Situated in the prime locality of South Kolkata, Prafulla Chandra College, has a rich legacy of providing higher education since 1955. Initially the college, known as City College, South Calcutta branch (Evening Section) was established primarily to offer opportunities of higher education to students who had no alternative but to simultaneously earn and learn. The college started with the aim to provide commerce education to male students; with growing demands the college was converted into a co-educational college offering a number of subjects including five Honours courses in Commerce, Humanities and Science. In its long journey of more than 60 years, the college has produced a huge number of graduates who have later established themselves in the society and are revered in their own fields. In the second cycle of NAAC assessment, the college has been graded with ‘B+’.
As a progressive initiative, the college has introduced regular Post-graduation course in Commerce under the University of Calcutta. The college has already adopted a number of technology-enabled infrastructural facilities including office automation, online admission, students’ database management system. During the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic when normal classroom teaching process was completely stopped, the college introduced ‘Electronic Learning Management System (e-LMS)’ to continue teaching-learning process. In addition, some of the teachers used virtual platforms for direct teaching while others used emails, WhatsApp and were in direct contact with students. Since the pandemic is expected to long last, in this new-normal situation, the college has decided to use virtual platform extensively and accordingly, adopt necessary technology.
The college always believes not only in academic excellence, but also in instilling values among the students so as to ensure their holistic development that might enable themselves to achieve their goals in life. In the pandemic situation, teachers, office staff and students responded wholeheartedly to my appeal and created an example by extending their generous support to the State Government. I wish all my students, teachers and office staff alongwith their respective families good health and safety.
While the pandemic has resulted in job losses for many people, we have been receiving a number of academic verifications relating to new jobs of our ex-students, which bears testimony to their potential and ability. It is the zeal and dedication of the students that is raising the college to new heights. I hope that our students will succeed in every walk of life and maintain the glory of the college and turn our dreams into reality.