Patuck Trust
 
Rustomji Hormusji Patuck or Rustomba, as he was fondly called, was born in Mumbai in 1860. He completed his matriculation examination and proceeded to Elphinstone College where he passed the B.A. Examination.

Mr Patuck moved to Manchester in 1888 and opened his office there. He successfully conducted business of trading in cotton textiles in the UK for 33 years before returning to India for good.

During his life, he made many visits to India and observed that the younger generation was going for higher academic education and there was a dislike for technical fields which required a large amount of manual work.

Mr Patuck may well be compared to Gandhiji in his passion for frugality and discipline, need for fresh air and exercise and his great abhorance for any sort of ostentation. He believed in the Gandhian principles of hard work and had a strong sense of doing something for the nation.
Mr Patuck foresaw that there would be serious unemployment among the educated youngsters and came to the conclusion that a combination of practical training together with basic academic education would provide a solution to this problem of unemployment and would also teach students the dignity of manual labour.

Mr Patuck returned to India for good in 1921 with a sizeable fortune. He decided to retire from business and dedicate his life and wealth to the cause of a new type of educational institute with a practical bias. He firmly believed:

"Give a man a fish today; you have fed him for today.
Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime."

With this in mind, he decided to open a school, with boarding and lodging, with a practical bias. This school was to be open to everyone without distinction of class or creed. The students were to live as one family and lead a very simple life without ostentation. Their dress should be of simple material, without any show of pomp or finery. The food should be nutritive and simple; students were required to help in all domestic chores. They had to look after and make their beds and sweep and clean the floors to inculcate a sense of dignity of manual labour and to inculcate clean habits. Mr Patuck lived the same life as he asked his students to live. In this way, he practiced what he preached. His approach was as realistic as it was revolutionary.

Mr Patuck created a Trust in 1932. Until January 1936, no beginning could be made as both parents of the students and the staff found the new system problematic. A beginning was made with 12 students in May 1936.

Mr Patuck died on 20th October 1936 after accomplishing his vision. His legacy remains with us.

As a mark of respect, we have perpetuated his memory by commissioning Mr Anand Deodhar to sculpt a bust of our Founder. This bust has been installed at a prominent location in our campus. The inauguration ceremony was held on 2nd January 2012 at the beginning of our 80th anniversary celebrations.

 

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