Bangabasi College
प्रणिप्रातेन परिप्रशनेन सेवया
Motto in English
Earn Education & Serve the Humanitarian
Established27 November 1887; 136 years ago (27 November 1887)
Academic affiliation
University of Calcutta
PresidentSri Ashok Kumar Deb
Students2570 + 410 (self-funded)
19, Rajkumar Chakraborty Sarani, Sealdah
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CampusUrban, 0.60 acres (0.24 ha)
LanguageEnglish and Bengali

Bangabasi College is a Kolkata-based liberal arts, commerce and sciences college.[1] It offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses of the University of Calcutta. It was founded by Girish Chandra Bose, an educationist, social reformer and agriculturist, in 1887.[2] It was the first nationalist college. It played a major role in Disobedience Movement of 1930 and sacrifice of Shri Jatindra Nath Das, an undergraduate student of the college The college celebrated its 125th anniversary from November 2011 to October 2012. It has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India (NAAC) with "A" certificate.[3]


Acharya Girish Chandra Bose founded an institution, named Bangabasi School, in a rented house in Bowbazar Street with six teachers and twelve students in the year 1885. Two years later, the college was established with private management, under the inspiration and guidance of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. It started with F.A. course and slowly obtained affiliation for the B.A., B.L. and M.A. courses to meet the requirements of the college.

In 1930. the college moved into its present premises at 19, Scott Lane (now Raj Kumar Chakraborty Sarani). Honours course in various subjects were introduced.[4] During the World War II another branch of the college was established in Kushtia (now in Bangladesh) in 1942, as the people of Kolkata were troubled by the bombing by Japanese troops. After the World War II it was closed.[5] After Independence in 1947, the college started to see receive huge admissions and thus it created extra-pressure on the existing infrastructure and system. To cope up with the demand, college was divided in morning and evening sections and Acharya Girish Chandra Bose started a new evening section only for commerce. Later in 1964, it emerged as Bangabasi College of Commerce (renamed as Acharya Girish Chandra Bose College in 2005).[5]

Through phase reduction scheme of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the shifts were separated and two new colleges, i.e. Bangabasi Morning College and Bangabasi Evening College emerged in the same building and Bangabasi College of Commerce in a separate building on 11 April 1965.[6] With this, four colleges came up: Bangabasi College, Bangabasi Morning College, Bangabasi Evening College and Bangabasi College of Commerce. In 1979 Bangabasi College opened its own Commerce Department, and also became co-ed.[4][7]


Courses listed below are undergraduate, except zoology. Only zoology department has both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.[8][9]

Language and Literature

Social Science


Pure Science

Biological Science

Late Acharya Girish Chandra Bose memorial

Postgraduate studies

Postgraduate studies started in Zoology in 2005, under the semester system (CBCS), Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta.

Recently, it was acknowledged by the Department of Science and Technology, by sanctioning a grants-in-aid to the extent of Rs 20,00,000 for procuring modern equipment and adequate software support.[7]


Department timeline[8]
Year Department Note
1885 Mathematics Honours course in 1940
Philosophy Honours course in 1944
Physics Honours course in 1950
1910 Economics Honours course in 1950
1930 History Honours course in 2000
1934 English
1936 Anthropology Degree General course started in 1950 and Honours course in 1978
1939 Botany Started with intermediate, Degree and Masters Course, but later discontinued. Honours course started in 1995
1944 Bengali Supported the nationalist movement for independence
1950 Chemistry
1955 Zoology MSc started in 2005
1957 Political Science
1965 Hindi Minor department with only one full-time faculty member
1979 Commerce Own commerce department
1996 Computer Science Honours course in 2003
2003 Geography
2005 Sociology Honours course in 2008
2006 Psychology As a subsidiary subject in 2006 and in 2007
2007 Education Newest department


Facilities provided in the college:[10]

Student service cell


Other activities

Other activities include:[10]

Notable alumni

The alumni of Bangabasi College have achieved prominence in various fields. Following is the list of notable alumni of this college.

See also


  1. ^[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ "Our Founder". Bangabasi College Centenary Commemoration Volume. Calcutta: Bangabasi College. 1987. Archived from the original on 8 December 2022. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Accredited Colleges". Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Bangabasi College | History of the College". Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Bangabasi | Home". Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Acharya Girish Chandra Bose College - The Official Website". Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Bangabasi College : Prospectus" (PDF). 16 December 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 August 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Bangabasi College | Bangabasi College Home Page". Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Bangabasi College | Introduction to the department [Zoology]". Archived from the original on 15 December 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Bangabasi College". Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  11. ^ Peer Team Report on the Institutional Assessment and Accreditation of Bangabasi College. 16–18 March 2007. NAAC. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2008. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)

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