Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose College - AJCBC
In 1968 Birla College of Science and Birla College of Education were established at 2, Moira Street, Kolkata-17, as two separate Institutions by the first provisional Governing Body formed for the purpose. The University of Calcutta granted affiliation w.e.f. 1968-69 session. In 1969, the two institutions were amalgamated into one college under the name & style of Birla College of Science and Education. The college was managed by Vidyamandir Society through a Governing Body formed for this purpose with Sri L.N.Birla as its President.
On 15 th May,1978 the college was transferred from 2,moira street to the present Premises No.1/1A,1/1B and 1/1C,Acarya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road,kolkata-20 by the management of the College i.e. Vidyamandir Society without the Consents of the affiliating University i.e. Calcutta University or the State Government. The students, teachers and the non-teaching employees of the college were in the dark about this transfer of the site of college.
On August 1978,Sri L.N.Birla, President,G.B., on behalf of the management had formally handed over the college to Late. Prof. Shambhu Ghosh, the Minister-in-charge for Higher Education in a function organised in the college. Subsequently G.O. was issued appointing an administrator and converting the college into a Govt. sponsored one although there was no follow up to the Government order. Being annoyed with the affairs of the college,the University took over the management by itself by appointing an administrator,Prof. S.R.Das w.e.f. 19.05.1979.The Govt. of W.B. took over the management of the college temporarily for two years w.e.f. August,1979 and appointed Dr.Subrata Gupta, Principal, Jogmaya Devi College, Calcutta as administrator. Subsequently, the state Govt. brought a bill before the legislative assembly for permanently taking over the management of this college along with that of four other colleges and convert it into a full-fledged Govt. college in 1980.The said Bill was adopted unanimously and later sent to the President of India for consents in the year 1980.The fate of the Bill is still unknown. At the end of two years period of the above mentioned temporary takeover of the college,the state Govt. therefore had to return the management for the second time and appointed Dr. Basudev Burman, dept. of chemistry, C.U. as the administrator of the college. He then prepared the constitution of a Governing Body under statue 93 of the C.U.First statue,1979 and the G.B. was constituted with Late. Prof. Amit Kumar Basak as its President. It took over charge w.e.f. September 1983. Since then, the college is being managed by the Governing body constituted/reconstituted as per Calcutta University statue,1979 from time to time.
As the college had no connection with the Birlas/the Vidyamandir Society since they handed over the college to Late. Prof. Sambhu Ghosh, then Hon'ble Minister -in-charge, Higher Education Dept., the G.B. of the college proposed the change of its name on and from 1.7.1987-the name of the college was changed from Birla College of Science and Education to Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose College with the approval of C.U.
When the college was suddenly shifted by a previous G.B. to the present premises no.1/1A,1/1B and 1/C A.J.C.Bose Road,Kolkata-20 in May,1978,it was found that the premises under lease, the terms of which expired on 31.12.1979 and the leaser refused to recognize the college or accept rent from the college and also threatened to evict the college. On 26th December,1979 the aforesaid property was requisitioned by the Land and Land Reforms Dept.,Govt. of W.B. for a Public Purpose. Subsequently the State Govt. decided to acquire the property permanently under L.A. Act,1984 on 24.06.88 for the accommodation of the college. Thereafter the story of a series of legal battles in the Hon'ble High Court of Calcutta & in the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India with the landlords, shopkeepers and property developers followed by threats, provocations and enticements. Finally the land and building of the present premises were acquired by the Govt. of W.B. with the sanction of law and the process of possessions were completed on 23.02.04 and the said possessions were handed over to the college finally on same date, i.e. 23.02.04.The above battle for a period of nearly a quarter century was fought unitedly by the teachers, non-teaching employees, the students and the Principal of the college under the guidance of W.B.C.U.T.,A. and the help from the Govt. of W.B. However, the teaching and other activities of the college were carried out uninterruptedly and with full vigour in a dilapidated building without a right to repair or construct during that period of hard struggle.
Immediately after receiving the possessions the Governing Body of the college put their entire endeavour for amalgamation and mutation of the land by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The three plots at 1/1A,1/1B , 1/1C Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road were amalgamated on 02.09.05 as a single address at 1/1B,Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road,Kolkata-20.The mutation of the said premises was also made at the same time.
Finally,a deed of conveyance of the premises was registered on 18.09.06 by the Register of Assurance,Govt. of W.B.At the beginning there was affiliation in two basic programme of Science & B.Ed. The Commerce & Arts Stream was subsequently affiliated in the year 2002 -2003.The curricular business includes the following distinctive features in addition to the routine class-room interactions.
Structured Placement and Guidance Cell has been established. Placement, Grievance Redressal and Guidance cells are same as the parent institution.
To organize self-development programs and placement facilities for the students after qualifying their final examination. the fact that the former students of this college have attained worthy placements in the job market and hold prestigious positions in the society bear testimony of the achievements of the objectives of the college in the course of implementation.
The Placement cell of the college has recently held a workshop with George Telegraph who will train students interested in pharmacy or pharmaceutical based jobs and with VETA for starting a course in communicative English. VETA will also train interested students to develop job oriented soft skills.
The Counseling and Placement Cell of the college takes initiative in organizing regular workshops or seminars by different employment sectors and institutions so that the students may relate the course material to the market needs.
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