A student, Mitch Oderrow went on to teach at New Era; he was
motivated to learn journalism and went on to become the
Chief Editor of ‘The Standard’.
Freddie Muila, was invited by Atlanta Chiefs Soccer Club for
a trial period in Georgia, USA.
Information materials were elicited from Tokyo and Mexico
Olympics Organisation Committees.
As these events made news, these initiatives set this
college apart from other private colleges as a prestigious
Starting life as the only son of a rich landowner turned
art teacher, Vasu Deva, he was born on 3 December 1912 in
Pakpattan, District Montgomery, Punjab, now in Pakistan.
Three years later, his mother died and he was brought up
by his aunt in Jullander.
While at school, when he was eight years old, his father
sailed for England for further art studies.
When his father returned in 1927 after becoming an
Associate of the Royal College of Art in London and then
touring Europe for four years, he moved to Lahore.
Sine he had passed his high school examination, he
enrolled at the Forman Christian College, and passed his
bachelor’s degree with Honours in English and in 1928 and
passed his master’s degree in 1933.
Two years later, he passed Bachelor of Teaching Degree at
Central Training College, Lahore, in 1936.
In 1937, he was appointed a Gazetted Officer with
Government of India, at Pakpattan.
He married Shakuntla, daughter of Late Ram Darshan Office
Supt. Lahore High Court.
Two children – a son, Kul Bhushan, and a daughter, Aruna,
– were born in 1938 and 1940.
After resigning from the civil service in 1945, he joined
the Punjab National Bank.
His father died a year later.
The bank appointed him manager of its Ahmedabad branch
and later in Bombay.
So, at the time of partition in 1947, he and his family
were safe in Ahmedabad.
In 1949, he resigned from Punjab National Bank as he had
a job offer from Franklin Square National Bank, New York,
but was unable to travel to USA due to forex and other
The next five years were tough as he moved back to
Ahmedabad until he got a chance to go to Kenya in 1953.
His degree in teaching came in handy as he became a
teacher and later principal of Shree Sanatan Dharam Sabha
Primary School, Nairobi, in 1955.
The then Governor of Kenya, Sir Evelyn Baring Coutts,
attended the annual function of the school and compliments
him on his work.
As his health declined with the first heart attack in
1958, He left his job and took on light work.
In 1962, he established New Era College, on Government
Road, Nairobi, while his son joined him in 1964 after
resigning as a teacher from government service
"New Era’ The Magazine for Young Kenyans was his last
project before he succumbed to his third heart attack and
died in1966, aged 54.
With deep interest in all religions, he studied holy
scriptures of the major faiths.
As a powerful orator, he became president of the Arya
Samaj in Ahmedabad and Bombay and in Kenya, he started
studying and immersing in the Gita and starts working on a
planned book – Gita in the Atomic Age.
The news of his death appears in The Sunday Nation
and later an obituary appears in The East African