|A statue of David Hare, Hare School (1775–1842), founder, Presidency college, etc.en.wikipedia.org|
|Ground Floor Corridor - Hare School - Kolkata.commons.wikimedia.org|
|David Hare school,(1775–1842) Kolkata.www.wbsed.gov.in|
Dr. Johnson says that '' History may be framed from permanent monuments and records, but lives can only be written from personal knowledge which is growing every day less, and in a short time is lost for ever.''
David Hare (1775–1842), a Scottish watch maker and philanthropist in Bengal, British India was responsible for the starting of many educational institutions of repute in Calcutta (now Kolkata). The Hindu School, Hare School and Presidency College owe their origin to his early efforts.
|Presidency college, Kolkata, India. www.kampuzz.com.|
|.David Hare Training (IASE) College Kolkata (DHTCK), Kolkatawww.collegeadmission.in|
One fascinating character of this selfless British gentleman was he had a sort of obsession for his institutions and no day passed without his personal visits to these seats of learning. Not only did he enjoy it very much, but also met every student on campus to understand problems. This way he developed a close rapport with the teachers, his collaborators and students. He also took keen interest in native ladies education as well and made contributions by way of subscription.
He sold his business to his friend one Grey and called it quits. He built a house and led a quiet life in his later years. Unfortunately he fell ill due to cholera ; though doctors tried their best to save him, he died on 1 June 1842 at the age of 67.
Since he happened to be a non-believer, the Christian missionaries refused to give him one cubic inch of ground for a decent burial in the Church graveyard. At last, he was given a proper burial worthy of him by his Christian and Hindu friends in what was then the compound of Hare School - Presidency College that he had donated. He was loved by every one in the city. No doubt, a pale of gloom descended on Kolkata when his body was taken out of his friend Grey's home to the burial site followed by thousands of mourners on foot, in vehicles, etc - a poignant scene the capital of British India never witnessed before.
A life-size statue was built with public donations and placed within the precincts of college compound of Hare School. A road where he resided was named Hare street in his honor. No doubt, this remarkable English gentleman left an indelible and enduring mark on the Indians and his name will remain etched for ever in the history of Indian education.
"A biographical sketch of David Hare" by Peary Chand Mittra.