Col (Dr) DS Khera passes away
With profound sorrow, we inform you of the demise of our former Headmaster Col (Dr) DS Khera on July 17, 2021. He was a noble soul, a stalwart in the public school community and a strict disciplinarian who nurtured lasting values amongst students under his care. He is credited with having rejigged the culture of adventure and sports at The Punjab Public School. Being a hard taskmaster, his bond with the students as well as teachers was unique and unparalleled. He was a mentor to them and a strong support in their hour of need. The Headmaster, staff and students pray to the Almighty to give peace to the departed soul and strength to the family to bear the irreparable loss.
Profile of Col (Dr) DS Khera
Col DS Khera was a post-graduate in Geography & Education and a Ph D in Education. He held a Diploma in Physical Education as well. Prior to joining the Indian army, he had served as a Lecturer in Govt College, Ajmer and Lohia College, Rajasthan. During his service in the army, he served as Principal of Sainik School, Rewa from 1983 to 1988.
He took over as the Headmaster of The Punjab Public School on August 1, 1991. He took many initiatives as far as the infrastructure of the school is concerned. He kept renovating it in keeping with the changing times. He was instrumental in fulfilling the long pending demand for a boarding house for girls and ensured it was ready in April 1994. Besides, he started the ONA Complex near the main fields of the school. It is now a special place where Old Nabhaites frequently get together and walk down the memory lane.
In April 1997, Col Khera was selected by the IPSC to represent India at the Annual Secondary Schools Heads Conference held in the United Kingdom. After the Conference, he visited the prestigious Rugby School and Featherstone High School, where 40% of the students were of Indian origin.
It was during his tenure that PPS riders participated in the Delhi Horse Show for the first time and competed with riders of international repute. He revived the culture of adventure and initiative after a long gap of ten years and organised an expedition to Ladakhi Peak, sandwiched between the Lahaul and Kulu valleys, at an altitude of 18,500 ft in the northern Himalayas.
In January 1998, Col Khera was elected as Secretary of the Indian Public Schools’ Conference (IPSC) at Rajkumar College, Rajkot. It was not only an acknowledgement of his personal stature but recognition of the fact that PPS was one of core schools of the Conference.
On July 26, 1999, Col Khera announced his retirement from the post of Headmaster. He had taken over the school at a difficult time and had steered it remarkably well with his vision and foresight. He set high standards of discipline but, at the same time, all students could clearly discern the affection he had for them. Col Khera commanded huge respect not only in PPS but amongst the entire public school community in India. He left an indelible mark as a strong administrator who had put the school on a sound financial footing at the time of his departure.