Founder’s Programme

Dear Old Sanawarians,

The Executive Committee of the Old Sanawarian Society extends a warm welcome to all of you at the 170th Founder’s of The Lawrence School Sanawar.

His Excellency Shri Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, an Old Sanawarian Batch of 1979 will be the Chief Guest for our 170th Founder’s Day on 4th October 2017.

A detailed program of the events at Founder’s is given below. The following may please be noted:

1. The OS Society preliminary meeting will be held on 3rd October 2017 from 2.15 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Som Dutt Sports Complex, Sanawar.
2. The OS Dinner on 3rd October will be held at Glenview Resort, Kasauli from 8.30 p.m. onwards.
3. The AGM of the Old Sanawarian Society(OSS) will be held on 4th October 2017 at 2.00 p.m. at Som Dutt Sports Complex, Sanawar.

To know more click here.

Mumbai OS Reunion (September, 2017)

Dear OS,

You are cordially invited for an OS Reunion organised in Mumbai on 2ND Sept 2017. The Head Master Mr Vinay Pande and OS President Lt Col JS Chandel has  kindly consented to be present . The Head Master will speak about his vision for Sanawar and the development agenda planned for the school both hard and soft .

Place ..The Royal Yacht Club, Apollo Bunder  near Gateway of India ,Mumbai
Time ..7.30 pm
Cocktails and Dinner – Contribution Rs 1700 per head if paid till 23rd  August . Rs 2000 per head thereafter or at the venue .

All OS wishing to attend please connect with Amar Gore +919326254000

Regards

Vivek Mehra (OS71)

Kathmandu OS Reunion (Jul, 2017)

OS Nepal Chapter Meet 2017

The first meeting of Nepal Old Sanawarian Chapter, after its establishment in June 2014, was held at Baber Mahal Vilas, Baber Mahal Revisited, Kathmandu on 15th July 2017. The chief Guest was none other than Mr. Vinay Pande, Headmaster, The Lawrence School, Sanawar.

The main agenda was to formally initiate the process of forming an Executive Committee and to take the chapter forward. Raising funds for the chapter through membership fees and events being the prime prerogative to make it financially self sustaining. Talking about events, the age-old rivalry of Sanawar and The Bishop Cotton School was laid out on the field with a Futsal and Basketball match. Cottonians taking the Futsal win home, and the Sanawarians coming back with a vengeance and taking the basketball game win with a significant score. These matches are to be a yearly feature, and we hope to see greater participation in the days to come.

We had the pleasure of having Ms. Aanchal Bhatia (OS 94) with us from India. Mr. Vinay Pande was hosted in Baber Mahal Vilas, a new and upcoming quaint boutique hotel in Kathmandu (owned by two OS brother’s). The total OS attendance at the meet was 49 including spouses, and it was a pleasure to have 8 present Sanawarians with us as well.

Varun SJB Rana
H-‘01

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OS Newsmaker – Prof Parveen June Kumar (OS58)

Prof Parveen June Kumar (OS 58 SGD) has been conferred the prestigious Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to medicine and medical education in Jun 2017.

The 74-year-old Professor of Medicine and Education, Bart’s and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London, is the co-editor and author of a revolutionary 1989 textbook, ‘Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine’, which is credited with improvements in the education of medical students, doctors and nurses in training both at home and abroad.

Heartiest Congratulations from the OS Fraternity!

OS Newsmakers – Anirudh Singh (OS93) and Lokinder Singh Verma (OS64)

Meet Anirudh Singh , the man behind the panic/emergency button on mobiles. Father Lokinder and Son team have been awarded a global patent.

The Modi government became the first-ever government in the world to pass a law mandating the use of technology for women’s safety. The government compelled all mobile manufacturers to include a ‘panic’ or emergency button on their handsets, for women safety and prevention of crime, from January 1, 2017. This successful lobby, however, was 16 years in the making. Anirudh Singh had been gunning for this cardinal alteration to mobile phones that could potentially be the difference between life and death for users since the turn of the millennium. He has spent this decade and a half not only perfecting this technology, but also working on another feature that would take safety precautions to a whole new level. As the patent saw the light of day, here’s everything you need to know about the feature and the man who created it.

Read their story here.

Major General Aneet (Neety) Sihota (Retd.) – 1951-59, Siwalik

Major General Aneet (Neety) Sihota (Retd.)
1951 – 1959 Siwalik

Heartfelt condolences to his wife and family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

After graduating from Sanawar in 1959, he joined the Indian Army and was commissioned into the oldest Armoured Regiment of the Indian Army, the 16th Light Cavalry. Within two years of commissioning he saw action in Sep 1965 at the age of 21, and again in Dec 1971.

He met and married Kikky Jind, in 1969. They did a 2 year stint in Bombay from whence he was permanently posted to 71 Armoured Regiment, a newly raised tank regiment which he later commanded in the early 80s. Thereafter, he had the occasion to do a stint with the Soviet Army and graduated on their Anti Tank Command and General Staff Course at Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg).

Later in his career, after commanding the illustrious ‘Fleur-de-Lis’ Brigade (the oldest Armoured Brigade which had won accolades in World Wars I and II), he was selected to attend the US Army War College in Pennsylvania USA where we spent a truly memorable year. In autumn 1993, he returned to India where he served as the Director of the Faculty of Studies in the Indian Army’s College of Combat (now called the Indian War College) at Mhow MP.

In 1996, he took over command of 26 Infantry Division in J&K, and there after moved as Chief of Staff of a Corps in the Northern J&K during 1998-99. He retired in Autumn 2001 as the Additional Director General Mechanised Forces, Army Headquarters.

Upon retirement from the Army in late 2001, he joined Span Manufacturing Ltd, a Canadian manufacturing and logistics company, and moved to Chihuahua in Northern Mexico, as the General Manager for their Mexican operations. Later in 2002 they moved to Toronto, Canada, where they took up permanent residency. Whilst he continued to work for Span, Kikky became a prolific writer of cookbooks. They have two daughters, Preneet and Amrita, both married. Preneet graduated in Business Management from UAH Alabama in USA and married an engineer. Amrita works with British Airways at Gurgaon. She is married to a musician. He continued to work for Span till he contracted Cancer to which he finally succumbed on 30 June 2017.