Located on the bank of Karola River, a tributary of Tista, in the south-eastern part of Jalpaiguri town, the headquarters of the district of West Bengal, bearing the same name, Prasannadeb 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 was founded on the philanthropy of Late Prasannadeb Raikat (after whom the college is gratefully named) and his wife Rani Ashrumati Devi in 1950. Prasannadeb Women‘s College was established with the end in view to promoting quality higher education exclusively to women not only in a developmentally backward district of West Bengal, but also in the developmentally laggard region of North Bengal. To be precise, the vision was to integrate ―half of the population‖ with the developmental process by mainstreaming them through quality education and skill upgradation so that they can also become active agents of social change.
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 and the state, 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.
Prasannadeb Women‘s College, otherwise known as P. D. Women‘s College, is located in a town with rich cultural heritage in North Bengal. The college, recognized by University Grants Commission of India under 2(f) and 12 (B) since 1956, is affiliated to University of North Bengal. It is spread over an area of 5.43 acres.
Address: P. D. Women's College, Club Road, Jalpaiguri - 735101. West Bengal, India. Phone/Fax : (91)(3561)230146.
Nature of funding: Government sponsored. Affiliating University: North Bengal University. Shift: Day only.