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Exposure for history pupils
- Field trips in offing

Jamshedpur, Feb. 17: History students of three universities in the state are set to get quality exposure in their subjects this month.

As per an initiative of the state archaeology department, 100 students each from Ranchi, Vinoba Bhave and Sidho-Kanho Murmu universities would get to participate in workshops that would give them exhaustive training in conservation, excavation and exploration.

“This is a first-of-its-kind initiative and should interest youngsters in learning the subject. It would give them practical knowledge of their subject,” said Harendra Prasad Sinha, the deputy director of the state archaeology department.

According to the programme, students of Ranchi University would get an idea about excavation from the digging going on at Khukragarh village in Bero district. To impart knowledge on conservation, the site of Kaitha Temple in Ramgarh has been chosen.

“We would concentrate on giving students of conservation a knowledge about the vegetation and physical structure of the temple leading to the decay in the overall structure of the temple,” said Sinha.

The exposure would ensure that students visit the sites about which they would have read in textbooks.

However, students of Sidho-Kanho Murmu University have no nearby site to study about excavation, though they would be learning about conservation and exploration in areas close to their colleges. Students of Vinoba Bhave University in Hazaribagh would be taken to surrounding areas, though the archaeology department is yet to select the places.

“We propose to take students from the universities on a three-day workshop. It certainly would be quality exposure as a representative of the state archaeology department would also accompany the students,” said the deputy director. The expert would guide the students around the places and tell them about its history.

If things work out according to the archaeology department’s plans, batches of students would be taken out to places of interest from the last week of February.

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