Abhijit Banerjee

Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee funds education of 2 Dehradhun students

October 18, 2019

Indian-American economist Abhijit Banerjee, who recently won the prestigious Nobel Economics Prize has been supporting the education of two children at a school in Dehradun in Jogiwala under the Kabir Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship was set up by Banerjee for the past three years. in remembrance of his son who died an untimely death. Students of the Vivekanand School, Aryan Thapa and Aman Dobryal have been receiving the Kabir Memorial Scholarship since. 

Thapa said, “I want to thank him from the core of my heart for providing us the means to continue our education. I also would like to congratulate sir for winning the Nobel prize.” While Dobryal said: “I met Abhijit Ji in 2015 here, and he has kept on helping me throughout in my education. I thank him for everything he has done for us and congratulate him on his Nobel win. We are very happy for him.”

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Banerjee has a long term connection with the Vivekanand School, as one of its founder members Gauri Majumdar was his teacher in his formative years at the South Point School in Kolkata. She also happens to be his mother’s classmate.

Banerjee was honoured withe Nobel Prize along with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”

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A graduate from University of Calcutta and post-graduate from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banerjee completed his PhD from Harvard University in 1988. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He had previously taught at Harvard and Princeton universities. 

Source: ANI

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