Acharya Prafulla Chandra College was founded on 16 August, 1960 under the Dispersal Scheme–with the joint participation of the State and Central Governments. Late Haripada Biswas was the founder secretary of this college. Initially it was named ‘New Barrackpore College’. Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy, after whom the college has its present name, was a great educationist with a vision. It was he who wanted universal literacy; he spoke of ‘basic education’ and ‘utility education’; he advocated the concept of empowerment of women; he wanted the development of indigenous industries through cultivation of entrepreneurial acumen of the educated youth. In the true spirit of Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy, the college from its nascent state, has tried to propagate the ideals of this great man and the motto illustrates this: ‘‘Service, Knowledge, Sacrifice’’.
Medical assistance: A policy has been adopted to bring the students under ‘Students Safety Insurance Policy’ of United India Insurance Company Limited.A 16 station multi-gymnasium is installed under the supervision of a trained instructor.
Laboratories: All the departments that have experimental studies included in the curricula have very well-equipped and sophisticated laboratory facilities.
Internet: The Computer laboratories are networked using LAN by 32/16 bit switches. There was a college-wide network which provided internet connection through a single VPN connection from BSNL. Thereafter we have opted for the NME-ICT scheme of the Govt. of India. Under the NME-ICT Scheme the college has been provided with twenty landlines with Broadband connection which have been distributed in different departments including the library. Ten of these have wireless modem by virtue of which most of the lab-based departments already have a Wi-Fi enabled environment.
The college has an air-conditioned seminar room and a separate smart room adjacent to the Teachers’ room on the 2nd floor of the main building with modern technical facilities. The hall is often used for Debates, Seminars, Council meeting and society’s events etc.
Auditorium: A fully furnished 2-tier auditorium is there inside the campus with 750 sitting capacity.
Hostel facility for girl students with capacity of 80 students.
A Boys’ hostel for SC/ST/OBC students of this district setup in this college by the Backward Class Welfare Department of the Govt. of West Bengal. Boarding facility is available for 80 students.