Punjab

HISTORICAL SIKH KANYA MAHAVIDYALYA BECOMES A VICTIM OF GOVERNMENT APATHY

May 17, 2018 07:51 PM

FEROZEPORE (VIKRAMDITYA SHARMA) 

Constructed in 19th Century, the historical Sikh Kanya Mahavidyalya (SKMV) is an apparent victim of government apathy and neglect. While the previous state government doled out huge lumps of money for setting up new memorials and buildings, the old memorials and other historical buildings, including historical SKMV, are in shambles.

HISOTRY AND LEGECY

It was 123 years ago, when educating girls was very rare and when English education was confined to the very special classes of the society, then Bhai Takhat Singh Ji, lovingly called as ‘Living Martyr’ and Bibi Harnam Kaur Ji conceived the idea of starting Sikh Kanya Mahavidyalaya. The Vidyalaya was started in a small two “kachha” rooms at Mohalla Bawian Wala, in Ferozepur City and then shifted in Haveli known as “Jubilee Haveli”.

It is pertinent to mention here Sardar Takhat Singh was the maternal grandfather of famous film star Yogita Bali who was the wife of famous film actor Shammi Kapoor. Yogita Bali was also a student of Sikh Kanya Mahavidyalaya.

Aditya Raj Kapoor, son of Shammi Kapoor visited SKMV in 2013 year along with his wife Preeti Kapoor. 

THE DESIGN

The design of the building of the school is based on Khalsa College, Amritsar which depicts Indo-Mughal architecture. In 1988, floods destroyed the valuable books in library and important manuscripts were shifted to Punjabi University, Patiala.

The main building is considered a gem of the Indo-mughal style, which is strongly influenced by the traditional India and mughal schools of architecture. But because of lack of funds and no extra source of generation of revenue, the building is losing its importance for want of repairs.

In recent years, the school has been derailed from its historic track. The strength of the student has decreased. The beautiful building, which should have been preserved by the Archaeological Department, now in a shambles which depicts failure in preserving the historical culture.

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