On a three-day official visit to Shimla, vice-president Hamid Ansari straightway headed to his alma mater, St Edwards School, Shimla, as soon as he reached the state capital on Monday. He was accompanied by his wife Salma Ansari.
Ansari completed Class 6 and 7 from St Edwards School from 1949 to 1951. The school records maintain that he was good at athletics and hockey.
Reminiscing his school days, Ansari said, "I feel good to be here. It is difficult to narrate old memories. But when my vehicle entered the school, I saw the cricket ground and recalled many things."
Later, he addressed the school students who were ostensibly delighted by his presence. Sharing his childhood memories with them, Ansari said childhood memories could never be forgotten and remained alive throughout life.
Speaking about the relevance of reservation in education and services, Ansari pointed out that it was meant to help the poor and backward progress in life. But was not required for the rich and affluent.
Expressing concern over privatisation of education, Ansari said 60% of educational institutions today were controlled by the private sector, which showed that the government could not cater to the increasing demand of education in the public sector alone.
Ansari had been invited to the school's founder's day celebrations last year, but had not been able to make it. However, he made it a point to send across a message that was published in the school magazine, "The Edwardian voices-2013", released on the occasion. In his message, he acknowledged having spent his most memorable and enriching days of school life at St Edwards that were still fresh in his mind.
St Edwards School principal Anil Wilson Sequeira said, "It is always a proud moment for an institution when the alumni visit it. Having an alumnus with a stature like that of the vice-president is overwhelming."
St Edwards School has been a prominent boys' school in Shimla right from the day it was opened in the Millington Estate on March 9, 1925. Brother JC Doheny was its founder and principal.
The school also boasts of alumni like former cricketer Kapil Dev, former Punjab director general of police (DGP) KPS Gill and Himachal Pradesh's chief minister Virbhadra Singh.