The history of Bogura district shows that the inhabitants, especially the women of the western part of Bogura, were backwards in terms of literacy and social status. But in the last 20 years, they have transformed their overall condition by improving their social, economic, and political status, thanks to education.
One of the institutions that have played a key role in this transformation is Kahaloo Adarsha Women"s Degree College, in Kahaloo of Bogura district. As far as academic results and extracurricular activities are concerned, this only women"s college in Kahaloo has had a remarkable record in the last ten years. But, ironically, it has not got any academic building in the last 23 years.
The college started its academic activities on July 1, 1995, and got academic permission from Rajshahi Education Board on May 21, 1996.
Local educationist and former headmaster (acting) of the Tairunnessa Girls" High School under Kahaloo donated 3.02 acres of land. Now the institution has around 700 students. But the building is still a brick structure with a tin roof. The college still does not have a proper library or a computer lab.
Despite these shortcomings, the care the teachers take and the students" commitment to studies have helped the college make its mark in public examinations, debates, oratory, essay writing competitions and other competitive engagements, outperforming all the colleges in the upazila and the district with many of its students winning prizes and certificates.
Under the Monthly Payment Order (MPO) scheme, it is the only girls" college of the upazila that got approval from Rajshahi Education Board on October 1, 2001 and from the National University on July 3, 2002. The college now has 70 teachers, who take HSC and BA (Pass) course, classes.
Although the college was established in 1995 and got its MPO affiliation six years later, it still runs in a tin-roofed brick house with two buses bought with its own funds, spreading the light of education among girls in a backward area.
In the last ten years, many students of the college secured Golden A+ in HSC from the Rajshahi Education Board and First Class in BA (Pass) course under the National University. Several of its students have got admission to medical colleges and universities like that of Dhaka and Rajshahi. Many have also got good jobs in government and private establishments.
At present, the college offers courses in 19 subjects for the HSC and 10 for BA (Pass). The National University has given it permission to start three honours courses. The college authorities have appointed teachers for those subjects and built a three-storied building with their money.
Contacted, Millat Hossain, Vice-Principal of the college, said at least 30 classrooms were needed for proper functioning but it now had only 17 for 700 students.
Students of Class-11 Azmi, Rumi and others said that they would be able to do much better academically if they got modern classrooms, digitalized computer labs, and a good library.
Jakiya Akter, a student of Dhaka University, said that she got a chance to study in DU after studying in Kahaloo Adarsha Women"s Degree College. She demanded an academic building soon for her former institution. Shahnaj Sharmin, a lecturer in English at the college, said they would be able to teach much better if they got a better environment and a spacious academic building.
Contacted, AKM Rezaul Akhlak, the college Principal, said that the teachers, students, and employees were having difficulties in holding classes and arranging other activities. Yet, the college had secured the best result out of seven colleges. He lamented that this college was yet to get any academic building, while others in the upazila had got 2-3 academic buildings so far from the department concerned.
Contacted, Upazila Secondary Education Officer of Kahaloo Md. Shafiqul Islam said they had sent a proposal to the government recently and hoped college would get an academic building soon.