Prabhu Jagatbandhu College - PJC
Prabhu Jagatbandhu College, popularly known as Andul College, is situated on the bank of once famous river, The Saraswati. Nearly five decades ago on 15th August 1964 this college was founded only as result of a long-cherished aspiration of thousands of education conscious people of very old and culturally rich localities of Jhorehat, Andul and Mouri. This college has been named after Sri Sri Prabhu Jagatbandhu, a saint in the true sense of the term. Even today there are a great number of his devotees. One of the devotees, Dr. Tinkari Ghosh,MBBS gifted some of his land and a building to start the college. This self-effacing man ensured that no hint of his generosity should be publicized. An organizing committee comprising Principal Bijoy Krishna Bhattacharyya, Prof. Bipin Krishna Ghosh, Sri Bijoyananda Chatterjee, Dr. Renu Bhusan Chatterjee and Sri Harigopal Bhattacharyya (Secretary) was set up to run the–college.The dream of the college could not have culminated into reality but for the voluntary donation by the education loving people of the locality, raised by the untiring, selfless benevolent group under the name of ‘Karmi Sangha’. Later on the Science Building was constructed with the money and materials donated by generous Surath Mohan Paul. Dr. T. K. Ghosh made a gift to the college some of his landed property and Surath Mohan also executed a trust deed between N. C. Paul (Bricks) Pvt. Ltd. and the college making in a perennial source of income-of-the-college. Decades later, on the western side of the campus, the building was constructed under the scheme of MPLAD fund of Hon’ble M.P. Mr. Swadesh Ranjan Chakraborty . Mr. Chakraborty further allotted Rs. Ten lakhs from the same fund for setting up computer facilities in the college. The first President, founder secretary and the first Principal of the college were Mr. Saila Kumar Mukherjee, Ex-Finance Minister, Govt. of West Bengal, Harigopal Bhattacharyya, an eminent scholar of the locality and Prof. Banibhusan Dasgupta, respectively. The entire process of establishing this much needed college in a semi-urban, scheduled caste constituency was executed with the blessings of Prof. Bijoy Krishna Bhattacharyya, an eminent educationist on 31st December, 1963. The second principal of the college was Dr. Biswanath Ghosh, who successfully guided the college up to December, 1993. From January 1994 to July 1997 in the absence of a regular principal, the college was run under the able guidance of two teachers-in-charge Dr. Shyamal Kumar Sengupta, (January to August 1994), and Dr. Santosh Kumar Chakraborty, (September to July 1997). Prof. Kalachand Saha took over as the third principal of the college in August ‘97. During his tenure( till November 2006) the college prospered under his leadership. After him the college was run under the able guidance of Dr. Prajna Maitra as Teacher in charge from whom Dr. Ajit Kumar Bera took the charge of the college as Principal for the period 11.02.2009 to 15.01.2010. From then onwards in absence of a Principal, Dr. Prajna Moitra (till July 2010), Dr.Asok Kr. Das (August 2010 to January 2011), Prof. Mukul Saha (February to October 2011) and Prof. Aparna Dutta Basu (November 2011 to July 2012) have steered the college successfully to the best of their abilities as Teachers-in-charge. Presently, Dr. Sarada Mandal is at the helm as Teacher-in-charge. Though this co-educational college was started in the humble way, it withstood all the difficulties and has now become one of the leading colleges in Howrah District. All credit goes to the students, teaching and non-teaching staff of the college. From the very inception of this college, a unique tradition of cordial relationship among students, teaching and non-teaching staff still exists which very few colleges can boast of. The college has an attractive campus view with four buildings forming an almost rectangular structural pattern around a lush green ground surrounded by a concrete road. Adequate infrastructure facilities are available for the current load, and its growth has kept pace with academic expansion. Enough well-ventilated classrooms, separate common rooms for the teaching and non-teaching staffs as well as for boys and girls, sufficient restrooms, a health care centre, and a subsidized canteen all in concert with a large play-ground create a wonderful campus in an impoverished, rural setting. The intercom system ensures convenient communication. A computerized financial and admission system constitute best practices in administration. Everything finds optimum utilization for a 2300 strong student population. Our admission process is thoroughly transparent. Although the basic selection is strictly on merit, students of backward communities are privileged to find reserved quotas set aside for them. They also enjoy financial support, as do students from poor families, from the Student Aid Fund of the college to partake of the gifts of higher education. The College has introduced eleven Honours subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Bengali, History, Philosophy, Geography, Political Science, English, Economics and Accounting & Finance together with General courses in Bengali, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, History, Geography, Physical Education, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics and Botany. Teachers interact with students and parents tirelessly, whether to help the slow learners or to offer academic guidance, in addition to tutorials and remedial classes. Our academic calendar and modularized syllabi promote maximum success, as do the open access library system and the departmental libraries. Interactive sessions after regular classes help to enhance the learning process. All the Science Departments have well-equipped laboratories as the fundamental unit of the curriculum. Field trips, though limited to only a few courses, are also effective. Excursions to chosen sites open new doors of experience for the generally deprived students, while access to the internet encourages them to experience the world and beyond. A variety of seminars broaden their perspective, even as group activities foster team spirit and sharpen social skills. The college has been able to maintain its own identity and a good academic standard as reflected in teaching and University Examination results. Most of the students who come to study in this college have been able to establish themselves in different spheres of life. The College encourages the students to participate in sports (both indoor and outdoor) by providing all sorts of equipments for sports and games activities. 16 station Gym has been installed in the college for the development of physical strength of the general students at a nominal charge. We take great pride in our extension activities which are mainly executed through the NSS and NCC programmes. Many are done in partnership with other organizations. During the last three years, 100 student volunteers have rendered their service by building roads, working on health awareness campaigns, planting fruit bearing trees etc, in neighbouring village Kalitala, Alampur. Local communities are happy to be involved since the benefits reaped by such activities enrich both the college and its rural neighbours. A Placement Cell and a Women’s Cell have become operational. Our Alumni Association is also doing well for several years. Since 2004 our institution has been a dynamic study centre for Netaji Subhas Open University promoting advanced education among a large non-regular student body. By creating a friendly atmosphere, the Governing Body has been a most effective tool in the college activities. Thanks to transparent governance, the leadership has fostered active participation in a decentralized administrative governance, the leadership has fostered active participation in a decentralized administrative system, all of which results in a college whose success goes far beyond its very real limitations and impediments. It is matter of pride for us that the UGC NAAC Peer Team visited our college-on-March-2008 and accredited us (CGPA-2.74/4, B-Grade). Thereafter, Annual Quality Assessment Reports had been sent every year to-the-NAAC. Recently, a letter of intent (LOI) has been sent asking for the next scheduled NAAC visit for reaccreditation.