Handique Girls' College - HGC Guwahati - HGC
One of the veritable nerve centres of women's education in north-eastern India, Handique Girls' College was established in 1939, a dream come true for the late Mrs. Rajabala Das, a pioneer in the field of women's education. The patronage and philanthropy of the late Radha Kanta Handique were also largely responsible for giving shape to the first institution for higher education for women, in the undivided state of Assam. Mrs. Rajabala Das also became the founder principal of the college. Imbued with the fervour of the nationalist struggle for freedom, Mrs. Das was intent in doing away with unjustified taboos and prejudices on the societal, familial and individual levels, pertaining to the womenfolk of Assam. Education appeared to her to be the only weapon to enable a woman to reveal her own identity and to partake of active public life.Handique Girls' College is situated on the western bank of the picturesque and the historic artificial pond, Dighalipukhuri in the heart of Guwahati. It is one of the oldest girls' colleges in the north eastern region of India. The College was established by the late Rajabala Das, who was also its first Principal. This visionary lady was convinced that in a country striving to achieve independence, nationhood would require women to occupy their rightful place in the society and, therefore, women's education, was a priority. The courage of her convictions saw Guwahati Girls' College begin in the premises of Panbazar Girls' High School, in 1939, with just two students on its rolls. In her endeavour to further the cause of women's education, the late Rajabala Das was fortunate to have the support of the late Radha Kanta Handique, who made generous contributions towards setting up of the College in its present campus, in 1940, and its affiliation to Calcutta University in the same year. The College was later renamed as Handique Girls' College as a tribute to this great philanthropist.