Silchar: It was a great moment and great occasion for the newly set up Manmohan Ghosh Anil Das Memorial College located at Ramnagar near this town. A library dedicated to the memory of Pritam Bhattacharjee, a brilliant student and research scholar known for his exploratory work on God’s particle, a new finding of science, met a tragic end while travelling by an express train to Delhi from Guwahati at Nabgachhia railway station in 2012. The treasure trove of books that he had was donated to the library to enrich it at its initial stage. It is expected that the library would become a collection of books on various subjects, touching the wide ranging spheres of Arts, Science and Commerce.
Inaugurating the library by lighting the auspicious lamp, Kabindra Purkayastha, educationist turned politician, said, “The library would benefit both teachers and students and go a long way in building up the proper academic ambience of the institution.” Dr Sankar Bhattacharjee, father of Pritam Bhattacharjee, said he had donated Rs.21 lakh to the Pritam Bhattacharjee Memorial Fund and the interests earned on it go for various social and humanitarian works like helping the poor and needy students for continuation of their studies, besides the meritorious among them. Till date five lecture series by eminent scholars have been arranged on various themes which have earned the applause of the intellectual and academic world.
MLA Dilip Kumar Paul said without books, no progress of society is possible. There can be no culture and right though process. Students should be motivated to go to library for studies. There was a time when students used to depend more on library than on the modern tools and gadgets as we find among the students of today. He hoped the library set up would inspire the students of the College to follow the path shown by Pritam Bhattacharjee for furtherance of their knowledge and wisdom. Dr Sanjib Bhattacharjee, Registrar of Assam University, cited the oldest and grandest library of Nalanda University which had a collection of 90 lakh books and a source of inspiration for both teachers and students. He expected the memorial library would live up to the expectations of the parents of Pritam Bhattacharjee. Others who spoke on the occasion included Dr Bibash Deb, president of the governing body of the College and Sanjit Kumar Das, secretary of the governing body.