Alumni Get Together - on 8thFeb 2013

The Alumni Association organized a get together of all past students of the Hindu Higher Secondary School, Triplicane, for the first time, at Raga Sudha hall, in Mylapore on from 5 30 P M, on Friday the 8 th Feb 2013.

In spite of our best efforts, only 45 alumni turned up. The batch wise split up of those who attended was: 1944 – 1, 50 – 3, 53 – 2, 54 – 1, 55 – 5, 56 – 3, 58 – 1, 60 – 1, 61 – 1, 65 – 3, 66 – 3, 67 – 3, 69 – 5, 70 – 1, 71 – 2, 72 – 1, 73 – 1, 74 – 1, 75 – 3, 76 – 1, 81 – 1, 94 – 1, Total: 45 ( 44 to 94 - span of 51 years).

We spent an hour initially allowing the Alumni to renew their contacts with other class and school mates, and we could clearly see and feel the happiness in catching up. Everyone enjoyed the high tea provided and happily reminisced about the school days.

We had a brief meeting, with VP, Mr. R P Sarathy welcoming the gathering. We observed a few moments silence in memory of Alumni who passed away in the period since we met last at the AGM.

The President then invited the 3 senior most Alumni present ( since Mr Ramanathan 1944 had already left), who were from the 1950 batch- Mr. Rangachari, Mr Rajagopalan and Mr G V Raman, to the stage and Past President Mr Namasivayam honored them with a shawl. These gentleman briefly recalled their happy experiences during their school days.

Mr Krishnamurthy, now popularly known as Madan Bob, gave an interesting and funny account of his school days. Then the President Mr S.Krishnaswamy gave a summary of how the Alumni assn is working with the school to get better results. He also highlighted the help needed in the school infrastructure.

The immediate need is, a) to paint the various classrooms and other areas of the school, b) to provide about 150 steel desks for the classrooms, c) to repair the broken partitions in the classrooms, d)to completely repair and revamp the students toilets, and e) to provide an RO plant to meet good drinking water needs of the students. ( See detailed report below)

Thereafter Mr K R Natarajan, a senior member of the Humor Club spoke for about 30 minutes, regaling the audience with his jokes. The meeting concluded at 7 30 P M with a vote of thanks by Secretary Mr Elangovan, followed by National Anthem.

All participants were very happy with this meet and suggested that we should have such meets more often, and that more Alumni should participate in them.

More on the projects

The estimated cost of painting each classroom is Rs 10000 and the assn has appealed to the Alumni to sponsor the same. So far Mr Sundara Chakkararajan (1987) from Mumbai, and Mr Ashwin Krishnan (1962) from US, have each contributed Rs 10000 each for the same. The 1962 batch which recently celebrated their Golden Jubilee of passing out has promised to fully paint one classroom and provide full set of desks for the same. It is heartening to report that in response to this appeal, Mr A V Ramanujam (1967) gave the cheque for Rs 10000 on the spot, while Mr Madan Bob ( 1967), and Mr Achal Krishnaswamy (1956) have agreed to sponsor on room each. We await more such offers.

With regard to the other projects Mr R P Sarathy, has used his good offices and got his Rotary Club of Port City to agree to fund Rs 1.5 lakhs toward the complete revamp of the student toilets. Mr Vaitheeswaran, treasurer has kindly decided to get the repairs of partitions between classrooms done through his company without charging us. Mr B G Prasad (1978) and his brother who is also an Alumni, have promised to donate upto Rs 1.5 lakhs to support any good project

We seek more sponsors for the classroom painting, and the other projects .