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Friday , July 4 , 2014
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Varsity gears up for diamond jubilee show

- Cultural & sports events in pipeline to mark 60th year celebration ending June 2015

Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University has decided to organise lecture series, cultural programmes and sports events till next year as part of its diamond jubilee celebrations.

Although the university would kick off the year-long extravaganza next month, the postgraduate departments, constituent and affiliated colleges would start their programmes within a couple of weeks.

The event would conclude on June 20 next year.

The Muzaffarpur university is the second oldest of its kind in Bihar at 62 years. Officials said vice-chancellor Pandit Prabhakar Palande has taken the initiative to organise diamond jubilee celebrations (marking 60 years) now.

Proctor and university spokesperson Ajay Kumar Srivastava told The Telegraph: “Vice-chancellor Palande has decided to commemorate the university’s diamond jubilee with great pomp. Academic events, cultural soirees and sports events would also be organised as part of the celebrations. Palande has constituted several committees to prepare the plan for the celebrations. It would officially start in August. Governor D.Y. Patil and chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi are expected to grace the inaugural event.”

The university’s new academic session would start from July 20.

Srivastava also said the vice-chancellor would request the governor in a day or two to seek the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the foundation day of the university on January 2 next year. Governor Patil would also put in a request to President Pranab Mukherjee to grace the concluding event of the year-long celebrations on June 20, 2015.

As part of the 60th year celebrations, the university has geared up to make a documentary on the country’s first President, Rajendra Prasad, who had been a history teacher at Langat Singh College.

Plan to set up chairs after Bhimrao Ambedkar and Acharya J.B. Kripalani, once an economics teacher at Langat Singh College, for higher studies at the university is also in the pipeline.

Lecture series on Rajendra Prasad, Kripalani, writer Rambriksh Benipuri, poet and writer Janki Ballabh Shastri among others would be organised round the year. The constituent colleges would also start their programmes in a month.

The university administration has prepared a project of Rs 600 crore for its infrastructure development. The amount would go in to fortifying the buildings and laboratories of the postgraduate departments, constituent colleges and the university’s administrative buildings. The proposal would be sent to the Union human resource development ministry for financial support soon.

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