Amrita Lal Dey, one of the philanthropists in the country, thought to spread the light of education in Barisal through an educational institution with difference. The name of the institution is Amrita Lal Dey College (ALDC) situated in the centre of Barisal town. It was established on April 22 in 1992 providing education at higher secondary and degree levels. More than 2500 students are studying at higher secondary level and 1500 students at degree level in the college.
Mission and vision
The main focus of the college is to strengthen the foundation of the organization through good work.
Younger brother of Amrita and also the co-founder of the ALDC Bijoy Krisna Dey said, "We started our journey to build good citizens. The ALDC's vision is to promote learners to serve the interest of the country."
The ALDC Principal Tapankar Chakrabarti described the teaching method of the college, "The teaching method of the ALDC is different than other colleges. The method of simulation and feedback is applied in the class room. We try to ensure students' participation in class room activities."
The Vice Principle Fazlul Kabir said the only apolitical educational centre in Barisal region is the ALDC. Trained teachers run the academic activities of the college, he added.
There are guide teachers for every 25 students. The guide teachers take care of the academic performances of the students.
"We provide weak students with guide classes. The students can share their academic problems with their guide teachers or in guide classes," said the vice principal.
"There is a Student Information & Communication Cell (SICC) at the ALDC, which helps to observe the students' performances and academic progress. The task force maintain a bridge between the students and the principal's office. When the SICC finds any problem with a student, it communicates with the principal's office to solve the problem. Sometimes we call on guardians," the principal said.
There are lab facilities for the students. The students get modern lab facilities in physics and chemistry labs. The computer lab with ten computers provides high speed internet for all the students.
There is a library enriched with national and foreign journals. Over 8,000 books are there in the library. The ALDC library subscribes some local and national newspapers.
The students of the ALDC can practise their creativity in different clubs of the college.
The ALDC has two annual publications. The college magazine named "Somaroho" helps the students to explore their talent in art and literature. The magazine "Shukla" is published on the occasion of Swarashoti puza.
Amrita Sangeet Academy is the music club of the college. The members of the club organize musical shows and take part in different programmes.
The students of the ALDC obtain meritorious results in public examinations every year. The ALDC math team won the title award at National Math Olympiad in 2004. The students of this college Sajib Khandoker and Faez Belal got Meena Media Award by UNICEF in 2012 and 2013 for reporting in newspaper. Another student Subrata Baroi grabbed the first prize in Bhasha Protizog (National Language Olympiad) in 2008.
What the students say
"It's a very pleasant feeling for the students of this region to get chance to study in Amrita Lal Dey College," A student of the ALDC Faez Belal said.
Another student Lamiya Akhter Fima said, "I am very proud to be a student of Amrita Lal Dey College because our teachers not only teach us subject matters but also ethical terms."
Zarif Khan, another student of the college, is very happy with their campus atmosphere. "Most of the educational institutions of our country are polarized into different political parties but the ALDC gives us a calm and quite environment for learning," said Zarif.