Raja Narendralal Khan Women's College, RNLK, Gope College (Midnapore)

Raja Narendralal Khan Women's College

Re-accredited with grade ‘A’ by NAAC  |  NIRF Rank 64 (2023)  |  ISO 21001:2018 Certified


Our Legacy

Raja Narendra Lal Khan Women's College [Autonomous] is a rural college situated in a backward Junglemahal area of Kankabati Gram Panchayat, Paschim Medinipur district. The administrative building of the college, called the Gope Palace was built during the time of Raja Narendra Lal Khan, the king of Narajole in 1895. Raja Narendra Lal Khan supported the Indian freedom movement and contributed immensely in many works related to supporting underground organization who were revolutionary groups fighting against the British Raj and also in many projects like setting up of indigenous industries and purification plants for providing drinking water to Midnapore town. According to some historians, he supported Khudiram Bose the famous revolutionary and also gave financial assistance to Hemchandra Kanungo for visiting Paris to learn the technique of bomb making. Later, due to the active role of his son Raja Debendra Lal Khan in the freedom movement and as a member of the Indian National Congress, this palace was visited by many stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi who stayed in this palace twice, Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Smt Kamala Nehru and Smt Indira Gandhi. Paintings by Hemchandra Kanungo, the famous revolutionary is displayed in the palace along with many rare photographs and antic items. Eminent scholars like Acharya Prafullya Chandra Roy and Sarat Chandra Chattopadhya also visited this palace. The palace has been declared as a Heritage Building by the West Bengal Heritage Commission (Act IX of 2001) in the year 2006. Our college began its journey on 22nd August, 1957 as “Women’s College” but was named as Raja N. L. Khan Women’s College in the year, 1961. Thanks to the generosity of Mrs.Anjali Khan,wife of Sri Amarendra Lal Khan of Narajole Royal Family. Our college began its journey from the Historical Gope Palace with a handful of students, with unstinting support and encouragement of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal. The Palace bears the rich legacy of hosting almost all of the great political leaders, eminent thinkers and many well known freedom fighters of the country, in the days of the British Raj. Over the years, our College has developed into an outstanding institution of higher education.


Event Year
Initiation of the College as IA (Intermediate Arts)/ISc. (Intermediate Science)&Degree College 1957
UGC 2f & 12B Approval and affiliation to Calcutta University 1957
Introduction of different science departments 1960 onwards..
Initiation of Honours courses in different subjects 1962 onwards..
Affiliation to Vidyasagar University 1986
Initiation of 2nd Campus 1998
Introduction of NetajiSubhas Open University (NSOU) 1998
NAAC Accreditation 1st cycle: ‘A’ grade 2004
Introduction of PG Course in Zoology – First PG course initiated in college level under Vidyasagar University 2004
Received BSR (Basic Science Research) grant 2009
NAAC Re-accreditation 2nd cycle: ‘A’ grade 2011
Received CPE (Centre for Potential of Excellence) from UGC 2011
Received DST-FIST grant 2012
Received DBT STAR Status 2014
Received RUSA grant 2015
Initiation of extension programme – We Care adopting tribal children of adjacent villages. 2016
PG Courses in Physiology, History, Mathematics and Bengali 2016
NAAC Re-accreditation 3rd cycle: ‘A’ grade 2016
PG Courses in Sanskrit and Computer Science 2017
All India NIRF Ranking – 97th 2017
Govt. sponsored Skill development courses 2018
The college has been selected to admit foreign students under Study in India Programme by MHRD, Govt. of India 2018
Autonomous Status 2018
Received CPE II(Centre for Potential of Excellence) from UGC 2019
Received DST-FIST II grant 2019
PG Courses in Botany, Geography, Food and Science Nutrition, Rabindra Sangeet and Hindustani Vocal Music 2019
Introduction of B.Voc - Multi Skilled Health Worker 2020
Recognize as training partner in Utkarsh Bangla - Paschim Banga Society for Skill Development 2020