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Nistarini Women's College

Nistarini Women's College
Deshbandhu Road, Purulia

Established : 17 August 1957
Type : Womens
President : Mr. K.P. Singh Deo
Principal / Teacher-in-Charge : Dr. Indrani Deb
Former Name : Nistarini College
Location : Deshbandhu Road, Purulia
Affiliation(s) : Sidho Kanho Birsha University
Category : Under Graduate
Accreditation / Recognition : University Grants Commission (UGC) & National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)
Department(s) : Arts & Science

Curriculum Of The Degree Courses

According to the new regulations of the University Of Burdwan, which came into the effect during the 2005-06 academic year, the university examination for the 3-year degree course will be held in three parts (Parts I, II, & III), one at the end of every academic year. The mark division for these three parts is given below :


Part I (1st yr.) Part II (2nd yr.) Part III (3rd yr.)
Hons. Paper I - 100 marks Hons. Paper III - 100 marks Hons. Paper V - 100 marks
Hons. Paper II - 100 marks Hons. Paper IV - 100 marks Hons. Paper VI - 100 marks
-- -- Hons. Paper VII - 100 marks
-- -- Hons. Paper VIII - 100 marks
General :
2 Subjects X Paper I - 200 marks 2 Subjects X 2 Papers (Paper II & III) - 400 marks Env Studies - 50 marks
Compulsory English - 50 marks -- --
Alt. Beng / Eng / Hindi - 50 marks -- --
Total = 500 marks Total = 600 marks Total = 450 marks

N.B.: As per the university guide lines, the university offers a different pattern of mark distribution in the practical based Science Subjects.


Part I (1st yr.) Part II (2nd yr.) Part III (3rd yr.)
Combination - 3 subjects Combination - 3 subjects Combination - 3 subjects
Paper- I X 100
of each pf 3 subjects - 300 marks
Compulsary Eng. - 50 marks
Compulsary Beng. etc. - 50 marks
Paper- II & III (100 marks each)
of each of 3 subjects :
(Paper 2 X sub. 3) - 600 marks
Paper- IV (100 marks)
100 X 3 sub. - 300 marks
Envs. Studies - 50 marks
Total = 400 marks Total = 600 marks Total = 350 marks

Subjects (Hons. & Gen.)

Students may take Honours. along with two elective combinations from the following options :

Honours Sub. Elective Subjects (any two to be opted)
Bengali Philosophy / Economics, History / Maths / P.Ed., Music / Pol. Sc. / Geography
English Philosophy / Economics, History / Maths / P.Ed., Geography / Music / Pol. Sc.
History Bengali / English / Sanskrit / Hindi, Philosophy / Economics, Geography / Music / Pol. Sc.
Economics Bengali / English / Sanskrit / Hindi, History / P. Ed. / Maths, Music / Geography / Pol. Sc.
Geography Bengali / English / Sanskrit / Hindi, Philosophy / Economics, History / P. Ed. / Math
Pol. Science Bengali / English / Sanskrit / Hindi, Philosophy / Economics, History / P. Ed.
Philosophy Bengali / English / Sanskrit / Hindi, History / P. Ed. / Maths, Music / Geography / Pol. Sc.
Music Bengali / English / Sanskrit / Hindi, History / P. Ed. / Maths, Philosophy / Economics
Sanskrit History / P. Ed. Philosophy / Economics Geography / Music / Pol. Sc.
Chemistry Maths / Physics / Computer Science
Maths Physics / Chemistry / Computer Science
Physics Maths / Chemistry / Computer Science
Botany Zoology, Chemistry
Zoology Botany, Chemistry
Envt. Science Botany / Zoology, Chemistry (Compulsary)
Nutrition Chemistry (Compulsary) Physics / Botany / Zoology Computer Science

[As per the combination subjects are concerned, Students can opt. as per guidelines but the choice of the subjects depends on intake capecity & university guidelines along with merit. The intake capecity of the different depths, will be displayed before counselling.]

Admission Procedure

The academic year starts from the first week of July. The students who have passed the Higher Secondary Examination (10 + 2) or its equivalent are eligible for admission in the First Year class of Degree Course. The admission will be strictly on the basis of the merit panel and through counselling. Reservation quotas apply for S.C. / S.T. / P.H. and Others as per Government Rule.

Students finally selected for admission should be careful about the fact that only an attested copy each of the H.S. mark sheet, and the Madyamik admit card should be attached to the Application Form. All other testomonials will be accepted at the time of admission. Attested testimonials of extra-curricular activities will also be accepted at the time of admission.

The student should produce Original Mark Sheet / Certificate (Caste) of all relevant documents personally at the time of admission. One passport size photograph of each of the candidates who is not registered with the H.S.Council / Burdwan University will have to be submitted at the time of admission. Another copy of the passport size photograph should be fixed on the application form before the submission of the same.

Students belonging to Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes / should write ‚ÄúScheduled Castes‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúScheduled Tribes‚ÄĚ as the case may be in the application form. Students claiming to belong to the above categories should submit an attested certificate to that effect along with the admission form.Students should be careful in selecting their subjects. Change of subject is not allowed after admission.

Eligibility Creteria for Degree Course

All students seeking admision to the Honours subjects in the degree courses will have to secure at least 45% in the aggregate in the Higher Secondary or equivalent examination. The minimum eligibility criteria in the subject at the H.S. level for the following honours subjects are given as follows:

Geography 60% English 60%
Bengali 50% Chemistry 50%
Physics 60% (in theory), and 50% in Maths, Zoology - 60%, Sanskrit
  • For the other Honours subjects, apart from Philosophy and Political Science, the minimum eligibility is at least 45% in the subject.

  • For Political Science and Philosophty Honours, the minimum requirement is 45% in the aggregate in any stream (Arts, Science and Commerce) at the H.S. level.

  • For pass courses, pass marks will be required in the H.S. Exams.
Important Notes:

  • Env. Studies will not be taken into account while calculating aggregate.
  • CBSE / ISC students not taking English (Hons.) will be persuaded to take English as one of the Pass subjects.
  • All Geography Hons. students will have to take Economics Pass if they have the subject at the H.S. level.
  • Students wanting Env. Science Hons. must have Science background in (10+2) level.

Payment Rule

Every student has to pay her tuition fees, development fees, or any other fees on the date/dates and time as will be notified on the college Notice Board. A student’s name will be liable to be struck off the rolls due to her failure to pay tuition fee for three consecutive months at a time.

For the purpose of reinstating the name of the candidate on the rolls, the rate of re‚Äďadmission fee is Rs. 10/‚Äď per student.

The students should collect University Mark Sheet/Certificate from the college within three months of its publication. The college will keep them for three years from their date of receipt, after which period the college will not be responsible for them if they are not collected.

Facilities Available

  • »  Computer Course

    In collaboration with WEBEL, Nistarini College conducts a basic computer course for all students at minimal cost. This course is compulsary for all Hons. students. All pass students are also encouraged to join this course. 10% of the financially backward students are exempted from the computer course fee.

  • »  Student Library

    The college has library richly stocked with text and reference books, as well as books of common interest. Important journals, magazines, contemporary research documents on various subjects along with two daily newspapers are also available in the library. The library is fully computerized and manned by experence and efficient staff, always keen to help the visitors. Students may also avail of the broadband facilities provided at the library, at minimal cost.

  • »  N.S.S. Unit

    Our College bears a good heritage to run NSS and NCC as a Part of extracurricular activities. The NSS offers help to students in career guidance skill development on First Aid, Public Speaking, HIV/AIDS awarness, to expedite committee development projects and other Socio-Economic issues. Every year about 150 students can enroll their name to be the member of NSS in three units as first-come serve basis.

  • »  N.C.C Unit

    The NCC Unit of this college has already made a mark for itself in the national scene, two girls having been selected for the Republic Day Parade in Delhi in 2008. It is also to be mentioned that students are recruited into the Police services every year from among the N.C.C cadres. Training camps are held throughout the year, and cadres often have to go outside the state to attend camps. 160 students will be chosen for the N.C.C. unit.

  • »  Excursion

    Educational tour as well as Excursion are the part of our teaching. The college ogranises general tour every yera. Beside this, the science students particularly Geography, Botany, Zoology & Env. Science must have to take part Work Educational excursion for the partial fulfillment of university syllabus.

  • »  The Student's Hostel

    The student’s hostel of Nistarini College was established in the year 1962. At the initial stage the hostel was attached to the administrative buildings. Afterwards it was shifted to its new buildings. Students from different parts of West Bengal and also from other states come to complete their studies at the college level, living in a safe, secure and congenial atmosphere

    The three hostels are situated inside the college campus, which has a beautiful environment. About 300 girl students are provided accommodation in the hostels at a time.

The genesis of NISTARINI (WOMEN‚ÄôS) COLLEGE, one of the premiere academic institutes in the State of West Bengal is intimately entwined with the cause of women‚Äôs education. The institution was first conceptualized in the Summer House of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das ‚Äď whose family had significantly fostered women‚Äôs education in Bengal and was an integral part of the freedom struggle.

For the renovation of this Summer House the College first started its journey in a rented house named ‚ÄúSwapan Puri‚ÄĚ at Ranchi Road on 17th day of August 1957. Hon‚Äôble President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, laid the foundation stone of the main academic building of this college on 6th November 1958 and the college was shifted to its original abode i. e., the Summer House of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das on 16th April 1958.

Sri Bhuban Mohan Das and Smt. Nistarini Devi, father and mother of Sri Chittaranjan Das came to reside in this house in the year 1902. Both of them were dedicated social workers and pioneered in introducing higher education among the women folk of this place. Amala Devi, their daughter started a school to impart higher education to the girls of Purulia.

At that time, there was only one lower Primary School, which was known as NISTARINI VIDYALAYA and Deshbandhu Sri Chittaranjan Das defrayed the entire expenses. A number of the lady teaching staff was bought in to educate girls on all fronts ‚Äď literary, musical and artistic. An orphanage and a widows‚Äô home were run under the guidance and supervision of this pious lady. Soon it became a centre of culture for the people of Purulia. Unfortunately, the demise of all the three, Sri Bhuban Mohan Das, Smt. Nistarini Devi and Amala Devi within a short span of time led to the temporary closure of these institutions.

Sometime after, Shrimati Basanti Devi came to reside here and the tradition of the house was again revived. This time they paid special attention to educate the Harijan children living in the neighborhood. They along with their parents were also encouraged to attend religious ceremonies regularly in this house.

When Sri Chiraranjan Das, son of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das seriously fell ill, Chief Minister, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy came to attend him and was impressed by the ‚ÄėSankirtan‚Äô assemblage of Harijans in this house. As a result of the Chief Minister‚Äôs own initiatives and the request of the eminent leaders and social workers of this district (like Sri Jimut Bahan Sen ) an educational institution for women in this district was set up. Thus, the Summer House of the family was converted into Nistarini College (Women‚Äôs).

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