Govt. of West Bengal
Bethune College
Bethune College


Prof.(Dr.) Mamata Ray (Chaudhuri)

General Information
Designation Principal, Bethune College
Qualification B.A Economics (Honours) ,Presidency College, 1st. Class
M.A Economics, C.U, 1st.Class

M.Phil: Dissertation Title: Technical Change & Union-Management
Interaction in Indian Banking Industry, CU

Ph. D: Dissertation Title: Regional Banking & Lending Behaviour of
Commercial Banks - A Path- dependent Analysis, CU

Training :
Post P.G. Diploma in Basic Programming (Indian Statistical Institute,
Calcutta, 1992)


Service Career

  • Began as Lecturer in Economics (WBES) at Lady Brabourne College
  • Served Presidency College, Kolkata as Professor & later as Head of the Dept. of Economics during 1994-2004 (WBSES). During Headship a PG degree course in Applied Economics directly under the Calcutta University but not taught in the Dept of Economics, Calcutta University, was introduced in 2002 in the Economics Dept of Presidency College and the Dept. was the first in India from the category of Social Sciences to be awarded the DST FIST grant in 2003-04.
  • Served as the Principal of Lady Brabourne College in 2004-05
  • Served Presidency College, Kolkata, as the first lady Principal during 2005 - 2008
  • President, West Bengal Board of Secondary Education 2008-2011
  • Pro-VC (BA & F) 2011-2014, University of Calcutta
  • Principal, Maulana Azad College 2014-15
  • Presently Principal, Bethune College, July 2015 till date


  1. "Behold Thy Mother: Mrs. Mary Richmond Noble through the eyes of Holy Mother's Nivedita" in Sister Nivedita and Her Contributions to India (ed) by Swami Kamalasthananda, RKM Vivekananda Centenary College, Rahara, 2018 (978-93-5279-687-8)
  2. In Bengali essay on Sister Nivedita in the book Mahasweta Nivedita , 2017, (ISBN: 81-90245-7-2)
  3. Women's Agency & Empowerment: Track to Power Equity in Women's Empowerment or Power Equity: A Challenge to 21st Century India, Centre for Women's Studies, Kalyani University, 2015 (ISBN: 978-93-82229-96-4)
  4. Gender Inequality & Multi-dimensional Poverty: India in a comparative perspective in Women Empowerment in India: Challenges Ahead (ed) Dr. Debashis Mazumdar et al, Akshar, 2014 (ISBN: 978-81-923645-7-5)
  5. Swami Vivekananda: an unacknowledged forefather of UNDP's Human Development Paradigm in Saswata Vivekananda ed by Prof. Debaprasad Banerjee, 2013 (ISBN: 978-81-928246-4-2)
  6. Writings on issues of school education in different volumes of Parshad Barta and popular writings in Shardiya Padadhwani, Puja Publication of the WBBSE, 2008,
    2009 & 2010-11
  7. "The grass root matters - a review of West Bengal's economic agenda" in the Special Year-end Supplement of The Economic Times, 31 December, 2007.
  8. Stickiness in Lending Behaviour of Banks - A Path-dependent Explanation in in Artha Beekshan, Vol. 13, No, 2 (Sept., 2004) (ISSN: 0972-1185)

Lectures (last six years)

  1. Speaker in the Panel "Empowering women: In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 2030" organized by the National Library, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, 8 March, 2018
  2. Lecture on Sister Nivedita's Model of Women's Education in India in the national level UGC sponsored seminar at Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan College, Dumdum on 8th August, 2017
  3. Lecture on Sister Nivedita in National level seminar at RKM Vivekananda Centenary College, Rahara in September,2016.
  4. Lecture on "Pledge for Parity" in a seminar organized by the Birla Industrial & Technology Museum, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, 8 March, 2016
  5. Lecture on Sister Nivedita in a seminar at Mahishadal Book Fair in January, 2016
  6. As the moderator of the panel discussion, "Coalition Politics and Inclusive Growth-The Indian Perspective" in the Confluence organized by the Xavier's Economic Society at St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata on 24th September, 2014
  7. Invited lecture in the UGC sponsored National Level Seminar on "Women Empowerment in India: Challenges Ahead" at Bangabasi College, 21 September, 2014
  8. Keynote Lecture on India as an Emerging Economy - Challenges and Opportunities in a two-day National Seminar organized by Loreto College, 14th Sept, 2014
  9. Invited Speaker on Women's Empowerment or Power Equity: A Challenge to 21st Century India in the context of Human Rights on 10th April, 2014 in an One-day International Seminar organized by the Centre for Women's Studies, Kalyani University
  10. Invited Speaker in a National UGC sponsored Seminar on "FDI in Multi-Brand Retailing in India: Curse or Boon?" organized by the Naba Ballygunge College in collaboration with New Alipore College and BISWA, a registered NGO on 18th November, 2013.
  11. Vivekanander chintar aloke samaj gathan at Youth Convention organized by RKM Vivekananda University at Vivekananda Sabhagriha, Belur, 21 June 2013
  12. Invited Lecture titled "Science & Technology Policy, Innovation and Human Development" in a DST sponsored National Seminar at S. N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences on 15th May, 2013
  13. Lecture on Competition Policy at St. Xavier's College, UGC sponsored National Conference in 2013
  14. "A Road towards Social Justice& Gender Empowerment: Swamiji's Vision", lecture delivered in a state level seminar titled The Crisis of Modern Civilization and the relevance of Vivekananda's Philosophy" orgsnised by Bangabasi Collegein collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission Saradapith, Belur Math, 7th September, 2012
  15. "Education and Women's Identity: Links and Missing Links" - Mrs. Sukhnandan Bhagat Memorial Lecture organized annually by the RKM Institute of Culture, 15, February, 2012
  16. Lectures delivered at respectively at RKM Institute of Culture, Vivekananda's Ancestral Home, Saradapith, Jadavpur University, Vivekananda Society and many other places in the years 2012-2013-2014 during observance of sesquicentennial year of Swami Vivekananda
  17. In Panel Discussions in the Annual conferences of the Bengal Economic Association at Lady Brabourne College, 2006 and at St. Xavier's College
  18. Delivered lectures as Resource Person in many Orientation and Refresher Courses organized by the University of Calcutta

Many other lectures in different places

Participation at the national level:

  1. Edited Autumn Annual, Journal of Presidency Alumni Association, 2014-5, 2015-16, 2016-17 and a member of the Editorial Board in the Bicentenary Volume of the Autumn Annual, 2018

  2. Acted as the all India Convener of Women's Science Congress (100th Science Congress) held in Kolkata in January, 2013
  3. Acted as Chairperson, All India Reception Committee in the Annual Conference of the All India Women's Conference in 2012
  4. A member of the Planning Commission Consultative Committee on Higher Education for XII Plan (2012)
  5. Served as a member of the Consultative Group on School Education & Literacy
    (Planning Commission) related to the Mid-term appraisal of the Eleventh Five Year Plan. As Chairperson of the sub-committee on Secondary Education contributed to the preparation of its report (Sept.-Nov. 2009)
  6. Served as a member of the Committee of Experts on Model Schools constituted by
    the Govt. of India in the MHRD (Nov. 2008) & contributed with Dr. Shayama
    Chona in the write-up on Model Schools as pace-setting institutions
  7. Have visited several colleges across India including St. Xavier's College, Mumbai as Member of the Peer Teams of the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) during 2007-2017
    1. Was a member of the Executive Committee, Rabindra Bharati University during 2012-2016
    2. Have served as member of the Syndicate, Calcutta University in a number of terms beginning from 2005-6, a member of the PG Faculty Council, CU and a member of the Senate, CU

Vice-President, Women's Co-ordinating Council and member of All India Women's Conference

Vice-President, NGO Agami Nirman