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October 18, 2013 100th



The 100th birth

anniversary of our beloved principal the late Mr.T.T. Jayaratnam, the candle that lit the lives of so many generations, falls on 15th


2013. Mahajanans all over the world are thrilled, enthusiastic and in high spirits about celebrating his 100th

birth anniversary. As a student

who was at school when the late Mr.T.T. Jayaratnam was principal I had witnessed the unlimited enthusiasm with which he brought about a many sided development of the school. He took over the affairs of the school

when he was but thirty two years of age- an age considered much too young for managing the manifold. But he was not a mere chip of old block. He was the whole block itself. When the challenge came to our

principal to take charge of the school on the death of Mr.K. Chinnappah, who succeeded the founder, he took it as a duty appointed by divine will. He stood firmly on the ground and looked up to the sky. Though short in stature, his strides were long. He felt that Mahajana was crammed, cabinned and confined. He set out with an almost missionary zeal to make good the deficiencies. No one would have foreseen by the wildest stretch of imagination, that he would do the job as thoroughly as he has done. It is an open secret that he was at the bottom of every progressive and farsighted move in the onward march of Mahajana College. When our principal took charge of the school, number on roll was just over 300 and the staff a paltry 12. Today the strength has increased more than fivefold in both sectors. In 1945 there was no play ground worthy of its name, no laboratories, no descent classrooms, no workshops, no hostel, no shrine and no comprehensive curriculum for the total education of the students. All these and much more were provided during his tenure of office as principal. His passion for perfect ness permits no halfhearted effort. His initiative stands revealed in the many sided development of Mahajana College, so much so Mahajanans do not feel second to any other students in any school in any sphere. Our principal had 1st

hand knowledge

of the difficulties that beset his assistants and had sympathetic relationship with them. The cordial relationship, which existed between him and the staff, brought spontaneous readiness to carry out his decisions. Like his father he cared for the people in the area and knew them by their names. He got to know them personally and took part in their domestic functions. Due to this, he was able to select and assist the needy students in the payment of school fees etc. He identified the bright students encouraged and guided them. He was proud of them. Many such students have pleasant memories of the recognition he gave them.

students, he treated it as his own and shared the achievements with the relevant members of the staff. During the school tournament matches in cricket, netball and soccer, he watches the matches seated, while his feet and eyes follow the ball exhibiting an eagerness for victory for Mahajana. He was so enthusiastic and involved personally in all activities of the school. He was a great strategist. Everything in the school

came under his sharp monitoring, although functions were delegated. He put the stitches in time. He found out for himself what was going on and how it was going on. The command, with which he conducted himself, exerted a great influence on the students. Many of them became at least a little bit of him and

proving themselves to be good leaders, especially in their office and in various associations. Our principal was a popular Head, of who, the staff, students and the parents were proud of. The rapid progress that he initiated compelled admiration at large. It inspired such great confidence in the minds of the public that they contributed to the Building fund readily, generously and freely. Our principal the late Mr. Jayaratnam remains a

Hero to many of the past students of Mahajana. They remember him for his demanding discipline, quality, impeachable dress, decorum and benevolence

Ms. Pushparani Kasipillai (Past Student)

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