Bhairab Ganguly College is an esteemed academic institution situated at the northern fringe of Kolkata metropolis of West Bengal. The college is located at the core of Kamarhati Municipal area with Barrackpore Trunk Road in the west. The college was established on 3rd September 1968, under the initiative of late JibandhanGanguly, a renowned philanthropist of Belgharia. He generously contributed eleven bighas of land from his family property with the avowed aim of opening the avenue of higher education for local students belonging to diverse socio-economic status. The Degree College was finally named after the late grandfather of Jibandhan Ganguly as Bhairab Ganguly College. The genesis of the College is further associated with another remarkable academic endeavour. The Arts section of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College was merged with this newly established College and consequently a host of experienced teachers joined this institution both enriching and enhancing the faculty of the College. It became a Government sponsored college and was recognized under section 2(f)and 12 (f) of the UGC Act. The College is proud to possess a huge campus comprising 25 bighas of land (8.33 acres) on which three separate buildings have been erected to provide good infrastructural facilities and to ensure an ambience conducive to the pursuit of quality education. Its unique infrastructure is indeed commendable as the College has maintained an idyllic campus adorned with greenery, flower gardens, football ground, a colossal Indoor Sports Complex (Toruner Swapna), an Auditorium equipped with the state-of-the-art acoustics system (Alapan), Meteorological Observatory, A History Museum (Heritage), Open Air Theatre (Mukto Mon), Medicinal Garden (Niramoy Nikunja), Rain Water Harvesting Scheme (Megh Kalas), Butterfly garden, a well-equipped College Gymnasium, new College Canteen, Girls’ and Boys’ Common Room etc. Sir J.C. Bose Research Unit was setup to facilitate research activities of faculties. A seminar hall equipped with all up-to-date technical facilities has been set up and named after A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the luminary figure in the path of Science. For better safety and security of the College, CCTV has been installed at different strategic points for a centralized monitoring system.
Although the College started its journey with only twenty-one students and four teachers, over the years it has transformed itself into a centre of academic excellence. The College at present has total student strength of approximately five thousand, imparting learning in diverse areas of Humanities, Commerce and Basic Sciences. There are Honours courses in 22 disciplines and General Courses in 24 subjects. Newly emerging subjects in the field of Applied Sciences such as Computer Science, Electronic Science, Food and Nutrition and some highly demanding disciplines in the sphere of Humanities such as Journalism and Mass Communication have been given due emphasis. One of the key milestones achieved by this institution has been the commencement of PG Courses with affiliation to West Bengal State University (WBSU) from 2009-10 in accordance with the institution’s vision of advancement of learning, need-based higher education and to cater to the ever ascending demand for PG studies. At present, the College offers self-financed PG Courses in 4 subjects, namely, English, Geography, Urdu and Commerce.
The first assessment by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Peer Team was conducted in 2008, wherein the College was accredited with Grade ‘B’ (CGPA of 2.24). After its second visit in 2016, the NAAC recognized Bhairab Ganguly College as an ‘A’ Grade (CGPA of 3.01) institution, thus acknowledging its persistent enterprise to form better members for a better society.