Moulvibazar, an area of one bud in two leaves, is a small district town, situated on the bank of the river ‘Manu’. To the north of the town the ‘Manu’ flows towards the west The eastern and southern sides are surrounded by high and low tillas covered by innumerable trees and echoed by the chirping of different birds. Shopping malls abound in countless commercial products.
The largest educational institution of the district, Moulvibazar Govt. College, was established in the southern tilla- coverd area of the town designed like a picture. The distinguished educationists and charitable personalities were architects behind the establishment of this college. Along with them Mr. M. Arif, the then sub-divisional officer, extended his helping hands sincerely and whole-heartedly. As usual the untiring endeavours and self-motivated contribution of some unassuming and dedicated workers interested in education and public welfare resulted in the establishment of a bright light and this is Moulvibazar Govt. College.
In fact, we feel sorry not to be able to describe the history of Moulvibazar Govt. College based on facts and figures owing to the lack of appropriate information and evidence, because many precious documents and papers bearing different information which were kept in college offices and store rooms were destroyed during the liberation war of 1971 and thus a lot of valuable information has been lost. Available sources of the information are as follows : discussion with the living old persons who were involved with the establishment of the college, different kinds of writings published at different times in district magazines and souvenirs etc. From those sources we come to know that the establishment of the college was originally led by Late Dewan Alhajj Abdul Basit (former Provincial Minister), Late Hazi Keramot Ali, Monmoth Poddar (owner of Moulvi Tea Estate), Late Md. Enam Ullah, N.K. Patra, Boomkash Ghosh, the then distinguished businessman champalal sunday, Syed Sorforaz Ali and many others including Ali Haider Khan. In the beginning of the establishment of this college, different donors made their later generations grateful forever by providing different kinds of aids and assistance. Many of them from home and abroad provided financial favours for the infrastructural development. Many known donors and many others who chose to remain anonymous extended their contributions since the establishment of the college. Their involvement definitely proves the enthusiasm and interest of the people of this locality in education. Another name which deservers mention, admiration and recognition is Late Hazi Keramot Ali who made the highest financial contribution. The old north building (building no. 1) located adjacent to the teachers’ common room was financed by him alone. Besides, the names and addresses of a section of numerous donors including Late Zarip Miah are still engraved on a white stone of the old building of the college. A close observation of this nameplate makes it clear that not only the donors and educationists of Moulvibazar but also many a personality from other adjacent districts participated in this noble work.
From the time of its establishment, this institution has taken part in different activities of the state as well as society. The participation of this college in different movements in the 60s is worth mentioning. This college produced leadership at different levels. It created skilled bureaucrats, teachers, advocates, doctors and different professionals, who did their utmost for the academic and infrastructural betterment of this institution. The students and teachers of this college made their supreme sacrifice in the liberation war of 1971. Mr. Mukit, Abdus Shahid, Kripesh Ranjan Bishwash, Rahim Bokhs (Khoka), Sudorshan Deb, Samir Kumar Ghosh and others were among those students who laid down their lives for the liberty and sovereignty of the country. Their memory has made a permanent imprint on the minds of the people of Moulvibazar. They will never be away from us. We feel proud to commemorate their names in the line of Lawrence Binyon: ‘A glory that shines upon our tears.’
Many noble educationists and prominent political leaders have done their utmost for the academic and infrastructural betterment of this institution at different times, especially former Finance Minister Late M. Saifur Rahman and running Chief Whip of the National Parliament Mr. Abdus Shahid. The inhabitants of Moulvibazar are immensely indebted to them.
English version Initiated and supervised by :
Late Professor Ranadhir Dey
Moulvibazar Govt. College, Moulvibazar.