Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, the doyen of the Young Bengal Movement, was the first Anglo-Indian poet of the nineteenth century colonial regime. He was a fiery Indian teacher and poet. As a lecturer at the Hindu College of Calcutta, he invigorated a large group of students, the Young Bengal group, to think independently; this group went on to play a key role in the Bengal Renaissance. Born in 1807, he has left behind him a creditable body of English verse. He was half-Indian and half-Portuguese by blood but he was wholly Indian in spirit. Had fate not taken away his life at a tender age, he could have easily become India’s national bard. As a token of respect for this dynamic poet and educationist, the only college of Rajarhat-Gopalpur Municipal area was named ‘Derozio Memorial College’. Set up in 1996 with the spontaneous co-operation of local inhabitants and the sustaining effort of Rajarhat-Gopalpur Municipality, the college aspires to propagate the idea of this noble philosopher.
The college had a humble beginning at Gopalpur Ramkumar Kamala Vidyalaya, Kalipark. Later after formal inauguration of the college premises on 4th October, 1997 by Hon’ble former Chief Minister Sri Jyoti Basu, classes were shifted thereto. The college was basically constituted at the fringe of this semi-urban zone of North 24 Parganas district with an aim to disseminate the scope of higher education to a huge number of pupils of the marginalized section of the society. Moreover, our institution is also providing immense opportunities of higher education to a large number of rural and urban students, a substantial number of which belongs to schedule castes, other disadvantaged and marginalized section of the society. Today’s higher education has witnessed a harmonious blending of an elitist preference and common man’s right to knowledge. This college is trying to reconcile itself to this new way of thinking. The semi-urban location of the college caters to the needs of students who come from the grass-root level; some of them are even first generation learners. The college is trying hard to set a pedagogic goal that is not only instructional but also learner-facilitating. The college started off with the Humanities stream but later on developed into a multi disciplinary Degree College with the Commerce and the Science disciplines that came under its umbrella by the end of the last century under the dynamic and high profile leadership and enthusiasm of the past and present principals, efficient teachers and local inhabitants. The college now offers Honours Courses in 12 subjects and General studies in 16 subjects through its three wings consisting of 16 departments to fulfill the academic aspirations of all section of students, the rich and the poor, the meritorious and the mediocre. Moreover, UGC sponsored cells like Remedial Coaching Cell for SC/ST minority communities and Service Entry Cell operate to cater to the needs of the students. The motto of the college is to create a healthy academic ambience that can nurture the dormant potential of the students.