The first Asian Games began, the first Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikrant was com- Edexlive


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On March 4, 1849, India’s oldest institute of higher learning, Bethune College, was established as a pioneer in women’s education in the country. The college was founded as the Calcutta Female School in 1849 by John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune, with financial support from Dakshinaranjan Mukherjee, a taluqdar and one of the leaders of the Young Bengal group. The school started in Mukherjee’s house in Baitakkhana, with 21 girls initially enrolled. The following year, enrollment rose to 80. The college is located in Kolkata, West Bengal, and is affiliated with the University of Calcutta.

The 1951 Asian Games, officially known as the First Asian Games, was a multi-sport event celebrated in New Delhi, India from March 4 to 11, 1951. Nearly 57 different events were held, attended by approximately 500 athletes . The event was actually scheduled for 1950, but due to delays in preparation they were postponed to 1951.

On this day in 1961, INS Vikrant, India’s first aircraft carrier was commissioned. The aircraft played a very important role during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. India purchased the aircraft carrier in 1957 and its construction was completed in 1961. It was decommissioned in 1997 and retained by the continued for 15 years until 2012.

In 1972, National Security Day was first commemorated on the founding day of the National Security Council. On March 4, 1966, the Department of Labor and Employment established the council to develop and implement a voluntary routine in the areas of safety, health and the environment. It is celebrated with the aim of raising awareness and committing to working safely.

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