West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday paid a visit to Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee’s house in South Kolkata and congratulated her mother on her son’s success. The chief minister who was accompanied by senior officials also exchanged pleasantries with Nirmala Banerjee, Abhijit’s mother.
Abhijit Banerjee, an Indian-American, has jointly won the Nobel prize in economics along with his wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. He bagged the award for his “experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”. West Bengal government is also planning to organise a grand felicitation for the Nobel laureate, senior minister Partha Chatterjee said on Tuesday.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee meets the family of Nobel laureate #AbhijitBanerjee , in Kolkata. Abhijit Banerjee shares this year's Nobel Prize for Economics, with his wife Esther Duflo and USA's Michael Kremer. pic.twitter.com/WFshLRnlZX— ANI (@ANI) October 16, 2019
Abhijit Banerjee is scheduled to arrive in the city on the night of October 22. The chief minister on Monday in a tweet had congratulated Abhijit. “Hearty congratulations to Abhijit Banerjee, alumnus of South Point School & Presidency College Kolkata, for winning the Nobel Prize in Economics. Another Bengali has done the nation proud. We are overjoyed,” Banerjee said in a tweet.
Banerjee is an alumnus of South Point School in the city and Presidency College, Calcutta, where he completed his BSC degree in economics in 1981. He received his PhD in 1988 from Harvard University. Banerjee, 58, is currently the Ford Foundation international professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.