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Repaying their debt to P.S. High School

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HEALTH CHECK-UP: Doctor P. Jayam examining a student at the medical centre at P.S. Higher Secondary School, Mylapore.

CHENNAI: They belonged to class `A' of the 1971 batch and were brought together by an enthusiastic classmate. After having held enough meetings to relive school memories, the alumni of P.S. Higher Secondary School, Mylapore, decided to do something for their juniors.

"We have been meeting quite regularly and we felt that we should do something for the school instead of just meeting up," says S. Ramachandran of the 1971 batch.

The result: a medical centre. Soon the height, weight and health of more than 1,000 students will be noted in the health cards.

Every Wednesday, two doctors will be present at the school between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The school, which is celebrating its centenary year, now has a separate area to screen 1,450 students from classes VI to XII.

Headmaster B. Raghuveeran says that primary screening will be completed within the next three months. "Once screening is over, we can keep track of their health as most of them cannot afford regular checkups.

``The health card will be a method to track the physical growth of our students, especially the boys who eat one nutritious meal in school, under the noon meal scheme."

The team of doctors will also bring in specialists for detailed check-ups. "There will also be motivational lectures for students, which parents can attend."

The batch of '71 is now busy raising a corpus fund to sustain the project. "We have handed over Rs. 50,000 to run the centre for a year.

``We have already set up a website and a trust and we are trying to involve more old students," says Mr. Ramachandran.

The alumni are keen to bring together more old students, including Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India R. Chidambaram and cricketer L. Balaji, to preserve a century of tradition.

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