Shama Parveen, the MA (psychology) topper in Ranchi University this year, became the first recipient of the Geeta Chakravarty memorial gold medal, inching closer to her dream of becoming a mentor.
The award — instituted by the late psychology professor’s husband Amal Chakravarty, a retired chemistry professor, and her family — was presented to Shama at Mecon Community Hall in Ranchi on Sunday.
“I didn’t have the opportunity to be guided by Geeta ma’am but my teachers were her students. So, she is more like a grandma in a joint family to me and I am very glad to be the first recipient of the medal,” Shama said.
“Education is the most important part of my life and I plan to clear NET (National Eligibility Test) and become a college teacher,” she added.
Ranchi University vice chancellor L.N. Bhagat said such an honour helps shape one’s personality and career. The award would be recognised by the university in addition to the its own gold medal offered to the topper, he added.
Justice L.N. Prasad, a retired high court judge and a family friend, described Geeta Chakravarty — who passed away last year — as a teacher who was “both strict and popular, a rare combination”, noting that she belonged to an ordinary family and struggled before excelling in her field.
“She was a very good teacher and we would wait eagerly for her classes,” said Renu Vidyarthi, a former student of Geeta Chakravarty who now teaches in the varsity.
“We will also organise a series of memorial lectures and offer a scholarship in my mother’s memory,” said Ujjwal, the late professor’s son.
“We are also ready to accept a donation of Rs 4 lakh and institute a gold medal in the name of the near and dear ones of the donor and last year we actually got one such donation from the USA,” said Jyoti Kumar, RU registrar.
Nearly 200 former colleagues, students and family friends of the late professor attended the function.