Asutosh College

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Asutosh College
Front gate of main building of Asutosh College, Kolkata (old campus at Hazra).jpg
Front gate of main building of Asutosh College, Kolkata (old campus at Hazra)
TypePublic
Established1916
PrincipalDr. Dipak Kumar Kar
Students4000
Location, ,
22°31′31.43″N 88°20′38.10″E / 22.5253972°N 88.3439167°E / 22.5253972; 88.3439167Coordinates: 22°31′31.43″N 88°20′38.10″E / 22.5253972°N 88.3439167°E / 22.5253972; 88.3439167
CampusUrban
AffiliationsUniversity of Calcutta
SportsRowing, football, cricket
Websitewww.asutoshcollege.in
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Sir Asutosh Mukherjee

Asutosh College is a college affiliated to the University of Calcutta, situated in Southern Kolkata, close to the Jatin Das Park Metro Station, gate No. 2 . It was established in 1916 as the South Suburban College,[1] under the stewardship of educationist Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee, who was the then vice-chancellor of the University of Calcutta. After the death of Sir Mukherjee, the college was renamed as Asutosh College in 1924.[1] The principal of the college is Dr. Dipak Kumar Kar. It is presently considered as the best college for science, arts and management that is affiliated to the Calcutta University .

The first college in West Bengal to be accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council in 2002, it was given an A grade with a CGPA score of 3.22 in 2016, helping it secure its position among the top four affiliated colleges of West Bengal.[2] [3]

The Centenary Building of the college was inaugurated[4] by the erstwhile President of India, Pranab Mukherjee[5] on 1 April 2015.

Asutosh college is the 12th college in Kolkata that was first to set up rooftop solar plant to produce 20 kW for its own use.[6][7]

History[edit]

The college shifted to its current location in 1935. The present college building has a premise of forty thousand square feet and more than fifty classrooms which can contain about 4000 students. Twenty-eight subjects are taught as Honors/Major/Vocational at the Undergraduate level.

In the year 2002, a post graduation course in Environmental Science was introduced. Post graduate courses in Applied Geology, Bengali, Computer Science, Information Science, Geography, Zoology were introduced in between 2009 and 2014. In 2013, add-on courses in Hospital waste disposal management, Industrial Chemistry and Travel & Tourism were introduced.[8]

In 2012, the Mother Teresa International Award was conferred on Asutosh College for outstanding achievement and contribution in the field of Best College of the Year.[9]

In 2014, University Grants Commission-approved free add-on courses on Tourism, Industrial Chemistry, and Hospital Waste Disposal Management were introduced by the college.[10]

College of Choice[edit]

The college is an institution of choice for many students in Kolkata and the wider state for subjects in the liberal arts and science. While the English, Bengali, History and Statistics departments of the college are staffed by some of the most senior academic faculty in the city, the upgradation of laboratory infrastructure has focused attention on the science stream in recent years. The Geography, Physics, Zoology and Microbiology departments have remained special draws for under graduation students. The Mass Communication department and Communicative English Department has also seen applications rising.[citation needed]

However, this has continued to exacerbate the major imbalance in student to teacher ratio, in Honours classes as well as those for Pass subjects. This problem had been pointed out by NAAC in its very first review of the college in 2004. "In the big urban colleges, like that of Asutosh, the teacher-taught ratio needs to be much more balanced. Universities and educational administrators of the state need to think of a way out of this huge imbalance in the classroom, as this may throw normal teaching-learning out of gear."[11]

NAAC Accreditation[edit]

In 2015, the Government of West Bengal offered a financial incentive of up to Rs. 2 crore each, to colleges with NAAC grading of A or B. The Department of Higher Education wanted institutions like Asutosh College with a proven academic track record of renewing their NAAC grade. But many colleges, including Asutosh, was reluctant to get involved in the process which the Principal at the time called "long drawn and fund consuming, without having any real benefit". While the college was rated C++ in its inaugural assessment back in 2002, it did not apply in 2007 when the rating expired. It has since applied for certification and now has an A grade rating by the NAAC.[12]

Facilities[edit]

The college has a separate counselling cell for both victims of ragging as well as possible aggressors, as part of an anti-ragging initiative.[13]

All the departments have their own libraries and well-organized laboratories for Science departments.

In the news[edit]

In 1996, then Principal Subhankar Chakraborty was accused of moral policing after he asked female students to dress modestly.[14]

In early 2018, sanitary pad dispensers, installed in the college back in 2015 were found to be not working. Many female students did not know about the machines while others felt self-conscious to use the machines which were placed in corridors and other public parts of the campus. However, the college alleged the quality of pads were so low that students gave them a miss. They also said the after sales service of the company roped in by the state government to install and operate the machines, were unpredictable and bad.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Actors[edit]

Authors & Poets[edit]

Singers[edit]

Sports personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ ":: ASUTOSH COLLEGE :". asutoshcollege.in. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  3. ^ "NAAC".
  4. ^ RMIC Golpark (11 April 2015), 323V INAGURATION CENTENARY BUILDING ASUTOSH COLLEGE SHRI PRANAB MUKHERJEE 1 4 15, retrieved 13 September 2017
  5. ^ "Pranab Mukherjee to visit West Bengal on April 1–2". www.netindian.in. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Ashutosh College among solar-compliant campuses". The Times of India. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Asutosh College has its own solar power". The Times of India. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  12. ^ Mitra, Bishwabijoy (20 June 2017). "https://No NAAC stamp many West Bengal Colleges face deaffiliation". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  13. ^ Mitra, Bishwabijoy (20 June 2017). "Colleges set up with anti-ragging initiatives". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  14. ^ Dasgupta, Priyanka (2 May 2018). "I condemn moral policing in Kolkata: Asutosh College ex-principal". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  15. ^ Mitra, Bishwabijoy (16 January 2018). "What Padman revolution ? Vending machines gather dust in city colleges". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
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  20. ^ "Tripti Mitra Biography by Chandi Mukherjee". Gomolo.com. 11 August 2008. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
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  22. ^ Shubha Tiwari. "Writing as Social Service: The Literary Compass of Mahashweta Devi". boloji.com. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. She attended Ashutosh College of Calcutta University (1943-44)
  23. ^ "Neel Dutt Profile Family Education Career". Retrieved 12 November 2012.

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