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LITERATURE Prose.-Selections from Goldsmith’s Essays, (Calcutta Edition.) Poetry._Richardson's Selections from Thomson. History.- Elphinstone's History of India, Vol. II. to the end of Book IX. Mental Philosophy.-Abercrombie's Moral Feelings.
Intellectual Powers, Part V.
MATHEMATICS. Euclid, Algebra, Plane Trigonometry.
Poetry.-Selections from Pope, Prior and Akenside, Poetical Reader, No. III., Part II., (last edition.)
History.—Keightley's History of England.
year. Thirteen candidates presentCommittee of Examination of Candi
ed themselves for examination bedates for employ- fore the Committee, of whom only ment in the Educa
two obtained the 4th class certifi. tion Department.
cates: the rest failing to pass creditably in the Bengali examination, were not deemed entitled to any certificates.
There has been no change in the organization, system of
instruction, or establishments of the inAppointment of a Principal to the stitutions under the control of the CounSanscrit College. cil, with the exception of the Sanscrit College. It was found necessary to place this in the same position as all other Colleges, by the appointment of a Principal, able to devote the whole of his time to its superintendence, and himself capable of taking part in the professorial duties of the advanced classes. This caused the resignation of the late Secretary, Babu Russomoy Dutt, whose judicial functions rendered it impossible for him to occupy the newly-created office.
The best thanks of the Council were deemed due to Babu Russomoy Dutt for the zealous and efficient manner in which he had for many years discharged the duty of Secretary.
Pundit Eshwar Chunder Bidyasagur, late Assistant Secretary to the College, and Sheristadar of the College of Fort William, was placed at the head of the Institution, in which he has introduced several important and valuable changes, such as cannot fail to raise this seat of Hindu learning in public estimation, and to place it on the efficient footing required by the general advance of education in the Bengal Presidency.
His able and detailed view of the subject is contained in the special report of the Sanscrit College. The Council have again been largely indebted to the
residents and officers at Dacca for very liberal Donations.
contributions to the prize allowance of the College. The particulars of the donations with their amounts are mentioned in the report of the Dacca College.
Sir Herbert Maddock's gold medal for proficiency in mixed mathematics was awarded to Callyprosunno Chatterjee of the Hooghly College, and Mr. David Money's medal for the best English essay to Issurchunder Doss of the same Institution. The best thanks of the Council were tendered to the gentlemen above-named, for the encouragement afforded by their prizes to the Institutions mentioned. At page 35 of our last annual report, it was intimated
that reductions had been made in State of the Edu- the expenditure of the education decation Funds.
partment, with a view to bring its disbursements within its income. Certain steps had then been taken to effect that object, which has since been accomplished. The conduct of the officers of the education department
generally has been satisfactory during the Conduct of
past session. The discipline of the various Masters.
Institutions has been maintained upon an efficient footing, except in the case of the Calcutta Mudrissa, into which a system of laxity of very old standing had crept, until it became detrimental to its efficiency as a school of learning. An attempt made to remove some of the objectionable features of the old system, and to change a part of the plan of instruction, was resisted by the students. The circumstances connected with the breach of discipline were carefully investigated, and the ringleaders punished. The Principal has been requested to report upon the remodelling of the College, and the means of placing it in the position demanded by the present state of education in Calcutta. The measures that may require to be adopted will be contained in our future reports. Three candidates presented themselves for examination, in
accordance with the provisions required Council's List.
by the General Order of the 10th October 1844. They were all placed in the first class of the Council's list, in the following order of merit, viz.: Sree Nath Das, .......
Hindu College. A general review of the proceedings of the past session shows that, irrespective of the Vernacular Schools, there were
in the government institutions of Bengal nearly 10,000 pupils, of whom 102 were Christians, 1,314 Moohummudans, 7,403 Hindus, and 565 of other persuasions, chiefly Bhuddhists, Coles, Hill boys, and two Jews. The languages studied were English, Bengali, Urdu, Hindui, Oorya, Sanscrit, Arabic, Persian, and Burmese.
The amount of schooling fees realized was Co.'s Rs. 72,916, against 69,665 of the preceding year. The number of pupils receiving a gratuitous education was 3,172, in addition to 188 scholarship-holders and twenty-four free scholars, who are exempted from schooling charges. Appended to this brief general statement are the special
reports of the various institutions in Special Reports
Bengal connected with education. The and Appendix.
appendix contains the usual detailed statistical and other information necessary to the complete understanding of the exact state and working of the department.
We trust that our labours during the period under review will meet with your Lordship’s approval.
We have the honor to be,
J. W. COLVILE, President.