The DSND consisting only of a kinder garden and primary school was first set up in a residential house in Delhi in 1961.In the following years the school moved several times. During these moves the school was always housed in redesigned residences until it finally found a more permanent home in 1992; this was in the embassy building of the erstwhile GDR which had been acquired by the Federal Republic of Germany. Since then the school has been housed on federally owned grounds and also enjoys the protection of the German Embassy in matters relating to security.
The development from kinder garden and primary school right up to the Abitur level today has taken nearly 50 years. The DSND had always been a so-called Secondary Level I school going up to grade10. In 2007 the school first obtained permission to set up a Oberstufe (Secondary Level II) thereby allowing it an opportunity to expand further. The first Abitur examination took place at the end of the school year 09/10.
In September 2013 an inspection by the Bund-Länder Inspektion (Federal States inspection) was undertaken. The DSND passed this inspection with distinction thereby achieving the award of “Excellent German Overseas School”.