Chakdah, March 18: A retired schoolteacher in Nadia’s Chakdah has donated Rs 2.6 lakh from his life’s savings for a library in the institution where he used to teach.
Dulal Chandra Ghosh retired in 1999 after teaching English for 14 years in Bishnupur High School but has remained a regular visitor.
“Mastermoshai has donated Rs 260,450 to the school, which helped us build a 500sqft library room. It became operational this month,” said headmaster Manotosh Sarkar. “It is a great help as the development of the library often suffered because of funds.”
However, 74-year-old Ghosh, popularly known as mastermoshai, thinks he has done nothing great. “I was a teacher of the school and was also in charge of the library for several years. So even after retirement, I feel a family-like bond with the school. I have done it for my family for which I do not need any accolade,” he said.
He added that his decision was prompted by one of his visits to the school in July last year, when he realised that the library never had its own room. “I know the difficulties of frequent shifting. The school was established in 1949 but the library never got a room of its own. As an avid reader, I realised it was a great difficulty for the students,” Ghosh said.
Headmaster Sarkar said: “I was moved by mastermoshai’s gesture. He regularly visits the school, enquires about developments and also offers us suggestions. But I never thought he would wish to donate money for such a big project.”
“When his only son Partha Pratim Ghosh, a 40-year-old civil engineer, met me and urged me to work on the plan, I appraised the school secretary Mohammed Nasiruddin Mondal and sought his approval. We prepared an estimate of Rs 250,000,” the headmaster said.
“Partha designed the room and looked into the technical details,” Sarkar said.
“The actual cost exceeded the estimate but mastermoshai did not mind. He happily paid Rs 260,450 in cash in three separate instalments.”