Hindu Mahila Vidyalaya

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Hindu Mahila Vidyalaya (School for Hindu Women) was a boarding school located at 22 Beniapukur Lane, Entally, Kolkata, India and founded by Annette Akroyd[1] The school made a break with the idea of a less taxing curriculum for girls and provided the same kind of learning for its students as was available for boys.[2] Sources record different dates for the establishment of the school. While Jogesh C. Bagal records the date of establishment as 18 November 1873,[1] David Kopf mentions it as 18 September 1873.[3]

Dwarkanath Ganguly was the headmaster.[3] Ananda Mohan Bose and Durga Mohan Das bore the expenses of the institution.[4] Others involved in the school were Sivanath Sastri and Monomohun Ghose.[2] Mrs. J. B. Phear was an honorary teacher.[1][5] She went to the extent of teaching her students how to eat at a table with cutlery.[2]

After the marriage of Annette Akroyd, the school was closed in March 1876 for a short time and was revived on 1 June 1876 as Banga Mahila Vidyalaya (Bengali Women’s College).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Bagal, Jogesh Chandra, History of the Bethune School and College (1849-1949) in Bethune College and School Centenary Volume, edited by Dr. Kalidas Nag, 1949, p33
  2. ^ a b c Karlekar, Malavika. "Lessons in a Sari - Did women's education in India change the way they dressed?". The Telegraph, 4 February 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2007.
  3. ^ a b Kopf, David, The Brahmo Samaj and the Shaping of the Modern Indian Mind, 1979, pp. 34-39, Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-03125-8
  4. ^ Sastri, Sivanath, History of the Brahmo Samaj, 1911-12/1993, p. 164, Sadharan Brahmo Samaj.
  5. ^ Amin, Sonia (2012). "Beveridge, Annette Susannah Akroyd". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.

External links

  • There is a picture of Annette Akroyd with the students of Hindu Mahila Vidyalaya, 1875, from Henry Beveridge’s India Called Them (1947). - Karlekar, Malavika. "Frozen Frames". Spectrum. The Tribune, 8 May 2005. Retrieved 19 April 2007.

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