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Thumbs up for stadium on college greens

The Patna Science College ground would soon be abuzz with sporting activities after the park is developed as a mini-stadium.

The institute administration is also trying to make the ground the best among Patna University’s colleges. Measures include laying Calcutta grass, installing wooden benches on two sides of the ground and increasing the height of the boundary wall.

Sources said around Rs 50-60 lakh would be spent on revamping the ground and the new-look park would be ready by August this year.

College principal U.K. Sinha said: “The college administration, with the support of the university and the education department, has decided to give a stadium look to the ground.” Seating arrangements would be created for around 1,000 people.

The college administration has decided to cover the ground with Calcutta grass, a fine strain of Bermuda grass, which grows vigorously.

There was a time when the country’s best sportspersons were chosen from inter-university sports meets. However, with time, the tournaments started losing its charm. Last year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to organise tournaments in T20 format on the lines of the Rohinton Baria Trophy to promote cricket among students at the varsity-level. Patna University (PU) also took part in various tournaments but failed to qualify.

Satyaveer Singh, a university student, said: “For the past two years, PU has been taking part in inter-university cricket meets. The team played at Varanasi in 2003 and at Jadavpur (Calcutta) in 2014 but the performance was bad.”

The student claimed that the reason behind the team’s bad performance was lack of sports facilities at the university. The college has decided to purchase sports gear for cricket and football players. The college recreation room would be provided with indoor games facilities.

The renovated college gymnasium would also start functioning in a few months.