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HISTORY OF THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT
City College, Calcutta is one of the oldest first grade Colleges in Bengal. It was founded in the Year 1939 by a group of pioneers like Ananda Mohan Bose. It has a long record of brilliant results and can claim as its alumini many great and noble sons of India.
The Commerce Section of the College was inaugurated in the year 1939. It has since expanded into eight units, housed in three separate buildings.
Invited modestly as a Department of the Parent college on July 18, 1939 the Surya Sen Street (then Mirzapur Street) Evening Unit proved an immediate success. In 1941-42 Morning Classes were started at the same centre to be followed in 1945-49 by another Evening Unit located at the building of the parent institutions at 102/ 1, R. R. M. Sarani (Amherst Street). Owing to riots, arrangements for the Day Classes were made in 1946-47 at the Amherst street building. An emergency branch at South Calcutta was also started in the same year and this Branch gradually grew into a centre with separate Units such as, morning classes for women students, day classes for commerce and arts students (Male).
The unique feature of the Commerce Department of City College is that all the Units are self-contained.
Forces of circumstance led to the expansion of the institution; but at every stage, the constant endeavour of the College Authorities has been to further the interest of education.
Besides providing the usual arrangements for class-room teaching, the College Authorities found it possible to equip a vast Library and a Commercial Museum (with Laboratory facilities). Practical basis was secured by practice and demonostration classes. Arrangements for Audiovisual Instruction (including Video and OHP) have been introduced to make teaching more effective and scientific.
The success of these arrangements has amply been borne out by the long and sustained record of brilliant achievements of the students in this College at all University Examinations.