Kooba PG College: An Ask for
College (est. 1957) is situated
at the southern border of District Azamgarh in the state of UP. The
College was founded by Shri Suraj Nath Singh, a veteran freedom fighter and an
accomplished lawyer of Allahabad High Court. Shri Suraj Nath Singh
was from the nearby village of Mahuapar. He understood the long-term
social implications of providing quality education to the local population and
strongly felt that an institution of higher learning near the village would
have a positive impact on the community.
PG College is located in the predominantly agrarian setting of Mehnajpur with a
population of 120,000 people. Prior to the establishment of the College,
there was no facility for higher education in the surrounding area. Kooba PG
College still remains the only accredited institute of higher learning in the
area. The College currently offers the following courses: UG Programme in
Social Sciences and Life Sciences and Post Graduate programme in Economics,
Geography, Hindi, and Sociology.
The College has approx. 2050 students, with the majority of the student
population being females (68%). In the
Undergraduate programme, there are 1400 students in Social Science and about
350 students in the Science stream. The recently started
Post-graduate programme has about 300 students. The College is run
with the support of 34 faculty members and a staff of 18.
Under the leadership of its principal, Dr Anil Kumar Singh, the College recently
embarked on various initiatives for providing better facilities to the
students. It recently built 3 classrooms and 4 life sciences labs. The College is also now equipped with a
computer lab with 24 computers and internet access to provide the students with
an introduction to the technology enabled world.
The College lacks an auditorium where functions could be held,
significant events celebrated and lectures of eminent personalities organised.
The plan for a new auditorium has been prepared and seed money for the same is
being collected to make it happen soon. It is expected that the new
auditorium will have approximately 5,000 sq feet of floor area and will be able
to accommodate approx. 1,000 students. Its foundation will allow
construction of new classrooms on the first floor in future.
Currently the largest room for gatherings can accommodate about 200 students only.
The auditorium is expected to cost approx. Rs.42 lakhs. The College Committee
has sanctioned Rs. 10 lakhs from its reserve fund and it is expected that
the students of the College will raise another Rs. 2 lakhs by local
community contribution (Rs. 100 per student with approx. 2,000 students
A rendering of the plan for auditorium is shown on this sheet. The
plan is to start the construction work for the auditorium in July of 2014 with
an anticipated completion date of May 2105.
We are seeking approx. Rs. 30 lakhs from the public for the auditorium
by June 30, 2014. So far we have raised
Rs. 20 lakhs under the following heads:
Auditorium Naming right Rs.
10.0 lakhs (committed already)
Block Naming right Rs. 5.0 lakhs (committed already)
Statue of founder Shri S.N. Singh Rs. 2.5
lakhs (committed already)
Green Room Naming
right Rs. 2.5 lakhs (committed already)
We are currently seeking funding for Rs. 10 lakhs towards the general
fund. Your contribution towards the same would be sincerely appreciated. The fundraising for the Auditorium is being
undertaken as a project under the auspices of KARNA, a charitable organization. We seek your contributions/ engagement in this
significant project with a designation for the funds to go to "Kooba College
Auditorium Fund". Your
contribution will go a long way in fulfilling an urgent need of the
College. You will also get the blessings
of students for years to come.
In India please write the cheque in
favour of "KARNA India". In USA please
write the check in favor of "KARNA Inc."