Notre Dame College (Dhaka)
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|Notre Dame College, Dhaka|
Diligite Lumen Sapientiae(love the light of wisdom)
|Type||Higher Secondary School, University Affiliated College|
|Principal||Fr. Hemonto Peuse Rozario CSC (2012 - )|
Notre Dame College (Bengali: নটর ডেম কলেজ) or NDC is a higher secondary school as well as a degree college affiliated to the National University. It is situated in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is administrated by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Society of Priests. (In the Indian subcontinent, as in the UK, higher secondary schools, comprising the 11th and 12th year of education, are often referred to as 'colleges'). The college also offers three-year degree program, Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Pass Course) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (B.S.S. Pass Course). In 2009 the institution celebrated its 60th anniversary.
Notre Dame College was established in Arambagh, Motijheel, Dhaka in November, 1949. It was established by the Roman Catholic Priests from the Congregation of Holy Cross because of the crisis in the education sector of the new born East Pakistan. It was known as the St. Gregory College, an extension of the St. Gregory's School, which was also established by the mission. It was relocated to its current location in Motijheel in 1954 and renamed to Notre Dame College. The new name was a tribute to the University of Notre Dame, the alma mater of many of the faculty members. In French Notre Dame means Our Lady, that stands for Mother Mary.
Since 1980s (after the liberation war), Notre Dame College gained reputation of the best institution for higher secondary education in the country. The highest number of perfect GPA holders in national examination (H.S.C.) and the exceptional success of its students in university admission tests bear testimony to this.
Students of the college
Every year Notre Dame College takes around 1450 students in science through the most competitive college admission process in the country. With the prestige of the highest number of perfect GPA holders in national examination (H.S.C.), Notre Dame College affords to accept students only with exceptional merit and caliber.
Clubs of Notre Dame College
Notre Dame College has 19 extracurricular clubs (Source: Blue and Gold, Yearly Magazine, 2002-2004) including:
- Notre Dame Debating Club
- Notre Dame Science Club Science Club
- Notre Dame Adventure Club
- Notre Dame Rover Scouts NDCRS
- Notre Dame Business Club
- Notre Dame Chess Club
- Notre Dame Manabik Shongho
- Notre Dame Nature Study Club
- Notre Dame Degree Club
- Yuva (Youth) Red Crescent
- Notre Dame Rotaract Club
- Notre Dame Natya dal (Theatre Group)
- Notre Dame Abritti Dol (Reciting Group)
- Notre Dame History club
- Association for Medical help and Environmental Health promotion
- International Understanding and Relation Club
- Notre Dame Cultural Club
- Lekhok Kunjo (Writers' Guild)
- Notre Dame English Club
Notre Dame Debating Club, moderated by Fr. Adam S. Pereirra CSC, who is known as the father of debating in Bangladesh, celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2003.
Notre Dame Science Club, moderated by Professor Sushanta Kumar Sarkar, is the oldest and greatest science club in the country.It is also the only club in BANGLADESH renowned in the whole world. It celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1999. Notre Dame Natya Dal ,moderated by Md.Akhteruzzaman,a very friendly moderatoe,works with his theatre mania student,working in this post from 2006.its celebrated its 20th year in 2012.it gives a huge arena for those are interested in drama.Tajbir Sajib,Honorable mention lauriet notredamian,is the founder president of this club. Notre Dame Nature Study Club was founded by Mr. Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, Head of dept of Biology, NDC on August 29, 1984.
Blue and Gold is the year book of Notre Dame College. Notre Dame College publishes students' monthly magazines- Dhak Dhol - Chit Chat. Each club has its own yearly magazine/publication. Among them AUDRI of Notre Dame Science Club is the most famous.NISHORGA,annual magajine of Notre Dame Nature Study Club is also worth mentioning.From last few years Notre Dame Natya Dal has been publishing " Moncho",a magazine depicts its activities and about theatre,edited by Rajesh Singha Mithun.
The college is managed by priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Dhaka. Since its establishment, ten priests have served as the principal of the college.
- John J. Harrington, 1949–54
- James L. Martin,1954–60
- Theotonius Amal Ganguly, March, 1960 - October, 1960
- William Graham, 1960–67
- John Vanden Bossche, 1967–69
- Joseph S.Peixotto, 1969–70
- Richard Timm, 1970–71
- Ambrose Wheeler, 1971–76
- Joseph S.Peixotto, 1976-1998
- Benjamin Costa, 1998- 2012
- Hemanta Peus Rosario, 2012-
Among them, Father Timm is a renowned biologist and a winner of the 1987 Ramon Magsaysay award for International understanding. Father Timm is also the founder moderator of Notre Dame Science Club and Notre Dame Debating Club.
Notre Dame Alumni Association (NDAA)
Notre Dame College founded its alumni association in 2012. The first alumni annual meeting was held in college premises in December 22, 2012. Some of the notable alumni- 1.Dr. Kamal Hossain 2.Dr.Rashiduddin Ahmed 3.Dr. Sirajul Islam Chowdhury 4.Dr. Abdul Mueen Khan 5.Dr. M Zahir 6.Dr.Marghub Morshed 7.Liutenant General Hasan Masud Choudhury 8.Tapan Choudhury
- Official website
- Notredamians' Club
- Official website of Science Club
- Banglapedia Article on Notre Dame College
- A National Daily's Report NDDC
- Golden Jubilee of NDSC in The Daily Star
- Mathfest at Notre Dame College
- IT Fest 2003
- Science Fest 2004