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Hindu Mahila Vidyalaya
Hindu Mahila Vidyalaya (School for Hindu Women) was a boarding school located at 22 Beniapukur Lane, Entally, Kolkata, India and founded by Annette Akroyd The school made a break with the idea of a less taxing curriculum for girls and provided the same kind of learning for its students as was available for boys. Sources record different dates for the establishment of the school. While Jogesh C. Bagal records the date of establishment as 18 November 1873,David Kopf mentions it as 18 September 1873.
Dwarkanath Ganguly was the headmaster. Ananda Mohan Bose and Durga Mohan Das bore the expenses of the institution. Others involved in the school were Sivanath Sastri and Monomohun Ghose. Mrs. J. B. Phear was an honorary teacher. She went to the extent of teaching her students how to eat at a table with cutlery.
After the marriage of Annette Akroyd, the school was closed in March 1876 for a short time and was revived on 1 June 1876 as Banga Mahila Vidyalaya (Bengali Women's College).
^ abcdBagal, Jogesh Chandra, History of the Bethune School and College (1849-1949) in Bethune College and School Centenary Volume, edited by Dr. Kalidas Nag, 1949, p33
There is a picture of Annette Akroyd with the students of Hindu Mahila Vidyalaya, 1875, from Henry Beveridge's India Called Them (1947). - Karlekar, Malavika. "Frozen Frames". Spectrum. The Tribune, 8 May 2005. Retrieved 19 April 2007.