We may have real life Harry Potters walking around soon. PC Sorcar (Junior), widely rated as India's greatest living magician, plans to launch a full-fledged university by June to teach students magic. He claimed that this university - which will almost certainly not be called Hogwarts, Potter's alma mater - will be the first such university in the real world.
Sorcar said proposals for collaborations have already begun streaming in from several foreign universities in the US, Canada and Australia and also from the Kolkata-based Rabindra Bharati University. "But I've politely declined such offers," he said. An earlier plan, under which Sorcar had offered to teach magic at Rabindra Bharati University, has fallen through.
To be located at Indrajal, his ancestral house built by his illustrious father late P.C. Sorcar (Senior), the university will offer two-year and five-year certificate and degree courses. His daughter Maneka will assist him in this venture.
Indrajal will be remodeled to house the university and will have adequate space for teaching students in groups. It will also have the special lighting, engineering and special effects that form the backbone of modern magic shows. An auditorium equipped with a modern soundtrack and three-dimensional camera system is also in the works.
Asked if he would seek any assistance from the government for the purpose, Sorcar said emphatically that he required no help from any quarters. "I'm quite confident of generating all the necessary financial and infrastructural resources myself," he said.
However, magicians and practitioners of the art may be invited in future to deliver lectures at the proposed University, said Sorcar.
Betraying his fear that disclosure of more details about his grand idea might put "interested elements on alert", Sorcar said he would himself come up with all the vital information about the project only after he is able to tie all the loose ends. "Although I won't announce a definite time-frame, it'll surely be a reality by June this year," he said.