Burdwan Raj College is one of the premier and oldest (established in 1881) colleges not only in the district of Burdwan but also in the whole state of West Bengal. The picturesque campus of about 17 acres is situated at the centre of the town, adjacent to the Railway Station, Medical College and Hospital and The University of Burdwan. The serene beauty of Shyamsayar adds grandeur to the College. The name of the College is so widespread that it needs no introduction. Nevertheless, a glimpse of the portrait of the College is cheering, a kind of sweet remembrance we always like to cherish.
Back to 1881
Burdwan Raj College dates back to the year 1881. Burdwan Raj College opened up windows of new learning to this relatively little known place of Bengal, over a hundred kilometres away from Kolkata, more than a hundred and thirty years ago with the introduction of a Course in Liberal Arts in the year 1881. By the first half of the twentieth century, courses in Science were introduced and Honours syllabi under the University of Calcutta were being taught. This definitely marks the farsightedness of the Maharajas of Burdwan, namely, Tej Chand, Mahatab Chand and Aftab Chand. The royal patronage was taken over by the Govt. of West Bengal in 1956 under the sponsoring scheme and the College was affiliated to the University of Burdwan in 1960. The growth and development of the college is quite remarkable.
From the very beginning Burdwan Raj College is recognized as an excellent academic institution where learning goes hand in hand with instilling values that transform human beings, nay society. It has produced a galaxy of eminent personalities in various fields of arts, science, commerce and not the least, politics and administration. The long list of luminous personalities speaks a lot about the College, its aims and objectives and achievements. Mere education for education’s sake is not our goal; education with a mission to strengthen human bond in the larger perspective of the globe is our emphasis. The College always feels the need of values that can unite human beings in a society which is torn by disquiet, disorder and disintegration. Hence is the necessity of code of conduct on the part of students.
Students admitted into Burdwan Raj College are to be aware of their responsibility to the College, to the fellow students and people of the society in general. They should hold high the dignity and legacy of 128 years. Failure to maintain appropriate decorum will attract disciplinary action. Students are to attend 75% of classes held.
It runs three shifts – Morning (only General – Arts & Commerce), Day (Hons. in Arts & Science) and Evening (Commerce). Twenty honours courses are taught here in addition to B.B.A. (H) and B.C.A. (H). It is at present a constituent college of Burdwan University as it offers P.G. study in Bengali.