|Pritam Bhattacharjee memorial awards given away|
SILCHAR, Aug 12 – Perpetuating the memory of Pritam Bhattacharjee, a meritorious student and research scholar of this town, three meritorious and deserving students were given medals, mementos, certificates and cash awards under “Keshab Smarak Samiti–Pritam Bhattacharjee Memorial Fund” by his father Dr Sankar Bhattacharjee, retired principal of Women’s College, here at GC College auditorium on Sunday.
The fund was created with a contribution of Rs 16 lakh by Dr Bhattacharjee with an announcement for annual presentation of the memorial award in various categories. In the meeting chaired by noted poet-journalist Atin Das, Sarmistha Paul, BSc Physics topper from Karimganj College was awarded with Pritam Bhattacharjee memorial gold medal, memento, certificate and a cash award of Rs 5000. Anulekha Paul, BSc Physics college topper of GC College received gold medal, certificate and a cash award of Rs 5000. Also, Rustina Suchiang who represented Barak Valley in the National Children’s Science Congress in 2012 was given gold medal, certificate and a cash award of Rs 5000.
Further, some other awards were announced for toppers in Sanskrit, and for students of Women’s College. Dr Bhattacharjee announced that three more awards will be added from 2014 onwards with other facilities for meritorious yet financially weak students and patients at government hospitals in Barak Valley. While addressing the gathering, Dr Bhattacharjee shared moments of how Pritam was murdered in a railway station in Bihar in 2012 and how justice is still eluding the distraught family. Also he said that despite his selfless service as an academician from 2009-10, he was deprived of his arrear salary by Assam University. President of “Justice for Pritam” forum and former MLA Dipak Bhattacharjee said that despite repeated appeals the elected representatives have failed to initiate any action so far.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor of Assam University Silchar, Prof Somnath Dasgupta, said that the noble initiative by the Samiti is a great beginning and must be continued for offering service to the society. He also said that justice must be done to Pritam at the earliest.
“Pritam Bhattacharjee was a unique mix of various qualities of head and heart, with keen interest in the basic concept of fundamental science, a researcher with unended quest for astrophysics and a loveable personality,” said Dr Apratim Nag, faculty, department of physics in a memorium note for Pritam.