History and Development of the Board
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The history of institutions in the first few years of their inception are the most fascinating narratives, for they speak volumes for the times, the dynamics, the leadership and the people for whom they were built. One such history, unique and inspiring is the trajectory of the growth of Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board and its institutions.
A dream, a strategy, a hope and a changed political situation seem to have been the basic ingredients of what is today a reputed chain of well managed colleges. Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board (HSNCB) was first founded in Hyderabad Sind, now in Pakistan, in the year 1917. A college was established, with the blessings of Dr.Annie Besant, by the group of national minded theosophists, as a truly “National Institution” with its own aims and ideals for training and providing young persons, dedicated and inspired national workers in the sacred cause of the freedom of the country. In the year 1921, the management of the college was handed over to the Collegiate Board which then got affiliated to the University of Mumbai, then known as University of Bombay, as a full fledged college of B.A. Degree and subsequently B.Sc. Degree was added.
The college was named as Rishi Dayaram Gidumal College. In the next two decades, the HSNCB had expanded and built an additional wing to house a Commerce College. Then in 1947, partition of the sub-continent into India and Pakistan struck a cruel blow to any further consolidation in the field of higher education. K.M.Kundnani, then the newly appointed Principal of the College and as a man of infinite vision had begun to dream about the future of the college. To him “Hyderabad was the heart of Sind and his Colleges the heart of Hyderabad.” In the changing political scenario, laced with feelings of hatred, such sentiments did not hold good. It is troubled times that test the endurance as well as the limits of human ingenuity. The entire sub-continent was one of gloom and uncertainty. Principal K.M.Kundnani consoled his staff with the assurance that he was going to start a college in Bombay. To start this new college in Bombay, Principal Kundnani, along with Barrister Hotchand Advani, approached Seth Kishinchand Chellaram who immediately provided the seed money to establish colleges in Churchgate, Bombay and furthermore made an unlimited financial commitment to make available whatever was the shortfall in funding required by HSNCB.
Armed with Seth Kishinchand Chellaram’s financial commitment and inspired by a new mission, guided by his pragmatic no-nonsense approach and sense of thrift, Principal K.M.Kundnani shipped equipment, books and a prized chair, with the insignia of a college to Bombay. These qualities that he was endowed with in good measure, and buoyed by the seed funding by Late Mr Kishinchand Chellaram, were to play a seminal role in the setting up of the Board Colleges in Bombay.
Barrister Hotchand Gopaldas Advani
Barrister Hotchand Gopaldas Advani was born and brought up in Hyderabad Sind, obtained his degree from King’s College, London. He was not just a brilliant and leading lawyer, but a great educationalist as well. Besides being an accomplished professional, he worked tirelessly for various social causes and always tried to help all those who approached him for any kind of help. He was a very respectable personality, soft-spoken and very compassionate person.
Barrister Hotchand Gopaldas Advani worked tirelessly throughout his life so much so that he breathed his last while working at his desk after dinner at the age of 85.
Barrister Hotchand Gopaldas Advani was not only a Founding Father of our Board but a friend, a guide and a Philosopher, who was ever ready to help.
Vidyasgar Principal K.M. Kundnani
Vidyasgar Principal K.M. Kundnani was born and brought up in Hyderabad, Sind. He came to Mumbai to join Royal Institute of Science to obtain his M.Sc. Degree in Physics. He was the first sindhi to be awarded M.Sc. Degree in Physics. Since sports was his second passion, he qualified as a Director of Physical Education from YMCA College of Physical Education in Chennai. Being deeply involved in sports, he became Chairman of the Inter-Collegiate Sports Committee and General Secretary for intergroup sports of the University of Bombay, comprising all Colleges in Sind, Bombay, Gujrat, Pune and Karnataka.
He started his career in Hyderabad, Sind as a Lecturer at Rishi Dayaram Gidumal College, initially known as National Institution. After working for 17 years he became Principal of the College in 1947 and subsequently Secretary.
Principal K.M. Kundnani was a man of conviction and God-fearing and a financial wizard.
He was a man of infinite vision. The partition of the subcontinent of India and Pakistan was a cruel blow for every affected human being and much so for Principal Kundnani who got concerned about his fellow colleagues who lost everything overnight, but due to his convictions and courage he thought of establishing a college in Mumbai to give solace to his brethren and the deprived Sindhi Refugee Community.
He got in touch with Barrister H.G.Advani who extended full support to him. He also got the support of generous donors Mr. Lokumal Kishinchand and Mr. T. Murli of M/s Kishinchand Chellaram and Mr. J. Watumull but of whose timely help his dream of starting the college in Bombay may have been delayed some more years. He along with Barrister Hotchand Advani established the first college in 1949 against heavy odds. Soon, one after the other, institutes were established and today the Board has 23 institutes under its flag.
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- To prepare a new generation of skilled and ethical professionals by providing excellent academic programmes having a strong practical slant, so as to help individuals excel in a highly competitive world market.
- To offer innovative, hands-on skills and instil in students an orientation towards research through constant interactions with public and private organizations within India and abroad.
- Through academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, to produce leaders who are capable of leading from the front, leaders who don’t only adapt rapidly to change around them but also activate change for others to follow.
- To emphasize high quality at the undergraduate, post-graduate and professional levels by leading and dedicated academicians and faculty.
- To introduce healthy, state of the art teaching practices by organizing faculty development programmes.
- To further the cause of the linguistic minority – Sindhis – so that they remain at the forefront of all developmental activities in the country without in any way diluting the multi-cultural ethos of a pluralistic, secular society.
- To maintain a united, focused and effective internal governance so that each college understands and fulfils the mission of the Board and realizes its vision.
The Trustees, Executive Committee, Principals, Staff and Students of the HSNC Board are dedicated to accomplishing this mission and pledge their individual and collective efforts in determining that the Board shall continue to be among the prominent institutions of higher education throughout the world.