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Monday, August 23, 2010

Edition 28: St Vincent and Concord Proxima society

The Tradition Of Imbibing Values

St. Vincent's School is an English Medium School for boys which founded in 1867 and named after Vincent de Paul , a 17th century saint well known for his love for the poor and the downtrodden. The School, is recognised by the Government of Maharashtra and prepares pupils for the S e c o n d a r y School Certificate Examination (Std. X) and

Higher Secondary Certificate examination (Std. XII).

It is owned by the Poona Catholic educational Association (Pvt.) Ltd. and managed by the Poona Jesuit School's Society. Fr. Mario Fernandes, S.J is the principal of the school. As of 2006, St. Vincent's High School imparts English-medium education from Std.I to Std.X. The St. Vincent's Junior college prepares students for the Higher Secondary Certificate Examination.

The Vincent's Old Boy's Association, is dedicated to fostering a sense of pride, community and continuity among former students of School. Students from St. Vincent's are referred to as Vincentians. The school has its own school anthem called Vincenti Dabitur. Meher Baba graduated from St. Vincent's High School in 1911. Banoo Jehangir Coyaji was the first girl to pass the matriculate exam from St Vincent's, an all boys school, in 1933. Thomas Kailath, a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, the first Indian student to obtain a doctorate at MIT and a recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor and the Padma Bhushan, is an old boy of St. Vincents. He recently made a generous donation towards computer equipment for the school.

Looking At A Greener Existence

Residents of Concord Proxima, Gera Emerald City and other societies on Baner Road got together to green the "Green Belt", Nulla Park and River Protection Zone on the DP of Baner-Balewadi.

The exercise began on Sunday 28th June 2009 on S No 85 where over 95 saplings were planted by children and adults who gathered in large numbers with help from the Garden Department of the PMC that made the pits and provided the saplings. Residents of various apartments along the canal have been volunteering effort to green Devnadi. Children have adopted a tree each to ensure they look after it.

The initiative has brought together people into a community that is now working on rain-water harvesting, vermiculture and green energy options. Devnadi was highly polluted when the initiative beganthere was a massive cleanup required. Anupam Saraph, former Chief Information Of-

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