Bhatter College, Dantan is an undergraduate, co-educational college situated at Dantan, a rural centre in the district of Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal (Coordinates: 21.933947°N, 87.279402°E) on the South-western border between West Bengal and Orissa. The college is located amidst very charming sylvan natural setting with the river Subarnarekha flowing past the region on the western side. The region beyond the river on the western side is Jungle Mahal with thick forests and tribal resources. The Bay of Bengal lies about 50 kms away from Dantan.
The climate in Dantan follows a hot-tropical monsoon pattern with highs in the mid 40s°C in the summer (generally April to June), mid 30s°C during the monsoon season (June to August) and low 30s°C for most of the other times of the year. Winters (December to January) are usually mild with lows in the 10s°C and high in the low to mid 20s°C. Most of the precipitation is from the southeast monsoon which may bring in excess of 1500 mm of rainfall. Tornadoes are relatively rare in West Bengal, but one did occur on March 24, 1998 killing over 250 near Dantan.
A little History about Dantan
It has been established that modern-day Dantan is actually the contracted region of the ancient kingdom of Dandabhukti dating from 6th century AD. The archaeological findings of the Moghalmari Buddhist Monastery, the largest of its kind in West Bengal, few ancient settlement sites and numerous artefacts point to its rich past spanning over 600 years (6th-12th century AD). But because of its strategic position the area turned into a frequent battle ground afterwards and the entire region sank into deprivation and degradation with the establishment of the British rule. Modern-day Dantan started to rise after the Independence, and the establishment of Bhatter College was a part of that process.
Foundation of Bhatter College, Dantan
The college was established on 5th December, 1963 with the help of Sri Mathuranth Bhatter, a noted businessman and social worker of Dantan who donated Rs.1,01,101.00 for its construction. The College was named after his great family. Moreover, the people of this locality also collected donations from various comers for further development of the college. Miss Ava Maity and Sri Prodyot Kumar Mohanty were the President and Secretary of the first Governing Body of this College respectively. Among other members of the G.B. the role of Late Charu Chandra Mohanty, Late Dasarathi Pati, Late Devendra Nath Das, Sankar Prasad Roy the then B.D.O. Dantan Block, Sri Narendra Nath Biswas, Dayalal Pujara was really worth mentioning. Sri Narendra Nath Biswas was the first acting Principal of the college.
Mission of the Institution
The professed mission of the college is to follow the Upanishadic principle “Satyam Jnanam Anantam”, that is, the pursuit of truth, knowledge and infinite within the compass of life finite and transient.
Aims and Objectives of the Institution
The college aims at overall development of the locality and its adjoining areas directly through education and indirectly through participation in various socio-economic, cultural and welfare activities.
The teaching and learning processes are carefully designed to ensure the attainment of the following objectives:
- To provide qualitative and fruitful teaching and to prepare the students for higher education.
- To provide required technical and vocational training along with general forms of education for employment and self-employment to the students and the unemployed local youth.
- To provide coaching for various competitive examinations and remedial to the students and unemployed local youth.
- To develop personality, quality of leadership and good citizenship in students.
- To render all kinds of assistance to the poor students.
- To inculcate ethical and moral values.
- To help in flourishing creative and sports skills of the students.
- To inculcate environmental awareness among them.
Category, UGC Recognition and Accreditation
Ours is a grant-in–aid type of co-educational college affiliated to Vidyasagar University (previously to the University of Calcutta), West Bengal and enjoys UGC recognition under 2(f) and 12(B) since 1963. It was accredited by NAAC as an ‘B+’ grade College in 2007. In 2015 the college has been accredited Grade A with CGPA 3.01.
The under-graduate courses are run on an annual system and the university examinations are held at the end of each academic session for three years (1+1+1system). The post-graduate course in Rural Management is 2-year 4-semester long. The PG courses on Distance Mode follow 2-year annual system. The college arranges for unit tests, semester-exams, tutorial and remedial classes. Special theoretical and practical classes are held for the benefit of the students. For project work in post-graduate courses students visit, and sometimes work in, different research institutions. Traditional, as also innovative teaching methods are followed for class-room teaching making adequate use of ICT. Student seminars and debates are arranged to improve their knowledge base and communication skills. Steps are taken to increase social awareness and foster personality growth and all-round development. The NSS unit of the College, which works in close collaboration with that of Vidyasagar University, renders dedicated service to the College and to the community at large (especially through their developmental activities in a nearby villages adopted by the College).
The college (having 40468.6 sq. mts of total area and with 7,500 sq. mts of built-up area) operates in 10 (ten) buildings. The College Office is fully computerized. Almost all the departments have separate and dedicated departmental offices, libraries, laboratories and honours classrooms with ICT facility attached to the department. It has a separate building for the Central Library which is under the supervision of a full-time librarian. It has a Computer Centre, auditorium, seminar hall, an outdoor stadium and an indoor stadium (under construction), an open stage, canteen, separate students’ union office, Boys and Girls Common Rooms, vehicle shade, three playgrounds, garden, parks and a pond. The ITI has a separate building. There are two hostels—one for boys and one for girls. The college has a separate electric connection with a dedicated transformer to handle the load. There are two diesel generators as power back-up system for the entire college, several inverters, inter-com facilities and broadband internet connection in all departments of the college. Staff and students have free access to internet connectivity. There is a students’ support centre which has photocopiers for photocopy of documents.
Because of its marginalized location, the college has not been able to establish substantial linkages with industry, other institution and foreign agencies. Recently it has become a Member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and it will try to establish links with industry through this platform. However, it has signed MoU with Consultree, Kolkata and Livesoft, Calcutta for consultancy services and trainings programmes. The college in collaboration with the Fisheries Department of Govt. of West Bengal has started a Demonstration-Cum-Training Centre of pisciculture for local Fishermen and Farmars.
Bhatter College is the only institutions in West Bengal to have set up an ITI for the local youth. It is the only institution in West Bengal that organizes a Book Fair for the school children, students of the institution and the local people with the aim of spreading the light of knowledge. It is also the first college in West Bengal to have undertaken Open Access initiatives for publishing online journals and magazines and portals for scholarly communication and dissemination.