Vir­tual ac­cess to 200-year Pres­i­dency his­tory


Pres­i­dency Univer­sity has joined hands with Google Arts & Cul­ture to set up a first-ofits-kind vir­tual mu­seum on the in­sti­tu­tion that is cel­e­brat­ing its bi­cen­te­nary. The ini­tia­tive will en­able Pres­i­dency that has in its alumni the likes of philoso­pher Swami Vivekananda, na­tion­al­ist Sub­has Chan­dra Bose, econ­o­mist Amartya Sen, film di­rec­tor Satya­jit Ray, writer Bankim Chan­dra Chat­topad­hyay and sci­en­tist Satyen­dra Nath Bose to show­case its rich her­itage to the rest of the world.

The vir­tual ex­hi­bi­tion will be put on the Google Arts & Cul­ture web­site from Au­gust 18 and will be ti­tled: To­wards Swaraj — Pres­i­dency dur­ing the In­dian free­dom strug­gle.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion will be ded­i­cated to Pres­i­dency and his­tory asso- ciated with the in­sti­tu­tion dur­ing the free­dom move­ment. We have di­vided the ex­hibits into seg­ments and what role Pres­i­dency has played in shap­ing the In­dian free­dom strug­gle. Per­son­al­i­ties, doc­u­ments, manuscripts and photographs will fea­ture in t he ex­hi­bi­tion,” said Pres­i­dency Univer­sity vice-chan­cel­lor Anu­radha Lo­hia.

Among the rare doc­u­ments that au­thor­i­ties have fished out and ei­ther scanned or pho­tographed for dis­play in the vir­tual mu­seum in­clude the Ac­tion Day let­ter sent by statis­ti­cian and prin­ci­pal PC Ma­ha­lanobis to the di­rec­tor of pub­lic in­struc­tions (DPI) of the Bri­tish govern­ment on the sit­u­a­tion around Pres­i­dency Col­lege; the first In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion no­tice; no­tices that an­nounced the birthdays of Gand­hiji and Ne­taji as hol­i­days.

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