Twenty five years ago if one had stood at the site of St.Conrad’s Inter College where its three storeyed building stands, one would have been welcomed by the wheat fields in the winters or clouds of dust and hot ‘loo’ in the summers. But since then much water has flowed down the Jamuna River. Today here precious lives are being molded which will influence the generations-to-come. The school is a dream of the Franciscan Capuchins come true, a result of their far-sightedness, a vision and a great sign of service to society and the nation. No doubt, the Capuchins were pioneers in establishing educational institutions in North India and St.Conrad’s is a glaring example of their trail-blazing initiative.
A plot of land measuring about five acres was bought by Fr.Aloysius Fernandes Capuchin, from Mr.Ninuaram and Mr.Kishanlal; another stretch of land from a Muslim, Mr.Hasamuddin and Navabuddin, in 1968. The original plan in purchasing this land was to house the retired and ailing Franciscan Capuchins working in the Archdiocese of Agra. In 1969 Fr.Hugh, Capuchin, began constructing a boundary wall on all four sides and barbed wire above. It was supervised by Bro.Ruben Furtado. Soon Fr.Hugh constructed a room for the watchman and in case a member wanted to stay there. In the same year Bro.Ruben had a tube well bored in the existing open well. From 1971 to 1973 he cultivated the fields, daily coming to the plot from St.Mary’s Church, Ajmer Road, Agra.
In 1973 Fr.Vincent Lobo succeeded Fr.Hugh. During this time there was a great possibility of not being able to realize the said purpose since the Nagar Mahapalika of Agra had served notice for acquisition of the land to execute their master plan. In view of this Fr.Vincent thought it best to build a prayer hall (church) for which permission had been granted to Fr.Hugh earlier. Fr.Vincent brought Br.Osmund Dias to this place to supervise the construction work. The foundation for the ashram and prayer hall was laid by the Most. Rev. Dr. Dominic Athaide, Capuchin, the late Archbishop of Agra, on September 8, 1973. The construction took more than a year to complete.
When Fr.John Joseph, was chosen to be in charge of Agra-Lucknow Mission, he began to stay in the residence here instead of St.Fidelis Ashram, Lucknow, which had been the headquarters of the mission. He came to stay here on December 26, 1974. Then onwards fathers and brothers began to come to Ashram at regular intervals.
Origin & Development
In 1975 we got exemption from the Development Authority, Lucknow, on the condition that we open a school in the premises for the people of the locality. In 1975 we decided to open an English-Medium School. The foundation stone was blessed by the late Archbishop, Dr.Dominic Athaide, Capuchin, and laid by Mr.A.N.Sehgal, Administrator of Nagar Mahapalika, Agra, on April 13, 1978. St.Conrad's School was established on July 1, 1978, in the green and pollution-free environment to cater to the needs of the local population. The school went in for co-education. To begin with, there were only 9 students on the roll. In the beginning there was only one teacher, Mrs.A.Sebastian. It was not in the present building then but in the present chapel which is in the residential block now.
1978 marked the beginning of the construction of the ground floor; the first floor was completed in 1984. All this was possible because of the great master builder, Bro.Julian Crasto and Bro.Oliver, the executor. Fr.John Lewis took over in 1981 and Fr.Richard Mathias was the vice-principal. The school looked with hope and confidence into the future. The school got its affiliation to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi, on May 29, 1983. The very first batch of students who appeared for the ICSE examinations in March, 1985, secured a cent per cent result.
St.Conrad's Inter College is a private, recognized and non-aided Christian minority institution founded in the year 1978. It is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi and will prepare the students for the ICSE Certificate Examination (Class X) and the ISC Certificate Examination (Class XII).
St.Conrad's Inter College has the international accreditation through ISC Board. ISC Certificate examination (XII level of ICSE Board, New Delhi) is on par with overseas school leaving certificate which means students passing out of this institution will no longer be required to obtain 'A' level qualification or complete bridging courses while seeking admission in the universities of UK, Scotland, Australia and other commonwealth countries.
Thus began the unending saga of the premier institute of Agra, St.Conrads Inter College.