Notre Dame College, Dhaka is a high school educational institution located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This is one of the best colleges in Bangladesh as well as a degree college affiliated to the National University .The Notre Dame College was established by the priests of the Holy Cross organization. In 2009, the college completed 60 years. Currently it is located at Motijheel-Arambagh near Kamalapur railway station.
- Motto : Diligite Lumen Sapientiae( Love the light of wisdom)
- Type : Higher Secondary
- Founded : 1949
- Principal : Father Hemonto Pius Rozario , CSC
- Student : 6000+
- Location : Motijheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Short name : NDC
- Logo :
Notre Dame College, Dhaka/ History
In November 1949, the Notre Dame College was established by the Roman Catholic Church in Laxmibazar on the decision of the Holy Cross in Dhaka city. The first name was St. Gregor’s College, which was enlarged by St. Gregor’s school. In 1954 it was transferred to Arambagh. It was named after Notre Dame College.
The college initially started studying arts and commerce but later BA in 1955 and B.Sc. in 1960. In 1950, the University of Notre Dame College, affiliated to the University of Dhaka in 1959, had achieved tremendous success in the examination of various universities of East Pakistan and was recognized as the best college of East Pakistan.
Naming, Principles and Symbols
The word ‘Notre Dame’ of the Notre Dame College has been taken from two French languages. In English, whose translation is ‘Our Lady’ Roman Catholics interpret ‘Our Lady’ as Jesus Christ’s mother Mary or Maryam . This college, therefore, run by the Catholics, is dedicated to the noble woman.
Diligite Lumen Sapientiae, which meansLove the light of wisdom. In Catholicism, Mother Mary of Jesus Christ is the symbol of wisdom. The word “Sapientiae” refers to the main objective of the college, to achieve the source of knowledge. Indicates the term “light” (lumen) to eliminate darkness and to make a difference between truth and false. And the word “love” refers to the acquisition of knowledge with the word love.
At the top of the Notre Dame College symbol, there is an open book, on the left page, the Greek alphabet ‘alpha’ (Α) on the upper roof and the big roof ‘omega’ (Ω) on the right sheet. Alpha-omega is the Greek alphabet, respectively, the first and the last letters. It also indicates the whole knowledge and a statement of Jesus in the Apocalyptic chapter of the Bible. Besides, the book is the vehicle of knowledge. Collectively these symbols are published: All knowledge acquired through the ages have been stored in the book and if it can be achieved, then life will become enlightened. The bottom of this symbol has three fields. In the case of the left side, 7 ‘Padmaphul’ can be seen. Padma is the symbol of purity. Jesus’ mother Mary was clean and holy like the lotus. The seven griefs of the life of Marie have been revealed by the symbol, 7 Padma. In the memory of the seven tragic events of his life, he is said to be “mother of seven hundred”. These symbols allude to difficult learning together. The river’s right-backed river, running boats, golden paddy fields and uninterrupted sesame-shaped scenes of the green-green Bangladesh face the position of the college. In the lower field, the Cross placed on two anchors placed in a crossroads symbolizes the Holcrass monk-association. This symbol is adorned by: Stripped by the cross on the Cross as the death of Jesus Christ, as well as the release of human race, it is possible to get rid of crucified Jesus, as an anchor. Anchor symbol of hope. The light that spreads around the cross is the symbol of light and generosity of Jesus Christ.
Notre Dame College, Dhaka
Noted Dame College, run by Roman Catholics, but all religious students get the chance to study here. Only students can study in college, there is no place for girls here. The college is managed by the Holy Cross Sannyasi-Samadha Pagoda. The Father of the Saints-Congregation operates North Dame University in North America, University of Portland, King’s College, Stonehenge College, and St. George’s College in Santiago, Chile, South America. There are non-teaching teachers in the college, besides the Sannyasa-bharti priest.
Library of Notre Dame College
In the beginning of the college, in the year 1949, the library was established within the college, whose former name was, “St. Gregor’s College Library”, in the former name of the college. Later, in 1954, when the name of the college was changed to Notre Dame College, the name of the library was changed to “Notre Dame College Library”. When the construction of the new building (Ganguly building) of the college began on August 21, 1995, it was dedicated to the memory of Father Richard Novak, the former Professor of Logic of the College, and CSC, “Father Richard Novak Memorial Library”.
During the communal riots in 1964, Father Novak was brutally murdered on the way while traveling with a bike to find a distressed family. Father Richard Novak’s elder brother, Michael Novak, donated many books of his collection to this library and has been making regular donations for the library. He also contributed to the construction of new libraries. There is a total of 130 seats in the library on the fourth floor of Archbishop Ganguly Bhaban. Along with college admission, the students became members of the library and got the library card. There are 6 daily newspapers, 4 weekly and 4 monthly magazines held regularly in the library. Besides, many important journals and magazines are kept irregularly. Books can be borrowed in the context of library cards, but rare books such as dictionaries, encyclopedia, handbook etc. are used only in library. Photocopies are also available in the library.
Notor Dame College has kept talent in college level at different times. In the college premises there is a huge ground for outdoor play facilities like football, cricket etc. There are also basketball fields. The office of the college has to provide facilities to the college to lend a sporting equipment. There students can collect various types of sports items for free to display their college ID cards.
Because of the Catholic priesthood, the college students of the college have to participate in special prayers every Sunday. However, all religious students are in full freedom college of their respective religion. In the college premises, there is a single-storey Panjigana Mosque and Oukhkhana in the garden beside the basketball field. Besides, there is a religious library in the ground floor of the Ganguly building of the college. There are books of all religions reserved
It is managed by the Catholic Father, according to the Order of Dhaka Holy Cross. Since the establishment, 10 priests were the principal of this college.
- John J. Harrington , 1949-1954
- James Martin, 1954-1960
- Theotinus Amal Ganguly, March, 1960 – October, 1960
- William Graham, 1960-1967
- John Vanden Bossche, 1967–1969
- Joseph S.Peixotto , 1969-1970
- Richard William Timm , 1970-1971
- Ambrose Wheeler, 1971-1976
- Joseph S.Peixotto, 1976–1998
- Benjamin Costa, 1998–2012
- Fr. Hemanto Pius Rosario , 2012-present
Educational aid activities
In addition to the study, special education activities were also given special importance in Notre Dame College. For this reason, as well as achieving good results in the higher secondary examinations every year, the students of this college have been earning energetic success in various competitions organized among the educational institutions of the country.
Clubs of Notre Dame College
There are currently 24 clubs in the Notre Dame College. Although the teachers of the college are the moderators here, the students are the life of these clubs. Throughout the year, these clubs have been working to improve college students through organizing various programs and taking activities. Some of the programs and programs organized by these clubs have now been recognized as national level events. Participation of various colleges and educational institutions in the country gives differentiated activities.
Notre Dame Debating Club:
In 1953, Professor Richard William Timm , Team of the Department of Biology of the College was the CSC, the founder of this club, the moderator. Father Timm is a renowned biologist of the subcontinent, Magsaysay Award winner.The club’s annual franchise is two-fourths. The club also publishes a debate named Droh every year. The club organizes various programs, including Debtter’s League, Mix-Up, Inter-Group Debate, Conversions, every year.
Notre Dame Science Club :
Notre Dame Science Club Father R. W.Timm, CSC established in 1955. “The Science of Human Services” This is the
main focus of this club. It is the first science club in Bangladesh. In 2005, its 50 year anniversary was held and 60 years in 2015. The club’s publications are Adri, Cosmos, Sputnik, Discovery. The three quiz teams of this college – NDC Gold, NDC Blue and NDC Green Notch Dame are conducted through the Science Club.
Notre Dame Outbound Bound Adventure Club:
Notre Dame Rover Team
Notre Dame Business Club
Notre Dame Chess Club
Notre Dame Human Society
Notre Dame Nature Study Club:
To develop and disseminate various theories and information about the nature and natural resources of the country, and to promote the students and the people of this country, on November 29, 1984, the Notre Dame Nature Study Club (Notre Dame Nature Observation Association) was established. Professor Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, Professor of Botany Department of Notre Dame College, established the club with only 20 students. In Bangladesh, this club is considered to be the first club to conduct such activities, because this club has been inspired by many different Nature Study clubs, various colleges in Dhaka. Regularly several activities are run by the club. The main purpose of these activities is to develop a positive attitude among the student members. The activities of the club include daily news gathering, weekly classes and meetings, fortnightly natural study space inspection, monthly wall, quarterly magazine “nisarg” publication, monthly film exhibition, monthly meeting and monthly lectures, annual meeting and seminar, annually. The annual magazine “Nature”, published by the members of the club, outlines the entire year’s club activities. The club also organizes various training programs, such as: Ground Training Program (GTP), Photography Training Program (PTP) , Office Management Training Program (OMTP), Field Work Training Program (FWTP), Newsletter Publications Training Program (NPTP), Natural Journalism Training Program (NJTP), Computer Training Program (CTP), Club Management Training Program (CMTP), Scientific Research Preparedness Training Program (SRPTP) etc. Notre Dame Nature Study Club not only in nature, but also in the Notre Dame College campus, the spirit of the club has spread to various educational institutions of the country. Life club of this club joined together on 30 August 1996, an organization called “Nature Study Society of Bangladesh” (NSSB), which sponsored the Notre Dame Nature Study Club.
Notre Dame Degree Club)
Youth Red Crescent Notre Dame Club
Rotteract Club of Notre Dame College
Notre Dame Drama Team
Notre Dame recitation team
On 18 August 1992, Notre Dame recitation team formed for the purpose of reciting and studying Bangla language and culture under the leadership of Mrs. Marlin Clara Pinero, Senior Professor of Bangla Department. Since then, the organization has been working to develop the creativity, mentality and latent talent of the students. The main goal of Notre Dame recitation team is to spread the Bengali literature among the students through regular meetings, workshops, competitions and cultural events. Through the intercollegiate and intercollegiate competition, the Notre Dame recitation team is committed to reaching the new generation of recitations. The national recitation festival helps many to find an impressive recitation from various educational institutions of the country. Besides, there is no pair of national recitation festivals – to spread the tradition of Bangla literature among the students .
Notre Dame History Club
Notre Dame Environmental Promotional Club
International Understanding and Relations Club
Notre Dame Cultural Group
Notre Dame Writer
Notre Dame English Club
Notre Dame Art Club
Notre Dame Math Club
[On 14 March 2017, the respected Principal Father Hemanto Pius Rosario inaugurated the Math Club at 1:59 pm.]
Notre Dame Ethics Club
Notre Dame Photography Club
Notre Dame IT Club
Notre Dame Alumni Association
The NDMA started the journey on January 30, 2011, and the NDMA, in a nutshell. However, in the year 1959, former students of the Notre Dame saw the dream of an organization of the Old Boys College to be associated with Christian initiation and ideology. In the same context, the then Principal Father J. L. Martin, CSC created a draft constitution as part of this initiative. In the year 1999, during the celebration of 50 years of college (golden jubilee) and 60 years (diamond jubilee) in the college, the students again encouraged this, then the Principal Father Benjamin Kasta, CSC, on January 30, 2011, organized a meeting with 16 former students of the college. Announced. Then the college’s former student said. Kamal Hossain is the Honorable President
, Father Benjamin Kasta, President of CSC, Professor Dr. Rashiduddin Ahmed is the Vice President (1st), Dr. Abdul Moin Khan is Vice-President (2nd), Bangladesh Ambassador to the Philippines Major General John Gomez, General Secretary , Father Bakul S. Effective General Secretary of Rosario, CSC and Father Adam S. Perera, CSC, was organized by the Ad-Haq Committee, comprising a total of 19 members, organizing the organization.  Then, on 22 December 2012, a formal campaign was organized on the 22nd anniversary of the annual general conference held in the college premises. Father J. as the organization’s constitution. L. The revised version of the constitution, ratified by Martin, CSC on December 8, 1959, was adopted on June 30, 2012 .
Students of Notre Dame
Sirajul Islam Chowdhury – writer, educationist
Dr. Kamal Hossain – Constitution creator, lawyer, politician.
Faridur Reza Sagar – writer, film producer, director, managing director, channel i.
Dr. Sheikh Siraj – journalist, agricultural development and media personality
Ghiyasuddin Ahmed – Senior Lecturer, History Department, Dhaka University.
Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury – Former Honorable Minister of Bangladesh.
Chowdhury Tanvir Ahmed Siddiqui – Former Honorable Minister of Bangladesh.
Dr. Ainun Nishat – Emirate Professor, Water Resources and Climate Expert, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University
Dr. Mahfuz Anam – Editor, The Daily Star
Yafesh Osman – Architect, Honorable Minister of Bangladesh.
Lieutenant General Hasan Mahmud Chowdhury – Former Chief of Staff, Bangladesh Army
Tapan Chowdhury – Chairman, Square Pharmaceuticals.
Bulbul Ahmed – renowned film actor of Bangladesh.
Tarek Masud – Bangladeshi filmmaker
Azad Abul Kalam – actor and playwright.
Musa Ibrahim – The first Everest winner of Bangladesh
Mohammad Abdul Muhith – The second Everest winner of Bangladesh
Hasanul Huq Inu – Honorable Minister of Bangladesh.
Hamin Ahmed – Musician, Miles
Bappa Majumder – Musician, Dalchhut.
Tahsan Rahman Khan – teacher, actor, musician, ex-member, Black
Ziaur Rahman Zia – musician, untitled.
Fuad al-Muktadir – musician
Shamim Haider Patwari – Member, Bangladesh Parliament (018)
Notre Dame Literacy School
Notre Dame Literacy School, which is not directly involved with Notre Dame College, It is basically a night school. The project is part of the Notre Dame College ‘Student Working Program’. Established in 1972, however, from 1978 onwards, the teaching of working and underprivileged children is going on here. This school was established with the help of the Father as part of the social welfare program. Although there was an opportunity to read up to the fifth grade in the first place, it was later upgraded to the eighth grade. Currently (about 2012) about 450 students are studying here. Apart from this, many people also qualify to study in Notre Dame College. Originally students of Notre Dame College are teaching themselves willingly. Apart from Notre Dame College, many teachers of the university also taught many teachers. The management expenses of this organization were executed from college teachers, students and various donations. In order to keep students free from inferiority, a little salary is also paid to them.  The school also has Morning Shift, Day Shift and Evening Shift. Apart from this initiative, Notre Dame Jagarani Co-operative Credit Union Limited, Notre Dame Navin Seek Shelter, Notre Dame Feeding Program, Notre Dame Sewing Center, and Notre Dame Boys’ Home.