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.