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Reliving old, golden days

- 45 alumni reunite at Dhanbad cradle after 50 years

Dhanbad, Dec. 29: Their discipline and righteousness made their subordinates at their respective workplaces look up to them as a source of inspiration. On Sunday, these former students of HE School in Dhanbad recalled how they, in turn, were inspired by their teachers to lead a life of honesty and integrity.

A group of 45 from the 1963 matriculation batch of the all boys’ cradle was back to school after 50 long years.

The occasion was — golden alumni meet.

The function started at Lindsay Club, which is situated less than 50 metres away from the government cradle at Hirapur.

The former students — majority of them retired and settled all over the country — assembled on the club premises along with their wives around 9am. After formal introduction, they took part in a condolence session and remembered 16 classmates who were no more.

The participants then walked all the way to HE School to relive their golden years in the cradle.

An alumnus and eminent lawyer of Dhanbad S.N. Mukherjee said, “We still respect our principal H.P. Dutta, who was a great scholar. Our teachers Manindra Nath Chakraborty (English), D.K. Ghosh (chemistry) and K.P. Dasaundhi (mathematics) with their love, affection and sense of discipline shaped our careers.”

Another senior advocate S.C. Mullik said, “Ours was the best institution in those times and our teachers, majority of whom have died, were the real gurus who selflessly taught us.”

Mukherjee explained how the plan to organise the alumni meet evolved in 2012.

“The idea struck us when some of our batchmates, who are settled in Dhanbad, met for a chit-chat session. We personally called up everyone and discussed the possibility of meeting again. It took almost a year to give a concrete shape to our plans,” Mukherjee added.

Unable to control his emotion, Malay Banerjee, a senior lawyer of Jharkhand High Court, said: “I had never thought that I would again meet my friend R.N. Chakraborty, a former deputy director of Border Roads Organisation. I cannot express how glad I am to see him again.”

Chakraborty, presently settled in Delhi, was equally overjoyed to find his buddies like former deputy director general of Geological Survey of India Lakshmi Kant Das.

Amitava Sen Gupta, a retired senior scientist of water resources department in Bengal, came all the way from Calcutta to participate in the once in a lifetime event.

“But some unfortunate ones like Ashok Dhar who are settled abroad missed out on the golden opportunity to relive our school days,” said Samir Ranjan Ghosh, an alumnus and retired director of Central Mine Planning and Design Institute.

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