|Murari Chand University College|
|Campus||Urban 112 acres|
|Nickname||M C College|
|Affiliations||Bangladesh National University|
Murari Chand University College (Bengali: মুরারি চাঁদ কলেজ) (usually referred as M C College) was the first college in Sylhet. It was established in 1892. Since then it has been playing important role in the education, cultural, and political spheres of greater Sylhet.
M C College was established in 1892 by a local nobleman called Raja Girish Chandra Roy. The college was named after his maternal grandfather, Murari Chand. It was located beside the present Raja G C School. At the beginning it was a proprietary college. Raja himself used to fund the college. From 1892 to 1908 (16 years) until the death of the Raja it remained proprietary.
In 1908, right after the death of the Raja, the college had to apply for government help. Then it become an 'aided' college. For four years it remained 'aided'. In 1912 the college become fully government administered and was considered as an affiliated college of the University of Calcutta.
In 1925 the college moved to its current campus at Thackarey Hills (now Tilagarh).
In 1942 the Golden Jubilee of the college was observed by the publishing of the Murari Chand College Golden Jubilee Volume.
Currently, all the students of HSC first year had obtained GPA 5 in SSC. For more details go to the M C College website.
Presently there are nine academic buildings in the college. They consist of classrooms, library, department offices, etc. and mainly used to conduct classes. Almost all of the departments have their own academic buildings.
The central library of the college is one of the oldest in the region. It houses a huge number of volumes; many of them are rare. The library is widely used by researchers. It holds more than 90,000 books.
Students of M.C. College, every year participate and win in many national & international debate, singing, dance, speech, reciting poem, drama etc. competition.
Every year M C College organizes the celebration of Pahela Baishakh (Bangla New Year). People of all class and profession take part in the procession which makes it one of the most colourful events of the day.
[Monjer Khan, Editor, Sylhet.]
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