Meeting the longstanding demand of many students, the Calcutta Boys’ School (CBS) will finally introduce the Humanities section from 2019-2020 onwards.

The school previously had Science and Commerce streams only. Principal and secretary of CBS, Raja McGee said, “We have decided to start the Humanities stream from next year as it was the demand of several students of our school. Humanities is a popular choice among boys these days and several of our students who were interested in taking up Humanities had to shift elsewhere after class X. This decision will ensure that students can pursue several more combinations in this school.”

The school which is celebrating its 141 years of foundation, currently accommodates about 2,500 students and there will be 55 seats available in the humanities section.

Every year about 150 students pass out from the school after class X and 10 per cent students leave the school as they wish to pursue Humanities.

Few students who prefer staying back in the school in their plus II level had to take up Commerce or Arts Stream even if they had inclination for Humanities, the principal said.

“We believe several of our students will be very happy with the decision of the school as students will no longer need to change their school or select a stream they do not find interest in,” Mr Raja McGee said.

Mr Gerry Arathoon, chief executive & secretary of Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) said, “CBS is affiliated to the council and we are happy that the school is starting this course. Humanities is taken up by a large number of guys these days and also fetches high scores in exams.”

The school inaugurated the commemoration building on Tuesday where several dignitaries and former students of the schools, were present. The commemoration building, principal and secretary Raja McGee said, has been built maintaining the heritage facia of the main building.

The new building has several new features including elevator, fire fighting equipments, science and computer labs, gymnasium among other features.

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was the special guest of honour while Mr M J Akbar, minister of state for external affairs who is also a former student of the school attended.

MP Sudip Bandhopadhyay, Mr Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations,Rev. Dr Newton Parmer, general secretary of Methodist Church in India and state consumer affairs minister Sadhan Pandey attended the programme.