The New School-A Banyan Tree
Chiplunkar, himself a teacher, wished
that at least the younger generations should receive the fight type of
The people's blind faith that British
rule was God's gift to India had to be wiped out.
Tilak, Agarkar and Chiplunkar were.
three persons im pelled by the same ideal. They joined hands to create
an educational institution to develop moral strength in the pupils.
The educational institution planned
and founded by Tilak is like a banyan tree. The little seedling planted
by him, has grown into a gigantic tree with many branches, and every branch
has meant renewed. life and a new educa tional institution.
The New English School has now grown
into the 'Deccan Education Society'. This society now runs the Fergusson
College and the Greater Maharashtra Commerce and Economics College in Pune,
the Willingdon College in Sangli and the Bombay College in Bombay as well
as a number of high schools.
As the New English School started in
1880, progressed, k attracted larger and still larger numbers of pupils.
This was a school which reflected out culture and the ideals of our life
and was thus our very own. It was also secur ing the best results in the
examinations. Teachers Were so preparing their pupils for the examinations
as to secure all the scholarships for their school. Tilak and his colleagues
toiled not a little for the school. During the first year, neither Tilak
nor Chiplunkar drew even a rupee as salary.