National Council Today

Relieved of the responsibility of running the College of Engineering and Technology (now Jadavpur University), the National Council went into a spell of hibernation just for a year. Reviving itself, it decided to undertake another journey. Education, instrumental to social changes and changes in the quality of life, remained the prime concern and in the next three decades the Council set up three institutes.

JADAVPUR VIDYAPITH was established in 1957 and in no time it built up a reputation as a model school. Using Bengali as medium of instruction, the Nursery and Primary section seeks to combine in its course and methods of teaching the best in the Eastern and Western systems. The results of the School have all along been excellent.

JADAVPUR VIDYAPITH COLLEGE OF EDUCATION was established in 1969. As the only evening college of education in the state it extended to in-service teachers of secondary schools an opportunity for career improvement. It has now been transformed into a department of Education under the Jadavpur University.

THE INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, established in 1984, is yet another evening institute that caters to the demand for management skills in an expanding economy. The Council has recently established two other centers of non-formal education — School of Language Management and School of Social Work and Community Service.

JATINDRAMOHAN SANGRAHASALA: The Council’s Archive has a treasure of about 6000 rare manuscripts, besides very valuable books, journals and other documents. The Council maintains the Sangrahasala, adds to it by accepting gifts of rare books and manuscripts from friends and admirers of the Council and keeps its reading room open to research-scholars from different parts of India and abroad.

RESEARCH PROJECTS: The Centre for Studies in Comparative Religion: An approach to religious harmony and national integration. Sri Aurobindo and Nationalism: A project with one research- scholar working under a Supervisor appointed by the Council is examining in careful detail the special features of Sri Aurobindo’s perception of, and contribution to, the ideal of composite nationalism.

Dictionaries: The first volume of the Jatiya Abhidhan designed on historical principles has already been published by Ananda Publishers. A volume of Dictionary of Place, Names, exploring the origins and significance of names of villages arranged district-wise and a volume of Handbook of Vocabulary in Indian Languages are being prepared.

Indexing Tagore’s Works: The first volume of the Index captioned Rabindranather Chithipatra: Nirdeshika, covering the Poet’s letters in the nineteen volumes of Chithipatra ,Visva Bharati, was published in March 2009. The work was hailed by reviewers as a pioneering one as an essential guide to Tagore researchers. The second volume covering another sixteen volumes of the Poet’s letters came out on 11 March 2011. The first volume of the Nirdeshika, sold out in less than a couple of years. A Reprint would be ready mid-January 2012.

Special programmes: 2012 is an exceptional year in which we have to organise 49 (instead of 48) Sunday evening (Rabisandhya) programmes. Even then, it has not been possible for us to accommodate some speakers and artists who have expressed their willingness to accept our invitation and give talks on subjects of diverse interest. We have, therefore, decided, to organise several Saturday evening programmes.