An idea to put up a school was started in 1988. It was necessitated by the fact that Jammu & Kashmir was the first state in the country which declared Education free and compulsory for all, way back in 1951 by the then Prime Minister Late Janaab Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. Despite this policy the state has the lowest rate of literacy in the country.

In 1996, Mrs Kiran Dhar and Mr Vijay Dhar decided to put up a trust in the memory of Late Shri D P Dhar, an eminent public figure who held various ministerial appointments in the Union Cabinet and in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. He also represented the country in diplomatic assignments to the USSR. Shri D P Dhar was recognized for his dedication to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. He was committed to strengthening the socio-economic fabric of the state, empowerment through self-reliance. It is in this backdrop that he envisioned education as the singular essential instrument for achieving this goal. The effort of the trust is to build on his vision for the state.

The first objective was to get an experienced national name, so Delhi Public School Society was approached. DPS Society at that point of time was running 42 schools and today they have 150 schools all over India and abroad. Having got the backing of an experienced name, the members of the trust approached the Central Board of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E.) to put up the first private school affiliated to the C.B.S.E. in the valley.

For the D P Dhar Memorial Trust, its members and the entire staff, this school is a mission.

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