Bangladesh: Hindu Principal in Catholic School Awarded

A Hindu, the retired teacher and former principal dedicated 42 years to St Joseph High School in Bompara, Natore. On the 50thanniversary of the Catholic-run institution, school authorities decided to award Mondol a prize for his years of service.


Speaking to AsiaNews, current principal Fr Julian Rozario described Mondol as "a very capable teacher, who kept politics out of the school and turned it into the best educational institution in the district."


"I tried to teach students all sorts of things," said Mondol as he described his experience as a teacher and school principal to AsiaNews.


"My motto was 'Learn and then go and serve.' Although I am a Hindu, I never had problems with school authorities. I have good relations with all religions. "


For some of the students who followed in his footsteps, he has also been a source of inspiration.


One of them is Shamsul Rahman, a Muslim, who now teaches at Pabna's Government Women's College. "From Professor Mondol, I learnt that teaching is not a trade, but a vocation."


The Fathers of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) founded the Catholic school in 1963 and the Hindu professor was among the first teachers it hired.