A friend in need & deed

(From left) Sonia John, an ex-Martinian and former member of the board of acting governors at La Martiniere Schools; Bishop of Calcutta Rt. Rev. Ashoke Biswas; Armenian ambassador to India Armen Martirosyan; Supriyo Dhar, secretary to the board of governors of La Martiniere Schools; John Rafi, the 

  • Published 9.09.17
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(From left) Sonia John, an ex-Martinian and former member of the board of acting governors at La Martiniere Schools; Bishop of Calcutta Rt. Rev. Ashoke Biswas; Armenian ambassador to India Armen Martirosyan; Supriyo Dhar, secretary to the board of governors of La Martiniere Schools; John Rafi, the principal of La Martiniere for Boys, and Rupkatha Sarkar, the principal of La Martiniere for Girls, at the unveiling of a bust of Catchick Paul Chater, benefactor of La Martiniere Calcutta, in the boys' school on Friday. Chater was a student of La Martiniere Calcutta between 1856 and 1863 and helped the school later with Rs 11 lakh in two instalments. "La Martiniere gave him a home, hope, a family and an education. Chater gave La Martiniere Calcutta a gracious donation of Rs 11 lakh in 1924 and 1925 when the school was facing a severe financial crisis," said Reverend Ashoke Biswas, Bishop of Calcutta and president of the board of ex officio governors, La Martiniere Schools. "He was driven to donate to the school not only as a grateful graduate but also as a visionary who acknowledged the value of education... I call upon the students of La Martiniere to commit to knowledge. Such a commitment will be the best way to enhance Sir Catchick Paul Chater's legacy and bring special meaning to the prayer offered daily by the pupils of the school," said the ambassador. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta
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