Shimla : United Progressive Alliance (UPA) vice-presidential candidate Mohammad Hamid Ansari is remembered fondly by his friends at a school in Shimla where he had studied more than 50 years ago.
"Ansari was outstanding in both studies and games, particularly athletics and hockey," remembers Kailash Sood, a local doctor who was Ansari's junior at St. Edwards School here.
"Though the British had left there were still a few British boys in our school and Ansari outshone all the boys," said Sood.
The school's principal Father John Bosco confirmed that Ansari had attended Class 6 and 7 from 1949 to 1951. Staff members were happy that an old student was likely to become the country's next vice president.
St Edwards School is over 80 years old and rated one of the top schools in northern India.