The Puncha Nabadisha Model School is situated in a remote part of Purulia district which aims at providing free education to the children of Sabar tribe
How wonderful it would be if we all realise the real worth of education? Arup Mukherjee, a traffic constable in the South Traffic Guard of the Kolkata Police, is one of those angles about whom people talk to others with magic in their eyes. The constable went on to use up all his savings to setup a new school for the children from poor economic backgrounds in Purulia district.
A police constable by profession, he had a vision of uplifting the condition of children belonging to a marginalised tribe which has often been linked with criminal offences. Surely, he has been successful in building a haven for these ostracized kids who are getting an education and a home to nurture their dreams.
As a child, Mukherjee was acquainted with the pitiful condition of Sabar tribe from his grandfather. He was inquisitive to learn more so as to what led them to commit criminal activities. The Sabar people have been classified as one of the ‘criminal tribes’ under the Criminal Tribes Act 1871 during the British period.
The Sabars are an extremely backward tribe and most of them have had little to no education. They often end up in without real jobs which may at times, drive them to crimes. Arup wanted to address that issue at the root by giving these children a proper education and a proper life.
Arup joined the police force in 1999 and has since then been saving up for his dream. On November 13 of the year 2011, the school finally opened and had 20 students as attendees. Right now the school houses students till STD 4 and provides them with a necessary environment for growth and development. Every month, Arup donates his entire salary for the school so that the children can have their space. For these poor children with no future otherwise, this place has been no less than home to them.
Since the last two years, the school has been receiving a helping hand from a group of alumni of the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, Purulia. According to Arup, a group of 45 members have been helping them keep the school running and functional. Apart from them, the school has also been getting help from various other individuals and organizations. Hopefully, the school keeps on growing with time and helps the students grow as people as well.
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