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A batch of ex-students from the Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya (NMV) paid back the debt owed to their alma mater for the knowledge they gained while in school. 50 years after they passed from NMV, the former students came together once again to show their love towards their old school. They decided to bring in computer technology in order to modernise the school library.
Around 100 students who completed their matriculation exam in 1962, celebrated the golden jubilee year commemorating the 50 years since they passed out of school. The ex-students decided to computerise the NMV library that incidently happens to be the largest school library in the city with over 50,000 books. However, it was 25 years ago that the foundation for this gesture was laid. Some 225 members first converged after their SSC exam to celebrate the silver jubillee of their matriculation and school leaving. After that event, there was a lull but after two more years, some members again came up with the idea to give a permanent form to this association. Aniruddha Kothurkar, president of Numaviya 62, (as the batch of 1962 call themselves) said, After we formed an organisation, we used to conduct various events. We have 225 members, out of which 125 are active. One of the groups is in the USA and one is in Mumbai. The organisation has an annual gathering and also brings out a tri-monthly magazine for the members only. The members have also formed Katta (forums) as an ancillary activity of the organisation. A nostalgic Kothurkar explained how the students, who are in their sixties now, have formed a network with the school as its centre. In addition to these activities, one of the members, Ravindra Bam, came up with the idea of computerising the school’s library. The decision was made so the burden on the back office staff in the school is reduced. Other members as well as the ex-students family members’ chipped in. They took care of the hardware and software requirements for this project themselves at no cost to the school and the project took off. Mayor Mohansingh Rajpal on Sunday inaugurated the project that is already halfway complete. Anant Mate, vice president of Shikshan Prasarak Mandali, the organisation that runs the school and Jayant Shaligram,chairman of the school education committee of the organisation were present on the occasion. We have already completed the computerisation of around 25,000 books. About Rs 1.75 lakh were collected by the students. The main aim of the project is to inculcate reading habits in the younger generation, Anand Navathe, treasurer of Numaviya 62.Ranjit Gaikwad, vice headmaster of the school, expressed his gratitude for the gift from the former students and said, Our school and the future generation will be highly obliged by this project.
Courtesy: Times of India
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