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Hall gift for cradle

PK Roy Memorial College of Dhanbad got a first-of-its-kind multi-purpose hall, where exams can also be held, on Wednesday.

Vice chancellor of Vinoba Bhave University R.N. Bhagat, who arrived at the coal town from Hazaribagh, inaugurated the hall built at a cost of Rs 32 lakh. The two-storey building comprises an auditorium on the ground floor and separate reading rooms for students and teachers on the first floor. A similar facility is under construction at VBU headquarters in Hazaribagh.

PK Roy Memorial College had first placed a proposal for an auditorium in 2003.

At the inaugural function, the vice chancellor said the university developed the multi-purpose hall at the college as part of its capacity development programme. Calling the authorities to make best utilisation of the building, he promised to take steps for further upgrade of the hall if the college managed to host an international seminar.

“A similar hall will be ready at VBU headquarters in three months. Construction of the science block will be also completed before May 31. Several other buildings like girls’ hostel, guest house and canteen have been added recently as part of the capacity development plan,” said Bhagat.

Asked about reports of anomalies in the selection list for BEd course on the sidelines of the programme, Bhagat said for the first time, the university had prepared the same with the help of an external agency. “But after some anomalies came to the fore, we decided to do the job on our own from next year,” he added.

On the pending postgraduate centre in Dhanbad, he said a 3.5-acre plot had been identified for the purpose in Kusum Vihar. Construction will begin shortly after land acquisition.

Principal D.K. Verma, professor in-charge S.K.L. Das, principal of Katras College Katras P. K. Jha, principal of Sindri College D. Kumar and principal of SSLNT Women’s College Kiran Singh were present at the programme.