Government Mohindra College, Patiala celebrated its founder Maharaja Mohinder Singh 165th Birthday and organised a function and an exhibition of pencil miniature of its heritage building to mark its birthday
Government Mohindra College founder’s Birthday day function was presided over by Preneet Kaur, former Union Minister of State for External Affairs and a great-granddaughter-in-law of Maharaja Mohinder Singh. The function starts with College Anthem Speaking on the occasion she appreciated the efforts made by the college administration in getting the top rank in the country in the NAAC accreditation and efforts of fine arts students in creating pencil imitations of Monindra College.
College Principal Sangeeta Handa through a power point presentation created a panorama of the whole dynasty of Maharajas of Patiala and highlighted the contribution made in the field of education by Maharaja Mohinder Singh.
The function was also attended by KK Sharma, Chairman PRTC, Rajesh Kumar, OSD to CM Punjab, college students and faculty.
Govt. Mohindra College, Patiala, is a gift of H. H. Maharaja Mohinder Singh (1852-76) of Patiala to his subjects. One of the oldest institutions in the entire North India, Govt. Mohindra College, Patiala, is a living monument of rare magnificence and breath-taking grandeur. At the time of its inception in 1875, it was the only institution of its kind in a vast area stretching from Lahore to Delhi. The College was established to provide free education to the state subjects as this region was educationally impoverished. His Excellency, The Earl of Northbrook, the then Viceroy of India laid the foundation stone of the College building on 30th March 1875. The building was completed in about nine years and His Excellency, Viceroy Lord Ripon performed the Opening Ceremony on 17th March, 1884. At that time the College was affiliated to the Calcutta University. The college imparted free education to the state subjects until 1937. The tradition of imparting free education for girl students up to the graduation level is still continuing.
Since its inception, the College has covered a long journey of about 140 years in a regal style bolstered by the untiring efforts of the teaching faculty and scintillating achievements of its alumni in all fields of human activity, be it Sports, Culture, Academics, Civil and Defence Services, Industry, Commerce, Business, Politics and so on and so forth. This 140 year young institution stands head and shoulders high amidst the seminaries of learning in North India and has become a symbol of hope and aspirations not only of scholars and educators devoted to the pursuit of education but of those youngsters with dreams in their eyes who cannot afford expensive education in many private institutions which have proliferated in recent times.