Comilla's First Private Girls' High School
A lawyer from Comilla city's Badertola, the late Sri Lalmohan Bhattacharya established a school in 1986 and named it after his wife. This was the “Shoilrani Devi Pouro Balika Bidyalaya”. The school was built upon almost a whole acre of land to the east of Nanua Dighi on just one building. At the time the student body was made up of 150 girls. the late Shuchandrima Ray was appointed as principal. For 26 long years she did the job of principal. This school, established in 1946 got the approval of the education board in 1951. Later when the government was happy with the school's performance and its role in education girls in Comilla, the government did some work on the school. That was when the two-storey building was constructed. To develop Shoilrani Devi Pouro Girls' High School, the then administrative officer Mohammad Nomani played a special role. Currently there are 1600 students enrolled in the school.
Currently the school has a good laboratory and a library. This half-century old school has a pretty high standard of education. Many prominent people of the country have studied in this school. Some of the successful names are television drama actress Mita Chowdhury, singer Aditi Sengupta and Kolkata Presidency College Professor Jayati Roy.
Winter and summer sports are regularly held at the school. The girls are doing well in these school-arranged sports. There is a ten-member management committee to direct the activities of the school. So far ten people have served as principal. They are: the late Shuchandrima Ray, Mrs Purabi Duttgupta, Sri Nripendra Chakravarti, Mrs Shafiqun Ara Khorshed, Mrs Sharifunnesa Ahmed, Mr Nurul Islam, Syed Abdus Samad, ABM Waliullah, Nurul Islam and Md Nurul Islam. Among the well-loved teachers who have played their part in the school are- Mr Waziullah Ahmed, Sri Khetra Mohan Roy, Mr Waliullah and Mrs Nolini Das. An educational welfare trust has been formed with funding from a Bangladeshi abroad. This trust gave scholarships of taka 20,000 which has now grown to a scholarship of taka 50,000. Just like many other private schools, this school has done a great job in taking education to girls of school-going age.
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