The 104-year-old Loreto College in Kolkata has added a new floor to its heritage building for Masters degree courses from this month.
Named ‘Mary Ward-Lady Aruna Paul Wing on the new fourth floor, the section houses a new postgraduate department and library. Classes for the first MA in English course with affiliation to the University of Calcutta will begin this month.
“The new wing was constructed at a cost of Rs 3.50 crores with equal contributions from Lord Paul, University Grants Commission (UGC) and the state government. The construction took two years,” college principal Christine Coutinho said.
The new wing has been made possible due to contributions from the University Grants Commission (UGC), the West Bengal Government and London-based NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul.
The British peer’s wife, Aruna Paul, studied at the college and he made the donation to it as a “token of appreciation”.
“Aruna studied there, taught there. It is a great institution plus it is Kolkata, my second home. It is a token of our appreciation,” Paul said Sunday.
“We are grateful to the family for being generous. As part of our centenary celebrations we had planned to expand MA in English and Lord Paul came to our rescue with funds,” she said, adding that Lady Paul had studied in the women’s college during the fifties.
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The college now has plans to add another wing to the fourth floor of the U-shaped building with another round of donations from the Paul family.
“He (Paul) has promised us more funds and we want to start MA in psychology classes, new labs, etc,” the principal said.
Justice Leila Seth, Moon Moon Sen, author Bharati Mukherjee and activist Ruchira Gupta, are among some of the distinguished alumni of the institute.
The M.A. English course will have 25 seats including reserved seats for underprivileged and minority students. The College was established in 1912.
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