Hyderabad: It has stood the test of time. Still, a historic educational institution from the old city, known for its quality teaching, is now facing an existential crisis.
The Mufeed-ul- Anam Boys High School at Etebar Chowk was one of the few institutions that have been around since the Nizam’s era, and has to its credit producing several outstanding citizens. Ironically, to step inside the school these days, one has to pass through a mound of garbage lying in front of the school and through the filth near the electricity transformer near the gate.
“It is painful to see the pathetic conditions around one of the most elite institutions of yesteryears. Imagine the scenario wherein students have to wade through garbage and begin their day at school,” laments Masood Hassan, a 1982 batch student of the school.
The institution admitted students without discrimination of caste or creed. “As a result we studied with children of different religions, learnt their mother tongue and culture as well. I remember walking down to the school every morning along with my friends from around our house at Zohra Bee ki Darga at Rein Bazaar,” recalls Anil Jaiswal, an alumnus of the institution, who is now into business.
The alumni mention that the school fee was comparatively less and the teachers were well qualified and dedicated. “Because of the hard work of the teachers, many students managed to study well and are now settled in other countries,” adds Jaiswal.
Rakesh Kumar Sehgal, a 1982 batch student, says the school is a government aided institution but is facing a fund crunch. “I heard there is shortage of funds, especially after the pandemic began. The government should step in to protect and revive the school,” he says. The school alumni want civic authorities to immediately take steps to maintain cleanliness around the premises of the school, which was established in 1880.
“There was huge demand for admissions, and entrance tests were held for three days to identify and select students,” recalls Rama Devi, Headmistress of the school. The school, which had several important personalities passing out of its portals, has classes being organised in four mediums of instruction – Hindi, Telugu, Urdu and English. The institution also asked its alumni for help in reviving the lost glory of the institution.
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