Vision : To contribute towards creation of a tolerant, equitable, enlightened and humane society Mission : Enrichment of society through a holistic education for women. Goal : Empowerment through education.
The year 2020 began with the Handique Girls’College community renewing its commitment to upholding the ideals of this august Institution and looking forward to some positive developments.But just two and a half months in to the new year, we were facing the COVID-19 pandemic and campus closure. We did not then realise that this was the beginning of what would be the biggest disruption of academic activity, and indeed of our lives, in recent years.
One of the veritable nerve centres of women’s education in north-eastern India, Handique Girls’ College was established in 1939, a dream come true for the late Mrs. Rajabala Das, a pioneer in the field of women’s education. The patronage and philanthropy of the late Radha Kanta Handique were also largely responsible for giving shape to the first institution for higher education for women, in the undivided state of Assam. Mrs. Rajabala Das also became the founder principal of the college. Imbued with the fervour of the nationalist struggle for freedom, Mrs. Das was intent in doing away with unjustified taboos and prejudices on the societal, familial and individual levels, pertaining to the womenfolk of Assam. Education appeared to her to be the only weapon to enable a woman to reveal her own identity and to partake of active public life.