The Golden Jubilee Celebration

A journey of Bidya Bharati Girls’ High School (from 1965 to 2015)

2015 is a remarkable year in the annals of Bidya Bharati Girls’ High School since it marks the completion of 50 glorious years of its journey. This journey started 50 years back on 2nd of November, 1965. It was a dream dreamt of by Late Smt. Bharati Das Gupta, the founder principal of this school; she was ably supported and encouraged by her husband Late Sri P. K. Das Gupta, an erudite Engineer and Scientist. Bidya Bharati ventured forth on its new journey with only 9 students in a rented house at New Alipore. Nursed tenderly and carefully at its initial stages with love and devotion of its founder members, the school blossomed. The management of the Vidya Bharati Society for Educational and Scientific Advancement changed hands in the year 1997. The reins of the school passed over to the Late Sri Shyam Sundar Agarwal. The school continued its glorious journey under his able guidance. The mantle has passed on to his deserving son Sri. Mukul Agarwal. Over the years with sheer perseverance and determination,courage and integrity Bidya Bharati Girls’ High School has set up a new milestone in academic and co-curricular fields. Today the three units of Bidya Bharati Girls’ High School – Mominpore, Behala and New Alipore can boast of more than 4,500 students.

Under the excellent tutelage of efficient teachers the students of Bidya Bharati Girls’ High School have excelled in various fields. The achievements in the field of academics deserve special mention. The names of our students have appeared in the merit list of Madhyamik Examination. In the year 1991, Rituparna Sen, stood 8th in the overall merit list, in 1994, Indrani Paul, secured the 2nd position amongst the girls and in 2008, Sanjukta Ghoshal stood 4th. Saheli Chowdhury stood 9th in the Higher Secondary Examination in the year 2010. .

Every year our students come out with flying colours with most of them securing more than 80% & star(*) marks in different subjects. The achievements of the students have not been limited to academics only. A sketch by Pallabi Majumder based on Durga Puja Immersion Theme that was released in the form of a special stamp in Delhi “bagged Children’s Day stamp crown”(The Telegraph). Other than this she got international recognition at the Asian Children’s Art Competition, Osaka, International Children’s Art Exhibition of the Czech Republic and the International Youth Art Exhibition in Bulgaria. Our students participated in an art workshop organized by the British Council. This Workshop was a part of the Rivers of the World Project, organized by the British Council and a part of the London Mayor’s Thames Festivals. The students have also participated in seminars organized by Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Kolkata; Inter-school debate, elocution, quiz, music and dance competitions and have achieved success. Our students have won laurels in Inter-School Drama Competitions organized by British Council under Frontera.Our pupils who participated in the One Act Play scripted from Rabindranath Tagore’s short story ‘The Hungry Stones’,qualified for the final round of six top teams and Mahasweta Chakraborty of class X was awarded the best actress prize. She was given the opportunity to attend the Drama Workshop organized by The London School of Drama.Our students have also excelled in art competitions, All India Science Aptitude and Talent Search Test, Science and Maths Olympiad, FM music and quiz shows. Thus with the active participation of the students, Bidya Bharati Girls’ High School has scaled new heights. The school has inculcated a sense of social awareness in the minds of the students by launching different social awareness programmes. Every year the students have raised generous donations which have been handed over to many social and charitable organizations like HelpAge, UNICEF, Bharat Sevasram Sangha, Ramkrishna Mission, Blind School (Behala) and the like. .

Presently, teachers and students have started ‘Dipanwita’ an evening school to spread the light of education among the street children under the guidance of our Honorary President Smt. Purnima Mukherjee and Headmistress Smt. Sharmistha Banerjee. .

The different projects taken up by Bidya Bharati Girls’ High School reflect the awareness of the responsibility that the students are entrusted with, thus enabling them to grow up as better individuals. The institution has undertaken extensive project works on The Struggle for Independence where the sacrifices of great martyrs like Netaji, Bhagat Singh, Surya Sen, Binoy, Badal, Dinesh have been highlighted; not only history of past India but the students have also shown their keen interest in science The project on Time Space And Thing, Aspects Of Knowledge– a project on Madam Curie deserve special mention. Many other project works on the role of great religious teachers like Gautam Buddha; Swami Vivekananda; litterateurs like Rabindranath and Bankim Chandra; Remarkable Women Down the Ages, Mothers, the torch bearers, reflect the great skill and enthusiasm of the teachers and the students. .

The talent and the endeavour of the students in the cultural and extra curricular activities deserve special mention. .

We have been privileged to have amongst us some eminent personalities who have visited our institution. To begin with we were lucky enough to have the blessings of the great Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa who visited our school encouraging us for our endeavour, thus inspiring us with her message of peace and benevolence. .

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Late Dr. S.N. Sen – Ex Vice Chancellor of Calcutta University, Late Dr. Roma Chowdhury – Ex Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, Late Smt. Anila Devi – Ex President, West Bengal Board of Higher Secondary Education, Nirmal Sinha – Ex Secretary of Board of Secondary Education, Dr. Gopa Dutta – President of West Bengal Higher Secondary Council, Sri Swapan Sarkar – Secretary of West Bengal Council of Secondary Education, Dr. Mamata Roy – Secretary of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, remarkable historian Late Sri Tripurari Chakraborty, Mr Sabyasachi Chakraborty: Chief Justice of India, Late Justice Smt. Padma Khastagir, litterateurs Manoj Basu, Achintya Kumar Sengupta, Nabanita Deb Sen, Bani Basu, Krishna Basu and many more have graced our school with their august presence. In this regard we would like to convey our thanks to the Mayor of Kolkata Mr. Sovan Chatterjee whose presence has encouraged us. Thus in times of challenge and victory, Bidya Bharati Girls’ High School has been blessed with the presence and best wishes of all these veteran personalities. .

Thus “…the winds
Of circumstances and freshening April showers
Of early knowledge and unnumbered kinds
Of new perceptions shed their influence…” and Bidya Bharati Girls’ High School
has scaled new heights and explored horizons in her tireless striving towards perfection in all these fifty glorious years.