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Kalinagar Mahavidyalaya

Kalinagar Mahavidyalaya

Affiliated to West Bengal State University

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 39th 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 1200 students, 13 Assistant Professors (of whom 1 [Associate Professor] serves as the Teacher-in-Charge) and 1 Librarian. Besides there are 18 State Aided College Teacher. The total number of regular and casual non- teaching staffs are 8 and 15 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:

  • Remedial coaching for students lagging behind in their general studies.
  • Coaching classes for School Service Examination Training under Entry-In – Service Scheme for unemployed ex- students and local youth.
  • Installation of Aquaguard and water purifier and sub-marshal pump for purified drinking water, Generator (2) for enabling undisturbed continuation of regular activities in case of long hours of power cut.
  • A rich library with books and journals, containing 12,000 books (approx.)
  • For the use of office, library and Geography and Computer Science laboratories several computers have been purchased and installed with latest configuration and internet connectivity.
  • To ensure the security of the campus a boundary wall had been constructed.
  • Installation of CC Cameras to ensure security of the campus.
  • The college has a big play ground within a vast campus with an area measuring 14.54 acres.
  • Both the laboratories Geography & Computer Science are well equipped with such modern equipments such as LCD projectors, arrangement for GSI training and the like.
  • A virtual classroom (Smart Classroom) with all amenities for providing audiovisual transmission of knowledge.

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.