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.
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
Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for
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