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Midnapore College

Midnapore College(Autonomous)
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MottoEducation is the manifestation of perfection already in man
TypeUndergraduate & Postgraduate college
Established1873
PrincipalDr. Gopal Chandra Bera
Academic staff
100 (approx)
Undergraduates4,000 (approx)
Postgraduates380 (approx)
Location, ,
22°25′22″N 87°19′38″E / 22.42278°N 87.32722°E / 22.42278; 87.32722
CampusUrban
AffiliationsVidyasagar University
Website[1]

Midnapore College (Bengali: মেদিনীপুর মহাবিদ্যালয়), established in 1873, is the oldest college in Midnapore, in the Paschim Medinipur district. It offers undergraduate courses in arts and sciences. It is affiliated to Vidyasagar University.[1] It has been given Autonomous status by University Grants Commission from 2014-2015 Session.[2] It is only the fourth aided college to be granted the tag after St Xavier's College, Ramkrishna Mission Narendrapur and RKM Belur.

History

Midnapore College was established in 1873 under the affiliation of the University of Calcutta and with the status of government-sponsored college in 1956. It is the oldest and most renowned of the colleges in the undivided district of Midnapore.

This college started as a school in 1836 and later in 1873 it was handed over to the then-British Government and was raised to the status of second grade college. It was controlled by a governing body with district magistrate as ex-officio president. It became first grade degree science college in 1924.

Role in Indian independence movement

It played the pioneering role in the spread of higher education and in the freedom movement of India.

The past of the college is a saga of meritorious services to all walks of life. Under the aegis of the British government the college began disseminating Western education in the interest of rational and scientific education which was led by Ram Mohan Roy. The college became a part and parcel of Bengal Renaissance. Midnapore Collegiate School is in close vicinity. Khudiram Bose, India's first martyr in the freedom movement against the British, was from Midnapore city and was a student of Midnapore Collegiate School. The Freedom Movement was greatly influenced by the college teachers, too. Three teachers — Tarak Das Ghosh, Thakopada Biswas and Binoy Jiban Ghosh — were dismissed from service for their involvement in the movement during 1933. In 1985, the college's affiliation changed from Calcutta University to Vidyasagar University. Recently University Grants Commission has given Midnapore College an autonomous status from 2014-2015 Session.

Departments and Courses

The college offers different undergraduate and postgraduate courses and aims at imparting education to the undergraduates of lower- and middle-class people of Midnapore and its adjoining areas.

Science

Science faculty consists of the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Bachelor of Computer Application, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Electronics and Economics.

Arts

Arts faculty consists of departments of Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Hindi, History, Geography, Political Science, Philosophy, Sociology, Physical Education and Education.

Location

The college is located in the heart of Midnapore city in the district Paschim Medinipur, formerly called Midnapore. It is easy to reach the college. It is 2 km from Midnapore Railway Station and 14 km from Kharagpur Railway Station, both under the South Eastern Railway. Midnapore Central Bus Stand is 1 km from the college.

Student life

There are two hostels for male and female students, accommodating 60 male students and 114 female students. Students coming from remote village areas are preferred. But several private messes are available. The socio-economic culture has a direct influence from the students come to study at Midnapore.

There are two sections running in the college, morning and day.

The campus area of the college is 13.59 acres (55,000 m2).

Notable alumni[3]

Facilities

Different types of facilities are available in the college. Students who cannot undergo formal studies, can pursue bachelor and postgraduate degree from distance education centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University. Basic science research takes place in the Midnapore College centre for Scientific Culture which is set up by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers. N. C. Rana sky observation centre was established for study of astronomy. This sky observation centre is also served as weather prediction centre of Midnapore district. Midnapore college library has large number of collections for which it may be used as a research centre.[4] The college has opened a Career Counseling Center operating for last few years for providing the opportunities for current and passed out students at different Government as well as corporate sectors. There are lot of options of reference books in the central library of the college. The reading room is a very good option to the students. They can read books in their leisure periods.

Research

Highly motivated and experienced faculties of many departments are currently engaged in research as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals of International and National repute. Few projects are also running funded by different Government agencies and bodies viz. UGC, CSIR, DST. Following departments are actively involved in research

  • Department of Zoology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Botany

Achievements

Midnapore college has been identified for "Colleges with Potential for Excellence" (CPE) for XI Plan (Phase-III) by University Grants Commission in 2010.[5]

University Grants Commission has given Midnapore College an "Autonomous" status.[6] It is only the fourth college in West Bengal to be granted the status after St Xavier's College, Ramkrishna Mission, Narendrapur and RKM, Belur.[7] The college from 2014-2015 session is allowed to frame its own curricula and conduct their own examinations. The results too are being published by the college themselves. Only the marksheet will be published with the approval of Vidyasagar University.[8]

Accreditation

The college is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC).[9] In 2006 it was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, and awarded A+ grade.[10] In 2012, then it was re--accredited Grade A with 3.58 out of 4.00 CGPA Score.[11] Now it is re-accredited and awarded by Grade A+ (CGPA-3.60 out of 4.0) by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council]] in 2017.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Affiliated College of Vidyasagar University". Archived from the original on 25 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Midnapore College receives autonomy:TOI".
  3. ^ "Prominent Alumni". Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Principal' desk". midnaporecollege.org. Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  5. ^ "List of CPE identified by UGC" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ [www.ugc.ac.in]
  7. ^ [timesofindia.indiatimes.com]
  8. ^ [www.edu-leaders.com]
  9. ^ Colleges in West Bengal, University Grants Commission Archived 16 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Institutions Accredited/ Re- accredited by NAAC whose accreditation validity period is over" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 May 2012.
  11. ^ "List of Institutions Re-Accredited by NAAC in 2012" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 May 2012.
  12. ^ "List of Institutions Re-Accredited by NAAC in 2017" (PDF).

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