A touching anecdote is narrated by our ex-Principal, Dr.J.K.Lalla, highlighting Principal Kundnani’s humility and modesty apart from single-minded determination in starting R.D.National College. Principal Kundnani was running 105°C fever when the Local Inquiry Committee visited the College for inspection. The team was shocked to find an exhausted Principal Kundnani sitting on the steps waiting for them. When one member of the LIC asked why he took the trouble to come with such high fever, Principal Kundnani replied with all humbleness, “How can I not come Sir, when you are all coming for inspection?”
The member of the LIC assured Principal Kundnani that he would take care of all the enquiries and sent him home immediately. That was the respect and awe Principal Kundnani commanded. The seeds he laid, the work he did and the force of will power he demonstrated in fulfilling his dreams ensured that they would find glorious expression.
Principal K.M.Kundnani College of Pharmacy, the first technical institution of the Board was born in the year 1971. Principal Kundnani’s role in it’s genesis and growth is elaborated separately.
The Founder Principal of R.D. National College and Kishinchand Chellaram College, Founder Secretary and finally President of H(S)NCB, Principal Kundnani was gifted with a photographic memory and an almost sponge like ability to absorb everything around and finally translate it into reality. He had an eagle eye for minute details and love for perfection. Under his able supervision without any contractors K.C.College building was completed within five months. It is difficult to give estimated amount of money he must have saved for the Board through his foresight and vigilance.
A strict disciplinarian himself, the values he upheld and propagated strongly were integrity, austerity, good character and discipline. In his own words ‘Without discipline man is like a log of wood, being buffeted by waves’.
In 1932 he became the Founder Member of the First Himalayan Expedition Club and retained his interest in hiking, trekking and mountaineering to a ripe old age.
The nationalist spirit in him believed unwaveringly that the fruits of his relentless pursuits in the field of education would enrich generations of students he cared deeply about. With foresightedness he was instrumental in procuring plots of land at Bandra, Worli, Churchgate, Cuffe Parade and Ulhasnagar, all of which have become strategic points today. A true philanthropist, he waived fees and provided financial assistance to several deserving economically backward students.