Jalan Museum - Patna's Unique Private Museum

Jalan Museum


This unique museum is an extraordinary feat of a single person for his dedication, enthusiasm and passion towards collecting unique objects from many parts of the world. This private museum was established by Diwan Bahadur Radha Krishna Jalan in 1919 AD. The unique collection consists of close to 10000 objects, which includes objects of stone, terracotta, glass, porcelain, metal and ivory, beside having numerous other object from the globe, mostly belonging to the modern period. This museum possesses some of the antique pieces and art objects that are hard to get anywhere else in the world.

The museum is situated in Patna city area, beside the bank of Ganges, built on a part of the erstwhile Quila fort,  the fort built by Sher Shah Suri in 1541 AD. Some remnants of that fort is still visible in the form of wall bordering the river. Art connoisseur R. K. Jalan bought this piece of property from the Nawab of Gaya in Rs 30000 after he was mesmerized by its beautiful location beside the Ganges. The old Bungalow was severely damaged in the 1934 earthquake after which R K Jalan asked the designer to construct an earthquake resistant new Bungalow in English and Dutch style, with full architectural beauty. As a result, the current masterpiece building was constructed, with a beautiful open veranda and scenic view of Ganges.

R K Jalan traveled far and wide to gather the unique object. On his trip to the London on the occasion of Silver Jubilee celebration of King George V, he collected rare things, manuscripts, old sculptures, furniture, historical items etc. He extended his trip to Scotland, France, Germany, Switzerland and Egypt and collected many valuable objects. On his trip from the pyramids of Giza in Egypt, he even brought one Mummy, which was ultimately donated to a Government museum due to the objection of his wife. He brought three wagon loads of valuable artifacts at the end of his three month trip !!!

The museum has many things which amazes the visitors. The collection includes rare manuscripts in Hindi, Sanskrit, Tibetan and Siamese of 16th and 17th century,16th century idol of Surya Dev (Sun God) from Orissa, 11th Century Chamunda idol, 400 years old silver dining set and worship items of Raja Birbal, excellent Bidri arts artifacts, porcelain items from China and Chinese idols belonging to 7th to 10th Century AD., glass watch, Humayun's sword, jade stones (260-200 BC) of Han period, palanquin of Tipu Sultan, Cabinet of King Henry II of France, distinctive Murano crystals from Venice,   and  numerous other items that are on display in the Northern side of the building, spread across four halls, each having a different theme.

During its existence of more than 90 years, this museum has hosted a number of distinguished guests - Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai, Rajendra Prasad, Manek Shaw, Nepali Royal Family members, Mark Shand, Bhairo Singh Shekhawat, Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Shree Rajnish, Sankracharya, Anadmayee Ma, many ambassadors, and many others who got down in the city to witness this amazing collection. The museum has found references in many books. The National Museum in New Delhi has a collection dedicated to the museum, named "Jalan Collection" where collection of ancient gold and silver coins, gifted by Jalan family, is on display. Jalan Museum is a private museum and its visit can be made only after prior approval/appointment  by the family. The visiting hours is 9 AM to 11 AM from Monday to Saturday and from 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday.

Jalan Museum has been spreading the fragrance of the city across the world for more than 90 years. The amazing collection by one man has amazed the commoners as well as the distinguished guests. The City has got fame due to its unique collection of the museum and the way it has been managed privately during the last century and the hospitality offered by the Jalan family. We salute the zeal and spirit of R K Jalan in particular and Jalan family as a whole for collecting, maintaining and preserving this unique collection.

 

Super 30 batch - Amazing success story at Patna


Super 30 - it is a story of amazing success in an impoverished land, an initiative applauded at the international level, startling facts for the countrymen and a destination aspired by most of student now. In its 11 years of establishment, it has left an indelible mark on student because of its success story. A batch which consists of student from impoverished families has shown that talent is not the assets of rich only. To crack an examination, which is considered toughest in the country, by an overwhelming number by this batch, has been highly appreciated by the Nation.

It was in 2002 when Anand Kumar, the Mathematician wizard, who established a Mathematics Club called 'Ramanujam School of Mathematics' in 1992 to show his love for the subject, came up with a noble idea. In his 10 years of experience with student, he found that many meritorious student belonging to poor families could not crack IIT JEE because of its requirement of a true dedication, which student from poor families could not do. IIT JEE, which is an examination to get entrance into elite IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) for engineering, is considered as the toughest exam for Engineering in India where close to half a million student compete for less that 10,000 seats, more that half of the seats has been added in recent couple of years. This lead to the foundation of first Super 30 batch in 2002. Student were from poor families whose parents were from economically backward section of the society like farmer, peon, driver, road side vendor etc. The 30 student were given proper coaching and free accommodation facility for the entire year. No one knew at that time that this batch and the subsequent batches are going to create an unparallel feat in the JEE history.

When the result of JEE were announced in 2003, surprisingly 18 student has made it to. It instantly drew attention from student, parents and media in this JEE savvy land. The result went on becoming brighter in the coming year. 22 student in 2004, 26 student in 2005, 28 student in 2006 and 28 student  in 2007 qualified the JEE from the Super 30 batch. The nation by this time was already knowing the marvels of batch. However, the golden moment came in 2008, when all 30 student made it to JEE, getting 100% success and creating a ripple in the country. The national media was no less far in picking up this emotional and unparallel success story in the heartland of a impoverished state. But there was more in the future. In 2009 and 2010, it again did the same, 100% successes in both the years, creating a hatric of amazing performance. The three 100% success was taken up by the International media as well. Top newspapers published about Super 30 success. A series of awards by the International Institution and Government followed. 24 student in 2011 and 27 student in 2012 cracked the JEE. In 11 years, 291 student out of 330, belonging to diverse family background, cracked the toughest exam of the country. The details are:

  • 2003 : 18
  • 2004 : 22
  • 2005 : 26
  • 2006 : 28
  • 2007 : 28
  • 2008 : 30
  • 2009 : 30
  • 2010 : 30
  • 2011 : 24
  • 2012 : 27
    2013 : 28

Anand Kumar and Super 30 received several recognition from the International Society. Some are as follow:

  • Anand was appreciated by the government of British Columbia (Canada) at Vancouver in a grand function in 2012.
  • He was felicitated by China International Radio in 2012
  • He was felicitated by THINK INDIA 2012 conference
  • Invited as speaker at the Education Summit by India Today at Delhi in 2012
  • Addressed Wiki Conference at Mumbai in 2011
  • He delivered a lecture at "World Innovation Summit for Education" at Doha, Qatar in 2011
  • He was honored by Bihar Government in 2010

The list of awards and felicitation goes on. Anand has been invited to many education summits across globe and has met several noted personalities. He was included as one of the top 20 pioneering teachers of the world by Monocle, a premier magazine published from England. The success story has also found mention in a book published in Japan.

The entrance to Super 30 is done by an entrance exam conducted at various center during the month of May. Best 30 from the result are included in the Super 30 batch for the next year JEE. For 2013 batch, the exam date is on 31st May, 2012 in Patna. This time, exams are being held in other states also whose date is different.

Super 30 is that fragrance which has crossed the boundaries has found wide-spread acceptance. Its contribution to the society is great. It has helped the city to established itself as the center for competitive examination preparation. The name "Super 30" is known by all and is a true attribute to the effort of Anand Kumar. May it grow with the same zeal in the coming years also.

Tarumitra - Patna's own Environment Movement

Tarumitra

 

A movement started in 1988 by a couple of student has today became a environment movement for the thousand of children across the city and the nation. A home grown initiative, which was perfectly christened as " Taru Mitra " - meaning 'Friends of Trees' in Hindi and Sanskrit, is a household name now because of the student support it got during its 24 year of journey. A generation of the city has grown up with Tarumitra, no wonder that every student of Patna has been part of this movement in one form or either. The humble sincere effort that was started modestly with few student initially has today spread into 2,00,000 members in over 1000 schools and colleges all over India.

Tarumitra is a student movement to protect and promote a healthy environment on Earth. It aims in spreading information about ecological sensitivity and organizing campaigns for the preservation of bio-diversity. It co-ordinates the movement through students and Schools help the cause by joining it. No wonder, most of the school feel proud of being a part of this environment movement. Today, it has several full time volunteer from India and abroad.

It was the concerted effort of a Jesuit Fr. Robert Athickal and students from few schools under the leadership of Anindo Banerjee, a class IX student from Loyala High School, that this movement came into existence in 1988. In April 1989, four high school student from Loyala High School, Anindo Banerjee, Vijay Mathur, Sanjay Pandey and Jayant Chatterjee set out on a cycle rally in North India from Patna to New Delhi to promote awareness about the environment and the movement. They met with the then vice president of India Mr. Shankar Dhyal Sharma to present their findings. While returning, at Agra, Jayant fell seriosly ill and despite attempt, could not be saved. His demise shocked the movement, however his sacrifice for the environment made his companions to work and promote the movement with great zeal. Today, Jayant's sacrifice is one of the cornerstone of Tarumitra's foundation history, which is still remembered the same way as 23 years ago.

With the support from few School, the movement continued to attract students. in 1991, the headquater of Tarumitra named as Tarumitra Asram came up. The girls from Hartmann High School planted hundreds of trees in school campus as well as in local cemetry. The city woke up when hundreds of student descended on Gandhi Maidan to pull out nails and advertisement board from the 200 trees around it. This event was put on the frontpages of all the major newspapers, giving a great fillip to the movement. On August 9, 1991, student formed a human chain around a  125 year old tree at Serpentine road, which was being pulled down. The event led to registering a police case against the  tree pullers. Fews days later, the young activists of Tarumitra had to spend entire day guarding some 50 trees along Danapur-Arrah highway, which had been marked for feeling by PWD. Later PWD pulled out from its decision.Hundred of student took out a 'funeral' holding branches of a rare variety of tree which was cut down in January 1993. The embarrased government had to finally step in. Throughout its existence, Tarumitra has done similar kind of brave initiative to save the trees and promote awareness about environment.

The activists of Tarumitra has taken out massive rallies, organized protest demonstrations, resisted the felling of trees and forests, built road side gardens, cleaned up garbage dumps, planted rare variety of trees, taken house-to-house awareness schemes to name a few. Tarumitra has developed several garbage dumps into beautiful roadside gardens called 'Oxygen Belt' . Each garden is maintained by School or a plant nursery. Tarumitra maintains  a total of 38 Oxygen belts. Working with a Swiss Physist Wolfgong Scheffler, Tarumitra has helped to set up a plant to fabricate solar cookers along the traditional solar panels to harness solar energy. The activists has taken our processions for bannining the use of plastics.

Tarumitra has expanded from the Centre of the City to the remote areas of the country. It has joined hands with similar organizations to support the cause. It also takes part in International summits on environment. The attempt and sacrifice that Tarumitra has made is very much aprreciatable. The home grown initiative has shown the student about the urgent need for the environment. The movement came at a time when the environment was not on the spectrum,however its concerted effort has succeded in its goal. Jayant's sacrifice is showing fruit today by having a country wide base of Tarumitra Volunteer.

The fragrance of Tarumitra has impressed the netizens and children alike. We hope that Tarumitra, Patna's own movement, to continue with the same effort in the future. We hope that Tarumitra will do it best to conserve the trees and gardens of Patna and will do it on National level. We wish Tarumitra all the best in its endeavour.

 

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