University college to get face-lift

University college to get face-lift

` 8.29 cr will be utilised for renovation of the heritage structure

A partial view of the University College in Hampankatta .

This laterite stone structure built during the British rule in 1868, has not seen much of improvement since its establishment. With a view to maintain the heritage building the Mangalore University had submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Culture nearly one and half year ago, demanding Rs 2.25 crore for the renovation and conservation of the building.
The Ministry, as per the request of Law Minister M Veerappa Moily had in turn directed the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to inspect the building and submit a report.

A team from INTACH with its Chief Architect had visited the College during February, 2011 and carried out the study for three days.

Speaking to the media persons on Thursday, Mangalore University Vice Chancellor Prof T C Shivashankara Murthy informed that the team has submitted a report to the Ministry of Culture 10 days ago and has envisioned the project at a cost of Rs 8.29 crore for the renovation of the heritage buildings in the College premises.

The report has proposed to develop the site with facilities like canteen, rest rooms, boundary walls etc. University College Kannada Department Lecturer Satyanarayana  Mallipatna said: "Initially we had plans for the simple renovation of the College. Apparently a museum will be set up in the heritage buildings and the classrooms will be shifted to the new building which is being built adjacent to Ravinda Kala Bhavana. The three blocks in the campus-Commerce Block, Office Block and Ravindra Kala Bhavana Block will be renovated by sustaining the original structure," he said.