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ALLAHABAD: Leaving behind the architectural beauty of the British architecture, the new lecture theatre complex of Allahabad University is at its completion stage. Located at the FCI ground of AU, opposite to the main gate of varsity, the project would cost around Rs 48 crore to AU. The lecture theatre complex, which would start functioning around August this year, is exclusively meant for the undergraduate students of the varsity besides accommodating various administrative offices. Having a total built-up area of around 10,000 square metres, the complex is almost complete.

Among the galaxy of facilities, the complex has 12 lecture theatres, each accommodating around 160 students. Having complete acoustic treatment, sound system, modern teaching aids with LCD projectors and internet connectivity, each theatre will be centrally air-conditioned. Apart from these, the theatre has an inbuilt fire-fighting mechanism which would starts by its own, once the temperature of the hall goes beyond 68 degree Celsius. These 12 halls are located in two blocks, each having two of these modern classrooms in each floor. Apart from these, it would also have a connected toilet, separate for both the gender and a small pantry attached to the halls, which could be used by the faculty who also has a separate waiting room called faculty lounge with the capacity for 30 students who can be accommodated for a small discussion etc. Moreover, space has been provided to accommodate services and air conditioning between these halls.

The space between different mega blocks would have red coloured stone with intermediate miniature gardens with flowers and grass presenting the picturesque site. The entire area would have separate exit and entry gates. Energy savings technologies and luminaries with maximum utilisation of natural light is yet another silent aspect of the complex.

Besides the lecture halls, there is a separate block wherein 18 tutorial rooms have been constructed accommodating faculty members of various departments. Each of these rooms can accommodate as many as 60 to 80 students at a time. Having the facility of pantry, these rooms will give all the modern facility that a faculty would need. Along with these amenities, the complex has a huge basement, which would be used by the examination section of AU. The entire complex has adequate parking at surface and basement, enough to accommodate over 150 cars and equal numbers of two wheelers and bicycles. The complex also has special rain water management through collection chambers and rain water harvesting catch basin and recharge pits. Besides, the complex would take special care for the fire fighting system. Apart from this it would also have fire detection system integrated with electrical system.

The entire complex will be networked to main university computer network. Another highlight of the complex is the large building of the food court. Located at the rear side of the complex, the court can accommodate around 300 students at a time. The two-storeyed building will have number of cafeteria with ample dining space for students. AU public relation officer Prof PK Sahoo said, "This lecture theatre complex would provide architectural beauty of the structure would present a new picture of modern AU".

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