Pune: ‘Thorough - The Bishop’s Saga’, a book authored by Pramila Dasture of Nowrosjee Wadia College, was released by Dr Cyrus Poonawala, Founder and Chairman of Poonawala Group of Companies and Serum Institute. The book that recounts the history of ‘The Bishop’s School’ was launched at the School campus on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Poonawala recounted his memories at the school, saying, “The most important grounding that I received here, continues to be the same as for any other student studying here. I have always believed in maintaining integrity and honesty as the highest principles in life. I urge all students to do the same.”
Several alumni, as well as present students of Bishop’s, read excerpts from the book narrating to the audience the history of the school.
Ayushmaan Chopra, alumnus 2015, Rohit Dabke, alumnus 2018, Rear Adm CS Patham, alumnus 1970, Alefia Malubhoy, a student of Std XII Arts, Mayura Barsay, Supervisor, Junior School, Advocate Bhal Chakranarayan, alumnus 1974, Caroline Jolly, former teacher, Neville Bhasin, alumnus 1971, Michael Guzder former headmaster and Pooja Ghosh, coordinator (English), senior school read out the excerpts.
Pastor ES James, Governing Body member said that Bishop’s is not just a school but a home for many students. It has helped many students find their feet and future and make a mark in the world. Along with the former students and teachers, renowned alumni like Adar Poonawala, Pheroz Pudumjee, Vice Adm Sangram Singh Byce, Rear Adm CS Patham and Prakash Chhabria were present on the occasion.
The book is a great effort and it is something that I genuinely feel was much required. Dasture has done a marvellous job by spending midnight oil to get together the whole history, and I am sure the people and the old students who read it will be full of nostalgic memory.
— Cyrus Poonawala
The book is significant in the sense that we are looking at the school’s history, but the school is not away from the city. So, we are not only looking at the growth and progression of the Bishop’s School, but also that of the city. There are a lot of historical connections internationally, nationally as well as locally. So the book also speaks about the social growth and not only about the school, but education in total.
— Pramila Dasture, author
The ethos of the school needs to be passed on from generation to generation. It is very important that we pass the baton on to the next who come to Bishop’s. We need to carry this legacy and that is why the documentation is required. During the research, we came across so many things that even we did not know about.
— Joel Edwin, Principal