Gafargaon College: 57 Years Schools established in the rural areas of the country make up for a significant part of the history of education in the country. Many educational institutions have done great work towards enlightening the remote areas of rural Bangladesh. Gafargaon Govt. College, winner of the "Best College Award", located at the Gafargaon Upazila headquarters here has done a lot for the past 57 years. Students of this area now get higher education as Honours courses in two subjects have been introduced here.
Some generous persons first had the idea of building a school for the young people who did not have the opportunity to come to Mymensingh town for higher education. According to their plans, the college named Gafargaon College started its journey on 5.68 acres of land in 1950. The individuals who deserve credit for this are Abdul Bari Golandaj, Advocate Sirajul Hoque, Azhar Sarker, Zoad Ali and Abdul Karim. The then governor of East Pakistan and Chairman of Mymensingh Zila School Board Abdul Muneem Khan was also one of the active participants in establishing the college. Sabbir Ahmed was appointed as the first principal of the college.
The academic activities of the college started with the opening of three groups Science, Arts and Commerce. From its beginning, the college ran only Intermediate level courses till 1964 successfully. Inspired by good results, degree courses were included in 1965. Later, the college was nationalized on July 1 in 1985. Gafargaon Govt. College took its next step after introducing Honours Courses in Bengali and Economics. This introduction became very helpful for many students to get education at the upazila level. The college was awarded “Best College” in Dhaka Division for its excellent results in 2001.
The principals who served the college since its starting are Sabbir Ahmed, Md. Yusuf Ali, AQ Ansari, Alauddin Malik, KM Badrudduza, Syed Ahmed Ali, Md. Mosharraf Hossain, Md. Shahidul Islam, Asaduzzaman, Aminul Islam, Osman Gani, Babu Kishore Misra, Muhammed Khalilur Rahman Talukder, Mohammed Abdus Sattar, Mohammed Mukarram Hossain, Mir Md. Habibur Rahman, Prof. Wahid Uddin Ahmed, Prof. Sarder Md. Amzad Hossain, Mohammed Abdus Sattar, Prof. Md. Abdullah Al Hasan, Prof. Md. Abdul Matin, Prof. Jatindra Chandra Debnath, Md. Akhtar Hossain, Babu Nani Ranjan Dhar, Prof. Abdul Karim Khan, Prof. Abul Hasem Miah, Md. Shamsul Haque, Prof. Abdul Matin, Babu Ganga Prashad Saha, Prof. Selina Begum, Prof. Md. Shakawat Hossain, Md. Anwarul Islam Ashrafi and the Present Principal of the college Prof. Mohammed Delwar Hossain.
The college has a staff of 48 teachers consisting of one Professor, seven Associate Professors, 11 Assistant Professors and 24 Lecturers. But now eight posts of teaching staff are vacant including posts for five Assistant Professors and three Lecturers. Some posts for third and fourth class employees have been lying vacant for a long time. The vacant posts really need to be filled up quickly.
Now the college has some 900 students including 526 in Degree and Honours levels. There is no hostel accommodation for the students as the only hostel with nine rooms for male students has been in an abandoned state for a long time. The students now mostly commute from their rented homes. A hostel for female students is under construction. As the percentage of the female students is not lagging behind, the hostel facility for the female students is badly needed, said some female students. The college has a library containing 10,000 books but the library has been running without any librarian since its starting. As the library is a part and parcel of an institution, so it should be equipped with contemporary books in large numbers along with other modern facilities, said Prof. Subrata Kumar Dey of the Accounting Department of the college.
Most of the furniture is broken and the college needs more rooms for better accommodation of the students, a source in the college added. But under the leadership of the present principal the college has met up some of its problems from the internal income source but it is not very satisfactory, added the sources.
The principal of the college Prof. Mohammed Delwar Hossain also admitted that the college is running with some problems which should be addressed as soon as possible for smooth and congenial atmosphere of education.
Saiful Islam Babul, an alum of the college, also ITV Mymensingh Correspondent, said, that there is a really big need for the problems to be solved.
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