Patna College, which celebrated its 150th year on Wednesday, would soon offer degree courses in disaster management, information technology and econometrics.
Patna University chancellor Governor Devanand Konwar, who was the chief guest at the sesquicentenary function, highlighted the rich contributions of the college, the university and even the state in human resource development. Speaking as the chief guest, the chancellor said Nalanda and Vikramshila universities had always stood as torchbearer for human civilisation and students from far-off places and even abroad used to come to these universities for higher learning. “But it is sad that the ruins of these two ancient sites have not been considered as World Heritage. Political leaders should start an agitation for getting these two sites included in the list of World Heritage from Unesco.”
Patna University vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh said there were lots of expectations from the college so that it retained its lost glory. Singh said: “The college should prepare itself in such a way that it should not only face challenges at local level but also globally.”
Patna College principal Rash Bihari Prasad Singh said the institute’s history is even older than Patna University and Bihar. He said: “While Patna University was established in 1917, separate state of Bihar was created in 1912, Patna College was set up in 1863.” He said the college was known as brain capital of Bihar because of its contribution in field of education.
The college has produced great scientists, administrators, patriots, jurists, including constituent assembly’s first president Sachchidanand Sinha, first chief minister Srikrishna Sinha, Anugrah Narain Sinha, former Chief Justice of India BP Sinha, Sarvodaya leader Jayaprakash Narain and poet Ram Dhari Singh Dinkar. The college also released a souvenir.
When the college was set up in 1863, K. Rogers joined as the first British principal in 1863 and he continued till 1866. The first Indian to take over its charge for a brief period in 1934 was RP Khosla.