Govt. Edward College, Pabna

Coordinates: 24°00′43″N 89°14′20″E / 24.012°N 89.239°E / 24.012; 89.239
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Government Edward College, Pabna
সরকারি এডওয়ার্ড কলেজ, পাবনা
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Established1898; 125 years ago (1898)
FounderShree Gopal Chandra Lahiri
PrincipalProfessor Md. Abdul Awal
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Colours   White and Black

Govt. Edward College, Pabna is one of the oldest colleges in Bangladesh.


It was established in July 1898 in Pabna. The college was first named as "Pabna Institution" and founded by Shree Gopal Chandra Lahiri, the famous educationist at that time.[1]

Shree Gopal Chandra Lahiri

This college was later named "Pabna College" in 1906. The college motto was "Knowledge is virtue". Afterwards, Pabna College was named as "Edward College" in honor of the memory of Indian Emperor, Edward VII.[1]

Emperor Edward the VII

In December, 1898, the college was affiliated under Calcutta University. Many distinguished personnel visited the college. The then first Governor General of Bengal, Lord Tomas David Barron Carmichael visited Edward College and donated Tk. 50000 for the development of the college in 1912. The then Zamindar of Tarash, Pabna, Ray Bahadur Banamali donated Tk. 50000 to the development fund of the college. Many kindhearted persons of education lovers contributed in the development of Edward College. Shreemati Gopi Sundari Dashi and Shree Devendra Narayan Singh donated 46 Bighas of land to Edward College.

On July 20, 1914, Professor Radhikanath Bose was appointed as the Principal of Edward College, Pabna.

Honors courses were introduced in 1954 in Bengali and Economics under Calcutta University.

On March 1, 1968, Edward College was nationalized by the then government of Pakistan. Edward College then became Govt. Edward College.[2]

Govt. Edward College, Pabna at early stage

Nowadays this college plays a vital role in education sector in Bangladesh. Honors and Masters courses of 16 subjects are being taught here. Besides, BA pass course, B.Ss, B.Sc courses are also being taught.

Total number of regular students are 25052. Total number of teachers and supporting staffs are respectively 160 and 118.

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  1. ^ a b "Edward College". Banglapedia. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  2. ^ সরকারি এডওয়ার্ড কলেজ [Government Edward College]. Pabna Sadar Upazila (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2017-02-19.

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24°00′43″N 89°14′20″E / 24.012°N 89.239°E / 24.012; 89.239