Three generations of Humanity, Philanthropy and Social Service, coupled with hard labour, strong determination and unflinching focus has been the hallmark of Mukand Parivar. This great saga has created the most beneficial gift of Education, Medical Services and a better Social Environment for the people. Such a shade-providing, fruit-yielding history can only be likened to ‘KALPVRIKSH’ – a Pious, Healthy Green tree that transcends many ages and eras(Kalp). With the passage of time, it doesn’t wither away, rather it goes on spreading its branches, blooming and blossoming more and more.
It was on Jan 5, 1892 that Seth Mukand Lal, was born in a simple, poor and uneducated family of Radaur, from where, he went on to own a domain on the industrial map of India and in his name, scores of educational, healthcare and philanthropic institutions were established by his worthy descendants. He was fondly called ‘Mera Pagla Bhagat’ by the Father of the Nations, Mahatma Gandhi.
Mukand lal started his maiden journey to an unknown place to be with unknown people during his adolsescent age. Mukand lal’s life took him away from his home to a place Bandikui for some time, but gradually, he must have realized that such trivial jobs would not lead him to his land of dreams.
Mukand lal returned to Radaur and was married to Vidya Vati ji. This added a new responsibility. He was inspired and went over to Lahore, where he started up a small level iron scarp business and worked as a small civil contractor. The two world wars proved to be very significant for the family in terms of finances and business at large. The first world war provided the family a launcing pad for establishing and then further expanding the business. The second world war gave a boost to their over all business. In the most methodical and professional manner, Mukand lal built a row of shops in Lahore and named it ‘Alexander Bazaar.
Mukand lal had developed expert eyes for iron and steel scrap and knew how to turn it into gold. But along with their minds of iron for business, they had hearts of wax for humanity at large. Mukand lal ji, who was a rational businessman was transformed into a simple human being and an enthusiastic and ardent patriot with the divine touch of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology. His mind underwent a silent revolution. He discarded his silk turban, kurta and coat, smoking hukka and drinking and began wearing a simple khadi kurta and khadi cap and started living a simple austere life.
Another point that brings Jai Parkash ji and his father together was their love and regard for their native village Radaur. Both had an earnest desire to do something tangible and useful.
Mukand Lal Ji setting up of the old Anaj Mandi at Radaur also was a major step in this direction. He also donated a plat for Arya Samaj Mandir at Radaur and started a Langer in the main bazaar. In the event of a girls marriage, he would gift clothes, utensils and monetary help. In short his Janambhumi was always more important and sacred than his karambhumi.
In 1932 lalaji provided land for an ashram to be built on the southern outskirts of Radaur for the needy and helpless women. Articles like cloth, towels, handmade paper etc were produced by the destitute women of Radaur. He also established a charitable dispensary over there. After the demise of Smt Kasturba Gandhi, in 1944, the Jamuna Ashram was rechristened as Kasturba Ashram. Today ‘Kasturba Ashram’ has developed into an Aanganwari centre which runs many Diploma Courses in Handicraft, Tailoring, Embroidery etc. for needy and destitute women.
In 1946-47 Lalaji established a Maternity hospital at Radaur for facilitating women folk of the village and adjoining areas. It is today known as Swaraj Devi Jai Parkash Hospital.
During this very period, he donated a large sum of Rs 40,000/- for the construction of DAV School Building at Karnal.
Mukand Lal National School was founded as the First Ever School of Abdullapur(now Yamuna Nagar) by Mukand Lal Ji in 1946. The school was initially started in a couple of small rooms of Mukand building at Radaur road upto Middle level. It was upgraded to a High School in 1950, Hr Secondary in 1959 and to Senior Secondary School in 1985.
After partition, Sushila Model Schools was founded by Seth Mukand Lal in Ghaziabad to commemorate the memory of his daughter Smt. Sushila Devi who died in a freak accident in Lahore. At that time, there was no good primary school other than a Municiple Committee School. The school was initially started in 1948 in the premises of Delhi Iron and Steel Co with only a few students. Today, it is a full fledged Model School with about 700 students.
Mukand lal ji set up ‘New Jamna Talkies’ a cinema hall at Yamuna Nagar in 1946-47, and perhaps to commemorate the memory of his father Sh Jamna Das he got registered a trust in the name of Mukand Lal Charitable Trust with a focus to channelize the income of this cinema for educational and other welfare purposes.
Seth Mukand Lal founded Mukand lal National School at Radaur just seven months before his demise in 1952, as his last offering to the people of his beloved village. Totay, the school has a spacious building with all amenities and is catering to the needs of about 1000 boys and girls from Radaur and Adjoining areas. It is now a Senior, Secondary School with aRts, Schience and Commerce Streams.
When the family had settled at Ghaziabad after partition, Mukand Lal Ji addressed himself to the serious problem of refugees and established “Mukand Nagar” at Ghaziabad for their rehabilitation.
Seth Mukand Lal Ji breathed his last on Oct 14, 1952.
SETH JAI PARKASH JI
Born on Sept 5, 1912 in their ancestral home at Radaur, Jai Prakash Ji in his life span of 59 years, shone like the pole star in the sky and kept aloft the flame of education and service to humanity thus guiding many a generations to come. Seth Jai Parkash could not get any education at Radaur. Since he was only about five years of age when he shifted to Lahore, where he received his early education on the pattern of ancient Indian Culture and civilization.
He had inborn traits of arithmetical and analytical mind/ For Jai Parkash, his father was the real inspiration as a noble and charitable soul. So, he also started striving for the upliftment of the downtrodden and the spirit of benevolence came naturally to him from his father.
His vision of social upliftment at that young age won him a membership of the Lahore Corporation. His keen interest and devotion for the cause of education helped in the establishment of a school in Badami Bagh, Lahore.
Jai Parkash Ji, along with the family, shifted to Ghaziabad in Oct Nov 1947 and started expanding family business of iron and steel. As he gradually settled in business at Ghaziabad, his restless spirit of philanthropy found it hard to settle in comfort. The family established first school in Ghaziabad, in the sacred memory of Smt Sushila Devi, sister of Seth Jai Parkash Ji, who had died in a freak accident at Lahore in 1946. It was established in order to educate the family children and those of refugee families from Pakistan. This school, started in a very humble and unassuming manner in 1948 and was later expanded from a Primary school to Sushila Inter College.
Another mile stone was added to the family with the laying of the Mukand Lal Civil Hospital, Ghaziabad.
Besides having a loving equation with his family members. Both he and his father, often used to go out of the way to help their weaker kith and kin and even the distant relatives by way of financies or providing employment in business
After Seth Mukand lal Ji left for his heavenly abode, Jai Parkash Ji thus lost his teacher and guide at the age of forty. But he kept the torch of education and philanthropy burning bright.
To facilitate the continuous development of educational institutions at Ghaziabad, he established ‘Vidya Kender’ trust in thename of his mother in 1954 for which he donated a large area of land and building. This speaks of his vision and devotion for the cause of education and future of the institution established by the family.
Along with creating the Vidya Kendra Trust that was got registered in 1954, he also established Seth Mukand Lal Junior High School (at present inter college for boys) in the academic year 1954-55. During this very year, he established Mukand Municipal Hospital in Ghaziabad in the fond memory of his father. Three years later, he established Kusum Lata T. B. Hospital in Ghaziabad in the memory of his departed wife in the same premises. He also set up a ‘Mahila Shilp Niketan’ to help destitute women and an aesthetically beautiful lord Krishna Temple ‘ Mukand Madhav Mandir’ at Ghaziabad.
Jai Parkash Ji, in order to alleviate the sufferings of parentless destitute children, opended two orphanages in Ghaziabad, one for boys and the other for girls. He also established a “Gau Shala” to look after the stray and abandoned cows. These institutions continued for some time but had to be closed in 1980 for want of sincere man power.
Vidya Vati Mukand Lal Girls College was established for a very emotional reason. Neelam, the loving daughter of Seth ji, wanted to purse higher studies in a college but at that time, there was no exclusive college for girls in Ghaziabad. Seth ji realized that there must be scores of girls in Ghaziabad and adjoining areas who wanted to attain higher education but did not want or were not permitted to join a co-ed college. Thus Vidyavati Mukand Lal College for Girls (VMLG), Ghaziabad came into existence in 1964. The college started with only 13 students. Later a spacious hostel was added and B.Ed course was also introduced.
During this period, he did not forget Radaur and Yamuna Nagar. In pious of his father, he extablished Mukand Lal National College as the first Degree College of Yamuna Nagar in 1955. It was started in the premises of Mukand Lal National High School founded by Seth Mukand Lal.
In 1970, Sushila Model School was shifted to the new premises at Model Town, Ghaziabad. Jai Parkash Ji purchased lacs of yards of land in Ghaziabad with some other philanthropic plans in his mind.
He was always eager and willing to do everything possible for the cause of education. Just a few months before his demise, he donated a large amount of money for MLN College, Raduar, which started functioning in august 1971, three months after his passing away. Thus Seth Jai Parkash Ji created his last institution during the last days of his life.
He always said, “I fail to understand why people do not donate. I always get immense joy, pleasure and satisfaction after every donation.”
ASHOK KUMAR After the demise of their illustrious father, the representatives of third generation picked up the strands and proceeded to pace the footsteps of their forefathers, contributing to the cause of education and health-care in the right earnest. One fact that comes to the fore is that all the plans, policies and achievements of Shree Ashok Kumar in the field of education and their social commitment from 1971 onwards and had the imprint of inspiration and the support of his brothers.
Ashok kumar Ji first visited Radaur-Yamuna Nagar when he was about 10 years in 1947 for the opening ceremony of the Maternity Hospital at Radaur and New Jamuna Talkies at Yamuna Nagar, both established by Mukand family. After the death of his father, Ashok Ji visited Radaur for the opening of Mukand Lal National College.
Ashok Kumar, a man of minute details besides being a visionary of mammoth and challenging ventures, has s special trait at the core of his liberal nature. He welcomes healthy critical discussions.
Ashok Kumar Ji took all major decisions in consultation with Prof Chadha and Ch Chhabil Dass. It was after their heavenly abode Ashok Kumar Ji involved himself more actively in the running of the institutions. In a slow and steady manner, he fully adapted himself to the onerous responsibilities.
A polytechnic for women was established in Ghaziabad with two year diploma courses in a building constructed by Seth Jai Parkash on the campus of VMLG. This Polytechnic was established in 1975, in the sacred memory of Jai Parkash ji in order to provide job-oriented education to women and today this very Polytechnic is known as Seth Jai Parkash Mukand Lal women’s Polytechnic. The polytechnic is imparting the skills like Home science, Costume Designing, Dress Making, Library Science to about 400 girls students in the institution.
As there was a big boom in the Pulp and Paper technology at Yamuna Nagar, a Polytechnic was established on the campus of Mukand Lal National college, Yamuna Nagar with a certificate course in Pulp and Paper Technology. Later, in the year 1989, the Polytechnic was shifted to Damla and Seth Jai Parkash Polytechnic came into being there.
A proposal of Seth Jai Parkash Mukand Lal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Radaur on the piece of land preciously provided by Radar Panchayat for setting up a Homeopathic college was given and the same started in the year 1995. A dream of Seth ji was fulfilled after 25-30 years.
For the non local girls students, mainly of MLN college, Yamuna Nagar there was a great need for a girls hostel. Sh Ashok Kumar realized that such a hostel will be able to cater to the needs of other JPML institutions and the result was the establishment of a pleasant, comfortable and prestigious hostel in Sarojini Colony Yamuna Nagar, with a capacity of 260 girls with all the latest amenities for the students in the year 1995.
The vision of a committed man never runs on a single narrow track. The technical education had no doubt caught the fancy of Ashok Kumar Ji, but he wanted to do something for the young minds also. So, after completing the JMIT project, he turned his attention towards starting a good Public School at Yamuna Nagar and so another feather came into existence in the form of Mukand Lal Public School at Yamuna Nagar in 1998.
Seth Jai Parkash Sr Sec School for Girls in Model Town, was facing crises due to increasing preference of students/parents for English Medium and CBSE Schools. The school was converted from Hindi to English medium, the building renovated and the school is running successfully as Mukand Lal Public School and caters the need of the people of this locality.
Prof Chadha left for his heavenly abode in 1998. On the spur of moment, Ashok Kumar Ji announced to name the new Management College being established at Yamuna Nagar, in his memory. Popularly known as TIMT, (Institute of MBA and MCA) was established in the year 1999.
When Mukand Lal Public School started blooming, the family was inspired to establish an English medium school at Tadaur also and so, Swaraj Public School, Radaur came up by in the pious memory of respected Smt Swaraj Devi in 2009.
JMIT was facing space crunch. Constuction of P.G.Block started on the adjoining plot. In the mean time, additional space at JMIt was created and the PG Block became not only a surplus and independent block butin the process, a magnificent and spacious building was constructed with a estimate of 36 crores. Thus another engineering college in the name of Jai Parkash Mukand Lal Innovative Engineering technology Insittute (JMIETI) came into existence in the year 2012.
MEGHA AGARWAL While the present generation in the persona of Sh Ashok Kumar and Sh Vijay Kumar, is woking ceaselessly for the betterment of all the institutions established by Seth Mukand Lal, Seth Jai Parkash and themselves, the next generation also are learning fast the noble traditions and adding new value based innovations to meet the demands of the changing times.
Ms Megha wants to do some solid and useful work for the society at large. She left the lucrative job of invenstment banker in the USA, returned to India along with her husband and started working on bridging the Industy-Academia gap through skill development. Her objective is to establish a skills development cum placement centre, so that the industry gets what it wants in the form of human resources without undergoing the time-consuming, cumbersome and inadequate processes of selection.