The President of India is in town (Bangalore), and he is here specifically for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Rashtriya Military School located in our neighbourhood Hosur Road-Langford Town.
The school was established in 1946, as King George Royal Indian Military College, for the education of sons of defence personnel of South India. Post-independence, in 1952, the school was re-organised. The name was shortened to King George’s School and opened out to sons of commissioned officers and civilians. In 1966, the name was changed to Bangalore Military School and since 2007, it is called Rashtriya Military School. For the students, it must be lovely to be living in such sprawling premises in the heart of Bangalore, and receiving exemplary all-round education.
A little while ago, my son and I were walking in the school vicinity and were hoping to catch a glimpse of President Kovind.
We were allowed to walk but at a point I guess the police were told that the President was arriving, so we were shooed inside the gates of the Home for the Aged, that is located a few metres from the school gate, on the opposite side of the road. There were a few of us, including inmates of the home, all waiting behind the gates to get a glimpse. And then the police vehicles started whizzing by. Motorbikes, cars and ambulances. We did get to see the cavalcade and the two black cars, one of which is supposed to have had the President.
While scanning through her treasure trove of school memorabilia, my mother found this King George’s School newsletter of 1962, the year she herself finished school at Sacred Hearts. Mom says she and her school mates used to go to King George’s for different competitions and she got hold of this newsletter during one such time. The Editor is Mr. Mitchell, who was later on the staff of Baldwin Boys’ School across the road.
As in most schools, students are put into “houses”. The school started with 3 houses – Coot, Give and Cornwallis. These were changed to Rajaji, Nehru and Mountbatten, as seen in this newsletter. Later, Mountbatten was changed to Tagore, and a new house Shastri was created.
It is interesting to see a column on computers, where computers were basically perceived to be calculators. As mentioned, way back in the 1960s, the Russians had already gone ahead with computers that had translator capability. Computers that can tell the future? To an extent yes – like forecasting weather and making predictions based on statistical data. While we are still some way from getting there, I doubt anyone would have imagined the role that computers play in our lives today.
As the school completes 70 years since its re-organisation in 1952 [that’s how it is the Platinum Jubilee], it celebrates the induction of girls from the current academic year. I recall that at inter-school events, the boys would always stand out of a crowd with their military haircuts. It will be a bit different now.
Best wishes to the school, staff and students for the years ahead.