Mamta Banerjee completed her bachelor’s degree from Jogamaya Devi College, in southern Kolkata. Later, she completed her Master’s course in Islamic History from University of Calcutta. She also completed her degree in education from Shikshayatan College. This was followed by a degree in law from Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri Law College, Kolkata.
Mamta Banerjee was born on 5th January 1955 in Kolkata, West Bengal.
Her parents Gayetri and Promileswar Banerjee belonged to lower middle
class. Presently she is serving as the 11th Chief Minister of the West
Bengal. She is the first woman to head the state.
She has reached this point by defeating the longest ever democratically chosen government of Communist Party of India (Marxist), by a huge margin. This brought an end to 34 year long Communist rule over the state. She is also the chair person of ‘All India Trinamool Congress’ which was founded by her in the year 1997.
Banerjee was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal in a Bengali
Brahmin family to Promileswar Banerjee and Gayetri Devi. She grew up in a lower middle class family. Banerjee’s father died due to lack of medical
treatment, when she was 17.
In 1970, Banerjee completed the higher secondary board examination
from Deshbandhu Sishu Sikshalay. Banerjee graduated with an honours
degree in History from the Jogamaya Devi College, a Graduate women’s
college in southern Kolkata. Later she earned a master’s degree in Islamic
History from the University of Calcutta.
This was followed by a degree in education from the Shri Shikshayatan College. She also earned a law degree from the Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri Law College, Kolkata. She was honored with DLitt from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology.
Mamta Banerjee started her political career in a young age only. She
joined Indian National Congress and rose swiftly to higher ranks in the
local circle of the party. She served as the General Secretary of the Mahila
Congress (I), West Bengal from the year 1976-1980. In 1984, Mamta won
the general elections and became the youngest ever Parliamentarian.
She defeated veteran Communist leader Somnath Chatterjee from the Jadhavpur constituency, West Bengal. She also served as the General
Secretary of All India Youth Congress. However, in 1989 she lost her seat
due to anti-Congress wave in the country. But in 1991, she regained the
seat and from then onwards she has retained the seat in 1996, 1998,
1999, 2004 and 2009 from south Kolkata.