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Partition in 1947 started a massive exodus from what is now called Bangladesh to West Bengal and its neighbouring States. The flow was more or less continuous, during the first twenty-five years or so, in torrent in the initial years, but in steady trickles most of the time. A considerable number, in fact several lakhs, settled down in areas adjacent to the southern periphery of Calcutta. The State played a crucial role in finding these uprooted people land for temporary as well as permanent shelter. But there was much more needed in the processes of settlement than land. The settlers showed tremendous grit. Determination and enterprise in overcoming the inevitable obstacles to the starting of a fresh life of purposefulness and hope.
Predictably education, especially good, school education for children, came to enjoy the topmost priority in their scheme of things. The modest township of Netaji Nagar, one of the several settlements on the southern fringes of Calcutta, took a lead in giving a boost to efforts for realizing this dream. They scraped together whatever modest resources they could lay their hands upon and set up in quick succcesion two high schools, the Netaji Nagar Vidyamandir for boys and the Netaji Nagar Valika Vidyamandir for girls.
This was followed within a few year's time, by a move to set up a college in the area. Leading citizens of the locality, patrons of learning, largely residents of Jadavpur and Tollygunge, adopted on May 3, 1967, a resolution to sep up a college in the premises of The Netaji Nagar Vidyamandir. A provisional governing body was formed with Sri Snehansu Acharya, Advocate General of West Bengal as President and Sri Prasanta Kumar Sur, a well known political personality and social worker as Secretary. Soon came, a generous allotment of land from the state Government, thanks largely to the initiative of the college Governing Body and, or course, the helpfulness of the Minister of Rehabilitation of the United Front Government, Sri Niranjan Sengupta, A sixty-three member Advisory Commitee was formed to organize collection of money for creating appropriate infrastructure for the college. This corpus of fund was enlarged through loans offered by many patrons of education. A set back was suffered by the organizers owing to the Calcuttta University's refusal to grant affiliation to the college. Persistent and dedicated efforts on the part of the leadership of the college soon bore fruit. Justice Bidhu Bhasan Mallick, the Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University, took a remarkably constructive view of things, exercised the special powers vested in the V.C. by the university's statute and granted affiliation to the college.
Thus began the eventful career of the Netaji Nagar College on the 25th September 1967 with evening classes arranged in the premises of the Netaji Nagar Vidyamandir. Construction of the college building began within three years'time. A corpus of fund to finance the building was created with a sum of one lakh and fourteen thousand rupees, quite a handsome amount by the standards of the time. People from all walks of life contributed to the fund. A measure of people's urge for making a success of the college can be had from the fact that the common man's small donations, of one or two rupees each, added up to quite a significant portion of the corpus.
1969 turned out to be a year of watershed in the college's history as the continuous increase in the number of students led to the opening of the college's day shift. This was followed by the opening of a separate shift for girls in the morning in 1977. The next couple of years saw the steady rise of the undivided college. Gradually questions regarding the feasibility of the management of three shifts by a single Governing Body came to the fore. In 1984 the Governing Body decided to trifurcate the Netaji Nagar College and subsequently in 1986, as per G.O. 857 Edn (Cs) dt. 05.07.85 and University letter no. 399/181/GB dt. 03.03.86 the Netaji Nagar College was trifurcated.
To be an excellent institution of higher education ensuring high quality general education to all sections of the society.
To sustain the tradition of providing higher education to the wards of common people of the locality; To provide affordable education to all irrespective of casdte, creed and economic background;s To be a forward lookig institution with efficient, resilient, student-friendly and dedicated staff; To make our general education globally acceptable; To inculcate value system in the students; To give opportunities of higher education to the students sho are otherwise engaged during the daytime. To create an ideal academic environment for the enhancement of quality of teaching, learning and research.
Goals And Objectives of the Institution:
To disseminate liberal knowledge among the students.
To provide opportunity of higher education to the children of the people who were displaced from the erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and had settled in and around this locality.
To provide the scope of higher education to working students who cannot manage to attend the day colleges.
To instil in the students the spirit of religious harmony.
To develop in them a progressive and liberal attitude towards life, fellow creatures and the society.
To provide the scope of primary knowledge of computers to the students of the college.
To impart job-oriented technical knowldege to the students.