It has been a long cherished dream of the people of Santragachi and the surrounding areas to have a Degree College in this locality. The dream was gradually turning into a moment.. At this juncture late Sudhir Kr. Ghosh, a benefactor and a Philantheopist agreed to donate his land and building situated at Santragachi, Dharmatala, for the establishment of an educational institution. After that into the initiation of the then local M.L.A. Sri Satyen Ghosh and some other important personalities of the area a board of Trustees was formed on 26.11.1984 and some allied organisational activities were undertaken on 10th March, 1985 in a public meeting presied over by Ex-chairman of Public Service Commission Raghu Das Baul and attended by donor Sudhir Kumar Ghosh a resolation was adopted that a degree College should be established after the name of Dr. Kanailal Bhattacharyya, an educationist, public leader and Ex-minister of Commerce
Dr. Kanailal Bhattcharyya College is one of the few tertiary education institution which was assessed and accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2004 and reassessed and re-accredited by the same authority in 2009. After meticulous inspections in both the years, the college was awarded with C++ (67.70%) and "C" 1.91 (GPA) grads in respective years.The college was accredited with Grade -"B" BY NAAC Peer team on 1-3 Dec , 2014.These results stand for the continuous progress and development of the institution.