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The 225th anniversary celebrations of St. Joseph’s BHSS, Kozhikode

The 225th anniversary celebrations of St. Joseph’s BHSS, Kozhikode

The 225th anniversary celebrations of St. Joseph’s boy’s Hr. Secondary School, the oldest school in Kerala, has received wide media coverage. From January 18 onwards we had regular evening programmes titled Khalbile Kozhikode connecting the occasion with the various faces of Calicut: history of Calicut, the goodness of Calicut (Mohabeth), its culture of dialogue and harmony, the flavors of Calicut, etc., and involved heritage walks, exhibitions, cultural nights, ‘food-ball mania’, aesthetics, and religious harmony meetings. The programmes were organized with the support of the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC). Prominent personalities from different walks of life participated in the events. Mr. Mammukoya, the cine actor, steered Kozhikodan humors. The climax of the event was the global alumni meet Sanjo 225. It started on January 27 evening with a public function presided over by Mr. M K Muneer, M L A, and the key note address was delivered by Mr. M G S Narayanan. Mr. U V Jose, district collector, shared his dreams for the development of Calicut and stressed the role of St. Josephs in preserving its heritage. Fr Thomas Anthraper, the long-time veteran of the school, was honoured and was gifted with a cheque Rs.10 lakhs mobilized by one batch of the alumnii. Distinguished alumni who were specially honoured included Dr. Azad Moopan and Dr. Ali Fizal, both prominent entrepreneurs in the medical field. Some imaginative proposals for the development of the school were presented by the alumnii; they included a high-tech playground and a modernized library. Fr M K George, the Jesuit Provincial presided over the functions on January 28 in which the retired staff and the present staff were felicitated. Fr Sooraj ably steered the Sanjo 225 to a good finale. Fr Philip, our minister, is busy renovating the Jesuit residence with more guest rooms and facilities for the candidates. Fr Thadeyoos did a commendable job of completing the new plus-two block on time.

Jose Mathew