Revered college all set for transformation

Demolished block may give way to new building inside old campus

Revered college all set for transformation

Awaiting new avatar A file photo of St Joseph’s College being demolished on Residency Road.

According to the St Joseph’s Arts and Science College authorities, which moved to the new campus on Langford Road in 2001, the demolished block on Residency Road may give way to a new state-of-the-art building inside the old campus.

However, the college authorities said the St Joseph’s College was finding it hard to find the requisite funding for the same.

“Presently, the demolished building area has been left vacant and no activity is taking place. We do have some future plans, but it will take time to materialise,” informed St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Principal Ambrose Pinto.

College insiders state that the building will feature some of the modern designs, which have been incorporated in the new Langford Road building, in the proposed building on Museum Road.

 “We had a long history with that building. Earlier, when we shifted the Arts and Science block to the new building, we had extended some of the Science labs for the PU students in the old structure. But it was too weak. The building had developed a huge crack,”
recalled St Joseph’s Arts and Science College, Vice-Principal, Fr Clarence D’Souza.

On the advice of structural engineers, the college management believed that the building was too dangerous to hold any kind of heavy mobile weight and brought the curtains down on a more than 100-year-old  building.

“It was like a rope bridge which could have been quite harmful,” said D’Souza.
Currently, the ‘Ground-Zero’ of the building has been converted into a sprawling lawn for the rest of the students to laze around either before, after, or perhaps ‘in-between’ classes. A novel temporary arrangement for students who study at one of the most renowned institutions in the City.

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