A grand function was organized on the occasion of the 69th Republic day at Boys’ High School (BHS) and College. The atmosphere inside the school was surcharged with nationalism and pride. The entire school was tastefully decorated with tricolor flags and festoons. The chief guest on this occasion was an alumnus Dr. Niraj Srivastava, an internationally acclaimed author and winner of several prestigious international awards.
Dr. Niraj Srivastava completed his schooling from Boys’ High School, Allahabad (1969-1982), and was in the St. George’s (Red) House. While in School, he was awarded the Class Prize in English several times, as well as the Commerce Prize, and was also the self appointed Pest Control Officer with his penchant for uncontrolled, barbaric yodeling. Dr. Niraj also represented Boys’ High School in Inter Institutional Meets and won awards for Creative Writing and Western Vocals. Dr. Niraj represented Red House in Boxing and won the coveted Best Boxer Shield. He was also a member of the College XI in Football, and represented Red House in Athletics, being a part of the Red House Relay Team and winner in the Individual 100 and 200 metres event.
After completing his schooling in BHS, he did his Masters degree in Business Administration from University of Allahabad, and thereafter completed his Doctorate degree in International Management from the University of Canterbury, England.
Braving the morning chill, the students and staffs came out with full force to pay homage to the founding fathers of the Constitution of India. The function began with the unfurling of the National Flag by the chief guest, Dr. Niraj followed by singing of the National Anthem. Thereafter, College Captain Pratyaksh Kapoor took the pledge on behalf of the students.
In his brief address, Dr. Niraj recalled his formative years at Boys’ High School and College and said, “As I stand here today, wearing my school tie again after 36 years, there is a sense of overflowing pride and joy. I spent thirteen years of my life on this ground and within the class rooms and corridors of this great institution and those were the best years of my life.” He emphasized how he learnt to be a disciplined child and nostalgically remembered the corporal punishments he received for his misdemeanors. He called upon the students to be righteous and take punishment as a man for their mistakes. He extended his gratitude towards his Alma Mater, teachers and all those who moulded his life into a productive resource. He also thanked and praised the Principal, Mr. D. A. Luke for his contribution in enriching the rich legacy of Boys’ High School and College.
A lively cultural programme was organized by the students. Patriotic songs were presented by the students of BHS Junior and Middle School. The Action song by Nursery, Prep and I, “Chhodo Kal ki Baten”, “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara” by the students of class II to IV, a patriotic song “Aman Ka Sipahi” by HTS choir were widely appreciated. A skit presented by the students of Middle School highlighted the rights and duties of a citizen. The instrumental presentation by the students of class IX on patriotic songs received wide applause.
Earlier the BHS Principal, Mr. D. A. Luke welcomed the chief guest and teachers and accorded a warm greeting for the Republic Day. The function was conducted by the College Section In-charge Mr. L.A.M. French.