Sardar Mohan Singh, Founder of Modern Senior Secondary School, Patiala
was a visionary - well ahead of his times. He started the school
in 1948, just after Independence, passionately believing that education
was the key to India’s future success as a modern nation state. In
fact, MSSSP (then known as Modern High School) was the first private
school of Patiala.
The purpose of the school was not just to provide excellent education to
students in and near Patiala, but also to provide them with strong
values and a noble vision. In fact, Sardar Mohan Singh himself lived
those ideals. He is still remembered for his absolutely impeccable
integrity, ever helpful nature and cheerful disposition.
He made a success of whatever he did.
He was Managing Director of the State Bank of Patiala -
leading the bank to its most blazing period of growth. He was also Chief Economic
Advisor to the Maharaja of Patiala. And Deputy General Manager of Punjab National Bank.
Sardar Mohan Singh passed away on 8 November 1968 at the age of 64 in
New Delhi, leaving behind a richly enduring legacy. MSSSP pays
respectful homage to its founder and remains ever grateful to him. His
birthday - 8 January - is celebrated as Founder’s Day.
The founder was passionately supported by the first Principal of the
school, Mrs. Jai Chopra. Sardar Mohan Singh and Mrs. Chopra led the
school to become the most prestigious school in Patiala. Mrs. Chopra was
associated with the school, as Principal and then Director, till her
passing away in 1998.
Meanwhile, after Sardar Mohan Singh, his wife Sardarni Raj Mohan Singh
became Chairperson of Saraswati Vidyak Trust (SVT), which the founder
had established to control the school. She also became President of the
Managing Committee (MC) of the school. She was at the helm from 1968 to
1987. Thereafter, her son Dr. Ravi Singh, who was a legal and industrial
consultant, provided leadership from 1987 to 2017. Since 2017, his
son Mr. Jujhar Singh, who is a television journalist, is serving as
Chairman of SVT and President of the MC. Mr. Jujhar Singh’s sister Ms
Nanki Singh, a writer, serves as Vice President.