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PU: My Alma Mater

I was really pleased to read that President A.P.J Kalam is likely to attend the PU convocation. A Times of India article had the following report on his confirmation for attending the convocation.

"PU had written a letter to President Kalam more than six months back requesting him to address the PU convocation. But the matter was not pursued in right earnest. The assembly elections further delayed the process of convocation. It is only after a formal request to this effect was made from the Raj Bhawan that the President reportedly gave his consent.

Well if it finally happens I am sure it will open a new chapter in the history of Patna University. The lost glory of Patna University is something which hurts us the most and I am sure all of us want to be restored. Patna University is the 7th oldest University of the Indian subcontinent, which was established in the year 1917 to cater to the growing needs of higher education of Bihar, Orissa and Nepal.

As alumini's we are trying our best to strengthen the brand but its high time the people in hot seat, take some decisive and long term action to make amends for the past. Despite its huge structure and a great legacy the lack of resources and quality manpower has plagued the University for long. We have not had regular appointments and renovation work in PU for a long time. The old Dutch architecture is now slowly crumbling, and is in a dilapidated state.

The Science College and Patna College good old cricket ground has hosted some of the greatest Ranji Trophy matches in past. At one point of time it was a regular venue for conduction of many national and international sports meets.

But sadly the ground has now become a breading ground for anti-social elements and even the regular students find it difficult to play because of the encroachments by local goons.

The good old hostels named after the all time great legends like Cavendish, Newton, Ramanujan, etc. now paint a sad picture. Despite being a breeding ground for many generations of scientists, academicians, bureaucrats, professionals and luminaries from all walks of life it is now merely a pale shadow of its real pedigree. My heart fills with sorrow and deep remorse, having spent a good 5 yrs in the campus I have some great memories of the times spent near the Ganges bank in Darbhanga House.

Lets just pray and hope that things work out well and we a have revival our Alma matar.

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