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Netarhat class of ’62 to relive old times

Fifty years have passed since Anirudh Prasad Srivastava last walked out of the gates of Netarhat Residential School.

On October 27, the former Jharkhand Public Services Commission secretary will come back “home”, picking up threads of memory and remembering the good ol’ times, as the 1962 batch of the cradle gets ready for a reunion.

The school, which has been traditionally known to produce talents that shine in government jobs, has lined up a number of events to welcome back its old birds, who, in turn, will felicitate some of their mentors.

Convener Srivastava said they had received confirmations from students in the country and abroad. “We were a batch of 60 students and around 40 have confirmed their participation. All are excited to catch up with each other,” Srivastava said.

The organising committee is co-ordinating with Latehar deputy commissioner’s office to provide accommodations to the former students.

The Palamau Dak Bungalow has been booked along with a number of hotels in the area.

He added that one of his classmates, Vishnudev Pandey, who had settled in the US had made elaborate plans to come to the reunion with his family.

An engineer by profession, Pandey wants to hop on a bus and return to school — something that he has been itching to do for a number of years now.

“His two daughters are doctors. Yet they have decided to accompany their Pa on that bus journey back to his cradle,” Srivastava said.

The organising committee is co-ordinating with the Latehar deputy commissioner’s office to provide accommodations to the old students making their way to Netarhat. The Palamau Dak Bungalow has been booked as have been a number of hotels in the area to host the guests.

Srivastava said, former chief vigilance commissioner Pratyush Sinha and hordes of other retired IAS and state service officers, doctors, lawyers and senior teachers are among those who had confirmed their participation.

“A seminar will also be organised at the occasion to chart the development of the school since we left it. The old boys will also ponder ways in which they can chip in financially and help improve the facilities and infrastructure of the school,” he said

Srivastava also reminisced about his days spent in the cradle.

“The school is one of the best educational institutions then. It was established in 1954. It functioned on the gurukul concept and teachers were addressed as shriman ji, while their spouses would be called mata ji,” he said.

He added that the students were made to clean their own utensils and took turns in cleaning out the toilets as well.

“There were cleaners, sweepers and other Grade IV employees (known as sevak ji). But we were encouraged to chip in and work,” Srivastava signed off.


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