On May 16th, 1995 at the initiative of some sincere and selfless local people and under the guidance of a number of enthusiasts, Raidighi College started functioning. Time has flown fast and Raidighi College has stepped into its twenty years.
The college is now on the fast track of the progress and success, on the threshold of a rapid expansion of infrastructure. Yet, there are many miles to tread before the dream becomes a reality, before the vision metamorphorises into action.
Raidighi College is located in an area which is socio-economically backward. Natural calamities are part and parcel of the people of this locality, students who come to pursue their higher studies are very poor. They sometimes fail to pay the minimum fees of the college. For the development of infrastructure we always look forward the grants allocated by the different Government agencies. College is in urgently in need to develop some infrastructure which are mostly for the welfare of our students.
It needs to be mentioned here that with the help of grants from U.G.C. and Sunderban Development Board construction work of girls’ hostel is on the verge of completion. I n the near future, we also wish to construct a similar hostel for boys. These hostels, we are confident, will immediately benefit those students who come to the college from far off areas and are therefore, inconvenienced by the hazards of having to commute long distances to and from the college. Among our future plans is also the construction of an auditorium with adequate seating capacity and all modern facilities. We also give UGC - sponsored remedial coaching classes and coaching classes, a different competitive examinations for entry into services for weaker section of ST. SC and OBC students. We also intend to set up a modern computer training centre in the college itself, which will enable not only the students of the college but the students and eager people of the entire Sundarbans area to receive training in computers and thereby discover new and fresh means to earn their livelihood. We have started a Study Centre of Rabindra Bharati University, which will enable the students of sundarbans to receive degrees in various post-graduate courses.
The Institute consider social awareness among the students is one of the important aspects to make them a good citizen. NSS’s two units in the college have been paving the way in this direction. Volunteers of the NSS units have been doing a lot of works for the upliftment of social awareness among the people of this lineage part of Sundarbans. Health and nutrition oriented programmes and other STDS have been organised. Blood Donation Camp is one of its regular activities. Repairing of roads in the local areas, cleaning of hospital premises, illiteracy eradication programme etc. have been made mandatory for our volunteers.
Our institute believes in overall development of our students-both mental and physical growth. We encourage our students to participate in different sports events both in university level and society level. Our football and kabadi teams (both Boys and girls) are performing excellently and consistently. Our players were selected to play at national level. Students are enthusiastic to participate in other games and sports also. But inadequacy of fund and infrastructure they are not getting optimum opportunity to show their talent
Our students also participate in different cultural competitions. Students of Political Science Department are participating in Youth Parliament and quiz contest every year. They are to be appreciated in this regard. Even living in this remote part of the state, they are capable to win prizes for the college. In near future we are planning to have audio visual classes to train them.
Students of this institution are of first generation learner. They possess little knowledge about co-curricular and extra- curricular activities. Still we have been trying hard to make them aware of other activities of the department. We have been providing them opportunity to write down their own thoughts and imaginations. Wall magazines are the perfect. Example of their creative writing. Already Geography Department has been able to publish 5th editions of its departmental journal. English Department is on the track to publish its 4th edition of its journal’ Critique’ within a very short period. Other departments are thinking on the same way. A few editions of departmental wall magazine have already been published. Departmental seminars are also very encouraging in our college. Students are getting ready how to deliver lecture. Departmental get-together and educational tour are normal aspect.
Though we do not have experienced any inter-departmental competitions, but it has been found that students use to participate in different events departmentally. Quiz contest and debate ‘competitions are the finest example of such activities. Our students use to organise ‘Teachers’ Day’ programme every year both centrally and departmentally. The college also organizes Annual competition in music, recitation, extempore speech and debate.
The Learning parameter is so high that new students are learning very quickly from our elder students. We have strong faith on our students that in the near future our students will definitely develop themselves to that extent that we will be able to produce them at any arena.
At this juncture I put on record my deep appreciation of the services of the original. organisers, who had dreamt a dream of establishment of an institution of higher learning in this lineage part of Sundarbans and offer my respectful homage to those teachers and non- teaching employees whose selfless services made this story of the institution.
I am sure through the support and co-operation of all concerned Raidighi College will become a centre of excellence of learning.