Bihar college astronomy lab on Unesco heritage list | India News – Times of India

PATNA: Unesco has added a 106-year-old astronomical observatory at Langat Singh College in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur on its list of important endangered heritage observatories of the world—raising hopes of reviving the neglected edifice that has little to show of its glorious past.
National Commission for History of Science member and Delhi University’s former modern history professor JN Sinha said his constant push to draw Unesco’s attention towards the observatory, first of its kind in eastern India, finally bore fruit.
Sinha said the observatory was built in 1916 in the 123-year old college, now affiliated to Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University. “A planetarium, probably the first in India, was also set up in the college in 1946. The observatory and planetarium functioned satisfactorily up to early 1970s. But started declining gradually with the passage of time. At present, it is lying completely dysfunctional and most of the costly machines in the observatory have either been lost or become junk,” he said.

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