Acharya Bhaban, Sir JC Bose Trust
Acharya Jagadis Chandra Bose, a scientist 60 years ahead of his time, created science in India at a time when there was hardly any science and built his own instruments when instrumentation was not heard of. With hardly any resources at his disposal, in the midst of critical working conditions during the critical colonial period, he carried forward his mission of scientific development in India. Bose was not only a leader of Indian scientific renaissance, but also an ardent lover of art and culture, philosopher influenced by philosophy of the Upanishads and Buddhism and patriot who recognized the importance of scientific research in national development.
Acharya Bose, the Father of modern science in India, built Acharya Bhaban in 1902 on 93 Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Road, Kolkata where he lived and worked till his last days. Many of his path-breaking experiments on responses of plants to various stimuli, radio waves, etc. were carried out in this house, Acharya Bhaban. This house was frequented by many stalwarts who played an active role in the Bengal Renaissance during the 19th and early 20th century, which has influenced immensely the whole of India. Acharya Bose and Lady Abala Bose, played hosts to many luminaries of the country in this house including Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Sister Nivedita, Mahatma Gandhi, P.C. Ray, S.N. Bose, Meghnad Saha and interacted with the world luminaries including Albert Einstein, Bernard Shaw, Romain Rolland, Lord Rayleigh, Henry Cavendish. At present, Acharya Bhaban is managed by the Sir J C Bose Trust that Bose himself had created in 1931. However, Jagadis Chandra did not leave much money in the Trust; he spent nearly all of his personal assets in creating the Bose Institute. As a result, the trustees have found it difficult to maintain Acharya Bhaban.
When plans were evolved to convert Acharya Bhaban to a museum in memory of Acharya Bose – just as Albert Einstein’s house in Berne or William Shakespeare’s house in Stratford - on - Avon or Marie Curie’s house in Warsaw were converted into museums – no funds were available to execute the plan. Acharya Bhaban is a treasure trove of paintings, murals and frescos, including the Bharat Mata by Nandalal Bose; scientific instruments fabricated by the ACHARYA himself; timeless furniture; books; and, personal memorabilia.
Because of lack of funds required for maintaining the priceless items in Acharya Bhaban, signs of wear and tear are conspicuous. Fortunately, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, came to the rescue and provided a portion of funding to carry out some restoration and prevent irreversible wear and tear. However, a large quantum of money is still required to maintain Acharya Bhaban, which is essential for the preservation of our history of science and society. Most funding agencies, including philanthropic agencies, require the Trust to come up with a matching grant in order for them to provide a grant. It has, therefore, become essential to build a reasonably large corpus fund, of the order of Rs. 20 million.
Trustees of Sir JC Bose Trust fervently appeal to all to donate generously so that the legacy of Acharya Jagadis Chandra Bose and an important part of the history of modern Indian science can be preserved.
Donation, exempt from Income Tax under section 80G of the Income Tax Act (for Indian Donors), may be made by an account pay CHEQUE drawn in favour of “Sir J. C. Bose Trust Fund No. 1” or ECS transfer to the bank account of the Trust, the details of which are provided below.
Account Name: Sir J. C. Bose Trust Fund No.1
Account No: 11143636699
IFSC Code: SBIN0014524
State Bank of India, Kolkata Main Branch
Address: Samriddhi Bhavan. 1, Strand Road Kolkata-700001
Donations to the Sir J C Bose Trust are exempt from Income Tax under section 80G of the Income Tax Act (for Indian Donors).