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Hindu Mahila Vidyalaya (School for Hindu Women) was a boarding school located at 22 Beniapukur Lane, Entally, Kolkata, founded by Annette Akroyd[1] The school had the distinction of marking a break with the dominant discourse that believed in less taxing curricula for girls. It provided the same kind of learning for its students as was available for boys.[2] Different sources record different dates for the establishment of the school. While Jogesh C. Bagal, records the date of establishment as 18 November 1873[1] David Kopf mentions it as 18 September 1873.[3]

Dwarkanath Ganguly was the headmaster.[3] Ananda Mohan Bose and Durga Mohan Das bore the expenses of the institution.[4] Others involved in the school were Sivanath Sastri and Monomohun Ghose.[2] Mrs. J.B.Phear was an honorary teacher. [1]Under Annette's strict supervision the school was run along western lines. [5] She went to the extent of teaching her students how to eat at table with cutlery.[2]

After the marriage of Annette Akroyd, the school was closed in March 1876 for a short time and was revived on 1 June 1876 as Banga Mahila Vidyalaya (Bengali Women’s College).[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Bagal, Jogesh Chandra, History of the Bethune School and College (1849-1949) in Bethune College and School Centenary Volume, edited by Dr. Kalidas Nag, 1949, p33
  2. ^ a b c Karlekar, Malavika. "Lessons in a Sari - Did women’s education in India change the way they dressed?". The Telegraph, 4 February 2007. http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070204/asp/opinion/story_7340747.asp. Retrieved 2007-04-18.  
  3. ^ a b Kopf, David, The Brahmo Samaj and the Shaping of the Modern Indian Mind, 1979, pp. 34-39, Princeton University Press, ISBN 0691031258
  4. ^ Sastri, Sivanath, History of the Brahmo Samaj, 1911-12/1993, p. 164, Sadharan Brahmo Samaj.
  5. ^ Amin, Sonia. "Beveridge, Annette Susannah Akroyd". Banglapedia. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/B_0437.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-18.  

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