Patiala: 150-year-old govt Sanskrit Mahavidyalya in shambles; authorities ignorant

The central government is aiming at reviving traditional languages, including Sanskrit, but the over 150- year-old Government Sanskrit Mahavidyalya here has been left to rot.

Running in the interior of the royal city since 1860, the institute, which runs from a dilapidated building, already declared ‘unsafe’ by the public works department (PWD), suffers from shortage of teachers and lack of interest among students to opt for Sanskrit in higher studies.

The college has witnessed zero admission for the past two academic sessions, said Simrat Kaur, principal of Prof Gursewak Singh Government College of Physical Education, who holds the charge of the institute as a drawing and disbursing officer.

She said only nine students took admission in 2013-14 in Sanskrit courses, 4 in 2014-15, and only in the 2015-16 academic session. But no admission took place in 2016, she added. “This year too, no one has come for admission so far,” she said.

There is lack of interest among students for Sanskrit language and it is one of the main reasons that students are not turning up to get admission in the institute, she added.

Govt Sanskrit Mahavidyalya

Earlier, the college had a staff strength of at least 25, including teachers and non-teaching staff. But, at present, only a clerk is handling all affairs of the institute.

The institute had also introduced courses in Punjabi and Hindi, Ratan, Bhushan and Prabhakar and Vidwan, Budhiman and Gyani, but these courses have now been discontinued.

“We have written to the PWD for renovation of the building on several occasions in the past, but have failed to get any response,” she added.

Walls of the ‘unsafe’ building are crumbling and broken doors are just clinging to the walls. Tables and chairs in rooms have been broken and rendered useless.

The PWD’s executive engineer Naveen Mittal said the college building has already been declared unsafe, but the department did not ever get any communication either from the college or the education department on its renovation.

Education minister Aruna Chaudhary said she is not aware of the condition of the college, but would look into the matter. “The department will provide all possible help to revive the institution, if its management sends a proposal on its revival,” she said.

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