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Updated: April 09, 1991 05:00 PM GMT
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St. Patrick´s High School, the oldest educational institution in Karachi archdiocese, celebrated its 130th anniversary on March 15.

Sindh Chief Minister Jam Sadiq Ali, a former student of St. Patrick´s, was the main guest.

Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Lobo of Karachi said that since becoming chief minister, Ali has donated his annual salary to the school which provides 1.2 million rupees (US$54,560) in scholarships and concessions to poor students.

Ali said he was pleased to be present at his alma mater´s 130th anniversary. "I am here not as the chief minister, but as an old Patrician. I still have a lot to learn from this institution."

He expressed hope that youth passing through St. Patrick´s will serve the nation sincerely and will maintain the prestige of the institution.

Ali awarded a grant of 2.5 million rupees (US$113,637) to the school from the chief minister´s fund. He said that March 17 would be a holiday for school students in memory of Saint Patrick´s feastday.

The chief minister also presented awards to school staff who were celebrating 25 years of service.

Earlier, the chief minister laid the foundation stone for the Notre Dame Institute of Teachers´ Training, which is being established at the school.

According to Bishop Lobo, rector of St. Patrick´s, the institution will be a teacher training college under the supervision of Australian nuns who are expected to arrive soon.

St. Patrick´s alumni include former prime minister Mohammad Khan Junejo, former chief minister of India´s Junagadh State Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto, former chief ministers of Sindh, mayors of Karachi, Test cricketers Wallis Mathais and Antato D´Souza, and armed forces and civil administration officials.

The late Indian Cardinal Valerian Gracias of Bombay, Cardinal Joseph Cordeiro of Karachi, a dozen archbishops, bishops and eminent educationists also attended St. Patrick´s.


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