Dr. Shayama Chona, SPECIAL SCHOOLS

“What a brilliant idea to bond children with animals through Art which will unify the beauty of both”.


“Awarded Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan by the President of India”.
Former Principal – DPS R.K. Puram.
Dr. Shayama Chona, is the Former Principal of Delhi Public School RK Puram, New Delhi - a world class institution. Her efforts to break the barriers of schools to include the poor and the handicapped are unprecedented. She has also launched major initiatives to strengthen teaching of Science, Computers and Information Technology in schools. She serves as a member on 97 Advisory Boards and Committees and is Trustee of the Nehru Bal Samiti and Special Olympics, Patron of ‘Concerned Action Now’, Vice-Chairman of the Society for Human Development, besides being on the Managing Committee of 46 schools and other educational institutions.
Mrs. Chona has given concrete shape and direction to her transcendent principles, by setting up 3 schools for the mentally challenged: ‘Tamana Special School’, ‘Nai Disha’ and the ‘School of Hope’.
As their Founder, she has been working for the upliftment of the handicapped children since 1984, and celebrates humanity with the dictum, “Numberless are the world’s wonders, but none more wonderful than man”. Not only has her contribution been recognized and felicitated time and again, her commitment in the field of education and social welfare for over 4 decades has given concrete shape directly to the nation’s education policies and welfare programmers.
She is the proud recipient of 54 awards, the most prestigious being the *Padma Bhushan* in 2008 and *Padma Shri* in 1999 and two National Awards in 1994 and 1997 and one State Award in 1993 for her work in the field of education and social welfare. For over 4 decades, Mrs. Chona has served the society at large, with distinction and timeless dedication. Her mission to educate and empower both the well-to-do and the needy, the abled along with the disabled, and the ‘haves’ with the ‘have-nots’, has never known any boundaries, and has led to the full realization of the human potential.
 In the sum analysis, Mrs. Chona’s life may be best described as a confluence of deep and abiding compassion for all. She serves humanity with humility. She stands among the very best.