Tell me a bit about the history of the school and its status now.
Established in1920, the Anglo Urdu Boys’ High School has a glorious history of over 85 years. In 1927, the school was shifted to its present building constructed on part of the 23 acres bought from donations of the late Haji Gulam Mohd Azam, a great social worker.
During the tenure of the first headmaster KB Hidayatullah, the school scaled great heights. The standard of education was matched by few schools. The all-round development of students was considered an inseparable part of education at the school. To this end, various extra-curricular activities, sports and games were organized right from the beginning. The cricket team of the school is still dreaded by many of its rival teams. Initially, the school had only Urdu Medium classes and the young men of the community were considerably deprived of the knowledge of English which is essential to today’s education. This prompted the management to start parallel English medium classes from class 5 to 10 in 1971. Consequently the school now has English medium classes from class 5 to 12. Around 1,750 students of different castes and communities receive education in the medium of English. The school has also introduced electronics and computer courses to enable students to come up to the expectations of the changing times. The school staff is computer literate and computer education is made a compulsory subject from class 5 to 12.
We have arts, science and commerce streams in junior college. Students who intend to study science have the option of vocational courses in electronics.
Students of science and commerce streams can also take Information Technology as a subject.
Which syllabus is followed by the school? Do you agree with the argument that CBSE and ICSE courses are better than SSC?
We follow the SSC board. I don’t think there is any major difference in the boards. Yes there was an argument earlier that the concept is explained better in the other two boards. But now even the SSC board is in a phase of revival and the new syllabus has been designed as per NCERT guidelines. Once the new syllabus is implemented, I don’t think there will be any difference in CBSE and SSC syllabus. Plus more than the boards, it’s the teaching method that matters because basic math and science don’t change. We make sure that concepts are explained well