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SPPU to inaugurate heritage walk, museum on 70th foundation day

Historically known to house the main kitchen, the Potdar Sankul’s 300-feet tunnel is being renovated for the occasion. A heritage walk will commence on the day for special invitees, to spread awareness about the historical significance of the 146-year-old main building, which was built in 1871.

pune Updated: Feb 09, 2018 17:28 IST
Ananya Barua
The tunnel which connects the Potdar Sankul, housing the Board of Students Welfare, National Service Scheme (NSS) and the Interdisciplinary School of Scientific Computing, is being opened to the public after several years.
The tunnel which connects the Potdar Sankul, housing the Board of Students Welfare, National Service Scheme (NSS) and the Interdisciplinary School of Scientific Computing, is being opened to the public after several years. (Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) will be commemorating its 70th foundation day on February 10 and to make this year’s celebration exquisite, the authorities have decided to hold a heritage walk and inaugurate a museum at its main building.

The objective, according to SPPU officials, is to communicate history and heritage to the common people.

“We are setting up a museum which will showcase rare artifacts from three different departments; geology, anthropology and history; and no other day is better for its inauguration than our 70th foundation day. Further, on this day, we would also open the underground tunnel connecting the main building to the Potdar Sankul. All this is part of a bigger plan to expand the scope of the heritage walk that will be periodically organised at the university from this month,” said the vice-chancellor, Nitin Karmalkar, on Thursday. The tunnel which connects the Potdar Sankul, housing the Board of Students Welfare, National Service Scheme (NSS) and the Interdisciplinary School of Scientific Computing, is being opened to the public after several years.

Historically known to house the main kitchen, the Potdar Sankul’s 300-feet tunnel is being renovated for the occasion. A heritage walk will commence on the day for special invitees, to spread awareness about the historical significance of the 146-year-old main building, which was built in 1871.

“As the arrangements for the heritage walk are still underway, we have opened the tunnel only to invitees for now,” added Karmalkar.