Two Bengal academics picked for coveted nationwide award

DURGAPUR/ALIPURDUAR: Two academics from Bengal – one a champion of innovatio-ns who taught his college students to upcycle waste and one other who shone the sunshine of schooling on a primitive tribe – will obtain the nationwide aw-ard from President Ram Nath Kovind on September 5.

Kalimul Haque is the headmaster of Nepalipara Hindi Faculty in Durgapur, West Burdwan, whereas Misha Ghosal is the headmistress of Dhanapati Toto Memorial Excessive Faculty in Alipurduar’s Totopara.

Had it not been for Haque, the nondescript Durgapur faculty would not boast the enviable infrastructure it has right now. The college has a centralised audio system, a rooftop kitchen backyard, hydroponics, a rainwater harvesting system, a vermicompost set-up, stable and liquid waste administration, a well-maintained eating corridor, a pc lab with 30 machines, a 500-seat auditorium and an artwork gallery.

At Haque’s initiative, key useful resource individuals prepare academics too. Round 40% funds for these initiatives had been raised by crowdfunding, with contributions from businessmen and businesswomen, guardians, academics and the varsity managing committee. The college, with 3,625 college students, has received a number of district-level awards.

“I really feel actually proud that my identify figures on the checklist of winners for this yr’s Nationwide Awards for Lecturers. However, the important thing to the varsity’s success is workforce work. I’ll dedicate this award to those that helped the varsity, academics, college students and administration committee members,” a modest Haque instructed TOI.

In Alipurduar, Ghosal joined the Toto faculty in 2009. Again then, just one pupil from the primitive tribe was capable of cross the Madhyamik hurdle. This yr, the success price of scholars from the group is over 80%. She virtually single-handedly circled issues for the varsity, which stays marooned each monsoon together with the complete Totopara settlement. “My tasks as a trainer has elevated after being named for this award,” she mentioned.

Totopara is a small hamlet in Madarihat block alongside the India-Bhutan border. One must cross seven rivers to achieve the village, essentially the most distinguished being the Howrikhola. Throughout monsoons, flash floods are frequent in these rivers.

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