Journey of Shishu Bihar H.S. School
It is said that Rome was not
built in a day. The name and fame, Shishu Bihar has earned, is not
achieved all on a sudden. It has a history of over five decades.
Way back in 1954, the then State Government took initiative for setting up
of a Nursery School under Montessori system of Education. With the
objective in view, three teachers namely Smt. Maya Chakraborty, Smt.
Lalita Bose and Smt. Gita Datta were sent to Delhi for undergoing
Montessori training. First batch of children were enrolled in July, 1954
and the school was provided with temporary accommodation in the old hostel
of Maharani Tulshibati Girls H.S. School, located opposite to present
Press-Club. In 1956 the school was shifted to its present location at
Officers Qtrs. Lane.
At that time the Headmistress
of the School was Smt.
Sutapa Banerjee. Soon the Nursery School, Shishu Bihar became a centre of
attraction. With a view to developing the school as a centre of excellence
dedicated teachers were brought from different parts within and outside of
the state. Among them the induction of Miss Arati Patra by Dr. G.N.
Chatterjee, the then Director of Education and an eminent Educationist was
a landmark. Miss Patra, with her outstanding qualities and devotion
nurtured and developed Shishu Bihar from its infancy. Since children are
as beautiful and sacred as flowers, she considered Shishu Bihar as garden
full of blooming children.
At the initial stage Shishu Bihar was a small school with limited number
of students and teachers just like a family. Students had no particular
uniform as Miss Patra thought the school uniform was a binding, posing a
hindrance to the all round development of little children. She looked upon
them as coloured butterflies moving about here and there in the school
premises. Much later in 1981 school uniform was introduced.
Having begun as a Nursery school Shishu Bihar was gradually upgraded to
Upper Primary level and remained so for some years. In 1976 it was
upgraded to Madhyamik level with introduction of Class IX. First batch,
comprising nine students, namely 1. Jaya Rao, 2.Atri Ganguly, 3.Sanchita
Ganguly, 4.Jaba Chatterjee, 5. Arghakusum Mitra, 6. Sabyasachi Das,
7.Anjan Dev, 8. Debashish Das and 9. Hillol Das appeared in the Madhyamik
Examination in 1978 conducted by Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE).
The results were brilliant, not only nine students secured 1st Division
with high marks, but three of them secured ranks among the top ten ranks
declared by the TBSE. Since then the students of the school have been
climbing the ladder of success. Up till now 31 batches have appeared in
the Madhyamik & 29 in the H.S. Examination. Among the top 10 ranks
declared by the TBSE, 78 students of 31 batches bagged ranks in the
Madhyamik Examination and 60 students of 29 batches in the H.S.(+2 stage)
Examination. There is record of securing eight ranks in Madhyamik
Examination in 2001 and seven ranks in H.S.Examination in 2003 under TBSE.
Students of the school have won laurels not only in academics but also in
various extra-curricular activities like debate, quiz, painting, singing,
dance, sports etc. And these probably have been possible through their
upbringing in this school right from the Nursery classes.
For development of infrastructure of Shishu Bihar the State Government has
always taken all possible efforts. At the beginning a house with GCI-sheets
roof was constructed at the present location of the newly -constructed
building of the school. Later in mid-eighties a two-storied building was
constructed where classes have been held so far. Construction of the new
two-storied building having 32 rooms which has been inaugurated on 3rd
October, 2008 was taken up in 2006. In its architecture, design, size and
location, the building has become a piece of attraction. It is heartening
that the school is now going to get a good play-ground in front of the new
building. It is expected that this newly developed infrastructure shall
facilitate improvement of teaching-learning process and overall
development of the students.
Reeta De Choudhury
Asst. Head Mistress
Shishu Bihar H.S. School