Anglo-Indian contribution to education outstanding: TN Governor

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has said Anglo-Indian contribution in the field of education has been outstanding. He said this after he inaugurated the 11th World Anglo-Indian Reunion 2019, organised by the International Federation of Anglo-Indian Associations, in Chennai. "The Anglo-Indians are a distinct Indian community who have accommodated in their outlook and lifestyle two different ways of living and looking at the world," he said.

The Anglo-Indian community is the only Indian community that has representatives, 2 MPs, nominated to the Lok Sabha. This privilege was obtained by Frank Anthony, a brilliant lawyer who in 1942 took over the leadership from Sir Henry Gidney. Frank Anthony was a member of the Constituent Assembly and also a nominated Member of Parliament for four decades, he added. "A total of 300 Anglo-Indian schools have been set up in the country, out of which a hundred are about a century old. The ICSE Board of Education was set up by the Anglo-Indian educationist A.E.T. Barrow. The community was also responsible for setting up three eminent public schools in the country, the Frank Anthony Public Schools at Delhi, Bombay and Bangalore," the Governor said.

Heaping more laurels, he said, "In Tamil Nadu, there are presently about 40 Anglo-Indian schools rendering service to the State. Special mention must be made of St. George’s School which is over 300 years old. The Doveton school in Madras which was started in 1855 also deserves mention as it a school that is wholly owned and managed by Anglo-Indians."