Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee’s alma mater South Point High School is preparing to present him with a congratulatory album, signed by all 12,000 current students, when he visits Kolkata on October 23, while a group of former students and teachers plan to reach out to him. The school alumni association has launched an online signature campaign, congratulating him.
The excitement was palpable on Tuesday, when the school reopened after vacation. Discussions in classrooms and corridors revolved around Banerjee. Teachers said they felt proud to share the joy with students. “My batchmates and I have been sharing anecdotes on Abhijit. We can’t wait to see him return to Kolkata next week,” said Sharmila De Sarkar, a South Point biology teacher who was Banerjee’s classmate.
School authorities sent a congratulatory note to him on Tuesday. It will be followed by the one signed by the students. “ We are yet to decide on the exact form in which the signatures will be given. We hope to complete it and deliver it to him when he visits Kolkata next week,” said principal Rupa Sanyal Bhattacharya.
Teachers and former students are keen on inviting Banerjee to school during his Kolkata visit but it might be too tight for him to accommodate South Point, felt South Point Education Society trustee member Krishna Damani. “We would love to have him in school next week. It would be such a proud moment for all of us but we are not sure if his schedule will permit it. But sooner or later, we will have him in school,” said Damani.
Source: Times of India