POST TIME: 1 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Carmichael College
M Mahmud Ali

Carmichael College

Carmichael College in Rangpur is a leading educational institution and an important heritage site in Bangladesh. The college, located at Lalbagh Mahallah in Rangpur city, is the largest college in the country in term of land area.

According to historical records, the college was established on November 10, 1916 on 321 acres of land. Several zamindars (landlords) of Rangpur region, including Gopal Roy Bahadur, Mohimaranjan Roy and Babu Monidra Chandra Roy, played an important role in its establishment. They raised 750,000 rupees to build the college. Local people also came forward to help. The then governor of Bengal, Thomas David Gibson-Carmichael, inaugurated the college. Thus, it was named after him.

The college campus comprises academic buildings, orchards, ponds and other infrastructures. It has a number of magnificent buildings that are as old as the college itself. The main academic building is a unique example of British colonial architecture, which reflects the Bengal aristocracy.

Visiting the college in 1922, Lord Lytton, governor of Bengal, was amazed at the beauty of the campus, the fascinating buildings and the quality of education being offered there.

At present, the college has 150 teachers and 20,000 students. The campus now has four academic buildings, a conference room, canteens, club houses for teachers and employees, separate common rooms for male and female students, residents for the principal and teachers, dormitories for students, a mosque and Shaheed Minar.

Carmichael College celebrated its centenary in 2016 amid great festivities.

References: Buildings of the British Raj in Bangladesh by Nazimuddin Ahmed (UPL, 1986), Eastern Bengal District Gazetteer, Rangpur by JA Vas (1911), and History in Pictures, Greater Rangpur and Dinajpur Area HQs (Rangpur, 2008).

Photos: Writer.