Lady Brabourne College, with its lush green lawns and gardens opposite the Park Circus Maidan is one of the premier Institutions for women's education in India. Established by the Government of Bengal in July 1939 and named after the wife of Lord Brabourne, the Governor of Bengal till February 1939, the college made a humble beginning with 35 Muslim students and 9 faculty members in a rented house in Park Circus. The foundation stone of the building in which it is presently housed was laid on 26th August 1939 by Sir J. Woodhead the then Governor of Bengal. Ever since the college has expanded structurally and academically earning the reputation of having an excellent academic environment and has celebrated itâ€™s Diamond Jubilee on the 26th August, 1999.
The college has a dedicated and sincere faculty for whom the academic interests of the students are of utmost importance and can boast of consistently excellent results in the University examinations, far surpassing the University average. So while no compromises are made in so far as teaching is concerned the teachers are always ready to support and encourage the students in other activities as well. A cordial yet informal teacher â€“ student relationship exists creating an atmosphere conducive to all-round progress while also laying emphasis on overall personality development. Seminars and Workshops are an integral part of the departmental activities and renowned academicians and statesmen have found it pleasurable to associate themselves with the proceedings of this college. Most of the teachers are engaged in research work at the doctoral and post- doctoral levels furthering their own education simultaneously. At present several U.G.C. sponsored research projects are underway in different departments. In the Geography, Microbiology, Zoology and Physics departments research scholars are employed in Ph.D programs under the guidance of faculty members.
Old students of the college are welcome to join the Alumni Association of the college to be able to enjoy regular interaction on the college campus in various activities. Old students' day was traditionally celebrated on the 25th August but owing to the schedule of examinations of Calcutta University under the (I+I+I) system the program now takes place in December.
|Course Name:||B. Sc.||M. Sc.|
|Duration:||3 Years||2 Years|
|Affiliation:||University of Calcutta||University of Calcutta|
|Fees:||As alloted by the University||As alloted by the University|
|Seats:||As alloted by the University||As alloted by the University|
10+2 with PCM
|Mode of Learning:||Regular||Regular|
|Course Category:||Under Graduate||Post Graduate|
The college has been running a Computer Diploma Course in collaboration with Webel Informatics Ltd. (A Govt. of West Bengal undertaking) for the benefit of the students since 1996. The course has been subjected to regular review to suit the requirements of the students. Separate syllabi for the humanities, the bio-science and the pure science disciplines have been framed, each to be taught over a period of two years.
A nominal course fee of Rs 1,200/- per annum is charged per student for the smooth running of this self â€“ financing Programme .The certificates awarded on successful completion of the course are jointly issued by the Principal of the college and Webel Informatics Ltd. (A Govt. of West Bengal undertaking) under the department of 'Information & Technology', Govt. of West Bengal
The motivation behind running this course is to give students proper grounding in the versatile use of computers against minimum effort and expense .For science students the course is preparatory for portions of degree syllabi involving computer programming. All students are expected to participate in this programme so that they may equip themselves beyond their degree course for any future career options they may wish to pursue.
Broadband connection and Networking facility is available for better communication.
The Departments of Physics, Statistics and Microbiology have their own computer units while the Mathematics and Geography Departments continue to expand their facilities. State Government has released funds for further improvement of the computer facilities.
The college library with a collection of approximately 100,000 books besides magazines and journals, located on the first floor of the main building, is equipped with reading room facility for students and teachers. Students are issued two borrowerâ€™s cards each at the time of admission. Library rules are clearly stated in the college prospectus. Old students of the college doing postgraduate courses elsewhere are allowed to use the library only for reference purposes with special permission from the Principal. Apart from the general library each department has a seminar library collection, which the students can access at the discretion of the departmental faculty.
The general library has recently undergone total computerization and has received a grant from the National Archives, Govt. of India for retro conversion, binding and preservation, of rare books, cataloguing etc. The State Government also released funds for the modernization of the College Library. Students can now access searching and browsing options and can also use the internet in the library.
A new College building has been approved and is expected to provide space for the growing demands of the PG sections along with a library complex.
Outstation students who take admission to the college are extended the facilities of a college Hostel which is situated adjacent to the college premises. Messing in the Hostel is maintained on hygienic standards and boarders are required to observe the rules. Ragging is strictly prohibited. Fortunately, so far, there has been no untoward incidence.
Seats numbering 207 are allotted purely on the basis of merit. The Principal is the ex-officio in-charge of the hostel which is run by supervisory staff under the superintendent. The hostel is provided with library and gym facilities, apart from the usual medium of entertainment and pastime in the common room. UGC has sanctioned funds for the construction of an additional Hostel for both UG and PG students where by the number of seats will go up to 315 from 207.
A new hostel building, funded by the UGC in the last phase of the tenth plan, is nearing completion and is expected to accommodate PG and senior UG students.
Superintendent: Smt. Sanghita Ghosh (in-charge), Dept. of Bengali.
Public Relations and Advertising & Multimedia
The College runs two self-financing certificate courses in PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING (UGC sponsored) and MULTIMEDIA AND ANIMATION (UGC sponsored). A fees of Rs.1500 per annum is charged per student for the smooth running of these self â€“ financing Programme. These two courses have computers with special software required for the courses. The objective behind running these two self-financing programmes is to provide the students with better career options and equipping them to face the challenges of the job market.
The college canteen has been upgraded to maintain better hygienic standards and is equipped to cope with the mid-break rush efficiently with additional space assigned recently. A canteen has also been opened on the second campus of the college, in the PG building, where hostel students can also enjoy evening snacks.
The college has a Grievance Redressal Cell, a Psychological Counselling Cell to see to the problems faced by the students. Being a girls college A Sexual Harassment Cell has been set up in August 2014 which looks after the needs of the students.
Career Counseling and job placement
The Career Counselling and Job Placement Committee of the College has been organizing various programmes for career development and job placements since 2002. In the session 2006â€”07 major IT/BPO organizations like Infosys, TCS, IBM, Cognizant (CTS), Tech Mahendra, Accenture and WIPRO conducted campus recruitment programmes for final year undergraduate students. 75 (seventy five) interested and eligible students from all streams have been selected for placements last year (2007) by these high profile companies. Infosys also initiated their Campus Ambassador programme both in 2006 and 2007 from among interested students. This year 3G, Satyam, TCS and IBM Daksh also recruited some students.
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