Kolkata's 104-year-old Loreto College has constructed a new floor to its heritage building for Master's degree courses from this month.
The new fourth floor which is named as 'Mary Ward-Lady Aruna Paul Wing' is consisted of a new postgraduate department and library.
The classes for the first ever MA in English course with affiliation from the University of Calcutta will commence from this month and have 25 seats including reserved seats for underprivileged and minority students.
The new wing has been made possible with the contributions from the University Grants Commission (UGC), the West Bengal Government and London-based NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul.
View of Swaraj Paul:
- "Aruna studied there, taught there. It is a great institution plus it is Kolkata, my second home. It is a token of our appreciation," said Paul adding that he made the donation as a "token of appreciation."
Views of the college principal:
- "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
- "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
Now, the college has plans to add another wing to the fourth floor with 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 college was set up in 1912.