History of the college
Kalinagar Mahavidyalaya was founded in 1985 on the first day of the month of May, in one of the remote islands of the Sunderban. Now a world heritage site, the college stood as the sole torch bearer of higher education among the local tribals, caste Hindus and minorities. Riziculture & Pisciculture in the river 'Betni' is the primary occupation for most of the poverty stricken families of the island, especially after the devastating AILA cyclone.
Today as the college enters its 34th year; it looks back to a nostalgic past starting with only 47 students often hailing from first generation learner families till date, it has traversed a long way. Struggling against all odds, both natural and material, persisting even today the college tries to prepare itself for a challenging future.
Formerly the college was affiliated to the University of Calcutta, now it is under the West Bengal State University, Barasat. This Government Aided college has received both 2f & 12b affiliation from the University Grants Commission.
The college now has about 1500 students, 9 Assistant Professors (of whom 1 [Associate Professor] serves as the Teacher-in-Charge) and 1 Librarian. Besides there are 2 Contractual Whole Time, 13 Part Time and 5 Guest Teachers. The total number of regular and casual non- teaching staffs are 9 and 17 respectively.
Since inception the number of departments was 6, at present the number has increased to 11 (Honours in English, Bengali, Sanskrit, History, Geography, Education and Philosophy; General course in Political Science, Geography, Economics, Computer Science and Physical Education).
With the financial assistance of the University Grants Commission (UGC) during each Plan Period and State Government several attempts towards the improvement of the infrastructure of the college has been made such as:
Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities such as games and sports, celebration of special calendar days, competitions, social, picnics, excursions and NSS activities facilitating the process of creative and critical thinking are also simultaneously organized besides regular class room teaching.
The dedication and commitment of the college Governing Body, faculty and the supporting staff in their effort to attain this educational goal is to be applauded.