Marking 50 Years

Hello, we write to introduce ourselves, the old students of Vidyaranya High School for Boys and Girls, and to inform you that our school will complete fifty years on 6 January 2011.

Shanta Rameshwar Rao, the founder of our school, has often said that Vidyaranya is more than a school, it is a way of life. Those of us who were students during the early years of Vidyaranya, now realise that, yes, it was a very special way of life that we had in school.

The old school buildingAlmost all children enjoy their school years. Why then do we feel that our school was especially wonderful or different? Perhaps, the nature of interaction between teacher and student was unique in its informality. Both were encouraged to think and query rather than accept ideas unquestioningly, and the ideal was that learning take place without fear of failure and judgement. Was it this that created a closer relationship between the teachers and the taught and made the school such a happy place?

As students, we benefited from education at Vidyaranya and would now like to help the school in various ways. To this end, we have set up the Vidyaranya Alumni Foundation, a trust that will help organise activities and projects on an on-going basis.

On 7 and 8 January 2011, when Vidyaranya turns fifty, we will mark that milestone with events that we believe represent everything the school, and education within it, stand for. Joy, compassion, trust, and a sense of responsibility.

Vidyaranya school: the new buildingSome of the projects we have initiated are designed to give back to those dedicated and beloved old teachers and staff who gave so much to us. The projects will also contribute towards facilities and cultural activities that we believe will benefit the Vidyaranya community, present and future. Below is information on these activities. We hope you will help us build the projects and contribute in whatever way you can.

We look forward to marking this milestone together with you, and invite you to register for the two-day event marking 50 Years of Vidyaranya.

Vidyaranya Alumni Foundation
Vidyaranya Alumni Foundation, C/o Vidyaranya School, ”Green Gates”,
Opp. The Secretariat, Saifabad, Hyderabad 500 063
T: +91-40-2323 5146/2323 7789; E: vidyaranya.school@gmail.com