Basanti Devi was born on 23rd March 1880 in Calcutta. She was the second child of her father Diwan Baradanath Halder of Bijni. The first ten years of her childhood were spent in Bijni and Abhaya-puri. She was sent for schooling to Calcutta, where she eventually joined Loreto house. In 1897, she was married to Chitta- ranjan Das
Basanti Devi College, a Premier undergraduate institution for girls affiliated to the University of Calcutta, was established on 5th August 1959 as one of the first sponsored colleges by the Government of West Bengal under scheme 2F of the UGC. Named after and inspired by the ideals of Basanti Devi (1880-1972), wife of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, one of the first women to fight for the freedom of our country.