The JUDE Reunion Fund
The JUDE Reunion Fund was set up at the end of the last reunion, in 2009, with the idea that all the effort that went into the reunion should have something more to show for itself than just the event. The idea was to begin a fund which would cater to various kinds of students’ needs, from economic distress to medical emergencies, conference trips to application fees and so on.
Over the past three years, the fund has grown, not spectacularly but steadily, and enabled us to assist four departmental students in need. Some of the fund money has also been spent on neutering dogs on campus, and to pay for a barcode reader for the students-run libraries in the department, in anticipation of the time when the borrowing will be automated. Several alumni, current and past teachers, as well as current students have contributed to the fund but they cannot be named as most of them wish to remain anonymous. On behalf of the department, we wish to humbly thank all those who have contributed to the fund. Thanks are also due to our departmental colleague, Sonia Sahoo, for operating the bank account designated for the fund.
Since 2009, we have tried to hold several events in the spirit of a reunion. In December 2011, a fund-raising dinner was held at Tolly Club at the initiative of Arup Ghosh. Earlier in the same year, two unique translation workshops were headed by Arunava Sinha, to translate the school stories of Sukumar Ray into Bengali. Seven current students, six teachers and five alumni collaborated on this volume which has recently been published by Hachette India as The Crazy Tales of Pagla Dashu & Co., to ecstatic reviews.
In order to contribute to the JUDE Reunion Fund, please make out a cheque payable to the ‘Jadavpur University English Reunion Committee’. One can also make a wire transfer to the following account: