Hon’ble President, Other members of the college Governing Body, Teaching & Non–Teaching staff, respected members of Bankura Sammilani Trust, Alumni members, and my beloved students of the college, we are happy to announce that we have already celebrated our “Diamond Jubilee” throughout the year 2008-09.
It was 1st September’1948 when we started our sacred journey with a limited number of one hundred students (boys) only and six teachers in the intermediate science stream. A small plant which was sown about 68 years ago (as on 01.09.2016), has developed into a giant tree with its different branches. The number of students of our college at present is 3219 (1990 male and 1229 female as per 2015-16 session) with 24 full-time teaching staff, 17 part time teachers, 05 contractual whole time teachers, 22 guest lecturers, 1 Librarian, 05 hostel staff and 32 contingency non-teaching staff (including 04 library and 04 hostel contingency).
Let me go back to 100thyear past from today for some moments. A glorious history of Bankura Sammilani Trust, our mother body has been left behind. This trust had been formed in the year 1911, under the presidentship of Justice Digambar Chattopadhyay, Co-Presidentship of Ramananda Chattopadhyaya, the editor of “Prabasi Patrika”, Rishibar Mukhopadhyay, Bholanath Bandyopadhyay, Hemanta Kr. Raha, Bamapada Roy and secretaryship of Rishindranath Sarkar. The main motto of this trust was to serve the people of Bankura, a backward area specially in the fields of Education, Health, Culture etc and during natural calamities.
With this mission in view Bankura Sammilani Medical School had been established in the year 1922, and subsequently Bankura Sammilani Medical College had been established on 6th August, 1956 with only 50 students, Bankura Sammilani Blind School on 20th November, 1994 with only 5 students and certainly ours, the Bankura Sammilani College on the aforesaid date. It is a matter of great pride that many great luminaries visited the Sammilani Medical School. which was located at our old College-building. Acharya Prafulla Ch. Roy, when he visited this school in 1924 was overwhelmed and quoted his inspiring words on the self styled activities of Bankura Sammilani: “It is the first stepping stone to swaraj in our country”. Other luminaries who also inspired the activities of the trust in different ways, were Mahatma Gandhi in 1925, Lord Lytton in 1927, Sir Jhon Anderson in 1935, Rabindranath Tagore, on 03.03.1940, Netaji Subhash Ch. Bose on 27.04.1940, Sir Jhon Herbert in 1940 Shyamaprasad Mukhopadhyay in 1941, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in 1945, Dr. Kaylash Nath Katju on 17.01.50,. We feel proud of the prestigious legacy of Bankura Sammilani family.
The college was initially affiliated to the University of Calcutta since 06.08.1948 and later on it was shifted to the University of Burdwan in 1960. The Status from the trust College to the Govt.–aided one had been made on 22.04.1977 and from Boys to co-education status in 1992-93, (at degree level) in 1993-94 at H.S. level.
The different streams and courses were run in two shifts. Intermediate commerce was introduced in 1958, B.Com in 1959 in the evening shift, B.Sc. in 1959(Day), B.A. in 1970 (Morning). During that period on account of high demand from the students an additional shift in commerce was opened in 1971 in the morning shift. But after the Co-education status being introduced all the B.Com courses were shifted to the morning whereas the B.A. Courses were shifted to Day on and from 08.02.1991. Since then B.A., B.Sc Courses are being run in Day Shift and B.Com Courses in the Morning Shift.
At present 16 honours Courses are being taught in all the 3 streams of Arts, Science and Commerce. We have been trying also for getting affiliation for Post Graduate Courses in Chemistry and Commerce very soon. Opening of different Post-Graduate Courses under IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) is under consideration of our College Governing Body.
We are proud of our students who have already passed from our institution and have got established in different fields at home and abroad. Some such distinguished personalities and Honorable Alumi for whom we feel proud, may be mentioned as follows: -
Dr. Chittaranjan Dutta, The ex-principal of this college, Dr. Ranajit Banerjee, Principal, Bhupendranat, Dutta Smriti Mahavidyalaya, Hatgobindapur, Dr.Murari Mohan Roy, Associate Professor in History of this college, Shri.Amiya Patra, Ex-MLA, Shri.Kamal Goenka, Member, Board of Directors, Usha Martin, Dr. Soumitra Sarkar, Principal, Joypur Panchanan Roy College, Amta, Howrah, Dr. Padmanava Chakraborty, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Burdwan, Shri. Arunava Patra, Chartared Accountant, Bankura, Dr. Debasish Banerjee, Associate Professer in Chemistry, Christian College Bankura, Shri. Kalyan Banerjee, M.P., Rabilochan Bangal, NTPC, Dr. Sanjeeb Chattopadhyay, Principal, Panchakot Raj College, Purulia, etc.
We are also proud of those students who have topped the list of successful candidates at the University Examinations at both graduate and Post graduate levels at different times. Some are worth mentioning like Sri Suman Karmakar scoring the highest marks in Botany (B.Sc.) in 2003, Ms. Chandralekha Dutta in Microbiology in 2006 (B.Sc.) and in 2008 (M.Sc.), Shri Suman Sengupta in Economics in 2006, Shri Tapobroto Mitra in Chemistry in 2006 (B.Sc.) and in 2008 (M.Sc.), Shri Gourav Banerjee in Mathematics.in 2006, Shri Bhaskar Ch. Sarkar in Mathematics in 2008 (M.Sc.), Shri Santanu Nayek (BA General Stream) in 2006, Ms. Neha Bajoria (B.Com.) in 2009. They were felicitated with different awards in the last convocation ceremony of the University of Burdwan on 12th Feb.2010 (Golden Jubilee Year).
Our College has been accreditated by NAAC on 2nd Feb., 2006, the first in the district and has been recognized as the institution with potential for excellence (B+). On the basis of valuable suggestions from the NAAC peer team, we have already made internet Connections with all the departments of our college, we have started imparting Remedial Coaching, Coaching for entry into services like S.S.C., W.B.C.S., Banking Examinations etc. to the students Specially of SC/ST/OBC/Minorities categories.
University Grant Commission has sanctioned fund for this purpose. Even U.G.C. has sanctioned stipend to our poor and meritorious students. We have started Spoken English classes for our students under the British Institute (Bankura Branch), BBC, London to make them competent for the different competitive examinations. Computer literacy being an essential part at modern age we have entrusted Webel Informatics Ltd. to make our students well-versed with Computer education along with their normal courses of studies since the year 1996. The students getting passed with different diploma and certificate courses from this Computer centre are being absorbed in different fields of job. We are also rendering our students the opportunities for pursuing different courses under ICWAI (Institute of Costs and Works Accountants of India), Durgapur Chapter extension centre at our College since March’2009.
Research activities in our chemistry department being conducted by Dr. Samaresh Ghosh, Dr. Subrata Kr. Dey and Shri Shantanu Hazra, Assistant Professors in Chemistry are really worth mentioning and encouraging to all the staff, students of our college and even to the University of Burdwan. UGC sponsored National level Seminars organized by our Chemistry and History Departments in the years 2009 & 2010 respectively have got the overwhelming support from all corners. Our College library with total number of books 42,910 up to 31st January 2011 having Internet set up is our pride.
In the field of Games and Sports our College Cricket team was enlisted in Cricket Association of Bengal among 3 selected colleges under the University of Burdwan in the year 2010. Our NSS activities are being conducted through Blood donation Camps, Special Camps, Literacy Programmes, environment cleaning programmes, water and health management programmes by our students under the supervision of Present In-Charges, Dr. Samrat Chowdhury (Asst. Prof. in Economics) & Sri Dinobandhu Ghosh (Asst. Prof. in English). Our Students are afforded Hostel facilities in Rabindra Chatrabus (Boys) with Capacity of 40, which is solely meant for SC/ST/OBC categories of students, in Sanhati Chatrabus(Boys) with capacity of 42 meant for other categories of students, whereas in Amiya Debi Hostel with the Capacity of 20 meant for girls students only. We have the opportunity of getting this hostel building on donation on 16.03.1995 with an area 0.403 acres of land. We are grateful to Smt.Swastika Mukhopadhyay, Smt.Shanti Bandyopadhyay and their families for donating this building for such an honest cause.
Other than these, we have our women’s hostel under construction since Feb’ 2010 with the help of U. G. C. Grant of Rupees One Crore with an area of 1.075 acres of land purchased on 29.06.1989 near Bharat Sevasram Sangha, Bankura.
Although we have been facing enormous trouble and many ups and downs on our way in smooth running of the college we are trying our best to impart quality teaching to our students. All our teaching staff are sympathetic to our students and encouraging healthy interactions relating to their studies, taking regular class-tests thus engaging themselves in constant efforts of maintaining an educational environment in this learning temple. Even we feel proud to mention those teaching staff who have introduced Scholarships by the name of their relatives to our meritorions students in different subjects every year thus encouraging them to make better results. Some such scholarships worth mentioning are as follows:-
Debesh Banerjee Merit Scholarship for scoring highest marks in Part-I (Hons & Gen) Final Exam, Debi Bhusan Bhattarcharya Merit Scholarship for Pol.Sc. (Hons.) Part-I, Radha Binod Das Merit Scholarship, Ava Das Merit Scholarship to best singer, Chandi Charan Batabyal Memorial Scholarship for Part-I/Gen, Kalipada Sarkar Memorial Scholarship for Mathematics (Hons.) Part-I, In addition to the above Bankura Sammilani College Employees co-operation credit Society also has introduced Merit Scholarship to the Students scoring highest marks in Part-I (Hons. & Gen) Final Examination.
At present, college is in dire need of class rooms to accommodate the huge number of students. Old main College building along with other annexe- buildings are needed to be renovated to increase the number of class rooms. We have two large playgrounds, one at Haritaki Bagan with an area of 10.32 acres of land inherited from our Mother Trust,The Bankura Sammilani on 12.07.2006 and another at Ailakundi Mouza, near our Sanhati Hostel with 4 acres of land obtained from the Govt. on 26.03.1979 with 99 years’ lease. Even we have been planning for the extension of our College building at our Haritaki Bagan area to solve the problem of Class Room accommodation along with the renovation of College Grounds.
For all these works we need sufficient fund. U.G.C, State Government, & other Sources also are being approached for these purposes. Many more problems of the college are there to be solved gradually with cordial co-operations from all angles like Teaching, Non- Teaching Staff, Students, Guardians, Political leaders, Educationists etc.
My cordial appeal to all the people of Bankura and all concerned to extend their helping hands in smooth running of the college thus facilitating us in search for quality and excellence which will breathe to focus our mission of producing true men and women from our traditional Sammilani College Temple.
Thanking you all,
Dr. Samir Kumar Mukherjee, Principal
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