During the British rule, Kolkata was the center of all administrative activities. The wealthy and respectable Chittagonians lived in Kolkata for their business, job, education and many other activities. It was an excellent place for higher education too. Many poor Chittagonian students used to face a lot of problems for residence, lodging and job there. With the tireless endeavor of those determined students boost up by cooperation and financial assistance of the then Kolkata based wealthy Chittagonians ‘Chittagong Muslim Chattra Samity’ was established in the year 1912. Later in 1938 it was expanded and renamed as the ‘Chattagram Muslim Chattra and Jana Samity’. The Samity was shifted to Dhaka after the partition of India in 1947. At first it was renamed as Islamabad Samity after amendment of its by-laws in 1954 to allow all Chittagonians to become members of the Samity irrespective of their religion, caste or sect. In 1963 further amendment of by- laws was made to rename it as ‘Chattagram Samity-Dhaka’, to make it an icon of Chittagong at Dhaka which is symbolized by sky-breaking Chattagram Bhaban at 32, Topkahana Road. In the mean time samity adopted its written constitution to make it a fully non-political, non-communal and non-controversial social organization. Considering the importance of Chittagong, the samity has taken its ‘motto’ as “Chittagong’s development is inevitable for national prosperity”. By now the Samity has a large number of members in three categories including life, patron and honorary members. Samity’s programs and different activities are executed by three committee’s i.e. Executive committee, Advisory committee and Trustee Board.
The most remarkable features of the ‘Chattagram Samity-Dhaka’ are the solid support, bounteous financial assistance and all out cooperation from generous Chittagonians in every