Hi, visitor! Register | Login |  | Facebook

Did you know who was the first Indian female graduate?

Kids Learning

Did you know who was the first Indian female graduate?

Girls often surpass boys in school examinations. They also excel in the field of sports and performing arts. But, here we tell you about a period in the history of pre-Independent India when girls were not even allowed inside schools and colleges.
Parents in India did not accept the idea of sending their female children to schools. In 1848, when a girls’ school was founded in Mumbai, at the instance of veteran leader Dadabhai Navroji, parents agreed to send their girls only on one condition. The condition was that not a single English word would be taught to them. Parents felt that Western education will spoil their girls. The school had no other go but to agree to the condition. However, the authorities in the school introduced the English subject very secretly. When this fact came to be known to a Gujarati newspaper called `Chabuk’, the paper warned that “English-knowing girls will make their husbands live in hell.” Of course, the warning did not stop all girls from going to school. The clock of progress could not be reversed. However, it is surprising to know that girls’ education was limited to the sixth standard initially. College and university education was out of question.

The Universities of Calcutta, Bombay and Madras were founded in 1857. Yet, for the first 18 years, no girl student was enrolled. It was only in 1875, that one Parsi gentleman Sorabjee Kharsetjee inquired if his daughter could appear for the matriculation examination conducted by the University of Bombay. His request was not accepted. As luck would have it, a girl named Chandramukhi Basu applied for the matriculation exam in the same year at University of Calcutta. She was also denied permission.

It was in 1877 that Calcutta University first opened the doors for girl students, and Bombay University followed suit in 1883. Thus the gates of higher education were thrown open for women. In 1883, Chandramukhi Basu and Kadambini Basu of Calcutta University became the first women graduates in India. And Cornelia Sorabjee was the first woman graduate from University of Bombay. While these facts surprise us now, they speak of the past times and conventions.

Spread the love

No Tags

1589 total views, 1 today

  

Fashion for Kids

The views/information presented on this page is solely of the poster/author and in no way the company running this website is responsible for the same.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

  • Physics in Pendulum Ride

    by on May 21, 2024 - 0 Comments

    Gathering some knowledge of science while you are on your best ride can be more interesting. If you will know the physics behind your favorite ride, you will enjoy the ride more and can impart your knowledge to your friends. Isn\’t it? Remember about the swings that you often enjoy riding in your home, park […]

  • African Baby Girl Names

    by on April 1, 2024 - 0 Comments

    ou can find here best African babynames, African baby girl names, African female names with their meanings. This could be useful if you are planning to name your new born girl.   African Baby Girl Names Name Meaning Aba Born on Thursday Abayomi Come to Bring Joy Abebi We asked and we got her Abeo […]

  • African Baby Boy Names

    by on April 6, 2024 - 0 Comments

    African Baby Boy Names : African male kids names with their meanings. These are popular African baby boy names with their meanings. Name Meaning Afram A River in Ghana, Africa Abdalla Servant of God Abdul Servant of the Lord Abedi Worshipper Abiola Born in Honor Baakir Eldest Babu Grandfather Badrani Full Moon Bello Helper Chacha […]

  • Video Games

    by on May 6, 2024 - 0 Comments

    Today video games are becoming popular among kids. Parents either install a gaming system or load some games in their own PCs. Kids can have a great time with these video games. Delaware St John volume 3: The Seacliff Tragedy is the game about third outing for psychic detective Delaware St John sees him trying […]

  • American Baby Boy Names with A

    by on March 27, 2024 - 0 Comments

    Best American baby boy names starting with letter ‘A’  for your new born baby boy. Listed here are American unique babynames for males and popuar American baby boy names. This list will surely help you to select the best baby name for your new born baby boy. American Baby Boy Names with ‘A’ Name Category […]

Blog Categories