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Old boys recall their school days

Staff Reporter

Former teachers, head masters of Hindu Higher Secondary School honoured

— Photo: K.V.Srinivasan

MEMORABLE OCCASION: The Hindu Higher Secondary School Old Boys’ Association president S.Namasivayam addressing the inauguration of its centenary celebration on Thursday. (From left) R.Nataraj, ADGP (Prisons), Vethamani Senapathi, deputy director- general of Pothigai, Doordarshan Kendra, K.Parasaran, former attorney general, and V.K.Srinivasan, former Andhra Pradesh special chief secretary, are in the picture.

CHENNAI: Memories of days spent at The Hindu Higher Secondary School, Triplicane, were relived on Thursday, as speakers at the inauguration of the centenary year celebrations of the Old Boys’ Association shared their thoughts on the school and its dedicated teachers.

Recalling his school days during 1930s, K.Parasaran, an alumnus and former Attorney General, Government of India, said the school not only taught various subjects but also instilled values and culture. “Teachers paid individual attention to every student and disciplined them with affection. We learnt the importance of unity and secularism through moral science classes,” he said.

V.K. Srinivasan, former Andhra Pradesh special chief secretary and alumnus, said several people who have made an indelible mark in various fields, be it Carnatic music or cricket, had passed out from the portals of the school. Actors Kamal Haasan and S.V.Ranga Rao were among the alumni of the school. He recalled the dedication of the teachers who encouraged him to join civil services.

Vethamani Senapathi, Deputy Director-General, Pothigai, Doordarshan Kendra, spoke about teachers’ role in moulding the students’ life and career.

The Hindu Higher Secondary School Old Boys’ Association president S.Namasivayam said though the people gathered at the hall belonged to different age groups and professions, they were bound by a common thread as alumni of the school. Vaidyanatha Iyer from Tambaram aged above 90 years was perhaps the oldest alumnus present at the hall, he said.

He outlined the association’s activities that included providing financial assistance to the students and helping the management in various events.

Hindu Educational Organisation secretary Narayan Ramaswamy said the association members may also share their skills and experience with the students through the Centre for Value Education run by the school.

Former teachers, head masters and staff members of the school were honoured.

R. Nataraj, Additional Director General of Police (Prisons), Triplicane MLA Bader Sayeed and secretary of Association Sudhangan participated in the programme.

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