and International Level. The students showed great enthusiasm and willingness to participate in the competition that would kindle their thinking and analytical skills.

The school level and city level round was conducted in our school premises. There were 84 students who qualified for the State Round and 9 students made it to the National Round that was conducted in Mumbai. The students who qualified to the National Round are Shourya Bhagat, Kanishk Sawant, Siddharth Nair, Aditya Thakur, Rameshwar Kamble, Ameya Patwe, Aayan Simmy, Eshan Bansal and Satvik Verma.

7 students out of 9 students emerged as gold medalists in the National Round and made our school proud. Satvik Verma of Grade 9, qualified for the International Round that was held in New York on 15th December, 2019.

Satvik Verma made India proud by becoming the World Champion (Silver Medalist) at KenKen International Championship, 2019 and proved that success is the result of hard work, perfection, loyalty and persistence.

Dwisha Jha crowned the title of Little Miss India 2019

We are proud of the achievement of Dwisha Jha, who is studying in grade 3. She was crowned the title of Little Miss India 2019 at the talent and beauty pageant, which is the first biggest kids beauty pageant organized in Pune.

She quoted, “I am very fortunate to study in a very encouraging environment of Dr. Pillai Global Academy.’ Crediting the school for giving her big opportunities to perform” and also added “My parents are my biggest support.” in an interview with Blitz

Today. She believes if one has the attitude to learn and has the passion to put efforts, the success follows.

It’s a proud moment for Dwisha, her parents and everyone at DPGA.

Hearty Congratulations to her.

Aishwarya Sridhar – The Diana Award Roll of Honour 2019

Happy to share with you all, the achievement of AISHWARYA SRIDHAR, alumnus of Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel, first student to take admission in the school in the year 2009. She cleared her Checkpoint, Cambridge IGCSE and AS & A Levels with flying colours. We are proud to share one of her recent achievements at the International level.

This year’s Diana Award Holders represent some of the most inspirational young people from across the UK and around the world. These exceptional young people have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilise new generations to serve their communities and create long lasting change on a global scale. This is for the Change Makers.

Dr. Pillai Global Academy New Panvel, India – Age 23
Through the use of creative mediums, Aishwarya is fighting to create a better planet for everyone. Her poems, short films and images, born of a passion for nature, have won numerous awards. At 15, Aishwarya was the youngest and first girl in India to win the Sanctuary Asia Young Naturalist Award. From educating local villages to fundraising for tiger conservation, Aishwarya has also spearheaded several Earth Day programs and tree-plantation initiatives across 40 schools, impacting over 200,000 students. Her short film urged the Bombay High Court to state the protection of wetlands. A powerful voice for conservation, Aishwarya is a shining example of a young activist.

KENKEN National Competition 2019 (Satvik Verma)

Satvik Verma of DPGA, won the National round of KENKEN and will be representing India at the International round to be held in New York in the next month.

Young Achievers

Young Achievers – Felicitating Outstanding Students – 20th December, 2017

Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel added another feather in its cap as Ms. Mrunal Tamhankar, a student of IGCSE achieved the Cambridge Outstanding Learner Award for the year 2016-17. This award is being conferred on her for having secured Top in World position in International Mathematics.

“This was possible only due to the support from my teachers especially Gyan sir, my school and my family” says Mrunal.

This is not the first time that such wonderful results have been achieved by Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel.

Aishwarya Sridhar, a student from the Commerce stream was declared National Topper in two subjects: Business Studies and Accounting in the June 2014 Cambridge examinations. She was also declared the World Topper in Business Studies in her AS Level (11th Grade) Examination.

Aishwarya Thakur was declared as National Topper in AS level Arts and Design in the November 2013 Cambridge examinations.

Aditya Rajagopal from the science stream secured first place in India for the Best Across Three Cambridge International A Levels category in the November 2013 Cambridge examinations and was also declared National Topper in Physics and Chemistry in the A Level Examinations. He received Commendation in Further Mathematics for exceptional achievement.

Taekwondo Competition (Kabir Bhakta)

It was a proud moment for Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel when it’s Grade 12 student Kabir Bhakta bagged the Silver Medal for Taekwondo Competition in the 63rd National School Games held from 4th – 7th December, 2017.

The games organised at Thyagraj Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, witnessed the clash of master players from all over the country.

Kabir accomplished this feat after four rounds of smashing matches against players from Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala. In the 5th round he lost to his counterpart from Delhi after a nail biting competition.

He has also been selected for the trials of ‘World School Games championship’, successful completion of which will earn him a place in the team representing India, thus raising him onto a global pedestal.

Kabir Bhakta selected for National School Taekwondo Championship

Kabir Bhakta selected for World School Taekwondo Championship

Kabir B. Bhakta, Std. XII student of DPGA Panvel won Silver Medal at School National Taekwondo Championship held at Delhi and selected to represent India in World school Taekwondo Championship.

Kabir B. Bhakta being felicitated by legendary sports personalities during a function.

Young Leaders

Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel is proud of its students, Ishita Deshmukh and Kabir Bhakta who participated in Standard chartered Mumbai Marathon representing Young leaders for NGO Habitat for Humanity.

31st Maharashtra State Junior Boys & Girls Taekwondo Championship 2017 (Kabir Bhakta)

Kabir Bharatbhai Bhakta has been awarded Gold Medal in Junior Boy’s – under 63 kg weight category in 31st Maharashtra State Junior Boys and Girls Taekwondo Championship 2017 held on 16th and 18th August, 2017 at Kolhapur.

Well done Kabir!!

10th World Taekwondo Junior Championship (Kabir Bhakta)

Kabir Bharatbhai Bhakta represented India in 10th World Taekwondo Junior Championship held in Korea, winning Gold and Bronze in Kyourgi and Poomsae style respectively under 54kg category.

He also represented the school in district, state and national championships on various occasions. He has been selected in probables for the 2018 Common wealth Games which will be held in Australia. His selection will be based on his performance in an upcoming event to be held in Muju (South Korea) in August 2017.

We wish him all the best for the same.

11th World Taekwondo Culture Expo (Saksham Athavale)

Saksham Sanjay Athavale participated in 11th World Taekwondo Culture Expo in which he received the Silver Medal in Poomsae and Kyorugi style held in South Korea on 18th July, 2017.

Well done Saksham!!

Maharashtra State Athletics Championship (Ishita Deshmukh)

Ishita Deshmukh: VIIth standard student of Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel won the Bronze Medals in 100 meters sprint and long jump respectively at Maharashtra State Athletics Championship held at Pune.

Maharashtra State Junior Athletics Championship (Ishita Deshmukh)

Ishita Deshmukh (Grade-7) represented Raigad district in the Maharashtra State Junior Athletics Championship held at Pune (Balewadi stadium) on 5th July, 2014. She covered a distance of 4.62m and stood third in the event.

Ishita Deshmukh, Rising Star

Ishita Deshmukh, a student of grade 6 of Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel, not only reached the finals of “Speed-star Season 2” but also bagged the second position in the finale by running her best at 13.61 seconds for the 100m sprint, held in Mumbai on the 9th February, 2014. Speed star is an event conducted for the 100 m sprint. It is an initiative held under the aegis of Athletic Federation of India (AFI). It is supported by various corporate companies like the TCS, Times Now, Sports Credentials and Griffith University, Australia.

Ishita reached the finals of the event by coming first in the Mumbai heats. Speed-star this year reached out to over 25,000 students across 10 regions spread over India.

The event was presided over by the ‘Golden Girl’ P.T. Usha who is also the Brand Ambassador of this initiative.

Dr. Pillai Global Academy is proud of Ishita’s achievement and congratulates on her success.