The long-awaited OBA Centenary Celebrations are finally at hand and we look forward to welcoming you to a packed,
fun filled weekend. Our organizing team comprising of MC members and volunteers is leaving no stone unturned in making
it a memorable one with a variety of events, memorabilia, entertainment and hospitality, where you can meet and mingle
with old friends.
The OBA cordially invites you to participate in the OBA Centenary celebration on Aug 31, Sept 1 and Sept 2.
In 2008, the Old Boys' Association of St. Joseph’s Boys' High School, fondly referred to as the ‘OBA’, completed 90 years
of its existence. From a humble beginning in 1918, the OBA has grown into a mammoth organization with representation
all over the world. Over the years, chapters have existed at places as varied as Rangoon, Kenya, Dar-es-Salaam, UK,
Australia, New Zealand and Chennai. Currently, chapters are alive at USA, Canada, Dubai and closer home at Kerala,
Mangalore, Coorg and Goa.
Mighty Mighty Josephites
SJBHS OBA Connect - North America 2018 Months of meticulous planning culminated in a high energy North America Connect - in attendance were 120+ Josephites
and their families, batches ranging from 1963 to 2014 - all the way from India, United Kingdom, Canada, and
across the United States. The banquet on Sat, May 26 was held at the Hyatt Regency in Dulles
SJBHS OBA Connect - Kerala 2018
A blog post by Jyotinath Ganguly (1975) Our school St Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore is celebrating 160 years of providing a well-rounded education
to students of all sections of society, while our alumni association - known as the Old Boys' Association -
is celebrating a 100 years of camaraderie, networking and giving back to our Alma Mater.
Dr Ragaven Baliga (1975) Ragavendra R Baliga, MBBS, DNB (New Delhi), MD, MBA, FRCP (Edin), FACP, FACC has excelled as an educator on
three continents including Asia, Europe and North America and is passionate about educating the lay public,
medical students, internal medicine residents, cardiology fellows and CME for cardiologists.
OBA Day 2016 and Back to School 2016
A blog post by Jyotinath Ganguly (1975) The OBA Day celebrations began with the Holy Mass in the School Chapel at 7AM on Sunday, September 4, 2016
followed by paying solemn tributes to Old Boy martyrs who laid down their lives fighting for the country in
the great wars. The WW memorial in School is one of the few in Bangalore.
OBA Calling Continuing from the success of the “Back to School” event held in Sept 2015, the OBA will host the 2016 event
in the Concert Hall in School on Friday, 2 Sept, at 7PM. Looking way back, the Batch of 1956 will celebrate
60 years of being Old Boys. Similarly, other batches will celebrate 50 years of passing out of School, 40 years
and so on.
SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Kerala 2016 The recently concluded Kerala OBA Connect at Marari Beach Resort on 21 st of May 2016 was well attended with
37 old boys with their family members.
Mr. Sashi Lewis and our Chapter President, Thommen Karimpanal presided over the meeting which commenced with
the school song lead by Tommy Vallikappen.
SJBHS OBA Connect - Kerala 2016, a blog by Jyotinath Ganguly (1975) The much awaited event when Old Boys from far and near- some old, some not so old and some young - get together
to reminisce about old times at SJBHS has finally arrived, the first of the calendar year 2016.
Prestige SJBHS OBA Golf Tournament - results: Individual Open Category:
Winner - David D'Souza (1981)
Runner-up - Amitabh Poddar (1986)
SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Coorg 2015 The Coorg OBA Connect was held on 10th October 2015 at Capitol Village Resort, Madikeri, Coorg.
The program was:
4.00 To 6.00pm: Football. Inter House Shuttle Relay. Coffee, Snacks, Beer!!!
Dr. Gerard Aranha (1960) - magnifico of medicine
Dr. Gerard Aranha of Loyola University has earned yet another round of plaudits for his professional achievements. A surgical
oncologist at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL, Gerard was counted among the magnificos of
medicine when he was named in August to Newsweek’s very exclusive List of Top Cancer Doctors 2015.
OBA Day - 2015, a blog by Jyotinath Ganguly (1975) The celebration of the Old Boys' Association (OBA) Day is a highly anticipated event every year at St Joseph's
Boys' High School, Bangalore. While the OBA itself is close to a 100 years old, the School is 107 years and
going strong. The OBA is a pillar of strength within the school's fabric, driving and supporting several initiatives
to benefit students
Citation for Ragavendra R. Baliga
Recipient of the OBA Lifetime Achievement Award - 2015 Dr. Ragavendra R Baliga, MD, DNB, MBA, FACC, FACP, FRCP (Edin), is Professor of Internal Medicine at the Ohio
State University and Associate Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.
The Presidential Address at the AGM held on September 6, 2015 Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen:
I love to say this “I said this last year, and I shall say it agaayn”
I like to have a little drink before I speak, to dull the pain
In my throat, so I can be heard at the back, now that you are so many
Since you have made me an instrument of all your….money!
An Ode to Our Alma Mater Proud are we to be alumni of St Joseph’s,
And for this we are all thankful to the founding father St. Ignatius,
It is because of the Brothers and Fathers Jesuit,
Every alumnus is an outstanding graduate.
The View from down the Road I am a “dyed-in-the wool” Josephite; and so is Christopher Rego – Chris, from the batch of 1976 of St. Joseph’s
Boys’ High School, is senior to me by 14 years. Both of us unabashedly acknowledge that we owe all of what we
are today to that hallowed institution, a foundational and inspirational rock on which several young men
Giving back to school...
Memories of school always evoke sweet nostalgia for me - as it does with all our Josephites. Today I had come
to school along with Dr Rajalaxmi and the team from Srishtilife. I had the good fortune of spending time with
my juniors and it was nice to see hundreds
SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Kerala 2015 Saturday 23rd May 2015 With 45 Josephites in attendance, along with their family members, the total strength at this meet stood at
100. The meeting was called to order and commenced with the school song led by OBA President Josephite Gopal
Event Report from OBA - USA Event: OBA - USA held its Reunion on August 31, 2014 at the Fairfax Lake Park in Reston, Virginia.
Attendees: There were 33 attendees including Old Boys (from Batches 1977 through 2007) and some of their
SJBHS OBA Connect Goa 2014, a blog by Jyotinath Ganguly (1975) The first weekend in August is slotted for the Goa chapter of the Old Boys' Association of St Joseph's Boys'
High School, Bangalore.
Citation for Robin Uthappa
Recipient of the OBA Young Achiever of the Year Award – 2014 The Old Boys’ Association would like to recognize the achievements of Robin Uthappa. While better known facts
are freely available on the internet, we wish to celebrate not just Robin the cricketer but also Robin the person.
Citation for Rahul Sarpeshkar
Recipient of the OBA Lifetime Achievement Award - 2014 Rahul Sarpeshkar is a professor and scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he heads
a research group on Analog Circuits and Biological Systems. His bioengineering group creates novel wet DNA-protein
circuits in living cells and also advanced dry nano-electronic circuits on silicon chips.
Inspiration of a lifetime Old students fondly remember their favourite teacher, 95-year-old Alec Alvarez, who taught them at St Joseph’s
Boys High School
School life at St Joseph’s Boys High School was typically reminiscent of wild pranks, homework, detention and
our relationship with our teachers. While some inspired us, others brought out our mischievous side.
SJBHS OBA CONNECT – Goa 2014 'SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Goa 2014' was held on August 2 and 3 at the Chalston Beach Resort, Calangute. The event
was attended by over 30 Old Boys and their families from different parts of the country.
The programme for the evening of the 2nd commenced with Registration and was followed up with live music and
SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Kerala 2014 Dear Josephite,
The fifth edition of the Kerala OBA Connect was held on 24th of May 2014 at the Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom.
SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Coorg 2013 SJBHS OBA CONNECT - Coorg 2013 was held on November 9, 2013 at the Bamboo Club, Pollibetta. The event was attended
by as many as 55 Old Boys and their families, taking the attendance at the event to cross the 100 mark.
Registration for the event commenced at 5 p.m. and was followed by the AGM of the Coorg Chapter.
A Eulogy to Mr. Alec Alvarez So here lies Mr. Alec Alvarez, suddenly quiet, all peaceful, leaving behind thousands who loved him, wondering
We were all looking forward to celebrating Sir Alec's hundredth Birthday later this year. Old boys and their
OBA were making plans. The enthusiasm was palpable. After all he was the OBA's longest serving Secretary - for
A Eulogy to Fr. Simon Furtado, SJ 16th of January this year was Tu B'Shevat the Jewish "New Year of the Trees" which falls on the 15th of Shevat
of the Hebrew Calendar. The "Tu" is the hebrew equivalent of 15 namely ?? a combination of the hebrew letters
tav and vav. It is the time when most fruit bearing trees in Israel are richly laden with its produce.
Subir Sachdev's OBA Lifetime Achievement Award Subir Sachdev's OBA Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech (at the AGM on OBA Day, September 8, 2013).
Hundred years of the Glorious Past BY MR. F. X. PAUL, M.A., L.T. THE saga of "The Sun never sets on the British Empire", may very truly on tbe applied to the fame of our College
which its alumni have carried to every nook and corner of the World ; and if there is a sceptic, let him persue
the Annuals published, which are full of letters, messages, and reminiscences of Old students.