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The Hindoo College was established by citizens of Kolkata. There were Indians, and there were the British. But it was not a government initiative, nor was it an institution promoted by a religious sect. It was planned as an institution that would impart Western education to the ‘respectable class of Hindus’. But the curriculum was secular and non-denominational: there was no attempt at teaching theology or religious texts. In 1855, the Government took over the

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23 December

A LOT IS IN STORE

Presidency University was established in the year 1817. It was then known as the Hindoo College and later in 1855, it became Presidency College. At the inception, Hindoo College consisted of two parts, the school (Pathshala) and the college (Mahapathshala). The subjects taught at the school were English, Bengali, Grammar and Arithmetic. The college taught subjects like History, Geography, Astronomy, Mathematics, Chemistry and other sciences.During the first two years of the Hindoo College, classes were

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu The greatest achievements have humble beginnings. Presidency University is an excellent example of such a beginning. Started as Hindoo College in 1817 (classes began on 20 January 1817, although the Committee institute the College in 1816) to impart Western training in the sciences and the liberal arts. Presidency today is a 200-year-old institution, which has consistently maintained its reputation as a premier

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“When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.” – John Taylor Gatto An institution that privileges free will is one that survives. Presidency University is one such institution. From Nobel laureates, scientists, writers and filmmakers to successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists, the Presidency University’s list of alumni and alumnae is astonishing in range. Former students of Hindoo College, Presidency College and Presidency University have firmly put their alma mater on

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Four years after the State Government passed the Presidency University Bill in 2010, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee visited Presidency University. However, the visit took place 9 miles away from the College Street campus. It was at the 10-acre plot allotted to the University by the State Government in New Town, Rajarhat. While unveiling the foundation stone of the second campus, the Chief Minister proposed the idea of a ‘Global Educational

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