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|Established||27 November 27, 1887|
|Students||2570 + 410 (self-funded)|
|Location||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Campus||Urban, 0.60 acres|
|Affiliations||University of Calcutta|
Bangabasi College (Bengali: বঙ্গবাসী কলেজ) is a Kolkata based liberal arts, commerce and sciences college. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses of the University of Calcutta. It was founded by Acharya Girish Chandra Bose, an educationist, social reformer and agriculturist, in 1887. The College celebrated its 125th anniversary from November 2011 to October 2012.
Acharya Girish Chandra founded Bangabasi School in 1885. The school started in a rented house in Bowbazar Street with six teachers and twelve students. The school was upgraded into a college in 1887. Girish Chandra had served the college as its Principal from 1887 to 1933, before he was nominated as Rector of the college in 1935. The College got affiliation for B.A, B.L. and M.A. courses to meet the requirement of the students. In the year 1903, the college moved to its present premises at 19, Scott Lane. After that there was a steady growth of the college with the introduction of the Honors courses in various subjects.
After the independence in 1947, three new branches of the institution were opened which, later changed into Bangabasi Morning College, Bangabasi Day College and Bangabasi Evening College. All of them are housed in the same building, except Bangabasi College of Commerce. The College became co-educational in 1979 and the college authority opened another commerce department. 1947, the year of India's independence, coincided with the diamond jubilee year of the college. The celebration was inaugurated by Chakravarti Rajagopalachari, a lawyer, writer, statesman and the second Governor-General of independent India.
Admissions and academics
Admission commences immediately after the publication of the results of the Higher Secondary examination of the West Bengal Higher Secondary Council. After all the admission applications have been received (within the specified dates) the College will publish its merit list of eligible candidates who may then be entitled to take admission in different courses. As per the rules of admission to Bangabasi College 22% of the seats are reserved for students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC) and 6% for Scheduled Tribes (ST).
Bangabasi College offers a number of degrees as part of its undergraduate programmes. They include:
- 3 years B.A. (Hons)
- Offered in English, Bengali, Sanskrit, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Economics.
- 3 years B.Sc. (Hons)
- Offered in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics, Zoology, Botany, Anthropology, Computer Science, Geography,
- 3 years B.Com. (Hons)
- 3 years B.A. (Gen)
- 3 years B.Sc. (Gen)
- 3 years B.Com. (Gen)
Bangabasi College offers a self-financed two-year (four-semester) Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Zoology.
Bangabasi College Computer Training Center
Bangabasi College in collaboration with Webel Informatics Limited offers a computer awareness course. This course is compulsory to the students of B.A. (Hons. & General), B.Sc. (general) students.
Student life and culture
The college has an auditorium with a capacity of 450 seats.
Bangabasi College Magazine
Bangabasi College Magazine (first published in 1903) is the oldest college magazine of its type in Kolkata. It is published by the Bangabasi College Students Union every year and it is an important annual event of this college.
Bangabasi College has common sports ground and a beautiful pavilion on the Kolkata Maidan for cricket, football, hockey, volleyball, lawn tennis, badminton, and athletics. Students of the Bangabasi College participate in the Inter-Class Football Competitions, Annual Sports, Inter-College Table Tennis Tournaments and Inter-college Cricket Tournaments.
Bangabasi College has strict provisions dealing with physical and mental harassment of junior students (ragging).
The alumni of Bangabasi College have achieved prominence in various fields. Following is the list of notable alumni of this college.
- Sudhi Ranjan Das, Chief Justice of India
- Swami Lokeshwarananda, monk of the Ramakrishna Mission
- Bishnu Dey, poet; winner of Jnanpith Award
- Tushar Kanti Ghosh, former editor, Amrita Bazar Patrika
- Pankaj Gupta, MBE, sports administrator
- Chittabrata Majumdar, general secretary of CITU
- Dr. A.P. Mitra, former director general, CSIR
- Rasikendra Nath Nandi, social reformer
- Amal Kumar Sarkar, chief Justice of India
- Sreela Majumdar, actress
- Abraham Kovoor, professor, rationalist
- Salil Chowdhury, music composer
- http://naacindia.org/Colleges.asp?state=26[dead link]
- Peer Team Report on the Institutional Assessment and Accreditation of Bangabasi College. March 16–18, 2007. NAAC. http://naacindia.org/Reports/217%20Bangabasi%20College,%20WB.doc[dead link]