The Department of History and the History Society, Loreto College marked the celebration of 175 years of Loreto in South Asia through the organization of ‘HISTORIA’, a meet aimed at providing a platform to the students of different reputed colleges and universities of Kolkata on 30th January, 2017. The chief-guest of this unique event held on Mary Ward Day was Dr. Partha Chatterjee, Minister of the Department of Higher Education, West Bengal. Other dignitaries present at the session included the Guest of Honour Dr. Jayanta Sengupta, Secretary and Curator of Victoria Memorial Hall and Director-in-charge of Indian Museum and Keynote Speaker Prof. Sudeshna Banerjee of the Department of History of Jadavpur University. Dr. Sengupta’s brief but incisive speech focused on the critical importance of research at the undergraduate level. The theme of Prof. Banerjee’s address was ‘Feminism and Women’s Empowerment’.
The event was divided into two sessions. The first focused on the presentation of research papers and the second session was a debate session. The five teams which took part in the vigorous debate were from Presidency University, Scottish Church College, St. Xavier’s College, Loreto College and Seth Soorajmull Jalan College. The arguments and counter-arguments were extremely convincing with each team striving tirelessly to secure the first position. The award for the best team as well as the best speaker was won by St.Xavier’s College. The ceremony ended with an evaluation of the success of ‘Historia’ and the call for the continuation of this endeavour by Loreto College in the years to come.