Still swear by school anthem

Article Source :Times of India

Date of Issue :1st July, 2015

Title of Article :Still swear by school anthem

Details :“My years at Bishop Cotton Girls’ School represent the most wonderful time of my life. I spent 10 glorious years there and learnt so much from our great teachers such as Anne Warrior. Those values are still with me, and I still march to the tune of our rather militant school anthem, which told us we must fight injustice, unfairness, corruption,” said Biocon chairman and MD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. She was at an event to felicitate some of the school’s leading alumnae, organized as part of the institution’s 150th anniversary.

Mazumdar-Shaw was one of the alumnae chosen for the honour, and shared the spotlight with achievers like Indira Jaising, leading legal activist and former additional solicitor general of the Supreme Court; educationist Kiran Bir Sethi; human rights activist Pervin Varma; UK-based author and educationist Arti Kumar; golfer Sharmila Nicollet; handloom revivalist Pavithra Nanjappa and former national women’s tennis champion Dechu Appaiah.

“All our students are achievers in their own rights. This is just an attempt to felicitate some of them and involve them in our 150th year celebrations,” said Girija Shankar, president of the Old Cottonians Association, Bishop Cotton Girls’ School. More than 300 old students took part in the celebrations, catching up with old friends and classmates, and even taking selfies with each other.

“I can’t recall a time in school when class, caste, religion were important to us. It was a truly inclusive environment,” said Kiran Bir Sethi, who runs the Riverside School in Ahmedabad and is the champion of the Design for Change movement.

“Yes, we were naive in that sense, and I’m glad. As a convent school, we had students from all economic classes – girls from the richest and poorest of families. But it was well-integrated, so much so that we were not even aware of any differences,” echoed Pervin Varma, ex-CEO of CRY (Child Rights and You) who is on the board of several NGOs working in the child-rights space such as CRY, Dream-a Dream and Pratham Books.