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Students owe success to monks

Students owe success to monks

Author: Sanjib Chakraborty
Publication: The Statesman
Date: June 10, 2008

Prabir Kumar Biswas, a 15-year-old boy who is a son of a BPL (below poverty level) card holder scored 703 marks including five letters in the Madhyamik Examination. this year.

Prasenjit Biswas, son of a daily labourer got 67 per cent marks in the Higher Secondary Examination, while Subrata Biswas, son of a hawker got first division in the Higer Secondary Examination.

It is not only these three students who achieved success in these examinations despite their families belonging to economically weaker sections. Nearly 25 students from similar family backgrounds have achieved success in these examinations.

Behind their success is the contribution of some monks, who arranged for their education besides their regular meditation and other activities.

Monks of Biswasuk Sevasram Sangha, an organisation in Ichapur-Nawabganj in North 24-Parganas beg for money to set up an educational centre for children who hail from economically weaker sections. Some of the monks also teach them English and Science subjects.

Nearly 150 students stay at the ashram of the Biswasuk Sevasram Sangha, of them 25 students who appeared for the Madhyamik and Higher Secondary examination have passed succesfully this year.

The monks also collected text books, exercise books, pens and pencils for the students.

"We have to collect everything for them because we don't have enough funds to run their educational expenses. But we were satisfied when our students successfully passed their examinations," said Sukananda Brahmachari, general secretary of the Biswasuk Sevasram Sangha in Ichapur.

Sri Thakur Sukdev Brahmachari, the founder of the ashram had once given shelter to five destitute children and would beg from dawn to night for their education.

"Our founder father showed the way for us. We are presently trying to arrange a lot of things for these boys. If we get funds then we can arrange for much more," said Mr Pashupati Mondal, a tutor at the ashram.

Prabir Biswas, who came from North Dinajpur, was brought to the monks by his father. "My father is very poor; these monks gave me shelter in the ashram, and provided me with books and other things required for my education. I got 96 in Mathematics and letter marks in other subjects. I used to study eight to 10 hours a day," said Prabir.

Now Prabir wants to be a computer engineer. "Our founder father Sukdev used to say that if we educate these destitute children then we can devote ourselves more to God," said Harekrishna Brahmachari, a monk at the Biswasuk Sevasram Sangha.

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