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Vidyasagar College (Bengali: বিদ্যাসাগর মহাবিদ্যালয়), named after Pundit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, is a government-sponsored college, affiliated to the University of Calcutta[1] in North Kolkata, India. It was the first private college in India which was run by the Indians, taught by the Indians and financed by the Indians. The college was founded by Pundit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in 1872. It was formerly known as Metropolitan Institution.

Vidyasagar College
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MottoUpholding the cause of education and nation building
Established1872: Metropolitan Institution
1917: Vidyasagar College
FounderPundit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
AffiliationCalcutta University
PrincipalDr. Gautam Kundu
39, Sankar Ghosh Lane, Kolkata-700006 (Main Campus for UG courses)
17, Bidhan Sarani Campus, Kolata-700006 (Bidhan Sarani Campus for UG courses)
Plot 3–8 & 44–50,Sector-II,Salt Lake,kolkata-700019 (Salt Lake Campus for PG courses)
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WebsiteVidyasagar College

The college has been accredited and graded B++ by National Assessment and Accreditation Council in December 2016.



A 1998 stamp dedicated to the 125th anniversary of Vidyasagar College

Vidyasagar College was founded in the year 1872.[2] The college had its origin in the Calcutta Training School that was founded by Thakurdas Chakraborty in 1859. In 1864, the school came to be known as the Metropolitan Institution. In 1872, the University of Calcutta granted affiliation to the Institution for the First Arts (FA) standard. The birth of the first private and truly secular college in the Presidency of Bengal was hailed as a landmark in the academic and cultural ethos of India. It was the great Indian educationalist and social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar who was associated with the College from its very inception in 1872. The college is a living monument of the untiring labours of Vidyasagar who is known to be the founder of the college. After the passing away of the founder in 1891, the name, Metropolitan Institute, was changed to Vidyasagar College in 1917. The 143 years voyage commenced with only 5 departments i.e. Sanskrit, English, philosophy, Economics, History (General). Since 1917 the College entered a phase of rapid growth which made it expand its academic curriculum by introducing a commerce department in 1922 and a morning section for women in 1931. In the course of its expansion the institution had as its alumni Swami Vivekananda, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Acharya Jadunath Sarkar, Ram Manohar Lohia, Babu Jagjiban Ram and many others who made immense contribution in various walks of life. The institution also had the services of such great luminaries as Rashtraguru Surendranath Banerjee, Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, Professor Sisir Kumar Bhaduri, Nabin Chandra Vidyaratna and even Rabindranath Tagore in various capacities. The Commerce Department of the college, established in 1922, has the distinction of being the oldest commerce teaching department in India. It had its affiliation up to B.Com standard in 1928 and attracted students from different parts of India. It was due to the untiring effort of Prof. J.C. Mitra, the then Vice-Principal of the College the Commerce Department made such repaid growth in terms of faculty and student strength that a separate wing devoted to commerce teaching in evening hours was established in 1951. The evening section and morning section are known as Vidyasagar Metropolitan College and Vidyasagar Morning College respectively.

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  1. ^ "Colleges under CU".
  2. ^ [1] About the college
  3. ^ "College History".

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