Agra College

Agra College is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in India. Pandit Gangadhar Shastri, a noted Sanskrit scholar, founded the college in 1823, long before the first university in India was established in 1857. All college matters were directly reported to the Parliament of England. The institute was a government college until 1883, when a board of trustees and a Committee of Management took over administration.

Agra College, Agra
आगरा कॉलेज, आगरा
Agra College logo 2011.jpg
Established1823; 199 years ago (1823)
AccreditationNational Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Grade 'A', College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) by UGC, 'Heritage Institution' Stutus by UGC
Agra College, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Mantola
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27°11′13″N 78°00′06″E / 27.186856°N 78.001624°E / 27.186856; 78.001624Coordinates: 27°11′13″N 78°00′06″E / 27.186856°N 78.001624°E / 27.186856; 78.001624
Campus66.5 Acres (Urban)

The first graduate from Uttar Pradesh and the first law graduate from India both graduated from Agra College.[citation needed] The Faculty of Law of Agra College is the oldest faculty offering law courses[where?] which is even older than Government Law College (GLC) in Mumbai, listed as the oldest "law college" in India by the Bar Council of India (BCI).

In 1882, the college became an aided institution and affiliated itself with Calcutta University. Its affiliation later changed to the University of Allahabad in 1889 and then to Agra University, now Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, in 1927. Today it is a grant-in-aid institution and also runs a few self-financing courses. It was recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) Section 2(f) and 12(B) in 1972.

Additionally, the college was awarded 'Heritage Status' in 2015 by UGC, joining 19 other institutes in India provided grants for building maintenance. To be awarded this status, an institute must be older than at least 100 years. The college has been awarded an 'A' grade by NAAC. It has also been awarded with the coveted 'College with Potential for Excellence' (CPE) status.[citation needed]


The college offers graduate and postgraduate degrees in the following subjects: Hindi, English, Sanskrit, philosophy, political science, history, economics, psychology, military studies geography, law, engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, zoology, and botany. It also offers a one-year diploma in mass communication and journalism, a degree course in commerce, B.Ed., BCA, MCA, and biotechnology under a self-financed scheme. The college offers Ph.D. programs in the field of arts and sciences.

The college has 242 faculty positions, out of which 185 are permanent faculty under-grant-in-aid and two contract teachers and one from J & K are in place.[clarification needed] Seven teachers have D.Sc. or D.Litt., 126 have Ph.D., and 11 have M.Phil. degrees. The college has 117 administrative staff and 14 technical staff, though there are 223 sanctioned positions in total. The total enrollment of the college is 9,005 undergraduates, 1,960 post-graduates, and 486 Ph.D. students.There are 2,658 students under self financing scheme. The college follows an annual system of examination. The Unit cost of the college is Rs. 1449, excluding salary, and Rs. 6352, including salary component. The college has 257 total working days and 176 teaching days. The library holds more than 140,250 books.

The Faculty of Law offers three-year LL.B. after graduation in any stream, and the five-year integrated BALLB course (300 seats) after 10+2 as well as LL.M.. The Faculty of Law of this college serves as Faculty of Law of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University (Formerly Agra University), and it conducts all university affairs related to law such as moot courts, practicals, and overseeing law exams.[1]

The majority of faculty members have doctorates in their respective fields, and the college has a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:25. The college is 4 kilometers away from District & Session Court in Agra, which is helpful for training and practice for law students.


The college is located on Mahatma Gandhi Road of Agra, in a prime location in Agra. The campus has an area of about 66.5 acres (26.9 ha), and includes various departments, residential quarters and a sports complex. The buildings have Gothic architecture, symmetrical parapets, and battlements, giving the campus a majestic look. Buildings are spacious and include academic buildings, the library, hostels, a guest house, an auditorium, and administration blocks. It has seven hostels, six for boys and one for girls. The college has taken steps towards computerization. It aims to provide at least one computer to each department. The UGC-funded Network Resource Center houses nine computers with broad band internet connectivity, but is insufficient for the use of all students and teachers. The college has a health center with a part-time doctor and a compounder, who provide basic medical care to students. In the case of an emergency, students are taken to the nearby hospital, Sarojani Naidu Medical College (SNMC) and Hospital, which is one of oldest medical schools in India. The college campus has a branch of Canara Bank which collects fees and maintains the accounts of staff members.

The central library is located in a building measuring 1,585 sq. metres. The library holds more than 140,250 books, out of which 60,000 are text books. The library has collection of some rare books. The library also has a Text Book Bank from which a student can borrow up to four books. The college subscribes to some national journals and periodicals.

The latest editions of some textbooks, reference books, and journals are kept in some departments for the convenience of the staff and students. The central library is equipped with xerographic facilities. The library has a spacious reading hall, stack rooms, and a reference section for postgraduate students. There are separate cubicles for teachers and research scholars. It has been suggested that the library be reorganized and computerized. In addition, it has been suggested that the stacks have open access for the students. The Library can also subscribe to INFLIBNET of the UGC for making on line journals available to the staff and students.[clarification needed]

The college has very good sports facilities, including fields for outdoor sports like cricket, tennis, football, volleyball, basketball, and various Indian games. There are also facilities for indoor games like table tennis and badminton. The play ground has a boundary wall. College athletes in various sports have good track records at state and national events. Several students have participated in inter-university tournaments. A few students have been selected to play at the national level. There is a guest house for the teams who come to participate in various sports events.

There are advisory committees for the library, sports, the garden, the buildings timetable, culture, etc., which help in the decentralization of administration. The constitution of some committees like a Research and Consultancy committee may help the college in better research and consultancy output. The college may utilize many rooms which currently house condemned equipment. The effective use or use of spare capacity of infrastructure may help the college to mobilize additional resources.[opinion] There is a Proctorial board to ensure proper discipline and administration in the Women's wing.


  • R. Barkley Dunken (-1836)
  • E. Lodge (1842–1844)
  • J. Midolton (1844–1858)
  • T.B. Kain (1858–1859)
  • W. Enderson (1859–1862)
  • C. Piyerson (1862–1864)
  • K. Dieton (1864–1882)
  • A. Thomson (1882–1901)
  • T.C. Johns (1901–1925)
  • Frederick J. Fieldon (1925–1937)
  • H. Croll (1937–1945)
  • Dr. Karamchandra Mehta (1945–1950)
  • Dr. Nihalkaran Sethi (1950–1954)
  • Dr. Haranarayan Singh (1954–1960)
  • Dr. Manohar Ray, D.Sc. (1960–1970)
  • Dr. Shaligram Sinha (1970–1973)
  • Dr. Satyanarayan Dubey (1973–1977)
  • Dr. Rajesh Parasad Verma (1977–1979)
  • Dr. S.N. Srivastava, M.Sc. (1979–1982)
  • Dr. Rajeshwar Prasad Verma (1982–1984)
  • Dr. Gokul Chand Sharma (1984–1985)
  • Dr. Mukhtar Singh (1985–1985)
  • Dr. S. N. Srivastava (1985–1990)
  • Dr. Mukhtar Singh (1990–2001)
  • Dr. (Smt.) RajKumari Sharma (2001–2002)
  • Dr. A.V. Singh (2002–2002)
  • Dr. Santosh Kumar (2002–2003)
  • Dr. K.M. Garg (2003–2003)
  • Dr. A.V. Singh (2003–2008)
  • Dr. A.K. Johari (2008–2008)
  • Dr. U.C. Sharma (2008–2009)
  • Dr. Manoj Kumar Rawat (2009-2016)
  • Dr. A. K. Gupta (2016–2018)
  • Dr. Vinod Kumar Maheshwari (14 Dec 2018 - 25 July 2020)
  • Dr. Rekha Patsariya (26 July 2020 - 27 September 2020)
  • Dr. S. K. Mishra (28 September 2020 - 2021)
  • Dr. Anurag Shukla (December 2021 - Current)[2]

Notable alumniEdit


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  2. ^ "Faculty of Engineering & Technology Agra College, Agra". Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  3. ^ "NAAS Fellows". National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. 20 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.