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Sky-high dream for Little Flower boy

Alipurduar, May 29: Debasish Barman has scored 80 per cent in CBSE and the son of a day labourer wants to be a pilot.

Twelve years ago, Ramesh Barman had come all the way to Alipurduar from Bhutpura village in Cooch Behar district to admit his sons Debasish and Dipankar to an English medium school. And Little Flower had not disappointed him. The school authorities took in the two brothers for free.

“I was told to keep them in the hostel. I had always wanted English-medium schools for my sons, but no institution in Cooch Behar was ready to reduce their fees. It was then that I heard of Little Flower and I came to Alipurduar.”

Debasish was admitted to Junior KG while his brother was taken in Nursery. Little Flower keeps 10 per cent of seats reserved for students who are not economically well-off.

“They are taught for free. The hostel, which otherwise cost Rs 2,000 per month, is also free. Debasish’s father had told us about his dream to educate his son and we just helped him attain it. We are happy with Debasish’s performance and I hope that next year, Dipankar too will do well,” said Sukla Dam, the principal of the school.

For Barman, however, the immediate worry now is how he will afford Debasish’s education in Class XI.

“I want Debasish to be good engineer, but he wants to joint the Indian Airforce. I wonder where I will admit him in Class XI and who will bear the expense,” said Barman.

Debasish, on his part, said he would like to study in Siliguri. “There are more schools there. I am grateful to my teachers, principal, director of the school for giving me opportunities to pursue my education. I want to be a pilot,” said Debasish over the phone.

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