From the Founder’s Desk – As told by Late Mr. G.N Khaitan.
In Pursuit of Excellence
A tour of how history bolsters the future
“Being in close proximity to political stalwarts such as Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Morarji Desai, Jagjeevan Ram and many others, I had the privilege of interacting with them and learnt many crucial aspects of life which I have tried to imbibe over the years… I understood the true essence of sincerity, honesty, hard work and sacrifice from this incredible experience.”
The Stepping Stone
Belonging to the Marwari community, the Khaitan family originated from the village of Ramgarh in Rajasthan.We have always been inspired and invigorated by education and academics, setting milestones and benchmarks for our people. In fact, in the late 1800s, my grandfather was the first individual from our community to pass the Matriculation examination – and half a century later, my sister was the first woman in our community to achieve the same distinction.
I am proud to mention that four out of six of my father’s brothers attained first Class, first in the MA examination. Also, an uncle of mine was the first Marwari to qualify as a Barrister and moved on to become the Advocate General of West Bengal. Coming back to my generation, numerous family members have obtained laurels in academics, ranging from lawyers to industrialists.
These glorious backgrounds of highly educated and motivated family members rooted the very foundations of education deep within me.
I have always wanted to impart education to children since I strongly believe that –
It is the right of every child, boy or girl, to enjoy quality education that would enable them to achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams.
Our first school, the B.D. Memorial Institute, was founded in Kolkata (1964) with only three students. Today, the school boasts of over 7,000 students. Thereafter, my wife and I had the privilege of establishing many more schools in various parts of the country.
Envisioning our Future Torchbearers
Education is very important for all those who want to pursue a career, be it in Law, Medicine, Engineering, Business or in any other field. The all-round development of a child is the most important aspect of a good education which includes, not only limited to academics but sports and co-curricular activities also.
The prayer of hope
The Holy Geeta states that –
‘No matter what work you do, treat it like a prayer and do it sincerely’
Hence my message to our children is to take education seriously and give it their very best. Our world tomorrow will be guided by today’s children.
Therefore, they must inculcate and cherish the qualities of sincerity, honesty and hard work for the benefit of self and the country.
The rekindled spirit
Dominique Lapierre’s City of Joy inspired me to follow a benevolent approach towards the poor owing to their lack of opportunity. The novel deeply motivated us to build the ‘Radico Welfare Centre’, a charitable school in a slum area of the Capital, where approximately 400 children are enrolled at a very minimal cost.
Undoubtedly, Gandhiji had been the greatest influence in my life, especially his ideals and principles on Truth and Non-violence. His other important belief that we have tried to imbibe, is to ‘never leave any work pending.’ I had the honour of traveling with Mahatma Gandhi in his car on 15 August, 1947 on the day of India’s independence.
These great visionaries were immensely sincere and hardworking and made unbelievable self-sacrifices for the freedom of our country.
On one occasion, I had an appointment with Pandit Nehru in New Delhi and the meeting was scheduled a day after the death of his son-in-law, Mr. Feroze Gandhi. I wondered whether I should report for the meeting and called his office to confirm the same. To my amazement, Panditji’s secretary informed me that Nehruji was already waiting for me in his office!
I understood the true essence of sincerity, honesty, hard work and sacrifice from this incredible experience.