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Sanskrit College

Sanskrit College is one of India’s oldest colleges. The institution has the distinction of having had Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar as one of its principals. In spite of the huge potential of Sanskrit as a language for the cultivation of literature and the arts in the present age of modernity, the fact remains that Sanskrit is now facing obsolescence. The building of the Sanskrit College, situated on Bankim Chatterjee Street, does have a heritage status. But unfortunately, it is surrounded by a chain of roadside vendors having temporary sheds. As a result, the front view of this heritage building gets totally obstructed. This needs to be immediately cleared. In order to match the architectural splendour, the boundary should be made perceptible to the public view, with high, compatible-styled, aesthetically designed, trim iron railings around the building. The vendors may be easily relocated by constructing a two- or three-storied market plaza on the western side of College Square opposite the University Institute Hall and Mahabodhi Society. The learned intelligentsia and the Heritage Commission may take suitable steps to provide Sanskrit College, the pride of Bengal, with the facelift it badly needs.

Samit Kar

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