Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Public School celebrated the success of the book “My Princely Colleges” written by Harikishan Lal Dutt
The book ‘My Princely Colleges” by H.L, DUTT is the making of a teacher and discovering his love for teaching by a chande encounter at a Lecturers job and realizing his love for the open life, natural history, dramatic oration’ s and in short all aspects of school life as it should be . He went on to become the Head of the Famed institution in the Nation Mayo college, Colvin Taluqdars college , Daly College Indore and Hyderabad Public School . Loved and respected by peers and students alike his thoughts on education is what will interest readers .
Mr. H.L. Dutt has a great wealth of experience in the English Language with a Masters Degree in English and Economics . He has a 30 eyars enriching experience as Principal of leading reputed residential Public Schools in India including Hyderabad Public School Hyderabad . The book is an exhilarating record of his experiences in all the prestigious institutions that he has headed.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. A. Shyam Mohan President Hyderabad Public School Society in his address recalled his rold and contribution made by Dutt as the Principal of Hyderabad Public School to enhance the image of glory of Hyderabad Public School. His Academic aura intellectural influence on teachers students and Mr. Dutt’s administration ability to administer the school so very well has laid foundation for today’s position he said
Stating that Mr. H.L. Dutt is an iconic personality and more so fro being a lucky icon Mr. Shyam Mohan recalled how when he came from Delhi he had a challenge of admitting his son in a school . He met H.L. Dutt in 1976 and today 40 years later he is standing before Mr. Dutt as the President of the HPS Society for which Mr.Shyam Mohan expressed his gratitude
Complimenting Mr. Dutt for writing the book and making HPS as one of the Princely colleges he expressed hops that decades later the present Principal Mr. Skand Bali will also write a book .He however urged the teachers to not only have the habit of writing Academic diaries but must write personel diaries and some day they should be able to write biographes
Mr. Faiz Khan Secretary and Treasurer Hyderabad Public School Society , in his address recalled his school days spent during 1970’s and said that then Mr. H.L. Dutt had brought a lot of fresh air .He recalled that Mr. H.L. Dutt was not only very well spoken , highly education in foreign Universitys but a man who was class apart . He had a personnel touch with every student . There was a time when he walked around the HPS House impeccably dressed and a pleasant personality which lot of students admired and wanted to emulate including Faiz Khan.
Mr. Gusti J. Noria Vice President HPS Society and Vice Chairman Board of Governors also recalled his association with Mr. H.L. Dutt
Mr. Skand Bali Principal Honoured Mr. H.L. Dutt nd also addressed the gathering.
Mr. Amrita Chandra Raju while reading out some excerpts from the book .In the book H.L. Dutt recalled Hyderabad Public School was another princely college located at Begumpet , the village of the Begums . No one could tell me why the area was called Begumpet…. Some said some of the Begums and their palatial residences there , others said that the area had been set apart for Begums who were mostly in purdah, to come and relax and go hunting and shooting game. There was a nallah at some distance , say severty or so metres from Principal’s Residence and the outer wall of the boundary of the school .
Mr. Dutt later in the chapters recall “One afternoon I received an unexpected phone call from Faiz,(present day Faiz Khan who is the Secretary and Treasurer HPS Society ) an old student of mine from the Hyderabad Public School.He informed me that the school was celebrating its 90th year and requested me to attend the function.
They would make all the arrangements for my wife and me at a hotel near the school. I readily agreed because I had spent some very happy years in Begumpet Hyderabad. The function was celebrated over a period of days.
When I reached the school that evening, some Old Boys took me to the spot where Dr. Channa Reddy Chief Minister of then Andhra Pradesh , had laid the foundation stone of the library which the school had converted into the Adminsitrative Block and named it the H.L. Dutt block
At the function well known Cyrus who anchored the show said that Corporal punishment was prevalent in my times. I laughed and simply said that I had perhaps caned a few boys and they were now prominent citizens of Hyderabad .
Mr. Aditya Sashidhar Reddy Grand son of Mr. Channa Reddy recalled how as UP Governor Channa Reddy used to attend the HPS Functions as Chief guest and the latter’s role in naming the Administrative block as the H.L. Dutt block .
Mr. Masiuddin Ahmed Member Board of Governors HPS were among the others present on the occasion.