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Brajalal College

Brajalal College a leading educational institution at Daulatpur in Khulna district. Babu Brajalal Chatterjee, a patron of education, established it first as Hindu Academy in July 1902, replicating the hindu college that was established in Calcutta in 1816. Like the Hindu College, the Hindu Academy of Daulatpur had two branches, the chatushpathi and the college or academy. Expenses of the chatushpathi students including food, lodging and tuition, were borne by the institution. Only residential students were admitted at the beginning. The academy was managed by a board of trustees of whom Babu Brajalal was the chairman.

The Academy started taking classes on 27 July 1902. Classes for the first and second year students began at a time. At its inception, the academy had only two tin-shed rooms with brick-and-cement floors and fence walls. At the beginning, the academy had only 2 acres of land. Later, mohsin fund donated 40 acres of land from the Saidpur estate. The estate regularly disbursed a monthly donation of Rs 50 to the academy. The academy was given affiliation by calcutta university in 1907.

A hostel for Muslim students was built in the college campus in 1910-11. At that time, Muslim students had to attend Arabic and the Persian classes in the Muslim Hostel outside the main building of the college. Later, Education Minister ak fazlul huq issued an order to appoint a Muslim teacher for the college. The first Muslim teacher appointed on a part-time basis was Mr. Musaddar Ali.

Babu Brajalal died on 8 August 1944. The institution was named Brajalal Hindu Academy after him. Later, the academy was upgraded into a college and it received the shortened name of B L College. It was affiliated first to the university of dhaka and then to the university of rajshahi and still later, to the national university. The college was nationalised on 1 July 1967 and it was declared a university college in 1993. It offers Honours and Masters courses in almost all subjects, including Bangla, Political Science, Commerce, Physics and Chemistry. [Amjad Hossain]