Durgapur News Desk, 17 December 2017: Durgapur Adda Young Association (DAYA), the social welfare wing having its inception from the Facebook Group ‘Durgapur Adda’, in a pioneering effort took entire responsibilities of five meritorious students from economically weaker families.
The initiative named ‘Sinchon’ (a Bengali word meaning nourishing a sapling) was officially inaugurated today with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the students’ commune ‘Setu’ (a Bengali word meaning bridge) by eminent linguist Dr. Pabitra Sarkar who was also the vice chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University. Durgapur SDM Mr. Sankha Santra was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr. Subhasish Mukhopadhyay, a retired professor of Kolkata University was among the guests-of-honour.
The five students who hails from different parts of Durgapur was chosen by virtue of a written test followed by socio-economic survey, medical and mental ability tests. All these students are in Class IV now and will be admitted in Class V in Bidhannagar Government Sponsored Boys High School from academic session beginning next month. Their entire responsibilities including education, accommodation, fooding and all other relevant aspects will be taken care of by the social welfare organisation DAYA.
Speaking on the occasion, SDM Sankha Santra lauded the effort undertaken by the members of Durgapur Adda Young Association and assured lending helping hand from the administration.
Dr. Pabitra Sarkar while addressing the gathering expressed astonishment that in an age of consumerism when most people are self-centred, an organisation lending its hand to nourish the students of poor families reaffirms his faith on humanity. He also said, “Now I am 80 years of age and I have met so many people and was a part of so many effort primarily linked to education; but I have never been into an endeavour like this in which an organisation taking the entire responsibilities of students from poor families without taking any money from the students’ families. I am extremely honoured to be present at the inauguration ceremony of such a pioneering effort.”
DAYA President Dr. Samir Ranjan Bhowmik, while speaking on the occasion appealed for generous financial aid in the upbringing of these students who hails from poor families. He cleared that DAYA isn’t an NGO or a government aided organisation; the organisation is entirely dependent on members’ subscriptions and donations from well wishers.
DAYA Secretary Rajesh Sen said, “In an age where Education and Health are in top of profit-making businesses’ list, agonized and dejected masses tends to organise among themselves in an effort of finding a way out. Durgapur Adda Young Association’s newest initiative ‘Sinchon’ is such an effort. We will try our best to educate these meritorious students so that they become a society conscious, class conscious human being with humane characteristics whose thoughts are based purely on scientific rationale.”
Guardians of all the five selected students spoke on the occasion and expressed their gratitude.