A Tradition of Notable Firsts

The first University located to the east of Suez to teach European Classics, English Literature, European and Indian Philosophy and Occidental and Oriental History.

  • The first medical school of Asia, the Calcutta Medical College was set up in 1835.Later it was affiliated to the University.
  • The first college for women in India, the Bethune College was set up in 1879.
  • The nation’s first homoeopathy college was established in 1880.
  • The Science College was established in 1914, the first in India.
  • The first blind school in India came into being in 1925 which was affiliated to the University.
  • The first University Museum in India, the Ashutosh Museum, came into being in 1937.
  • The Government Art College was established in 1951.
  • The Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM) was set up in1953 as the country’s first Management Institute.

Our First Affiliated Institutions

  • Parental Academic Institution and Doverton College (Doverton College), Calcutta
  • St. Paul’s School, Calcutta (Re-affiliated in 1936)
  • Free Church Institution, Calcutta
  • La Martiniere, Calcutta (Re-affiliated in 1928)
  • London Missionary Society’s Institution, Bhowanipur
  • Presidency College, Calcutta
  • Medical College, Calcutta
  • Calcutta Civil Engineering College (Bengal Engineering College, Howrah at present Bengal Engineering and Science University) (Re-affiliated in 1880)
  • Hooghly College (Hooghly Mohsin College), Hooghly
  • Dacca College, Dacca
  • Krishnagar College, Krishnagar
  • Krishnath College, Berhampore
  • Serampore College, Serampore (Re-affiliated in  1911)

Early Beginnings - University’s first Senate included :

  • Alexander Duff
  • Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
  • Prosunno Coomar Tagore
  • Prince Golam Mohammad
  • William Gordon Pratt
  • Frederick John Mouat