Gandhi's School Shuts Down After 164 Yrs

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    • Publish Date: May 5 2017 11:05AM
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    • Updated Date: May 5 2017 6:01PM
Gandhi's School Shuts Down After 164 Yrs

The Alfred High School in Rajkot- the 164-year-old institution where Mahatma Gandhi studied - has been shut down by the authorities to make way for a museum.


The proposal to convert this state-run Gujarati medium school, also known as Mohandas Gandhi High School, into a museum was accepted by the Gujarat government last year. Mahatma Gandhi passed out from the school in 1887 at the age of 18. Going ahead with the decision, school authorities have started issuing school leaving certificates to all 125-odd students, said officials.


"We have started issuing leaving certificates to the students, who can now secure admission in any school of their preference for the next academic year" said the District Education Officer Reva Patel.


Convert it into a museum 
Last year, the Rajkot Municipal Corporation(RMC) had sent a proposal to the state government to shut down the school and convert it into a museum. Upon receiving the proposal, the Gujarat government had recently asked the Education department to start the process of handing over the school building to the RMC, said Rajkot Municipal Commissioner B N Pani. "We have hired a consultant to carry out the work of converting this building into a museum at a cost of Rs 10 crore. This museum would showcase life and times of Gandhiji, Sardar Patel and many other prominent personalities," said Pani.


A British school
The school, earlier known as Rajkot High School, was founded on October 17, 1853 during the then British rule. It was the first English medium school in Saurashtra region at that time. The present building of the Alfred High School was built by the Nawab of Junagadh in 1875 and was named after Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh. After India's independence in 1947, the school was renamed the Mohandas Gandhi High School. Though Gandhiji's name was attached to this institution, the school had a poor record in imparting education. Few years back, none of its 60-odd SSC students were able to clear the Class X board exam.
 
 
 


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Shubham Bansal AMITY SCHOOL (GURGAON SEC_46)

it is a good proposal

Himanshi Dhawan Saffron Public School

Well, I don''t feel that this is a rectitude of judgement as the school is functioning quite well. Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest followers of Mahatma Gandhi had once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." So, its better to leave the place functioning as a school rather than converting it into a historical place.

ASHWIN VINOD KUMAR LALAJI MEM OMEGA INTL S- A B C

school is a place to impart Education.There are lot more museums like this all around India.I feel this building is a sacred place for students to get education.so it should not be converted to a Museum.

Pallavi singh PRESENTATION CONVENT(RED FORT)

It is not a sagacious decision as there are many Mahatma Gandhi can be kept alive only by inculcating his principles in students which can only be achieved when his own school itself imparts this and inspires Students.As far as museum is concerned we already have many such museums which can act as his souvenir.

Pallavi singh PRESENTATION CONVENT(RED FORT)

This is not a sagacious decision as Mahatma Gandhi can be kept alive only by inculcating his ideas and principles in the students which can only be achieved when his own school commences it and inspire students.As far as museum is concerned there are many museums of Mahatma Gandhi which are stagnant over the years.

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