“These students come from very poor families. Many of them come by cycling 20-25 km. Many even walk on foot for miles to study at my classes. So I try to help them as much as I can.”
Barely three hours away From busy Kolkata, is the village of Ausgram in Burdwan . 76-year-old Sujit Chattopadhyay’s courtyard is bustling with a horde of curious youngsters, even on a lazy Sunday morning. Over 350 students, mostly from indigenous communities, regularly attend Chattopadhyay’s classes and about 80% of them are girls from lower-middle-class families. His fees? Rs 2 per year!
“After retirement, I suddenly ended up with a lot of spare time and had no clue how to spend those long hours. One day, three girls came to my home and expressed their wish to learn from me. I was surprised to know that they were ready to travel over 20 km daily to be my students,” narrates Chattopadhyay.
What started as a trickle has turned into a big stream!. Big HT to this committed teacher.