Former Patha Bhavana Student’s Remarkable Gift to Visva Bharati University
Arabinda Mukherjee, a former student of Patha Bhavana school and a renowned scientist with several patents in material science, along with his wife Nita Mukherjee, a retired teacher, have made a significant contribution to education. They have gifted land and a building worth Rs 6 crore to Visva Bharati University in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. This generous donation will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the university and its students.
A Gift of Land and Building
Patha Bhavana is the Institute of Primary and Secondary Education of the Visva Bharati University, situated on the university’s campus. Arabinda Mukherjee, who studied at Patha Bhavana school between 1951-1957, has chosen to give back to the institution that played a pivotal role in his formative years. The couple, along with their son and daughter, handed over 72 decimals of land and a 5,000 sq ft building named ‘Pather Sesh’ at Simanta Palli locality to Visva Bharati University.
|72 decimals of land and a 5,000 sq ft building
|Rs 6 crore
A Selfless Act of Generosity
A senior official of Visva Bharati expressed gratitude for this exceptional gesture, saying, “This is their ownership property. The couple and their son and daughter have agreed to donate this property unconditionally. The present market value of the property is around Rs 6 crore.” The formal handover ceremony took place recently.
Mukherjee shared his sentiments, stating, “This school (Patha Bhavana) had built my base. Not only did I learn different subjects, but Visva Bharati also molded my life. I do not find anything ugly here; to me, everything here is beautiful. Now Ashram is more disciplined. I love Santiniketan and think this is the right time to give back.”
This act of philanthropy highlights the profound impact that educational institutions can have on individuals and their desire to contribute to the betterment of society. Arabinda Mukherjee’s gift will undoubtedly benefit future generations of students at Visva Bharati University, and his story serves as an inspiring example of the enduring connection between alumni and their alma mater.
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