A colourful investiture ceremony of Boys’ High School (BHS) and College for the academic session 2018-19 was held with much fanfare and éclat in the beautifully decorated Middle School Hall on Friday. The Chief Guest on this solemn occasion was Justice Dilip Gupta, an alumnus and Retd. Judge of Allahabad High Court.
The chief guest was warmly received and welcomed by the Principal, Mr. D. A. Luke and the Academic Supervisor, Mrs. C. B. Luke. Smartly dressed NCC cadets presented guard of honour to the chief guest.
Immaculately dressed chosen badge-holders marched in unison with pride and a sense of accomplishment. The College Section In-charge Mr. L.A.M. French introduced the chief guest. He also extended a very warm welcome to Rev. G. Daud, Secretary, Allahabad High School Society and the parents to have gathered here to witness the conferring of ranks and badges to the chosen office-bearers. This was followed with Bible reading by Rakshit Robin. Special songs “Shepherd of My Soul…”, and “Showers of Blessings…” were performed by the school choir to mark this momentous occasion.
In his brief address, the chief guest, Justice Dilip Gupta said that much before Lord Macaulay formulated any education policy in India, this great secular institution, that is, Boys’ High School and College which believed in the principles of humanism and growth of society at large was established at Allahabad in 1861.
Justice Gupta recollected his days at school with happiness and pride. The nostalgia made him emotional and he took a brief moment to compose himself. With a heavy voice, he impressed upon the fact that the school days were the best days. Signifying the importance of Investiture ceremony and the conferring of ranks and badges, he reminded the students of the vows that they have taken and asked them to perform the duties with honesty and sincerity to keep the flag of this great institution flying high. “These are career specific times”, and asked the students to decide their career and be focused and sincere to achieve it.
He said that teachers should be given a higher pedestal than the parents as they nurture their students into a productive resource. A teacher or a guru not only creates knowledge, learning and wisdom, but he also builds the character of his disciples and takes care of their moral and social growth. Hence, the teachers who educate children well are more to be honoured than parents, for the parents only give life but the teachers provide the art of living well.
The College Captain, Laksh Kawatra took the oath on behalf of the newly appointed colour holders and pledged their solidarity in uplifting the honour and glory of their Alma Mater.
The function came to an end with the closing prayer and benediction by Rev. G. Daud and singing of the National Anthem. The function was conducted by Mr. L.A.M. French, In-charge, College Section.
The newly appointed office-bearers are as follows: College Captain: Laksh Kawatra, 12D; College Vice-captain: Pratyush Mishra, 12B; Sports Captain: Sanchit Upadhyay, 12C; Cultural Captain: Harsh Gaur, 12D; Cultural Vice-captain: Akshat Rai, 12A; Blue House Captain: Rakshak Gupta, 12D, Vice-captain: Ved Prakash Srivastava, 12C; Green House Captain: Pranav Srivastava, 12A, Vice-captain: Samad Ahmad, 12D; Yellow House Captain: Tushar S Kaushiley, 12D; Vice-captain: Ankit Upadhyay, 12D; Red House Captain: Raghu Agarwal, 12D, Vice-captain: Mohd. Danish, 12D; Cultural Prefects: Rakshit Robin, 12B, Harshit Kapoor, 12A, Manas Bhadauria, 12A, Suryansh Srivastava, 12B, Mazhar Hasan, 12C, Yash Pandey, 12A; Football Captain: Amil Arif, 12D, Swimming Captain: Mazhar Hasan, 12C, Badminton Captain: Devesh Goel, 12D, Basketball Captain: Abhijeet Pandey, 12D, Cricket Captain: Mohd. Danish, 12D; Prefects: Bittu Mall, 12E, Saurabh Singh, 12E; Editorial Board: Pratyush Mishra, 12B, Pranav Srivastava, 12A, Samarth Sharma, 11A, Sarvagya Chitranshi, 11A.