Association of alumni of Old Bejoi High School (now called Government Vijay Senior Secondary School) in Mandi observed its foundation day here at the auditorium of the school on Sunday.
Pankaj Rai, former additional district magistrate (ADM), Mandi, presided over the function and honoured veteran student and members of the occasion.
Old Student Association (OSA) president Anil Sharma on behalf of the association honoured five former students above 85 years of age, including Parma Nand Kapoor 86, Sanasar Chand Vaidya 90, Harish Kapoor 86, Yog Raj Kapoor 88 and Gauri Lal Vaidya 89.
On the occasion, few eminent personalities of the world, who studied in the school during the pre-independence era, shared their memories and pain of division of the country in 1947 and shared role of the school during the tough time of independence and partition and said that the school had contributed to the socio-economic empowerment of the people through education, not only of the district, but the whole state and nation at large.
"This 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", informed Anil Sharma, president of the alumni association. The classes are not housed in the old building from last more than eight years now.
Anil informed the gathering that the alumni of the school were demanding preservation of the 148-year-old traditional Pahari wooden structures building and the matter was in under consideration with the state and central government.
Anil said it was a rare moment when members of four generations were present together in the auditorium.
Association members observed two minutes silence to pay tribute to the old students who had passed away in the last one year.
Everyone was emotionally hijacked when one among the senior member said he wished to see the old building of the school intact as "it is not just a school building, but 148-year-old temple of education for people of the state".