Half a century ago nobody knew Santinagar, some steps away from Palta Railway Station on the Sealdah–North Section. For the partition of Bengal this area witnessed sudden demographic growth. Incidentally a large number of inhabitants belonged to backward classes of the society. Vast agricultural fields, water bodies and a drainage canal - all in combination then meant Santinagar.
Some energetic persons led by Late Nihar Bose, an eminent social worker and sometimes a minister in the Government of West Bengal took the initiative for social amelioration. The very first thing towards that direction which they did was the establishment of educational institutions. Primary schools to a college were all clubbed together in very close proximity. One of the end results was the establishment of P. N. Das College on 20th August, 1962, in which Sri Debesh Das a well wisher donated a huge sum of money to assist the establishment of the college in his father’s name, Late Priya Nath Das (P.N. Das).
Initially P.N. Das College got affiliation from the University of Calcutta for teaching some subjects in the Arts faculty and in 1975-76 the department of Commerce was affiliated with the same. Subsequently, Honours courses in Commerce and in different subjects in the Arts faculty were extended by the University. Affiliation of the B.Sc. (General) stream was also obtained in 2003-04. Presently, the College is affiliated with the newly established West Bengal State University.
The College has not forgotten its primary goal-raising of academic standard of the young boys and girls of the locality. For the untiring persuasion and hard works, the students have been regularly achieving success in the university examinations.
The students of the College also regularly bring awards in Sports and other extra curricular activities. As a whole, the College has been nurturing so many young talents for the last four decades and more.
Since the teacher-taught ratio is reasonable and in some cases favorable to the taught, the benefits extended to the students is certainly very high.