About The College


It is the mission of the college to ensure sustained academic progress using innovative teaching methods, to help the students acquire knowledge and to face the contemporary world.

History of the College

Surendranath College for Women was established in 1948, mainly for imparting higher education to girls from partition-affected families. After partition many families came from the then East Pakistan and settled in the Sealdah railway station area and its neighborhood. It became necessary to open a branch for women at the nearest college. The girls had to take up jobs during the afternoons to support their families. So our College with its morning timings came into existence.

Our College, together with all its sister Colleges was housed in the building at 24/2, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kolkata-700009. Originally, Surendranath College was known as Ripon College. It had been named after the Viceroy, Lord Ripon. After Independence it was renamed after its founder, the eminent Congress leader. Surendranath Banerjea, nicknamed "Surrender Not", for his anti-British attitude.

The College shifted to its own premises at 24, Mahatma Gandhi Road and classes began there from 1997. The building is next door to the older one and used to be the Ripon hostel.

Future Plans

The college is planning to introduce U.G courses in Statistics and Computer Science. It is also trying to set up an Audio Visual language laboratory in Communicative English.


The department looks forward to get separate space, a more equipped seminar library and a computer of its own. Educational tours related to Bengali culture and heritage are proposed to be arranged in different parts of the state. We also have plans to publish an academic journal of the department itself, together with regular wall magazines published by the students.


The Department is planning to develop a Departmental Library, interdisciplinary in nature. We are also trying to build a Cyber Library consisting of computers, laptop, LCD Projector etc. The Department is contemplating to organize an Interdisciplinary National Level Seminar on Gender, Environmental Economics and Water Resource Management.


The department aims at conducting Minor research projects,involving students in educational projects like developing tests and conducting surveys on educational issues.


The department has a number of plans to improve the student success rates.More films would also be shown.We also hope to provide computers and internet access for the personal training of students so that they will be better equipped to face the job market.The Department has purchased software to teach English accent and enable students to practice speaking English in various formal and informal situations. We hope to put this software to good use as soon as the proper equipment is available. The Department has plans for introducing special courses on Greek and Latin literature and the Bible to acquaint the students with the sources of English literature though they are not on the University syllabus. We hope to be granted additional space and class slots for such projects, if practicable.


A PG Diploma Course in GIS & Remote Sensing is being planned in collaboration with IIT, Kanpur. Professor Onkar Dikshit, Department of Civil Engineering has kindly consented to be the Chairperson of the proposed Curricular Committee. Professor Subir sarkar, Department of Geography. University of North Bengal would be another member of the committee.

       A PG Course in Geography under Netaji Subhas Open University is also being planned.


a) We propose to organize workshops on problem areas in the syllabus e.g. Gender, Transformation of Europe, & History of Far East
b) We hope to provide Internet Access & Computer Basic training to students of our department.
c) We hope to translate certain topics from reference books for the benefit of the students.

Journalism and Mass Communication

The department has a number of ambitious plans for the next two years. Among them are the introduction of a self-financed video editing and production diploma course which would use the funds generated from the course to become a full fledged advanced diploma course.

We also plan to introduce a web site of our own department. Also we want to enter into arrangements with local cable channels where our students can prepare some of their own television programming. We also wish to shoot some educational documentaries which can be sold off to other departments for a small fee.

We wish to involve more professionals into our teaching schedule. We also wish to set up a DVD bank of our own.


We hope to organize inter departmental seminars on different topics of philosophical interest at least once in a year.

Political Science

a) We are planning to publish the lectures of internationally famous Marxist scholar, Prof. Sovonlal Dutta Gupta on Lenin-Rosa Luxemburg debate which he delivered in the seminar organized by the Department of Political Science.
b) We propose to organize workshop on problem-areas in the new syllabus.
c)We propose to initiate teacher-exchange program.
d) We wish to provide internet access and basic computer training to our students.


The Department plans to create a seminar Library, and introduce modern teaching methods with the help of technical equipments.

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