Asansol is known to many here as the town 200 km from Calcutta where many of Dhapa’s residents went to school. Asansol is home to three pre-Independence schools that have a storied history – St. Patrick’s, Loreto Convent, and St. Vincent’s. Now, a nonprofit global alumni group for St. Patrick’s is seeking to help reconnect old classmates of these three schools and renew old links to the Indian Chinese community. Given the anticipated growth in China-India business and trade, they are also interested in exploring ways to help current students learn more about Chinese language and culture, beyond just Hakka cuisine. Those who may know any alumni of these schools (or their children) should direct them to http://www.asansolschools.com/ and alumni of St. Patrick’s can join that particular group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/patricks/.
Here is an op-ed article in The Statesman from 2006 that describes the educational vision these alumni have.