College eyes monument tag

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By KHWAJA JAMAL
  • Published 22.07.11
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Muzaffarpur, July 21: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is contemplating to declare Langat Singh College, a premier institute of north Bihar and a constituent unit of Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, a historical monument.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has written to the ASI, New Delhi, to explore the possibilities to give Langat Singh College a historical monument tag. The PMO has taken initiatives following a petition submitted by a group of students from Muzaffarpur who pursued higher education at New Delhi.

A group of former Langat Singh College students formed Students Initiative for Heritage College (SIHC) in Delhi to pursue the goal. Co-ordinator of SIHC Abhishek Kumar said the PMO has responded the demand of the SIHC and informed that the issue has been forwarded to the ASI, New Delhi, for the next step.

Langat Singh College was established in July 3, 1899 and has been named after landlord Langat Singh of Muzaffarpur, who donated 20 acre for the institution. The SIHC forwarded the petition to the PMO pleading that the college enjoys special privilege since Rajendra Prasad, J.B. Kripalani, H.R. Malkani and poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, taught students at the college.

Moreover, Mahatma Gandhi stayed at the college for a couple of days before embarking on the Champaran Satyagraha on April 11, 1917. The college also has special attraction as far as archaeology and artefacts of the building are concerned. The building is constructed on the pattern of Balliol College of Oxford and it was formally inaugurated by then Governor Sir Henry Wheeler.

The Langat Singh College is more than 100 years old. The college could boast of the first planetarium of the country but at present it is lying defunct.

The ASI had earlier written a letter demanding necessary papers regarding the proof of the establishment of the college. The college authorities had provided ASI the documents.

A team of ASI experts is scheduled to pay a visit to the college in August for an on-the-spot inspection in the wake of the PMO’s eagerness.