Rabi Sandhya History

RabisandhyaProgrammes and the Tradition of Extension Lectures

A special feature of the activities of the NCE, Bengal in the first decade of the twentieth century was a programme of Extension Lectures, regularly organised, in addition to the regular classroom lectures. Delivered by eminent educationists, the Extension Lectures were open to the general public. Synoptic accounts of these lectures often appeared in contemporary newspapers and journals, particularly in the pages of Satis Chandra’s Dawn Magazine.

The list of outstanding scholars and experts who lectured during the years 1906-1909 included, among many others, Rabindra Nath Tagore (Literature), Ananda K. Coomarswami (Art), Gooroo Dass Banerjee (Mathematics), Mohini Mohan Chatterjee and Surendra Nath Banerjee (History), Hirendra Nath Dutta (Philosophy), Chandra Kanta Nyayalankar (Political Science), Peary Mohan Mukherjee (Economics), Ramendra Sundar Trivedi (Physical Science) and Indumadhab Mallik (Biology).

Among the speakers who regularly delivered series of lectures during the third and fourth decades of the twentieth century, mention may be made of: Hirendra Nath Dutt, Kaliprasanna Dasgupta, G. S. Arundale, Kulada Prasad Mallik, Pramatha Nath Mukhopadhyay, Jamini KantaSen, Dayal Chandra Ghosh, Arabinda Ghosh, Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Pramatha Chowdhury, Phani Bhusan Tarkabagish, Benoy Kumar Sarkar, Bipin Chandra Pal, Suniti Kumar Chatterjee, Kalidas Nag, Nihar Ranjan Ray, Bata Krishna Ghosh.

Though very popular and quite unique of its kind, the Extension Lecture programme could not be continued after the fifth decade of the twentieth century as the Council had to get busy otherwise. The programme came to be revived in the early nineties of the last century, and the phenomenon that triggered the revival is quite interesting.

Acharya Soumendranath Brahmachari of Deva-Sangha, (Deoghar) was invited to give a series of Sunday evening talks on the Upanishads in the premises of the National Council. His instructive addresses started attracting a special audience that attended the programmes regularly for a few months. As the audience kept on increasing in size, there were demands for lectures on varied and diverse topics as the original programme of the Council had been. Keeping in view the importance of the doctrine that in the modern age an educated man has to “know something about everything” and with a view to “quickening the spirit of nationalism”, the Council decided to reorganize the Extension Lecture Programme and put Professor Rama Prasad De in charge of the Programme which came to be styled “Rabisandhya Programme”.

The Rabisandhya Programme has since earned an amazing popularity in an amazingly short period. During the last eighteen years nearly one thousand lectures have been organised on a vast variety of subjects. Vice-Chancellors and Professors of different universities, distinguished educationists, scientists, men of literature, philosophers, social thinkers and eminent personalities from other walks of life have been delivering talks on subjects of diverse interest.

Of the forty-eight lectures organised over the year, as many as forty-five are now under endowments and bequests from persons who value the Rabisandhya forum of the National Council and trust its moral and intellectual viability. Of about nine hundred lectures delivered in the last fifteen years, about two hundred have been published.

Every Rabisandhya programme is your programme and it craves what it deserves – YOUR ATTENTION.

List of Rabisandhya Programme for this year 2017


The Jatindra Mohan Sangrahashala, the archive of the National Council of Education, Bengal is a unique collection of six thousand manuscripts, seven thousand books, and two thousand two hundred forty-two periodicals. It came into being on 11th May, 1984 when Professor Jatindra Mohan Bhattacharjee donated to the National Council his personal collection of manuscripts, books and periodicals.

Dr. Triguna Sen Centre

Dr. Triguna Sen Centre of Life Long Education

Under this centre the Council through its various schools conducts non formal Education.

School of Language Management

Under this centre the Council through its various schools conducts non formal Education.


The Council has its book-sale shop situated on Raja Subidh Mullick Road by the side of the Council’s first gate which sales all publications of the Council. It remains open between 11 am and 5.30 pm on all days other than Sundays and holidays

Indumati Sabhagriha

Indumati Sabhagriha is the auditorium of the Council used for seminars and lectures. The auditorium is fully air-conditioned with uninterrupted power supply. The sitting capacity is 183. There is a small dais with a podium, inbuilt public address system, three microphones, four halogen lights and two side-lights, screen, three tables and six chairs for the dais, one greenroom with attached toilet.