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Netaji Nagar Evening College, Kolkata

Netaji Nagar Evening College

Established : 1967
Type : --
President : Dr.Debasis Chattopadhyay
Principal / Teacher-in-Charge : Dr. Biswajit Bhadra
Former Name : --
Location : Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Affiliation(s) : University of Calcutta
Category : Undergraduate
Accreditation / Recognition : --
Department(s) : Arts & Science
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Partition in 1947 started a massive exodus from what is now called Bangladesh to West Bengal and its neighbouring States. The flow was more or less continuous, during the first twenty-five years or so, in torrent in the initial years, but in steady trickles most of the time. A considerable number, in fact several lakhs, settled people land for temporary as well as permanent shelter. But there was much more needed in the processes of settlement than land. The settlers showed tremendous grit, determination and enterprise in overcoming the inevitable obstacles to the starting of a fresh life of purposefulness and hope.

Predictably education, especially good, school education for children, came to enjoy the topmost priority in their scheme of things. The modest township of Netaji Nagar, one of the several settlements on the southern fringes of Calcutta, took a lead in giving a boost to efforts for realizing this dream. They scrapped together whatever modest resources they could lay their hands upon and set up in quick succession two high schools, the Netaji Nagar Vidyamandir for boys and the Netaji Nagar Valika Vidyamandir for girls.

This is followed within a few years, time by a move to set up a college in the area. Leading citizens of the locality, patrons of learning, largely residents of Jadavpur and Tollygunge, adopted on May 3, 1967, a resolution to set up a college in the premises of the Netaji Nagar Vidyamandir. A provisional governing body was formed with Sri Snehansu Acharya, Advocate General of West Bengal as President and Sri Prasanta Kumar Sur, a well known political personality and social worker as Secretary. Soon come a generous allotment of land from the state Government, thanks largely to the initiative of the college Governing Body and, of course, the helpfulness of the Minister of Rehabilitation of the United Front Government Sri Niranjana Sengupta. A sixty-three member Advisory Committee was formed to organize collection of money for creating appropriate infrastructure for the college. This corpus of fund was enlarge3d through loans offered by many patrons of education. A set back was suffered by the organizers owing to the Calcutta University’s refusal to great affiliation to the college. Persistent and dedicated efforts on the part of the leadership of the college soon bore fruit. Justice Bidhu Bhusan Mallick, the Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University, took a remarkably constructive view of things, exercised the special powers vested in the V.C. by the University’s statue and granted affiliation to the college.

Thus began the eventful carrier of the Netaji Nagar College on the 25th September 1967 with evening classes arranged in the premises of the Netaji Nagar Vidyamandir. Construction of the college building began within three years’ time. A corpus of fund to finance the building was created with a sum of one lakh and fourteen thousand rupees, quite a handsome amount by the standards of the tune. People from all walks of life contributed to the fund. A measure of People’s urge for making a success of the college can be had from the fact that the common man’s small donations, of one or two rupees each, added up to quite a significant of the corpus.

One very pertinent question the institution is often confronted with, five decades down the road is where do we actually find ourselves today in 2015? How far substantial our achievements have been in the last almost 50years? It is understandable from the above stated historical facts that spreading the light of modern education has been our primary objectives. And without sounding immodest we have been successful in that venture. The institution has always believed in ‚Äú inclusive higher education‚ÄĚ ‚Äď that is providing the scope of education to that section of the society which lives on its margins.

The institution‚Äôs role does not begin and end with dissemination of knowledge and information to its students. The role is that of ‚Äėmentoring‚Äô them. To help them develop a liberal attitude towards life and society in general, and simultaneously impart them knowledge on how to make a foray in the job market have always been our areas of priority.

Our main objective is to consolidate on our achievements of the previous years, to take innovative measures for academic improvement, explore areas of knowledge and information that will provide jobs to our students. And above all create a more friendlier and more congenial atmosphere for learning!

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