Bengal National College

  • 191/1, Bowbazar Street, Calcutta

    191/1, Bowbazar Street, Calcutta

Bengal National College 

On 15.Aug.1906, Bengal National College, with Sri Aurobindo as its first Principal, started functioning from 191/1, Bowbazar street. The Building was taken on a lease for one year. The monthly rent was Two hundred Rupees.

When we established this college and left other occupations, other chances of life, to devote our lives to this institution, we did so because we hoped to see in it the foundation, the nucleus of a nation, of the new India which is to begin its career after this night of sorrow and trouble, on that day of glory and greatness when India will work for the world. What we want here is not merely to give you a little information, not merely to open to you careers for earning a livelihood, but to build up sons for the Motherland to work and to suffer for her. That is why we started this college...

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  • 164 and 166, Bowbazar Street, Calcutta

    164 & 166, Bowbazar Street, Calcutta

Growth of National Education

In June 1907, the Bengal National College, was shifted to 164 & 166 Bowbazar street, due to shortage of space in the earlier location. The Building was taken on a lease of five years at a monthly rent of four hundred and fifty Rupees.

National Education

National education was another item to which Sri Aurobindo attached much importance. He had been disgusted with the education given by the British system in the schools and colleges and universities, a system of which as a professor in the Baroda College he had full experience. He felt that it tended to dull and impoverish and tie up the naturally quick and brilliant and supple Indian intelligence, to teach it bad intellectual habits and spoil by narrow information and mechanical instruction its originality and productivity. The movement began well and many national schools were established in Bengal and many able men became teachers, .....

  • Sri Aurobindo at Bengal National College - 23.Aug.1907

    Sri Aurobindo at Bengal National College - 23.Aug.1907

Professor Extraordinaire

Sri Aurobindo in addition to being Principal also taught various subjects.

When he would lecture in the class they would hang upon his lips - it is said even many professors came in to listen - and they found in his informal, unacademic way of teaching something which gripped their hearts, illumined their intelligence, and fired their imagination. He taught most by appearing to teach the least. His presence was an irresistible inspiration and his soft, warm words, shot with flashes of intuition and insight, were evocative and quickening

Advice to students more 

...If you will study, study for her sake; train yourselves body and mind and soul for her service. You will earn your living that you may live for her sake. You will go abroad to foreign lands that you may bring back knowledge with which you may do service to her. Work that she may prosper. Suffer that she may rejoice. All is contained in that one single advice...


"When the boys of the College and school came up to their beloved Principal one by one, bowed at his feet and garlanded him, it was a sight for the Gods to see."

Commemorative Plaques

  • Commemorative Plaque at 191/1, Bowbazar Street
    Commemorative Plaque at 191/1, Bowbazar Street, Calcutta

Inscription

On 15.Aug.1906, the Bengal National College started functioning from
191-1, Bowbazar Street
(New: 191, Bepin Behari Ganguli Street) with Sri Aurobindo as its first Principal.

15.August.1990

  • Commemorative Plaque at 164 and 166, Bowbazar Street
    Commemorative Plaque at 164 & 166, Bowbazar Street, Calcutta

Inscription

On 23.August.1907, Sri Aurobindo delivered an address, at the request of teachers for a few words of advice to the students assembled at 166, Bowbazar Street (New: Bepin Behari Ganguli Street). The echoes of that soul-stirring exhortation to serve the Motherland resonate even today:

"If you will study, study for Her sake; train yourselves body and mind and soul for Her service... Work that She may prosper. Suffer that She may rejoice."

15.August.1990

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191/1, Bowbazar Street

 Directions

Current Address

  • Sri Mandir, 191, Bepin Behari Ganguli street

Directions

  • While travelling on Bepin Behari Ganguli street towards Chittaranjan Avenue
  • The place is approximately 550 feet before Bidhan Sarani (College Street) crossing

164 & 166, Bowbazar Street

 Directions

Current Address

  • Basumati Sahitya Mandir Building, Bepin Behari Ganguly Street.
 


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