Dear Proud Alumni (North
American Chapter) of
- St. Patrick’s High School, Karachi
- St. Joseph’s Convent School, Karachi
- St. Patrick’s College, Karachi
- St. Joseph’s College for Women, Karachi
It is with great
pleasure and joy that we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to
each one of you on taking this wonderful initiative of bringing together the
As school and college
‘boys and girls’ we have been extremely lucky and indeed grateful for the
education (lessons of life and virtue) we received in these legendary
institutions. Our hats off to the legion of reverend Fathers, Sisters &
Superiors and a whole army of loving teachers whose dedication and astute
mentoring made us what we are today!
We hope that your
Group in the North American Chapter grows with each passing year and if
possible, organize the next reunion from March 17 – 19 (both days are the
official St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day, respectively). This will
enable both our Groups – the parent Chapter in Pakistan THE OLD PATRICIANS (www.theoldpatricians.org) and the North American Chapter to even have a ‘Live’
video arrangement next year!
Our best wishes, good
health and happiness to all Patricians and Josephians – and indeed, their
families! Pakistan Zindabad…
Kader Shajani (President);
Major Mumtaz Ahmed (Vice President);
Masood Hasan Raza (Joint Secretary-General);
Salim Issa (Treasurer);
Roshan Zamir and Feroze Turab
Message for the Souvenir on the Occasion of the Reunion of the Alumni of
St. Joseph’s & St. Patrick’s High Schools and Colleges, U.S. Chapter
By Oswin Mascarenhas
I was happy to learn of the formation of an Association for the U. S. Chapter of the Alumni of St. Joseph’s & St. Patrick’s High Schools and Colleges and of a reunion being held in Washington D.C. on July 8, 9, and 10, 2011 to celebrate the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the foundation of St. Patrick’s High School on May 6, 1861. This society called the U. S. Chapter of the Alumni of St. Joseph’s & St. Patrick’s High Schools and Colleges signifies that its founders’ aim is to create a permanent organization for the former students of these schools in the country in which they now reside, far from their homeland.
St. Joseph’s Convent was founded in December 1876.
St. Patrick’s and St Joseph’s Schools were founded by the Catholic Church when the British Empire was at its zenith and the British government required personnel for their administrative, railways and post and telegraph offices. There was also a growing demand for employees to provide for the expansion in Karachi’s trade and commerce. The essential prerequisite for employment was a good command of the English language and these schools catered to this need.
These two schools evolved over the years in line with the political development in the Indian subcontinent. The creation of Pakistan in 1947 did not cause an upset or transformation in the governance of these institutions. The two Principals continued in office and the teachers remained the same except for a few who opted for India. There were a large number of students, however, who emigrated providing vacancies for those who came to Karachi. The Principals of these two institutions were originally foreigners; they were succeeded in due course by Pakistanis.
St. Patrick’s High School and St. Joseph’s Convent School are two of Karachi’s renowned educational institutions coveted and much sought after primarily because they offer quality education and discipline in an ethical atmosphere. In addition they provide education at an affordable price to all irrespective of origin or faith and subsidize tuition for those without financial means. These schools have been influential in shaping the personalities of their alumni who come from diverse backgrounds. They endeavor to instill in their students good moral values to carry with them through life. It is these distinct qualities, so scarce in our native land, which has given them their legendary aura.
St. Joseph’s College for Women was founded in 1948 soon after the creation of Pakistan. It was one of the first colleges for women in Karachi. St. Patrick’s College was founded in 1952. Both colleges were nationalized by Prime Minister Bhutto in September 1972 and the quality of teaching and discipline plummeted. In response to a request I made as Principal of St. Patrick’s High School in 2000 to President Pervez Musharraf when he visited the school, which was followed up by others, these two colleges were denationalized under his orders in August 2005.
This Reunion is an opportunity for members of these institutions to meet others of their alma mater and reminisce about the times when they were in school and college.
I congratulate those who conceived the idea of this Association and laud them for taking the initiative to make this possible. I wish this Association every success and hope that it expands its membership, prospers and has a long life.
PRINCIPAL – St. Joseph’s College for Women, Karachi, Pakistan
I am delighted to learn that the alumni of four prestigious educational institutions in Karachi are
meeting together over the next few days. I am sure that all of you will be reminiscing about the good old days, the wonderful teachers you had, the great education you received that helped you develop holistically and the friendships you made that have grown and developed over time.
Today, as in the past these educational institutions are making every effort to holistically educate the children that enter their portals today because more than ever today they have to develop the young to swim against the tide ( you are all aware of the tide).
To the alumni of St. Joseph’s College, a special hello from the present Principal of the College, an alunma of the class of 1979. I was appointed in August of 2010, and since then have developed a 10 year strategic plan for the College, and brought on the Board of Governors a number of alumni – Barrister Shahida Jamil, Mrs. Ryenaz Jehangir Khan MD Cordoba A-Level School and Mrs. Ayesha Aziz the MD of Pak-Brunei Investment, in addition to Sr. Margaret Rodrigues and Sr. Olive Fernandes all of whom have been giving generously of their expertise and time to the College.
We have had an eventful year brought to a close by a wonderful graduation and awards night for the Bachelors class of 2010 and Intermediate class of 2011. At present we are setting up a College Alumni Association to provide an opportunity to the alumni to contribute to the growth and development of their alma mater. Many have already done so by arranging placements for community service learning and internships for students in our Bachelors programme.
Some of you may be part of SAJNA an informal grouping of alumni in North America. Thank you SAJNA for your contribution to the College. If any of you are interested in contributing time, talent, finding opportunities for students, new graduates and faculty, linking the college with similar institutions, providing named full or partial student scholarships, etc, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The College will have a website soon so look out for it Josephians. If any of you are planning a trip to Karachi please visit, you are very welcome.
Wishing you and your families all God’s blessings and a great get-together.
Prof. Dr. Bernadette L. Dean
St. Joseph’s College for Women
Dear former students,
It is very heartening to know that you have got together with your families in the US to celebrate the times you have spent in these four legendary institutions.
The names St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s are synonymous with education in Pakistan. These two schools and colleges have contributed immensely in educating people from all walks of life – the rich, poor and not so rich-and-poor have all mingled together as classmates and friends, and I am happy to note that its ex-students have continued to maintain this bond and friendship – even overseas!
St. Patrick’s College after its denationalization in 2005 is at the cross-roads, a lot of efforts are in place to regain its former glory and educational standards; while on the other hand, there is development work (additional storey, plus new labs and a spacious all-purpose hall) going on at brisk pace. If any one of you would like to help, please contact me at the given email.
I would like to congratulate each one of you and very especially to the organizers who have
painstakingly planned this event. I am sure it will be a roaring success. Well done!
May God Bless You and your families.
Bro. Lawrence Manuel
St. Patrick’s College, Karachi