The illustrious history of academic excellence of Presidency College, Kolkata is intimately entwined with the intellectual history of Bengal and India. The foundation of the Hindoo College in 1817 has had far reaching effects on the social and cultural history of the country. The college was renamed as Presidency College and brought under the direct control of the Government in 1855. The college was founded with the expressed intention of providing modern education to the Indian students. Though originally meant for the boys of the Hindu elite, the college was thrown open to all communities after 1855. The liberal, secular, scientific spirit that marked the advent of Indian modernity was born in this college. Indeed, the history of the college merges into the history of the Bengal, and by extension, the Indian Renaissance.
Presidency College, Calcutta, is one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges in the whole country. The history of Presidency College begins with the foundation of Hindu College. The foundation of Hindu College was laid on January 20, 1817 in a rented house at Garanhatta. The foundation committee was headed by Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the great social reformer. The committee raised funds for the establishment of the college that would impart education in English literature, modern science and philosophy. Hindu College recorded steady progress — number of pupils increased year by year. As the college was exclusively for the Hindus, the government soon started facing problems. Thus, a proposal was made to establish another college called Calcutta College or Metropolitan College, open to all the sections of society. In this backdrop, the government renamed Hindu College as Presidency College. Hindu College was closed on April 15, 1855. Presidency College started functioning on June 15, 1855.
The history of Presidency College dates back to the nineteenth century. It was first established as Hindoo College in 1816 and later rechristened Presidency College in 1855. However, the Alumni Association of the College did not come into existence at that time. An attempt of sorts was made on January 1, 1875 when a re-union of past students took place in 'Marakata Kunja'-Emerald Bower ? of the Tagores. The occasion has been made memorable by Rajnarayan Basu, in the History of the Presidency College.
On the College Founders' Day ? January 20 of 1915, some alumni, under the leadership of Prafulla Chandra Ghosh, decided to establish an Old Boys Association. Unfortunately, nothing came out of that move. In 1925, a similar initiative taken by the same Professor met with identical fate. On March 20, 1926 some sort of an 'alumni meet' took place when the college arranged a gathering of 'Veteran graduates of fifty years' standing. A more organized attempt was made in 1934 and a Presidency College Association was formed with Surendra Nath Mallick as Chairman and Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis as Secretary. But unfortunately once again the endeavour proved to be ephemeral. On January 19, 1951, a meeting of the former students of the College was called by a Press Notice. It was held in the Physics lecture Theatre with Mahmood Ahmad (1903-1908), the senior-most alumnus present in the chair At long last the Presidency College got an Alumni Association that has been functioning without any interruption from its inception in 1951 till to day.
Presidency College, Kolkata
86/1 College Street
Kolkata, West Bengal
India 700 073
Principal's Office 22412738
Presidency Office 22411960
Presidency College offers various graduate courses as well as Post Graduate courses.
Presidency College offers 3 Years Full Time Bachelors Degree in Bachelor of Arts (BA)View Details Duration: 3 Years Learning Mode: Full Time Course Level: Bachelors Degree
Presidency College offers 3 Years Full Time Bachelors Degree in Bachelor of Science (B.Sc)View Details Duration: 3 Years Learning Mode: Full Time Course Level: Bachelors Degree
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