PUNE: The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) has developed a state-of-the-art acoustical auditorium in Mahadji Shinde High School in their jurisdiction and is dedicated to the 15,000 students in the 19 schools. It was inaugurated by Jojneswar Sharma, Director General Defence Estate, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi on Friday.
“This is the first ever auditorium across all cantonments in India. The sitting capacity of this auditorium is 300. The 6,000 square feet was targeted to complete this auditorium in 12 months, but we completed in 8 months,” Dr DN Yadav, CEO told Sakal Times.
“Since the Board is running so many schools and various programmes are organised from time to time, the Board had to request and seek availability of such auditoriums and accordingly schedule the programmes according to their availability. With this concept in view, the existing hall of Mahadji Shinde High School has been converted into an acoustical auditorium. The Cantonment Board schools will now conduct their annual days and cultural programmes in the auditorium enabling the talented children from the Board’s schools to perform,” he said.
During the inauguration along with Jojneswar Sharma and Dr DN Yadav, LK Pegu, Principal Director, Defence Estates, Southern Command, Ajay Kumar Sharma, Director, Defence Estate, Southern Command, Atul Gaikwad, Vice President, Vinod Mathurawala, Dr Kiran T Mantri and Priyanka Shrigiri, elected members of the Board, Amol Jagtap, CEO, Kirkee, Rajendra Pawar, DEO, Pune Circle, Vilas Pawar, CEO Deolali and Abhijit Sanap, CEO, Dehu Road were also present.
Jojneswar Sharma commended the efforts of the Board in having such an auditorium which would be helpful and beneficial to the cantonment schoolchildren. He stated that it is very important to keep the hall maintained.