JHARGRAM RAJ COLLEGE
Estd.: 1949
A affiliated College under Vidyasagar University
Recognized by UGC under 2f and 12 B

Govt. Of West Bengal
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Jhargram Raj College is situated at the town of Jhargram, the District Head Quarters of the newly created District of Jhargram. The area is a place of natural beauty. The college is set in a campus of 57.76 acres of land amid the serene and verdant forests of primordial trees such as Mahua, Sal, Piasal etc. It has registered a spectacular growth over the years since its inception.

 Before the partition of 1947, the only agricultural college of the then undivided Bengal was in Dhaka which after partition became the capital of the then East Pakistan. The need for an agricultural college in West Bengal was felt and discussed in academic as well as administrative spheres of the state. In 1949, the young Raja of Jhargram, Raja Sir Narasingha Malla Ugal Sanda Deb, OBE, KBE, at the request of Pramathanath Banerjee, the then Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University, made a bequest of Rupees One Lakh in cash and 317 acres of land for the first agricultural college of West Bengal at Jhargram. The Raja was once a pupil of Professor Pramathanath Banerjee at Presidency College. Thus, a teacher-student endeavor resulted in the establishment of the college in Jhargram with a view to spread education in a backward and predominantly tribal area. The Khaira Professor of Agriculture Dr Pabitra Kumar Sen who was the first principal of the college, helped with the Khaira Endowment Fund.

The building was started to be raised in 1951 and Jhargram Agricultural College was promoted to the degree standard with a two-years’ B.Sc. course. However, Calcutta University could not meet the financial requirements for long and in 1953 the college was handed over to the Government of West Bengal with the teaching of Agriculture retained only up to the I.Sc. standard and teaching of B.Sc. in Agriculture was taken over by the Government Agricultural College at Tollygunge, Calcutta. The land donated by the Raja of Jhargram became government land and much of it was put to use for various government purposes. The college retained about 57.76 acres of land.

Since its inception, as a premier college of the Jungle Mahal, the mission of the college has been the empowerment of the under-privileged. Founded on the 1st of July in 1949 as Jhargram Agricultural College, Jhargram Raj College grew into a hallowed centre of higher learning, offering to the undergraduate students a whole array of subjects from three disciplines of Arts, Commerce and Science. Initially affiliated to the University of Calcutta, the college came under affiliation of Vidyasagar University in 1985. In 1999, the college celebrated the completion of 50 years of its glorious existence. In 2005, the college introduced its first Postgraduate course in Chemistry. Gradually, Postgraduate courses in Zoology and Bengali also came into being from 2006 and 2008, respectively. Different minor and major research projects funded by different government agencies are carried out by the faculty members of various departments of the college. The faculties regularly participate in seminars, workshops etc. and their research papers are regularly published in reputed journals and periodicals. These activities lead to involve and motivate the students, especially those who are pursuing postgraduate courses in this college, to a research career. In its sixty-eight years of existence, the college has witnessed the changes with time and it has been prepared accordingly to cope with the changes and offer better education to its students. Many of the alumni of the college are at the top positions of various government and non-government organisations. Many are reputed academicians. Many have made names in the field of art, music, literature etc. While the college takes pride in them, it busies itself with the duty of grooming the present students and looks forward to a brighter future for the coming generations.


 

 

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