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Bethune College Activities

Bethune Day

The College pays homage to John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune by observing his death anniversary on 12th August each year. On this day a representative section of the students go to Bethune's tomb and offer flowers. A tree plantation festival known as Banomahotsab is organized on that day. The College also organizes a lecture known as Bethune Memorial Lecture by an eminent academician on this occasion.


Bethune Day Speakers:

Alumna of Economics Department of our College, Prof. Sarmila Banerjee was felicitated. Prof. Sarmila Banerjee is retired Rajiv Gandhi Chair Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calcutta. Bethune Day lecture was delivered by emminent Litterateur and prestigious Aananda Puraskar Awardee, 2019, Shri Nalini Bera.

Alumna of Bengali Department of our College, Smt. Tapati Sinha was felicitated. Bethune Day lecture, 2018 was delivered by eminent Literary Personality and IAS, Smt. Anita Agnihotri.

Professor Asis Kumar Banerjee, Former Vice Chancellor, Calcutta University, delivered the Bethune Day Lecture and Dr. Sabita Mishra, Former Reader, Department of Sanskrit, Bethune College and alumna of the college was felicitated on 12th of August, 2017. An Exhibition on environmental issues 'Right to Live: The Green Way' was also organised by the students in association with the Students' Activity Cell, Bethune College.

Swami Balabhadranandaji, Assistant Secretary, Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Belur Math delivered the Bethune Day lecture and Professor Manimala Das, Former Principal and alumna, Bethune College was felicitated on 12th August, 2016.

Prof. Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Former Principal, Presidency College, delivered the Bethune Day Speech on 'Swadhinotar Swaroop' and Dr. Sanghamitra Bandopadhyay, Director, Indian Statistical Institute and an alumna of this college was felicitated on 12th August, 2015.

Swami Shastrajnananda, Principal, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur delivered the Bethune Day Speech on John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune's contribution to Women's Education in India, 12th July, 2014.

Felicitation of Smt Pranati Mukhopadhyay, celebrated author and alumna of Bethune College, July, 2013. Principal, Professor Sangeeta Tripathi Mitra and Professor Anasuya Guha delivered speeches on this occasion.

Prof. Chinmoy Guha, Head of the English Department, University of Calcutta, erstwhile Vice Chancellor, Rabindra-Bharati University delivered the Bethune Day Speech on 'Rabindranath O Romain Rolland Bisrito Ek Samlap' on Monday, 13th August, 2012.

Swami Tyagarupananda, Principal, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Ramakrishna Vivekananda University delivered the speech on "Sikha o Samajer Prati Daebodhhota" on Friday, 12th August, 2011.

Dr. Somnath Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Jadavpur University delivered the speech on "Nari Siksha, Bethune & Vivekananada" on Thursday, 12th August, 2010.

Pravrajika Amalaprana Mataji, General Secretary, Sri Sarada Math & Ramakrishna Sarada Mission, Dakshinesheswar delivered the speech on Wednesday, 12th August, 2009.

Prof. Sunirmal Chanda, Vice Chairman, Centre for study of Man and Environment delivered the speech on 'The Life of Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose' on Tuesday, 12th August, 2008

Swami Atmapriyananda, Vice Chancellor of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University delivered the Bethune Day speech on 11th August, 2007.

Prof. Bharati Ray, President of the Governing Body of Bethune College delivered the Bethune Day speech on 12th August, 2006. View Gallery

Annual Prize Day


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Bethune College provides its students with games and sports facilities. The college games room has indoor games like Carom and Chess.

The outdoor games section has BADMINTON and TENNIQOIT RING in its test.

The college also provides for regular practicing of various throw and jump events.
As far as the physical fitness section is concerned, the games room offers the students with bi- cycle, agro meter, twister, chest-expander, and ladies cycle.

The college holds its Annual Sports Meet in the month of December every year. Besides this the college also participates in various inter- college sports meets and has many prizes to its credit. View Gallery



Since 2004, students of Bethune College have been organizing an annual Cultural Festival 'Aalap'. The College extends a platform for unveiling the extracurricular talents of the students through this annual fest.

The Fest provides an interactive platform for our students to work together with judges from various fields and students of other colleges. It helps them to hone their communicative skills and fund raising capacity. The students are responsible for approaching various corporate houses for collection of funds.

Students are encouraged to participate in intra-college competitions that are held every year. This includes creative writing (Bengali and English), elocution, debate, quiz, poster-painting, recitation (Bengali and English), choreography, Rabindra Sangeet, light classical and drama competition.

The names of the winners of the Intra College Competitions 2016 can be found here

Cultural Activities

The students participate in various cultural activities throughout the year. They actively participate in the drill and march past on the Republic Day and Independence Day every year. Along with this, every year on these two days, the different clubs in the college, like Photography Club, Art & Craft Club, and Literary Club exhibit their work in the college premises.

Students also celebrate Teacher's day (5th September) and Rabindra Jayanti (8th/9thMay) every year.

On the Annual Prize Day, the students of the college present a cultural programme after the prize distribution. They present songs, recite poetry, act in plays or participate in dance dramas.

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