Kooba Post-Graduate College
Kooba Post-Graduate College (est. 1957) is situated at the southern border of District Azamgarh in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. The College was founded by Shri Suraj Nath Singh, a veteran freedom fighter and an accomplished and eminent lawyer of Allahabad High Court. Shri Suraj Nath Singh was from the nearby village of Mahuapar. He understood the long-term social implications of providing quality education to the local population and strongly felt that an institution of higher learning near the village would have a positive impact on the community.
Kooba PG College is located in the predominantly agrarian setting of Mehnajpur with a population of 120,000 people. Prior to the establishment of the College, there was no facility for higher education in the surrounding area. Kooba PG College still remains the only accredited institute of higher learning in the area. The College currently offers the following courses: UG Program in Social Sciences and Life Sciences and Post Graduate program in Economics, Geography, Hindi, and Sociology.
The College has approx. 2,050 students, with the majority of the student population being females (68%). In the Undergraduate program, there are 1400 students in Social Science and about 350 students in the Science stream. The college recently started Post-graduate program has about 300 students. The College is run with the support of 34 faculty members and a staff of 18.
Under the leadership of its principal, Dr Anil Kumar Singh, the College embarked on various initiatives for providing better facilities to the students. It recently built 3 classrooms and 4 life sciences labs for the Post-Graduate program. The College is now also equipped with a computer lab with 24 computers and internet access to provide the students with an introduction to the technology enabled world.
The College lacked an auditorium where functions could be held, significant events celebrated and lectures of eminent personalities organized. Construction of the auditorium was supported by Karna - approx. 5,000 sq feet of floor area and it now accommodates approx. 1,000 students. Its foundation will allow construction of new classrooms on the first floor in future.