Friday, September 22, 2006

Prefect and Cool Big Brother

Anuj spent his teenage years attending middle and high school at St. Francis College in Lucknow, India. St. Francis (or SFC as it is known to its students and teachers) is a prestigious private institution offering instruction from Kindergarten through the 12th grade. In fact, for a couple of years, all three Mohan brothers were attending the same school. We hope to share many stories about Anuj during his time at SFC on this blog.

In the 12th grade, Anuj was selected to be a Prefect. Every year, a few high school seniors are appointed to this role by the faculty to lead the entire K-12 student body. In order to be considered for this position, a student needs to be at or near the top of his class academically, enjoy success in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, demonstrate the ability to command the respect of his peers, and represent the school well within the community. Anuj of course fulfilled all of these criteria and was selected to be a Prefect in addition to other leadership roles.

Anuj receiving his Prefect pin from SFC's principal during the annual investiture ceremony. He was so happy that day. Fall 1993.

Reporting to the Head Master, Prefects fulfill a specific set of duties in addition to being ambassadors for the school and setting a good example for the younger children. For a few weeks, Anuj was put in charge of maintaining order among students in the elementary school section of the SFC campus. While other Prefects would yell at the youngsters or intimidate them to gain compliance, Anuj took the opposite tact. Kapil, who was in the 4th grade at the time, vividly remembers him always being friendly with the kids, calmly smiling and joking with them. Anuj won their respect by first earning their affection. After that, it was easy - all the kids were glad to listen to "Anuj Bhaiya" and readily followed his instructions.

Even at that young age, Anuj displayed the quiet confidence and ability to connect instantly with others that would become hallmarks of his leadership style for years to come. Of course Kapil did not care about any of that. For him, it was simply a treat when Anuj came around to the elementary section because he could show his friends what a cool big brother he had.


Blogger Meena said...

It was so nice to read about Anuj’s time at St. Francis College in Lucknow. Given dear Anuj’s outstanding qualities, it is no wonder he was chosen among many to be the Prefect. Even at a young age, he set an example for all of us-something we will be proud of forever. I look forward to reading more about dear Anuj's time at SFC.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was our annual prize distribution day when Anuj, during a solemn ceremony, was bestowed upon with the responsibilities of being a prefect. He was so happy that day.
I remember that evening after the ceremony quite distinctly. We went out to dinner to celebrate Anuj's achievement. Also just as a fun activity, we enacted his whole ceremony out at home as Anuj gave me the badge. That evening was so much fun.
We were so proud of you that day, and we are still so proud of you today. Thank you for being a great role model. We miss you Andy.


11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a parent, the day Anuj came home and informed us of his appointment as the school prefect, we were so proud of him. But there was no limit to the extent of our joy when a couple of weeks later he informed us that he is also being appointed to 3 other positions as the College Editor for the yearly magazine, Basketball Captain and the Computer Club President. This feat had never been achieved in school history.
We are so proud of you. You will continue to live on with us forever; your memories will remind us of the great person that you are.
-Mom and Dad

2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Myself Prosenjeet, I am the designer of the official web site of St. Francis' College, Lucknow (
I am a Franciscan myself and studied here from 1978 to 1990(ISC)
Came across this blog while I was searching for some details on our college.
Anuj, I may not know you personally, but buddy, I will miss you as a fellow Franciscan. Its a loss too big to define in words!
God bless you!

9:46 AM  

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