Bishop Cotton School (Shimla)
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|Bishop Cotton School|
|Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
|Type||Independent north Indian boarding school for boys|
|Motto||Overcome Evil With Good|
|Founder||Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton|
|Head of school||Roy Christopher Robinson|
|Grades||Class 3 - 12|
|Number of students||500 approx.|
|Campus size||56 acres (230,000 m2)|
|Houses||Curzon, Ibbetson, Lefroy and Rivaz|
|Colour(s)||Cambridge blue and Oxford blue
|Affiliation||Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ICSE) and The Indian School Certificate examination (ISC)|
|Former pupils||Old Cottonians|
Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, (Himachal Pradesh, India) is one of the oldest boarding schools for boys in Asia, having been founded on 28 July 1859, by Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton. Bishop Cotton also founded the Bishop Cotton Boys' School and Bishop Cotton Girls' School in Bangalore. The alumni of Bishop Cotton are known as Old Cottonians. The Bishop Cotton School, Shimla celebrated 150 years of existence in 2009.
The school has produced several army officers, ambassadors, judges, defense and paramilitary officers, ministers and politicians.
- 1 History
- 2 School organisation
- 3 Curriculum
- 4 Buildings and grounds
- 5 Old Cottonians Association
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Bishop George Edward Lynch Cotton was a scholar of Westminster, and a graduate of Cambridge. In 1836 he was appointed Assistant Master at Rugby by Doctor Thomas Arnold, one of the founders of the British Public School system. It was the young Mr. Cotton who was spoken of as 'the model young master' in Thomas Hughe’s famous book 'Tom Brown's School Days'. The school opened for students on 15 March 1863. Though mentioned in correspondence as the Simla Public School, it never actually bore this name. The first boy, Frederick Naylor, joined the school on 16 March 1863. Bishop Cotton personally reconnoitered ten sites in September and October 1864, and finally approved the South end of Knollswood Spur which belonged to the Rajah of Keonthal. After lengthy negotiations the site was acquired through the intervention of the Viceroy and the foundation stone for the new buildings was laid on 26 September 1866, by H.E. the Viceroy, Sir John Lawrence, brother of Sir Henry Lawrence, founder of the famous Lawrence School, Sanawar. In September 1868, the school moved to Knollswood, the present site. Bishop Cotton was inspired by the phrase, "Overcome Evil With Good" from Romans 12:21.
Bishop Cotton School was the first school, to implement the House System. The four houses are named after distinguished gentlemen, who had provided financial help to the school after The Great Fire of 1905.
- Curzon House - founded in 1909, motto Facta Non Verba. was named after Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India (1899–1905).
- Ibbetson House - founded in 1907, motto Nec Impetu Nec Imperio, was named after Sir Denzil Ibbetson, the Governor of Punjab (1907–1908).
- Lefroy House - founded in 1906, motto Mutare Sperno), was named after The Rt. Rev. George A. A. Lefroy, the third Bishop of Lahore.
- Rivaz House - founded in 1908, motto Servamus, was named after Sir Charles Rivaz, the Governor of Punjab (1903–1907)
The house tutors or the house masters of the four houses are-
- Curzon - Mr. Ranjit Singh Dhaliwal
- Ibbetson - Mr. Dinesh Thakur
- Lefroy - Mr. Rohit Vyas
- Rivaz - Mr. Praveen Dharma
In the Junior School, from classes III to V, pastoral requirements are met and control and supervision of the boys is by the Matrons who live next to the boys in the dormitories. The children have Class Teachers who function like House Tutors for the children of their classes.
Bishop Cotton School was again the first school in India, to start the Prefectorial System. Today, the school authorities consist of the four House Captains, The School Captain, and The School Prefect who are :
- School Captain : Yashvardhan Singh.
- School Vice Captain : Ankit Gongal.
- Curzon House Captain :Mohit Mohendru
- Ibbetson House Captain : Yuvraj Seemar.
- Lefroy House Captain : Gursimar Makkar.
- Rivaz House Captain : Karan Gaba.
- School Prefect : Harkirat Singh Chug.
The school has its own curriculum for classes III to VIII. Classes IX to XII follow the CISCE syllabus.
Every boy goes on for tertiary education at the end of year XII, and the success rate for the board examination is usually 100%. The teaching system is backed by a remedial address system, and since the boys and staff are residents, every teacher is accessible at any time if a child seeks help. The school has provisions for helping children with special needs. The school runs The Learning Centre, which is an education centre for non-resident, mentally handicapped children of Shimla town.
Buildings and grounds
The staff are housed in Linlithgow house. Next to this is the Holy Trinity Chapel and between them is Canning Gate and Lawrence Gate which can be identified with The Lawrence School, Sanawar crest bearing the legend “Be ready”. Viceroy Lawrence laid the foundation stone of the school at the present site.
Facing the main school building are Rivaz, Ibbetson and Lefroy dormitory houses. Curzon dormitory house is at the right back end. Opposite Lefroy is the War Memorial and Museum with a cannon and an aircraft further along. Between Lefroy and the War Memorial is an arched hedge that leads past a tiny rose garden to the Headmaster’s Lodge and the Lady Willingdon Swimming Bath. In front of the Porch is a fountain commemorating Sardar Sohan Singh.
The main hall of the school is Irwin Hall. Behind this is the Senior Master’s Lodge to the left of which is the park and to its right Litster Hall and the laboratories. Sports facilities include the Bawa Squash Courts and Shankar Hall for indoor badminton.
From classes 3 to 8 the boys live in dormitories under the care and supervision of Matrons, boys of the same age group are together. The Remove Building commemorates Ronald and Zoe Hakim (Staff 1969-86; HM: 1987-94). Each dormitory has about 34 boys.Class III and IV lives in Linlithgow,Class V lives in Iron's Dormitory,Class VI lives in Sinker Dormitory,VII lives Stooks and Class VIII lives in Lewis Dormitory.Dormitory From class IX the boys move up to the Main School, which dates back to the 1860s, and live in their Houses with all boys of a particular house together. They are under the direct control and supervision of their House Masters, Captains and Prefects.
Old Cottonians Association
The OCA was started in 1910 when 17 Old Cottonians assembled in the Freemason's Hall in Simla. The Old Cottonians Association is spread all over the world.
- R.S. Sodhi, Delhi High Court (Curzon 1954-62) who delivered justice in the controversial Murder of Jessica Lal case that had been a subject of great attention in the 2000s.
- H.S.Bedi, Justice, Supreme Court of India
Defence Services (Brigadier and above)
- Brig. R.S.S. Kohli Indian Army
- Air Chief Marshal P.C Lal, Padma Vibhushan, DFC, CAS (1927–29)
- General Akhtar Abdur Rahman, military governor of Baluchistan and head of Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan
- Brigadier-General Reginald Edward Harry Dyer, British Army Officer responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.
Police (DIG and above)
- B S Bedi (Director General Police Assam and J&K)
- Sir L Tomkin, CIE, IG Police Punjab 1922-26 (1882–87)
- Ali Akbar Khan, IG Police, Hyderabad, India (Rivaz 1920-22)
- DIG Simranjit Singh Mann, MP, Punjab (Ibbetson 1951-61)
- Ravinder Kumar, DIG HP (Curzon 1963-68)
- J S Anand, DIG, Punjab (Ibbetson 1951-56)
- William Kirkpatrick, MP for Preston (Conservative), 1931 (1891–96)
- Maj Roy Farran, MLA, Minister of Utilities and Telephone, Canada (Curzon 1932-34)
- Fali Nariman, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of India, MP (Rajya Sabha), Padma Bhushan (Ibbetson 1942-44)
- Virbhadra Singh, Government of India (Ibbetson 1947-51)(born 23 June 1934) is the current Chief Minister of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. He has previously held several national political offices and has also been Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh state on six occasions, between 1983-1990, 1993-1998, 2003–2007 and from 2013. He was the elected member of Lok Sabha in 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 and in 2009. He is a member of the Indian National Congress.
- Ravi Inder Singh (Speaker Punjab Assembly)
- Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Indian economic policy-maker, member of the Indian Planning Commission in the NDA Government from 1998. He became the first Director of the Independent Evaluation Office, International Monetary Fund (IMF) on July 9, 2001. On June 16, 2004, he was appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission by the UPA and was reappointed to the post by the Government on June 5, 2009 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
- Nipun Bansal, Vice President, Indian Society Manchester
- Anand Chandulal, Bishop of Amritsar and former Metropolitan of the Church of North India (Rivaz 1943-49)
- Ruskin Bond, Padma Shri, Author (I 43-50) In 1992, Ruskin Bond received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his short story collection, Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra, given by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Literature. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contributions to children's literature.
- Jeev Milkha Singh (born 15 December 1971) is an Indian professional golfer who became the first player from India to join the European Tour in 1998. He has won four events on the European Tour making him the most successful Indian on tour. He is the highest ranked Indian golfer in the world and first broke into the top 100 in October 2006.
- Abhimanyu Raj Singh, Ibbetson, actor, writer, director, businessman, doctor
- Akshay Sethi, producer
- Kumar Gaurav, actor
- Faisal Rashid, Rivaz Actor
- Mayank Anand, television actor, writer, artist, designer, columnist
- Karanpal Singh Sekhon, Director, Punjab and Sindh Bank
- Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, Hollywood Film Director (Ibbetson House: 1972 -78)
- D.C.Anand, Chairman, Anand Group Of Companies. Mr. D.C. Anand has also been awarded Knight in the National Order of Merit ( ”Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Merite”) by the President of the French Republic ( H.E.Nicholas Sarkozy)having played a very important role in promoting the links between the Indian and French business communities and in enhancing the relations between France and India.
- Lalit Modi, Chairman and Commissioner of IPL
- Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Group
- Ness Wadia is an Indian businessman belonging to the Wadia family. He is currently the Managing Director of the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation, a company which has holdings in most of the Wadia Group subsidiaries, including an indirect majority stake in Britannia Industries. He was the Joint Managing Director of Bombay Dyeing, the flagship company of the Wadia Group,till March 2011 when he stepped down from the post. Wadia is a co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kings XI Punjab along with his ex-girlfriend, actress Preity Zinta.
- Niraj Goel, NRI Businessman based in Singapore, among the richest in Singapore
- "3 School Rankings of 2012". Education World.
- Ruskin Bond tribute site accessed July 2007
- "DC Anand appointed Knight by the French Republic". Old Cottonians Association.
- The Schools Globe; http://www.cottoniansglobe.com/ Weblink for Globe, a community whose members are from 15 boarding schools of India, thus forming ‘The Prestigious Schools Club’ (Bishop Cotton School - Shimla)
- Cottonians Connect Website created by the Cottonian fraternity]
- Official school page
- Old Cottonians Association