My Alma Mater
I owe to it all that I'm today
CONCERN BY BASIL MEHRAJ
Unaware of the realities of this world a boy took the first step outside his courtyard. With mama trying to help him through the first standing lines on the notebook and papa making his best effort to teach lines can rest on the square, like grandpa does on the squarish floor. It was my maiden visit to an institution outside my family. I kept asking my parents where we were going, to that their reply was, it is a place where you will have all you wished for at home. Candies, cookies, chocolates, toys and above all a whole lot of friends to play with. As I was wondering which place it could be on earth, with so many promises being fulfilled in one go, I suddenly found myself waiting behind my parents outside the gate of a building. The first bell I heard struck the cords of my heart. This bell marked my first day at my alma mater, Minto Circle. The school which has given me so much that I stand for today. The institution that taught me to strive for the values of truth, of studies, of discipline, of sympathy; the lessons of excellence, and above all of honesty in my conduct. Institutions are judged in terms of their quality. And it is this quality that has earned this educational institution accolades far and wide. Thanks to the great efforts put in by the administrators and teachers, with every year the school has kept moving up the ladder. It has always set higher benchmarks for itself and achieved them successfully. This can be gauged from the fact that many of its pass outs are Civil service officers, doctors ,engineers, management professionals, and have been a cynosure of excellence in their own areas.
Those trained and taught at this temple of intellect, including me, canít overlook all that it has given them. Over the years, it has been an epitome of character building and inculcating the noble values. The school has given the best in the educational arena; a run for their money. Of late this guiding torch of eminence has been in the news for wrong reasons. As alumnus I am pained to see how some people for petty issues can tarnish the reputation of such an institution which illuminated many dark corners. The issues that have come in the forefront have belittled its immense contribution in raising individuals of prominence, who today realize, like me, that every penny of what was spent by our parents was worth it.
No doubt parents are concerned, but every problem has a positive solution. I am a pass out and have no grudges regarding the study pattern, though there can be some reservation regarding extracurricular activities.
Knowing the school closely it gives me a feeling that a mountain has been made out of a mole hill. An issue, a difference and an argument could have been heard at the right forum without blowing it out of proportion. It gives me a terrible feeling that a small matter has put all that on the back burner what this school, over the years, has strived for and achieved satisfactorily to its praise. My humble request to parents as well as administration is not to bring a bad name to a school many like me hold in high esteem. Of course there can be differences of opinion but that doesnít mean you can ignore all the good work and present the school in bad light.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 12 Aug 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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