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Established: 1849

Alumnae of Bethune Collegiate School

About School

Established in the year 1849 with the name of Hindu Female School and with just two students Bhubanmala and Kundamala, daughters of Madanmohan Tarkalankar, an eminent educationist, writer, administrator and one of the patrons of the school in its elementary stage. In 1856, the Government took charge of the school and later renamed it as Bethune School. Bethune School was at the time the centre of learning for the girls from 'progressive' families. Hindu reformers like Madanmohan Tarkalankar and Brahmo leaders like Rajnarayan Bose, Shivanath Shastri and Durgamohan Das sent their daughters to Bethune School.

Alumnae of Bethune Collegiate School

The alumnae of the School have shown their brilliance during the last century in diverse spheres of life. The institution which started with the founder John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune's pioneering vision of producing 'better wives and better mothers in their homes' has, with the help of education, successfully enlightened generations of women to such a degree that they have emerged as triumphant empowered individuals in both home and abroad.

Bethune School has always prioritised pursuit of knowledge, which is not confined to the pages of a text book. Our illustrious alumnae from various spheres of life testify to this fact. One of our alumnae like Kamini Roy was a distinguished writer. Shobha Sen, the legendary actress belonged to this School. Sarala Devi Chadhurani and Hironmayi Devi belonging to the illustrious Tagore family were students of this School. The celebrated danseuses Manjushree Chaki Sarkar and Polly Guha were also the students of Bethune School.

Pritilata Waddedar, the famous freedom fighter of India, was a student of Bethune College and stayed in the erstwhile girls' hostel which still belongs to the school. Chameli Basu was the first Science student of this school and also the first woman Science Graduate of the University of Calcutta, followed by the eminent scientist Dr. Ashima Chatterjee, who held the rare honour of being the First Indian woman to be conferred Doctorate of Science in 1944.

The school enjoys the pride of the association of the sisters of Swami Vivekananda, Lady Abala Basu - a social worker famous for her efforts to improve the condition of women's education and to alleviate the condition of widows, Suchitra Mitra- Rabindra sangeet exponent, Bratati Bandyopadhyay- famous for her recitals- - - as its students.

Besides these there are innumerable students who have contributed to the accolades of this 167 year old institution.