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Ramananda Centenary College, Purulia
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Established 1971 Type --
President Dr. Chandidas Mukherjee Principal/Teacher-in-Charge Dr. Ramsankar Pradhan
Former Name Ramananda Centenary College Location Laulara, Purulia, West Bengal, India
Affiliation(s) University of Sidho Kanho Birsha Category Under-Graduate
Accreditation / Recognition UGC. N.A.A.C Accredited Department(s) Arts, Science

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About College
The College is situated at Laulara within the Puncha Police Station, a sylvan spot of Purulia District, a district considered to be the least advanced dot in the State of West Bengal.

Previously affiliated to the University of Burdwan, the college is now affiliated to Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University, Purulia, established in 2010. Starting its journey in 1971, the College owns an area of 8.58 acres. As a Govt. aided Undergraduate Degree College offering Arts and Science courses, it got recognized under section 2(f) of the University Grants Commission in 1977.
The ever increasing dependence on the Government for help in Educational, Social and Cultural aspects of our community has been slowly but surely eating up the roots of self-help and self-reliance since Independence of India. With a view to helping the Mute Millions of the South East Manbhum, at present Purulia, to have for themselves a scope of higher education, Manbhum Ananda Ashram Nityananda Trust (MANT), an NGO of considerable repute, took up a momentous resolution of doing away with the curse of inferiority complex in the children of the soil and to make them the fit counterparts of those in other better off parts of West Bengal. It thus remembered well the good offices of Late Ramananda Chatterjee, who lent his helping hand towards recognition of R. C. Academy, a sister institution, by the Bihar Board of Secondary Education in 1945. It was then a task that needed the services of the eminent journalist, philanthropist, patriot and a benefactor of the poor and the downtrodden. The year 1965 marked the centennial of Ramananda Chatterjee. The Trust, in humble acknowledgement of the sincere services of Ramananda Babu, proposed to raise a Degree College and name it after his centenary. It started collecting and depositing funds. The Resource Committee headed by the then Deputy Commissioner, Purulia, (Ex-Officio), met a intervals. No princely donation could be collected. The common man came to the rescue. They contributed their mites and thus built-up the figure which had so long been the proud privilege of the uncommon man. The starting of the college in 1971-72 would not have been possible but for the earnest efforts of Lt. Harihar Mukherjee, the founder Secretary of MANT and the founder Principal of it. The Trust donated the required land, buildings, furniture, equipments and the Reserve fund of Rs. 25,000/- only for affiliation in U. E. (Arts & Science) and B.A./B.Sc. (Pass) during 1971-72 under the University of Burdwan. Since then the college has crossed several milestones of academic distinctions.

At present the College has 15 full time, 7 Part-time, 08 Guest teachers and 17 Non-teaching staffs. Presently the total no. of Subjects (Honours and General) offered by the college is 22. The College offers Teaching in Arts and Science faculties with Honours in English, Bengali, Geography, Political Science, Economics, History, Philosophy, Education, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry, with Zoology and Botany as general subjects. Of late the college has introduced Santali, Physical Education, Sanskrit and Sociology as new subjects at the pass level. Introduction of Kurmali language-a language spoken by the Mahato Community that dominates this area- at the UG Level has been sanctioned by the University and the Govt. and the course will be operative next year. In addition, the College runs a Vocational Stream meant for the youths who have read upto class VIII and a separate course for the 10+2 Level to serve the non-college going youths of the area with particular emphasis on their future employment/enterprise. This year the Netaji Subhas Open University has opened a study centre offering a plethora of courses at the PG level at our college to enable the youths to pursue PG courses. We have a plan to include the UG courses too in the Curriculum to open up opportunity for the students being deprived of the privilege of the much coveted admission in the college and steps are being taken in that direction. The College has a support system in the form of a Central Library along with some departmental libraries, Indoor and outdoor games facilities, separate hostels for boys and girls, a modest Guest House, a Canteen, Grievance Redressal Cell, Cycle Stand, Bus Commuters‘ Waiting Shed, Herbal Park, well equipped Gymnasium, Career Guidance Cell, Students Union Office, Dormitory for the teaching Staffs, Drinking Water Shed with assured supply of potable water, Students Support Cell, 1 Playfield and 2 Ponds and an open-air theatre. Though the college has no Placement Cell yet it could arrange employment for quite a few students through the Career Guidance Cell.
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