Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Karanji Mansion was bought for just Rs. 24 lakh in 1964.

The Karanji Mansion and its sprawling 32 acre campus in Nazarbad, which houses the Postal Training Centre (PTC), was bought by the Department of Posts from the erstwhile Mysore royal family for Rs. 24 lakh in August 1964.

The PTC, which has been functioning from the building since April 20, 1965, celebrated its Golden Jubilee on Monday.

Begun in 1902

The construction of the palatial building had begun in 1902 and was completed in 1914 at a cost of Rs. 4.29 lakh. “The Postal Department purchased Karanji Mansion for Rs. 24 lakh on August 20, 1964, from Rajkumari L. Desaraj Urs, sister of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysuru Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar,” said D. Veena Kumar, Director of PTC, Mysuru, while reading out a report on the journey of PTC during the celebrations.

The PTC, spread across 32 acres, has a built up area of 28,500 square feet. The facility has eight computer labs, three classrooms, one conference hall and video-conferencing facility, besides two hostel blocks.

PTC, Mysuru, caters to the needs of not only Karnataka Postal Circle, but also Kerala and Andhra Pradesh postal circles, conducting special training programmes for system administrators.

“During the last 50 years, PTC, Mysuru, has trained a total of 1,16,590 trainees under various programmes,” Dr. Kumar said.

To commemorate the golden jubilee, a special cover on PTC, Mysuru, and a set of 22 picture postcards on wood carvings of Karanji Mansion were released.

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