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distinguished talents and merit from elementary and other Schools
, and to provide for their instruction in seminaries of a higher de. gree, with the view of forming a body of qualified Teachers and Translators, who may be instrumental in enlightening their coun trymen, and improving the general system of education. When the funds of the Institution may admit of it, the maintenance and tuition of such pupils in distinct seminaries will be an object of importance. 4.–That it be left to the discretion of a Committee of Managers
J to adopt such measures as may appear practicable and expedient for accomplishing the objects above stated, wherever local wants and facilities
invite. 5.-_That no system of education shall be introduced, nor any book used, in the Schools under the exclusive control of this Society, without the sanction of the Committee of Managers ; that the School-books approved by the Committee, as far as they may be procurable from the Calcutta School-Book Society, shall be obtained from that Association.
6.-That in furtherance of the objects of this Society, Auxili. ary School Associations, founded upon its principles, be recommended and encouraged throughout the country; and especially at the principal cities and stations.
7.—That a Committee of Managers for conducting the busineas of this Institution be elected annually, at a General Meeting of Subscribers to be held in the month of January, at the Town Hall of Calcutta. The first Annual Meeting to take place in the month of January, 1820.
8.—That the Committee, inclusive of official members, consist of twenty-four persons; of whom sixteen to be Europeans, descendants, and eight Natives of India ; and that five members constitute a Quorum.
9.--That a European Recording Secretary, a European Corres ponding Secretary, furo Native Secretaries, a Treasurer, and a Coma Jector
, be appointed; who shall be Ex-officio Members of the Como mittee.
10.--That all persons subscribing any sum annually to the funds of this Institution shall be considered Members of the Society, be entitled to vote at the annual election of Managers, and be themselves eligible to the Committee.
11.–That the Committee be empowered to fill up from among the Members of the Society any vacancies that may happen in their own number, and in the official situations above specified, within the period of one annual election of Managers and another.
12.-That the Committee be also empowered to call a General Meeting of the Members of this Society, whenever circumstances may appear to require it.
13.–That the names of Subscribers and Benefactors, and a statement of receipts and disbursements, be published annually, with a Report of the proceedings of the Committee.
14.-It was also Resolved, that the following Gentlemen be elected Members of the Committee of Managers for the remainder of the present year, and till the period of the Annual Meeting to be held in January, 1820.
The Hon. Sir Antony Buller, Tohn Herbert Harington, Esq. William Orton Salmon, Esq. John Pascal Larkins, Esq. Gordon Forbes, Esq. George Money, Esq. Joseph Barretto, senior, Esq. Rev. Dr. Carey, Rev. Henry Townley, Rev. William Yates, George James Gordon, Esq. Lieut. Francis Irvine, Edward Shef. field Montagu, Esq. Stephen Laprimaudaye, Esq. S. Samuel Robinson, Esq. Mr. David Hare, Mowluvee Mirza Cazim Ulee Khan, (Meer Moonshee in the Persian Secretary's Office,) Mowluvee Wilayut Husun, (Mooftee of the Calcutta Court of Circuit,) Mowluvee Durvesh Ulee, (Vukeel of the Raja of Benares,) Mowluvee Noor'oonnubee, (Vukeel of the Nuwwab of Rampoor,) Ba. boo Radha Madhub Banroojya, Baboo Rusomoy Dutt.
15.-That to complete the number of the Committee fixed by the eighth Resolution, the Members above elected be authorized to add two Natives of India, being Hindoos, and eligible under the tenth resolution, as annual subscribers.
16.-That Lieut. Francis Irvine, and Edward Sheffield Mon. tagu, Esq. who hold the situations of European Recording Secres The tary, and European Corresponding Secretary to the School-Book flentia · Society, and have kindly tendered their services to perform the erat duties of the same situations for this Institution, be elected there i rad to accordingly; viz. Lieut. Irvine to be Recording Secretary, and brini Mr. Montagu to be Corresponding Secretary.
17.- That Mowluvee Mirza Cazim Ulee Khan be appointed $itello one of the Native Secretaries to this Society ; and that the selec. It has tion of the other, from the four Hindoo Members of the Commits the tee, be left to the Committee of Managers.
18.-That Joseph Barretto, senior, Esq. be appointed Treasure bowe er to the Calcutta School Society; and that all contributions on birisno account of this Society be paid into his hands.
19.—That Stephen Lapıiınaudaye, Esq. be appointed Collector al en for this Society, to collect the amount of all Donations and Subts of scriptions, and pay the same to the Treasurer.
I wou 20.-It was further unanimously resolved, on the motion of aires Mr. J. Robinson, seconded by Mr. Forbes, that the cordial thanks trase of this meeting be given to Mr Harington, for his very able con- fiIndia duct in the Chair, as well as for the benevolent zeal which has perded conducted the Calcutta School Society to so promising a state.
21.-It was also resolved, that the Proceedings of this Meeto fizint ing be printed and published in the English, Persian, and Ben-site galee Languages for general information.
(Signed) J. II. HARINGTON, Chairman."
In explanation of the above Rules, particularly such as related to the constitution of the Society, and the management of its business by a Committee composed partly of Europeans and partly city of Natives of India, it appears sufficient to observe, that atten. tion has been given to the existing Rules of the Calcutta Schools Book Society, which have been very generally approved, and appeared to furnish the best exemplar for a Sister Association, ing in view the same beneficent object; the intellectual and mo. ral improvement of our Indian fellow-subjects.
The obligations national and individual, arising from the Prosidential establishment of the British Power in India, to promote the gradual attainment of the important object above stated by all practicable means, consistent with a due regard to the receive ed opinions of the people whose benefit is intended, have been explicitly declared by the Legislature of the United Kingdom,
as well as by the highest local Authority. # It has also been observed, in a public discourse by His Excel. lency the Marquis of Hastings in his capacity of Visitor of the College of Fort William, that “The amendment must begin from the lowest step. It is only by facilitating and encouraging the education of a rising generation, that any thing solid can be done ; a process to which I am satisfied the parents will every where be found eagerly disposed, from what they have seen of the advantages of our science."
It would be superfluous to add any thing to the ahove authocritative statement on the utility of Schools and Seminaries for the purpose of diffusing useful knowledge amongst the inhabitants of India, and it is confidently hoped that a Society, exclusively intended to establish, support, or assist, such Schools and Semi. naries, and encouraging the Natives themselves to share in car
rying into effect designs so conducive to their moral welfare, will receive universal countenance and aid from every description of persons, both European and Asiatic. It
may however be proper to observe, that numerous applications made to persons already engaged in the work of education, for the establishment of new schools, attest the increasing desire of instruction amongst the Natives of India ; whilst the frequent necessity of declining compliance, from the want of pecuniary and other means, evinces the need of a general and united effort
for their supply.
Without meaning to disparage the efforts of any existing Institutions whose designs embrace the advancement of tuition, but on the contrary with the most cordial good will towards them and desire of co-operation with them, it may be justly stated that even
with regard to elementary Schools a wide field remains un occue pied.
But the Calcutta School Society does not limit its views to that single object. It is allowed that no plan for enlightening the mass of the people of these extensive and populous provinces can be expected to succeed, without the adoption of systematic measures for providing a body of qualified Teachers and Translators
OS from among themselves. These will be eminently useful, by their instructions, conversation, and writings, in diffusing just ideas and useful knowledge ; and through their instrumentality the stores of learning and science accumulated in our language will be transferred into the vernacular tongues of the Country.
Towards forming such a body the most efficient and direct means are obviously, afforded by systematically acting on the principle of seleclion, which is popular among the Natives, and highly approve ed by those who have reflected most maturely on the means
of improving the human race. The principle has accordingly been distinctly recognized in the 3d Rule of the Institution; and should "the liberal and permanent support of a discerning public enable its Managers to act on it extensively and with vigour, it cannot be doubted that the happiest results will follow.”
To this is added a list of subscriptions within the first fire days after the formation of the Society; but we have since learnt from an authentic source, that the subscriptions now amount to 14,000 Rupees, including donations and the annual subscriptions for the first year, which is cousidered as extending to the gea neral meeting to be held in January, 1820. The proportion contributed by natives (principally Hindoos) we understand to be very considerable; and it is an interesting and encouraging fact, that, besides the Hindoo College almost entirely founded on the contributiofis of that class of the Natives whose appellation it bears, there are now no less than four philanthropic Institutiafis, whose funds are derived partly from European partly from Native liberality. These are, the Calcutta School-Book Society ;