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Class with teacher in vernacular school, Bombay

Class with teacher in vernacular school, Bombay

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/46(4646)

Item number: 4646

Length: 14.8

Width: 24.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a class in the vernacular school at Bombay in Maharashtra from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (Volume 46), taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1873. This image of a class of young boys seated on the floor in front of the teacher was exhibited at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873 and is listed in John Forbes Watson's catalogue, where it is titled, 'Vernacular school and 'pantojee' (schoolmaster)'. Vernacular education (in the local language) was considered a special obligation for the Government from 1854 when it was declared a concern by the Court of Directors. The vernacular course covered both primary and secondary education and was carried out in many different types of establishment depending on the resources of the area. In Bombay, for example, the complete course of vernacular education was delivered at primary school. The Imperial Gazetteer of India states, "The type of primary school varies from the primitive pathshala or maktab to the modern institutions in which the pupils are educated in accordance with approved European methods. The Bombay local rates schools are in general better built, equipped, and managed than the Bengal indigenous institutions."

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