The South Howrah Citizens’ Forum (SHCF) started its journey with a new approach to resolve the ‘Town versus Gown’ problem and primarily to promote non-formal learning of science and technology among senior school children in collaboration with a university of national importance, namely, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur. Objective of SHCF was also to promote social interactions through discourses, discussions and programmes based on mutual respect and understanding among the local community. Other activities of the Forum emerged from such endeavours to bring the local community closer to each other’s hearts.
There are historical evidences of learned societies in Kolkata, Uttarpara and some other places of cultural heritage in Bengal. These societies comprised of the middle class and intellectual elites, played some great role in glorifying the social history of Bengal. Time has changed, social needs are changing and our Forum attempts to build a Society where the community can come together and discuss important issues that affect our lives and neighbourhoods and even the country. We not only discuss issues, but also put our endeavours to realize the objectives step by step, as much as we are able to enhance our capabilities. As a registered non-profit Society, major part of our programmes is, however, related to our academic objectives.
SHCF organises Science Education Programmes for Senior School Children (Class XI and XII) as well as for College Students in Undergraduate Classes, conducts Supervisory Training Programme in Civil Construction for skill development as part of its academic activities. The Forum organises at least one monthly Lecture Programme, usually on the third Sunday of a month, on various topics of social, historical and scientific interests. Such lectures are delivered by experts and scholars both from among Forum members and from other institutions. SHCF also organises cultural programmes by the members and by performers of repute. Short programmes are also held on selected Saturdays to either discuss issues of general interest or to show in digital projection, the outcome of different scientific researches in the recent world.