Who we are
Mahant Darshan Das Mahila Mahavidyalaya, a premier institution of B.R.A. Bihar University, Muzaffarpur is doing a commendable job in the field of women education for more than six decades. Established on 15th August, 1946, the institution has been an alma mater for numerous young, progressive and dynamic women. It was on 25th July, 1946, that a group of nationalists, educationists and social thinkers like Rai Bahadur Shri Narayan Mahatha, Rai Bahadur Uma Shanker Pd., Shri Harisadan Bhaduri, great educationist Dr. J. K. Sarkar, Rai Bahadur Veereshwar Chatterjee, Shri Atulanand Sen and Shri Mahesh Pd. Singh, gathered in the premises of Chapman Girls High School, Muzaffarpur and laid an informal base to the establishment of this institution. Mahant Darshan Das, a progressive thinker in the field of women education was invited to that meeting. Perhaps, he was also inspired by the ideas of the Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore.
"O Lord, why have you not given women the right to conquer her destiny, why does she have to wait head bowed by the road side waiting with tired patience hoping for the miracle in the morrow."
His dream came true as the first foundation stone of this institution was laid down with the help of a sum of Rs. one lac donated by him. A governing body was constituted by Shri Mahesh Prasad Singh, Rai Bahadur Shri Narayan Mahatha, Shri Harisadan Bhaduri, Rai Bahadur Shri Shyamnandan Sahay, C.I.E, Shri Ramnaumi Prasad, Advocate, Md. Badrul Hasan, Dr. J. K. Sarkar, M.L.A, Prof. Atulanand Sen. The governing body took women’s education as a mission and soon the journey of this college started with just a few students.
Dr. J. K. Sarkar took charge as the first Principal. He was a man of great endeavour and determination and soon the institution started to flourish. He was succeeded by Shri Atulanand Sen.
The mission for female education finally started taking shape and Mrs. Lavanya Prabha Ghosh took charge as the first female Principal of the college. She was a woman of talent and dynamism and the institution started to climb the unforeseen ladder of success. The number of students increased enormously and the college received its first grant from the government as a constituent unit on 01.04.1962.
The institution witnessed a golden period under the simple, soft spoken, efficient administrator Dr. Lalita Sinha, who took charge as the Principal on 9th Nov, 1956. She nurtured the institution at the early stage and tried her best to maintain educational environment. An epitome of punctuality, sincerity and honesty, she tried her level best to develop a sincere work culture on the campus which paved the way to achieve success in every field. The institution was blessed with a series of hardworking and able Principals like Dr. Meera Sen Gupta, Dr. Sunity Pandey, Dr. Shashi Lekha Mishra, Dr. Munni Singh, Dr. Pramila Singh and finally the competent, energetic, motivating and innovative Principal Dr. Nirmala Singh, who took charge as the commissioned Principal on 08.08.2009. The college started to flourish in all dimensions. At present the college has strength of about five thousand students. Vocational Courses like B.C.A, B.B.A, C.N.D. and Industrial Microbiology, are providing better job opportunities to the students. Different advanced certificate and diploma courses are there to enrich the students.
Workshops are organized to help the students improve their skills in different fields like The Art of Living, Madhubani Painting, Modern Arts, creative writing, etc. They are also taught the tact of self defence. The students have excelled in the field of NCC and NSS. They are sensitive to the needs of the society and frequently work for their cause. They have glorious achievements in the field of games and sports. Medals and Scholarships are given to the students to encourage them.
Different committees are there to facilitate the proper functioning of the institution. The Anti-Ragging Cell, Grievance Redressal Cell, Women Cell, etc. are there to look into the problems of the students. The Eco-Club organizes programmes to create environmental awareness among the students.
The college has proper accommodation facility for girls. There are more than four hundred girls residing in three Girls’ Hostels present on the campus. The formation of M.D.D.M. Alumni Association (M.A.A.) is a great step to preserve the cultural heritage and an effort to link the past present and future. The hardworking and devoted teachers and staffs are always on their toe to serve the need of students. It is a matter of great pride to see the maroon and white clad girls walking with confidence and it seems that Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharatiar’s poem envisioning women of India, has become a reality of life:
She walks with raised head,
With her eyes looking straight,
She has her principles,
Unafraid of anybody!
which is the real vision of an emerging woman.