Sangam Sadhu Kuppuswami Memorial College, formerly known as Nadi Secondary School, was founded in 1958, when Shri Vivekananda High School (now Shri Vivekananda College) became a grant aided school. During those days, Shri Vivekananda High School was the only secondary school in Nadi and being a grant-aided school it could not enroll students who were unsuccessful in their Fiji Secondary School Entrance Examination. Thus, the need arouse for another secondary school, to retain the youths in school. It was Swami Rudrananda’s timely initiation that led to the opening of another secondary school, Nadi Secondary School, as a sister institution to Shri Vivekananda High School. In 1958, the number of students at the Sarda Girls’ Hostel decreased to a sustainable level and this was seen as an opportunity by Swami Rudrananda to use that premises as the new Nadi Secondary School.
To manage the affairs of this new school, Swamiji formed the Nadi Education Society, with Dr. C. T. Mehta as the President; Mr. H. M. Lodhia (Manager); Mr. Krishna Murti (Secretary/Treasurer) and a few other members. Some time later, due to his demise, Mr Krishna Murti was replaced by Mr. M. K. Pillai.
The pioneer Principal of the school was Mr. Shantilal N. Patel, with Mr. Satya Mani Masih and Pandit Vivekanand Sharma as his assistants. The school had a roll of sixty-eight students during its first year.
At the beginning of term three, 1958, Shri Vivekananda High School , which was
located on the bank of the Nadi River (the site of the old Nadi Temple), moved to its present site in Malolo. Nadi Secondary School moved into that premises, flourishing in the warmth of the temple environment.
Mr. S. N. Patel resigned as the Principal in 1962 and he was succeeded by Mr. S. Sadasiwan. 1964 saw the introduction of a form five in the school. The student
population had increased to around four hundred. In 1965, Mr. Sadasiwan resigned to join the government service. He was succeeded by Mr. J. R. Achal in 1966.
1967 witnessed yet another significant event; Nadi Secondary School was handed over by the Nadi Education Society to T.I.S.I.Sangam Central Board. This was followed by the election of a new Board of Governors: Rev. Swami Rudrananda (Manager); Mr. Shankaran Nair (President); Mr. Venkat Swami Naodu (Secretary); Mr. M. K. Pillai (Treasurer) and Messrs. Ram Sami Pillai, Jag Nath Naidu, Nacovi Narayan, Chinnaiya Gounder, Pullaiya Dass, R. Raman, V. S. Naidu and Changaiya Naidu (Committee Members).
Later, in 1969, the school moved into its new premises, where it is since located. On receiving a substantial building grant, a doublestorey building consisting of nine classrooms, two science laboratories (Physics and Chemistry), a library and a Home Economics Room, was constructed.
Mr. Amraiya Naidu succeeded Mr J. R. Achal in 1974 and during his short stay, there was a tremendous progress in the school. He was the strength behind the infrastructural development; the construction of a new four classroom concrete block and the workshop for Industrial Arts. He also made provisions for the school playground and equipped the school library with the much needed resources. Results in the external examinations soared high, thus leading to the
introduction of a form six, in 1976.
At the end of the first term, 1976, Mr. Amraiya Naidu, upon his request was transferred to Labasa and Mr. A. C. Dass filled in the vacant position as Acting Principal until the appointment of Mr. Narayan Reddy in 1977. It was during Mr. Reddy’s principal ship that the school was renamed Sangam Sadhu Kuppuswami Memorial College, in honour of the dedication and commitment of the founder of the Sangam Organisation, Sadhu Kuppuswami, towards the education of the children of the indentured labourers in Fiji.
1980 saw another milestone; the introduction of Form Seven, elevating the school to level one. The school continued to progress in terms of academic and infrastructural development under the leadership of the following Principals: Mr S. K. Pillai (1986—1987), Mr. Ramasami Gounder (1988—Term Two, 1990),Mr. Parmanand (Term Three, 1990—1994) and Mr. K. S. Naicker (1995-1998). Two new classrooms and the new offi ce was constructed in 1991.
The beginning of 1999 was marked by the arrival of yet another dynamic and innovative Principal, Mr. Ashok Mani, who not only brought about infrastructural development such as a well-furnished staff room and three classrooms, he also initiated the designing of the state of the art multi-purpose hall (which is due for construction in the near future). Mr. Mani, being an academic, has always promoted the professional and personal growth of his staff through various trainings, workshops and seminars.
During his term as Principal, Mr. Mani had to take leave to work for the Sangam Education Board, to assist with the establishment of the Sangam School of Nursing in Labasa. And this gave the opportunity to Mr. Mohammed Razak Sahib followed by Mrs. Anita Gounder to act as the Principal. Mr. Mani is currently the Chief Executive Offi cer for the TISI
Sangam Education Board.
2008 saw the entry of the first confirmed lady Principal, Mrs Vidya Wati Prasad, who is currently taking every opportunity to take the college to even greater heights. Today, the college has forty-eight teaching
staff and nine hundred and fifty students.
The students have not only achieved academic excellence but have excelled in extra-curricular activities; this is the first time that our students have participated in the IQ Active and we now have a girls’ soccer team from which a few girls are playing for the Nadi Women’s Team.
2008, being the year of its Golden Jubilee, we look back over the fifty years with pride and are grateful for the foresight of the founders, parents, wellwishers of Sangam, the Management and the dedicated teachers, who contributed to the success of our college.
We strive forward to educate and inspire the SSKMC Community in the hope that it will lead to the development and growth of our dynamic society. We seek the blessing of the Almighty to assist us in our endeavours.