101-year-old alumnus presides over Mandi school function

  • Roop Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Mandi
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2014 11:50 IST

The alumni association of Old Bejoi High School (now called Government Vijay Senior Secondary School) observed its foundation day Sunday. A 101-year-old alumnus, Jai Kishan Sharma, presided over the function while eminent advocate Manohar Lal Sharma and deputy director of education Sushil Pundir were the guests of honour of the occasion.

The Old Student Association (OSA) president Anil Sharma on behalf of the association honoured four former students above 85 years of age, including Moti Ram, Diwan Tandon, Hukam Chand Gupta and Chiranjee Lal Handa.

A few eminent personalities who studied in the school in the pre-independence era shared their memories and pain of the Partition in 1947. Notable among those present on the occasion was Dr MP Vaidya, first open heart surgeon of the country, who spoke about the school’s contribution to the socio-economic empowerment of people through education.

“The school was established in the name of Anglo Vernacular Middle School in 1866 and was upgraded as high school in 1921and named as Vijay High School as a tribute to the then ruler of Mandi state and founder of the school, king Bejoi Sen,” said Anil Sharma, president of the association.

The classes are not held in the old building now.

Anil said the alumni of the school demands restoration of the 148-year-old traditional Pahari wooden structures of the school building and the matter in under consideration of the state government.

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