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Bethune College is a women's college located in Kolkata, India, and affiliated to the University of Calcutta. It was established as a girls' school in 1849, and as a college in 1879. It is the oldest women's college in Asia.[1]

Bethune College
Bethune School-Building.jpg
Bethune College: photograph published in 1949
MottoViddaya Vindatey Amritam
TypeWomen's college
PrincipalProfessor Mamata Ray
LocationKolkata, India
AffiliationsUniversity of Calcutta



The college was founded as a secular Native Female School (for the secular education of girls) in 1849 by John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune. The government took it over in 1856, renaming it Bethune School after its founder in 1862–63.[2] In 1879 it was developed into Bethune College, the first women's college in India.

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Student from VSN


  1. ^ "Bethune College - Banglapedia". Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  2. ^ Acharya, Poromesh. "Education in Old Calcutta". In Chaudhuri, Sukanta. Calcutta, the Living City. 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 86–7. ISBN 0-19-563696-1.

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