Snugged amidst Bowbazar and College Street crossing, Goenka College of Commerce and Business Administration encloses within its cloisters a rich cultural legacy of a century. Here, within its four high walls, the soil smells fresh with the fragrance of memories of the bygone times when commercial studies began to put its footprints into the ever widening horizon of new thoughts and knowledge. With the gradual march of time, the study of commerce anchored its roots firmly and Goenka College became the premier institution of teaching commerce in the city.
It all began in the auspicious year of 1903 when the Director of Public Instruction, Government of Bengal, introduced a two year senior course in commercial studies in Presidency College, Kolkata. By leaps and bounds it developed into a separate Commercial Institute in 1905. In the same year the syllabus underwent a thorough revision and a number of subjects began to be taught to meet the requirements of the office assistants of the time. In 1907, the Commercial classes were shifted from Presidency College to 303, Bowbazar Street. As the classes became more and more popular, students enrolment increased and larger space was required. The spacious building of 285, Bowbazar Street served the purpose, but with the introduction of the new course of Banking it was shifted to 11, Hastings Street, then to 19, Wellesley Square and finally to Netaji Subhas Road by 1928.
The Institution finally acquired its present position at 210, Bepin Behari Ganguly Street, Kolkata in 1951. Owing to the benevolent Goenkas, it remained comfortably in its present location replacing the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science. The Institution now came to be called Goenka College of Commerce and Business Administration whose main objective was to create competent professionals for the fast developing business and growing service sector in post colonial India. The uniqueness of the college lies in the fact that it is an institution that teaches exclusively commerce subjects and had started teaching the subjects even before the University of Calcutta had its commerce stream. In 1930 the course of the final examination of the college was recognized by the University of Calcutta as equivalent to its Intermediate Examination. In 1948 the College was granted affiliation to the All India Council for Technical Education for imparting education in the National Diploma Course in Commerce. Since 1931 the College has been affiliated to the University of Calcutta for teaching the B.Com. Course.
The College has maintained a steady progress along with the march of time. It is a co-education institution functioning as a full day time college. After 1965 an Evening Section was introduced which was later shifted to the Morning section. The Evening Section had a vocational course for teaching typewriting and stenography but this was closed after 1996.The College also had ‘Plus Two’ course in commerce but it was discontinued after 1996.
The College regularly publishes its own magazine The Wide Angle which comes out once a year on the Foundation Day of the college on 27th November. The Foundation Day is celebrated every year with great enthusiasm. The College organizes ‘Quest’ – an inter college cultural programme every year. The students also take part in various sports activities organised by the Calcutta University and the Government of West Bengal. The college celebrates an annual athletic meet to encourage and inspire the students to participate in physical activities. In 2003, as a mark of excellence, the University of Calcutta granted the permission for opening up the Post Graduate Course in Commerce.
Many other activities hover around this popular institution. There are different units such as the Language Cell, Mrittika-Nature Cell, Entrepreneurship Development Cell which aim at specialization and keep the students engaged with various issues related to practical life. The College has also opened the NSS unit to engage the students in useful social service other than studies. Of late, the College has constituted its Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) which is engaged in maintaining quality aspects of different college activities through constant monitoring. As per the requirement of Kolkata Police, the College has recently initiated a move by forming a Crisis Management Planning Team to tackle unforeseen disasters in the college campus to save its people and property.
The tireless efforts of the teachers had helped to produce from the students a galaxy of eminent personalities in the field of business, industries and management. The college spells a magic of its own as the corridors resound with many voices. The classrooms echo with the sombre voices of teachers imparting lessons and the common rooms are filled with the cheerful voices of the young people. So the great tradition continues untouched by the ruins and ravages of time; undiminished in its aura of glory.
Goenka College Vision and Mission
The mission of the College is to demonstrate excellence in the social pursuit of developing individuals as valued contributors to the society.
The vision of the College is to maintain the recognition as a pre-eminent institution for Commerce education in India and to concentrate on providing quality and inclusive education with individual focus and global vision.
- To provide learning facilities to girls and boys of high calibre for pursuing careers in accounting, finance and management or becoming entrepreneurs, teachers, and researchers in different fields.
- To promote knowledge through research both applied and conceptual relevant to accounting, finance, entrepreneurship, and management, and to disseminate such knowledge through seminar, conference and publications.
Board of Governors
|Dr. Debasish Banerjee||Principal, Goenka College of Commerce & Business Administration|
|Mr. Maznu Dhali||Executive Engineer, P.W.D., Kolkata Electrical Division|
|Prof. Asit Ghosh||Associate Professor of Accountancy, Goenka College of Commerce & Business Administration|
|Mr. Tarun Kumar Hawladar||Typist Grade-I Goenka College of Commerce & Business Administration|
|Mr. Sourav Das||Vice President Goenka College of Commerce & Business Administration Students’ Union|
|Prof. Rajib Dasgupta||Head, Department of Commerce, the University of Calcutta|
|Prof. Dipti Kumar Chakraborty||Professor, Department of Commerce, the University of Calcutta|
Goenka College of Commerce & Business Administration is a prestigious and heritage commerce teaching institution with past glory and present excellence. Sincere team effort and not the individual charisma is the hymn of our College. The administrator, teachers, non-teaching staff and students of this College have the sincerest endeavour of transforming them as members of a family, the ultimate aim of which is achieving academic excellence with a touch of perfection. We believe that we are to be judged by what we are at present and what we will be in future and not only by what we were in the past.
From the viewpoint of performance Goenka College of Commerce & Business Administration is in the top ranking not only in its affiliating university i.e. the University of Calcutta, but also in the state of West Bengal as well as in our country. Our alumni are representatives of our long cherished brand name. We are aware of the need of continuous modification and uplift in our thinking and efforts to keep pace with the radical changes taking place in the socio-economic environment. We do also have the aim of serving our society as the change agent, as the pathfinder. For achieving our goal we are always in the process of self-evaluation.
"We are also aware of our strength, weakness, objectives and limitations".
Our vision is not only to continue with presently run undergraduate and postgraduate courses but also to make our institution a temple of teaching postgraduate professional management courses. We are marching ahead in this direction with strong determination. We are the believers of performance (‘karma’) and manifestation. Our disciplined and hi-tech environment is congenial for all students of high, medium and average merit. We invite all in our campus.
The College has a rich heritage in students’ performance in academic results. Students of this college always perform brilliantly. Goenka College of Commerce & B. A. was adjudged as one of the top ten commerce college in India, 1999. The College was awarded a Trophy as the Best College of the year 2008 by Mother Teresa International and Millennium Awards Committee in 2009.
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