AHAISI’s 97th Annual Conference being held in city

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 5 January 2019

The Association of Heads of Anglo Indian Schools in India (AHAISI) is holding its 97th Annual Conference at The Lorna Roberts Hall of The Bishop’s School in Camp.

Pune: The Association of Heads of Anglo Indian Schools in India (AHAISI) is holding its 97th Annual Conference at The Lorna Roberts Hall of The Bishop’s School in Camp.

The conference, spanning over a period of four days, is being attended by 119 delegates from prestigious ICSE Schools across India. The theme of the conference is ‘Education Beyond Boundaries’. 

The conference is aimed at ensuring that the ICSE schools become places where all children, particularly those hailing from the Anglo Indian Institutions, are challenged to grow.
 
During the course of the meet, a host of dignitaries, eminent speakers will deliberate on pertinent issues through symposiums and panel discussions.

Day one of the conference began with an Inaugural Praise and Worship Service conducted at the St Mary’s Church by Rev K Shirsath. Then, St Mary’s School welcomed the dignitaries with a traditional ‘Puneri Pheta’ and an ‘Uparna’. Chief Guest Dr Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vice Chancellor of Ashoka University, Haryana, Paul Machado, President AHAISI, David Hilton, secretary and treasurer, AHAISI, Joel Edwin, Principal, the Bishop’s School, Camp and convenor of the Conference and Eugene D’Monte, secretary, AHAISI Maharashtra Branch were also present.

In his address to the gathering, Mehta stressed on liberal arts and encouraged the importance of social inclusiveness. Later, in her keynote address, Dr Vandana Shiva, eminent environmentalist and social activist said, “There was a need to design a future for humanity, so that our children have a future, and education should be introduced with the 21st-century mindset with stress on diversity rather than uniformity.”

Joel Edwin, Principal and Convenor said, “The conference will strengthen bonds between Anglo-Indian Schools, giving an opportunity to interact with heads, deliberate on matters pertaining to ICSE schools and promote learning through these deliberations.”

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