Several state-aided colleges on Thursday started raising funds for the chief minister’s relief fund to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
Teachers of some colleges will directly contribute a day’s salary to the relief fund.
Many others have decided to contribute to the teachers’ council funds of their respective colleges from where the amount will be transferred to the chief minister’s relief fund, principals said.
Education minister Partha Chatterjee had appealed to all educational institutions to contribute to the chief minister’s relief fund on Wednesday.
“All 95 permanent teachers and around 55 non-teaching employees of the college will donate one day’s salary,” said Siuli Sarkar, the principal of Lady Brabourne College.
“We got in touch with the teachers over the phone today. The response was overwhelming.”
Atashi Karpha, the principal of Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College, said almost all the teachers of her college will contribute for the cause.
They will transfer their contribution to the teachers’ council fund of the college, from where it will be transferred to the chief minister’s relief fund.
Shamyalendu Chatterjee, the principal of Chittaranjan College who is coordinating between the college heads to raise funds, said the target is to generate at least Rs 2 crore. “Many teachers are willing to donate more than a day’s salary,” he said.
Jaipuria College, Jogesh Chowdhury College and other institutions have decided to grant full remuneration to all security staff, who are paid on a daily basis.