Dr K Rosaiah, Governor of Tamil Nadu inaugurated the 150 years of Mahboob College celebrations on Wednesday in the college premises which was attended by Dr A Chakrapani, Chairman AP Legislative Council, Guest of Honour, Dr N Prem Narayan, President, Somasundaram Education Society, C B Namdev, President, Mahboob College High School, K J Venkateshwar Rao, Headmaster,Bhawavat Varanasi, Correspondent, Dr A Vidya Rani, Honorary Secretary, Dr C B Sreenivasa Rao. Dr K Rosaiah said, Mahboob College High School has reached a unique milestone of 150 years. Prior to 1862, there were no public schools providing good educational facilities especially for Indian children, as there was influence of British legacy in Secunderabad area. In order to offer education in English and vernacular medium the institution was thought of.
It was in the year 1862, P Somasundaram Mudaliar started this Institution as “Anglo Vernacular School” in a rented premises with a meagre strength of 50. Ramanujam Mudaliar was among others instrumental in conceptualising this school. Soon the institution grew from strength to strength. Mr Danakoty Mudaliar, the then Alwal Talukdar gifted his house with a large compound to the School. The name Mahboob College was given on February 17, 1884 when HEH the Sixth Nizam Mahboob Ali Khan had ascended the throne. Soon the school grew with the help of significant contributions not only from the Nizam himself but also from other eminent people from different walks of life like those of Mir Salarjung Bahadur and so on. Various buildings were constructed by with the help of great philanthropists of those days like Moosthiayala Ramanna Govindu, P Rama Chandra Pillay, Shorab Nawaz Jung, Raja Bahadur Sir,Bansilal Motilal, and others.
Mahboob College rose to fame when Swami Vivekananda addressed the people of twin cities. Dr A Chakrapani said that this is one of the oldest schools in Hyderabad and is known for high academic standards. The school rose to prominence after Swami Vivekananda’s address from the school in 1893 before leaving for Chicago to participate in the World Parliament of Religions. Mr Nixon was the first Headmaster of the School and was succeeded by prominent visionaries. C B Namdev, President an old student and former Principal of Kamala Nehru Polytechnic for Women said that the strength of the school started falling due to mushrooming of private schools. However, in order to utilise the available infrastructure optimally the management started various educational Institutions within the campus as per the suggestion of Prof Kailasa Venkata Ramaiah, founder Vice Chancellor of Kakatiya University, Naram Krishna Rao, RS Marthandam (both eminent engineers of the State), Major NK Viswanath, IPS, who were all members of our committee.
He appealed to the govt to extend their support for further development of the school and its colleges to revive the past glory. Dr A Chakrapani said that the city is steeped in history and there is a need to declare it as a heritage city. More than 3000 people gathered on the occasion including old teachers, lecturers, students and well wishers. A photo exhibition, Swami Vivekananda Bust in the main hall was also opened. 150 balloons were released to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the institution. Mementoes to veterans and academicians of the school were also given.