Google makes a Doodle to commemorate the life of Kamini Roy who holds many distinctions in addition to being the first woman honors graduate in India. Born on October 12, 1864, in Basanda village in then Bakergunj district of Bengal Presidency now in Bangladesh, Kamini Roy was a noted Bengali reformer of her times.
Personal life of Kamini Roy
Born in an elite Bengali Baidya family, her father Chandi Charan Sen was a judge, writer and a leading member of the Brahmo Samaj. Her education started at home when she started reading from his father’s library. She grew interest in mathematics and then in Sanskrit.
Academic life of Kamini Roy
One of the first girls to attend school in British India, Kamini Roy first joined Bethune School in 1833 and later went to Bethune College of the University of Calcutta forgraduation with a bachelor of arts degree with Sanskrit honors in 1866.The same year she started teaching in the same college.
Social life of Kamini Roy
Kamini Roy became a feminist after coming into contact with a fellow student of Bethune School Abala Bose known for her social work in women’s education and improving condition of widows. Also, Kamini Roy was deeply impressed by Bose and his advocacy for women’s rights.
Noted works of Kamini Roy
- Took part in Ilbert Bill agitation
- Became president of the Bengali Literary Conference
- Elevated to Vice-President of the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad
- Helped Bengali women with the fundamental right to vote in 1926
- Received Jagattarini Gold Medal for her contribution in the field of literature