Hoshiarpur: Students of 130-year-old school protest against its ‘closure’ to make way for AFPI


Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba
| Jalandhar |

Published: February 27, 2020 12:49:56 pm





The Sardar Bahadur Amin Chand Senior Secondary School at Bajwara (Express Photo)
Students and oldsters on Wednesday organised an enormous protest outdoors a 130-year-old government-aided school in Hoshiarpur district, which is being shut down to open an Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (AFPI) for Male.

Sardar Bahadur Amin Chand (SBAC) Senior Secondary School, which runs on 95 per cent authorities help, is positioned in Bajwara. Its college students on Wednesday blocked visitors on Hoshiarpur-Una highway, saying they won’t let the school be closed at any value.

The Indian Express had in September final yr carried a report on the longer term of this 19th century school, attended by college students from poor and decrease center class households, being mired in uncertainty ever since correspondence between varied authorities departments has advised that an AFPI — the second within the state after the one in Mohali district, might come up on the premises.

Parents claimed that the school authorities have been making an attempt to relocate their wards to over half a dozen different authorities faculties — that are positioned fairly distant — earlier than the start of the brand new session from April, and that no new admissions are going down.

School authorities had earlier claimed that the school won’t be closed and the AFPI might be supplied extra land solely.

The school was established right here in 1889. Currently run by the SBAC Society and Trust, Bajwara, it was constructed on 14 acres of land donated by former Union Cabinet Minister Ambika Soni and her household. It has sprawling playgrounds amid a dense cover of bushes, whereas the historic school constructing has over a dozen lecture rooms, laptop rooms, library, NSS room, laboratories and a recreation corridor. A complete of 576 college students research right here in courses VI to XII.

After the protest, activists of Bajwara School Bachao Andolan led by RTI activist Rajiv Vashishth his spouse Sakshi, who can also be an alumni, alongwith dad and mom and academics reached the spot. The activist additionally went to Chandigarh to meet senior schooling authorities and state Cabinet Minister Sunder Sham Arora, who’s representing the Hoshiarpur Assembly phase and was within the session Wednesday.

Sakshi mentioned that she together with different previous college students would combat to cease the closing of a school the place a number of college students from poor households research.

Protesters mentioned they weren’t against an armed forces academy being arrange, however questioned why the identical can’t be opened wherever else in Hoshiarpur on authorities or panchayat land.

When contact Cabinet Minister Arora mentioned there was no proposal to demolish the historic school constructing as will probably be utilised even when the AFPI is opened. He mentioned he’ll take up the matter with Congress chief Ambika Soni and request to not to shut the school.

School principal Ram Murti, who can also be half of the school administration, mentioned that the correspondence concerning the opening of AFPI has been happening for the previous two years however there was no communication from the federal government concerning the closing of the school. He mentioned the scholars had been being misled by some “political people”.

A correspondence of the PWD Department, Hoshiarpur, a replica of which is with The Indian Express, said that the AFPI would come up within the subsequent two years at SBAC SSS Bajwara at a value of Rs 27.33 crore (to be spent by the Punjab authorities) on over eight acres donated by Soni free of value. Besides this round 2 acres and four kannals, which is the joint property of Bajwara villagers, would even be used to make a playground for the academy. The doc doesn’t point out what’s to be completed with the remaining over 5 acres which might be left after donating eight acres and seven kannals for the academy out of the overall over 14 acres land with the school at present.

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