Barisha,Kolkata,West Bengal 700008
In the year 1959, the ‘Vivekananda College’ was shifted to the new venue of Thakurpukur, 2 to 3 kms further south along the Diamond Harbour Road. The girls’ section continued to be held in the old college building at Barisha, with a teacher-in–charge, under the supervision of Dr. Sushil Kumar Roy, the Principal of Vivekananda College. He was in charge of both units since a single Governing Body ran the administrative affairs of both colleges. A few more hurdles had to be overcome before Vivekananda College for Women acquired a separate identity.
In response to the local demand for a separate women’s college, as reflected in the gradual increase in the roll strength of the women’s section of Vivekananda College, it was decided that the section should be developed as an independent college under the special scheme for the development of women’s education (Third Five-year Plan). This new college, which was christened as VIVEKANANDA COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, Barisha, obtained affiliation from the University of Calcutta from the session 1961-62 in the following subjects to Pre-university standard: English (Compulsory), Bengali (vernacular), Elective Bengali, History, Elements of Economics and Civics, Logic, Mathematics, Commercial Geography and Geography.
It also obtained affiliation to B.A. Pass standard of the Three-Year Degree Course in English (general), Bengali (second subject) and in the following elective subjects: Sanskrit, Bengali, History, Philosophy, Economics, Political Science, Geography and Mathematics.
At the initial stage the Vivekananda College for Women had no Honours Course. All Honours and Pure Science courses were shifted to Vivekananda College, Thakurpukur. Nevertheless, destiny had in store for us an exciting future replete with the spice of adventure and profundity of self-discovery.
The first Principal of the women’s college was Late Dr. Ena Ghosh succeeded by Late Sri Nepal Chandra Mukhopadhyay. Next in line were Late Sm.Leela Mahmood, Late Sm.Bani Sarkar, Late Sm. Nandita Bhattacharya, Late Dr. Latika Basu, Dr. Jayasri Bhattacharya and the present Principal Dr. Soma Bhattacharya. The names of Sm. Sujata Biswas, Late Sm. Sunanda Sarkar, Sm. Monica Dasgupta, and Late Dr. Krishna Banerjee as interim teachers-in-charge of the college are worth-mentioning.
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