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Financial assistance sought

Dear OC,

Trust all of you are doing well.

We at  OCA,India have received a communication  from Mr.Simon Weale,Director,Bishop Cotton School requesting  OCA, India to kindly come forward and help Mr. Rajiv Mehrotra,the Bursar at Bishop Cotton School.

Mr.Mehrotra has been diagnosed with Cancer the treatment for which  is expected to cost approximately 40 lacs.This is creating an immense amount of financial stress on him, and as such he would end up exhausting his life savings. May I request you on behalf of the President and the Executive Committee of OCA,India to kindly make a generous contribution to help Mr. Mehrotra overcome this financial challenge.

Kindly make your deposit into the following account:

Old Cottonians Association India
HDFC Bank
Account No:SB-Institution-00921450000562
RTGS/NEFT IFSC:HDFC000092

Greatful if after making the deposit you could kindly intimate OC Dhiraj Berry,Treasurer,OCA,India by sending him a copy of the deposit slip at dhirajberry@gmail.com You can also avail income tax rebate under section 80 G of the Income Tax Act.

Thanking you in advance for your help and assistance. Wishing you a great week ahead.

Regards,

Ajay Thiara
Secretary OCA,India

Some OCs have consented to have their messages posted verbatim. These are being added below. The other messages remain unpublished – We respect the privacy and uphold confidentiality if so requested by any OC. Though they all reflect similar thoughts as are being quoted below.

In my opinion such costs should come from the group insurance that BCS should have in place for all BCS staff, or should be met from BCS funds.

BCS being predominantly responsible to have such measures in place for the welfare and wellbeing of its employees / staff. 

Sincerely
Anil Advani [BCS 1960-70]


The financial crisis confronting a school teacher is not new. In the case of a teacher in service, the plight is “less” severe since there are colleagues and senior employees who will be sympathetic to his cause. They know him and this is just what has happened with the Director seeking funds from the Old Boys association.

Going back further, I recall Mr Roshan Lal, the former Hindi teacher at an OC lunch, literally hands outstretched, seeking any kind of relief. None was rendered. Besides, Hindi teaching ranked so much lower in “class” both with the boys, even his students, and his former peers. It was a pathetic sight.  Some years later his condition and his poverty became so severe that pity finally overtook some students who built a shelter for him and provided for his mentally challenged son. The man and his son died under conditions that are indescribable. We showed no humanity.

About three years ago, I requested the OCA President for assistance for an OC in distress. The response was in all such cases the class to which the OC belonged should do crowd funding themselves since this is what the class of 1962 did for Umesh Dutta, one of their colleagues. I reminded him that the fund had been initiated by me and I had contributed as well though I passed out in the following year of 1963. The OCA did nothing

So, the OCA is not exactly sympathetic to either members of its association or giving and generous to staff members. The exception was Mrs Kabir Mustafi’s wife where the students who knew them gathered to collect funds and garnered a considerable amount even though most knew her condition to be a hopeless one.

In the case of an existing employee, he should, you rightly observe, be covered by a medical insurance scheme. That would operate to assist in just such a case without any burden or obligation on anyone else.

Secondly, the need for a benevolent fund has been raised ever so often both for the staff and former students, it is for the OCA to take this initiative. I have tried hard but got nowhere for a variety of reasons.

Finally, the OCA has forwarded funds to the School and it is important that purpose and utility of such amounts stand allocated to causes such as this one. We did that so well for Mrs DeMello, if you recall.

Given the above, I am not sure that there will be many willing to contribute unless they are or were his students but to send the hat around again and again is an effort with diminishing returns. We need a proper fund in place with its scope, purpose and method of collection and disbursement well established.

Warmly

Vijay Khurana


AGM OCA India: 2022

This is to inform all OCs that the Annual General Meeting of OCA India has been scheduled for Monday, 14th February 2022 at 4:00 p.m. The meeting would be conducted through Zoom.

Whilst the agenda for the meeting is appended below, please find given link for the Zoom Meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9219904628?pwd=cURZODY1VFBtNVhUQ3NtWjF6eFdRdz09 

We are also circulating this notice via the Mailing-list to all registered OC’s so that we have a well attended AGM.

Kind Regards,

Ajay Thiara
Secretary OCA (India)

The Agenda

for 

The Annual General Meeting of 

OCA INDIA 

on Monday, 14th February 2022 through Zoom.

  1. Welcome Address by The President OCA (India). 
  2. Confirmation of the Minutes of the Last AGM.
  3. The Secretary, OCA India’s, Report. 
  4. To approve and adopt the annual accounts. 
  5. To discuss the forthcoming OC Week.
  6. To conduct any other business with the permission of the Chair.

Annual OCA India Reunion Lunch, postponement

Dear OCs,
As per the meeting of the executive of OCA India convened on 14.01.2022, it was unanimously decided to postpone the Annual Reunion Lunch that would have been held on 06.02.2022 at Delhi, until further notice due to current COVID guidelines issued by the Government. A  fresh date and venue of the said event shall be communicated to all later. 
Best Wishes and enjoy a wonderful season ahead!
Best regards
Jaspal Singh Sawhney

Welcome OCA India President Justice S.S. Saron

I , along with all office bearers congratulate Justice S S Saron, most competent and a devoted OC , to take over from me , as President of OCA India, with effect from 1st April 2021, for a period of two years. We wish him all the very best & ensure him of our full cooperation as always.

Thank you so much dear SS for sharing my responsibility, along with Ajay Thiara, during my tenure. I pass on the baton with great hope & satisfaction.

God bless.
D Singh