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Kanailal Vidyamandir was established as the "Saint Mary's Institution" by "Father Maglayer Barthet" in 1862. At first it used to teach only French language as Chandannagar was a French colony. English education started in 1872 by the then Puducherry French government.
In 1887 the institution was taken over by the French government. In 1901 "Saint Mary's Institution" was renamed as "Dupleix College". In 1908 the college department of "Dupleix College" was abolished which was later restored in 1931 by the efforts of Charu Chandra Ray, Harihar Seth and Narayan Chandra Dey. The school was renamed Kanailal Vidyamandir after the name of the revolutionary Kanailal Dutta, a student of this school, on 17 May 1948 just before the liberation from the French rule. The Centenary ceremony of the school was inaugurated by Dr. Brajakanta Guha, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Burdwan on its first day.The school celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012.
- Kanailal Dutta After whom the school is named
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