- Mahesh Bhupathi, one of the greatest male Indian Lawn Tennis players and undoubtedly one of the most formidable and dominant doubles players ever in the sport's history, visited the reputed Miles Bronson Residential School here on 10 Feb 2015 (Tue). As the Chief Guest here to grace the occasion of Founder's Day of MBRS, he formally launched two tennis courts in the School premises and also presided over the Award Presentation Ceremony organized to honour the achievers of Classes 10 and 12 who had secured positions in the top echelon in the academic session 2013-14. He toured the fully residential school and appreciated the elaborate infrastructure the School has provided to its students. In his augural speech, Dr Nripen Kumar Dutta, Founder & Principal, reminisced how the School began with a humble figure of 17 students in a rented room and spread over to the present size to claim one of the top spots in the country. He summarised the achievements of the students in various fields during the ongoing academic session. Dr Dutta emphasised that learning has to go beyond the boundaries of classrooms and be all round and interactive to bring out the best in a child. He awarded Principal's Leadership Awards to four students for exhibiting outstanding leadership skills. 'The Summit', a School publication, summarising the achievements of students in sports and co-curricular activities during the current session, was unveiled by the Chief Guest. After the Award Ceremony, a very colourful cultural programme was presented by students which gave a short but comprehensive glimpse into the rich culture and traditions of the exotic North East Region. While talking to the press, Mahesh Bhupathi stated that there is much potential in the arena of sports in the NER and noted that the current India No. 1 Somdev Barman also hails from this region. MBRS has two beautiful clay tennis courts and has an exclusive tie up with Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academies (MBTA) for training of its students who wish to seriously take up Lawn Tennis as a sport. MBTA is a pioneering effort to promote the game of tennis across different levels. They have launched the 'School Tennis Programme' in various schools across India. MBRS - MBTA association ensures a systematic and well planned approach at every stage in the process of tennis coaching. It is customised to the capabilities and needs of each participant and leads to a comprehensive and highly effective graduation process. This arrangement is in line with the overall objective of MBRS to produce tennis players at national and, in due time, international level. MBRS is committed to popularise the game in the North East Region which has immense potential and a great scope. Mahesh received one of India's greatest civilian awards, the Padma Shri, in 2001.