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