Girdhari Lal Salwan was born in the year 1902 in a remote village of Kartarpur, Punjab, in the family of Pandit Mool Raj Salwan. After the early demise of his father, he was left in his early twenties, to bring up his entire family of six brothers and one sister. Having completed only his primary education, Pandit Girdhari Lal Salwan worked hard with little means to earn his lively hood. The cruel hand of death snatched away all his brothers in their youth one by one and it was now on the shoulders of Girdhari Lal Salwan to bring up their families along with his own.
In the year 1921, G.L.Salwan moved to Peshawar, Pakistan to set up his furniture business as an ordinary carpenter, toiling hard. Honesty and perseverance became the cardinal principles of his work. It was in the year 1936; circumstances overtook the education of the minorities in Peshawar. He vowed to impart education to all – to the neediest of the needy – free of cost. The year 1936 saw him set up the first Salwan School at Sardar Cantt. Peshawar, where over 800 students studied. In the year 1947, during the partition days his social instinct, concern for poor, charitable work and a commitment to quality education brought appreciation from many quarters and as a token of recognition, The Government of India, allotted a piece of land on the outskirts of Delhi, a refugee colony called Rajinder Nagar.Thus began the journey of his life through experience……
– Pandit Girdhari Lal Salwan (1902 – 22nd, Oct 1964)
There comes a time when meadow, grove, and stream
The Earth, And every common sight
Do seem apparelled in celestial light.
The Rainbow comes and goes,
And lovely is the Rose,
The Moon doth with delight
Look round her when the heavens are bare;
Waters on a starry night
Are beautiful and fair;
The sunshine is a glorious birth;
But yet I know, where’er I go,
That there passed away a glory from the earth.
HISTORY OF SALWAN BOYS SCHOOL
In 1947, Pandit Ghirdhari Lal Salwan moved to Delhi and started the school housed in a tent at a refugee colony called Rajinder Nagar. Thus started the journey of our lives. The sprawling play fields were literally sewed out of rocky ridges. With like-minded people assisting him for the cause, the 18776 sq.ft building of Salwan Boys School was finally constructed in 1950-51. It has taken planning, vision, dedication and sheer grit on the part of our founder and patron, Salwan Family, Salwan Education Trust, Management, Principals to bring SBS to this magnificent level.
Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on his visit to the institute in 1955 remarked:
“I have seen the Institutions established by Salwan Sahib. That a refugee can build such imposing edifices is both pleasant surprise and very encouraging. I see a wonderful life which is rarely seen in these troubled days, throbbing in these institutions and their founder.”
Dr. Rajinder Prasad too in 1956 remarked:
“The great work that Salwan Sahib has done for the cause of Education has made me very happy. This monumental work will confirm immortality on him.”
The Vision is alive. So is the philosophy.