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Academic year 2005-06:
150 year celebration special:
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Post Centenary Golden Jubilee Commemorative Projects

Post Centenary Golden Jubilee Commemorative Projects

The Hindu Higher Secondary School, Triplicane, (earlier known as the Hindu High School) which was established in 1852, plans to celebrate 150 years of service in the field of education, during the course of the academic year 2003-04. The Celebration Committee is headed by Justice P.R. Gokulakrishnan, an eminent alumnus of the School.

Two schools set up in 1852, the "Dravida Patashala" and the "Andhra Balura Patashala" were integrated and subsequently renamed "Hindu High School". The school grew steadily in stature as a result of the untiring efforts of the management headed by Rao Bahadur M.A. Singarachariar, regarded as the founder of the School, and of illustrious Head Masters such as Sri G. Subramania Ayyar, the Right Honourable V.S. Srinivasa Shastri, Sri P.A. Subramania Ayyar, Sri R. Nambi Iyengar and Sri T.P. Srinivasa Varadhan, to name but a few. The main building of the School, which is in use even today, was declared open in 1897 by the then Governor of Madras, His Excellency Sir Arthur Havelock.

With the excellent grounding provided by the School in the academic sphere and in extra-curricular activities, students of the School have spread far and wide across the globe. Eminent personalities who have passed through the portals of the School include Nobel Laureate Dr. Subramaniam Chandrashekar, Chief Minister of Madras Province Dr. Subbaroyan, Chief Minister of Madras Province the Raja of Panagal, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India Sri B. Rama Rao, Gandhian and Satyagrahi Sri N.S. Varadachari, "The Wizard of Wonder Drugs" Sri Y. Subba Row, Sri Kasturi Srinivasan of "The Hindu", renowned criminal lawyer Sri V.T. Rangaswamy Iyengar, Attorney General of India Sri K. Parasaran, heads of religious orders, professors, scientists, top ranking administrative and defence service officers, entrepreneurs, professionals, journalists, musicians, sportsmen, actors.

The School is a unit of the Hindu Educational Organisation (HEO), Chennai, of which Sri N.C. Raghavachari is the President. Being an aided school, the salaries of teachers and staff are being met by a grant from the Government. The School has a strength of around 1800 students, and presents candidates for the Secondary and Higher Secondary examinations conducted by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The School Committee is headed by Dr. C.U. Velmurugendran and Sri Narayan Ramaswamy is the Honorary Secretary.

In connection with the celebrations, the HEO invites contributions from public-spirited persons of eminence towards the establishment of a corpus for the following broad objectives:

1) To establish and run a Centre for Value Education:
Over the past few years, the system of education in India has focused more on information content in the syllabus and less on inculcation of values and building of character. The impact is being felt all around, in the form of declining values and standards.

The Centre for Value Education is an attempt to revive the system of value-based education and to integrate building of character with academic learning. Given the constraints of a demanding syllabus and the prevailing scheme of examinations, this integration is best achieved by a Centre dedicated to this purpose, with trained instructors interacting with students on a regular basis, both within and outside the classroom.

The proposed Centre will have its own instructors, whose focus will be on imparting value education to students of all classes. Regular academic instruction will continue to be handled by the teachers of the School.

2) To establish and run a Centre for Knowledge Management;
The present age has been hailed as the Age of Information. Coupled with the ever - increasing information content in the regular curriculum, there has been an explosion of knowledge arising out of access to millions of data sources through the internet. The sheer magnitude of what is available leaves the student bewildered and confused.

On the other hand, teachers of the School could benefit greatly from a system of knowledge management devoted to sharing of experiences and insights, solving of problems, on the job learning and analysis.

The Centre for Knowledge Management seeks to accumulate, categorise and channelise what is available, to guide the student through this maze to whatever is best suited to his aptitudes, and to help the teacher give his best to the student under his care.

3) To establish and run a Centre for Human Capital;
We recognise the fact that India's greatest asset is its teeming millions. What is needed is the evolution of a comprehensive system of identification and appraisal of talent and skills at a young age, the fostering of such skills and practical application of skills for the betterment of the individual and the community.

The Centre for Human Capital will evaluate each student, identify latent and patent skills by scientific means, provide opportunities for, and assistance in, nurturing those skills and finally identify avenues for useful application of those skills.

4) To set up in the School a permanent Museum of Indian / Tamil culture;
An unintended consequence of the heavy curriculum in schools has been the lessening of exposure to local culture, the arts, mythology, ancient and medieval history. The Museum is intended to spur the interest of the students in these areas and to bring home to them the richness and diversity of Indian and Tamil culture and lore. The Museum will feature exhibits, charts, articles, photographs and will encourage participation by, and contributions from, students. Visits to places of interest, lectures on topics of relevance will also form part of the activities of the Museum.

5) Preservation of the HHSS heritage building;
The stone plaque declares that the school building, the magnificent red-brick edifice designed by Henry Irwin and constructed by Namberumal Chetty, was opened in 1897. The School is housed in this heritage building even today. While the educational agency has been maintaining the building in a state of good repair, the demands on its resources are bound to increase with the passage of time. With many a landmark in Chennai vanishing in the name of development and progress, it is imperative that this building be preserved in all its glory for future generations. Thousands of students have passed through its portals, and it is up to us to ensure that thousands more do so in the decades to come.

6) Creation of a Trust for aiding retired teachers in need.
To those who have devoted their lives to the cause of education, who have served the school and its students with sincerity and devotion for the best part of their lives, who have chosen the noble profession of teaching over other, probably more lucrative alternatives, the School owes a duty - a duty to provide for them in their hour of need. Of course, retired teachers are granted a pension by the Government. But there are times when they need a helping hand. This Trust seeks to provide financial assistance, to whatever extent possible, to retired teachers - be it for putting a child through college, for a wedding, for providing shelter, for medical treatment or for any other emergency.

Contributions to the HEO are eligible for tax benefits under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Payments may please be made by Account Payee cheque or demand draft in the name of "Hindu Educational Organisation", to the Secretary, Hindu Educational Organisation, 88, Big Street, Triplicane, Chennai 600 005. Names of persons contributing Rs 50,000/- and above will be inscribed in a stone slab in a prominent location on the school premises.