To make his dream come true, a constable from Purulia in West Bengal has been saving his hard earned money to ensure that the marginalized students have a better future.
Puncha Nabadisha Model School was started in 2011 and is a brainchild of Arup Mukherjee. The students, particularly from the scheduled caste community are benefitting from his noble initiative.
Arup managed to build this residential school with a budget of 2.5 lakhs- by borrowing money from his mother and taking a loan from others. This place can accommodate 112 students. It started with the admission of 15-20 male and female students and over the years, the numbers have increased, he told India Today.
Samita Sabar a student and she studies Bengali, English, Mathematics, Environment. “After the class, the teachers ask us to play,” she says.
Arup’s selfless act has inspired many teachers to come forward to teach these children for free. Piu Pramanik, who teaches at this school says, these children come from a poor background and distant places. We want to make them a valuable asset for the country.
Also, a fund of 25,000 comes from former cricketer Sourav Ganguly’s charity, who met Arup in a TV show.
Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Sacrificing your own comfort and investing all your energy to do something good, keeping others before yourself needs extreme love and dedication. Arup is an inspiration to many and we can learn so much about selflessness from him.