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Rajkot school, where Mahatma Gandhi studied, shuts down

Rajkot: Alfred High School, a premium educational institution in Rajkot where Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi studied during his childhood, has been closed down, as per the orders of the Gujarat government.

According to ANI, the 150 students enrolled in this school have been given away their leaving certificates.

This has been done as per a Gujarat government notification issued in 2016 which states that a museum on Mahatma Gandhi worth Rs 12 crore is to be created at Alfred High School or Mohandas Gandhi High School.

The Alfred High School was chosen by the authorities since there is adequate space to carve out a museum and also run the school.

Accordingly, all the students will now be shifted to Karansinhji High School.

As per report, adequate arrangements have been made to move the entire staff and students elsewhere by the end of this month.

The school was constructed during the British rule by Kernel Singh and was the first English school in the region.

Originally called Rajkot English School, it was founded on October 17, 1853 and later became a full-fledged high school.

By 1868, it was known as Rajkot High School and was named Alfred High School in 1907.

Following India’s independence in 1947, the school was renamed “Mohandas Gandhi High School” in the honour of Mahatma Gandhi.

At age of 18, Mahatma Gandhi had graduated from this school in 1887.