|A Short History of Jashore Govt. City College, Jashore
On the 17th of July 1967, under the leadership of the then MNA Mr Sardar Ahammad Ali and through the sincere efforts of a number of education lovers and philanthropists such as Mrs Ayesha Sardar, Mr A M Badrul Alam, Mr Momtazul Karim (Mozu Mia), Mr S M Abdul Ahad, Mr A H M D Mohasin Ali, Professor A F M Salimullah, Professor Kazi Abdur Rouf, Professor Fozlur Rahman, Advocate Olayet Ali Mridha and so on, Jashore City College got established. Also involved with the setting up of the college was the then Deputy Commissioner Mr A J M Kamal Uddin Chowdhury, CSP along with the Additional Deputy Commissioner and the Sub-divisional Officer. Professor A F M Salimullah took the charge of the founder Principal and in order to go on with the academic activities, he did all the necessary things including the appointment of teachers, getting approval/permission of the Education Board and the University. With Higher Secondary and Degree Pass courses in place, Honours graduation course in Political Science under Rajshahi University was introduced in 1974. Then, in 1985 through the efforts of Principal Gazi Lutfar Hossain, Professor Afsar Uddin, Professor Md Yakub and teachers of Bangla, Honours graduation course in Bangla was launched. At the special interest shown by the new teachers of that time, with the efforts of Professor Md Yakub and on special recommendation of the then state minister for Labour and Manpower, Mr Khaledur Rahman Tito, the college was nationalised in 1987. Master’s courses in Political Science and Bangla were introduced in this college in 1992-93 session. Principal (in charge) Nargis Begum had her efforts to solve the college’s infrastructural issues and thus the college saw the construction of the Science Building and the Male Students’ Hostel. The inception of Honours graduation courses in Accounting, Economics, Social Work, English and Botany was also the result of her efforts. A good number of Honours courses having been introduced, Principal Professor Ronojit Kumar Ghosh rightly felt that new posts of teachers needed to be created. And with this in mind, he formed a responsible team/committee with Mr Md Selimul Alam Khan, Md S M Shamim Ahsan, Mr Anadi Kumar Saha, led by Vice-Principal Mr Kamrul Islam, and as a result of their consolidated effort, a total of 28 posts of teacher including 3 posts of Professor and 8 posts of Associate Professor were created. Afterwards, through the efforts of Principal Professor Dilip Kumar Saha, Honours graduation courses in Philosophy and History, and Master’s courses in Social Work and English were introduced. To solve the crisis caused by the shortage of teachers, he made possible the creation of posts in various subjects. To combat the classroom crisis, he got the 4 tin sheds revamped to be used as classrooms. In all such work he received all-out cooperation from Teachers’ Council Secretary Mr Md Mizanur Rahman.
It is during the tenure of Professor Ronojit Kumar Ghosh that the Shahid Minar and the Independence Monument were built. His role in various development works including the raising of the college approach road level is unforgettable. Principal Professor Daulatunnesa spent her personal money on making a shed for students to sit there at recess and she introduced college uniform for higher secondary level students. In the college 70 teachers are now working against 89 created posts. There are 40 members of office support staff including 8 office assistants. Presently 7500 students are studying in this college. Soon after taking over, Principal Professor Selina Yasmin made all arrangements to make the college’s website dynamic and keep the portal updated in order to bring momentum into all the college-related activities. Principal Professor Abu Torab Md Hassan set up multimedia classrooms to apply ICT in teaching. He also made arrangements to train the teachers for this purpose. He installed a submersible pump in order to solve the problem of water supply in the Science Building. He formed vigilance teams consisting of the teachers to keep up the college’s congenial academic atmosphere and also ensured the holding of all the classes as per the routine. Besides, he took necessary steps so that the college could have an academic building constructed on its campus. On his PRL in July 2020, Vice-Principal Professor Jubaida Gulshan Ara took over as Principal (in charge). Until her own PRL, which was less than 2 months away, she did her best to keep the college office running properly in Covid-19 pandemic situation. The posts of both Principal and Vice-Principal having fallen vacant in early September 2020, Professor Md Lutfar Rahman Prodhan, head of Social Work Department, took over as Principal (in charge). It is everybody’s hope that as a best college of this region Jashore Govt. City College will be spreading light in all fields including quality education, sports and cultural programmes.