Rajshahi College: The Department of Philosophy

--Professor Shamsun Nahar Begum


People of all walks of life, every nation and every state deserve their own philosophy without which advancement in any sector remains a far cry. So, Philosophy is the pioneer of life and earth, and it can be implemented only through education.

East Bengal got the touch of the wave of new the vigor of Indian Subcontinent in the 19th century. The deprived, superstitious people of Barind region were enlightened directly through Rajshahi College following the Kolkata oriented movement.

Rajshahi College is playing a prominent role to eradicate the superstition of the nation, and Philosophy is illuminating individuals with new enthusiasm. This college, established in 1873, was administered FA/IA, BA (Pass and Hons) courses under The University of Calcutta. Afterwards under Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Dhaka and Rajshahi (IA, presently HSC) and under the University of Dhaka, the University of  Rajshahi BA (Pass and Hons) course continued. At present BA (Pass and Hons), MA Part-1 and Final courses in Philosophy subject are running under National University.

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From the first phase of this department many renowned teachers namely Sir J K Chakraborty, U C Bhattacharya, Charu Shastri Chakraborty, Moulovi Kajimuddin Ahmed, Saidur Rahman, Abdul Mannan, Abdul Hai, Md. Samsuddin, Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Dr. Md. Sahjahan, Md. Azhar Uddin contributed a lot to the development  of the students.

Philosophy is one of the oldest departments of Rajshahi College. Logic is an important branch of Philosophy that exists traditionally. It is to be mentioned that under the University of Calcutta Logic was one among many other subjects in IA Class (presently HSC). Over the last couple of years the classes are running with full enthusiasm because of the devotion of all the teachers of Philosophy Department. As a result, 26 students in 2007-2008 session, 08 students in 2008-2009 session and 12 students in 2009-2010 achieved 1st Class in MA Final Examinations. Besides, the results of BA (Hons) are also satisfactory. 2 students in 2009-2010 session achieved 1st class in B.A. Honours. Completing education from this department many students are qualifying BCS Exam and successfully dignifying their duties in different fields. This department is located in ‘Fuller Bhaban’ in Rajshahi College.

Philosophy contributes a lot to the field of knowledge and science. Searching for the ways of new inventions, the scientists solve the problems raised by the philosophers. That is why Philosophy is called the father of science. Moreover, only Philosophy can regenerate the society from the present depreciation.

At present eleven teachers are working in this department though it started with only four teachers.