A Brief History of D.M.School, Bhubaneswar

Author – Sri Gopinath Dash (Former Teacher, D.M.School, Bhubaneswar)

After the dawn of independence the system of education which we inherited had hardly any relevance to the needs of the life situation, then prevailing in our country. The educational system continued to drift away from the realities of life.

The colonial government had to run a ‘Police State’ and they achieved this objective by producing stiff -necked sahibs (lower level officials) and armies of clerks (babus) to run their government.

Luckily, the country has designed and accepted a replacement for this outmoded system and usher in a ‘welfare state’ where justice-social, economic and political – would be provided to every son of the soil. Such high and lofty ideals pre-suppose a very much pre-calculated and ideal type of educational system.

To transform ‘Police State’ into ‘Welfare State’ with democratic traditions several Education Commissions were constituted.

Right from Wood’s Despatch (1854) report the British government established M.E. (Middle English) and H.E. (High English) schools with stress on English Education. It is a blessing in disguise. It united the people of all the regions during struggle for Indian independence. Gradually, the H.E. schools were converted as High schools.

The Secondary Education Commission chaired by Dr. A.L. Mudaliar (1952) recommended change in curriculum and conversion of the existing High Schools into the Multi Purpose Higher Secondary Schools. The Central Advisory Board of Education accepted the recommendations in 1954.

Every scheme of education is essentially a practical philosophy and it is co-related to life. A system of education aimed at transformation of a heterogeneous section of mankind into a homogeneous nation.

The new curriculum does not mean only the academic subjects traditionally taught in schools, but it includes totality of  experiences that a pupil receives in the classroom, library, laboratory, workshop and play ground.

The Demonstration Multipurpose Higher Secondary School (popularly known as D.M.School) was established in mid-1964 as a laboratory school of Regional College of Education (at present Regional Institute of Education). R.C.E., Bhubaneswar took birth on 5th August 1963 (The 54th Foundation Day of the Institute was celebrated this year at the College Auditorium). There are three more laboratory schools in our country; i.e. at Ajmer (northern region), Mysuru (southern region) and Bhopal (western region). Besides four R.I.E.s and it’s attached D.M.Schools a fifth R.I.E was added to it’s strength at Shillong (North-East region). All these R.I.E.s are constituent units of NCERT, a wing of H.R.D. Ministry, Government of India. NCERT with its head quarters at Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi was established on 1st September 1961 (the 57th Foundation Day of NCERT – celebrated in September this year.

The D.M. School, Bhubaneswar was originally conceived and setup as a pace setting, catalytic centre of catering education for the integrated development of the child’s personality. It will demonstrate in concrete terms the concept of the multi purpose school and it’s implementation. This premier school had at that time a class apart, only one of its kind in the entire eastern region of India. It was first English medium public school in Bhubaneswar. There were only two other private English medium schools run by Christian missionaries.

Both R.I.E and its attached D.M.Schools were established at the capital city of Odisha by the initiative and determined efforts of the then Chief Minister of Odisha, Mr. Biju Pattnaik who is the father of the present Chief Minister, Odisha.

Various changes taking place in education system from time to time. The D.M.School, Bhubaneswar is pioneer in adopting and modifying their work and activities in line with the changes in the National policy of Education. The teachers of the school made positive contributions in molding the school.

The D.M.School, Bhubaneswar is affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E). It is a co-educational school. It is engaged in identification, analysis, research and development in major problem areas of school education and mostly serving as a major centre of training and curriculum development.

In the academic session 1964-65 it had VI, VII, VIII and IXth classes. In VI, VII and VIIIth standards there were both Odia and English medium sections. But in Class IX there was only English medium. From the very beginning one Odia medium section was introduced to help talented students from local Odia medium schools to get admission in D.M.School. The school serves the neighboring community by providing ample schooling facilities to their children.

In its humble beginning the school has to content it self with a modest strength of staff and students. As per the provisions in Demonstration Multipurpose Higher Secondary School – Plan and courses of study, the members of school staff will be considered part of the total college faculty and the vice versa. Prof. R.C.Das, Prof. Bikram Das and Prof. Gouri Rani Ghosh were taking classes in D.M.School, Bhubaneswar teaching Physics, English and Botany classes respectively.

The D.M.S. Plan and Courses of study provides that – The School will be administered by Headmaster under authority of Principal, R.I.E.

There will be 10 periods of work daily from Monday to Friday. The duration of a period was 40 minutes. Hence, the school started  at 8.45 AM and closed at 4.20 PM with half an hour lunch period at 12.30 PM. Saturday was half day.

The school year will be 37 weeks duration. The school year will agree with college year.

From classes VI to VIII the school imparted to its students general education which comprises three Languages, Mathematics, Social Studies, General Science, Health and Physical Education (H.P.E.R) and Crafts.

In class VIII (delta class) each student has to go through an exploratory course lasting for 12 weeks to identify his latent faculty. In class IX onwards, apart from the core subjects, a student has to offer one of the streams (humanities, science or commerce) in which he is considered to do his best.

Co-curricular activities formed an integral part of education and regular periods are provided in the time table. The program comprised of Physical education, science clubs, mathematics club, social study club, film club, N.C.C., Debate and other literary activities, Music and Fine Arts.

Students get three to five periods for independent study and engage themselves in reading silently and enriching their knowledge. A teacher always accompanied them to the library to maintain silence and help students getting reference Books.

The D.M.School library has a good collection of books. It has a collection of about 30,000 books. The school library holds a large number of reference books, journals, dailies (both Odia and English) and about 20 periodicals. Every class has a library period once a week. The librarians issue books to students for a specific period of time. There are five laboratories in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science and Geography. These are the best science laboratories in the capital city well furnished by U.S.A.

There are separate workshops for S.U.P.W. classes in Commerce, Agriculture, Home Science and Fine Arts. Workshops of welding, machine, wood crafts and electronics are designed and well furnished by various educational aids from U.S.A. Dr. Boucher was the American consultant at that time advising the college administration on academic activities.

There were separate rooms for music, N.C.C., sports, counselling and guidance. A spacious room was set apart for staff common room.

The 309 Army wing N.C.C. Troop was established on 1st January 1966 with one second officer and hundred cadets. Mr. P.N.Mishra became Chief Officer subsequently after clearing the examinations. A girls Army wing N.C.C. was established later. Miss Sarala Jena became Officer I/C. In 1997-98 a senior division N.C.C. was established for +2 students. Mr. J.K. Choudhury became Officer I/C. Both boys and girls N.C.C. Troops received best contingent shields on Republic day parade.

While entering D.M.School compound one’s eyes are met with the lovely spectacle of lush green lawns and a line of fruit trees with their foliage cooling the classes and a line of Eucalyptus trees bordering the compound walls.

R.I.E has a big campus where all the facilities are available for staff and students of the school. The R.I.E. dispensary has a doctor, a nurse and a pharmacist to check the health and provide treatment whenever necessary. There is a branch post office and R.C.E campus branch of S.B.I. for all sorts of transactions. The college canteen provides tiffin and meals. The D.M.School students used to take mid-day meals paying monthly fees of Rs.15/- only. They were accompanied by a teacher to keep discipline inside the canteen.

Two big buses were provided by R.I.E for smooth conveyance of students, to and fro. The buses were plied in Khandagiri route and Old town route alternatively. There were two trips for each bus. A teacher accompanied the students in each bus. The buses were coloured so nicely that one could recognize the school bus from a distance.

There is a big play ground in the school compound. There is basket ball, Volley ball and Throw ball courts. Students also play country games like Kabadi (boys) and Khokho (girls).

Internship programs of B.Ed students of R.I.E. carried on in D.M.School. The Interns (Student Teachers) come every year. The co-operating teachers of D.M.School supervise the lessons delivered by student teachers and record their comments in lesson plans for their further improvement.

School Exchange Program (S.E.P.) is a UNESCO Project, for improving co-ordination and communication, for undertaking activities for international understanding, co-operation and peace. Teachers and students of D.M.School BBSR visited Norway and in turn the students and teachers of Norway visited our school.

School Sahodaya Complex is a collaboration of C.B.S.E. affiliated schools. D.M.School took an active role in participating in workshops etc. organised by this forum.

D.M.School, Bhubaneswar in 1964 had selected unique uniform for students. It was khaki shorts and white shirts for boys and maroon skirts for girls. No school in Bhubaneswar had such uniform. Gradually a number of schools imitated this uniform. As a result, perhaps, the school administration changed this uniform after half a century.

D.M.School, BBSR is a poor man’s Public School. It charges no fees upto Class VIII. From Classes IX to XII it collects minimal fees which is a meager amount compared to other public schools.

There were following significant changes in the structure of D.M.School described chronologically.

In the academic session 1965-66 Class-V was added to the school. Students were admitted after an entrance test. There were no mention of courses of study for Class-V – in D.M.S – Plan and courses of study. Mr. G.S.Amar, who joined the school on 23.7.1965 requested Dr. G.S.Hati and Mr. G.N.Dash to collect syllabus of local St.Joseph convent and Stewart school to frame a course of study for Class-V. It was duly complied.

The guidance cell was to be manned by a qualified Guidance Counselor. Since there were no counselor at that time the Headmaster requested Mr. G.N.Dash to help maintaining the cumulative records. Mr. Dash, in turn, requested the class teachers to let the cumulative records be filled up by the parents of the existing students and parents of new students be advised to do the same during admission of their wards. All the cumulative records were preserved till Miss Usha Jain joined as the counselor of D.M.School. Miss Jain was succeeded by Miss Tapati Dutta, Prof. K.B.Rath and Dr. M.C.Samal who is counselor at present.

The second major change was introduced in the session 1970-71. The school switched over to All India Higher Secondary Examination in Class IX. It was modeled along the pattern of Central Schools (K.V.S.)

The advantage of the new system was period of work changed from 10 to 8 periods. The duration of afternoon periods became 35 minutes. The designation of Gr.I and Gr.II teachers changed to P.G.T and T.G.T. respectively. The disadvantage was vacations and holidays were curtailed.

Hither to the students appeared in D.M.Higher Secondary School Examination. In 1972-73 D.M.School students had appeared at the All India Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination. In 1973-74 Craft education as a segment of liberal education was provided. Work experience was introduced for the first time for the students of Classes V to VIII. Work Experience viewed as purposive and meaningful manual work organised as an integrated part of learning process and resulting in either goods or services useful to the community was considered an essential component in all stages of education.

The craft teachers (instructors) were re-designated as Work Experience Craft Teachers (W.E.C.T). The students produced utility goods such as heater, table lamps, battery eliminators, water buckets, mugs, school boxes, hangers, racks, pointers for teachers, batic prints etc. These goods produced by the students as a part of their practical activities were sold to members of staff of the school and college or preserved for displaying in exhibitions organised by the school.

  1. The Education Commission chaired by Dr. D.S.Kothari was constituted in 1966. It recommended 10+2+3 pattern of Education. The government accepted the report in 1968. The National Policy of Education (N.P.E.) was adopted for the first time since independence.

Work experience introduced for first 10 years of schooling was divided into 3 stages.

  1. Primary – from classes I to V
  2. Middle – from Classes VI to VIII
  • Secondary – Classes IX and X.

Vocational courses introduced in higher secondary stage. Each stage of education has two major aspects. (a) Terminal – for those who want to enter into the field of work and (b) continued – for those who want to go for higher studies in under graduate colleges or professional courses.

Three language formula will be adhered to. There will be no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. Evaluation would be on the grade and credit basis.

Subject wise achievement will be graded in a 7 point scale.

Plus two (+2) stage offers mainly two streams – academic and vocational. +2 stage provides facilities for college preparatory class or terminal class as the case may be.

Hence, the third major change took place in 1975-76. +2 pattern in the school was introduced since July 1975. First batch of students in Class IX appeared in AISSE held in March-April 1977. Last batch of Class XI of the old pattern had also appeared in All India Higher Secondary Education along with Class X students. In 1977-78 the school admitted 60 students in class XI, the first year of +2 pattern. They appeared AISSCE in 1979.

The fourth major change took place in 1976-77. R.C.E Campus Primary School started functioning as an English medium school in 1967. With due permission of NCERT the primary school was merged with D.M.School in 1976-77. A new building for primary section close to main school building was constructed and the primary section was shifted to their own building.

Plus two vocational stream was started since 1984. There were two subjects to be taught in vocational stream. They were:

  1. Structure of Fabrication Technology and
  2. Basic Electronic Technology

2 years National Diploma Course in commerce similar to vocational course was also introduced. There were 18 candidates. Among them one being placed in the 1st division.

1988.  For the first time Mrs S.Das was appointed as Assistant Headmistress in 1988. She was followed by Mrs. Aruna Chakravorty.

2005.  As per recommendation of Nehru Curriculum Frame work (2005) Peace Education was introduced in the school.

2009.  The year 2009-10 will be viewed as a year of revolution in the field of education in general and in the field of school education in particular; as continuous and comprehensive Education (C.C.E) scheme was introduced in C.B.S.E. Schools. C.C.E is a panacea in true sense which helps in de-stressing the students, to make the process of learning enjoyable and recognize the inherent potentials of the students.

All the stakeholders need to align themselves accordingly and make C.C.E happen in the right spirit rather than treating it merely as an alternate to Term end Evaluation system.

To narrate a full picture of D.M.School, BBSR I have to mention some important features of the school.

There is huge rush and heavy demand for admission in D.M.School, BBSR. Its glamour will remain forever. Admission in pre-primary (K.G.) and Class I is done by random selection (lottery). 20 students are selected for pre-primary and 50 students were selected for Class-I. Besides this, 35 students were selected for ClassVI as part of its Odia section on the basis of written test following reservation provisions.

In 1965 entrance examination was held for Class V. Students who were promoted from Class V of Odia medium schools were selected to repeat Class V in D.M.School. Parents did not mind loss of one year of their wards.

Class X pass out D.M.School students were given priority for admission in Class XI on the basis of merit.

In 1967-68 the school had 527 students on its roll out of which 432 were boys and 95 were girls. In 1993-94 there were 1395 students (maximum students up to now) including 465 girls. It is because a new section of science was added in Class XI. In 2017 there are 930 students including 387 girls.

The D.M.School faculty is selected on an All India basis. They are highly qualified and experienced. In 1967-68 there were 49 teachers. In 2000-2001 there were 77 teachers including 24 ladies (maximum number of teaching staff up to now).

In early years the teacher-student ratio was 1:10 and later it was 1:15.

From 1964 D.M.School, BBSR conducted three examinations every year. They are 1st Terminal, 2nd Terminal and Annual Examinations. The Class teacher maintains Internal assessment register and issue progress report to students regularly.

Besides there were monthly tests. In other schools they conducted only two examinations.

The D.M.School conducted Part I, (Class IX) Part II (Class X) and Part III (Class XI) Board Examinations. The class XI pass out D.M.School students were equal to Pre-University pass out in undergraduate colleges. D.M.Higher Secondary Examination of CBSE was conducted solely for D.M.Schools. after it switched over to K.V.S. pattern it conducted All India Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination under the Board’s supervision. After 10+2 pattern the CBSE conducts two separate examination; after the end of Class X AISSE and at the end of Class XII AISSCE.

The school magazine “Udayashree” was first published in 1967-68. A school Bulletin “Jijnasa” was published during 1996-2000 under the guidance of the then Headmaster Mr. R.C.Mohapatra. In 1971-72 some class magazines were appeared like “Abhyudaya” for Class XI, “Manjusha” for          Class X A and “Sarita”  for Class X B on behalf of “Sahitya Sansad”. Mr. K.M.satpathy was adviser of “Sahitya Sansad”. A handwritten magazine of the “Peace Club” was released during the present Head master Mr. Akhileswar Mishra.

­­­In 1964-65 on working days the school started with Morning Assembly. The staff and students would stand in a line in the school corridor, right in front of the library to the foyer in front of the school. The students will sing “sarbeshan janani ………….” written in sanskrit by the famous Odia Poet Radhanath Roy. Afterwards the morning Assembly was held in the quadrangular open space inside the school. A cement platform was erected, where Headmaster and staff would stand and the teachers in rotation would speak the “thought of the day” and a student would read ‘the news of the day’. The students would stand classwise and sing national anthem.

As provided in D.M.School Plan and courses of study all members of the teaching staff shall be members of staff council. The Headmaster shall be the Chairman, Ex-officio; of the Council. The Secretary of the Council shall be elected by staff members. All meetings of the council shall be called by the Secretary in conference with the Headmaster. The Council shall limit its activities to matters concerned with academic policy and issues. It will serve (a) as a means of communication between the staff and the school administration and (b) for reviewing and advising on such policy matters as may be referred to it from time to time.

Mr. S.L.Mohan Rao, Mr. G.N.Dash and Dr. N Bharati were elected as Secretary, Staff Council in several terms till 2000 A.D.

D.M.School Teachers’ Association was formed in 1970. It had 52 members at that time. It ventilated the grievances of its members to higher authorities and was determined to bring all round development of the school. Dr. R.N.Dixit, Mr. N.Mishra, Mr. R.C.Mohapatra, Mr.G.N.Dash, Mr. K.C.Mohapatra, Dr. L.K.Bhopa, Mr. R.C.Binakar and Mr. S.G.Rao were elected as President and Secretary of the Association several times till 2000 A.D.

D.M.School, Bhubaneswar is not a Residential School. But there was a hostel for D.M.School students in a state government flat hired by R.I.E for few years. Mr. J. Panigrahi was the warden of that hostel.

I would like to mention the names of some Headmasters I/C when permanent Headmaster was not there. From college faculty Dr. G.B.Kanungo, Dr.P.S.Rao, Dr.J.N.Bajpai, Mr.P.K.Mohanty and Dr. R.N.Dixit acted as Headmaster I/C for sometime. Assistant Headmistress Mrs. S.Das, Mrs. A.Chakravorty and Miss Sarala Jena became Headmistress I/C. Mr. S.N.Sharma was the Headmaster before the present Headmaster joined the post.

Dr. R.N.Pani; who joined the school as Headmaster on 17.8.1967 had introduced the House system. The Houses were : (1) The House of Power, (2) The House of Peace, (3) The House of Progress, (4) The House of Prosperity and (5) The House of Perfection. There were intramural competitions between the Houses.

During his period exhibitions were organised in the departments of English, Guidance, Social Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Commerce, H.P.E.R, N.C.C, Home Science and Library.

There were  “Humanities Circle” and “Commerce Circle” at that time.

During present Headmaster the school conducted exhibitions of various clubs as a part of C.C.E. in February 2010 where 12 clubs, namely (1) Peace Club, (2) Disaster management club, (3) First aid club, (4) Hygiene club, (5) Eco club, (6) Mathematics club, (7) Chemistry club, (8) Physics club, (9) Biology club, (10) Carpentry club, (11) Ampi theatre club and (12) Music club participated.

NCERT felt that for greater co-ordination between four D.M.Schools some kind of forum should be there. This feeling took a concrete shape in the early 80’s when the NCERT conceived the idea of INDEM to be held in rotation in these schools. The 1st meet of INDEM was held in 1982 in D.M.S. Mysuru. The 2nd meet was held in 1985 in D.M.S. Bhubaneswar.

Besides practical activities in Technology Dept, the other dept. like Agriculture and commerce carried on certain activities.

Agriculture dept. under work experience facilitated for field work in vegetable & flower culture. They collected seeds and preserved it in bottles. In commerce department Typewriting was introduced as work experience.

The NCERT in pursuance of its objective of revitalizing secondary education permits and affords plenty of opportunities for its staff for professional growth and for widening its mental horizon.

Members of staff attended summer institutes, workshops, seminars, orientation program of various kinds. They had also attended workshops for revision of NCERT text books.

Every year our students receive National Talent Search (N.T.S) scholarships. They receive awards for National Science Talent search, National Maths Olympiad, Science Olympiad, Regional mathematical Olympiad, National cyber Olympiad etc.

There is no scope for describing students activities and their scholarships, prizes etc., or that of  in-service training and awards received by Headmaster and all members of staff in this write up. A separate article on these two aspects can be written in future.

But I have to write a few words about D.M.S Alumni. D.M.School, Bhubaneswar had glorious and historic achievements producing students of rich calibre. Many successful students spread on all across the world are excelling in their respective fields. They are placed in various high capacities in life. Most of the D.M.School students are working in reputed positions such as I.A.S, I.P.S., I.R.S., Architects, Scientists, Doctors, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Officers in Army, Navy and Air Wings, Journalists, Industrialists, Social Activists, Versatile Artists, Cricketers and Business tycoons.

Though the school was only seven years old in 1971 the Ex-students Association of the school had come into being in the name of “D.M.S.Alumni”. Dr. R.N.Pani was Headmaster at that time. It came into effect on the very day Prof. P.D.Sharma assumed the office as Principal, R.C.E.

It is a matter of happiness to note that this body had taken interest in conducting a test in General Knowledge for the students of the school and contributed a rolling cup which is being awarded in the Annual Function of 1970-71. They have contributed a rolling shield in memory of late Mr. S.A.Hanan, H.P.E.R. teacher. D.M.S. Alumni had organised cricket match and foot ball match when Mrs. S.Y.Vidyarthi was HeadMistress. They are in touch with their alma mater since long. They provided aquaguard water for students and staff.

For last 5 years, before the celebration of golden jubilee the activities of  D.M.S. Alumni gathered momentum and a series of activities marked the active interest taken by Ex-students. The Silver Jubilee was celebrated by Headmistress and staff in 1989, but golden jubilee was organised solely by D.M.S. Alumni in 2014.

They arranged blood donation camp, health camps, sharbat distribution camp, plantation and children park for primary students. They intend to create ‘corpus’ of Rs 10 lakhs for needy students on behalf of D.M.S.Alumni. Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan Union Minister, laid the foundation stone to construct an auditorium for the school.

D.M.School, Bhubaneswar is well administered by successive Headmasters right from Mr. G.S.Amar to Akhileswar Mishra. The Principals of R.I.E. right from Dr. J.N.Kaul to Prof. P.C. Agarwal extended their ungrudging help and guidance in every sphere of activities of the school.

I wish D.M.School, Bhubaneswar along with D.M.S.Alumni to grow from strength to strength.

25 Years – Back to School

Journey back to school

Yes it has been a long time since we said goodbye to our school, precisely 25 years and 5 months…..we spent 10 to 12 years of togetherness, cared for each other, fought over silly reasons….made groups, the studious ones and the naughty ones. Days passed by and we grew into adults , studied hard further to find some occupation that could give us not only an identity but feed our stomach…. And then we grew to shoulder the responsibility of a family…..and it didn’t stop there. From two we moved to three, four and so on….. And when we see our kids today we still think nothing can be a better life than that of school days…no targets, no KPI’s, no bossism, no stress, no high lipids and no sugar or high blood pressure levels….. Time has rewound itself again. We would be uniting again with our kids in the same premises where once upon a time we entered as kids. Looking forward to knit together our bygone memories and unwind said and unsaid stories, thoughts and mischief we had 25 years back….. chalo phir school chalein…….


Dadu & Vikram’s banter…

Dadu (Sudeep’s) banters with Vikram, outdoing each other in praising the other were bloody hilarious. If I were to produce a talk show, I would feature these two guys. Here’s a sample-

Dadu: Vikram tu ta Maggie quiz re participate kariki masoor school re and blah blah …

Vikram: Haan moon ta Masoor au tu Harada. Sabu audience prize ta tu jitilu…

As a newbee, I was wondering, are they friends fighting or praising each other?!!



Sanskrit dramas in school…

Sanskrit play

In photo, from DMS92: Archana, Vikram, Sitikantha and Bibhudutta

Gyana: Sanskrit dramas were absolutely hilarious. During the Sanskrit dialogues, people start taking breaks. Because of the mythological background for Sanskrit dramas they had a huge cast. Sometimes the cast was bigger than the audience watching the drama.

Vikram: Archana and I once did a Sanskrit drama – yes Sanskrit where I don’t think we understood even one word – we memorized every word of every dialogue and regurgitated it on the stage.

Archana: Sabu ghosi deyithili😄 I hope you remember another incident about this drama. You can see all the ornaments I am wearing. I was playing the role of Queen. In one scene my dialogue was like.. “no no nothing in my hand”. Means my act was to hide the ornaments in back what I was holding. I was not supposed to show the ornaments but the synchronization was wrong. I brought my hands in front n saying that “there is nothing in my hand “Sab ratta mara Hua tha dialogue. Kichi bujhu thile sina😂
Audience was laughing like anything. I realised that I did something wrong.After I finished my role I went inside sir scolded n I started crying. Then Sir said ok ok. No worries. It happens. Don’t cry 😄 My sister was also teasing me until we reached home.

Vikram: 😂 I vaguely remember this incident- I think we all who played a part were actually the “bakras” because no one volunteered to participate. So we were appointed by the teachers

On Vidyarthi Madam…

We used to call her the ‘White Ghost’ or ‘White Elephant’…and although rare, she had a devastating array of slaps when angry. Entire classes along the corridor would turn silent when she chose to lumber along once in a while, surveying her territory.

I also remember, we would bunk class and play cricket at the small ground behind the school which was right  in the way for her when she would walk to school from her home. We could spot her from a mile away given trademark outfit of all white sari. The moment we saw her figure from a distance, we would run and hide until she passed and resume again after it was all clear.

The farthest fielder would have the additional responsibility to keep an eye on the road. The moment the farthest fielder runs or panics there would be a cascading effect and each fielder will start hiding until the White Elephant passes the road. After she crossed, we would resume.

Pratyush, Vikram, Gyana

My memories about the Vanar Sena

Myself Chandu Sandeep R S Kishore Gopal and Samir Raizada (Subho Ghosh joined in later) were having fun playing TT cricket in the corner room. That was one of our favourite pass times when Sanskrit sir used to come late or when he used to miss the class. Well that day P N Mishra sir was teaching class 10 students and we were as usual merrily playing. He came in once and very mildly told us to maintain silence. Well we were Vanar Sena as you know 😄😄

Post that, the Vanar sena got his ire and the blows came in thick and fast starting from Subho Ghosh and ending with Sandeep 😂😂😂

He came in silently and watched Subho bowling and Sandeep batting and then the thrashing started with a chaini on Subho head and slap. No one was spared. Even ‘poor’ Samir too got caught in the middle…sometimes it is just bad luck 😄😄

– Sambit

Further review and round table discussion on the Vanar Sena…

PP: The funny part of the story for me was imagining the total guiltless expressions of all the Vanar Sena as they played their game of cricket as if doing that inside class was their birth right and then the sudden barrage of blows coming as a ‘surprise’…waking them all up to reality…and of course Samir caught in the middle of it all. Though I always felt (while closely observing Samir) even to this day…he always had a massive mischief maker tendency inside him which got suppressed by his equally strong sense of self restraint

GP: So are you saying he didn’t mind getting punishment because he internally he made mischief anyway!
That is a very good way to negotiate the action (mischief) vs result (punishment)

PP: Yes I think he knew very well he was doing a wrong thing..but just gave in to the urge while others were having fun. Vanar sena members, in contrast…never had the sense of guilt…they all thought everything they did was perfectly normal… Their surprise came whenever they got punished …as being too disproportionate to what they were apparently doing

GP: :)) Yes they were true Krishna Bhakts. All their mischief was pure innocent acts. :)) they just didn’t have any attorney to represent their innocence.

PP: Right

GP: Also, all of them were highly regulated kids at home. They came alive at school. They were used to showing puppy faces (perennially been wronged face) of innocence after getting punished, something they continued to carry from home to school

PP: That’s a good observation…the hormones had to find an outlet. But thinking back…both Samir and I were also highly regulated at home…

GP: As one of my engineering proffs would say, you guys were externally silent, internally violent! Not as bad as it sounds but you know what I mean

PP: 🙂probably right…Or perhaps we found a way to channel it unto benign ways…or altogether kill them by practice

GP: Benign ways like actively laughing and enjoying at these gags?!
Documenting mischief stories in Prabhatitara and smugmug ?!

Bhopa Sir’s complaint about Vikram…

I still remember Bhopa sir’s tone and how he used to speak (in a pleading, distraught voice). In the last term exam before our std X board exam, I got in the mid 90s and I think Rayen and someone else also got higher marks. I had made ONE mistake and he cut 3-4 marks for that. Then he met my father in the Ananda Bazaar market and said, “Apanka Pua Babu silly mistakes karuchi, tikkey dhyana deuni. Full marks paaiba paper rey, mistake karila aau marks harailaa” 😳


Thuru on Shankar Sir’s scooter

I remember this incident…i think it was thuru tapas senapati once sitting on Shankar sir’s scooter

Shankar sir saw it and came to reprimand him…

He asked him “what are you doing here”

Thuru: Sir petrol check karuthili…apananka scooter re petrol naahin

Shankar sir checks and says…”petrol naahin? F dekhauchi meter re!”

Thuru: yes sir, F means finished

Shankar sir: acchha! What does E mean then on the meter

Thuru: Sir, E means enough…

Shankar Sir: This country has no hope. Get off my scooter   mad-smiley


– Sumeet

Sambit ke karname-4

It was one of the terminal exam prep times during school days…
Sambit usually panicked with confidence and would start calling his friends…

’Suhel, terminal exam preparation kemiti chalichi…Moon chari thara revision karideichi…ICSE material bhi dui thara practice karideichi..’.

And there were also few like me, who would leave the 11th, 12th chapter exercises for the last day before exam… Sometimes I do get to them, sometimes I sleep with a prayer and hope there would be no questions from these chapters. I started believing ‘hope sustains life’ from my early years.

Anyway, this incident is not about me, it is about Sambit.

I have been a subject to such phone calls when Sambit would call and mention the number of times he had revised the exercises, and make me feel bad to worse.

So, on this particular day, I decided to call Sambit,

‘Sambit, au kan chalichi…’.

‘Bas… tikey revision karuchi…. fo fo fourth time. April 6th rey exam… Paanch din rahila…tension hei jaichi ma…, Au tamare kemiti chalichi preparation?!’

Then I respond back- ’Arey Sambit… sunina ki? Mandal Commission strike payeen, exam shift hei jaichi by a month. The new exam date is May 6th!!’

Sambit ‘Bb Bb Bobbal hela aau..!… Chala amey Dadu gharey carrom kheliba… Ashis gharaku jiba…College field rey cricket kheliba… tama gharey Test match dekhiba…

… and he goes on for the next 5-7 min on all the things he will do because exam got shifted..’

I didn’t have the heart to break it in to him and interrupted,

‘Sambit APRIL FOOL!’

Sambit says,…

‘Gyana April Fool ta theek achee…
…but Exam shift heigala…B..b.. Bobbal hela!’


Panda Sir’s famous quotes…

Class 9A. Period – Economics

Panda Sir is dictating economics notes and the entire class is noting all that knowledge down in pin-drop silence. In one corner of the classroom, R.S.Kishore has the audacity to draw Sir’s picture in his notebook instead of taking notes. Somehow Panda Sir notices this and walks up to R.S. Kishore, grabs him by his head, pulls him to the centre and asks him to “kneel down”. R.S.Kishore having a higher than average Body Mass Index takes a few extra seconds to adjust and place his entire weight on his knees.

Panda Sir: What were you doing?

RSK: Nothing Sir

Panda Sir: Bapa kana karanti?

RSK: AG office re kama karanti

Panda Sir: Bapa AG office re kama karuchi, pua ku KG KG maunsa khuauchi, Pua asiki economics class re teacher ra drawing karuchi…..Motu….Gabdal Khaasu!!!


Class 6C, Period – Civics or Social Studies

Gyana and Ayaskanta (Guguni) used to sit on the same bench, Ayaskanta had the chubbiest cheeks which Gyana was very fond of. In one of Panda Sir’s class, Gyana squeezes the cheeks of Ayaskanta with both his hands and pulls him closer screaming “Gugguneeee…..Gugguneeee”.

Panda Sir sees this and says “Aha ki prema! Ethi kana Sri Krushna Rasalila chalichi?” I think he then walked up and gave a thani on Gyana’s head in his trademark style. He walked back but then turned around and came to Guguni and gave him a thani on his head as well and said “Sie ta taa prema dekhauthila, tu kahinki to gaala dekhauthilu?”