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 and Banomahotsab 2023

Report of Bethune Day and Banomahotsab Committee, 2022 - 2023

Meetings of the committee were held on 15.07.2023 and 07.08.2023
The Bethune Day and Banomahotsav programme was held on 12.08.2023.

The programme began with paying homage to John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune's tomb at the Lower Circular Road Cemetery in the morning. It was followed by paying floral tributes to Bethune's bust at Bethune Collegiate School and the busts of Bethune, Vidyasagar and Sister Nivedita at Bethune College.

Students' exhibition was inaugurated by honourable guest Dr. Jayeeta Datta, Associate Professor of Bengali, Hooghly Mohsin College.
The programme began with felicitation of special guests, Prof.(Dr.) Supriya Chaudhuri and Dr. Jayeeta Datta, lighting of the lamp, inaugural song , floral tribute to JED Bethune's portrait, and planting of saplings.

The college magazine Adiganta dedicated to Sri Aurobindo and Sarala Devi Chaudhurani, was formally inaugurated by the guests of honour.

The Officer-in-Charge, Bethune College, delivered the welcome address. The Bethune Day lecture was delivered by the eminent educationist Professor Emerita of the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Prof.(Dr.)Supriya Chaudhuri. The title of her lecture was "Not at Home Anywhere: Space, Place, and Gender".

This year, two lectures were organised and Dr. Jayeeta Datta, Associate Professor of Bengali, Hooghly Mohsin College, delivered the next lecture on 19th Century womanhood, titled উনিশের আলোবেলা, কেমন আছো মেয়ে (Unisher Alobela, Kemon Acho Meye).

Dr. Sunanda Ghose, retired teacher of Political Science, was unanimously chosen as this year's eminent alumna. Dr.Kumkum Chattopadhyay received the citation on her behalf.

A short speech was delivered by a student representative.

A cultural programme organised by the cultural committee of the college brought the day's programme to a befitting end.



Bethune Day and Banomahotsab

Bethune day and Banamahotsav was celebrated on 12th August, 2022. The day started with paying homage to the tomb of Sir John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune, by the Principal, Teachers' Council Secretary and representatives of teaching and non - teaching staff of the college.

Further, the Principal, along with the alumni, TCS, teaching and non- teaching staff visited Bethune Collegiate School and paid floral tribute to Sir JED Bethune's statue and Bethune plaque at college campus. The bust of J. E. D Bethune was unveiled by students commemorating the 175th year of his arrival in India. Floral tribute was offered to the statues of Pandit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar and Sister Nivedita.

An exhibition by the students on 'flora and fauna of the Bethune College' was inaugurated by Smt. Sampa Das, an eminent handloom designer.
At the Centenary Hall, the programme started with lighting of lamp, felicitation of guests and planting saplings and watering them. Three books were released by the Principal and guests.

Welcome address was delivered by the Principal, Prof. Krishna Roy. A short speech was given by a student representative. Dr. Manju Chakraborty, alumna and former H.O.D of Chemistry Department was felicitated. This was followed by a speech delivered by Smt. Sampa Das and the Bethune Day lecture by Dr. Basabi Chakraborty, Faculty, Rabindra Bharati University. A cultural programme was organised. An alumna donated some flowering plants for the college garden. Saplings were distributed by student members NSS on that day.
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Bethune Day and Banomahotsab

Bethune day and Banomahotsab was celebrated with due respect this year on 12th August, 2021. The day started with the Principal, Teachers' Council Secretary, representatives of teaching and non-teaching staff of the college visiting the tomb of John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune, the stalwart of female education and social reformer, at Bethune Bithi, of AJC Bose Road Cemetery. They paid homage by lighting candles, incense sticks and laying Garlands and flowers. After this, Principal Madam, along with members of Alumni Association of Bethune College, teachers and non- teaching staff went to Bethune School to pay tribute in front of the Bethune statue. Next, candles and incense sticks were lighted, flowers were offered at Bethune plaque at the college campus.
The following programme started at the Centenary Hall by lighting of lamp along with chant of hymn and offering of flowers by the Principal, TCS, teachers and alumni members. They also took part in plantation of saplings. The Principal delivered the inaugural address. There was short speech in memory of Sir Bethune by Dr. Rupa Pal, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and a former student. There was a slide show of plantation of saplings by students at their home. A book on Ethics and Value Education and current issue of College Newsletter was formally released on this auspicious occasion. The Bethune Day speech was delivered by former Associate Professor and alumna of Bethune College, Dr. Kumkum Chattopadhyay. A short cultural programme was held in remembrance of the noble soul. The programme ended with plantation of saplings donated by the Alumni Association at the college campus with the help of NSS.


Bethune Day and Banomahotsab


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Bethune Day and Banomahotsab was celebrated with due reverence this year on 12th August 2020. Following tradition, the Principal, T.C.S and teacher representatives visited Drinkwater Bethune's grave at Bethune Bithi at Upper Circular Road cemetery. Homage was paid to this stalwart of women's education by lighting candles, incense sticks and by laying garlands down at the grave. The next visit was to Bethune School where Bethune statue was honoured and then a tribute was paid to our founder in front of Bethune Plaque. Principal's address was delivered in front of the Heritage Building. This programme was followed by Banomahotsab ceremony which marks the rejuvenation of life. The Principal along with teachers and non-teaching members, NSS and the Alumni participated by planting saplings donated by the Alumni Association. As a continuation of the afforestation drive students who were requested to plant saplings in their homes participated wholeheartedly and sent photographs of their plantation activities in scores.