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Dhubri college seeks aid

Dhubri, May 8: The administration of Bhola Nath College today appealed to its alumni and the people of Assam for financial help to rebuild the science section of the historic college that was gutted in a devastating fire on May 1.

At a news conference here today, college principal Ahizuddin Sheikh said the administration was facing problems conducting semester examinations that begin from May 20, especially practical tests. He said efforts were being made to arrange the physics practicals at Bilasipara College.

Sheikh said he had already informed Gauhati University, the director of higher education and the UGC about the incident and sought their assistance to rebuild the institute.

Twelve rooms were gutted in the fire that broke out in mathematics gallery ó including the physics gallery and laboratory, mathematics classroom, gymnasium and sports section. Four fire-tenders took four hours to bring the flames under control.

Although the PWD (building) has not made a final assessment of the damages yet, college authorities estimate it to be around Rs 2 crore.

The Assam College Teachersí Association has donated Rs 5 lakh and teachers and staff of the college have contributed Rs 5,000 and Rs 1,000 respectively, Sheikh said.

The principal said Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita had visited the college on the following day of the incident and ordered a magisterial inquiry and asked the PWD (building) to prepare an assessment report of the damages. The college has also approached local legislator Jahan Uddin, who is a member of the governing body, for monetary aid.

Issuing an appeal to everyone to help rebuild the historic college, Sheikh said an account (number 33821282567, IFSC code: 0008286) had been opened at SBIís Kismathasdaha branch here for donations.