(Last Updated on : 03/01/2009)
Sivanath Sastri College aims at projecting itself as a dynamic and contemporary college. The College contains a century old `Brahmo tradition` that is absolutely in harmony with the present day dynamism. The distinctiveness of the college lies in the balanced fusion of old and new.
The Sivanath Sastri College is also known as South City College, morning. It is located near Gol Park, South Calcutta at 23/49, Gariahat Road, Kolkata-700029. The college is awarded B+ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Sivanath Sastri College is the outcome of the great educational movement of the late nineteenth century. Anandamohan Bose was the founder of City School and City College He ultimately entrusted a Board of Trustees of the `Sadharon Brahmo Samaj` with the management of the institution. A commerce department was started in the City College in 1939. The South Kolkata branch was started in November 1946 in the premises of south suburban branch school at 110, Lansdowne Road. In July of 1952 the South Calcutta Branch shifted to 50, Mahim Halder Street, Kalighat. Finally, in 1954 The South Calcutta Branch was accommodated in the new building of the college at Gariahat Road. The foundation stone of the South Calcutta building was laid on January 6th, 1954 by the late Harendra Coomer Mukherjee, the then Governor of West Bengal. In the year 1955, the section for women started in the same building. That was the time when there was increasing demand for educational institutes for women. Women`s education was one of the chief aim of Sadharan Brahmo Samaj and its movement. In the year 1961, the City College Commerce Department branched off into five separate colleges namely City College of commerce and Business administration, Umesh Chandra College, Heramba Chandra College, Prafulla Chandra College and Sivanath Sastri College. The morning section for women of the South City Commerce Department emerged as Sivanath Sastri College, affiliated to the University of Calcutta and closely tied to the City Group of Colleges in the heritage bond. The College was named after Pandit Sivanath Sastri, a renowned scholar and accomplished writer, a dedicated teacher and the pioneer who advocated for freedom, political, social, religious and educational freedom for women. The institute thrived under the able leadership of its first principal, late A.K.Sen who provided well care to this institute.
The subjects offered in degree courses of the college are English, Bengali, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Education, Sanskrit, Economics, Geography and Commerce. The college is particularly famous for its Commerce department. The faculty comprises of the professionals from the world of Finance, Accountancy, Law and Company Secretaryship. This successfully establishes a lively channel between academics and career. Humanities streams are also taught in this college, which provides a platform for the interaction between very diverse streams. The commerce stream emphasizes on creative applicability while the humanities give the students a multidimensional prospect. The humanities department in this college is not merely an isolated academic stream. This brings the ideal of enlightenment and also vocational relevance. Sivanath Sastri College is one of the first institutions in Calcutta that offers Commerce course exclusively for the Girls` students. The college is not a part of aggressive and showy women`s` liberation movement, but it highlights women`s issues so that the girls can achieve a quiet, non-aggressive and mature confidence. The college aims at maintaining flexible disciplinary framework.
Girls from different background of the society study in this college and there are also students who come from very poor and deprived background. The college authority encourages this intermingling since the college is non-elitist and truly democratic in sense. The college performs very well in the University examinations. The college profile has the potential to attract the best talents of the city.
The Sivanath Sastri College is affiliated under the University of Calcutta. The College primarily sustains on the grant-in-aid received from the Government. Majority of the students come from urban and suburban areas. The admission procedure strictly follows the merit lists. The performance of the students in the university exams is praise worthy and therefore the college has earned a very good reputation in and around Calcutta. The college has obtained a special status relating to the field of commerce. The college offers different honours courses under B.A. and B.Sc. streams. The faculty of this college is very experienced. Some of the teachers in Commerce Departments are associated with the corporate world. A few of the teachers are also attached to postgraduate departments of different universities of West Bengal. The teachers of the departments like Education and Political Science also provide academic guidance to different institutions belonging to the rural areas. The faculty members regularly take part in Seminars and Workshops to upgrade themselves with the knowledge of recent developments in the respective fields. The college regularly organizes workshops to raise the awareness of the students relating to various social issues like `AIDS awareness Program`, `Drug-abuse` etc. The college has recently undertaken an international project with Prayasam under the guidance of UNICEF on child right.
The college is not only a merely educational institute that only provides traditional academic study, but also takes greatest care to its students so that they have improves communication skills by arranging debates and extempore speeches so that they can readily face the challenges made by professional world. The students are encouraged to pursue other cultural and artistic activities in which they are proficient.
The college has many committees, which look after the academic and administrative environment. These are Academic Sub-committee and Campus awareness and Student Integration sub-committee. Sivanath Sastri College runs under the supervision of the governing body, constituted by Brahmo Samaj Education Society (BSES). The representatives of this Governing Body are selected from the teachers, students and non-teaching staffs. This makes the administration uniquely democratic and purely academic. The Governing Body works under the direct supervision of BSES.
The campus life of this college is extremely active. The classes start from very early in the morning. The locale of the college ensures the vibrant academic atmosphere that is brought with scientific openness. There is a student union, which is important part of the college life. The Students` Union is empowered to take part in various decisions of the college. The college authority under the guidance of the Principal conducts an election for the formation of the general body of the student union. This governing body subsequently selects the office bearers. The Students Union organizes blood donation camps, annual cultural events, the Social and the Freshers Welcome.
The college has a Music Club, known as Srijoni that is also associated with the cultural committee, which encourages young talents to reveal their skills before the audience. It also gives a platform to the students who have a knack for creative writing or art photography. The college magazine is published each year. Along with the writings on various topics the magazine also includes the artwork of the students. The college believes that only academics are not enough for total development of personality of a student. Career Counseling and Personality Development courses are organized by professional organization. Different reputed corporate houses have conducted campus interviews for the students. A short course on `self-defence` is arranged for the students, which enable them to face the world with lot more courage.
There is an annual sports meet organized by the teachers and students union. The sports meet is arranged in the spacious grounds of Rabindra Sarovar Stadium. There is a long list of sports that is held here: long jump, high jump, shot put, relay race, discuss throw, three legged race and sprinting. There is an event of musical chair in the sports day. The College has also formed a Women`s cell to promote the cause of the woman.
Above all the teacher-student relationship is very cordial in the Sivanath Sastri College. The ambience of the college is conducive to fulfill the educational and other goals.
The Sivanath Sastri College Alumnae Association (SNSCAA) was established on 1st May, 2003. The SNSCAA regularly organizes camps on the identification of blood groups at free of cost. It also plays a vital role in organizing a cultural program in association with a NGO for their fund raising venture. The SNSCAA also promotes various cultural activities in collaboration with the college cultural club Srijoni.
The objective of SNSCAA is to promote fellowship and to establish, renew and maintain contact among the old students, old teachers and the retired non-teaching staff of the Sivnath Sastri College. The association arranges and organizes lectures, debates, discussions, seminars and excursions. It also publishes bulletins and souvenirs and promotes the literary and cultural activities along with the social services. This association also undertakes welfare projects and provides financial help to the poor and needy students, scholars and ex-students as well as helps the aged and sick persons. The alumni association raises funds and collects donations and subscriptions for the purpose of the society.