As we walk together into the 45th year of Nasr’s inception, I am grateful to the Almighty for having given me the opportunity to serve the community.

In the early 60’s, Hyderabad was still a very conservative society and I wanted to extend to the young girls, an opportunity to move along with the changing times, yet have values that would stand the test of time and circumstances.

Today, as I look back with pride and nostalgia, I know I could never have been successful in this journey, had I not got the support and cooperation of the members of the Board of Directors, my staff, the students and their parents and my family. I acknowledge the contribution of Mrs. Donna Hussain, who helped me nurture Nasr right from its inception.

It seems like yesterday that we decided to open a small school. With the support of my mother-in-law, Begum Najmuddin Khan, who really shaped Nasr and Nawab Mir Muzzaffer Hussain Khan, my husband, the school started with 12 students on 12th June, 1965. We now have 3000 girls and 1000 boys in Nasr Boys School which is being ably looked after by Nawab Mir Khutubuddin Khan who has been instrumental in bringing in new ideas and concrete changes. Over the past 45 years, our school has faced innumerable challenges, yet has maintained a trajectory of excellence.

I am so proud of where Nasr has reached today. While the curriculum, grounds and uniform have changed, the founding principles and commitment to moral, mental and physical development have endured these 45 years.

When I retired in June, 2001, I handed over the reins to a young lady, who showed promise of steering the ship ably. Mrs. Madhubala Kapoor has not only lived up to my expectations, not has done more and has groomed Nasr to what it is today. Her gentle and quiet disposition has made her a popular leader. I congratulate her on getting the National Award for Meritorious Service in the field of Education for the year 2009 from the President of India, Mrs. Prathiba Patil.

Our philosophy has always been to make learning a happy and pleasurable experience and keeping that in mind we have set objectives that we expect to fulfill with every graduating batch. While celebrating our past, we are ever mindful of planning for Nasr’s future. Since its inception, Nasr has been a pioneer in many ways, setting new trends and creating benchmarks for others to follow. Nasr has been daringly different, yet has always remained true to timeless traditions. Nasr doesn’t blindly move with time, it’s always a calculated step ahead, in a league of its own.

This year we complete forty-five years and we remember with affection those who have come before us. We celebrate their achievements, providing both a vital link for our current students to the School's history and a valuable opportunity to honour Begum Anees Khan, the founder of Nasr.

For just a moment, step back in time and envision Begum Anees Khan walking slowly across these very grounds 45 years ago, engaged in thought. What do you suppose she might have been thinking? Our Founder surely had no idea how much influence Nasr would have on the thousands of girls who would pass through the school's gates in the ensuing 45 years.

And each of us is in a similar position of influence. Our lives become more significant when we touch the lives of others – which is our theme this year.

Never has the need been greater than today for educational institutions to become beacons for the youth. Nasr has constantly been making an endeavour to strengthen the characters and broaden the horizons of those within her walls. Reams can be written about Nasr's formidable academic and cultural achievements. We have as usual produced excellent results in both the CISE and ISC classes, an affirmation of the continued efforts by the teachers and of course, the girls themselves. Our students have mad inroads into every field and left impressions to last. TEAM NASR has now effectively evolved into BRAND NASR.

Nasr is a lifetime experience, whether your are a teacher or a student. At a personal level, I feel that I have got more than I have give, if I taught much, I learnt even more. It has been an eventful journey full of incidents and happenings that I cherish and that have become fond memories. None of it would have been possible without my lovely girls, cooperative parents and a wonderful staff.

The aim of Nasr has always been to nurture self-confidence in the students so that they can face any eventuality. Ultimately, we as educationists need to remember that each child is an individual and they should be given the freedom to stand on their own feet. We can help them dream, but not dream for them: we should not hope for them to be like us – because life goes forward and not backwards.

To quote from Khalil Gibran (one of my favourites)


"Your children are not your children They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself You may give them your love, but not your thoughts For they have their own thoughts You may house their bodies, but not their souls For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow... ...For life goes not backward, nor tarries with yesterday...”