Today’s Gotan village was under the rule of the ancient King Gokarna. The word Gotan etymologically means ‘the residence of Gokarna’. The internationally reputed linguist, the revered Professor and one of the brightest stars of the Indian academia, Dr Sukumar Sen, had his ancestral house in Gotan and he spent his early days up to his teens here. Just 2 kilometers south-east of Gotan is the famous Daminya village, the birthplace of one of the greatest of medieval Bengali poets, Kabi Kankan Mukunda Chakraborty. The birthplaces of the great saint Sri Sri Ramakrishna at Kamarpukur and the Holy Mother Sri Sri Saradamoni at Jayrambati are also not far from Gotan. Raja Rammohan Roy’s birthplace, Radhanagore, is also a stone’s throw distance from Gotan. Two kilometers north-east of Gotan is Subaldaha village, the birthplace of the founder President of Azaad Hind Fauj, the great freedom fighter, Rashbehari Basu. Today’s Gotan has started seeing the lights of modern development , and one major step towards this development is the establishment of this college, formally named Acharyya Sukumar Sen Mahavidyalaya.
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COLLEGE
Acharyya Sukumar Sen Mahavidyalaya was first formally inaugurated on 25 April, 2013, under the initiative of Sri Ramakrishna Saradamoni Ashram, Gotan. This brought into actuality a long cherished dream in the minds of innumerable people of Gotan and adjoining areas. The first initiative was taken in 2008 by the Ashram to establish an institution of higher education in the name of Acharyya Sukumar Sen. Many local people came up with active support, generous donations and untiring labour to bring the college to what it is today. The University of Burdwan had granted provisional affiliation to this college from the academic session 2013-2014 and in 2018 we were granted permanent affiliation by the University. From the first day of its establishment, the reputed agro scientist, Dr Pradip Majumdar, had been the President of the Governing Body. The first and present officiating Principal and the Secretary to the Governing Body is Dr Tushar Kanti Pal, a retired Principal, with a vast experience of teaching and administration. Presently the college offers 9 subjects in General courses and 5 subjects in Honours courses. It requires mention that on its days of inception, the teaching and administrative work was done in the precincts of Gotan S M High School. The college has been shifted permanently to its present building in the 2017-18 academic session.