Abhijit Banerjee who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences has been supporting the educational expenses of two less fortunate children Vivekananda School in Jogiwala through a scholarship sponsored by him. The two students Aryan Thapa and Aman Dobryal from Vivekananda School, Dehradun has been receiving the Kabir Memorial Scholarship for the past three years which was set up by Nobel laureate Banerjee in memory of his son who had an untimely death.
Both the children who were helped by the generosity of the Nobel winner were all praises for him thanking him for the help they have received in gaining their education. Aryan Thapa, while speaking to the media said that he was thankful to Banerjee for providing both of them with a means to continue their education. He also took the opportunity to congratulate him on winning the Nobel Prize.
Aman Dobryal also expressed his happiness at Banerjee winning the Nobel Prize. He recalls that he met Banerjee in 2015 and since has been helping Dobryal through his education. He also thanked Banerjee for all the help congratulating him on his win.
Banerjee shares a unique connection with Vivekananda School. Gauri Majumdar, one of the founding members of the school was not only his teacher during his school times at South Point School, Kolkata but also his mother’s classmate, because of which Banerjee was willing to donate money to the school to set up a scholarship fund for the less fortunate students when he was contacted by Gauri through his mother.
Apart from Gauri Majumdar, Abhijit was also taught by her husband Tapas Majumdar during his time at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The Nobel Prize for Economic Science was awarded to Banerjee, his French-American wife Esther Duflo and US’s Michael Kermer for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. The Nobel Prize was announced on Monday.
Abhijit Banerjee completes hid MA in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi in 1983 following which he went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1988.
Banerjee is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With his Nobel Prize win, Banerjee has joined the list of Indians or persons of Indian origin who have been conferred with the Nobel Prize.