Burn Hall School

Burn Hall School is an all boys missionary school in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Its motto is "Industria Floremus - In Toil We Flourish" . It is one of the oldest schools in the valley. The school celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in 2016.[1]

Burn Hall School
Burn Hall School, Srinagar - Logo.jpg
Gupkar Road, Sonwar

Coordinates34°04′27″N 74°49′59″E / 34.074195°N 74.832928°E / 34.074195; 74.832928Coordinates: 34°04′27″N 74°49′59″E / 34.074195°N 74.832928°E / 34.074195; 74.832928
MottoLatin: Industria Floremus
“In Toil We Flourish”
Established1956; 66 years ago (1956) (originally in 1942)
FounderFather J. Boerkamp (Saint Joseph's Missionary Society of Mill Hill, London)
Sister schoolArmy Burn Hall College in Abbottabad, Pakistan
PrincipalRev. Fr. Stalin Raja
Classes offeredL.K.G to 12th
Color(s)Navy blue  
PublicationBurn Hall Flame
YearbookBurn Hall Blaze


Mill Hill missionaries Fr. Thijssen and Fr. Jong started a boys' school in Srinagar in 1942. "The Willows" building which housed the first Burn Hall School is now the Teachers' Training College.[2]

The Srinagar branch closed down temporarily following the tribal invasion that occurred during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947–1948, and it was restarted on 17 April 1956 with its first principal, Father J. Boerkamp.[3]


Burn Hall School is located in Sonwar, Srinagar. It is neighboured by Ziarat Sharief of Syed Yaqoob Sahib, and Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium.


Burn Hall School is managed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jammu–Srinagar. It is directed by the Education Society of the Jammu-Srinagar Diocese. The school serves children from age 3 years through secondary school.[4]

Social statusEdit

According to Greater Kashmir, in 2015 District Development Commissioner Farooq Ahmed Shah praised Burn Hall for "spreading quality education".[5] Kashmir Observer said it is "a prestigious institution in the city, with one of the oldest schooling traditions".[6] Yet Greater Kashmir also reported, in an article about matriculation exam results, "While the old famed brands like Tyndale Biscoe School, Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School and Burn Hall may still be first choice for schooling in this summer capital, other private schools including new ones seem to be emerging more meritorious, at least on the academic front."[7]

In 2017, former Education Minister Altaf Bukhari congratulated the Principal, Father Sebastian Nagathunkal, for inaugurating a debate program at the school.[8]


Registered as a charitable society, it is affiliated with Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education (JKBOSE) and recognized by the Education Department of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.[4] It follows the directions from the Directorate of School Education, Srinagar.[9]

Public empowerment liabilityEdit

The school's lease agreement on government land requires the school to hold places to admit students from the low economic sector of society.[10]


Burn Hall School follows curriculum of the JKBOSE,[4] and as an English medium school, it places special emphasis on usage of English language in student-teacher and student-student interaction. Extra-curricular cultural and literary activities, as well as environment and science activities, provide experiential learning opportunities.[4]

Notable alumniEdit

Former principalsEdit

  • 1956–1962: Fr. Boerkamp MHM
  • 1963–1964: Fr. Kuipers MHM
  • 1964–1967: Fr. J. Mc Mohan MHM
  • 1968–1977: Fr. J. Jones MHM
  • 1977–1983: Fr. J.C. Hugh OFM Cap.
  • 1984–1989: Fr. Dominic OFM Cap.
  • 1990–1992: Br. V. J. Mani SG
  • 1992–1993: Br. Raju John SG
  • 1993–1997: Br. Jacob SG
  • 1997–2001: Br. George SG
  • 2001–2007: Fr. Maria John
  • 2007–2012: Fr. Raphael Jey Kumar
  • 2012–2014: Fr. Ivan Pereira
  • 2015–3 Nov 2021: Fr. Sebastian Nagathunkal
  • 3 Nov 2021–present: Fr. Stalin Raja

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Burn Hall School celebrates diamond jubilee". Greater Kashmir. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  2. ^ Qazi, Khursheed Ahmad (2016). "Christian Missionaries & English Education in J & K State: an Overview" (PDF). Research Journal of English Language and Literature. 4 (3): 793–804. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2020 – via rjelal.com.
  3. ^ "History – Burn Hall School". Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Burn Hall School, Srinagar". EducationWorld. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  5. ^ "DDC inaugurates Burn Hall Bal Mela". Greater Kashmir. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Children of Conflict: How is Uncertainty Shaping Children's Behaviour in Kashmir". Kashmir Observer. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Old schooling brands no more gold in academics?". Greater Kashmir. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Debates, discussions augment academic atmosphere : Altaf Bukhari | KNO". Kashmir News Observer. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Affiliation – Burn Hall School". Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  10. ^ "BPL Student's Admission In Missionary Schools". Greater Kashmir. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2020.

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