Half a century ago nobody knew Santinagar , some steps away from Palta Railway Station on the Sealdah – North Section. For the partion of Bengal this area witnessed sudden demographic growth. Incidentally a large number of
inhabitants belonged to backward classes of the society. Vast agricultural fields, water bodies and a drainage canal - all in combination then meant Santinagar. Some energetic persons led by Late Nihar Bose, an eminent social worker and sometimes a minister in the Government of West Bengal took the initiative for social amelioration. The very first thing towards that direction which they did was the establishment of educational institutions. Primary schools to a college were all clubbed together in very close proximity. One of the end results was the establishment of P. N. Das College on 20th August, 1962, in which Sri Debesh Das a well wisher donated a huge sum of money to assist the establishment of the college in his father’s name, Late Priya Nath Das (P.N. Das). suddenly Santinagar assumed a respectable seat in the field of higher education. P.N.Das College got affiliation from the University of Calcutta for teaching some subjects in the Arts faculty and in 1975-76 the department of Commerce was affiliated with the same. Subsequently, Honours courses in Commerce and in different subjects in the Arts faculty were extended by the University. Affiliation of the B.Sc. (General) stream was also obtained in 2003-04. Presently, the College is affiliated with the newly established West Bengal State University. The college has a number of buildings, Gym, Library building, Ladies’ Hostel, Canteen in its vast Campus.
Started with a handful of the students as a co-educational institution, presently, the College caters to more than 1700 students – a large number whom come from outside. But the College has not forgotten its primary goal - raising of academic standard of the young boys and girls of the locality. Hence it offers suitable stipends to the meritorious as well as needy students. For the untiring persuasion and hard works, the students have been regularly achieving success in the university examinations. In 2006 Sri Swaraj Kumar Das of the Bengali Department got first class in the B.A. (Honours) examinations.
He was followed by Miss Moumita Saha in 2007. Moumita stood first in the first class in Part II of the M.A. Examination in the Calcutta University in 2009. In 2008 Sri Sharanya Dutta secured first class in English and Sri Sougata Chakraborty secured 70% marks in B.Com.(Honours) examination. In the part I Examination of the Calcutta University in 2008 three students appearing with Bengali, English and History as Honours subjects acquired first class in 2009 and in Part I examination 8 students appearing with Bengali, 3 students with English and2 students with History on Honours subjects secured first class. The students appearing with general subjects do not lag behind. In the last university examinations a student with Philosophy scored 71%, 70% marks were scored by some in Economics, Pol. Science and Education.