Mr. S. N. Pradhan passed away on 8th July 2009 in Jabalpur due to a cardiac arrest. He was Vice-Principal of MIS from the early 1960s to 1977. He was going to be 75 on 9th September. He rarely fell ill, and was active till the last day of his life. He died peacefully in his sleep.
“I have very high regards for him. He was my most favorite teacher for many reasons, and I would like to share a few here. When I was in class 10th in 1971-72, I was a little naughty student, and most of the teachers didn’t like my mischievous activities, but Pradhan Sir saw something in me and made me the house captain for Perfection house. I regained my respect among my colleagues and teachers. He took personal interest in promoting sports in school. He made me the wicket keeper for the school cricket team. We won the first Zonal cricket trophy for our school. He later appreciated a lot about my wicket-keeping in school magazines. First time school participating in a tournament and winning the trophy was all because of his superb patience, love and sincerity for the school and us. He was a perfect coach and a great sportsman.
The only thing I now repent is not seeing him after I left school in 1973. I admit my mistake and say that one should always keep in touch with old colleagues and teachers.”
Neeraj Gupta, Batch of 1973
“I passed out from MIS in 1977 (Ours was the last batch of Higher Secondary… thereafter 10+2 got introduced). Mr. Pradhan was our Vice-Principal and also taught us Economics in Class Xth (Academic Year 1975-76). He was a perfect teacher who not only loved his pupil but was also a strict disciplinarian at the same time. Through the strength of his lectures he drew our attention to a drab subject like Economics and made it very interesting. Mr. Pradhan shall always be remembered fondly and with great respect.”
Sanjeev Bindal Batch of 1977
“Mr. S. N. Pradhan, our history teacher, who later became the Vice Principal of the school, was known to be very meticulous in his work. He knew his way across both students and teachers alike and commanded a lot of respect from them. He was quite dignified, and someone who we all looked up to for guidance, that was always at hand.
Those of us who studied in school then still vividly remember his beautiful handwriting. We used to see it on the message board where he wrote ‘Thought for the Day’ everyday till he left school in January 1977.”