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Scientists, poets, engineers, artistes, freedom fighters, academicians form the impressive line-up of women who have added prestige and glory as both faculty and alumni of this first women’s college in Asia.

education Updated: Jun 26, 2012 17:13 IST

Kolkata

Bethune College
Scientists, poets, engineers, artistes, freedom fighters, academicians form the impressive line-up of women who have added prestige and glory as both faculty and alumni of this first women’s college in Asia. Bethune College was established in 1879 and has since been a premier institution of academic, moral and psychological development of women. The college offers courses in humanities, science and computer science.

The college has always been a premier institution for the academic, moral and psychological development of women, says principal Sangeeta Tripathi Mitra.

The institute takes in 1100 students and offers courses in humanities, sciences and computer science. The college received the best college award by Calcutta University this year for its involvement in NSS activities.

Game for more
The college is handicapped by a lack of space in introducing new courses. But it is an active participant in social awareness programmes and cultural activities

Masti dhamal
Aalap is the annual college fest of Bethune College. Every year the college pays tribute to its founding father, Drinkwater Bethune on his death anniversary on August 12 by observing a tree plantation festival

Book nook
The college has two separate libraries for arts and science departments with thousands of well-stocked titles. The college is a few bus stops away from College Street

A drink and a bite
The college is located in a neighbourhood with many little cafes and street food joints. The phucka stall outside its gate draws students from Scottish Church College and the many schools in the area

History
Bethune College was established in 1879. It was founded as a school in 1849. Its founder John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune, had arrived in India in April 1848 as the law member of the governor general’s council

Programmes & cut-off
Some of the courses offered by the college are English, with a cut off percentage of 70% and political science with a cut off percentage of 60%

Faculty
The college has over a 100 professors and 16 departments of humanities and science

Admission
All the colleges under Calcutta University must open admissions from June 28 and the last date for admissions is August 6

The college aims to nurture a moral and socially aware group of young women not just through studies but through their involvement in social awareness activities
Sangeeta Tripathi Mitra, principal

Loreto Convent

High on value education
This 100-year-old institution ranked A by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is a much respected name in eastern India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Principal Sister Christine Coutinho believes in ingraining a strict moral code among the 800-plus students. She herself takes value education classes each week for every undergraduate year. Her example of personal interaction with students forms the base of instruction.

The college offers certificates in courses with a “feminine bent” as Sister Christine calls them, such as foreign languages, accessory design, interior design, creative design and music. The college offers 15 undergraduate and one postgraduate course. Other career-oriented courses are also available like photography, web design, humanities and science subjects. The college has campus ambassadors for Google and Teach for India. It has tied up with Portland, USA for the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership (IPSLL) programme that gives certificates in “Ethics, Morality and Leadership”. —

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Game for more
Loreto College is known for high performance standards of its students since its inception as it is for the strict discipline

Masti dhamal
The practice of casual adda sessions within the campus is not encouraged, but regular seminars and debates are held. This being the centenary year, celebrations started in February

Book nook
Loreto College has a well-stocked library with books on Bengali, Hindi, French, German, Irish and English literature. It is computerised

A drink and a bite
The college is located in a prime commercial hub so there is no dearth of food joints nearby. The campus has a canteen as well as a common room. The Blue Poppy is a resturant popular for its northeastern food

History
The college was founded in 1912. It is rated a very high A+++ by the NAAC of the UGC

Programmes & cut-off
Unlike most colleges, the criteria here for admission is not merit in the board exams alone, but the entire schooling record

Admission
The admission process for all colleges affiliated to Calcutta Universities will begin from June 28, 2012 and the last date for admissions is August 6, 2012

The college believes in ingraining a strict moral code among the 800-plus students and offers certificates in courses with a “feminine bent ” besides offering 15 undergraduate and one postgraduate course Sister Christine Coutinho, principal