Bangabasi College is a Kolkata-based liberal arts, commerce and sciences college. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses of the University of Calcutta. It was founded by Girish Chandra Bose, an educationist, social reformer and agriculturist, in 1887. It was the first nationalist college. It played a major role in Disobedience Movement of 1930 and sacrifice of Shri Jatindra Nath Das, an undergraduate student of the college The college celebrated its 125th anniversary from November 2011 to October 2012. It has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India (NAAC) with "B+" certificate.
Acharya Girish Chandra Bose founded an institution, named Bangabasi School, in a rented house in Bowbazar Street with six teachers and twelve students in the year 1885. Two years later, the college was established with private management, under the inspiration and guidance of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. It started with F.A. course and slowly obtained affiliation for the B.A., B.L. and M.A. courses to meet the requirements of the college.
In 1930. the college moved into its present premises at 19, Scott Lane (now Raj Kumar Chakraborty Sarani). Honours course in various subjects were introduced. During the World War II another branch of the college was established in Kushtia (now in Bangladesh) in 1942, as the people of Kolkata were troubled by the bombing of Japanese troops. After the World War II it was closed. After Independence in 1947, the college started to see receive huge admissions and thus it created extra-pressure on the existing infrastructure and system. To cope up with the demand, college was divided in morning and evening sections and Acharya Girish Chandra Bose started a new evening section only for commerce. Later in 1964, it emerged as Bangabasi College of Commerce (renamed as Acharya Girish Chandra Bose College in 2005).
Through phase reduction scheme of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the shifts were separated and two new colleges, i.e. Bangabasi Morning College and Bangabasi Evening College emerged in the same building and Bangabasi College of Commerce in a separate building on 11 April 1965. With this, four colleges came up: Bangabasi College, Bangabasi Morning College, Bangabasi Evening College and Bangabasi College of Commerce. In 1979 Bangabasi College opened its own Commerce Department, and also became co-ed.
Language and Literature
Postgraduate studies started in Zoology in 2005, under the semester system (CBCS), Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta.
Recently, it was acknowledged by the Department of Science and Technology, by sanctioning a grants-in-aid to the extent of Rs 20,00,000 for procuring modern equipment and adequate software support.
|1885||Mathematics||Honours course in 1940|
|Philosophy||Honours course in 1944|
|Physics||Honours course in 1950|
|1910||Economics||Honours course in 1950|
|1930||History||Honours course in 2000|
|1936||Anthropology||Degree General course started in 1950 and Honours course in 1978|
|1939||Botany||Started with intermediate, Degree and Masters Course, but later discontinued. Honours course started in 1995|
|1944||Bengali||Supported the nationalist movement for independence|
|1955||Zoology||M.Sc. started in 2005|
|1965||Hindi||Minor department with only one full-time faculty member|
|1979||Commerce||Own commerce department|
|1996||Computer Science||Honours course in 2003|
|2005||Sociology||Honours course in 2008|
|2006||Psychology||As a subsidiary subject in 2006 and in 2007|
Facilities provided in the college:
Student service cell
- Student support cell
- Placement cell
- Counselling cell
- Women's cell
- Anti-ragging cell
- Grievance redressal cell
- Equal opportunity cell
Other activities include:
- Sports and Games
- Students fair
- Cultural activities
- Computer skill development
- Self defense
The alumni of Bangabasi College have achieved prominence in various fields. Following is the list of notable alumni of this college.
- Chitta Basu, film director of Bengal during the sixties
- Salil Chowdhury, music composer
- Jatindra Nath Das, Indian independence activist, revolutionary and martyr.
- Sudhi Ranjan Das, Chief Justice of India
- Bishnu Dey, poet; winner of Jnanpith Award
- Tushar Kanti Ghosh, recipient of Padma Bhushan, former editor, Amrita Bazar Patrika
- Pankaj Gupta, , sports administrator
- Kansari Halder, Indian politician
- Baby Islam, Indian and Bangladeshi cinematographer and film director
- A. T. Kovoor, professor, rationalist
- Swami Lokeshwarananda, monk of the Ramakrishna Mission
- Chittabrata Majumdar, general secretary of CITU
- Sreela Majumdar, actress
- Indumadhab Mallick, Indian polymath who invented the ICMIC cooker
- Ashesh Prosad Mitra, Fellow of the Royal Society, former director general, CSIR
- Anantahari Mitra, Indian freedom fighter and martyr
- Bimal Mukherjee, globe-trotter on bicycle
- Subrata Mukherjee, politician, Minister
- Rasikendra Nath Nandi, social reformer
- Baishnab Charan Parida, politician, writer and social activist
- Chittaranjan Saha, Bangladeshi educationist, was awarded Ekushey Padak
- Amal Kumar Sarkar, chief Justice of India
- Dwijesh Chandra Sen, freedom fighter
- Benudhar Sharma, recipient of Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Akademi Award, President of Assam Sahitya Sabha
- Swami Yatiswarananda, vice-president of Ramakrishna Order whose headquarter is in Belur Math
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