Rajendra Prasad Hall of Residence

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Rajendra Prasad Hall of Residence
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Founded 1954
Office
Warden Prof Uday Shankar
Asst. Warden(s) Prof. Somenath Ganguly (mess) and Prof. Kuttippurath Jayanarayanan (maintainance)
Hall President Mrutyunjaya Mohapatra
SSM Chetan Anand
Office No. +91 3222 281154
Infrastructure
Capacity 700+
Gender Male
Sharing Single, Double, Triple
Details
Canteen Carlos
Shops Rocky's Snacks Shop, Maity Stationary Shop, Majumdar Juice Stall, Nescafe
References: [1]

Rajendra Prasad Hall of Residence, known as RP Hall, is one of the oldest halls of residence at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.[citation needed] It is named after Rajendra Prasad, the first president of the Republic of India. RP Hall is the second largest undergraduate hall of residence, in terms of size and boarder strength, and was the largest until LBS was converted into an undergraduate-only hall in 2014.[citation needed] It is the closest hall to Puri gate.

The motto of the Hall is Gentlemen by Choice. The hall plaque, as recited religiously during freshers' introduction, orientation programs and hall elections goes as follows[citation needed]

This hall is named the Rajendra Prasad Hall of Residence in gratitude and admiration for the dedication and sacrifice with which Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first president of the Republic of India, has served his country (1954).

History[edit | edit source]

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Rajendra Prasad Hall of Residence

RP Hall was always known to have housed some of the most chivalrous and well mannered boarders during yesteryears, hence paving way for its motto.[citation needed] The image is always taken care of by the incoming batch of students, where manners and etiquette are highly emphasized upon by the seniors.[citation needed] Established and inaugurated in 1954, the hall completed its diamond jubilee in the year 2014-15.[citation needed]

RP hall is traditionally known for its strong record in Illumination and Rangoli held on [Wikipedia:Diwali|Diwali]], having won the event 23 times out of 33 times it has been organized.[citation needed] It has also performed well in the Technology General Championship held by TSG, leading up to the year 2006-07, when it won the championship.[citation needed] The period from 2007-08 to 2010-11 saw an extended drought of medals and finishes in General Championships, while the hall focused and kept winning the Illumination and Rangoli events on a regular basis. Interest towards the other two championships: General Championship (Sports) and General Championship (Social and Cultural), was renewed since 2011[unverified]. RP Hall succeeded in securing a podium finish in at least two of the general championships in 2012-13 and 2013-14[citation needed], and won the General Championship (Social and Cultural) in the year 2014-15 by securing 765 points[citation needed], with a total of 14 medals including 6 Gold, 5 Silver and 3 Bronze.

Awards and recognition[edit | edit source]

Every year, during the farewell ceremony for the final year students and swearing-in ceremony of the incoming hall council members, several awards are given out as a vote of thanks to the graduating boarders for their huge contribution to the hall culture and performance in championships.[unverified]

Hall Freedom Cup - The Final Year Who Shall Be Missed The Most[edit | edit source]

R.P. Hall Cup - The Final Year With Highest Degree Of Tempo[edit | edit source]

Prof. Mishra Cup - Best Outgoing Sportsman[edit | edit source]

Year Name
1966-67 A.K. Varshney
1967-68 D. Peter Nandi
1968-69 A.K.Basu, D.K.Deka, V.D. Garg
1969-70 R.K.Pathak
1970-71 Richard D'Souza
1971-72 S.M.Goel
1972-73 No Award
1973-74 Shyamal Chowdhury
1974-75 R.K.Sood
1975-76 Dilip Sharma
1976-77 Samir Roy
1977-78 A. Das
1978-79 Rakesh Agarwal

Prof. Mitra Cup - Best Outgoing All-rounder[edit | edit source]

Prof. J. Das Cup - Best Outgoing Academician[edit | edit source]

Ranjitha Memorial Cup - Second & Third Best Outgoing Academician[edit | edit source]

Sandesh Jat Memorial Cup - Best Final Year in Choreography[edit | edit source]

Saurabh Jha Memorial Cup - Best Final Year in Social & Cultural[edit | edit source]

R. K. Brahma Cup - Best Final Year in Technology[edit | edit source]

Badhwar Cup - Best Fresher Overall, Most Active Fresher, Most Loved Fresher, Best Fresher in Technology, Best Fresher Sportsman[edit | edit source]

Kalakriti - Best Fresher in Social & Cultural[edit | edit source]

Office Bearers[edit | edit source]

Infrastructure[edit | edit source]

The hall has been divided into 5 blocks: A, B, C, D, and E. Each of the A, B, C, and D blocks has two floors above the ground floor, while E has three. There are 47 wings in the hall (3 in A, 6 in B, 13 each in C & D and 12 in E). While A, B, C and D are collectively known as old blocks, E was inaugurated in 2009[unverified] and is known as the new block. The old blocks have single and double occupancy rooms, while E has triple sharing rooms. The mess and the two common rooms are adjacent to the A block and are near the entrance gate. There is one more entrance to the hall apart from the main gate, which is mostly locked and is opened in special occasions. It opens right behind one of the cycle sheds of the hall. The hall has three cycle sheds in total. The hall office is situated in A block, while library is in B block.

Music room[edit | edit source]

RP Hall has a soundproof music room.[unverified]

Mess and common room[edit | edit source]

The mess consists of two dining halls, mainly known as old and new mess. It also has two pancake machines, a store room, mess office and more than 20 workers serving meals 4 times a day each day of the week. The old common room has a LCD television, with home theater sound system installed. It was renovated with state-of-the-art wall paints in the year 2012, curtains, exhaust fans and window nets were also installed. It has a seating capacity of around 200 during the times of cricket matches, havan-puja or hall elections.

Eateries and shops[edit | edit source]

The hall has 4 eating outlets - Carlos (owned by Kalyan Bhattacharjee), Rocky's (owned by Rockey Kaleliya), Majumdar Juice Stall (owned by Majumdar brothers) and Nescafé (owned by Sambit Majumdar). It also has a stationary shop (owned by Maity), barber shop and a cycle repair shop.[2]

Sports facilities[edit | edit source]

The hall also has a gymnasium, basketball court, football ground, badminton court, volleyball court, cricket nets, and a hockey ground.[2]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

R.P. Hall has left its mark in several places when it comes to glorious performances as a unit. The Rangoli made by Surendra Kumar Verma and team in the year 2010-11 got an entry into Ripley's Believe It Or Not.[3] In dramatics, Spartacus (Hindi) in the year 2012-13 directed by Kartikeya Pradhan and Pankaj Kodan broke the record for highest points in a dramatics event, notching up 97.5 points out of possible 100, clean sweeping all the awards and winning the Gold medal.[unverified] Aladdin The Musical in the year 2014-15 directed by Nayrhit Bhattacharya and Mahesh K.S. was the biggest ever play on the stage of Kharagpur in terms of sets, costumes, budget and cast.[unverified] The Illumination records are made and broken every year by the R.P. Hall itself, ranging from maximum area covered to the highest chatai to the maximum number of oil lamps lit at once.[unverified] The Deputy Director and ex-Dean of Students' Affairs, Prof. Souvik Bhattacharya hailed R.P. Hall's efforts during Diwali as 'beyond the competition'.[unverified] The aquatics team of R.P. Hall is known for being shark-like in the pool, with sheer dominance spanning over last 7 years across all the swimming events and Water Polo.[unverified] The Design team, making contributions to Illumination-Rangoli, sets of various dramatics events and other designing affiliations is known to be the best in business.

List of alumni[edit | edit source]

  • Anvesh Dunna (fine arts)
  • Ramakumar Ramachandra (software programming)
  • Arnav Kumar (Former Vice President, TSG)
  • Mrigesh Parashar (singing)
  • Vikrant Singh Kirar (photography and film making)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "RP Hall". IIT Kharagpur. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Verified by Amrav on September 21, 2015.
  3. "Indian Institute of Technology's post about the entry of RP's rangoli in Ripley's Believe It Or Not". Retrieved 21 September 2015.