MMC Students protest over main gate closure


The students of the Magadh Mahila College (MMC) and Women's Training College of the Patna University (PU) has launched protest over the State government's decision to close the main entrance gate of the college so that the space could be utilized for the upcoming convention center beside the Ashok Rajpath. The convention centre named as 'Gyan Bhawan' is coming up near the Red Cross Society building. Several buildings including the residence of SP(City), district judge, a former MLA's bungalow and the BCD's (Building Construction Department) division office will be razed to ground to pave for the construction of the international convention centre which will accommodate 5,000 people and having parking facility of 500 vehicles at a time. The estimated cost of the convention centre has been put around 275 crore rupees. The upcoming building would block the approach road near the Gandhi Maidan that leads to the MMC. The college administration has been asked to find an alternate route. The new passage could be opened from which will pass behind the police control room and will emerge next to SK Memorial Hall to be connected with Ashok Rajpath. It would cause great inconvenience to the students and the teachers of the colleges. This step has led to much heart-burn among girls of the state's oldest women college. The students have launched an aggressive agitation against the proposal. Beside launching a signature campaign against the proposed blockage of the approach road, the students has also taken the online agitation and awareness campaign on the social media, especially on Facebook. The girls student under the banner of PUSU (Patna University Student Union) and MMC Student Central Society (SCS) blocked the Ashok Rajpath for half an hour in the morning today. The blockade was lifted after the intervention of the Additional SP.

The ongoing pet project of the government has brought the sharp focus on the debate of 'Women Education vs Development', particularly at at time when he state lags behind far behind on both the indices at the national level. The college established in 1946 has been a reputed institute since its inception.  While the official of BCD hold the meeting with the principals of the two college and assured about the project, the apprehensions failed to subside due to any comment from the senior officials. The girls and the union has threatened to intensify their agitation if the administrations fails to find any alternative very soon.