British government established education system in India to create retinue of clerks so that government work can be done by the natives.
However, that same education system produced luminaries of Bengali intelligentsia that eventually brought Bengal Renaissance, he underlined.
The President was speaking at the inauguration of the new building of Ghatal Vidyasagar High school at Ghatal, Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal today.
The President of India also unveiled a plaque commemorating the inauguration of the new building of Ghatal Vidyasagar High School.
The school was established- with a Rs 500 donation from Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar- in the year 1882 by the then Munsiff of Ghatal Tarini Charan Mukhopadhyaya and Kedarnath Halder.
Reminiscing his older days, the President said that since he himself was a teacher who still cherishes his teaching days, he can well understand the adversities the teachers of older days had to undergo.
Yet the zeal of people like Vidyasagar brought the flicker of education in Bengal the fruit of which was reaped later on by all of us, he said.
The President also remembered his days at the Planning Commission when a special fund for the Planning Commission Chairman was formed to help schools and colleges with financial help.
He expressed his pleasure that one of the beneficiaries Ghatal Vidyasagar High school has put the money Rs.99.45 lakhs -- in good use by constructing a new building.
He expressed the hope that the century old Ghatal Vidyasagar High school will complete another century with equal elan.
The Governor of West Bengal M.K. Narayanan and West Bengal Minister Sukumar Hansda were present on the occasion among others.
--IBNS (Posted on 15-09-2013)