Students, parents, alumni and faculty join at golden jubilee celebrations
CHENNAI: The Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan group of schools launched its year-long golden jubilee celebrations on Thursday, with students, parents, alumni, faculty and well-known admirers gathering to pay tribute to the premier institution and its founder-director Mrs. Y.G. Parthasarathy.
Starting with just 13 students in a thatched roof shed on her own terrace in 1958, Mrs. Parthasarathy has nurtured the institution to its current position as one of the city’s best schools with 8,000 students and 500 staff members at three branches in Nungambakkam, T. Nagar and K.K. Nagar.
Central Board of Secondary Education chairman Ashok Ganguly said Mrs. Parthasarathy’s influence went beyond the PSBB schools; she contributed to the growth and development of the CBSE system itself, besides shaping Indian educational trends. He asked the PSBB to vow to lead the growth toward excellence of all schools. “It is not enough to develop as an island of excellence…you need to make linkages so we can establish excellence in every school in India,” he said.
The PSBB has already made some such linkages.
As part of its jubilee celebrations, the school will expand its outreach programme. It will donate uniforms and construct two classrooms for the Sundara Cholavaram School, a middle school run by the panchayat union on the outskirts of the city. PSBB teachers have also volunteered to help improve the quality of education in corporation schools.
Governor Surjit Singh Barnala lauded the school’s achievements in innovative learning, culture and art activities and value-based education.
He released a special postal cover, introduced by Postmaster-General, western region, K.V. Sundar Rajan.
Saying that he could “hardly go anywhere in Chennai without meeting someone who studied in the PSBB or has a child there,” U.S. Consul-General David T. Hopper praised the school’s global mindset.
Both Indian and American faculty members had learnt from the school’s international exchange programmes, he added.
N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, appreciated the PSBB’s attempts to broaden the outlook of its students with discussions on issues of global significance.
Mr. Ram commended the school’s efforts to “broaden the base of the educational pyramid” and its equal commitment to quality and excellence, on the one hand, and providing access, on the other.