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Stuck on a muddy path to wisdom
- Dialogue impasse as Sanskrit college upgrade is held up over debris on road to school teaching same language

A school and a college, one located behind the other in the heart of Ranchi, are unable to talk to each other and sort out a matter of a blocked pathway that links the two.

It should have helped that the institutes, both more than 60 years old, teach the language of our ancient texts — Sanskrit.

But, no. Rajkiya Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya is, therefore, unable to go ahead with crucial repairs and upgrades to its building that stands precariously at Kishoreganj in ward No. 30 of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) area.

“Development work of the college has got trapped in a dispute over a pathway. And ironically, the dispute is with a state-run Sanskrit school, situated behind the college and on college land,” said principal Brahmadeo Mishra while elaborating the problem.

The state HRD department sanctioned Rs 1.14 crore for construction of a boundary wall along with a double-storeyed college building to accommodate 10 classrooms, a principal’s chamber, a staff room and a computer room.

“Work began on May 29. Naturally, some digging had to be done to erect a pillar for the foundation. As a result, a mound of earth blocked the approach road to the school,” Mishra said.

But, school headmaster H.K. Pandey protested. The college authorities tried to explain that the school would get back a 15-feet-wide pathway once the boundary wall was ready.

Pandey wasn’t convinced. He knocked on the doors of the district superintendent of education (DSE) who asked the local Sukhdeonagar police station to intervene.

They did and work stopped from May 30.

Officer-in-charge Randhir Kumar Singh admitted they had stopped the work, but said police could do little else. “We intervened to prevent any untoward incident. The dispute should be resolved by the school and college, both government-run,” he said.

Deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey agreed. “The administration will have no objection in case school and college managements sit and resolve the issue. After all, the Sanskrit college is also a government institution,” he added.

On Thursday, Pandey could not be contacted.

Principal Mishra said he was in no position to adjudicate on the matter as the school was situated on a portion of the 2.22-acre plot of the college, a constituent unit of Vinoba Bhave University (VBU), Hazaribagh.

“I will, however, ask the university authorities to take a favourable decision in the matter and allow the Sanskrit school to continue,” he said. “Without a Sanskrit school how can a Sanskrit college run?”

The college has been in existence since 1952 when it was a constituent unit of Kameshwar Singh Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Darbhanga (Bihar). The school came up a year later.

With around 100 students and three teachers, the Sanskrit college is crying for urgent attention. Its single-storey building with a leaking roof of tiles could collapse any moment.

“If proper attention is not paid to the building, it may collapse any day and an old centre of learning Sanskrit will become non-existent,” rued a local resident.

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