Darjeeling: The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, the hill council in Darjeeling, on Thursday handed over Sister Nivedita`s house there to the West Bengal government for being made into a centre of excellence by the Ramakrishna Mission.
The house was handed over at a function attended by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a three-day visit to Darjeeling since May 14, and the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha President Bimal Gurung.
"The Ramakrishna Mission will take care of maintenance of the building," Banerjee said announcing Rs one crore from the state government for its renovation.
Banerjee said that the historic building would be made a heritage institution and would be used for the purpose of women`s empowerment.
Officials said that it would also be a centre for study of different languages, computer education and for training aspirants for IAS and IPS.
Roy Villa in Darjeeling is the house where Sister Nivedita died on 13 October, 1911.