Dhaka College

Dhaka College (Bengali: ঢাকা কলেজ also known as DC) is the oldest educational institution of Bangladesh located in Dhaka. It offers higher secondary education (HSC). It has Honours and Masters programs as well which are affiliated to the University of Dhaka.[1][2][3]

Dhaka College
ঢাকা কলেজ
Dhaka College logo
MottoKnow Thyself
Established20 November 1841; 180 years ago (1841-11-20)
PrincipalIK Selim Ullah Khondkar
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Coordinates: 23°44′07.5″N 90°22′59.5″E / 23.735417°N 90.383194°E / 23.735417; 90.383194
CampusUrban, 18.57 acres (7.52 ha)
AffiliationsUniversity of Dhaka


Dhaka College in 1904 (located at Dhaka Collegiate School premise)
First modern designed student hall of Dhaka College (1908), now known as Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah Hall of University of Dhaka

Dhaka College is one of Bangladesh's most important as well as earliest higher-secondary educational institution. It was established by James Taylor Wise (civil surgeon at Dhaka) in 1835 as an English Seminary School (present Dhaka Collegiate School). Mr. Wise organized a local Committee of Public Instruction with the help of district magistrate Mr. Grant. The school building was built partly out of public donations on the grounds of an English factory. On 18 July 1841, the school got their approval of the college. On 20 November 1841, the foundation stone of the college was placed and buildings were completed in 1846, with the aid of the Bishop of Calcutta. In the first graduating class there were both Muslim and Hindu students, as well as a number of foreign students, mainly from Armenia and Portugal.

The college was relocated in 1873 to a large building to the east of Victoria Park in order to accommodate the physics and chemistry laboratories. In 1908, it shifted to Curzon Hall while the science departments were housed in the present chemistry building of the University of Dhaka and two new halls were built there as well. In 1921, the college shifted again to the old High Court Building as University of Dhaka was established there. During the Second World War it moved to Siddique Bazar in purana Dhaka. Finally the college found its own permanent campus on Mirpur Road, Dhanmondi near Dhaka New Market since 1955.[4]

Partial list of the principals
  • Dr. T Wise[7]
  • W Brennad[7]
  • W Booth[7]
  • A W Garrett[8]
  • F C Turner[9]
  • A J Archibald[7]
  • PK Roy[7]
  • Mondi Shahib[10]
  • Jalal Uddin Ahmed (1968)[11]
  • Bashirul Haque (2008)[12]
  • Naiyer Sultana[13]
  • Ayesha Begum (2013)[14]
  • Tuhin Afroza Alam (2015)[15]
  • Moazzem Hossen Mollah (2016, 2017, 2018)[16][17][18]
  • Nehal Ahmed (2019 - 2020)[19]
  • IK Selim Ullah Khandakar (2021–present)[20]
  • CampusEdit


    The library of Dhaka College was established in 1841 at the time of establishment of the college. It has a collection around 50,000 books.[21]

    Sports facilitiesEdit

    There are three sports filed in this institution. One of the biggest field is known to main filed of the college, the other one is located around the halls and other is situated in the ahead of main building which named Dhaka College Badminton Court.

    Residential student hallsEdit

    There are eight residential halls:

    • South Hall
    • North Hall
    • International Hall
    • West Hall (for Non- Muslim only)
    • Akhtaruzzaman Elias Hall
    • Shaheed Farhad Hossain Hall (Also known as Masters Hall)
    • Southern Hall
    • Shaheed Sheikh Kamal Hall (For HSC Student)


    Dhaka college has eight buses to transport students from different areas of Dhaka city.[citation needed] They are:

    • Bus no. 1 Shankhanil (শঙ্খনীল) - starts from Mirpur 10.
    • Bus no. 2 Puspak (পুস্পক) - Starts from Signboard.
    • Bus no. 3 Shankhachil (শঙ্খচিল) - starts from Shahjatpur, Notun bazar, Gulshan.
    • Bus no. 4 Poddonil (পদ্মনীল) - starts from Malibagh Bazar.
    • Bus no. 5 - starts from College Campus.
    • Bus no. 6 - starts from College Campus.
    • Bus no. 7 - starts from College Campus.
    • Bus no. 8 - starts from College Campus.


    Dhaka College has various types of social organization to implement it's student skill.

    • Red Crescent Youth
    • Rover Scout
    • BNCC
    • Badhon
    • Dhaka College Cultural Club
    • Dhaka College Debating Club
    • Dhaka College English Club
    • Dhaka College Science Club
    • Dhaka College Business Club
    • Dhaka College Journalist Association


    Dhaka College offers HSC, four years Honours and one year Masters course in various majors.[22]

    HSC levelEdit

    Honours and Masters levelEdit

    Notable alumniEdit

    Notable facultyEdit


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