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Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.—Edward Everett

One of the prides of our state as well as our nation– Calcutta University. The witness of all the revolution and evolution of Bengal and Bengali till date.

old universityThe thought of establishing a university in Calcutta was first come into the mind of the Council of Education in 1845 which suggested that in view of the ‘advanced state of education’ in Bengal, it was advisable to have a full-fledged university authorized to grant degrees to the deserving students. The Education Despatch of 19 July, 1854, popularly known as Wood’s Despatch, had really cleared the path for setting up of universities.

The University Act (Act No.II of 1857) was passed by the Legislative Council and received the Governor-General’s assent on 24 January, 1857. This was indeed the foundational legislation in the history of the University of Calcutta. Altogether forty persons were named as Foundation Fellows.

And as a result we get our University, the pilgrimage for all people who love education and culture worldwide.

Calcutta’s leading Victorian architect of that time, Walter B. Granville designed the Senate House. After it was completed, it became the most visible symbol of the University and an authentic landmark in the ‘City of Palaces’. It was constructed at a cost of Rs 4, 34,697 and was formally inaugurated on the convocation day: 12 March, 1873.

The first B.A. Examination was held early in 1858. The M.A. was held for the first time in 1861 there.

logoThe first two lady graduates of the University were Kadambini Ganguli and Chandramukhi Basu the students of Bethune College. And renowned educationist Gooroodass Banerjee became the first Indian Vice-Chancellor in 1890.

On 17 January, 2006, the year-long Post Centenary Golden Jubilee Celebration was inaugurated by the President of India.

Some of the legendary educators of Calcutta University:
Rabindranath Tagore

Jagadischandra Bose

Abanindranath Tagore

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Satischandra Vidyabhushan

Rakhaldas Banerji

Surendranath Sen

All of them were the gems of Indian education and history and the university had the privilege to watch them so closely.


new universityThe students of this university get the chance to study on different subjects. Agriculture, Art, Commerce, Business, Home Science, History, Anthropology, Economics, English literature and language, Bengali literature and language, Musicology, French, Pali, Philosophy, Urdu, Education, Mass-Communication And Journalism, Computer Science and Engineering, Chemical Technology, Applied Physics, Pure Mathematics, Psychology and many other several subjects.

librThe academic session of the University commences every year from the 1st day of July and ends on the 30th day of June of the following year. Admission to the undergraduate courses commences after the result of the Higher Secondary Examination of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) comes out. Admission for the postgraduate courses commences after B.A./B.Sc./B.Com. Honours Examinations’ results of the University are published.

The Calcutta University is not only for the students of this country but pupils from different part of this whole world come here to study and be the part of this historical journey.
This is our national heritage and we are really very proud to have such a grand institute in our city.

More Info

Address: Senate House, 87 /1 College Street, Kolkata-700 073
Website: http://www.caluniv.ac.in

E-mail : admin@caluniv.ac.in

Phone : 033 2241 0071

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