Bethune College

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Bethune College
Bethune School-Building.jpg
Bethune College: photograph published in 1949
Motto Viddaya Vindatey Amritam
Established 1849
Principal Professor Mamata Ray
Location Kolkata, India
Affiliations University of Calcutta

Bethune College is the first women's college in Asia. It was founded as a school in 1849 by John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune, and in 1879 developed into the first women's college in India, after whom it is named as Bethune College. It is located in Kolkata, and is affiliated to the University of Calcutta.

The college is accredited "A" by NAAC.


The motto of the College "Vidya Vindatey Amritam" means 'knowledge provides immortal bliss.'


The three glowing lamps - centrally for 'knowledge' side by side 'humanity' and "transparency", and the wheel for 'dynamism through exercise' constitute the emblem.

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