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Posted at: Mar 23, 2017, 12:22 AM; last updated: Mar 23, 2017, 12:22 AM (IST)

St. Stephen’s College, Delhi


THERE was a distinguished gathering at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, to witness the annual prize-giving ceremony. Sir Edward Maclagan presided. The Principal’s report mentioned the chief achievements of the students in learning and public service. There were in all 262 boys of whom 111 were boarders. Principal Rudra pointed out the disadvantages of most Indian students who did not live in hostels, but lived in their own homes in a state of divided responsibility. Concentration and specialisation were the keynotes of modern life of citizenship and all should adjust to this standard. After mentioning the results and achievements of his students Principal Rudra said: “I often wonder that our results are not worse. For if we remember that English, which is a language foreign to us, is our medium of learning and of examination and that our entire environment from our birth upwards is Indian and in thought and aspect very largely still medieval, it is surprising that we do as well as we do.”


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