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NJV School standing tall for 157 years

NJV School established by Sir Bartle Frere in 1852
Karachi, Jan 21: Narayan Jaganath High School (NJV High School) that proudly stands on M.A. Jinnah Road today was established by Sir Bartle Frere in 1852 and has produced luminaries such as eminent Sindhi short story writer and newspaper columnists Amar Jaleel.

A heritage monument and one of the finest buildings in Karachi, the school starkly contrasts with structures built after the creation of Pakistan in 1947 which are aesthetically imperfect and architecturally flawed. The yellow sandstone building that houses the NJV High School is not only a heritage building, but also has historic value, as the Sindh Assembly was temporarily held in its eastern portion. However, during the era of President Ayub Khan, the assembly was shifted again to its original building.

After a passage of 157 years, the school's grandeur attracts citizens from the city and foreigners alike. The heritage building is also important because it imparted decent education to both poor and privileged children. "Children of secretaries in the Sindh government along with poor students of working classes hailing from Lyari and Malir both studied at the NJV High School, and teachers would never differentiate between them," Hasan Mansoor, a senior journalist and Karachi Bureau Chief of AFP said. "I was admitted in the NJV High School in 1978 and passed my Matriculation examinations from there in 1983. Mirza Aijaz Baig, grandson of Mirza Khaleej Baig was our headmaster," he said. "Shamsharul Haidery is one of the best Sindhi language poets and Tejal Bewas who died last month was one of the best Sindhi writers. They were quite well off but their sons studied with me," Mansoor said.

"Even the son of a feudal lord from Jacobabad who is now a senior police official studied with me," he said. Mansoor attributed parents' faith in the school to the teachers' commitment to standard education. "Teachers would give priority to education. Even if there was a free period, they would love to teach us," he said. "Students never missed their classes and were not even bothered if lectures continued during recess," he added.

"The NJV High School imparted education in Sindhi medium in the morning and in Urdu medium in the afternoon," he said. "Today there is a chasm in the education system in the city as elsewhere in Pakistan. On one hand, government schools are producing clerks while on the other, elite schools are producing bureaucrats," Mansoor said with bitterness. The school has the distinction that the great Sindhi short story writer and newspaper columnist Amar Jaleel not only studied in this school but also emerged as a fine player in first class cricket and a wicketkeeper.

The NJV High School was also declared a Model School in 2008 after it was renovated. It is one of the 600 listed heritage buildings in Karachi. However, it should be remembered that its grandeur has been the outcome of the dream of Sir Bartle Frere who made significant contribution to the establishment of Karachi and its fine teachers and students. "Frère did not forget the importance of education and started an English school in Karachi, Sindh in 1852 (now the Narayan Jagannath High School) thus encouraging others to start schools in Karachi. Actually the lead had already been given when Col. Preedy who, on his own accord and at his own cost commenced a school somewhere off Lawrence Road, the present Church Mission High School. The Grammar School of Karachi, also owes its current location to Bartle Frere," wrote Behram Sohrab H. J. Rustomji in his book 'Karachi during the British Era'. The News

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"since here is muhsin abbasi learned basically from the njv school i m proud to b the matriculate from this institute.the competant teachers of this institute gave me great courage to live happily in our i m the 3rd year student of engineering at mehran uni jamshoro.i encourage my sindhi younger sindhi brothers to take education from this institute and bring this to the heights of success....... ."
City, Country: karachi

"My self and my elder brothers ZafarKazmi ,saeed hassan shah and younger brother Altaf also studied at NJV.. I matriculated in 1957..we had co-education that time.. That was Grand Era of NJV.. Inter School cricket "Rubie shield" game was holiday for school to support your school team.. My cousin syed Ali Hyder shah & zafarKazmi were our teachers too! Zafar Kazmi and Amar jalleel were part of NJV cricket."
Name: iqbal shah
City, Country: Abu Dhabi UAE

"I am looking for Mr. Zafar Kazmi, who was my Drawing teacher, after Ishak khan, who used to were the glasses. Due to Zafar Kazmi, I had passed my Intermediate Drawing exam and was only the guy who stood 2nd in the calss, is used to be taken by the Sindh University at that time. If any one knows Mr. Zafar Kazmi, please convey my address to him. I am used to work for U.S. Department and was posted at Saudi Arabia. now I live at Near Dallas, Texas. My address for contact is"
Name: Shaikh Ahmed
City, Country: karchi, Pakistan

"Mr zafar kazmi was my drawing teacher when i studied in this school. This school was among one of best school of karachi at that time."
Name: Syed zafar ullah
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"My Dear Zafar ullah You have asked me to contact you urgently, which I am doing but I am unable to open my mail this is the reason I am writing to you from this mail. as soon as my mail is ready will contact you again."
Name: Shaikh Ahmed
City, Country: Temple, TX

"Really this school has been running in karachi.I have good desair about school because 160 year old school in pakistan.Best compliment from me.?"
Name: Shivaji Henkare
City, Country: Hydrabad, India

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Sindh University VC proposes shuttle train
Hyderabad: The University of Sindh authorities have requested the federal government to launch a shuttle train from Mirpurkhas to Jamshoro to facilitate students of Sindh, Liaquat and Mehran universities and people visiting Liaquat University Hospital.

This was said by the university's Vice-Chancellor Mazharul Haq Siddiqi while taking to Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F) Senator Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro during his visit to the university. The senator told the vice-chancellor that the visit was aimed at ascertaining problems confronting the university.

Mr Siddiqui informed the senator about enrolment of students at graduate, postgraduate and MPhil and PhD programmes and briefed him about on-going construction and research projects at the campus.

The vice-chancellor said that a large number of students from Tharparkar and Mirpurkhas were facing transportation problem.

He said that the university was facing problem of shortage of houses for employees at the campus. He said that due to shortage of funds since 1988, no new residential quarter or bungalow had been constructed for the employees though the number of employees had increased by 100 per cent over the years.

He requested the senator to help in providing funds for the construction of houses for the teachers and employees.

The vice-chancellor said that human resource development for the university was essential and it was need of the time to provide resources to faculty to do PhD.

He said that many teachers after qualifying tests were waiting for funds to go abroad for PhD and added that due to deficit in annual budget of the university and reduction in its funds, the university was facing lot of problems.

Dr Soomro appreciated the university's progress and promised that he would ask the education ministry to solve problems of the university and provide funds for faculty scholarships and construction of houses.

The senator also visited the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology.

WORKSHOP: Pakistan faces massive environmental pollution, particularly air and water, caused by increasing human pollution, industrial processes and agrochemicals, speakers said at a workshop on Monday.

Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Dr Mazharul Haq Siddiqui who opened the workshop on "Environmental Electrochemistry", said that the application of electrochemical techniques to remedy this menace was a viable and much needed solution due to its affordability and simplicity as compared to other techniques. Dawn

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