PMC approves Rs 50 lakh for preserving Deccan College heritage building
Standing committee chairman Murlidhar Mohol said that Rs.50 lakh has already been transferred to the college from mayor Mukta Tilak’s fund for repairing and maintaining the heritage building.Updated: Feb 02, 2018 23:09 IST
Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has approved a plan for renovating the Deccan College’s old building which is a part of the heritage structure. The civic body has sanctioned Rs.50 lakh for the repair plan which mainly includes fixing the building roof.
Standing committee chairman Murlidhar Mohol said that Rs.50 lakh has already been transferred to the college from mayor Mukta Tilak’s fund for repairing and maintaining the heritage building which brings pride to the city as well as country.
“PMC had approved Rs.50 lakh for the repair work and maintenance of the heritage building of the college. The college roof is leaking since the steel sheets have become very old. Even the wood, which is a part of the ceiling, is also damaged,” he added.
The Deccan College, Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, is the third oldest educational institute in India. This college grew from strength to strength and has emerged as a foremost institute in the world of higher learning and research, according to authorities.
It was renamed as the Poona College on 7th June, 1851 and later as the Deccan College in October 1864. The Deccan College was shifted to the new campus covering an area of 115 acres near Yerawada on March 23, 1868. The main building of the college was built in beautiful Gothic architecture. The Deccan College has, since then, produced a galaxy of students who rose to positions of excellence in various walks of life.
The alumni include celebrated Indologist Ramkrishna Gopal Bhandarkar, great nationalist leader Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, eminent philosopher Gurudev Ramchandra Dattratreya Ranade, social reformer Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, famous historian Vishwanath Kashinath Rajawade and famous Indian medical practitioner Dr Dwarkanath Kotnis who rendered yeoman service in China.
“Considering the history of the college, the PMC has decided to conserve its old building,” said Mohol.
Pune Municipal Corporation has made the list of heritage buildings in the city and as per PMC list, there are 245 such properties in the city. The PMC had divided this list in three grades, grade 1, grade 2 and grade three properties. Deccan College is grade 1 property as per the PMC list.