Inaugurating a two-day national symposium on the contributions of famous novelist and writer Phanishwar Nath Renu on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of his birth organized by the Hindi department of the UP here on Saturday, the minister said the new administrative block would be built by the state government at a cost of over Rs50 crore.
âThe historic Wheeler Senate House, which has witnessed the development of the state’s entire academic, cultural and political history as well as the national freedom movement, will also be renovated at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore. “, said the minister, adding that the necessary proposals for these have already been approved by the education department.
Chaudhary further underlined that a university is known for the quality of its teaching and its teachers. “Lack of infrastructure cannot stop the flow of education, therefore teachers should strive to give the best of themselves to students,” he said.
Paying homage to the great writer Chaudhary said, Renu’s literature was deeply rooted in the soils of the state and was quite relevant even to the contemporary world. His message to society was loud and clear, pleading for the preservation of cultural values.
âRenu was not a utopian thinker and his writings were based on his own social experiences in life. He fought the Assembly elections in 1972 just to experience “where the shoe pinches” (where the malaise lies in the socio-political system), “he added.
The minister said that the ever increasing use of electronic gadgets by young people is indicative of the desired growth in literature. âState academics and literati must work hard to ensure the preservation of our cultural values ââin modern literature,â Chaudhary said.
PU Vice Chancellor Girish Kumar Chaudhary, Eminent Literators Purushottam Agrawal, Usha Kiran Khan, Alok Dhanwa, Ram Bachan Roy, spoke about different aspects of Renu’s life and work and called on the younger generation to s ‘inspire him.
Patna College principal Raghunandan Sharma welcomed the guests. PU Hindi Department Head Tarun Kumar presented the theme of the symposium. Senior teachers Dilip Ram led the program and Kumari Vibha moved the vote of thanks.