The Bishop of Lucknow Diocess, Rt. Rev. Dr, Alan de Lastic lights the Centenary
Torch which will remain lit through the Centenary week and then hoists the College
Flag in the presence of the entire college. It is right and proper to begin the
Centenary Week with an Inter-Religious Prayer Service at 8:00 a, m. Boys of different
faiths participate in this Service which beings with the hymn- ‘Sing a new song
unto the Lord’, by the College Choir. This is followed by Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and
Christian prayers, Our Chief Guest is Rt. Rev. Alan de Lastic. The Inter-College
Talent Contest in Hindi commences at 9.00am. The host College once again makes it
a clean sweep with Mahanagar Boys’ Inter College coming a very close second.
In the Vocal Solo category, N. Verma of Mahanagar Boys’ is first while P. Siddiqui
and R. Gupta of S. F. C. are second and third respectively. S. F. C. wins the Vocal
Group followed by Mahanagar Boys’ and St. Paul’s School. The instrumental solo prize
winners are all players, of the Tabla. V. V. Ratna and S. Banerjee both of S. F.
C. are first and second respectively; while A. Prakash of Christ Church College
is third. The Chief Guest is the Secretary for Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Mr.
Surendra Mohan, I. A. S. The judges are Mr. G. Bharti and Mr. I. H. Khan from the
Sangeet Natak Academy and Mr. S. K. Misra from the Bhatkande College of Hindustani
Music. Inter-College Talent Contest (English) commences at 5.00 p, m. The results:-
1st Prize : J Rodricks-La Martiniere
2nd Prize : A. Dikshit-St. Francis’
3rd Prize: R. Nair-St. Francis’ College
1st Prize : Loreto Convent represented by M. Kapoor, S. Mathur M. Singh,
T. Misbra, A Rodricks and C. Chaing.
2nd Prize : La Martiniere Girls’ College represented by S. Shah, B. Sharma,
S. Perry, T. Fernandes. E. Ali, Z. Naqvi, N. Ambay and N. Mahajan.
3rd Prize : St. Francis’College represented by R. Nair, A. Dikshit, R. Banerjee,
S. Anwar S. Acharya.
: A. Shukla-St. Francis’ College
: D. Edwin-La Martiniere Girls’ College.
: A. Bhattacharya-St. Francis’ College.
The Team Prize goes to La Martis-iiere Girls* College while Loreto Convent is the
The Centenary Exhibition was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Romano.0. F. M. Cap, a former
Principal of St. Francis’ College. He takes keen interest in each stall and spends
quite some time going around. The Exhibition held in the College Gymnasium depicts
all facets of India from village life to space technology.
The teachers and boys put in everything to make this exhibition something worth
talking about. The exhibition is held for three days.The Centenary Concert is held
at 5.00 p. m. It comprises of a three-act play. “What happened to Jones” an opera.
‘In Old Mexico’ and a tableau, ‘Let my people go’. The play deals with the shambles
to which a house hold is reduced with the advent of a fast-thinking salesman. Jones
in trouble with the law. The actor playing Jones unfortunately loses his voice.
The dubbing is done so successfully by A. Agarwal that it is only at the end of
the concert when this is revealed, that many of the audience get wise to the fact.
The opera, consisting of a Plate, a Grecian, a Mexican and a Carnation dance, all
of which leaves the audience spell-bound, is about the discovery of a golden carnation
that leads to a treasure. The tableau is about the ten plagues that God sent to
The Inter-College Quiz Contest commences at 8.00 a. m, St. Francis’ College, represented
by A. Joshi and A. Sengupta wins the contest. Followed by St. Paul’s School, represented
by P. Jain and P. Agarwal, La Martiniere Girls’ College with A. Purland A. Mohan
comes third.The Chief Guest is Dr. K. C. Mathur, Reader. English- Department, Lucknow
University and an Ex-Franciscan, He delivers a witty speech. The Quiz Master is
Mr. B. Joseph ofthe host college. Inter-College English Debate. The topic is ‘It
is high time India made a Nuclear Bomb’. The various viewpoints of the participants
and lively competition give the audience their time’s worth and more; the first
prize goes to Loreto Convent while St- Paul’s School is second. N. Bansal of Loreto
Convent is adjudged the best speaker. S. Gurbuxani of S. F, C. is Second. The third
place has a tie between S. Jha of St. Paul’s and R. Nairof S. F. C. The Chief Guest,
Mrs. A. D’Souza gives a vivid and moving picture of St. Francis* College in her
days. The judges are Dr. (Mrs.) A. Garg, Mrs. M. Malhotra and Dr. P. C. David, all
Lecturers in the English Department of Lucknow University.The evening’s concert
has Mr. Sunil Shastri, Minister for Energy, Government of U. P., and son of Late
Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri, as the Chief Guest.
Inter-College Painting Contest. The Chief Guest is Mr. S. Dhaon, Justice, Allahabad
High Court. He was a student of St. Francis’ College from 1940 to 1950. St. Francis’
wins the Class Ten Team Prize. St. Mary’s School is the Runner-up. In group one
for Classes 9 and 10, N.Gathoratha of St. Mary’s comes first, M. Agwekar also of
St. Mary’s is second whileV. Gupa of St. Francis’ is third.In group two for Classes
11 and 12, S. Gurbuxani of St. Francis’ comes first 0. Nair of L. M. G. C. is second
and I. Choudhary of Christ Church College is third.In group three, (Classes 9 to
12), P. Mittal of St. Francis’ is first. R. Mehrotra of Loreto Convent is second
and A. Vardhan of S. F. C. is third. The highly qualified judges for this contest
are Mr. A. M. Lobo, Chief Architect, U. P. Government, Dr. A. C. Das, Ex-M. L. C.
(Arts-Science) Medical College and Prof. N. Mahapatra of the Department of Fine
Arts, Lucknow University.At the evening’s Concert, Rt. Rev. Dr. Ignatius Menezes,
Bishop of Ajmer-Jaipur is the Chief Guest.
Inter-College Hindi Debate. The topic is ‘Philosophers arc impractical fools’. The
Chief Guest is Dr. G. S. Misra, Ex-Pro Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University and
an Ex-Franciscan-The judges are Dr. U. John, Dr. S. P. Dixit and Dr. L. S. Nishank,
St Mary School takes the Team Prize with La Martiniere Girls’ College bagging the
Runners-up prize. S. Sharma of St. Mary’s is first. A, Joshi of S. F. C. is second
and A.Puri of L. M. G. C is third.At 3.00 p. m. we have the Annual Inter-House and
the Inter-School Athletic Meets. The Chief Guest is Rt. Rev. Dr.Ignatius Menezes,
Bishop of Ajmer Jaipur. This function commences impressively with a torch which
is lit from the one front of St. Francis’ Statue. The College Captain then carries
the torch to the back field where the House Captains and Vice-Captains take turns
in carrying it round the field. It is finally carried by the College Captain, A.
Nair and the Captain of the winning House, R. Sethi to the top of the building,
where another torch burns for both sports days.The Cock House Shield is won by St
George’s House. The highlight of the day is the sterling performance of St. Andrews’
Athletes. The later-School Athletic Shield is won by St. Francis’College, followed
by St. Mary’s School. S. Bansal of St. Francis’ College is undoubtedly outstanding.At
7.00 p.m. ‘Old Franciscans’ Get Together, It is an evening of memories and nostalgia.
The last day of the Centenary Week starts with a ‘Thanks giving Service’ at 800
a.m., with the Pro Nuncio, the Pope’s Ambassador to India, as the Chief Guest, namely
His Excellency, the Rev. Agostino Cacciavillan. The Inter-College Athletic: Meet
commences at. 3.30 p. m. The Chief Guest is the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh,
Mr. Vir Bahadur Singh. The Inter-College Athletic Shied is won by St. Francis’ College,
closely followed by Mahanagar Boy’s College, A torch-light tattoo by Classes 7 and
8 steals the show. Both Sport Days end with captivating fire works shows provided
by the Old Franciscans Association. The hectic week comes to a close with the V,
1. P. Dinner. It is a grand affair with elite of the town present.