The officer who arrived in India as a feature of the British armed force has retired in the heart of Punjab after a long showing profession in Pakistan. Having as of late ventured down in the wake of running the Langlands School and College in Chitral for a long time, Major Langlands took up habitation not long ago at the Aitchison College in Lahore — a place excessively well-known for somebody who educated there for right around 25 years.
Geoffrey Langlands started educating in the harvest time of 1936. It was at a government funded school in Croydon and the resignation emergency was being played out in the daily papers. His compensation: £5 a month. Seventy after six years and Major Langlands has seen some change in pay. As essential of the school that conveys his name, he now wins £40 a week. Luckily, £40 goes somewhat advance in the Hindu Kush than it does in Croydon.
Presently, finally, this tutor to a good portion of the Pakistani elite, including the cricketer-turned-lawmaker Imran Khan, can anticipate putting his feet up. Those in Britain who fuss about the raising of the retirement age should save an idea for the Major.
After serving as a principal in the tumultuous terrain of North Waziristan for a decade, the next challenge was in the serene mountains of Chitral where he set up the Langlands School and College and headed it for the next 24 years. The institution lived up to its motto ‘There is always room for improvement’ and empowered hundreds of young boys and girls over the years.
Having started with merely 80 students, it now educates as many as 1,000 students each year. While the people of Chitral are deeply grateful to this Britisher for bringing a new world to their children, Langlands attributes all the credit to the people.
“The people loved the institution, they wanted education for their children and they worked to materialise their desire,” he says.
Langlands never married and his twin brother has only visited him a handful of times in Pakistan. The vacuum of family in his life seems to have been consumed by a love far greater than a desire for personal fulfillment. “Right from the age of 12, all the decisions in my life have been taken by me. I am not sure if that’s a good thing but that is something I did. I decided that I have to do good to people in the world simply because people have been good to me.” And that is precisely what he did.
The Langlands School and College has found a new English principal in Carey Schofields, a writer and journalist who has covered everything from Mick Jagger to the Pakistan Army. But it might be impossible for Pakistan to find a replacement for the crisp Englishman who not only devoted his life to a country that did not bind him by blood or birth but has also chosen it as his final resting place.