Estd. in 1879

First Women's College in Asia

 

Accreditation

Reaccredited at the 'A' Level by NAAC (Cycle 2), 2015

 

NIRF Ranking

Secured 88th rank natonally in NIRF ranking 2020 under college category

 

DBT Star College

Received financial support under the DBT Star College Scheme of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India in 2020

Our Illustrious Alumnae [20-21st Century]

Jyotirmoyee Ganguly
Jyotirmoyee Ganguly
(1889- 1945)

Educationist, Social and Political Activist

Jyotirmoyee Ganguli an educationist, a social and political worker was the second daughter of Kadambini Ganguli. Her father Dwarka Nath Gangopadhyay was a leader of the Brahmo Samaj and an Indian Nationalist. Jyotirmoee Ganguli was graduated from Brahmo Balika Shikshalaya (Brahmo Girls' School) and completed her B.A. in the Bethune College of Kolkata. she completed her M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Kolkata. She taught at the Bethune Collegiate School and after that in the Ravenshaw College in Cuttack, Odisha. She moved to Sri Lanka to join the Women's College as its principal. She also served as the Principal of several other institutions i.e. Jullundur Kanya Mahavidyalay, Brahmo Girls' School and Vidyasagar Bani Bhavan. She joined the Buddhist College, Ceylon in 1929. She joined the Non-Cooperation movement in the early 1920s. She held the post of Principal in several women's colleges of India. This includes one College in Sri Lanka too. She was also the first Woman-Councilor of the Corporation of Calcutta. was the first female student from University of Kolkata to graduate in medical. Jyotirmayee Devi raised a female volunteer corps for the Indian National Congress. In 1926 she started the Students' Association for Social Service. She joined the Bengal Provincial Congress Committee and the Satyagraha movement. She served as the Vice-President of the Women's Satyagraha Committee. In 1930 and 1932 she was jailed for her involvement in the Satyagraha movement. She was a founding member of the Aryasthan Insurance Company. She was elected city councilor to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. In 1942 she was arrested for her role in the Quit India Movement. Jyotirmayee Ganguly was killed by Police firing on 22 November 1945 while with a procession of students that was protesting the death of Rameshwar Banerjee.Jayanti Ganguli (Barman) was the youngest daughter of Kadambini Ganguli, she was married to L. M. Barman, Private Secretary of Pramethesh Barua. She acted as the private tutor of Pramathesh Barua. She was a student of both Bethune Collegiate School and Bethune College. She lived in Moradabad for four years and used to teach conservative Muslims girls and established a school for them from Class VI to Class VII which was later elevated to Middle School and then to College. Bela Haldar, worthy daughter of her illustrious mother Kadambini Ganguli had become a household name during her tenure at the AIR. Bela Haldar is the famous Beladi of Mahila Mahal.

Shukhalata Rao
Shukhalata Rao
(1886-1969)

Poet & Author

Shukhalata Rao was an eminent children's book author and a social worker. She was the daughter of Upendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury, and sister of Sukumar Ray. She had a career in teaching. After marriage and moving to Cuttack, Shukhalata founded the Shishu-o-Matri Mangal Kendro (Centre for the Welfare of Children and Mothers). She also established the Orissa Nari Seva Sangha. Shukhalata was the editor of Alok, a newspaper. Her writings include children's stories, and fairy tales. Shukhalata Rao was given the Kaiser-e-Hind award by the Government of India in 1956 for her book Nije Pora. She has written a book in English too titled Behula - the story of Chand Saudagar, Lakhinder and Behula. Rabindra Nath Tagore wrote the introduction for this book. Shukhalata died in 1969.

Shanta Devi
Shanta Devi
(1893-1984)

Poet & Author

Shanta Devi and Sita Devi (1895-1974) were daughters of Ramananda Chatterjee, editor of Prabasi & Modern Review. The sisters were educated at home in the usual subjects including English language and then were sent to Bethune College. While still being students they published a volume of stories translated from English. They introduced "Bre Rabbit" to Bengali nurseries. They trained themselves to study and translated George Eliot's work and some French stories. Sita Devi's first original story Light of Eyes appeared in Prabasi. They co-authored a novel Udyanlata a serial for Prabasi. They translated Srish Chandra Bose's Folk Tales of Hindustan as Hindusthani Upakaatha.

Kanak Das (Biswas)
Kanak Das (Biswas)

Singer

Kanak Das (Biswas) was sister-in-law to Debabrata Biswas and influenced his style of singing. She was also aunt of Satyajit Ray. Kanak Biswas (Das) was a student of Bethune College from 1920 - 1923 but she could not give her B. A, final examination. Her first record came out in 1927. Critics said that she was more partial to the later composition of Tagore and avoided more classical based compositions. In many respects she was like a predecessor of Debabrata Biswas and her singing was characterized by modern pronunciation (e.g. lack of nasal tone) and boldness. At one time her song Na na go na, koro na bhabona was on the lips of everyone. She was a versatile singer and showed her proficiency in almost all areas of songs. Apart from Tagore songs she was proficient in the songs of Dwijendralal Ray, Nazrul Islam and modern Bengali songs too. The foundation of her musical genius was however in her training in classical music which she learned from Girijashankar Chakravarty and Jaminikumar Gangopadhyay. She was given the title of Sangeet Pratima by the famous musical organization Ragini. She was also the principal of the famous music school Geetabitan.

Leela Roy nee' Nag
Leela Roy nee' Nag
(1900-1970)

Educationist, Social & Political Activist

Leela Roy nee' Nag was a relentless crusader against all social and political inequalities. She completed her BA (English) degree from Bethune College, Calcutta, where she received the Padmabati Gold Medal for her academic performance. She was the first woman to obtain MA from the University of Dacca. As the Assistant Secretary of Nikhil Banga Nari Votadhikar Samiti She arranged various meetings to form public opinion on social and economic rights of women. She founded the Deepali Sangha for all round development of women. With an objective of enhancing women's education, she founded several Deepali Schools and Nari Shiksha Mandir etc. She also founded twelve Free Primary Schools. Dacca Deepali School was later named as Qamrunnessa Girls' School. She established Gana Shiksha Parishad for spreading female education at mass level and established a working and needy girl's hostel at Calcutta. She became the member of a Revolutionary group Sree Sangha led by Hemchandra Ghosh and Anil Roy whom she married later. She inspired other women in armed revolutionary ideology and freedom struggle and formed Deepali Chhatri Sangha, a student's revolutionary group. She set up a fund entitled Mahila Atmaraksha Fund. It was the first self-defence martial art groups in the region. Leela Nag was the founder editor of Jayasree, a women's monthly journal. She was the first woman detainee under Bengal Ordinance Act from Dacca. On Subhas Chandra Bose's formation of the Forward Bloc she joined it. After the Calcutta and Noakhali riots of 1946 she took up the relief work. She was elected a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1946, but she resigned from it as she opposed Partition and formed East Bengal Minority Welfare Committee. She organized protest meetings against the Unauthorized Person's Eviction Bill, 1951 With her initiative Forward Bloc merged with Praja Socialist Party. She was imprisoned during the Save East Bengal Movement.

Amiya Thakur
Amiya Thakur
(1901-1988)

Singer

Amiya Thakur was admitted to the Intermediate class of Bethune College after finishing her schooling from Bethune School. Initially, she was fortunate to learn Tagore songs from Rabindranath Tagore himself. She played the role of Pramada in Tagore's dance drama Mayar Khela which was directed by Tagore himself. She was married to Hritendranath Tagore son of Rabindranath Tagore's elder brother Hemendranath Tagore. It is she who sang the famous E Parabase Rabe Ke in Satyajit Ray's acclaimed movie Kanchanjangha. She learned Dhrupad from Jogindranath Bandyopadhyay, kheyal and tappa from Ramesh Chandra Bandyopadhyay and Tagore songs from Dinendranath, Sarala Devi Choudhurani and Indira Devi Choudhurani.

Malati Ghoshal
Malati Ghoshal
(1902-1984)

Singer

Malati Ghoshal was a student of Bethune College in the 1920s. She became a famous singer and had earned a permanent place in the field of Rabindrasangeet. She learned classical music from Gopeshwar Bandyopadhyay and Tagore songs from Ramesh Chandra Bandyopadhyay (son of Gopeswar Bandyopadhyay). She was famous for singing more classical based Tagore songs. She had earned a significant place by singing songs like Ke bosile aaji, Hridaybasona purno holo, and E porobashe robe ke.

Maya Roy
Maya Roy

Actress

Maya Roy was a student of Bethune College. While being a student She was married to the artist Charu Roy who started as a film director in the silent era. She acted in the silent film Siraj - a Romance of India (1928) followed by the talkie Anarkali ignoring the social prohibition and antagonism. She also helped her husband in the editing of the first cinema magazine Bioscope.

Kankabati Devi
Kankabati Devi
(1903-1939)

Actress

Kanakbati Devi was a student of Bethune College. She grew into a renowned stage and film actress. Her acting has remained imprinted in the minds of many who had the opportunity of seeing her acting with famous thespian Sisir Kumar Bhaduri. Daughter of a landlord Gangadhar Prasad Sahu of Muzaffarpur, Bihar a man of modern outlook who had sent his two daughters Kankabati and Chandrabati to Calcutta for education. She was the first graduate woman to enter the Bengal stage. As a student Kankabati got an opportunity to visit Raindranath Tagore at his Jorasanko residence and sang Tagore's Ei Lahinu Sanga Taba before him. This led to her good fortune to get lessons in music and acting from Tagore himself. In her college days Kankabati took part in cultural activities within college campus both as a singer and an actress. After graduation, Kankabati entered the university for her M.A. degree, but at the same time expressed her desire to enter the professional stage and her father agreed readily. In 1928, she signed a contract with Art Theatres whereby she would be their exclusive artiste for three years, but after three months of training although she would get a salary of Rs 300/-, in the first year, then Rs 400/- a month during the second year and finally Rs 500/- a month in the third year of the contract. The announcement of her stage entry in the newspapers and magazines caused a lot of excitement and rumbling because since 1873, when women first entered the professional stage in Bengal because till then only those from red light areas of Calcutta had taken to acting professionally. However, Kankabati broke her contract unilaterally and joined the group of the legendary Sisir Kumar Bhaduri. Sisir Kumar had to train the newcomer in haste and gave her a singing role, that of Bharatnari in his play Digbijoyi in February, 1929. Her entry on the stage singing Tagore's Gram Chhara Oi Ranga Matir Path was greeted with great enthusiasm by the audience. In her first play Digbijoyi. Kankabati became close to Sisir Kumar Bhaduri and the duo went on to produce one success after another. These included Basantaleela and Tagore's Bisarjan where Kankabati played male characters. These were followed with Buddhadeb Charit as Goutami, Alamgir, Bibaha Bibhrat as Bilasini Karfarma, Pally Samaj as Jethaima, Tapati as Bipasha, Sree Sree Bishnupriya as Sachimata, Gairik Pataka as Jijabai, Mahaprasthan as Gandhari, Chirakumar Sabha as Nirabala, Jogajog as Kumudini, to name a few. Sisir Kumar Bhaduri's team got an invitation to perform in the United States and Kankabati along with the entire group left for New York. This foreign trip remained unsuccessful for the troupe, but along with Sisir Kumar Bhaduri and Prabhadevi, Kankabati managed to earn critical appreciation. Kankabati first appeared on the screen in the silent film Bicharak (1928) based on a story by Tagore in the role of Khiroda. In sound films her most important work were in Palli Samaj (1932) as Jethaima, Seeta (1933) as Seeta and Talkie of Talkies (1937) as Swagata. She had completed about half the shooting for Sisir Kumar Bhaduri's film Chanakya (1939) in the role of Mura, when she suffered from an attack of meningitis and was admitted at the Carmichael Medical College in Calcutta where she breathed her last on 21st June, 1939

Kamala Dasgupta
Kamala Dasgupta
(1907-2000)

Political Activist and revolutionary

Kamala Dasgupta, a freedom fighter, graduated from Bethune College. Though in a letter to Mahatma Gandhi she expressed her desire to join Sabarmati Ashram, but her political career began with her friendly connections with Jugantar Group. She trained herself in the art of Fighting with Lathi. In 1938 she took charge of editing Mandira a women's news. In 1939 she was arrested in connection with Dalhousie Square Conspiracy Case. She allegedly supplied a revolver to Bina Das who fired at Stanley Jackson, Governor of Bengal, for this she was imprisoned in Hijli jail. After the amalgamation of the Jugantar Group with the Indian National Congress, she became the Secretary of Bengal Provincial Women Congress and also joined the Quit India Movement. During the communal riots of Noakhali, she was assigned by Gandhiji to give relief to the victims of the riot. Besides being a freedom fighter, she also contributed in the movement for the social and economic freedom of women. She wrote Swadhinata Sangram ae Nari and her autobiography Rakter Akshare.

Mira Dutta Gupta
Mira Dutta Gupta
(1907-1983)

Revolutionary

Mira Dutta Gupta, a teacher, social and political worker, Mira Dutta Gupta became attached with revolutionary groups even while she was a student. She had secured 2nd position and silver medal for her graduation at the Calcutta University in mathematics despite not sitting for one full paper. As the Secretary of the South Calcutta branch of 'Chhatri Sangha', she became the target of the police. During the August movement of 1942, she collected a large amount of money and handed it over to the revolutionaries. She was associated with Indian revolutionary groups, such as Anushilan, Jugantar and Bengal Volunteers. As a member of Bengal Volunteers, she was the editor of the women's section of its magazine - Benu. She was very actively involved in fund raising activities during the Quit India Movement of 1942. During the devastating Bengal Famine of 1943, she, along with co-Congress workers played a leading role in organising relief for famine victims. In 1946, she was jailed for her nationalist activities. When Forward Block party was formed by Subhas Chandra Bose, she became a member of the party. She was elected as MLA twice. She became Principal of the women's section of Surendra Nath College and a teacher there. Throughout her life she kept on working for the poor, helping the destitute, and encouraging spread of education. She was a powerhouse despite her deceptive slight frame despite being plagued by various physical maladies too, but her indomitable spirit carried her through all kinds of difficulties. She also contributed to the setting up of the Patha Bhavan School, Kolkata.

Rajmata Benita Roy
Rajmata Benita Roy
(1907-1951)

Political Activist and revolutionary

Rajmata Benita Roy was an aristocrat, litterateur, diplomat and minister. She was the forty-ninth Rani of the Chakma Circle in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Her paternal grandfather was Keshub Chandra Sen, the Hindu reformer and Brahmo Samaj leader. She was a close associate of Rabindranath Tagore under whose patronage she launched the first literary magazine Garika in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. It was the first publication of its kind to feature Chakma language poetry. During the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, Roy opened up the Rangamati Palace as a shelter for civilians. In 1972, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman appointed her as a member of Bangladesh's first delegation to the UN General Assembly. During the political and constitutional crises of the mid 1970s, Roy served the Bangladesh Government as Minister of Land Administration and Land Reforms and Minister of Relief and Rehabilitation.

Ila Sen
Ila Sen

Revolutionary

Ila Sen was a student of B.A. class of Bethune College in 1927. She participated in the Simon Commission boycott movement in 1928 and participated in many activities prohibited by the then government. In these activities she showed her great adventurous spirit and her determination.

Ashoka Gupta
Ashoka Gupta
(1912-2008)

Educationist, Social & Political Activist

Ashoka Gupta was an eminent social worker in the Gandhian mould and worked closely with the Mahatma especially for India's polity and women's lives. She was born to Jyotirmoyee Devi, the novelist, but lost her father Kiran Chandra Sen when she was only six while her mother struggled to establish her career. Brilliant in academics she become first among female candidates in matriculation. She joined Bethune College, to study mathematics. Later she became founder of Mahila Seva Samity, member of the All-India Women's Conference and President of Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption. She actively set up branches of AIWC and various welfare organizations. During the Bengal Famine of 1943, she took part in relief work in Bankura. A key figure in providing relief to women particularly caught up in the Partition related Noakhali genocide in East Bengal in late 1946 helping out Gandhi-Ji. Her husband Saibal Gupta was then an ICS officer cum a judge in Chittagong. She reached Noakhali in late October 1946. After the Partition, she engaged herself in refugee rehabilitation, child literacy and up-liftment of rural women and tribal communities. She was a Fellow of the Senate of the University of Calcutta from 1948 to 1953. She worked as the chairperson of the West Bengal State Social Welfare Advisory Board from 1955 to 1959. In 1959, became a member of the Central Social Welfare Board, at the suggestion of Bidhan Chandra Roy and Durgabai Deshmukh. She was the State Commissioner (Guides) and the State Chief Commissioner of the Bharat Scouts and Guides. She was associated with the Palli Sangathan Vibhag of Visva Bharati University from 1956. Later she became a member of the Executive Council of the University. Her involvement with the AIWC was lifelong; she became its President in 1986 and was its Patron at the time of her death. During the Bangladesh War she and her husband set up the Bangladesh Anushandhan Committee to investigate atrocities and help the affected. As she says of her life in her memoir, 'These were decades of political tumult and turmoil, when no thinking Indian could remain a mute spectator but was dragged willy-nilly into this maelstrom of activity.' She was a member of the Central Social Welfare Board, assigned to Orissa, Tripura and Rajasthan, a member of the advisory committee of the Bengal Board, on the Board of the LIC, of the Karma Samiti of Viswa Bharati, and of the board of the Kasturba Trust. She was the President of the All Indian Women's Conference for five years, she was also state chief commissioner of the Indian Scouts and Guides Associations for three years, president of the SOS children's villages, president of Buniyadi Vidyapeeth, patron of the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust and the Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption. She was a founder member of the Mahila Seva Samiti. She was a recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj award for lifetime achievement for her work with women and children. Her memoir, translated into English by Sipra Bhattacharya and Ranjana Dasgupta and titled In the Path of Service: Memories of a Changing Century, was published by Stree in 2008.

Pritilata Waddedar
Pritilata Waddedar
(1911-1932)

Revolutionary

Pritilata Waddedar was a fearless nationalist revolutionary and a freedom fighter, deeply involved in the Indian independence struggle. She graduated in Philosophy with a distinction. However, her degree, along with that of co-revolutionary, Bina Das' was withheld by the British officials within the administration of Calcutta University along with fellow revolutionary, Bina Das. While as a student in Bethune College, she joined a revolutionary group headed by Masterda Surya Sen. After completing her education, Pritilata returned to Chittagong where she took up the post of a headmistress at a local girls' school called Nandankaran Aparnacharan School. Under Masterda, Pritilata was not just a passive arms transporter but actively trained in the martial arts that the revolutionaries of Bengal were trained in at that time. She was herself trained in lathi khela and gun fighting and trained other girls to take up arms against the colonial rulers too. She also supplied explosives, wrote nationalist pamphlets and had earned a spot at the "Bengal's Most Wanted List" by the age of 21. Pritilata led the attack on Pahartali European Railway Officer's Club of Chittagong captured the Reserve Police Line. Under her able direction all the other members of the revolutionary group could escape safely, but she had to commit suicide by swallowing a capsule of potassium cyanide.

Bina Das (Bhowmick)
Bina Das (Bhowmick
(1911-1986)

Revolutionary

Bina Das (Bhowmick), a dauntless freedom fighter was the student of Bethune College in 1928. Her political career began by participating in the Simon Commission Boycott movement, but she slowly became more attracted towards revolutionary activities. She joined revolutionary group even while she was a student of Bethune College. : Das, along with her fellow students organized their first protest against the Simon Commission. For this, they were threatened with dire consequences by the British Principal of the College at that time unless they tendered their apologies. She tried to shoot the Governor Stanley Jackson during the convocation ceremony of Calcutta University which was being held in the convocation ceremony venue Senate Hall of the University. She was supposed to get her graduation degree the same day in 1932, at the same venue. Das served nine years of hard labour for this act which stemmed from a deep desire to see her homeland free from British occupation. She was MLA of West Bengal Assembly from 1946 - 1951. Shrinkhal Jhankar and Pitridhan - are books written by Bina Das gives a valuable glimpse of the political situation of the country at that time. It also shows her literary ability. She won the Padma Shri award in 1960 for her "Social Work". After the death of her husband, she led a lonely life in Rishikesh and died in anonymity.

Kalpana Joshi (Dutt)
Kalpana Joshi (Dutt)
(1913 - 1995)

Revolutionary

A revolutionary and a patriot, Joshi became associated with "Chhatri Sangha" while she was a student. Kalpana after passing her matriculation in 1929, went to Calcutta and joined the Bethune College to study science. It was at this time that she was introduced to the Chhatri Sangha, the women's revolutionary youth wing, where she met Pritilata Wadedadr and Bina Das, the firebrand revolutionaries. It was with Pritilata that she shared her childhood dreams and the two would be often confused whether to become scientists or revolutionaries. It was in 1930 that the Chittagong Armoury Raid was carried out and, in 1931, Kalpana Dutta joined the Indian Republican Army, Chittagong Branch. After the Chittagong Armory case, she went to Chittagong and actively participated in the 'dynamite conspiracy' case which ultimately failed. For her participation in the Chittagong Armory case, she evaded arrest for a long time, but was ultimately caught and was given a life-sentence. She was, however, released in 1939, but remained under house arrest till 1942. Her cause was taken up by Rabindranath Tagore who readily arranged for her release from the prison. In her memoirs she writes, "The politics of language had however been challenged by feminist writings. Communism is the true spirit of patriotism". She married Puranchand Joshi - the former General Secretary of undivided Communist Party of India. She later joined the Indian Statistical Institute where she worked till her retirement. She continues to be an inspiration through her work and her writings and is known as Agnikanya of Bengal as Master Da used to call her. When we talk of indomitable spirit and unflinching courage, the name of Kalpana Dutta comes in the forefront among all the female patriots of India.

Shudhalata Sarkar
Shudhalata Sarkar
(1913-2007)

Political Activist and revolutionary

Shudhalata Sarkar passed her Intermediate examination from Bethune College in 1932. and graduated with Mathematics Honours from Vidyasagar College. Although soft-spoken Sarkar with her steely determination, participated in the Non-co-operation Movement of Mahatma Gandhi and refused to wear imported cotton, except Khadi. A strict disciplinarian, she performed all her duties as a member of her joint family. She remained present in all the important meetings of the Old Students' Association even in her nineties. Tarak-Sudha Endowment Fund of Rs. 45 Lacs was created by Shudhalata's children and the interest from the fund is used for a yearly award for leadership in Mathematics and Computer Science in Bethune College.

Usha Devjani Khan
Usha Devjani Khan

Actress

Usha Devjani Khan was popularly known as 'Bethune Beauty' during her college days. She became a film actress, remembered for her role as Henrieta opposite Utpal Dutta who played the role of Michael in the Bengali film Michael Madhusudan (1950) directed by Madhu Bose. She also acted in a few other Bengali films.

Sadhana Bose
Sadhana Bose
(1914 - 1973)

Actress

Sadhana Bose, granddaughter of Keshab Chandra Sen was a renowned danseuse cum actress, later married film-maker Madhu Bose. A contemporary of Uday Shankar, in the 1930s she staged a number of ballets in Kolkata, including Bhookh on Bengal famine which was a pioneering work in presenting contemporary themes on stage and Omar Khayyam. Timir Baran, composed music for her performances and Tapas Sen did lighting design for her productions. Acted as Marjina in Alibaba (1937). Sadhana was a good dancer and almost all her film successes were in dancing roles. A very fine actress and sang her own songs. Some of her films were Abhinoy (Bengali-1938), Kumkum (1940), Rajnartaki (1941), Meenakshi (1942), Shankar Parvati, Vishkanya, Paigham, Shesher Kabita, Maa O Chhele. She was so popular as a glamorous heroine of the silver screen in the 1930s and 1940s that her face appeared in the Otene snow cream to enhance its brand value in the market during interwar years.

Dr.(Prof.) Asima Chatterjee
Dr.(Prof.) Asima Chatterjee
(1917-2006)

Academician

Dr.(Prof.) Asima Chatterjee considered a Doyenne of Chemistry, as a student of Bethune College showed early promise obtaining her M.Sc. Degree from Calcutta University in 1938, with organic chemistry as the special paper and D.Sc. degree in 1944 the first woman to be awarded it under the guidance of P. K. Bose, the pioneer natural product chemist in India. She was a Premchand Roychand Scholar of the University of Calcutta. In 1940 she joined Lady Brabourne College as the Founder- Head of the Department of Chemistry. She also served as the Khaira Professor of Chemistry, one of the most prestigious and coveted chairs of the University of Calcutta. She worked with L.M. Parks of University of Wisconsin, USA on naturally occurring glycosides. Chatterjee successfully developed the anti-epileptic drug Ayush-56 and the anti-malarial drug. The patented drugs have been marketed by several companies. She made significant contributions in the field of medicinal chemistry with special reference to alkaloids, coumarins and terpenoids, analytical chemistry, and mechanistic organic chemistry. She published around four hundred papers in national and international journals and more than a score of review articles in reputed serial volumes. Chatterjee edited and revised the six-volume Bharatiya Banoushodhi published by the Calcutta University and was also the Chief-Editor of the six volume series, The Treatise of Indian Medicinal Plants published by CSIR. She was elected a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi (1960), She received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (1961) and was conferred Padma Bhushan (1975) amongst other awards. In 1972, she was appointed as the Honorary Coordinator of the Special Assistance Programme to intensify teaching and research in natural product chemistry, sanctioned by the Indian University Grants Commission. She was the first woman scientist to be elected as the General President of the Indian Science Congress Association (1975) and was nominated by the President of India as a Member of the Rajya Sabha which she served with distinction from February 1982 till May 1990. She probably imbibed interest in the medicinal plants from her father a medical doctor Indra Narayan Mukherjee interested in botany. During her post-graduate studies, she came in contact with eminent teachers and educationists such as, Acharya P.C. Ray and others.

Prof. Akhtar Imam
Prof. Akhtar Imam
(1917-2009)

Educationist and Social Activist

Prof. Akhtar Imam, graduated from Bethune College in Philosophy Honours in 1937. She was awarded the Gangamani Devi Medal for being first in her batch. . In 1946, she finished her masters in philosophy from the University of Dhaka. In 1952 she was awarded a scholarship from the Bengal Muslim Education Fund by the Pakistani Government in 1952 to pursue higher education outside the country. She studied her masters in philosophy at the University College London under the tutelage of A. J. Ayer and S. V. Keeling.From 1963 to 1965 she conducted further research in philosophy at the University of Nottingham.. She became the first female professor of Dacca College and in 1953 she joined University of Dacca and the first female teacher of Dacca University. In 1968 She became the first female Head of the Department of Philosophy, in Dacca University. She was the first convenor of Bangladesh Philosophical Association and also served as the President of Bangladesh Lekhika Sangha for three years.

Dr. (Prof.) Hamida Khanam
Dr. (Prof.) Hamida Khanam

Academician

Dr. (Prof.) Hamida Khanam passed B.A. Examination with Distinction from Bethune College. In 1952 she went to Columbia University as a Full-Bright fellow. She became the Principal of Home Economics College, Dacca. In 1969 Pakistan Govt. awarded her a Gold Medal for her contribution in education.

Sabitri Roy
Sabitri Roy
(1918-1985)

Poet & Author

Sabitri Roy was born in Dhaka and graduated from Bethune College. Deeply influenced by the Communist Ideology, her sense of human values reflects in her writings. In Bengali literature, Savitri represents the new form of novel which began with the tradition of Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay. Notable among her novels is- Paka Dhaner Gan (3 Vols.), Meghna Padma (2 Vols.), Samudrer Dheu etc. The August movement, the Tebhaga movement, the Hajong uprising, the Partition, the riots, the refugee problem have all come alive in her writings. Time and literature have become mirrors of each other. Her last novel is 'Ba-Dwip' (1972). Some of her other novels are: Srijan, Trisota, Swarlipi, Malasri, etc. She also has written many short stories. The subject-matter of her novels and their format has given her a special place in Bengali literature.

Prof. Tatini Das (Gupta)
Prof. Tatini Das (Gupta)
(1895-1953)

Principal of Bethune College

Tatini Das joined Bethune College as Senior Lecturer of Philosophy. In 1934 she became the Principal of Bethune College and remained so till 1950, when she retired from the service. She had brilliant academic career all through. With her academic excellence, intellectuality, sensibilities she performed her role at Bethune College, it was because of her efforts that the nearby Christ Church building was taken over and turned into nee college premises. Even amidst the tough years of the Second World War, she steered Bethune College in right direction. She also had a strong attitude towards the communal problems of that time. She refused to carry out government decision of providing religious instruction in educational institution. Her strong reply was that the religious instruction would break and hamper the neutrality of the college. Her dream was to have a college house fully equipped and spacious. In her farewell speech she expressed her hope to see that Bethune girls will move forward in calm assurance and hopeful confidence.

Shobha Sen
Shobha Sen
(1923-2017)

Eminent theatre and film personality

Shobha Sen is a thespian in her own right. Her career began in the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) i.e., Gananatya Sangstha and acted in the lead female role of 'Nabanna'. In 1953 -54 she joined the Little Theatre Group which later became Peoples' Theatre Group. Under Utpal Dutt's direction she played many versatile roles especially, being the female lead for plays like Shakespeare's Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shobha Sen was married to Utpal Dutt in the year 1961. She is remembered for her acting in Barricade, Tiner Taloyar, Titumir, Surja Shikar, Lenin Kothay, Stalin 1934, and Maloparar She has also acted in films. She produced the documentary Nati which depicts the history of the participation of female actresses in Bengali theatre. Shobha Sen is also remembered for films like 1981's Baisakhi Megh and 1979's Jharh, both movies directed by Utpal Dutt. Also, Mrinal Sen's 1972 movie Ek Adhuri Kahani and 1983's Pasand Apni Apni. Received the Mother Teresa International Award in April 2010.

Ila Sen Mitra
Ila Sen Mitra
(1925-2002)

Educationist, Social & Political Activist

Ila Sen Mitra is the first Bengali woman athlete to be selected for participate in London 1944 Olympic Games, but that was cancelled due to Second World War. Later she became a distinguished teacher and a dauntless political worker. She passed I. A. from Bethune College, but later did her MA in Bangla Literature and Culture from Calcutta University as a private student. Ila Mitra began her political activities when she was a student at Bethune College in Kolkata. Ila Mitra got married to Ramendra Mitra, a scion of the Chapai Nawabganj zamindar family and an active member of the Communist Party. She joined the Mahila Atmaraksha Samiti (Association for Women's Self-Defence) and the Communist Party of India. She became a volunteer teacher at a girls' school established by Ramendra Mitra and his friend, Altaf Mia in their village. Ila Mitra soon became the leader of the peasants and indigenous Santhals in greater Rajshahi region, (in the district of Chapai Nawabganj), and was often revered by them as RaniMa (Queen mother). During 1946-1950 she organized a peasant-Santhal uprising in Nachole Upazila, Chapai Nawabganj for forcing the government to implement the Floud Commission Report to give justice to the sharecroppers. She went to the riot-affected village of Hasnabad in Noakhali when Mahatma Gandhi was in a visit there to put an end to the communal riot. While she was trying to escape, was caught and sent to the Rajshahi Central jail on 21 January 1950 following a clash between peasants and the policemen at Nachole on 5 January 1950 when about 2000-armed policemen were sent there for preserving peace, but they set many villages on fire and killing many villagers. Tried under a treasonable charge, Ila Mitra was sentenced to life imprisonment. Ila Mitra fell very sick in jail and in 1954, the United Front government sent her in parole to Kolkata for treatment. Poet Golam Kuddus expressing his admiration for her iron-strong will, penned 'Ila Mitra'. She again involved herself with the Communist Party of India, and was elected to the Legislative Assembly four times, from 1962 to 1972. In 1971 she campaigned extensively for support for the Bangladesh War of Independence. Ila Mitra was also a writer and translator. For her translations she won the Soviet Land Nehru Award. The central government of India awarded her the Tamra Patra for her role in the Independence movement.

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Purabi Mukherjee
(1923-1991)

Political Activist

Purabi Mukherjee passed her Intermediate examination from Bethune College. She was the Minister-in-charge of Prison and Social Welfare under the Chief Minister Prafulla Chandra Sen of West Bengal.

Abha Maity
Abha Maity
(1925-1994)

Political Activist

Abha Maity was admitted to the I. A. Class of Bethune College. Her political interest was probably influenced by her father who was a devoted and active member of Congress Party. She later became the Minister-in-Charge of the Department of Relief and Rehabilitation under the Chief Minister Prafulla Chandra Sen. In 1977 she became the State Minister of Industries in the Central Government of Prime Minister Morarji Desai.

Purabi Mukhopadhyay
Purabi Mukhopadhyay
(1931-2017)

Singer

Purabi Mukhopadhyay was one of those exceptional persons who was named Purabi by Rabindranath Tagore himself. She is one of the leading exponents of Rabindra Sangeet. A protégé of the legendary Debabrata Biswas, Purabi later taught music at Visva Bharati as well as in Rabindra Bharati University. She had several albums to her credit and was one of the most-heard singers on the Kolkata station of All India Radio. As a reputed exponent of Tagore songs whose voice, melody and adherence to the original style has been widely appreciated. She has sung all over India and in different Asian and European countries.

Amita Bhose
Amita Bhose
(1933-1992)

Poet & Author

Amita Bhose is considered the unofficial cultural ambassador of Bengali language and literature in Romania. She went to Romania in 1959 and learned Romanian language so well that she wrote two books for Romanians to learn Bengali - Curs De Limba Bengali and Manual De Limba Bengali. The number of her published books is 17. She was offered the professorship at Bucharest University, a signal honour for any non-Romanian. In 1977 she was awarded a medal of honour for her work in spreading literature and Indian culture by the Romanian Government. Rabindra Bharati Society also posthumously awarded her Rabindra Purashkar.

Dr. Manjushree Chaki Sarkar
Dr. Manjushree Chaki Sarkar
(1934-2000)

Danseuse

Dr. Manjushree Chaki Sarkar was a renowned danseuse trained in Odissi. She was a student of Intermediate Class in Bethune College. She is a very famous name in contemporary Indian dance. She not only excelled in dance but acquired a doctorate in Anthropology from Columbia University and applied her knowledge of anthropology in her dances. In early 1980s, Manjushree Chaki Sircar and her daughter, Ranjabati Sircar, coined the term Navanritya or New Dance for their methodology of dance training and choreography. The Sircars' New Dance emerged from the Bengal in a period that simultaneously witnessed a nationwide upsurge of women's rights movements against the rise of right-wing anti-feminist politics. Energized by the feminist movement, the mother and daughter duo challenged and critiqued patriarchal frameworks governing the production of dance for the modern Indian stage. They questioned, both through their dancing bodies as well as through their published work against the existing conventions of dance performance such as the stereotypical representation of women in performance. Manjushree's style presented highly innovative and subversive dance works that provided fresh, startling, and contemporary interpretations of available literary sources and inherited dance-drama traditions. One of her best-known production was the water ballet Abhigyan Shakuntalum. She has been awarded the Shiromani Puraskar, West Bengal State Academy Award, Uday Shankar Award and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award

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(Dr.)Aruna Mukherjee
(1938-1987)

Academician and cultural activist

(Dr.) Aruna Mukherjee stood first in I.Sc. from Bethune College. She did her B Sc. from Presidency College, M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Calcutta University. Her Ph.D. dissertation was titled 'Studies on N-substitutes Hydroxamic Acid and Metal Chelates." Aruna Mukhopadhyay's knack for literature and culture made her publish Arghya and Sonar Harin two books of poem. She was actively involved in performing arts, especially in dramas. She was involved with Rabibasar, a reputed literary group, and acted in Rajsingha and Prayaschitta staged at Bethune College. She will always be remembered for her role Prakriti in Rabindranath Tagore's Chandalika.

Dr. Mukulika Konar
Dr. Mukulika Konar

Medical Practitioner

Dr. Mukulika Konar, a Physician and Gynaecologist, MB, DGO Cal., F.R.C.O.G. London. She was a Professor Director of the Gynaecology & Obstetrics Department, Eden Hospital, CMC, Calcutta. In 1974, she co-authored a paper," Interlocking in Twin Pregnancy - a case report" with Dr Bani Ghosh and Dr. Debi Prasad Chatterjee.

Prof. Nandini Raha
Prof. Nandini Raha
(1939- 2020)

Academician

Prof. Nandini Raha was an Intermediate Class student in Bethune College (1954-1956). She graduated with Honours in Physics from Scottish Church College in 1958. After teaching for some time in Sarojini Naidu College, Calcutta, she joined the Physics Department of Bethune College as lecturer in 1963 and continued to pursue her teaching career there for a long period of 37 years. After her retirement in 1999 she joined in practical teaching in the Baker Laboratory of the Presidency College. Even after her retirement, Prof. Raha was deeply involved in various activities of Bethune College including practical teaching to students of physics and college annual sports etc, Experimental Physics is her favourite subject. To inspire the students in it she used to take her students to Science Museum or to Indian Association for Cultivation of Science. At the age when people struggle with health issues, octogenarian Nandini Raha was dedicated and passionate and continued to take classes as a guest lecturer at Presidency University. This, she did without taking any fee. She says, "Things will change, you have to accept the change".

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Rupa Chakravarty
(1944-1997)

Academician and cultural activist

Rupa Chakravarty a cultural activist, graduated from Bethune College in 1964 with History Honours and was awarded a gold medal for her performance. She also had completed a course in Rabindra Sangeet from Viswa Bharati. She directed music in many musical performances one notable being Ramayana which she performed in Fort McMurray and Edmonton and in Chicago also. A prestigious award instituted in her memory by her son Joydeep, daughters Nipa and Dipa in 1999 is given annually to a Bethune Alumna who has distinguished herself in the area of performing art or science or research.

Dr. (Prof.) Pushpa Misra
Dr. (Prof.) Pushpa Misra

Alma matar and Principal of Bethune College

Dr.(Prof) Pushpa Mishra passed B.A(Hons) in philosophy in 1961 from Bethune College, obtained Tatini Das Memorial Medal for highest proficiency in Philosophy(Hons); did M.A in Psychology & Philosophy from the University of Calcutta in 1963 & 1964 respectively; She appeared in WBSC Exam in 1966, stood 9th in Executive Category , being the first lady candidate from W.B selected in this category ,posted as Dy Magistrate in North 24 Parganas , but she declined and stayed in the teaching service. She did her Ph.d in Philosophy University of Rochester , New York in 1988.Her Ph.d dissertation was nominated for prestigious Johsnonian Prize in Philosophy, later published by Karnac Books, London under the title : Scientific status of Psychoanalysis : Evidence and confirmation .She was a full bright fellow for the year -1993-1994,She did her Post-Doctoral work at the University of Pittsburg, USA. Dr. (Prof) Mishra Joined WBES in 1968, taught mainly in Lady Brabourne College (from lecturer to Head of Philosophy Dept.); acted as Head of Department of Philosophy in Bethune College from 1988 to 1990.Rejoined Bethune College as Professor of Philosophy and joined the post of principal in January-1997, retired in 2002.

She is a fully trained practicing psychologist, a Training & Supervising Analyst and currently is the president of Indian Psychoanalytical Society affiliated to International Psychoanalytical Association, London. She is the recipient of (First) Kadambini Ganguly Medaand has been awarded Rupa Chakraborty Medal from Bethune College Sammilani.

She is also a well-known translator and writer and author of Scientific status of Psychoanalysis : Evidence and confirmation ,Karnac Books,London; 'Purva, Ardhanariswar '-translation in collaboration with Dr.Kanika Bose, published by Sahitya Academy; Translated in Bengali : Outlines of Psychoanalysis by S.Freud ; Translated in Bengali : The classic Biography of Freud by Hans Sachs: Freud : Master & Friend;Edited special volume on Freud -published by Ebong Mushayera;'Abarjana; - Translation of the autobiography of famous Punjabi Author-Ajit Kaur;Translation into Bengali : A collection of short stories by Ajit Kaur.

She has Published many articles in the area of Philosophy and Psychology. Her areas of Interest include Philosophy & Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Environmental ethics and medical ethics, Bengali & Hindi literature.

Manimala Das
Dr. (Prof.) Manimala Das
(1953-)

Educationist and Principal of Bethune College

Professor Manimala Das graduated from Bethune College with Physics (Honours) and did her Master's degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. She was awarded a State Scholarship by the Government of West Bengal in 1977 for higher studies in Physics at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She was awarded Lundgren Research Award from the University in 1980 and was the first woman from India to receive a Ph.D. degree in Physics from Cambridge University. Professor Das continued her research work as Post-Doctoral Fellow at a State University of California, U.S.A. On her return to India, she joined Presidency College. She taught Physics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and held the Charge of the Post Graduate Laboratory of Solid-State Physics for twenty years till she joined Lady Brabourne College as Professor of Physics in W.B.S.E.S. After a short stint of seven months there, Professor Das took over as Principal of Bethune College, her alma mater in October 2002. Under her leadership 125th anniversary of Bethune College was celebrated through a year-long program (2003-2004) including publication of two volumes of essays - "In the Footsteps of Chandramukhi" and "Women and Politics of Gender". As a result of her outreach initiative, in 2004 Tarak Sudha Endowment Fund was started at Bethune College with a generous donation made by Shri Amares Sarkar, son of Late Sudhalata Sarkar, an alumna. In 2006 Jyotsnamayee Dey Endowment Fund was started with another generous donation from Shri Amit De, son of Late Jyotsnamayee Dey, another alumna. Both these funds were instrumental in sustaining teaching of Computer Science (Hons) and Post graduate Mathematics in those days. During her tenure autonomous postgraduate teaching was initiated at Bethune College in four different subjects. Under the able guidance of Professor Das, Bethune College was assessed by NAAC for the first time in 2006 and was accredited with 'A' grade. Through her initiative, in 2008 two plots of land at Salt Lake were allotted to Bethune College for construction of a Hostel and for a Second Campus. Professor Das served as a member of the Pay Review Committee constituted by the University Grants Commission in 2007 for revision of pay of University and College teachers of India w.e.f. 1.1.2006. In 2008 Professor Das was appointed Vice Chancellor of Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata. Through her initiative, the construction of the University Headquarters was started. Introduction of IT, recruitment of faculty members and creation of posts were amongst her major contributions to the University. Professor Das was a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and has delivered a number of lectures at various Institutions including Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. Improving the quality of Higher Education available in India has always been the professional goal of Professor Das. Since her retirement she has continued to work with National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bengaluru as Chairperson of Peer Teams for assessment and accreditation of a large number of Colleges and Universities all over India. She served as a member of National Task Force, formed in 2018, for Assessment and Accreditation of Open and Distance Learning. Professor Das was elected a Life Fellow of Cambridge Philosophical Society, UK in 1982.

Nandini Maliya
Nandini Maliya
(1952 - 1999)

Theatre and film personality

Nandini Maliya starred in nearly forty films, the most notable being Chhuti which won her the National Award. She is also remembered for her performances in Malyadaan, Bisarjan, Nimantran, Mandir, Kajla Didi, Samarpita etc. Nandini is also known for her acting in professional theatre and jatra.

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Rita Sinha

Sports person

Rita Sinha a National Champion in Rifle Shooting. She hails from the reputable Royal family of "Paikpara Raj" of Calcutta. She was graduated in Chemistry Honours from Bethune College. She was a National Champion in rifle shooting for consecutively nine years. And, represented India in many countries. In 1980 in Ahmedabad she achieved best award prizes from Dr. Karan Singh, Sailen Manna and Umapati Kumar and best year award from Khelar Ashar. She was also rewarded from Bethune College for her sporting achievements.

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Krishna Das
(1959 - till date)

Sports person

Krishna Das an Archer she represented India in the Asian Games in Bangkok 1978 and Delhi 1982 in and in three Asian Archery meets. She was the first archer to receive the Arjuna Award in 1984 in recognition for her outstanding achievements in the field of Archery. She has received several state awards and a host of other national level awards. She has coached several local level aspiring archers.

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Krishna Dutta

Author

Krishna Dutta graduated from Bethune College in 1961 with Honours in Philosophy. After doing her Master's in Philosophy from Calcutta University, she migrated to England along with her husband. Krishna Dutta was always interested in Bengali literature and she continued with her literary activities in England also. Her acclaimed work is a biography of Tagore titled Tagore: A Myriad Minded Man which she co-authored with Andrew Johnson. The book was published by Cambridge University. She also wrote a book on Calcutta titled Calcutta, published by Roli Books. She has also translated into English many letters of Tagore. As a Tagore scholar she is busy in translating various works of Tagore.

Pandita Tripti Mukherjee
Pandita Tripti Mukherjee

Singer

Pandita Tripti Mukherjee, an Indian Classical vocalist belonging to Mewati Gharana. She is a senior disciple of Pandit Jasraj. She is the founding director of (Padma Bibhushan) Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music, Research, Artistry and Appreciation, New York 99, New Hyde Park, USA. She was awarded Padmashri by Govt. of India in 2015 for her commitment over past 20 years to spreading Indian rich culture & heritage in their pure forms throughout America and beyond.

She is a regular artist for All India Radio, National television performances. She has performed at the White House (USA), Diwali Fest, 2007, at Indian Consulate in New York (Jewel of Indian concert programme), at Symphony Space, New York.

She is also a regular performer at Annual Pandit Moliram Pandit Sangeet Samaroho, Hyderabad, Sawai Gandharva Music Fest, Pune, Dover Lane Music Fest, Kolkata, Community College Theatre in Hayward, CA & Northampton, PA.

In her illustrious career She won various awards such as Chhandayan Jyotsna award, Amir Khan Memorial award, Pandit Jasraj Gourav Puraskar, 'Pandit' samman from the University of Karnatok, Dover Lane Music Circle, Award.She was also awarded by Jugantar Patrika

As a student of Bethune College, she completed her B.A (Hons) in Political Science (year find out), passed M.A in Political Science and obtained diploma in Russian Language from Gorki Sadan, Kolkata. While a student of Political Science in Bethune College she stood First in a talent competition organised by the renowned Dover Lane Music Conference in 1986.

Bratati Bandyopadhyay
Bratati Bandyopadhyay

Elocutionist

Bratati Bandyopadhyay is a name internationally acclaimed for spoken word art in Bengal. She made a landmark in Bengali recitation with her enthralling voice, grace, in depth understanding of poems and spontaneous delivery. She created her signature by blending elocution with music, light and stagecraft. In December,1996 Bratati did her first three-hour-long solo recital titled "Ek Sandhyay Eka Bratati" which created a milestone in cultural history of Bengal. Till date Kolkata witnessed Seven solo recitals given by her, each of three-hour duration, with full house. Some of her highly appreciated recitals apart from the above one is "Pachishe Bratati", "chira sakha" and "Chiradiner"

Bratati has more than Sixty (60) albums to her credit till date (Sesher Kabita, Gitanjali, Jay-Jayanti, Chirasakha Ele some of them). Her recent prominent work is Raktakarabi which she directed to stage in the form of audio play amalgamated with music,dance and supported by stage craft. She gave more than 2000 recitals in India & abroad. She performed in USA, UK, Australia, Kuwait, Muscat, Singapore and Bangladesh. Bratati received awards like Lifetime Achievement Award by Rotary Club of Calcutta, Woman of the Year by Airtel, Woman of the Year by Calcutta Club, Best Anchor Award by ZEE TV, Bharat Nirmaan Award, Abritti Ratna Award to name a few. She set up 'Kabyayan' an institution for practicing recitation which now caters almost 800 students. It has completed 25 years of its journey. She is the founder head of 'Bratati Parampara' that promotes recitation and allied forms of performing arts in a more professional manner. She is the mentor for elocution in the schools run by Techno India Group where She along with her students give lessons to School Children. She conducted a special workshop for inmates of Presidency Correctional Home in 2006.Bratati has five (5) literary titles to her credit. She is still attached with Doordarshan where She serves as a newsreader. Here her role is freelancing, doing programmes and major events.

Bratati is 1983/84 pass out from Bethune College with Economics (Hons). She was General Secretary of Students' Union for 2 years.

Debarati Shome
Debarati Shome

Singer

Debarati Shome is a renowned singer who stood First Class 1st in M.Mus. from Rabindra Bharati. She did her PhD on the subject of Bhanga Gaane Rabindranath er Swakiyata. She is a Radio Artist of Rabindra Sangeet (since 1984) and a recipient of Samatat Samman (2003).

Susmita Goswami
Susmita Goswami

Singer

Susmita Goswami a top graded Nazrul Geeti artist with All India Radio and Dooradarshan. Among her many awards, she has been honoured with Young Talent's Scholarship in the field of Hindusthani Shori Toppa. She has been awarded with the Nazrul Award for Life Time Achievement Award by the Govt. of West Bengal. Has also given music direction to the Bengali film Rehal.

Aditi Lahiri
Aditi Lahiri
(1952-till date)

Academician

Aditi Lahiri was a a student of Bethune College. She was awarded Leibniz prize Max Planck Research Award. She is an Indian born British Linguist & holds the chair of Linguistics at the University of Oxford since 2007.She is also a fellow of sommer ville College, Oxford. Her interests range from Phonology, phonetics, historical linguistics to psycholinguistics & neuro linguistics. She is the director of the Language & Brain Lab and Principal Investigator of MORPHON Project.

Rupa Manjari Ghosh
Rupa Manjari Ghosh

Academician

Rupa manjari Ghosh is the present vice chancellor of Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh. She is the former Director of School of Natural Science & Dean of Research & Graduate studies at Shiv Nadar University. Prof. Ghosh is a professor of Physics & former Dean at the School of Physical Science, Jawharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Her areas of interests include Experimental & Theoretical Quantum optics, Laser Physics, Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Information, Quantum Measurement, Magnetic Optics etc. She completed her Bsc in physics from Bethune College subsequent to which She completed Msc in Physics from Rajabazar Science College of Calcutta University. She completed her Phd from University of Rochester (USA). She was awarded Streeshakti Science Samman in 2008.

Dr. (Prof.) Suparna Sanyal
Dr. (Prof.) Suparna Sanyal

Academician

Dr. (Prof.) Suparna Sanyal with her alma matar Bethune College is the Professor at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden. She is busy solving mechanistic questions regarding protein synthesis and protein folding. Expert in molecular and structural biology & fast kinetics her research focuses on ribosome structure and function, translational GTPases, antibiotics, amyloid (prion) aggregation and misfolding diseases. Sanyal lab has engineered an E. coli strain JE28, which allows quick and easy purification of the his-tagged ribosomes. They have assembled an in vivo like cell-free translation system with purified ribosomes and translation factors. Sanyal is also a pioneer for demonstrating rRNA assisted protein folding activity of the ribosome.

Dr. (Prof.) Aditi Sen Dey
Dr. (Prof.) Aditi Sen Dey
(1974 - till date)

Academician

Dr. (Prof.) Aditi Sen Dey after schooling joined Bethune College to study mathematics honours and obtained a degree in B.Sc. in 1995. Subsequently, she joined the prominent Applied Mathematics department of the Rajabazar Science College, University of Calcutta, where she pursued her interests in quantum and statistical physics. After achieving her Master's Degree followed by a short period of research work in India, moved to Gdańsk, Poland to work at the University of Gdańsk, where she received her PhD in January 2004. Following her doctoral studies, she moved to Hannover, Germany as a Humboldt Research Fellow given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany to work at the Leibniz University. Thereafter, she joined The Institute of Photonic Sciences at Barcelona, Spain to continue her research on quantum information theory, condensed matter and statistical physics. She won the prestigious Ramón y Cajal Research Fellowship during her time in Spain. Upon returning to India in 2008, she briefly joined the School of Physical Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University as an Assistant Professor in Physics, before moving to Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad in 2009, where she is currently a Professor in Physics. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research awarded her the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, one of the highest Indian science awards in 2018. She is the first women recipient of this Prize in the Physical Science category. In 2012, she won the biennial Buti Foundation Award, given by the Indian Physics Association to young scientists who have made outstanding contributions in the area of Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics or Biophysics.

Dr. (Prof.) Neena Gupta
Dr. (Prof.) Neena Gupta
(1984-till date)

Academician

Dr. (Prof.) Neena Gupta was graduated with honours in Mathematics from Bethune College in 2006. She earned her Post Graduation in Mathematics from the Indian Statistical Institute in 2008 and subsequently, her Ph.D. degree in 2011 with algebraic geometry as her specialization. Her primary fields of interest are commutative algebra and affine algebraic geometry. She served various prestigious institutions i.e. as an Associate Professor at Statistical and Mathematics Unit (SMU), ISI Kolkata, INSPIRE Faculty at ISI Kolkata, Visiting Fellow at TIFR Mumbai, Visiting Scientist at ISI Kolkata, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Research Fellow at ISI Kolkata. For her brilliant works in Mathematics she received the Saraswathi Cowsik Medal by the TIFR Alumni Association for her work on the Zariski Cancellation Problem in positive characteristic (2013), Swarup Bhatnagar Award (2019) in the category of mathematical sciences, the highest honour in India in the field of science and technology.

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