On 27th of March 2017, a delegation of students and teachers from Army Public School, Barrackpore had the privilege and honour to take a tour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and meet as well as interact with the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. The School has been selected among several schools due to its outstanding achievements in the academic curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

It was an an exemplary and spectacular experience for the students and teachers attending the National Integration Tour organised by 2 Naga (MASHKOH), as they roamed around the exalted precincts of this historical monument. Under the aegis and tutelage of our Principal Madam, Mrs. Moitreyee Mukherjee, our children were exposed to the spirit as well as the practical facets of our country- the world’s most dynamic democracy so that they grow into responsible, patriotic and civic – minded citizens and torch bearers of their country in the international arena. Thus, this visit acquired profound meaning for our students as they went around and absorbed the traditions of the millennia of history that fill and pervade every nook and corner of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The splendor of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is multi-dimensional. It is a vast mansion and its architecture is breathtaking. More than these, it has a hallowed existence in the annals of democracy for being the residence of the President of the largest democracy in the world. The students presented a Terracotta bust of Gautam Buddha and a clay model depicting the beauty of nature.
 
The children were amazed to know that the present day Rashtrapati Bhavan was the erstwhile residence of the British Viceroy. Its architect was Edwin Lutyens’ and was constructed to affirm the permanence of British rule in India. On 26th Jan 1950, Dr. Rajendra Prasad became the first President of India and occupied this building to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of India. It was from that day that this building was renamed as Rashtrapati Bhavan – The President’s House.

The delegation had tea and snacks and spend a quality time with the President during the photo session. The delegation enjoyed the visit and came back humbled at the same time extremely proud of being citizens of a country which has such unparalleled history in terms of culture, heritage and architecture.