Visits and Views by the Eminent Personalities
Since DSCW is one of the oldest college for women in Punjab, established in 1934 before partition and due to its historic significance and credentials, almost all the National Leaders before and after partition have had the pleasure of visiting this college. Among them are the Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, Registrar of Panjab University, Governor of Punjab before partition, who had the proud privilege of visiting the college. Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru along with his daughter Indira Gandhi, Sh. Krishan Kant, the Former Vice President of India; S. Beant Singh, the former Chief Minister of Punjab; Sh. Rahul Gandhi, General Secretary, All India Congress Committee; Capt. Amrinder Singh, the Chief Minster, Punjab; S. Parkash Singh Badal, the Chief Minister of Punjab; S. Harcharan Singh Brar, the Former Chief Minister, Punjab, Ex-Governor, Orrisa & Haryana; Smt. Menaka Gandhi, Shri H.K. Dua, Member of Parliament; S. Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Irrigation Minister, Punjab; Shri Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Minister of Sports, Punjab; Sh. Mohinder Kumar Rinwa, Parliamentary Secretary, Govt. of Punjab; Sh. Balram Jakhar, Former Cabinet Minister; Sh.Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Ex-Co-operation Minister, Punjab; Mr Darshan Singh Garewal, Ex Mayor, Chairman Labour Party, London; His Excellency Lt. Gen. B.K.N. Chibber, Former Governor of Punjab; Sh. V. Gunalan, I.A.S., Director of Handlooms and Textiles, Govt. of Tamilnadu; Mrs T.S. Sundram Ramchandran, the then Union Deputy Minister of Education; Sh. Surinder Singla, Ex-Finance Minister, Punjab; Sh. Ashwani Sekhri, Minister of State Tourism & Culture, Govt. of Punjab; Sh. Sunil Jakhar, M.L.A., Abohar have visited this august institution from time to time.
His Excellency Sir H.D. Craik Bart, Governor of the Pujnab was pleased to say in reply of an address of welcome presented to His Excellency by the Dev Samaj on the occasion of his assumption of the college of this province in April 1938.
“I appreciate the reference in your address to the fact that the Dev Samaj has always stood for law and order and has inculcated in its followers respect for the Government established by law, and with faith has also established a link between the people of the country which initiates rapid development with its steadying influence that offers peace and good Government of the Province.”
The Late.Seth Lakhmi Das Rowjee Tairse of Bombay wrote :- (AR 39-40)
“The Dev Samaj of Lahore maintains 24 (now 30) institutions mostly educational and it emphasizes, more than any other Institution I know of, the importance of character. “I can speak of the good work the Institution is doing, as when I was in Lahore, I had the pleasure of visiting the Institution and seeing for myself the work it is doing.”
The late Sir Dinshaw Edulji Wacha of Bombay, an ex-President of the Indian National Congress wrote in a circular letter:-
“The Dev Samaj Society of Lahore is a Society which aims at the education of backward classes (among other highly laudable objectives). It is doing good work most disinterestedly, but is much in need of funds. Their deputation annually visits Bombay for the purpose of appealing to the philanthropic citizens of the city. I am sure those well disposed would no doubt help them in this.”
The late Sir Dorabji Tata, when remitting a donation in the aid of the Dev Samaj, wrote through his Secretary about its work that he “appreciates the value of it.’
The late Sir Ratan Tata on learning about the most beneficent nature of destroying the sin and evolving higher life conduct by the Dev Samaj remarked “My heart is greatly touched by it”.
Mr. M.P. Khareghat, Retired Sessions Judge and a Veteran Leader of the Parsi Community wrote on an application of Dev Samaj for help from a Trust :-
“I know that the Dev Samaj is doing very good work and therefore I sincerely hope that the college will witness a very bright future in the years to come.”
Professor Karve, of Women’s. University, Puna, having personally visited the Dev Samaj Girls’ High School, Ferozepur, wrote in the school log book :-
“It was an indescribable pleasure to see everything so bright and cheerful. The dialogue was very well done and gave an account of the growth of the college. The song was very sweet. It reflects a great credit on the management to keep the college up-to-date in everything. The cause of women’s education will have no reason to despair when work is taken in the spirit which seems to rule in this institution.”
Dinshah R. F. Daboo Esq., B.A., of Navsari, wrote :
“I am deeply impressed by the good work that your Samaj is doing, and value it highly. To such. a purpose I always deem it a pleasure to give my modest mite.”
Times of India, Bombay wrote :-
“Dev Samaj, which was founded in 1887 by Bhagwan Dev Atma, under whose care it has proved itself diligent in social service which is being done by a band of workers pledged to reform society. Scouting forms a part of the curricula of these (High) schools to supplement the work of character-building and social service.”
The Bombay Chronicle wrote :-
“The main object of the Samaj is the moral uplift of the backward and neglected classes of people through education and other means. The educational work of the Samaj has elicited warm praise from educationists, officials, non-officials.”
The Statesman, Calcutta wrote:-
“The Society is devoted to humanitarian service in many spheres, and its work lies among men, women and children of all creeds and castes. It runs no fewer than twenty-seven institutions, and during the past year it-has taught its maxim of ‘deserve before you desire’ with remarkable results in many districts in the Punjab, the N.W.F. Province, Delhi, the United Provinces, Bombay and Bengal.The Programme of the Society is steadily expanding, ;and while regeneration of conduct remains its main aim, it has formulated and proved practical schemes by which those whom it helps can educate themselves and earn their living at the same time.”
The Associated Press of India, Calcutta, wrote under the heading of “Uplifting Humanity Work of Unique Society :-
“Tales not merely of sacrifice and enthusiasm but also of success in humanitarianism are revealed in the latest Annual Report of the Dev Samaj of Lahore, amply supported.”
The Star of India, Calcutta wrotes:-
“The striking instance which has just come to our notice, is that of the Dev Samaj which is located in the Punjab, but, which for almost half a century has been doing really excellent work in the social, educational and moral regeneration and elevation of humanity. I t is running 26 schools (now 30) including 3 (now 5 ) High Schools and special institutions for depressed and criminal classes, and the inquiries we have made show, that it has a large number of Musalmans on its (schools) rolls for whom it is working with as much zeal and devotion as it does for Hindus.”
The Pioneer, Lucknow, wrote under the heading. “A good institution” :-
“For over half a century the Dev Samaj has been doing excellent work in the social, moral and educational fields and all those who have had the opportunity of watching its labours have paid it unstinted tributes. The institution has specialized in the care of children and the schools nearly thirty in number that it runs have been centres of moral training. This quiet but beneficial work has attracted much interest and distinguished support. The schools of the Samaj are crowded with children from all over India and Burma who leave them with their character transformed. The Samaj also does unobtrusive but valuable work among the depressed classes and criminal trials. The selfless servants of the Samaj deserve all praise and there should be no doubt of the public extending to them the assistance that they need.”
H. E. Lady Trivedi for her kind visit to our institution. She was given a guard of honour. She took the salute in a march-past of the College. She carefully inspected our Exhibition which she appreciated. She was pleased to send us a few lines which we thankfully quote here :-
“I was very pleased to go round the Dev Samaj, Ferozepur and was impressed by the high standard of ……….activities of the institution. The staff and students of the College put up a very good show and I would like to congratulate them all for this. I wish the institution ever increasing prosperity in the year to come.”
The moral atmosphere of the institutions at Ferozepur, has won the admiration and praise of several parents and citizens. We are happy to quote the following expressions from the letters of the girls and their parents. (AR 1954)
“… My daughter (who fell seriously ill and was nursed to recovery) has a fresh lease of life which is all due to your kind and sympathetic. supervision under best medical treatment given to her. Yours is the first institution where I have seen during mv life such excellent medical arrangements for the resident students. Not only this. All the Professors connected with your institution are working with a missionary spirit which is badly wanting in other institutions For all this you deserve the greatest credit. May your institution be a beacon-light tor others and may it continue to serve the humanity.”
Parkash Singh Badal, Ex-Chief Minister Punjab wrote –
While conferring this prestigious award, the Chief Minister lavished his profoundest of plaudits on the recipient Dr. Prashar and said that she is the harbinger of women education in India. He also exhorted all the academicians of India to emulate the working style of Dr. Madhu Prashar to raise the standards of education in India.
Mrs. Menka Gandhi, Minister of Women & Child Development wrote –
While appreciating the National award of Dr. Madhu Prashar, during her visit at DSCW Mrs. Menka Gandhi, Minister of Women & Child Development said that the greatest contribution Dr. Prashar has made in her life serves as a biggest example of a legacy of her work which runs till date in the form of DSCW which has become the most distinguished centre of learning in modern India.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology wrote –
While admiring Dr. Prashar’s contributions, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology proudly said that whatever he had learnt about DSCW during his visit was very inspiring. He said that the country needs many more educational institutions like this and many more spirited educationists like Dr. Madhu Prashar to bring back the lost glory of India.
Similarly, a student wrote:-
“Your moral lessons are the most useful lessons for my present and future life. You always send the girls with not only bookish knowledge but good training! for the practical life. My husband thankful to you and to my dear College for all this good training. I have sent Rs. 125 by M. 0 for the College. Please accept it as a token of my regards for the institution which gave me education and good training in household work for making a successful and happy home.”
A distinguished Panjabi writes:–
“It has been my fond desire to visit your great institution to which you and your wife have dedicated your sublime lives. The Dev Samaj College for Women is one of the best institutions in the Panjab. The emphasis on right conduct which is a feature of your College marks it out as a unique institution of the state Your College is fashioning a new humanity without the fanfare of publicity.”