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Double bonanza for art college students
- Inauguration of e-library, art gallery plan mark platinum jubilee celebrations

The students of College of Arts and Crafts would have two extra reasons to rejoice during the platinum jubilee celebrations of the institution on Saturday.

They would get access to e-library, their long cherished dream. An art gallery is also on the cards.

The second-floor of the college has been developed as e-library. Seventeen computers having Wifi connectivity have been installed for the facility. Besides, projector and printer have been installed.

The principal of the college, Chandra Bhushan Srivastava, said: “The e-library facility will become operational on Saturday. It will give students here access to books and journals in libraries of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), Ahmedabad, and other premier institutions.”

Srivastava said: “The state education department has also sanctioned Rs 1 crore for the construction of art gallery on the college campus.”

The double-storeyed art gallery would be on a par with the art gallery at NIFD in Ahmedabad and BHU in Varanasi.

The second-floor of the gallery would house the paintings and sculptures of students, alumni and local artists.

Private firms would be able to book the first-floor.

The students are elated over the double bonanza coming up for them in the coming soon — the e-library and the plan to construct the art gallery.

Harsh Madhav, a fourth-year student, said: “We have seen the era when there were no permanent teachers at college. But in last two years, permanent teachers have been appointed and now we have the e-library facility.”

The twin gifts of e-library and art gallery have made college students doubly enthusiastic about the 75th foundation day celebrations of the institution.

Using waste material, they have prepared artefacts that can attract any art lover.

Anmol, a student of the college, said: “We have prepared many installations using broken furniture, unused papers, plastics and other waste material as our theme is biodiversity.”

The chief guest of the institutions’ function would be education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha and Patna University vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Sinha. The college administration has invited all the former principals with the intention of felicitating them.

For the first time, three students each from the five departments would be felicitated at the function.

To mark the occasion, rare artworks of Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose and Jamini Roy in the college gallery would be put on public display outside the college campus for 15 days after years.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar and education minister P.K. Shahi would inaugurate the painting exhibition at Lalit Kala Academy (Bihar branch).