Women Teachers Training College

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Women Teachers Training College
Shashi Lodge (02).jpg
Type Public, women only
Location Mymensingh, Bangladesh
24°45′31″N 90°23′48″E / 24.7586°N 90.3967°E / 24.7586; 90.3967Coordinates: 24°45′31″N 90°23′48″E / 24.7586°N 90.3967°E / 24.7586; 90.3967
Campus Rural
Colours Blue and Gold

Women Teachers' Training College, also known as Teachers' Training College (Female) is an educational institution in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. It is the only school of its kind in Bangladesh.[1] As of 1978, it offered bachelor's and master's degrees in Education.[2]


Sculpture of Venus at Shashi Lodge

Since 1952, the college has been housed in Shashi Lodge, a landmark building that sits on a 9-acre (3.6 ha) property.[1][3] The current Shashi Lodge is the second building by this name. The original was built by Maharaja Shurjokanto Acharya Chowdhury and named for his son, Shashikanto Acharya Chowdhury. After the original lodge was destroyed by fire due to the 1897 Assam earthquake, Shashikanto had it rebuilt at a cost of Taka 3 lakh, using materials and instruments imported from Paris.[1] An unusual feature of the 24-room building is a musical staircase. On the grounds in front of the lodge there is a fountain that has as its centerpiece a stone statue of Venus bathing.[1][4] Shashi Lodge has been used as a filming location for movies and television plays.[1][4]

Recent deterioration[edit]

The Lodge building is now deteriorated and is no longer used for classrooms.[1] Modern brick buildings have also been erected on the Shashi Lodge property for the school's use.[5] The national Ministry for Cultural Affairs and Education Ministry agreed in 1995 that Shashi Lodge would be transferred to the Ministry for Cultural Affairs for better preservation and for use by the Mymensingh Museum after new college buildings were built, but this did not occur.[1][3][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Shashi Lodge: In need of a face-lift, The Daily Star, 17 July 2008
  2. ^ Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS), Higher Education in Bangladesh, BANBEIS Publication No. 2, December 1978. Page 19.
  3. ^ a b Mymensingh Museum in a derelict state, The Daily Star, 15 September 2010
  4. ^ a b Pitiful state of ‘lodge’ turned college, The Daily Star Heritage, 20 September 2004
  5. ^ Naushaba Khatoon, A Dirge, The Daily Star, 12 October 2008
  6. ^ Aminul Islam, Mymensingh museum: Woeful preservation, The Daily Star, 24 July 2009