Mrinalini Datta Mahavidyapith is a fifty year 'young' and highly popular co-educational degree college affiliated to West Bengal State University (Barasat). Situated at a mere five minutes walking distance from the Birati Railway station, the college is well connected to Barasat, Belghoria & Dakhineswar via train, bus and auto routes. In fact, the Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Dumdum, is only twenty minutes from here. MDM offers 16 honours, 19 general, 2 professional degree courses at the under-graduate level and 1 degree course at the post-graduate level.
MDM took its first humble steps on 5th March, 1964, when it was established by Birati Siksha Samsad to provide affordable and quality higher education to the community. Initially it catered primarily to the students of economically challenged households of rural and semi-urban areas in and around Birati.
In 1964, India was just in its 17th year of independence. Gigantic obstacles in the form of unemployment, illiteracy, and superstition blocked its path to progress. Education was the only way the youth could be empowered to build its future and shape India's destiny. To this effect, MDM took its first baby steps with just 95 students and 7 educationists. At that time the college classes were conducted on the compound of the adjoining school - Uttar Dumdum Vidyapith for girls. The only course option available was Humanities.
Fifty years hence we have three spacious buildings, nineteen departments and eighteen thousand students. MDM has emerged as a successful college today. Its blue walls stand proudly in their place on Vidyapith Road, Kolkata-51. Today the student pool is no longer limited to Birati, but has reached as far as extreme North and extreme South. The past fifty years bear testimony to the persistent struggle the college has undergone to spread higher education to the masses.
MDM's life has been a busy one. A glimpse..
Truly speaking, sky is the limit for us. It may seem impossible for a college located in the urban fringes of the metropolitan Kolkata, but our students, teachers, non-teaching staff and all those associated to this institute nurture a single dream; that is taking our college to the height where attainment of knowledge is at its fullest.
"Great works are to be done, wonderful powers have to be worked out, we have to teach other nations many things... This is the motherland of philosophy, of spirituality, and of ethics, of sweetness, gentleness, and love." (Swami Vivekananda)