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JP alma mater’s first alumni meet soon

Patna Collegiate School — the city’s oldest school, which has produced alumni like Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan — will organise its first alumni meet 179 years after the institution came into existence.

The Britons set up the school in Dariyapur locality in 1835 to promote education in Bihar. The co-ed school admits students from Class IX to XII.

Among other famous alumni here are Satish Kumar Jha, actor Shatrughan Sinha, Union law and justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, retired Supreme Court judge Justice Aftab Alam, retired Patna High Court judge Justice Sudhir Kumar Kataria, Bhojpuri actor Kunal and mathematician Lalji Prasad.

While JP rose to become one of the tallest political leaders, Satish Kumar Jha participated in the Quit India Movement of August 1942 and was gunned down, along with six other students from different schools, by the British army.

Ashok Kumar Anand, an alumni and now teacher at the school, said: “The school’s alumni association has decided to celebrate old boys’ alumni meet on August 10 and we expect many alumni to participate.”

Brijendra Kumar Sinha, treasurer of Old Boys Alumni association and an alumni of the 1963 batch, said: “All education institutions, big or small, organise alumni meet and it is high time Patna Collegiate School organised one.” The school never organised an alumni meet because of lack of initiative by the alumni but they have decided to rectify it now.

Old Boys Alumni Association president A. K. Lal, a famous orthopaedic, said such meets would help restore the school’s glory. The meet would be held at the school premises. A huge tent would be erected and accommodation would be provided to old alumni coming from outside Patna, the state or country.

Ajit Kumar Akela, another alumni and schoolteacher, said: “Invitation letters would be sent to all living alumni.” Various cultural programmes are planned. Oldest alumni would be felicitated. Alumni who are finically strong have decided to provide monetary assistance to develop the school.