Iswarchandra Vidyasagar firmly believed that the regeneration of India was possible only through education. Particularly he emphasized on women education. Having spent his early life in the village, Iswarchandra could realize the sorrowful condition of the womenfolk.
He rightly believed that the emancipation of women was not possible as long as they remained ignorant. Iswarchandra, therefore, took upon himself the task of promoting the cause of female education.
Noticing the British government’s indifference towards female education Iswarchandra himself started a few model schools for girls. He also collaborated with Drinkwater Bethune in establishing the Hindu Female School (present Bethune School and College of Kolkata) in 1849.