A GREAT BHIKSHU IN EDUCATION – Late Principal Shriman P.V.Kanal Ji
Dev Samaj Managing council laid the foundation stone of Dev Samaj College for women at Ferozepur in1934. It was nothing short of the great fortune of the college that a true Bhikshu P.V. Kanal Ji graced the Chair of the Principal of DSCW with his benevolence. Under his dynamism and visionary acumen, the college took gigantic steps towards the path of progress. The college built a healthy tradition from its very beginning and firmed its feet on the soil of Indian heritage and ethos. Kanal ji ignited the minds of the band of youth to serve, sacrifice and lead a higher life of moral rectitude. His teachings infused the entire ambience with ethical values and no wonder its fragrance began to waft in every nook and cranny.
When the devastating floods of 1947 wreaked havoc everywhere, the Principal P.V. Kanal literally rebuilt the college brick by brick which was razed to the ground. The marvellous infrastructure of the college was washed away due to the flash floods.
But our lion-hearted Babaji, like a true hero, did not leave his post of duty. Had he not at this critical juncture made the question of survival of the College a matter of his life and death, this College and Dev Samaj Girls’, High School, Ferozepur, would have not been in existence today. We are a witness to the great reservoir of spiritual energy that this selfless man possessed and poured into the task of rebuilding the College. The fact of the matter is that it is difficult to imagine how the entire College lived in his thoughts and what comfort it brought to him whenever some good happened to the College.
His life embodies deep dedication of an old Rishi who believed in giving away everything and holding back nothing. He had the knack for character building. The people who had the privilege of coming in close proximity with him were aware of his remarkable genius. What greater tribute can there be to such a man that he continues to live in the hearts of thousands of old students and friends and his name has become an integral and everlasting part the Dev Samaj family!!!