Activities in the College

Students at all times are guided and supervised by learned faculty. To provide an in-depth understanding of the discipline, presentation of different topics in the form of Seminars, Workshops, Lectures, Symposia, Debates and Discussions is done by all departments. Audio visual aides are employed in the teaching curriculum by organizing regular lectures at the multimedia center of the college. The meritorious students are duly encouraged and weaker students given extra classes. The academic results of the college have been over 90% consistently in university exams every year.

The students are enrolled in N.C.C. and N.S.S. programs. Along with the regular courses, the college offers vocational courses like Nursery Teachers Training and Computers. Various types of culturally edifying programs and competitions for all round development of students are also organized. The writing dexterity of the students is given a boost by publishing the best articles in the Annual College Magazine. Yuva Mahotsav, the annual youth festival of the college, is organized and participated by the students to develop organizational as well as artistic skills through programs/competitions in dance, singing, dramatics and fashions shows. The college also boasts of a very illustrious sports department that trains students for university and state level competitions in Football, Handball, Volleyball, Athletics, kho-kho and kabaddi. Our students have won many prizes in various sports. To foster communal amity among the students coming from diverse ethnic groups, festivals such as Lohri, Holi, Christmas, etc. are celebrated in a resplendent manner where all teachers along with the principal participate to inculcate the feeling of national integration among the students.

To facilitate self expression among the students and to enable them to voice their opinion, various events are regularly organized like Debates, Group Discussions, Essay Writing On Topical subjects, Chart Competition, Speech Competition, Quiz Competition and Poster Making.

Keeping pace with the changing times and observing the changing demands of the students, the college has been constantly and consistently upgrading its motives and objectives.

History of Sen Group

The year was 1898 – a lean built man all of 5 feet 5 inches dared to do something which was unheard of in the orthodox British-ruled India of that time. Most fundamental rights were denied to Indians, and more so to women. Atrocities like Sati Rites, Child Marriage, Dowry and ban on Widow Remarriage were prevalent. Due to the Purdah system, most women were forced to stay within the four walls of their homes. Education was denied to them. In fact, educated women were considered a threat to the society. Most girls were married off before they reached their teens so the question of sending them to school never ever arose.

But in spite of all these odds, Late Dr. Surendra Nath Sen had a promise to keep. A promise made to his dying mother to champion the cause of women’s empowerment through education.

Being a person of very high social standing (the only qualified doctor from the renowned Calcutta Medical College in and around Kanpur in those times), he could break into the circles of influence to spread his new revolutionary ideas but to change the orthodox beliefs of the masses (mostly uneducated in those days) was really the more unachievable task. He personally went to each and every house of the city of Kanpur (then known as ‘Cawnpore’ or the ‘Manchester of India’ because of the large number of cotton mills) to request people to send their daughters to this school set up by him in the safety and homeliness of his own courtyard .

With the enrolments shooting up in 1914, the school was shifted from his courtyard to a field across the road from his house as a proper Anglo-vernacular middle school for girls. In the year 1922, a massive building began to come up on that field which was formally opened by His Excellency Sir W. Sinclair Marris, Governor of U.P. & Oudh, on the 9th of March, 1925.

Post independence, when the country was collectively looking to build up a new ambitious India, women too were looking ahead of just secondary education into higher education.Thus, S.N. Sen Degree College was founded in 1953 by Dr. Siddheswar Sen, son of visionary Dr. Surendra Nath Sen. The College got affiliated to the Agra University in 1957. The post graduation classes began in the same college from 1985.

Towards the late 1970s, when higher education for women was not just about becoming a more eligible and sought after bride but a means to leading a financially independent life, there arose a need for not only higher education but career-oriented education or vocational courses that would ensure a job. This was the time when Mr. Sameer Kuamr Sen, grandson of visionary Dr. S.N. Sen, founded the Nursery Teachers Training Institute in memory of his late father Dr. Siddheswar Sen. The training institute marked the beginning of widening of the group’s focus from only academic learning institutions to academic-cum-vocational learning institutions.

After over a 100 years of contribution to the field of education and emancipation of women, we now wish to increase our efforts further by offering a wider array of courses from various streams to give women greater number of career options to choose from. More the number of career options we offer, more will be the lives of women we can touch. The higher the number of women we can reach with knowledge and empowerment, the more fulfilled the promise made by visionary Late Dr. Surendra Nath Sen to his mother becomes.

Our Founding Forefathers

After Dr. Surendra Nath Sen, his son Late Dr. Siddheshwar Sen took up his mission in 1930. In 1973, his grandson Mr. Sameer Kumar Sen took over the reins of the management of the college in his hands. Since 2013, the management of the college is in the able hands of Mr. Probir Kumar Sen.

Late Dr. Surendra Nath Sen (1865-1945)

Dr. Surendra Nath Sen was the nephew of the renowned social reformer of Calcutta, Sri. Brahmanand Keshav Chandra Sen. After completing his early education from Jaipur. He obtained his M.B.B.S. Degree from the famous Calcutta Medical College, and came to Kanpur in the third quarter of 1800s. Dr. Sen was popularly known as the Messiah of the poor for his boundless generosity and compassion.

He never charged any money from his poor patients. The Hindu orphanage was built on the piece of land donated by him as was the Indian Medical Association Hall. He established the Aadarsh Banga Vidhyalaya on Mall Road Kanpur to promote anglo - vernacular education among boys. Not only did he donate land for the college, but also had the main building constructed. He was compassionate towards all living beings. He established the “Jeev Daya Mandal” an institution which helped in building drinking water facilities for animals in the city.

He also built the only Bengali library in Kanpur named ‘Jogendro Smriti’ in the name of his father Mr. Jogendra Nath Sen in Karachi Khana Lane beside Mall Road in 1883. He was also the Founder President of Banga Sahitya Samaj. The College remains forever indebted to its founding forefather.

Late Dr. Siddheshwar Sen (1898-1981)

Dr. Siddheshwar Sen, son of the eminent social reformer Dr. Surendra Nath Sen, was born in 1898 in Kanpur. He inherited the legacy of social service and spirit of love for mankind at large from his illustrious father. He dedicated himself whole heartedly to the movement for educating girls which had been initiated by his father.

He completed his intermediate form Muir College, Allahabad and M.B.B.S. from Calcutta Medical College. He then returned to Kanpur which was to become his arena for carrying forward his selfless social service throughout his lifetime.

Throughout his lifetime he was associated with the Institutions which had been set up by his late father – A.B. Vidhyalaya Society, Balika Vidyalaya Society, Shri Hari Bhakti Pradayani Society. He was the President of the Banga Sahitya Samaj and Durga Badi. He also lent full support and assistance to women’s education, orphanages and widow-welfare organisations.

Mr. Sen, blessed with a magnetic and impressive personality, left for his heavenly adobe in 1981. The College gratefully showers tributes on this noble soul.

Late Sameer Kumar Sen (1925-2014)

Mr. Sameer Kumar Sen, the eldest son of Dr. Siddheshwar Sen, was born and educated in Kanpur. This eminent educationist needs no introduction. He surfed ahead with the noble social ideals of his ancestors with untiring zeal. He inherited his kindness and love for social service from his renowned grandfather anf father.

Mr. Sen, blessed with a simple and courteous personality, was popularly called ‘Dada Babu’ by his acquaintances and staff members. He took over the management of S.N. Sen Inter College and S.N. Sen Degree College in 1973. Along with this, he even retained his association with the various institutions established by his ancestors, such as Prachi Bang Bhawan, Durgbadi Sansthan, Nikhil Bharat Bang Sahitya Samaaj, Banga Library and the Hari Bhakti Pradayini Society. He was responsible for introducing Post Graduate Classes in the College in 1985.

He passed away on May 31st 2014, leaving the management of the college in the capable hands of his brother Mr. Probir Kumar Sen. The College family will always cherish memories of this noble soul.