Lucknow: Blue Bells School, Mahanagar, and its senior section, Rajmata Academy at Aliganj, celebrated its Founder’s Day on December 16. The school was established on this day in the year 1974. Madam Asthana was a visionary. She worked tirelessly for the underprivileged and imparted education to them. The commercial angle never intercepted her mission of service towards society. Even as the pandemic was ongoing, the school continued its online classes to ensure unhindered education to the children. To support the education of children who did not have the means to attend online classes, the school provided them with smartphones and supplied printed study material at home.
Since the founder of these institutions Mrs. Prabha Asthana, left for her heavenly abode this May, the celebrations were somber and on a low key. Students, staff, and management of both the schools offered flowers on the Photograph of the Founder. The students were given Face Mask by Ms. Charu Priya Asthana, Manager, Blue Bells Educational Society, and Ms. Chavi Ghosh, Principal as a token of their respect towards the Founder. A display of photographs depicting various hues of Mrs. Prabha Asthana’s life was put up on the occasion.
Many dignitaries graced the occasion to pay their respect to Madam Asthana. Sh Atul Srivastava, President, U P Private Schools Association, Prof Onkar Prasad, Lucknow University, Professor Leena Burman, Lucknow University; Former Commdt CISF, Sh Sharad Choudhary; Capt Pravin Kishore, Pilot U.P Government; Dr. Vivek Saxena, IFS, Managing Director, Haryana Forests Development Corporation offered prayers and flowers. Mr. P K Asthana, Patron, Blue Bells School, and Rajmata Academy, who is a pillar to these institutions also marked the day by his words to walk down the memory lane.
Devotional songs and memories by the former students marked the day. Saints of Nirankari Mission prayed for the Founder. The commemoration winded off after participants partook the Prasad and Coffee.