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Pranab's alma mater creates museum of his student days

Drimi Chaudhuri Kolkata: Oct 9, 2013 DHNS
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Six decades after he left the school, President Pranab Mukherjee will return to Kirnahar Shibchandra High School as its most illustrious alumnus. The school will in turn honour him with a museum that will house memorabilia from various stages of his student life.

The country’s First Citizen, who has a humble beginning in Birbhum district, around 200 Km west of Kolkata, will celebrate Durga Puja with his family at his ancestral home at Kirnahar.
The task of throwing open the museum of sorts set up by his alma mater during this year’s visit is certain to sweeten the festive atmosphere.

President Mukherjee was enrolled at the high school as a student in 1946 and matriculated from the same institute in 1952. This high school, said to have shaped the Pranab Mukherjee the world gets to see now, has been preparing to welcome him on October 10 afternoon, when he throws open the artefacts on his life to the public.

The collection will have 38 mementoes Pranab received at different points in his school life, along with the attendance register that bears his name, matriculation mark sheet and other progress reports, along with some old photos from the Mukherjee family’s album where Mukherjee is seen with his father, Kamadakinkar. The collection has already received the official endorsement of Rashtrapati Bhavan as well as a welcome note and a few contributions of its own, sources said.

Pranab, who is celebrating his second Durga Puja as the country’s President, is reaching his ancestral house from Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 10, where he will participate in his family’s Puja.

Along with the village of Kirnahar, which has adorned itself to welcome its most famous son, his house has also been done up for the arrival of the goddess, when Pranab himself will invoke the deity like he has been doing every year for decades.

On October 14 he will leave for Delhi and participate in Dasara celebrations.


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