Mahatma Gandhi’s alma mater Alfred High School is closing doors to make way for a museum. According to reports, Rajkot-based premium institute has handed over leaving certificates to its 150 students and staff members.
In 2016, Gujarat Government had issued a terse notification that a museum on Mahatma Gandhi worth Rs 12 crore was to be created at Alfred High School or Mohandas Gandhi High School and that the students will be shifted to Karansinhji High School.
Originally called Rajkot English School, it was founded on October 17, 1853 and later became a full-fledged high school.
By 1868, it was known as Rajkot High School and was named Alfred High School in 1907. Following India's independence in 1947, the school was renamed "Mohandas Gandhi High School" in the honour of Mahatma Gandhi, who graduated from this school in 1887.
Dispute in transfer
According to a report by news Agency ANI, the school premises had adequate space to carve out a museum and also run the school, but it was closed anyway. In fact the report says that the students and teachers were handed down leaving certificates and asked to fend for themselves.
Whereas, other reports quoted by the agency say that the arrangements were being made to move the entire staff and students elsewhere by the end of this month.