Prasannadeb Women's College, otherwise known as P. D. Women’s College, (accredited to National Assessment and Accreditation Council with B+ grade in 2004), is the oldest institution in North Bengal imparting higher education exclusively to women. The college, recognized by University Grants Commission of India under 2(f) and 12 (B) since 1956, is affiliated to University of North Bengal.
The primary objective of the college is to provide a robust platform to women in pursuing their higher studies. Thus, it aims at catering to the needs of women for higher education, in particular, to those who belong to economically backward classes, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and minority communities of the region. Taking into account the changing dynamics of the society, the institution also intends to prepare the students to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow by introducing several tailor-made courses to enhance their employability and thus, in the process, intensifying the interface with the society at large.
The college has both Science and Arts faculties as two main streams, with a total number of 16 departments offering Honours and General courses. There are 6 departments in the Science stream and 10 departments in the Arts stream. The college offers UG courses, namely, B.Sc. (Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology) and B.A. (Bengali, Economics, Education, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Science and Sanskrit) Honours and General Courses. The college also offers certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses (COP) in Computer Applications and TTM.
Mode of Teaching:
The lecture method of teaching is generally followed by most of the Arts departments, while a combination of lecture method and power point presentations is followed by departments teaching lab-based subjects. Film shows, group discussions, educational tours, invited lectures are also organized to make the process of teaching and learning more effective. Internet facilities are available to faculty members, while the same is available for students in the college library and Computer Science Department. Large classrooms are equipped with audio systems. The teachers take several efforts to nurture critical thinking and creativity and in developing scientific temper among students around the year. The college library has an excellent collection of books (both reference books and text books) and journals. There is a reading room in the library, which remains open from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. Reprographic facility is also available for students at a reduced rate in the library.
The College has a regular Principal and faculty members. There are twelve Associate Professors, twenty one Assistant Professors, three Contractual Whole Time Teachers, eleven Part Time Teachers and twenty one temporary Guest Lecturers.