The Old World Charm Giving Way to a New World…

1987

We Started Under the Patronage of Vivekananda…

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The Vivekananda Block holds many a precious memories…The classes for the Regional Engineering College, Hamirpur, were initially started at Government Polytechnic building who were magnanimous enough to provide us with a few class rooms and space in their hostel for the First batch boys as well. We all knew about the campus being developed at Anoo, which was at that time a thick jungle full of pine trees.   It was in the year 1987 that some small buildings were constructed at this new campus and we were really elated as now we had a place of our own! Vivekananda block was the first building to come at what we call the NIT campus today. The small three rooms, single storied structure, in red bricks, captivated our heart. Could any building be more beautiful—red tin roof and surrounded by lush green pines—the best setting for an academic ambience!I was so happy to see the building where I would be, henceforth, taking the classes of the First year students. Even students were so happy as they were the kings of the jungle they inhabited in. I call it jungle as there was no road, electric lamp posts and the entire modern infrastructure that you today take for granted on the campus.  The access to this Block was from the road that connects Hamirpur to Awahdevi as there was neither the Check post No. I nor the Check post No.II or any interconnecting roads. We would take HRTC bus from the bus stand and would get down at a place somewhere near to the present day Sports ground and would walk through meandering jungle paths to reach this place. Many a times the HRTC buses would not stop at this point and we would have to walk for a long distance to reach the campus. Then a bus stop came up at this place and I remember the words “on request” written on the sign board. We felt so happy as this sign board heralded a recognition for REC so far as the HRTC’s local bus routes were concerned! Not a mean achievement keeping in view the number of passengers that availed this Bus stop!  

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The Relics of Vivekananda Block…

It was while walking towards the Vivekananda Block, in a single-line as the jungle path provided only this much width, that we saw the remnants of the burnt logs of wood and our enquiry from the local people revealed the fact that the place we walk through everyday was in fact the cremation place for the local people. You can imagine our state of mind—it sure was horrifying. I could not sleep that night thinking of all that I had heard about the cremation grounds! The girl students also felt horrified as they, too, had to take the same route. Looking at the present scenario, I really think—we have come a long way indeed!  But apart from these small happenings, life at this new campus was blissful. Sitting out in the open, after the class, I remember having read a good number of books as there was nothing to distract attention. And the relationship with the students was at its best perhaps for the reason that we sought their companionship and they, in turn, sought our companionship as human company was the most difficult thing to be found in that jungle!There was a tea shack, housed in a small room, which catered to our needs for some refreshing beverage! It sure was fun sitting there and discussing and dreaming about the good days to come when we would have a better place to sit. 

The buildings coming up gradually and Vivekananda Block still stood proud and erect where classes were regularly held. The Tagore Block housed our library. It was a library in the pure sense as the setting was perfect where silence was not enforced but was a part of the ambience—the overall ambience of the environment! More to come under this nostalgic journey backwards….

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6 thoughts on “The Old World Charm Giving Way to a New World…

  1. Initial Batches

    Sad to see old V ( or it is T) block being torn apart, somewhere there on the brick wall it was written in white chalk, “Y N singh is a nut”.These brick sheds bring back the memories of those 55 minute long lectures , end of which you sometime wondered what was the topic anyway.
    We did not know then then but realised later that we went through a rigorous academic routine.Small things made life joyful,we watched the buildings being built slowly and felt excited despite knowing that these shall be completed only after we would have left. Biggest part of organising festival used to be finding a suitable half constructed building hall and gather all the construction material to build a stage.
    Thanks a lot for keeping this journal, every photograph tells a story.

  2. Kukkad

    It is really sad to see the block where the we from the first batches studied being demolished. Well if there is somewhere written that Y. N. Singh is a nut then this block now deserves to be demolished. Y.N is now Dr. Y. N. Singh in IIT Kanpur. He will be in hamirpur to break that stone where it is written Y. N. is a nut.

  3. I am really overwhelmed by the honest and sincere comments that make me delve further deep in the days gone by and record all those memories that still are so precious to us. I hope that all of you would keep on adding to this journal that is about “us”!Even I felt sad to see the heap of old bricks lying in aheap, the bricks that had seen it all and had all such comments written on them!

  4. mohammed kashif

    hi ma’m,

    thank you so much for reviving old memories.

    Nostalgias really hurts,very very badly hurts, but i just cant stop wandering down the memory lane.

    though i know time can not be reversed back , time machine is just a myth, but still i wish to go back and re-live the 4 years i spent at NITH(2002-2006)

  5. Prateek Aggarwal

    thanx for makin us relive dose unforgettable dayz which we wud cherish throughout r lives…..when every night brought wid it some new adventures…when every morning threw an acid on dose adventures…..
    got some real good memories out dere
    hope to revive dem soon…….
    wish to see myself n my batch in dose black dresses holding our degrees

    smiles

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