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Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Parimal Adhikary Memorial Essay Competition Results

High School:
1st place: Inexpensive Sewage System (Mrinmoyee Kalasikam, 9th Grade) Prize-$250
2nd place: A Cure for Genetic Disorders (Diya Mitra, 10th Grade) Prize -$100

Middle School:
1st place: Music & Alzheimer’s Disease (Saurav Chakraborty, 7th Grade) Prize-$100
2nd place: Mosquito wiper-outer (Sonya Jayathilake, 6th Grade) Prize -$50

We plan to post the winning essays on our BAGN website soon.

BAGN thanks the Adhikary Family, (Late Dr. Parimal Adhikary and his late wife Karin, and daughters, Selma and Lopa) for the sponsorship of BAGN ‘Saraswati Puja’ in the year of 2017 and also for supporting greater Nashville area Bengali community school aged children with the $500 scholarship. It encourages them to be thoughtful and give back to their community as well.


If you could invent something, what would it be and why?

Who were eligible to enter:
Middle school and high school children

Submission deadline was:
December 15, 2016.

Submission Details:
Maximum one typed page, double spaced, 11 font, times new roman
Included: student’s name, age and grade.
Essays were asked to be sent to
[at] was to be replaced with @ in the email address.

Award details:
The Adhikary family judged and selected the winners. Awards were be given at the BAGN Saraswati puja, 2017.

1st place $100, 2nd place $50 (middle school)
1st place $250, 2nd place $100 (high school)

– End September, 2016: Durga puja, essay competition announced
– December, 2016: essays due by 12/15/16
– January, 2017: Adhikary family judges the essays by 1/15/17
– January, 2017: Awards announced at the Saraswati Puja, on 1/28/17.

The 2017 Saraswati Puja was be sponsored by the family of the late Parimal Kumar Adhikary, Ph.D., in honor of his dedication to the Bengali community and his passion for education. The Adhikary family also awarded a scholarship in his name.

Dr. Adhikary was born and raised in Kolkata, India. He earned a Ph.D. from Marburg University in Germany in 1964 and a postdoctoral degree from the University of Georgia. He then settled with his family in Nashville in 1970, where he joined Meharry Medical College as medical Chemist and Associate Professor. At Meharry, Dr. Adhikary was devoted to studies in biochemistry, internal medicine, and pathology, also contributing to work with Vanderbilt University. His research involved synthetic chemistry, cancer research, hypertension, and sickle cell anemia.

Dr. Adhikary’s commitment to his work and studies was second only to devotion to family and community. In Nashville, he was a dedicated member of the Bengali community, instrumental in the foundation of both the Bengali Association of Greater Nashville and the India Association of Nashville.  In honor of his hard work and dedication, the Adhikary family (Karin, and daughters, Selma and Lopa) are pleased to support and encourage school-aged children with a $500 scholarship contribution towards school expenses in his honor. The scholarship was announced during Durga puja, 2016.