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Since 1st March, 1999
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School cash shock, but pleasant

Balurghat, Feb. 15: It was an annual function of a school where Sanat Panchanan, a retired college lecturer, had arrived uninvited.

To everybody’s surprise, 69-year-old Panchanan suddenly announced that he would like to donate Rs 3 lakh to Lolitmohon Adarsha High School in the memory of his father and handed over the cheque to headmaster Abhijit Mukherjee.

“We were overwhelmed. It was a windfall we were not prepared for,” exclaimed Mukherjee.

Panchanan’s father, the late Gopesh Chandra Panchanan taught mathematics and English in this school till 1967.

A few years ago, a former student of the school, Shankar Saha — now settled in the US — had donated Rs 8 lakh. The interest from the amount is spent on scholarships for meritorious students. The annual function was being held on the school premises yesterday to disburse them, when Panchanan walked in.

“I retired from Balurghat College nine years ago. For a long time I had been toying with the idea of donating some money in memory of my father. I am happy that I could do it yesterday,” Panchanan said.

The former college teacher, however, has laid down certain conditions for the school authorities: students, who score the highest in mathematics and English, will get the scholarships from this money.

A proud father of three daughters, who have done well in their respective careers, Panchanan said: “My wife Uma and I do not need much (money) at this age. But if we donate this now, it will help some students build their careers.”

Panchanan’s eldest daughter Swaswati had stood first in the Madhyamik examination in the district in 1985.

“The school will use the money just as Sanatbabu wants it to be,” said the headmaster.

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