About Us

Bethune College has a unique place in history and has completed a glorious journey of 141 years. It is easier said than done for an Old Students’ Association of a college to complete 100 years of affectionate association with its college and share the campus with present-day students. Bethune College Sammilani can be proud of its long-standing achievements.

The Alumni Association of Bethune College, started as an 'Old Students Guild' on 3rd September 1921 with encouragement from the then Principal of the College, Miss G.M. Wright. First secretary of the Guild was Sm. Hiranmoyee Sen. It is the oldest Alumni Association among the government colleges in West Bengal. This association was set up mainly to serve the noble cause of bringing the ex-students into the premises of the College and to develop their knowledge and achievement in various fields of life for the welfare of the College.

This Premiere Institution can boast of six of its ex-students who became Principal of this College. The first person to attain this honourable position was Chandramukhi Bose - one of the first woman graduates of British Empire and the first M.A. of University of Calcutta.
Ms. Kumudini Das (Khastagir), Sm. Tatini Das, Dr. Dipti Tripathy, Dr. Pushpa Misra and Dr. Manimala Das are the other five ex-students who made us proud by becoming the Principal of this august institution.

In 1971, the Alumni Association celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Some professors and past students initiated awards, memorial prizes and scholarships to encourage the students of different departments of the college on the basis of their performance in university examinations.

In 1991, a new constitution for the Association was adopted. The Alumni opened its door to the past and present teachers as well. The Association changed its name once again to ‘Bethune College Sammilani’. An independent body was formed with the Principal as the Chief Patron.

In 1996, Sammilani celebrated its 75th anniversary and Sm. Rama Chattopadhyay, the then Secretary introduced the system of Life Membership available on subscription.

We are pleased to announce that Sammilani has become a registered body (No.S/2L/33516) in the year 2014-15 under The West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961.

We feel honoured to announce that Sammilani celebrated the inaugural programme of its centenary online on September 3, 2020 due to the pandemic situation, , where many ex-students and teachers participated enthusiastically. We are also hopeful to celebrate the concluding programme in 2021 with a great pomp and grandeur with all ex-students, teachers as well as its well-wishers.