Introduction of Tul Bahadur Pun VC Foundation

1. Background

A small village named Banduk is situated in the bank of the Kali Gandaki river in the mid-western Nepal. In the bank of the river, there is a small settlement called Tiplyang bazaar where WW II veteran Tulbhahaur Pun VC was born nearly 93 years ago. In the past days his grand father late Narayan Tilija Pun had picked up some people from different localities of neighbouring areas and had took initiation to settle them in his village. In the same Banduk village, his father Kabiram Tilija Pun was born. Later he went up to France and involved in the WW I. Even his father had dug some portion of 193 mile long Suez Canal to pave the way for the British ships to reach the western front to fight against Germany. The canal was the shortest crossing point between Europe and Asia of the divided world.

 

Beni bazaar, the district Headquarters of Myagdi, can be reached after driving nearly 4 hours from Pokhara. At the cross junction of river Kali and Myagdi, this beautiful Beni bazaar is located. Tiplyang is nearly an hour?s driving distance and half hour vertical climbing over the hill reaches the birth place of Tulbahadur Pun VC. Originally in this village his ancestors? were settled. At the moment nearly 100 families have settled in Banduk village and 80 in Tiplyang bazaar. This is the project location of Tulbahadur Pun VC Foundation.

 

2. Landscape

Tiplyang is a most beautiful settlement area at the bank of river Kali. This tourist trekking route of Kali is also connected with Jomsom, the district Headquarters of Mustang. Being river, at the foot hill of the high altitude mountain Himalaya, finally reaches a Nepalese pilgrimages shrine the Muktinath, the source of river Kali. This is the gateway of Tibet to the People?s Republic of China. This area is important not because it has a commercial potential tourist route but because it has the most beautiful scenery in both sides of the Kali Gandaki river and a holy shrine of Muktinath. In many places along Thoralanga pass, hot water spring spots are available at each five to ten km distance along the route. Usually at this river bank, the tourists take one night stop and enjoy bathing in the hot spring ponds.

 

3. Introduction of school

The time when Tulbahadur Pun VC was born, there was not a school in the areas. The area was completely isolated from rest of the world. In those days the youths had to walk completely six days to reach the Indian border. He had received his formal education only when he was recruited in the British army. So, due to the lack of education he faced numerous problems in his life. After returning from the army, 57 years ago, remembering his previous problem in the education he first devoted his time and resources for the establishment of a primary school in his village in order to educate the children. By his noble effort in 1966, Bahaduk primary school was approved by the Government of Nepal.

 

Prior this he used to collect the donation from the villagers to run the school. Three decades ago, he again established another school in the Tiplyang village. In 1982, the same school also under his initiation was approved by the Government of Nepal.

 

 

 Tulbahadur Pun, VC, the pioneer of this school, with the consent of the villagers presently intends to promote the same primary school into the Higher Secondary level. The topography situation of this school is that by approving up to Higher Secondary level, it is certain that the students of five VDCs of this area would be highly benefited. In the course of time it can be converting into a big educational institution. The management committee has projected that more than 1,000 children may join and would be benefited from this scheme. At the moment the children of this area have to walk three to four hours to reach another school and have to return back in the same day. The students are facing great problems. The main objective of this project is to develop the area and establish a great education foundation after his name.

 

4. Rational for Academic Foundation

Tulbahadur Pun VC is the bravest Gurkha of all times. On 3rd March 1944, during WW II, he had glorified the history of Gurkhas, fighting against the Japanese troops. His outstanding courage, in the face of enemy had awarded him the highest gallantry prowess, the Victoria Cross of the British Empire. In his 90, Tulbahadur Pun, VC, is still strong both in mind and body. He recently expressed his great desire to establish the school for the poor and destitute children of his area. In 1959 when he retired from the army, he chooses to devote rest of his life to educate the village children. He loves children too much. He remembers the past days, how he suffered in his life due to lack of education. So, he intends to spend rest of his life providing education to the children of his village. That is why, he did not go anywhere for second carrier job and devoted his time for the foundation of his village school. For the time being he served as a British welfare officer of his area and during his tenure of service he had managed to grant a number of projects for the academic development from the British Government.  In fact Tulbahadur Pun is very bold and kind hearted man. He always thinks about the school and devotes his time how to educate the children. He some time becomes very serious as he is too old now and how he would e able to complete his vision of education mission in time. Therefore, recently seeking advice from him, the Academic Educational Foundation has been established.

 

This is a moving memory of the event, when Tulbahadur Pun VC visited the St Taylor?s School. He expressed his view on the education in front of school children, teachers and staffs. Remembering his days, VC Pun said: ?In my life, I came to know how important English education is. In my time there was no school. The autocratic Rana ruler never imagined to promote the education as they had the perception that if the children are educated in Nepal, ultimately their family rule would come to an end. That is why there were no schools anywhere in Nepal. In those days we were blind because we were illiterate. We were not even be able to count after ten. But when I received the army formal education, since that day onwards I realised the meaning of education.?

?Now this is my strong perception that how important is English education. English is global language. If you are not educated in English then you would not be able to do anything.