August 15, 1947 India wins freedom. Forgetting the pangs of partition people join the celebration with almost a delirious joy. But the initial euphoria being over, the country wakes to the horror of communal violence and bloodshed, Hindus flee their homes in East Bengal and West Punjab and cross over to India, while Muslims from our side of border to Pakistan.
Pathartali, in East Bengal was the then Headquarter of Assam Bengal Railway. Hindu employees from Pathartali, Chittagong, Dacca, Akhaura and others opted for India and almost enmasse transferred to Lumding, Badarpur and Pandu among others. Pandu, a small Railway Township at the foot of Nilachal Hill on the side of quite flowing Brahmaputra, thus become the beloved home of those thousands of Bengalis uprooted from the erstwhile East Bengal.
It is humorously said about Bengalis that, if three of them come together, they set up a Kalibari and I may add, no humour intended, A SCHOOL. Yes, these uprooted Bengalis with their flair for culture and education felt the need of a school for their children.
There was an M.E. School at Pandu - Railway M.E. School, establish in 1944, by some Railway Employees of Assam Bengal Railway. The school was started in a thatched structure near Pandu Railway Institute, with following six teachers…
1. Mr. Ramesh Chatterjee, Headmaster.
2. Mr. Dhirendra Chakraborty, Teacher.
3. Mr. Sachindra Kumar Sinha, Teacher.
4. Mr. Sachindra Nag, Teacher.
5. Mr. P. R. Barua, Teacher.
6. Mr. Rabi Lahiri, Teacher.
On 23rd January, 1948, the 51st Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Railway M.E School, Pandu was upgraded to a High School and named as Netaji Vidyapith Railway High School after the name of patriot of patriots of India.
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