By Brij Khandelwal
Agra Dec 16 : Probably the most prestigious academic establishments of north India, Agra’s St John’s Faculty on Wednesday celebrated its one hundred and seventieth basis day.
Its majestic pink sand stoned constructing in Indo-Saracenic structure was lit up and thanksgiving prayers had been held.
Through the years, St John’s Faculty has supplied a gentle stream of distinguished lecturers and professionals starting from presidents, governors, civil servants, sportspersons and missionary leaders.
Established in 1850 by the Church Missionary Society of England via the efforts of the Agra C.M.S. Affiliation which got here into being in 1840, the primary Principal of the Faculty was Rev Thomas Valpy French, a distinguished fellow of College Faculty, Oxford.
Initially, the Faculty formulated its personal curriculum and performed its personal examination. From 1862 to 1888 the Faculty remained affiliated to the Calcutta College and later as much as 1927 to the Allahabad College.
When the Agra College was established in 1927, the then principal of the Faculty A.W. Davies turned its first Vice-Chancellor and the school was affiliated to the Agra College.
The faculty’s centenary wing’s basis stone was laid in 1958 by former president Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan and was opened by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister with the phrases “I’ve come to pay tribute to this temple of studying.”
The current principal Prof S.P. Singh recalled the nice contribution of educationists to India’s improvement including that the alumni had introduced title and glory to India, from all elements of the world. The faculty has an extended checklist of distinguished alumni, together with former President Shankar Dayal Sharma, Congress chief Khurshid Alam Khan, former Governors Shailendra Singh, S.M.H. Burney, diplomat Meera Shankar, he added.
Sportsperson Harvijay Bahia recalled how the school groups had gained laurels on the state and nationwide ranges in basket ball, soccer and even cricket. “This faculty has given me a brand new confidence and id. All over the place I am going there are St Johnians contributing to society’s improvement in myriad methods,” mentioned former scholar Rajiv Gupta.
The grand architectural class of the school constructing attracts vacationers. A number of movies have additionally been shot together with Lal Patthar. “The architectural brilliance is concord with the Mughal ethos of town and provides to the wealthy heritage of Agra,” mentioned senior photographer Vishal of the Good Studio.
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