P. N. DAS COLLEGE

P.O.- Bengal Enamel, Palta, 24parganas(North), Pin-743122

College History

THE COLLEGE

Half a century ago nobody knew Santinagar , some steps away from Palta Railway Station on the Sealdah – North Section. For the partion 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). suddenly Santinagar assumed a respectable seat in the field of higher education. 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 a number of buildings, Gym, Library building, Ladies’ Hostel, Canteen in its vast Campus.

Started with a handful of the students as a co-educational institution, presently, the College caters to more than 1700 students – a large number whom come from outside. But the College has not forgotten its primary goal - raising of academic standard of the young boys and girls of the locality. Hence it offers suitable stipends to the meritorious as well as needy students. For the untiring persuasion and hard works, the students have been regularly achieving success in the university examinations. In 2006 Sri Swaraj Kumar Das of the Bengali Department got first class in the B.A. (Honours) examinations.

He was followed by Miss Moumita Saha in 2007. Moumita stood first in the first class in Part II of the M.A. Examination in the Calcutta University in 2009. In 2008 Sri Sharanya Dutta secured first class in English and Sri Sougata Chakraborty secured 70% marks in B.Com.(Honours) examination. In the part I Examination of the Calcutta University in 2008 three students appearing with Bengali, English and History as Honours subjects acquired first class in 2009 and in Part I examination 8 students appearing with Bengali, 3 students with English and2 students with History on Honours subjects secured first class. The students appearing with general subjects do not lag behind. In the last university examinations a student with Philosophy scored 71%, 70% marks were scored by some in Economics, Pol. Science and Education.

The students after completion of their respective studies have successfully acquired good placements in various sectors. Recently a student of the English department was adjudged eleventh in the School Service Commission selection test. He is not alone. Like him many of the alumni are well placed in their life. The students of the College also regularly bring awards in sports too. The College Football team was adjudged best in the district in 2003. Four students of the college represented the University football team and brought laurels for the University. The College Cricket team won the finals of the inter-college University Cricket Tournament by defeating Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendra Nath College, in the first ever tournament organized by the State University Barasat. It retained the said Champions’ trophy by defeating Dinabandhu Mahavidyalaya, Bongaon in 2010 also. The women’s athletic team was declared Champions by the State University, Barasat, in 2010, 2011 & 2012. Apart from the collective success the College has been regularly producing good athletes who are displaying their abilities in various competitions.

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 favourable to the taught, the benefits extended to the students is certainly very high.

The College has successfully observed its Golden Jubilee year with a variety of programmes throughout the year including five National & State Level UGC Sponsored Seminars.

 
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