A Galaxy Rediscovered in its Sesquicentennial Celebrations
Pandit Dwarakanath Vidyabhushan, the famous editor of “Somprakash” and a great versatile personality of the Bengal Renaissance was the founder father of Harinavi D.V.A.S. High School. Though the actual date and year of its foundation is still in the dark, its first batch of students sat for the Entrance Examination in the year 1866 which was later accepted as the year of its inception. The school started with only 17 students. In 1870 it was called “Harinavi Aided School” and in 1872 it was christened by the name “Harinavi Anglo Sanskrit School”. During the centenary celebrations in 1966 the school was rechristened by incorporating the name of its founder father in its own name and became “Harinavi Dwarakanath Vidyabhushan Anglo Sanskrit High School”. It’s Higher Secondary Section (10+2) is coeducational since 1977.
The school gradually became the Alma Mater of a galaxy of talents who graced many prestigious positions in this country and abroad. Narendranath Bhattacharya alias M. N. Roy, the famous revolutionary of the preindependent India and the founder of “Radical Humanist” was a student of this school. Musical genius Salil Chowdhury was its illustrious alumnus. A well reputed essayist Prof. Charuchandra Bhattacharya who acted as a P.A. of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore also studied here. Janakinath Basu, father of Netaji Subhas Chandra Basu was an alumnus of the school. Ramanath Saraswati who translated Rig Veda and Jnanchandra Bhattacharya who was the English tutor of Rabindranath Tagore as found in Tagore”s reminiscences named “Jibansmriti” were the alumni too. So were singer of light Bengali songs, Mrinal Chakraborty and dhrupad singer Amarendranath Bhattacharya. The famous body builder Kamal Bhandari who got the title “Bharat Shri” cleared his matriculation from this school in 1947. Among the present day successful alumni are NASA Scientist Nilotpal Bhadra, eminent gynecologist Dr. Rabin Chakraborty (USA), eye surgeon Dr. Kajal Prasad Ghosh and Dr. Ashim Dey, sports persons Atanu Bhattacharya and Amit Bhadra, European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) and INSA fellowship winner, Dr. Suvendra Nath Bhattacharyya (formerly International Senior Research Fellow, The Welcome trust, London (2009-2014),presently Principal Scientist, IICB, Jadavpur) and many others.
This profile will remain incomplete if the names of some renowned headmasters, asst. headmasters and asst. teachers of this school are not mentioned here. Acharya Umesh Chandra Dutta an educational enthusiast acted as headmaster in six terms. Acharya Shibanath Shastri, the famous educationist and social reformer was Vidyabhushan’s nephew. He took on the mantle of this educational institution from his uncle. Prakash Chandra Roy, father of Bidhan Chandra Roy, the second Chief Minister of West Bengal after independence was an asst. headmaster and used to stay here in a cottage adjacent to the school. “ Pather Panchali” famous Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay started his writings while he was an asst. teacher of this school and ultimately rose to the pinnacle of glory as a writer with some eternal values expressed in his numerous novels, short stories and travelogues.
Some of the great personalities of this country, who paid their homages to this altar of learning at different times of this span of 150 years are Rashtraguru Surendranath Bandyopadhyay, Netaji Subhas Chandra Basu, Mahamahopadhyay Haraprasad Shahstri, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Basu, Acharya Jadunath Sarkar, Acharya C.V. Raman, Acharya Suniti Kumar Chattopadhyay, Sarbapally Radha Krishnan, Gouri Nath Shastri, Debaprasad Sarbadhikari, Meghnad Saha, Kalidas Nag, Annada Sankar Roy, Dr. Sukumari Bhattacharya and so on.
We are really proud of our association with this premier institution of this region in whatever capacity it might be.