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  1. Dear Ajantrik — never knew such a sport used to be played near our door
    in Barrackpore. My knowledge in it was through famous Moghal Pictures of ” hunting with Cheetahs”.However I am to inform that I am not getting mail from you regularly. May be my fault. Incidentally I shall be highly obliged to know — the plot of land where R.G.Kar Medical College & Hospital stand today — did it originally belonged to famous “Belgachia Villa”? I have a lecture to give on — Genesis of R.G.Kar Medical College & Hospital – in the context of extended Bengal Renaissance till early twentieth century as was the case with similar other institutes e.g. School
    of Indian Arts & Crafts of Abanindranath, Jadavpur Polytechnique of Subodh Mullick etc.Historical context & situational necessity of origin of Carmichael Medical College is not sufficiently studied and emphasised. Your help and suggestion would be highly appreciated. The talk is on 2nd. Sept. at Blackpool ,Uk. Best of regards– nkm

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    • Thanks Dr Majumder for your continued interest in puronokolkata, which I admit somehow slowed down in recent time. Hope you got the last issue however on Old Fort William; Nursery of Calcutta City.

      As for your query I can hardly offer you any positive information other than suggestions. To my mind, it is not unlikely that the 12 Bigha plot of land (about 4 acres) purchased in 1898 was originally a part of the Belgachia Garden house property, although not supported in formal or traditional source. Commonly it is believed that Belgachia Milk Colony stands on the ground of the Villa.

      Besides the essay, R.G.Kar Medical College, Kolkata—A Premiere Institute of India. Indian J Surg. 2011 Oct; 73(5): 390–393. Published online 2011 Aug 19. doi: 10.1007/s12262-011-0327-1 I chanced to locate:
      Official website of R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital Batch 1982-1987, History of R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital – This archival site is still accessible through Internet Wayback ; https://web.archive.org/web/20160303235227/http://medicos82rgkmc.org/ourcollege.html
      This includes short chronological descriptions. I find here that ‘the formal inauguration of the college was held on 5th July, 1916. Hence, the great journey of the first non government Medical Institute In Asia started and name was changed to Belgachia Medical College’. I believe, this date should help you searching contemporary serials for further details

      My post on Bengal National College, Calcutta, 1906 may interest you, if not read already.
      Warm wishes

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