Established in 1879, Bethune College ushered in, for the
women of the nineteenth century, a new era of enlightenment
and edification through education. This is a Government
College under the aegis of the Department of Higher
Education, West Bengal. Accredited in 2006 with the ‘A’
grade and having acquired the coveted status of College with
Potential for Excellence (CPE) by UGC and recognised by
DST-FIST. Bethune College has celebrated 135 long years of
tireless striving for knowledge which enriches the mind and
ennobles the soul.
The mission of the College has always been the
development of a complete woman. Bethune College is
committed to the cause of empowerment of women from all
sectors including those who are socially and economically
deprived through access to higher education enabling them to
transform into intellectually vibrant, socially responsible,
self-reliant women. Today women are leaders who epitomise
the human values of caring, sharing and re-building
societies sans stress and violence. The College provides
literary and scientific education as well as empowers the
students to be honest citizens of the nation.
of the College “Vidya Vindatey Amritam” means
‘knowledge provides immortal bliss.’ The three glowing lamps
– centrally for ‘knowledge’ side by side ‘humanity’ and
‘transparency’, and the wheel for ‘dynamism through
exercise’ constitute the emblem.
The goal of Bethune College is to endow its learners
with access to higher education through quality
teaching-learning process. The College has always attempted
to support and sustain the vision of John Elliot Drinkwater
Bethune who paved the path of progress for women by
liberating them from their shackled existences and by
illumining their future with the help of education.