Hansraj College gears up for 60th anniversary

February 13th, 2009 - 9:31 am ICT by IANS  

Shah Rukh KhanNew Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, actors Shiney Ahuja and Praveen Dabas, director Anurag Kashyap and politician Naveen Jindal are all alumni of Delhi University’s Hansraj College, which is gearing up to celebrate its 60th anniversary early next month.

The college, which turns 60 on March 7, is producing a documentary film in which the alumni and principals since 1948 will share their experiences.

“We sent our teams to interview Shah Rukh Khan, Anurag Kashyap, Shiney Ahuja and Praveen Dabas and they very readily shared their experiences as students of the college,” S.R. Arora, principal of Hansraj College, told IANS.

Arora however clarified that Shah Rukh was busy with film promotion commitments and was scheduled for a shoulder surgery, and will record for the documentary after that.

“We have been putting our full effort to make this event a success. Various teams of teachers and students are working to contact and gather the experiences of famous personalities (who studied in the college),” He said.

“Politicians like Naveen Jindal, V.K. Malhotra, Ajay Maken and journalist Vinod Dua will also be a part of this documentary,” He added.

To commemorate the occasion, the postal department will also launch a Rs.5 stamp in the name of Hans Raj with a picture of the college building on it.

The stamp will be launched by a celebrity March 7, he added.

Arora said that Hans Raj was a noted educationist and the first principal of DAV schools and colleges, which were set up after the death of Swami Dayanand Saraswati in 1886. Hans Raj was one of the greatest leaders of the Arya Samaj. He is also known to have promoted Khadi and Agri- based industries even before Mahatma Gandhi.

The college authorities are sparing no effort or expense to make the occasion memorable. The college building is being decorated and its 575-seat auditorium is expected to be made fully air-conditioned with the latest light and sound system. The capacity of its parking lot will also be doubled to fit in 100 cars.

For the renovation, a sum of Rs.10 million will be invested, of which Rs.5 million has been given by the management and the rest will be collected through donations.

The college also plans to launch a bilingual magazine Smarika on same day.

At the college’s golden jubilee celebration it had given many commemorative shields to the alumni who had excelled in various fields.

(Nabeel Khan can be contacted at nabeel.k@ians.in)

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