Bhawani Dayal Arya College

Bhawani Dayal Arya College (Bhawani Dayal High School until 1997) is a secondary school in Nakasi, Fiji. It is oriented to Hindu religious teachings as interpreted by the Arya Samaj movement.

Bhawani Dayal Arya College
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Location
Nakasi, Nausori

Fiji
Information
TypePrivate
MottoKnowledge Is Power
Established1972
PrincipalMr Ranish Chand
Staff51
GradesYear 9 - 13
Number of students856
AffiliationArya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji

HistoryEdit

Bhawani Dayal High School was established in 1972 and named after Bhawani Dayal (born 1892, died 1950), an activist for the rights of Indians and promoter of Vedic religion in South Africa.[1][2][3] The school was renamed Bhawani Dayal Arya College in 1997, the year in which it commemorated 25 years since its founding.

The school started with 28 students and 2 teachers in a temporary building. Purpose-built premises were completed in 1976 by which time the school had 388 students and 17 teachers. Student numbers had risen to exceed 800 by 2018 with over 50 teaching staff.

The school premises have seen several expansions including a canteen in 1980, a multi-craft workshop in 1982, the two-storey southern wing of classrooms in 1983, a multi-craft workshop in 1982 and an additional classroom in 1988. In 1990 the Industrial Arts Workshop was constructed and 5 classrooms were added in 1993.

The school started offering Form 6 (Year 12) education in 1989 and Form 7 (Year 13) in 1993. It is governed by the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji.

Coordinates: 18°03′47″S 178°30′58″E / 18.0631°S 178.5162°E / -18.0631; 178.5162

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bhawani Sannyassi Dayal". South African History Online. Retrieved 11 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Naidoo, Thillayvel (1992). The Arya Samaj Movement in South Africa. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. pp. 64–65. ISBN 81-208-0769-3. Retrieved 11 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Singh, S.S. "The Forgotten Pioneer: Sanyassi Bhawani Dayal" (PDF). Fiat Lux; South Africa Department of Internal Affairs (January/February 1983): 28–29. Retrieved 11 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)