Headmaster Balaram Ratha Honoured: Citation, Plaque,
and Shawl Presented
The Jamshedpur PUCL, in a unique gesture on March 24, 2001, honoured the
Headmaster of Bankati Middle School in East Singhbhum, Jharkhand for successfully
shaping a model school in a remote village and thus helping the young
generation secure the right to education. Shri Balaram Ratha had taken
charge of this school ten years ago when it was a two-room school with
5 teachers and 25 students. Today the number of students is 700 and there
are 13 teachers. The East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner Shri Sailesh Kumar
Singh presented the Jamshedpur PUCL Human Rights Award. Shri Singh appreciated
the efforts of Shri Ratha saying that he had laid foundations of securing
the right to education of the new generation. The school was a unique
opportunity for spreading consciousness amongst girls and boys both and
by making the school an attractive centre of education.
Shri Ratha thanked the Jamshedpur PUCL for encouraging his efforts towards
inculcating a hunger for education. He urged the Deputy Commissioner to
upgrade the school to High School.
The function was presided over by Shri S. Bhattacharjee, President, Jamshedpur
PUCL. Shri Nishant Akhilesh, General Secretary, conducted the proceedings
and Ms. Dolly Banerji moved the vote of thanks. About 1000 persons from
neighbouring villages were present in the function.