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TICK, TICK: The clock ticks again at the Government Arts College in Udhagamandalam. - Photo: D. Radhakrishnan.
TICK, TICK: The clock ticks again at the Government Arts College in Udhagamandalam. - Photo: D. Radhakrishnan.

D. Radhakrishnan

Udhagamandalam: The tower clock atop the historic building housing the Government Arts College here has once again started serving its purpose. The antique clock has for long enhanced the beauty of the imposing structure. However, according to Principal R. Sriramalu it stopped working about 20 years ago and owing to various factors, including shortage of funds, it could not be repaired.

Stating that an attempt to make it tick again was made in vain about 10 years ago, he told The Hindu here on Wednesday that ever since the college crossed its 50th milestone a couple of years ago, many of the teachers had been expressing a desire to see it function again. At a meeting of the staff members it was decided to entrust the job of getting the clock repaired to the Professor in-charge of Defence Studies S. Sadhasivam. The assistance of a watch repairer at Coimbatore was sought. Since a sum of Rs. 25,000 was needed the management was in a fix. However, the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) came to its rescue and contributed Rs. 20,000. The balance was raised by the teachers.

Regretting that owing to prolonged neglect some parts were missing and some had been rendered useless, Mr Sadhasivam said though it was now functioning a few parts were yet to be fixed. A senior employee J. Sundaran said until it stopped working its chime could be heard over a long distance. The efforts made to get the clock going again have come in for appreciation here since the building referred to as `Stone House' was the first to be put up here by the Founder of Ooty John Sulivan.

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