Sir Balraj Anand Silas

Mother Teresa Mission Higher Secondary School, Kanpur

Being a dynamic student, Sir Balraj Anand Silas qualified various examinations. He had various career avenues open in front of him including the IRS and the Reserve Bank of India. He chose the latter and began his service in 1981. He served the Reserve Bank of India for thirty-five years and retired as an officer in 2016.
In 1981 he came to Kanpur, here he met Ms. Veena Singh, daughter of a preacher (whom we now know as our principal ma’am). They were engaged on 27th June, 1982 and were married on 18th October, 1983. Theirs was a very happy and fruitful married life. Then they had children – Misha Ma’am and Yash Sir – and the life went on. He was a wonderful father to them and taught them many things by his example.
Soon the couple recognised their higher calling of serving the society by alleviating the woes of the weaker sections of the society with the radiant light of education. So, with a vision to privilege the need to provide accessible, affordable, high quality education to the pupils of south Kanpur, the couple with the Grace of God, founded the first unit of Mother Teresa Mission Higher Secondary School, Kidwai Nagar in 1995 and the second unit in 2016. It was his vision that pushed the fledglings from their nests, allowing them to take flight. Accompanied by a plethora of skilled educators, he laid the foundations of the spirit of self-less service and creativity that our schools continue to diffuse into the society. Head Sir created a 'sense of Purpose’ at the very start. The staff and the children steadily increased in number.

The planning and development of these schools were done under Head Sir’s direct supervision. He was the brain behind the brains. Under his patronage these institutions flourished. After his retirement, he served the institutions as the Chairman of the Mother Teresa Education Society.
Today our institution stands a class apart from all others only because our Head Sir right from the outset, with his far-reaching vision, raised the bar to the highest levels. He was indeed a pioneer who not only nurtured and served the institution with utmost commitment and dedication, but also inspired all those who worked with him to follow his footprints with the same enthusiasm and vigour.

Dr. (Mrs.) Veena Silas

Mother Teresa Mission Higher Secondary School, Kanpur

Every child, whether rich or poor, has the right to quality education.
The above line has been the guiding force for Dr. Veena Silas all through her years as an educator. Her father had established a school in Kanpur. As a child growing up in a family of an educationalist, she realised that when earning a livelihood and taking care of the members of the family becomes a primary matter of concern in one’s life, education stands a little or, very often, no chance of pursuance. For the underprivileged people, quality education is perceived as a high-priced luxury, and this negative outlook continues on with every new generation. Therefore, from those early formative years of her childhood, she decided to work for providing quality education to the children from the poor and middle class backgrounds. She wanted to start a school where she could bring children from all walks of life – from the richest to the neediest, from highly educated families to first time school goers.

As she started Mother Teresa Mission Higher Secondary School in 1995, she realised how ordinary it was to follow the model of other posh schools in the city that insisted on admitting kids whose parents were affluent and well-versed in English. Taking a stance away from the league, soon, she started admitting students from the poor and middle class backgrounds. And now, while the school is open to children from all backgrounds, the underprivileged are never turned away. Today, there are more than 4000 students studying in the school. The Mother Teresa Mission Higher Secondary School is now 26 years old and over these years the school has tried its best to not to drift away from the aim to set up a scalable model to provide good quality school education to children from poor and low-income families. The school firmly believes that no child seeking an education should be turned away. We believe that education is the foundation for a better future and that hope and equal opportunities should be given to all children.