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College of Arts & Crafts to get a facelift in Patna | Patna News

College of Arts & Crafts to get a facelift in Patna |  Patna News

PATNA: The College of Arts and Craftsa constituent unit of Patna University (PU), will soon get a facelift with the help of the state government, said state building construction minister Ashok Chaudhary on Wednesday.
Inaugurating the 84th foundation day celebrations of the college here the minister said that he would coordinate with the departments of education, art and culture and building construction to develop this college as a center of excellence in art.
Addressing the function, PU vice-chancellor (VC) Girish Kumar Chaudhary said that a centralized multi-purpose auditorium with a capacity of 2,000 people and a guest house would be constructed on the college campus. “Besides, the art gallery would also be expanded and modernized,” the VC said.
The minister also inaugurated a three-day art exhibition organized by the college students as part of foundation day celebrations. PU pro-VC Ajai Kumar Singhstudents’ welfare dean Anil Kumar, proctor Rajnish Kumarregistrar Kamesh Kumar and renowned artist Anandi Prasad Badal also graced the occasion.
At the outset, college principal Ajay Kumar Pandey, in his welcome address, urged the authorities concerned to take necessary steps for the appointment of new faculties and introduction of master of fine art course in the college in the larger interest of students. A lively cultural program was presented by the students in the afternoon.
Recalling the history of this institution, the principal said it started in a small room on the city’s Govind Mitra Road in 1939 at the initiative of Radha Mohansupposed to be the last painter of Patna school or ‘Patna Kalam’.
In 1957, this institution shifted to its own new building on Vidyapati Marg and was renamed ‘College of Arts and Crafts’ in 1972. It was brought under the Patna University only in 1977.
The state art gallery was established in this institution in 1951 and its foundation stone was laid by President Rajendra Prasad.
The college would soon regain its old glory, hoped the principal.

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