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Kalinagar Mahavidyalaya

Kalinagar Mahavidyalaya

Affiliated to West Bengal State University

Institutional Distinctiveness

The establishment of Kalinagar Mahavidyalaya in May 1985 in Sandeshkhali block of the Sundarbans, a rural island was indeed a milestone for the islanders- mostly marginal communities often first generation learners below poverty line. The academic scenario is mostly dominated by SC, ST and Minority students- girls students numerically surpassing the boys. The aim is to ameliorate the academic proficiency of the students and ensure their holistic development and to inculcate within them a sense of social responsibility and social development. 

Besides the remoteness and inaccessibility and frequent natural calamities, topographical constraints have brought the college very close to the neighboring rural community. Hence community development is the keyword for every individual of the institution. Sharing of drinking water at times of acute water crisis, the Multipurpose Cyclone Centre within the premises acts as refuge centres for locals, participation in relief and rescue operations by NSS wing of the college, organization of awareness camps and social outreach programmes, the lush green campus and Multigym rejuvenates the local youth. 

The institutional governance and leadership is student-centric - multidisciplinary subjects offered for holistic development; skill development course with scope of employability; awareness programmes on Electoral Literacy; teaching of subjects with scope for studying cross-cutting issues as gender equity, women empowerment, gender justice and sensitization. 

In its short and long term perspective endeavor is taken by all stakeholders to preserve the flora and fauna of the Sundarbans along with the preservation of its indigenous unique culture of the islanders belonging to marginal communities requiring sensitization in terms of their educational and financial rights. Our vision is to emerge as a pioneer institution amidst the unique topography of the Sundarbans by emphasizing on teaching-learning, training, research and co-curricular and extra- curricular activities along with social involvement in the responsibility of community development and upliftment being first generation learners through innovations, diversity and flexibility. Furthermore we endeavour to strive towards empowerment of woman and other sections of the marginal communities through value-based education.

Students are our primary focus and through them the social community at large. The college has worked out a gender sensitization plan for the benefit of its students with the primary aim of making the students aware of their needs, social problems they may encounter at present or in future. To promote gender friendly environment the college has established a well constituted Internal Complaints Committee, Women Development Cell, Grievance Redressal Cell, Anti-ragging Committee, psychological Counseling Cell.

Greenery and eco- friendly huge campus with more than 2,500 trees of diverse species proclaims our unique position in the domain of social sensitization as is evident from the Report of Green, Environment and Energy audit.

Initiatives are noticed in providing an inclusive environment- tolerance and harmony towards cultural, regional, linguistic, communal socio-economic diversity. Sensitization of students and staff and local community towards constitutional obligations values, rights, duties and responsibilities of citizens are accomplished through seminars and workshops. Cultural programmes to commemorate days of national and international importance are observed.

In this manner the institution performs in the above area distinctive to its priority and thrust.