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Insan School: Jaago aur Jagao

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It was 47 years ago. After returning from America, Dr. Syed Hasan arrived at Kishanganj to start an educational and humanitarian mission. He had been in Kishanganj 15 years earlier, before going to the US. He was deeply affected by the backwardness and illiteracy of the region. Unfortunately not much had changed since he first visited. One could still count the number of school in the entire Purnea region (consisting of Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, and Araria) laterally on fingers of the two hands, and colleges on one hand’s.

After nearly two years of preparing the ground, in the morning of November 14th, 1966, Insan School was born with two teachers and thirty six students in two humble rented  huts in Kishanganj.

During the November 14-20, 2011, Insan School celebrated its 45th anniversary with the theme Jaago aur Jagau Wake up & Awake Others -- Educate, Enlighten, Make a Better World. Jaago aur Jagau is one the first slogan and theme of the mission.

The week-long event consisted of student-led and performed debates, essays, arts and sports competitions, art and science exhibitions/models, bazaar, stage shows; conference and awards ceremony. These programs were free of charge and open to public.

Chief Guests were Justice MSA Siddiqui, Chairman of National Commission for Minority Education Institution, Dr. Shabistan Gaffar, Chairperson of the Committee on Girls Education at National Commission for Minority Education Institutions and many local and outside guests including Magsaysay Award recipient Dr. Sandeep Pandey of Asha.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2012 on page no. 13

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