Notre Dame College, Dhaka

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Notre Dame College, Dhaka
Logo Notre Dame College.jpg
Motto Diligite Lumen Sapientiae
Motto in English
Love the light of wisdom
Type Higher secondary school, university-affiliated college
Established 1949 (1949)
Principal Fr. Hemonto Pius Rozario CSC (2012 - present)[1]
Students 6000+
Location Dhaka, Bangladesh
Campus Urban

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.[2]


Ganguly Building
Administrative and academic-Harrington Building

Notre Dame College was first established at Laxmibazaar, Old Dhaka in November, 1949 with the name "St. Gregory College". In 1954-55, the institution was transferred to Arambagh, Motijheel from its initial phase Dhaka with the present name - "Notre Dame".[3][4]

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.[3]

Since the 1980s, 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.[5]

Students of the college[edit]

Every year Notre Dame College takes around 2100 students in science, 300 students in Arts and 700 students in commerce group through the most competitive college admission process in the country. With the highest number of perfect GPA holders in national examination (H.S.C.), Notre Dame College accepts students with best GPAs. Currently, it consists of 14 classrooms for students in science terming each as "Groups". Groups 1 to 12 includes Bengali medium students and the rest 13 and 14 groups admits English version students. [6]

Clubs of Notre Dame College[edit]

Notre Dame College has 22 extracurricular clubs including:

  • Notre Dame Debating Club (NDDC)
  • Notre Dame Science Club (NDSC)
  • Notre Dame Outward Bound Adventure Club (OBAC)
  • Notre Dame Rover Scouts (NDCRS)
  • Notre Dame Business Club (NDBC)
  • Notre Dame Chess Club
  • Notre Dame Manabik Shongho (Humanitarian Club)
  • Notre Dame Nature Study Club (NDNSC)
  • Notre Dame Degree Club
  • Yuva (Youth) Red Crescent Club
  • Rotaract Club of Notre Dame
  • Notre Dame Natya dal (Theatre Group)
  • Notre Dame Abritti Dal (Recitation Club)
  • Notre Dame History club
  • Notre Dame Environmental Promotion Club (NDEPC)
  • International Understanding and Relation Club (IURC)
  • Notre Dame Cultural Club
  • Notre Dame Lekhok Kunjo (Writers' Club) (NDWC)
  • Notre Dame English Club (NDEC)
  • Notre Dame Art Club (NDAC)
  • Notre Dame Math Club(NDMC)
  • Notre Dame Ethics Club

Notre Dame Debating Club[edit]

Notre Dame Debating Club(NDDC) is called as the Father of Debating Club of the country. It celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2003.

Notre Dame Science Club[edit]

Notre Dame Science Club also known as NDSC, is the oldest science club in the country[7].It was established in 18 September, 1955 by the ex principal of the college Father Richard William Timm,CSC. It celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1999[citation needed].And celebrated it's 60 years in 2015. Every year it organizes the biggest science fair in college level of the country. Its motto is 'Science In Human Welfare'. College's 3 quiz team "NDC Gold", "NDC Blue" and "NDC Green" are maintained by Notre Dame Science Club. Every year it publishes it's annual magazine "Audri" and wall magazine "Abishkar(আবিষ্কার)","Focus" and "Trimatrik(ত্রিমাত্রিক)".

Notre Dame International Understanding and Relation Club[edit]

Notre Dame International Understanding and Relation Club (IURC) is one of the oldest International Relation Club of the country and the first International Relations Club in High School/College level. It was established in 20 february 1993. The club is now Moderated by Rita Josephine Rozario, Assistant Professor of Notre Dame College's English Department. The club is renowned for hosting various international programs like Education Fair, BANMUN etc. It also works along with International communities like American Center Dhaka, British Council etc. This club arranged the first ever MockMUN in Notre Dame College and recently had arranged the first MUN of Notre Dame College [8]in 2017.


Blue and Gold is the year book of Notre Dame College. Notre Dame College publishes students' quarterly magazine 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 magazine 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 theater, edited by Rajesh Singha Mithun.Notre Dame Math Club publishes the annual magazine "The Number" in the famous "Pie Day".


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.

College Canteen
  • 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[9]
  • Ambrose Wheeler, 1971–76
  • Joseph S.Peixotto, 1976-1998
  • Benjamin Costa, 1998-2012
  • Fr. Hemanto Pius Rosario,[1] 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.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "New Principle Appointed in Notre Dame College". Daily Sangram. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "NDC Club Day & Anniversary". Prothom Alo. Dhaka, Bangladesh. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b নবীনবরণ ও ছাত্র-অভিভাবক নির্দেশিকা (in Bengali). Notre Dame College. 2014. p. 20. 
  4. ^ "Notre Dame College (Dhaka)". Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "HC allows 3 colleges to admit XI students thru tests". The Daily Star. Dhaka, Bangladesh. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Notre Dame College Admission". The Daily Ittefaq. Dhaka, Bangladesh. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "NDIURC". NDIURC. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  9. ^ a b "Timm, Richard William:CITATION". 

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Coordinates: 23°43′48″N 90°25′16″E / 23.7300°N 90.4211°E / 23.7300; 90.4211